Monday, January 11, 2016
Build Your House
Oh friends, I don't know about you, but there have been a lot of cutting remarks between siblings lately in our house.
It hurts my heart to hear the critical statements, questions, accusations, etc. I know you get it!
One day last week, I noticed a post on Facebook that caught my eye and I rarely click on things like this but I'm glad I did.
That click led me to this post: How to Build a Sweet Home Life
I like hands-on lessons like this and decided to give it a try. David was at work one evening, so I pulled some leftover frosting out of the fridge and a box of sugar cubes. My children went crazy over the sugar cubes as I guess I'd never bought them before?!
We took turns each adding a layer to our house. Our house building was very low key and casual. I didn't give any clues as to why we were doing this but I did ask Emily to bring her Bible to the table so she knew we were going to read at least something!
By the way, look at that amaryllis! It is almost two feet tall and we are waiting for it to bloom. Our sweet friend, Miss Gaye, brought it to us before Christmas and we have all had fun measuring it almost daily. Before Christmas, it was growing over an inch per day which of course, has been very exciting to watch!
After building our house, we read Proverbs 14:1. Then we talked about what kinds of things build our house up and tear our house down.
I gently reminded that all of the cutting and critical remarks and comments were tearing down the peace in our home. And that when I heard any of those things, I would take a cube out of their house.
Daddy reminded us when he got home that there also lots of beautiful ways we can build our house up and we could add cubes back in for those things.
It wasn't even an hour before a block had to come off, but I'm grateful for the awareness it brought to a situation that we've tried to verbally correct but needed a visual reminder for.
The next day was much, much better in building our house up! May the building continue!
How do you encourage the building up of your home vs the tearing down? This is a fun idea with a good lesson if you are looking for a little extra motivation for your children!