Momma’s Message: Built to Last

by Siri Stevens

“Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.”
Matthew 7:24-27
What happened to building things that last? Everyone wants to point fingers at so many different things that are causing the many issues of the world today instead of looking at what’s happening in the home. Why are there so many shootings? Why is everyone so on edge or depressed? Why is there so much anger and hate?
If you build a broken home, the world will be full of broken people. If you do not build your house on God’s word, and have him as your rock, you will crash. We need to go back to finding our answers in the Bible, not Google. We need to fight like crazy to keep our marriages together, instead of splitting so easily. According to a recent study, a total of about 12.7 million children under the age of 18 in the United States are being raised without a father.
Society is filled with so many distractions and discouraging news that saturates our daily lives through social media, television, and countless other platforms. Screen time isn’t censored, violent video games are being played by kids way too young to be playing them, television is filled with trash, and much of the music is garbage with cussing and inappropriate, disrespectful behavior that many children are listening to.
Our children are counting on us, and it is our job to raise them up to be kind-hearted, well-mannered humans. It’s not up to the Hollywood elites, a political party, or outside influences, it’s what happens in the home that is the most important. Showing love and affection for your spouse, playing with your children, taking the time to play games, read books, and have one-on-one time with them, playing outside, and just letting kids be kids should be our top priority.
We need to protect our kids from the negative influences, and take our jobs seriously. It is up to us to build them a strong, unwavering foundation. I saw a recent quote that said, “If I could give my children three things, it would be the strength to follow their passion, the confidence to always know their self-worth, and the ability to know how deeply and truly loved they are.
We must build a foundation that lasts for our children. We must be their role models, and set a good example for them to follow. We need to be their positive voice, and feed them encouragement daily. A simple, but powerful quote says, “The way we talk to our children becomes their inner voice.”
Your house that you build needs a sturdy interior structure built on a firm foundation. That foundation needs to be concrete, your cement in life. God is that concrete, and his word is the cement. As for the house beams, they need to be solid.
Picture a small framed house with the concrete poured for the foundation, the Lord’s Word for the foundation, and there are four beams that support your roof, they are the emotional beam, the spiritual beam, the physical beam, and the mental beam. Those beams must work together to keep the structure of the house solid.
As for the shingles on the roof of the house, those are the everyday tasks that must be completed. The little things that you must do and maintain in order for the house to not have a leaky roof that leads to damage, and if not taken care of or fixed, will make it crumble and fall.
Build a home that will last. You have to maintain your internal being to be able to be the best version of yourself for your children and the world to see, and you must build your family’s home on the rock, on God’s Word, so that no matter what storms your house must endure, it will remain standing firm on it’s foundation.
“As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.” Joshua 24:15

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