Keep The Home Fires Burning

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Like many other areas in our country, here in Mississippi we are having some unusually cold weather. As always, it is interesting to hear all of the comments and opinions concerning the temperature. I am always amused by the looks on people’s faces going in an out of the grocery store or while they are running other errands. Some people look like they are in excruciating pain while the cold wind blows against their faces. People. I love to watch them…… And I am quite sure I have given amusement to others as well!

As we amuse each other, I can’t help but wonder what the Lord is thinking. As He hears our comments about the weather, that by the way HE created, I would like to think that He and Jesus are laughing. The conversation may go something like this:

“Well, there goes another one making those faces Son. They don’t seem to like the temperature We have chosen for their area today.”
” I know Dad, we did get a little extreme today didn’t we?”
” They have no idea what awaits them here, do they Son?”
” No they really don’t. They won’t know what to do when they get here! Perfect seasons, perfect climate, perfect people, everything is just perfect.”
” I know” says the Father. I can’t wait for them to get here.”
” Me too, Dad, Me too.”

So, as I considered this Heavenly discourse I thought why don’t we just enjoy each and every day? Cold, hot, rainy, muggy and humid, freezing rain and ice. It is all just a display of our Father’s Glory.

Psalm 19:1 says, “The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims his handiwork.”

The best way I can think of for us to enjoy each day is to simply keep the home fires burning. Ladies, you know what I mean. We set the tone in our homes, just like we can control our attitude no matter what kind of weather we are having. Scripture tells us to be steadfast. 1 Corinthians 15:58 says this,

Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain.

Ladies, you know what is special to your family. You know what kind of meals and snacks they like. You know the lunches they like for you to pack. You know the books or magazines they enjoy. You know the fun games your kids like to play. You know how your husband likes to unwind at the end of a long day. You know your family’s favorite Bible verses to encourage them with. You know the music they like and don’t like. Ladies, simply put, you know.  And I want you to know this:

Nothing you do for your family because you love them and you love the Father is ever done in vain. Ever.

It requires a little work and planning but being steadfast has far greater rewards than the alternative.

So this week why don’t you keep the home fires burning? Go the extra mile. Bake the cookies, pack the pb&j (one more time), make the pot of spaghetti, play tic tac toe and lose, and send one extra text or email just to say I love you. If we did, maybe the conversation in Heaven would go something like this:

“Look Son, there goes another one putting her family first.”

“I see that. She is being a servant like Me.”

“I was just thinking that, says the Father.”

“Listen, I think I hear a whisper that says I love you. Did you hear it Dad?”

“Yes, yes I did. And so did her family. They are pleased, and so am I.”

How do you keep the home fires burning? What are some special things you do for your family? Share your ideas with the Interior Inspirations community. We love to hear from you!

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  1. Sara Leach on February 25, 2015 at 7:59 pm

    ❤️ this! Nothing is done in vain….what a great reminder!

  2. Bridget Robinson on February 26, 2015 at 3:29 am

    What a great article! I just happened to make a pot of spaghetti last night… but I needed this article to remind me about some of the other things I could have also done!!! (instead of griping about the nasty weather with stir crazy kids inside!)

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