by Nancy Campbell from Above Rubies – Don’t Block the River!
Editor’s note: More thought-control with Nancy Campbell. When did ‘Longsuffering’ become a positive thing? While it is usually a good idea to keep your home a safe nest, a place of peace and tranquility for your own personal mental health, much less that of anyone else, this idea that there can only be happy and positive emotions going on in your home is just toxic. The sad thing is those that are following Nancy are likely right now beating themselves up with guilt over failing to do just that. Sometimes home is the place where we lick our wounds, heal, recover, work through very negative emotions and circumstances. There’s no such thing as a ‘stagnant’ home! Stagnation is a problem for bodies of water, not homes and people!
An important question. Are our homes stagnant or flowing with joy and life? Psalm 46:4 (Jubilee) gives a description of the homes of Jerusalem: “There is a river, the streams of which make glad the city of God, the sanctuary of the tents of the most high.” The city is filled with gladness because streams are flowing from the homes of the city.
What are these streams? They flow from the river of the Holy Spirit (John 7:37-39 and Romans 5:5). As mothers, we have a responsibility to “make glad” our home. The words in the Hebrew mean “to brighten up, to cheer up, to rejoice, to make merry and very glad.” The only way we can do this is to be filled with the Holy Spirit and allow the streams that flow from Him into our lives to flow out from us to our husband and children.
What are these streams? They are streams of love, forgiveness, sweetness, healing of the soul and body, holiness, encouragement and building up, compassion and kindness, tenderheartedness, humility and meekness, longsuffering and patience, and streams of forbearance and peacemaking. These streams can only come from the river of the Holy Spirit.
Do you make your marriage glad? Do you make your motherhood glad? Do you make your home glad? Are these streams flowing from your life or are they stagnant? Don’t allow the debris of self-pity, discouragement, despondency, unforgiveness, and discontentment to block up the river.
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