I've been a little stingy with my smile lately.
I didn't realize it until I read Chapter Eight in Martha Peace's Excellent Wife, about creating a godly atmosphere in the home. I'm serious by nature, introspective, and sometimes a little too goal-oriented for my own good.
Peace suggests that the tone God wants the wife to set for her home should be "one of joy, optimism, and a delight in the Lord and in her family." Hmmmm.
I'd be the first to argue that a frugal lifestyle doesn't exclude fun, but I'm not so sure I've been setting an example at home.
I peppered my husband with questions about how he feels we could improve as a family, now that the summer is upon us. "Well," he said, "I guess I would want more time for relaxing together."
Now, we probably do as much slouching on the couch as any other family, but we haven't been organized about it. As mom, I want to gather up these wasted hours for family fun: This is a day the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it" (Psalm 118:24).
Here's to a summer of lavishing my family with time--not money!