Shade and Bode have so much tension in their home. Their two kids (ages five and four) are not having a nice time as well.
They hardly laugh in the house.
They were all used to being prim and proper. They have very strict routines.
When to wake up, when to sleep, time for siesta, time for reading, etc.
In as much as all these are good, they were all done with so much seriousness.
The house was mostly quiet, except when commands are rolling out
Shade was the matriarch in charge , even her husband is not having a nice time. She was a perfectionist.
Coupled with the fact that her husband was at work most of the time and only came back home late .
The little fun the kids had was when their dad was around and Shade didn’t join in. She always had one thing to do or another.
The house had to be tidy, the dishes done, the trash emptied, the floor mopped, the clothes well arranged.
The problem was that she was doing all these and not enjoying herself.
What is the point of having a clean house and unhappy kids and husband?
It is better she had a happy family and not so perfectly clean house. But of course, the best would have being to a have a happy family and a clean home.
Shade was doing all these and not enjoying herself while doing her house chores.
Many women could relate with Shade, especially those who are not naturally of the Sanguine nature.
Most women are up tight and tensed up. They have little or no fun in their lives.
They are so concerned about things that they forget to enjoy themselves on the way.
In an atmosphere of joy and happiness, we get things done easier. We get some help and most importantly God ensures He supplies us with grace.
We are able to receive things from God in an atmosphere of joy and laughter.
Then he said unto them, Go your way, eat the fat, and drink the sweet, and send portions unto them for whom nothing is prepared: for this day is holy unto our Lord: neither be ye sorry; for the joy of the LORD is your strength.
When we express joy, God supplies us with the strength we need to carry on with what we need to do.
God wants us to enjoy ourselves. He wants us happy, full of life and enjoying our every day life.
The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.
The Amplified version states that ‘….to enjoy life and have it abundantly till it overflows’.
That sounds good. God wants us to enjoy our lives. It’s serious business to God because it cost him the life of His only begotten son.
In conclusion, enjoy your life, laugh some and lighten up.
God bless your marriage.
Confession of the day
I am no longer tensed up, I enjoy my life. Laughter is a gift from my father.
Prayer for the day
Father, help me to receive the gift of joy and laughter.
Thought of the day
Jesus can to give me life and life abundantly. He died that
I might enjoy my life.
I begin to take out time to laugh and enjoy my days.
Sophia Bolanle Okunowo pastors alongside her husband at Shouts Of Grace Center in Ibadan. She is an administrator with a Health Provider company. She desires to see marriages blessed and fulfilling it’s purpose.