I am joining in the book discussion of No Ordinary Home: The Uncommon Art of Christ-centered Homemaking by Carol Brazo with Javadawn and andwe_areoff. I am not a xanga member though so I am posting my thoughts here.
I’m so excited to be able to discuss this book. I read it a few years ago and started reading it again. Carol Brazo really has addressed so many issues in my heart and I want to cement them in my brain. 8)
Jen asked the following questions & here are my answers:
What really touched you about this first chapter of No Ordinary Home?
Mostly that I’m not alone. I’m not the only one who yells at her kids and still is trying to serve God. My life is filled with cycles of completely losing it to living in peace and calmly disciplining my children. (I have 4 girls 7 & under). I need help! What a blessing it is to know that God is transforming me and that I don’t have to be someone else — that he’s the one doing the work.
How do you bring the Holy home?
I make signs using Print Artist with Bible verses we are focusing on or need to remember and post them all over the house. I try to play worship filled song and hymn CDs when we wake up in the morning & as we do our chores. I think it really helps our attitudes to focus our thoughts on God as we sing along. My favorites right now are Chris Rice’s Past the Edges, Sara Groves’s Past the Wishing, Amy Grant’s Rock of Ages…Hymns & Faith, The John Marshall Family and a set of CDs we got that are recordings from the hymn books are church uses called Songs of Faith & Praise performed by Jeff Nelson & Covenant.
How do you protect your relationship with your husband?
We established a firm bed time and then committed to spending at least an hour together almost every evening. Sometimes we go downstairs, eat ice cream and talk, sometimes we watch something together and other times we enjoy each others company if you know what I mean. We also talk several times during the day. Dh calls me on his breaks and we frequently use Instant Messenger to chat throughout the day.
When we just had the first 2 we rarely had any time together. Dh was working late hours and just getting the girls to sleep took all my energy & I crashed as soon as they fell asleep. Ocassionly we’ve been able to have dates but I find having the time together each evening means a lot more than going out & spending money.
Lately we’ve also been practicing “real kissing” during the day which has been such a blessing. We had gotten into the habit of just giving each other quick pecks when saying hello or goodbye. Just changing that one habit has really warmed our relationship.