Day 6: What to do when your neighbors live with you

Isaiah 55:12I’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?

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3 thoughts on “Day 6: What to do when your neighbors live with you

  1. Market ta, The Lord is using you to encourage and build up his children. Thank you so much sharing your gifts of writing and exhortation. I look forward to each day’s email.