Wednesday, February 15, 2012

A Heart Makes a House a Home

A Heart Makes a House a Home
Biblical Priority #4 – Home
by Stephanie H.

1 John 3:18 “Dear children, let’s not merely say that we love each other; let us show the truth by our actions.”
Delana Bell, my sweet grandmother, was the strongest prayer warrior I have ever known.  She kept prayer lists, detailed lists.  She prayed for her home, those that lived in her home, those that entered her home, and those that she wanted to enter her home.  Her ministry began at home and everyone that was influenced by her knew that she loved them.  She didn’t go around saying “I love you,” she showed it.  She spent time every morning praying and reading her Bible with my grandpa.  She spent time planning for her family.  She had a modest, warm, loving home.  She was involved with her church.  She had hundreds of sweet friends at her funeral.  Her legacy lives on in several homes!

Home is the center of family life.  Our homes minister to each member of our family.  Proverbs 14:1 reads, “A wise woman builds her home, but a foolish woman tears it down with her own hands.”  We can either choose to build up or tear down our ministry at home.  If we are trying to minister in other areas of life, but not in our own homes, our very own families will be the ones that suffer.  Is it more important to feed a family that just had a baby when you haven’t taken the time to feed your own family?  The neighbor with cancer needs prayer, but have you prayed for salvation for your children?  Does your ministry begin at home?

CHALLENGE:  Spend time praying about your priorities and how you are ministering to your family.  Ask God what areas of your home need you.  Ask God what areas away from the home you need to step away from.

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