Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Have You Insulated Your Home and Family? ~ A Wise Woman Builds Her Home Series

Insulating a house is an itchy job. If you breathe it in, you can cough until you feel like you’ve hacked up a lung. If you get it on your skin, you itch and wash and itch and wash and itch some more. If you get it in your eyes…well, I don’t even want to think about it.

Insulation is just plain uncomfortable.

But it absolutely, positively must be done.

Insulation isn’t just for the physical structure of a house, though. Families need insulation as well.


In John 17:15-16, Jesus prayed to His Father for us. “I do not pray that You should take them out of the world, but that You should keep them from the evil one. They are not of the world, just as I am not of the world.”

It can be uncomfortable and itchy, pulling away from difficult people or unhealthy activities, even if it is only for a season.

But the dividends pay off spiritually…perhaps a closer and undistracted walk with God. Or a vibrant family life that passes on faith to the next generation. Or peace and calm where there once was chaos and unrest.

So, just what does it mean to insulate ourselves and how do we do it?

Certainly, we have to be aware of what’s going on around us in the world. We need to reach out, minister, share the gospel. But we ought not immerse ourselves in worldliness. There could be seasons where we need to withdraw entirely, or at least set some significant limits. Then there could be seasons where we are energized and ready to step out in ministry.

When and how to insulate depends on your family.

Let me share a personal example. About twelve years ago, my husband and I went through a spiritual crisis that resulted in many changes for us. One of those choices was to try to eliminate television. I’m embarrassed to admit it, but we were spending our evenings watching shows that were completely inappropriate and setting before us an example of unbiblical immorality. We had two little girls at the time, ages three and one, and as I began to think of them watching more than Sesame Street someday, I simply couldn’t imagine setting them before the yuck that my husband and I had been dumping into our minds and spirits.

As you pray and talk with your family, consider ~

Television programs and the time spent viewing.
Movie choices.
Video games and their effects.
Relationships that drain rather than encourage.
School choices.
After-school activities.
Weekend activities.
Website preferences.
Music choices.
Restaurant selections.
Beverages.
Words that tear down rather than build up.

Stay in the Word. Read your Bible every single day. Pray unceasingly. Trust God with everything. Evaluate every activity and commitment to see if it builds up your family and your faith.

The world can be a rough place. Does your family need some insulation?







In what ways do you insulate your family?

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16 comments:

  1. Great post and great analogy......we, too, had to re-evaluate what we were teaching.....and what appetites we were feeding in ourselves or our children.....a very important thing to do. I like the idea of that being "Insulation". :) Thank you. Gentle Joy

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    1. What an accurate way to state it -- what appetites are we feeding? Thanks for commenting! :-)

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  2. Excellent post Meghan! My prayer has always been that my husband and I will have the strength and courage to make decisions for our family, even when those decisions are unpopular. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. We've made plenty of unpopular decisions for our family, but we're going to be accountable someday for what we did with these children the Lord gave us. That helps our focus. Blessings, Michelle! :-)

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  3. What I really appreciate about this post is that you direct your readers to allow the Holy Spirit to set those boundaries and "insulation". Such a wonderful, balanced and NEEDFUL post! Well done!

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    1. There are so many variables in setting boundaries -- personalities, family dynamics, amount of time together, the strength of the will, family support.... It really just depends. :-) Thanks, Rosilind for your encouragement!

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  4. Very good words. I think what we see and hear has a big impact on what we think and hold in our heart. The insulation is a good way to put it.

    BLESSINGS!!!
    Charlotte Moore

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    1. That is so important is growing faith, Charlotte, and that saying is true -- garbage in, garbage out. Thank you, and many blessings to you, too!!

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  5. Oh, I love how you wrote this one! It was thought provoking and fun at the same time. Insulating is indeed an itchy process no matter if it is your home or your family! :-)

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    1. We just need to put on our long sleeves and our protective gear and dive in! :-) Thanks, Chrystal.

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  6. Found you on Serving Joyfully! Your post really struck me as I've been contemplating distancing myself from some unhealthy relationships. Thank you for the post!

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    1. Praying for direction and peace for you, Nicole! :-) I'm so glad you found my little post helpful.

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  7. Love the insulation analogy Meghan!

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  8. Thank you for this. My husband and I were just talking about this last night. Things are hectic right now and we are left thinking "how did we get here?" We are letting too many outside things affect our time and not making just us the priority. It's not necessarily outside activities, but other people not being respectful of our time, and before I knew what was happening I was allowing it! I love that you use the word "insulate", because that's exactly what we were thinking but just couldn't put our fingers on the proper word. It's that sense of drawing inward--not to myself, but just our family, and refocusing.

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    1. Love the way you said all that, Jessica, and I am blessed that you found this helpful. May God fill you with His will and His purpose and His peace! :-)

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