Monday, November 5, 2012

Week 1 – Making Your Home a Haven

Week 1 – Making Your Home a Haven

Proverbs 14:1 says: “The wise woman builds her house, but with her own hands the foolish one tears hers down.”
Courtney writes: You have the power – as the woman of the home – to effect the mood of your home.  Your home can feel sterile and cold or warm and inviting.  It can feel chaotic and unstable or subdued and managed well.  It can feel like a cold shoulder or a warm hug.
But simply lighting a candle is not enough to change our homes.  We must be women of prayer – praying for each individual that finds refuge under our roof.  It’s easy to get busy and distracted and forget to pray for those we love most.
So let’s begin.  Light a candle and begin praying over your home every time the glimmer of the candle catches your eyePray for peace.  Peace with each other and peace within your soul.
Billy Graham said, “The happiest Christian homes I know are those given to hospitality, where neighbors feel at home, where young people are welcome, where the elderly are respected, where children are loved.”
I think my ongoing goal is best spoken by Billy Graham. I honestly let life get the best of me, being tired by the time I get home after working 8 hours, and getting started on my daily chores of supper, picking up, and clothes washing. I forget to focus on spending special moments with my children. I will catch myself and stop to enjoy them. I want to get better that this. When they say, “LOOK,” I want to be able to stop and give them that attention to make memories with them.

I have my candle already out, and of course it is pumpkin scented right now! I look forward this challenge to pray for my family as I catch it lit throughout the afternoons. I also pray I don’t leave it lit all night since I don’t use candles much these days!

I love my home. I am one of those people who enjoy spending full days at home just piddling and playing with my kiddos. I love coming home to a clean house at least 1 day a month. It seems no nice to have everything picked up and cleaned at 1x, even if it isn’t near as pretty the next morning after life has happened to it! I love the sounds of my kids giggling and playing together. I love when my family comes over to visit, and we can stop and just visit.

I pray that during this week I can pray for more peace through the house, more teamwork, better attitudes, and hopefully make more family memories by trying to come up with family fun at least a few nights during the week.

I am so very thankful God has given me the family he has given me. Even coming from a split home, I have great memories which include just being in the homes provided by my parents. Each place has great memories, and I pray to leave my children with memories that happen in our home.

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