Welcome back to the Making Your Home a Haven — 9th Annual Fall Challenge! This is the Soul Care Edition and it will run through the entire month of November. If you’ve been around a while – you already know all about this series and might even have your candle going right now!
Each week I will give you one practical tip and one spiritual discipline that you can do to create a haven in your home.
Is your calendar full? Do you feel tense, rushed and even panicked at times?
You need soul care!
I believe we can create a physical environment, as well as a spiritual environment, that can bring peace, harmony and a sense of calmness to our souls, if we are willing to be intentional.
Our spiritual emphasis this year is on these 4 Spiritual Disciplines – Gratitude, Meditation, Prayer and Fasting.
Each Monday I will be here with an explanation of the Spiritual Focus for the week. I will include some ideas of ways you can implement that spiritual discipline into your life. I will also remind you of the physical tips you can do in your home that will bring beauty into your life and turn your home into a haven.
This is going to be a powerful time of going deeper in walk with God while tending to the desperate needs of our soul. So many times we try to mask our struggles, pain, confusion or emptiness by keeping busy and distracted or eating food, going on vacation, seeking success or elevating certain relationships. While many of these are blessings from God, they are not good substitutes for God. Our souls desperately need a deep connection with God. So let’s do this together!
Here’s the topic schedule:
Week 1: November 5th
Spiritual Focus: Gratitude – Start a daily Gratitude List.
Practical Tip: Go buy an extra large candle and light a candle everyday in your home this month. When you see the flicker of the candle, let it remind you to say a prayer of thanksgiving.
16 Rejoice always, 17 pray without ceasing, 18 give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.
(1 Thessalonians 5:16-18)
Week 2: November 12th
Spiritual Focus: Meditation – Choose one passage of scripture to meditate on every single day this week.
Practical Tip: Play soft music everyday in your home. Choose worship, classical, jazz or another form of peaceful music that you enjoy. Focus on good, peaceful and true thoughts and let the frustrations of this world go. Rest and release all of your worries to the Lord.
1 Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers; 2 but his delight is in the law of the LORD, and on his law he meditates day and night. 3 He is like a tree planted by streams of water that yields its fruit in its season, and its leaf does not wither. In all that he does, he prospers. 4 The wicked are not so, but are like chaff that the wind drives away. 5Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous; 6 for the LORD knows the way of the righteous, but the way of the wicked will perish.(Psalm 1)
Week 3: November 19th
Spiritual Focus: Prayer – Take time to have deeper and more meaningful times of prayer this week.
Practical Tip: Keep your candle burning, the music playing and purchase a small bouquet of flowers for yourself. Let that bouquet be a daily reminder of God’s love for you.
The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working.
Week 4: November 26th
Spiritual Focus: Fasting and Solitude – Last week you enjoyed a great feast of food for Thanksgiving Day. This week let’s feast our soul on God through fasting. You can choose to do a 24 hour fast or fast one meal a day for 7 days in a row or fast from something like social media, screen time, shopping or whatever you choose.
Practical Tip: Seek out a place of solitude to care for your soul. Get alone with God out on your porch, on a walk in your neighborhood or take a bubble bath. Sit still and be alone with God.
16 “And when you fast, do not look gloomy like the hypocrites, for they disfigure their faces that their fasting may be seen by others. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward. 17 But when you fast, anoint your head and wash your face,18 that your fasting may not be seen by others but by your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.
Let’s tend to our souls in the month of November and watch how the Lord speaks to us and moves in our lives!!!
12 Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will hear you. 13 You will seek me and find me, when you seek me with all your heart. 14 I will be found by you, declares the Lord.
Will you take the challenge?
I’ll be here cheering you on!
I’ll be using the hashtag
#MakingYourHomeAHaven on Instagram.
I invite you to use it too so we can all connect there!
See you back here on Monday, November 5th when we discuss the first challenge!
Are you in?
Walk with the King,
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