Welcome to Week 1 of the Making Your Home a Haven 5th Annual, Fall Challenge!
Edith Shaeffer says:
“We are an environment, each one of us.
We are an environment for the other people with whom we live, the people with whom we work, the people with whom we communicate…our conversations, attitudes, behavior, response or lack of response, hardness or compassion, our love or selfishness, joy or dullness, concern for others or self pity – all these things make a difference to the people who have to live in our environment.”
Have you ever considered that YOU are an environment? What type of environment are you?
Are you the warm and hospitable type?
Are you the cheery, sunshine type?
Are you calm and quiet?
Harried and hurried?
Irritable and angry?
Or perhaps tired and ticked-off?
What type of environment are you?
Life is certainly not all butterflies and roses…but because we are Christians – we are to reflect Christ in our environment.
It’s ironic we are starting this challenge now…because last week was anything but peaceful in my home. So here’s my full disclosure. Lol!
First – my dryer. It is 20 years old (from my husband’s first apartment before we were married) and it died…so we ordered a new one and 7 days later it arrived. Needless to say, a week without a dryer (and hanging clothes to dry) made the sight of this truck a cause for celebration!
Then my tough guy football player split his lip at football practice this past Tuesday and had to go to the ER to get 4 stitches.
Poor guy! Four stitches may not sound like many, but by the next morning his lip was puffy and bruised and drinking and eating were a challenge this week and I worried a bit over the entire thing.
Then there’s this landscaping project we began. The plan was to take out our flower beds in the backyard (since I am not much of a gardener) and plant grass. But the ground is very wet here and the tire tracks have turned the backyard into a mud pit. So here is what our backyard looks like right now (half of the seed and straw has been spread):
Did I mention I have this beautiful WHITE little puppy who uses that yard to go potty in? Her name is Snowball but maybe we should rename her Dirtball? Lol!
All of these life irritations try my patience deeply. Life is not always a bowl of cherries.
It is very easy to become frazzled and frustrated and eventually foolish with my words and actions.
“The wise woman builds her house, but with her own hands the foolish one tears hers down.” ~ Proverbs 14:1
And I know that within my own strength, I cannot be peaceful and patient.
This is where Christ changes everything. I do not have to be perfect to please God. Hear me on this…If you have lost your temper and have lost your way this week, take heart. Jesus loves us no matter what we do good or bad. His death on the cross means….he meets us right where we are. Sinners in need of grace.
“But God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” ~ Romans 5:8
But we don’t want to stay where we are. As we mature in Christ, we want to move forward by repenting of our sins this past week and walking in the power of the Holy Spirit this coming week.
“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.” ~ Galatians 5:22,23
Making our home a haven won’t happen by accident. We must seek and pursue it.
And while many things that happened in my home this past week were out of my control there was this one constant.
He was there with me.
And the flicker of my candle on the counter morning, noon and night reminds me – there is a God who loves me that I can turn to over and over and over with my worries, fears, stress and struggles.
Prayer brings peace.
Philippians 4: 6,7 says: “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”
Week 1 – 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 or whenever is convenient for you. I will be placing mine in the kitchen – the main hub of my home.
Each time the glimmer of the candle catches your eye, say a prayer for peace and patience within your home.
You are an environment.
Let’s make our homes feel more like a warm hug than a cold shoulder for all those who find refuge under our roof this week!
Walk with the King,
What type of environment are you?
What gets in the way of your peace and patience in your home?
Have you begun to light your candle? What scent is your candle and does your family like the candle?
Here’s a picture of what I’m using this week – I LOVE the scent of this Glade Apple Cinnamon Plug-in!
***If you are blogging your way through these weekly challenges – feel free to leave a link to your blog post in the comment section so we can come visit you 😉 !