Welcome to Week 1 of the Making Your Home a Haven Challenge!
Here’s this week’s challenge:
Go buy an extra large candle and light a candle everyday in your home. I will be starting mine in the morning! But you can start yours at dinner time. Do what makes sense for your family. I will be placing mine in the kitchen – the main hub of my home. Each time the candle catches your eye, say a prayer for peace in your home.
What makes a home a haven? Is it following every idea on Pinterest, organizing with IKEA or decorating like Better Homes and Gardens? Is it a home that has massive amounts of toys, food to feast on, video games stacked high and every movie imaginable to view? Is it a certain number of square feet, a separate bedroom for each child, or the neighborhood you live in?
No. It is not the things we have or the things we do not have that make our homes a haven. It’s you – my dear reader – you are the key to 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.”
How are you making your home a haven?
Here’s 5 things I absolutely love in my home:
1. Vaccuum cleaner lines on freshly vaccuumed carpet.
2. The sound of the dishwasher running at the end of the day – signaling the kitchen is clean and closed.
3. Warm towels fresh out of the dryer.
4. The way the house is sparkling clean ALL at once right before guests arrive.
5. A flickering candle on my kitchen counter.
I simply enjoy these gifts in life.
They are momentary.
Soon the kids will come running into the room and wrestle around and the vaccuum cleaner lines will be gone.
The dishwasher will stop running and need emptied – that’s not so fun!
The towels – they’ll be cold and wet soon. And most likely, left laying on the floor somewhere.
After the guests leave, the house will need cleaned all over again.
It’s the cycle of life.
But my candle.
My candle just keeps on burning. Morning, noon and night it serves me. It serves me with a flickering warm light, a pleasant scent, and a reminder to pray for peace in my home.
I remember long ago when I first started daily lighting my kitchen candle. The kids came down for breakfast and asked – “who’s coming over today mommy?“ “No one“, I answered. “Then why is there a candle lit in the kitchen?” they asked. “For us!” I light the candle for us – to bless my own family.
Why is it that we save the best for guests? I’m not saying we should give our own family the best and then ignore guests – but rather let’s bless our own family by paying attention to the details we so carefully tend to when we are expecting visitors.
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.
Why do we love certain houses, and why do they seem to love us? It is the warmth of our individual hearts reflected in our surroundings.” ~ T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings
So let’s begin. Light a candle and begin praying over your home every time the glimmer of the candle catches your eye. Pray for peace. Peace with each other and peace within your soul.
If you are participating in this challenge leave a comment below with how it’s going – if you are a blogger copy this button into your blog post, write about how it’s going and link up on Wednesday at the Women Living Well Wednesday Link-Up party!!
Thank you all so much for your accountability. I so appreciate you joining me on this journey!!! We are in it together!
Walk with the King,
Chime In: Have you begun to light your candle? Did your family ask “what’s up with the candle?” What scent is your candle? And have you found a deal on candles? Share it!