Happy house...

Today was a fun day in my house because it was a birthday. Birthdays are just great days. Cameron, my oldest, turned 16 which is just crazy to me. So from breakfast this morning until bedtime tonight, there was extra attention on Cameron. It's a day to remember his favorites. Caden and I made apple pie instead of cake. All the kids bought something for Cameron, and most of what they bought was edible. They know their brother, and they were thoughtful and so kind. They even made a "happy birthday" sign and were standing out at the street waiting for him. When all the focus is on making someone else happy, there isn't as much room for selfishness and fights.

As a woman we have a huge impact on the attitude in our homes. If we are stressed, everyone feels it and responds. When we are disappointed, it's felt. The birthdays are celebrated, but there are the long, hard days too. How do we respond? Proverbs 21:9 says, "Better to live on a corner of the roof than share a house with a quarrelsome wife." The chapter goes on to say in verse 19, "Better to live in a desert than with a quarrelsome and ill-tempered wife." As I read these verses I thought, I wonder if my house is better than the corner of a roof. Everyday isn't a birthday, even with six children, but it should be good to be home.

When my husband comes home, I want it to be a great place to be. I need to be a wife that he doesn't want to run from...run to the desert. As wives we can't be quarrelsome. We can't pick fights; we can't be irritating. So as we think through how to respond, don't argue. Secondly, think "birthdays". Think about others, and how to make them happy. Others first-so everyone can enjoy the whole house.

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