“Every wise woman buildeth her house: but the foolish plucketh it down with her hands” (Proverbs 14:1).

As homeschooling mothers, we hold within our hands the power to create a wonderful school day or a horrible one. Our attitude can dictate a day filled with joy or one filled with tense anxiety. In Proverbs 6:19, the Lord says that strife is one of the seven things He hates. Strife can develop from many situations, including heated debates and unresolved arguments with your husband. Left unchecked, marital strife can cause you to be abrupt and short with your children, and if you aren't careful, seeds of anger, bitterness, and hate could be planted in your children and ultimately destroy your home.

God’s answer to our selfish, “I’m not wrong, so I don’t need to say I’m sorry” attitude is found in Ephesians 4:26-27: “Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath: Neither give place to the devil.” God has more than one reason for you not to be at odds with your husband. Your relationship to God Himself will be broken, your relationship to your husband will be hindered, and your relationship to your children will be damaged.

Is there strife in your home today? Are you the one allowing it to perpetuate? Don’t give place to the devil whose goal is to destroy your homeschool and your family. Be reconciled before the sun goes down tonight and seek forgiveness from the Lord and your mate. Don’t be like the woman who tears down her own house!

Lord, forgive me for allowing bad feelings to continue between my husband and me. I know You hate strife, and only in Your strength can I forgive. I want to start again today to build our home Your way. In Jesus’ name, Amen.