I’m great at loving my neighbors in theory and from a distance. But the neighbors who live the closest — my family — see me at my best and at my worst. And those precious neighbors? They need to see more of my best.
Some things I’ve been thinking about:
• I should maybe re-read “The 5 Love Languages: The Secret to Love That Lasts” and pick up the version for kids. Here’s a free printable based on that series to help you better love your children.
• After four years of painting airplanes in the Navy, my husband can’t stand the smell of nail polish. So, I paint my nails on the porch. It’s a small thing, but it helps him. What else could I do? How could I take this idea to the next level?
• My husband and oldest son have attention deficit disorder, and I find myself irritated at their lack of organization and time management. And, to be honest, it creates tension in our home. I wonder what role my expectations are playing… and are they reasonable? Are there areas where we would all be better served if I chose grace?
• It might help to revisit some of Stormie Omartian’s books, where she writes daily prayers for the people in your life. One of my favorite wedding gifts was a book of hers on the subject of praying for your husband.
• There’s a scripture that has been clanking around in my head for more than a year now. It is in the book of Isaiah, chapter 55. It’s just the beginning of verse 12: “You will go out in joy and be led forth in peace…” My understanding is that this wasn’t written as a lesson for families, but every time I think of the verse for some reason I picture my home and I wonder if I’m helping my husband and boys to be joyful. Do they have peace? Am I strengthening them – or draining them?
How do you offer your best to the neighbors who live with you?