From a series of emails I signed up to receive as part of a challenge to become a better encourager to my husband:
Today's email is a REAL challenge to me. I have a hard time finding peace, and find it easiest to feel peaceful when I am engaged in a solo activity. I really WOULD like to create a home of peace, and should purpose myself to study how to do that more. A good start would be to watch some of my friends more closely. :)
"Seek peace, and pursue it." (Psalm 34:14b)
"You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You." (Isaiah 26:3)
Before you consider whether these verses describe your husband, consider your own presence in the home. Do you promote an atmosphere of peace, or do critical words often flow from your mouth? Do you struggle with anger? If so, before you continue with this challenge, confess these sinful habits to the Lord, and determine to speak words of peace to your family today.
Does your husband bring an atmosphere of peace into your home? Is his presence a calming influence? Does he bring music, entertainment, books, or people into your home that build a sense of serenity? Let him know how much you appreciate this wonderful quality, and support his choices.
If, on the other hand, he is quickly angered or he creates chaos rather than calm, ask God to give you an abundance of the kind of peace that will speak to his heart. Be patient and loving. Create an inviting atmosphere of peace, as much as possible.