Peace at Home
Let us do all we can to live in peace. And let us work hard to build each other up. ~Romans 14:19
Like a quiet day by a calm body of water, peace brings up lovely images and harmony. Sometimes we can only hope for inner peace that God gives while we nurture the Fruit of the Spirit in our children (that includes peace). Peace flows from a heart that is happy and full of love.
Follow a peace acrostic to have the best attitude toward harmony
Praise each person’s positive actions and effort
Eagerly open your ears and listen
Accept individuals as God made them
Consider needs of others before your own
Entreat God in prayer for solutions
Respect encourages peace
Peace also comes when a person feels, accepted, respected, and valued.
- Listen with your eyes and heart
- Use polite words
- Invest time in being with the individual
- Affirm the person’s feelings
- Forgive others when you are hurt. Forgiveness is the key to peace.
Peace also means following rules to live in harmony
Set rules with consequences and enforce them. Reward a child for following new rules. Chat about rules broken when people are calm and discuss problems. Ask the offender what will help him or her improve and obey.
Word puzzles, called plexers, are a group of letters arranged to give a coded meaning. For example, the plexer below means “I understand.”
Solve these plexers about what helps bring peace.
1. Upeace 2. Give, Give, Give, Give
It’s not good to whine or complain, and these jokes might help you remember it’s better to laugh.
Q. What do you call a complaining lawn? a. Crab grass.
Q. What was the taxi driver’s problem?
a. He was always driving away his customers.
Q. What lives in a hive and always complains? a. Grumble bees.
Q. Which animal complains the most? a. The whine-oceros.
1) Peace begins with you.
By: Karen (www.karenwhiting.com) will have two new books released in September: Raising a Young Modern Day Princess: Growing the Fruits of the Spirit in Your Little Girl and Christmas is Coming: Waiting is Hard. Both include lots of hands-on activities and ideas that express kindness and other Fruits of the Spirit.
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