The Making Your Home A Haven – 9th Annual Fall Challenge – is back!!!

The Making Your Home a Haven 9th Annual Challenge is back and this year we're focusing on spiritual disciplines. Find out more information and join with me. #MakingYourHomeaHaven #WomenLivingWell #spiritualgrowth #spiritualdisciplines

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.
(James 5:16)

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.
(Matthew 6:16-18)

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.
(Jeremiah 29:12,13)

Will you take the challenge?

I’ll be here cheering you on!

#MakingYourHomeAHavenIf you are joining us – it’s time to prepare for the first challenge by going out and purchasing a large candle. Share in the comments what your favorite scent of candle is!


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,

Courtney 🙂 

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  1. Yay!!! I LOVE this challenge and look forward to it every year. I am really looking forward to it this year and going deeper with God, especially before the craziness of the holidays sets in. Thank you Courtney!

    1. I am in!!! My favorite candle scent is snuggly sweater from Target, but I may need to go get myself a good ol Fall scented one! <3

        1. Hi Marta,

          There are no sign-ups – just come join us every Monday here on the blog through the month of November. If you want to be sure you don’t miss a thing – subscribe to my blog via email along the sidebar or if you are on a device you will find it by scrolling through the comments- to the very bottom and there you can subscribe.

          Hope that helps!
          Courtney 🙂

          1. Yes Nelly – you can join us here on the blog every Monday, you can subscribe to the blog via email along the top of the sidebar (or if you are on a device scroll to the bottom of this comment section to find the place to subscribe) or follow along on Facebook here:

            So glad you are joining us! 🙂

  2. I am ready for this challenge!! I am in need of soul care this fall!!
    I love the aroma of fall and the scents of spices and baking!!!

  3. A friend posted this on Facebook and after reading it I’m in!! I have no idea yet what sent I like as I have only had plain candles for when the electricity goes out. I’m excited to find a candle I like and start. Thank you for doing this!

  4. I’m in! I don’t use candles but I have a diffuser that flickers like a candle. ???? my favorite scents are Christmas Spirit and Pumpkin Spice!!

  5. I’m so looking forward to this! I ordered the red plaid one-it reminds me of the glorious holiday season! Thank you so much for bringing us all together for the good of each one of us, the good of our home environment, & the good of our God!

  6. I’m in … however my hubs is allergic to most candle scents and so I will be using a basket of whole cloves that will make my personal space smell like Fall to me.

    1. My husband is also sensitive to the burning candles. I am using the flameless ones that have a timer. It’s a good mood setter.

  7. I love this challenge every year. I have started using battery operated candles that are on a timer. I still burn real ones from time to time but found that I forget to blow them out. I love the smell of evergreen candles. It is the perfect time of year for that one and helps me to prepare for the winter and christmas coming. Thank you for reminding us to take care of ourselves. To stop and get personal with Jesus! Love you Courtney, hope that someday we can meet in person. Lyn

  8. I’m excited for this challenge again! I love Tyler candles! You can smell them in your entire house! Mulled Cider is probably my favorite!

    1. Tyler candles are the BEST!! I have several favs on my Christmas wish list. My all time fav Tyler Candles aren’t fall scents lol…though I love those too. My all time favs are limelight and pineapple crush. More for Spring and Summer but smell sooo good. For this year, I will be getting the mulled cider and the pumpkin spice (can’t remember if that’s the actual name of it but basically the same)
      Thank You, Courtney for doing this again. We just love you!!

  9. I’m in! Really need this study this year!! I love lavender, plus fall, Christmas, and coffee scents: pumpkin spice, Vanilla Latte, cinnamon, pine, etc. Looking forward to participating

  10. I am very excited about this! I have a wide variety of “favorite” scents. From freshly mowed grass and sawdust to lilac and lavender to spicy holiday scents. Maybe I’ll get a new candle for every week! (do they even make grass and sawdust candles?)

  11. I did this last year for the first time and I can hardly wait for this year!! I love beachy, vanilla, apple cinnamon and masculine scents.

  12. I need this challenge so bad! I am so scatterbrained. I hope I remember to come back on Monday’s!!

    My favorite scent right now is White Birch by Calyan Wax Co. It is so clean and fresh, it reminds me of fall in the forest and a Christmas tree in my house!

  13. Looking forward to this! I also ordered my 3-month tracker!
    Someday i hope to meet you – I think we don’t live far from each other (I’m in Dalton)

    1. Hi Jackie – yes, You are so close by! We used to love taking the kids to the Dalton Dariette back when they were little.

      So glad you are joining us!
      Courtney 🙂

  14. So thankful for this challenge every year Courtney! I love apple-cinnamon and pumpkin scents for fall. This year I am especially looking forward to your spiritual challenges, as one of our children (DD, college-age) has gone astray, rejecting both Christ & our family. The last 6 months have been a dark night of the soul for my husband, myself, and our other (younger) children. We have been praying more than we ever have before. We are just now starting to feel like we all can begin to get back into the swing of things and are looking forward to fall and the upcoming holidays.

  15. This sounds like a wonderful way to prepare for Thanksgiving and an ongoing Attitude of Gratitude! When purchasing a candle, please consider buying an all natural soy-based candle to avoid bringing toxins and soot into our havens. I love candles…but now I mostly diffuse therapeutic grade pure essential oils and lite minimal candles…I’ve lit a “quiet-time candle” for years and agree this is a good reminder to pray. Bless you!

  16. I am excited to begin this challenge! I have been struggling with the loss of a job at the end of last year and have let my house and in ways, my life go. Recently, I started to put the house back together. This challenge will be a perfect way to bring things back into sync after “cleaning up after the disaster”.

    1. Hang in there Dawn! I didn’t lose my job, but I had to walk away from a job that I was at for 21 years and start over. It was gut wrenching and heart breaking, but little by little and day by day the Lord heals those scars and provides. He loves us! I will pray for you !!

  17. I’m in! So excited to be a part of something meant to be calming and inspiring! I love Yankee Candles because they last the longest from those that I have tried. I love all the scents, but this time of year, I love the apples and cinnamon and pumpkin scented candles!

  18. My favorite fall scent would be pumpkin spice. Apple is nice. I am looking forward to this challenge. My soul is in real need right now of a quiet, peaceful time. Thank you for this challenge.

  19. There was fist pump and YES! from me, when I saw this in my email. This will be my third year doing this, and I thoroughly enjoy it. I also “drag” a few of my other friends with me for this challenge.

  20. I’m in! I need to order a new tracker and love the plaid one. My favorite candle scents this time of year are the apple and pumpkin ones.

  21. This sounds like a wonderful challenge. Can’t wait to get started. I like Fall candles a smells like baked apple, cinnamon, pumpkin

  22. I am in! I did this a few years back and it was such a beautiful time and I look forward to it again! I have already bought my candle!

  23. I’m in!

    I like the candles with the wooden wick that crackles as it burna. It is such a peaceful sound.

    I’ve been pondering a Facebook fast…this gives me a good time frame.

    Thank you for ministering to us.

  24. This will be the first time I have done this. Looking forward to it. Just need to go buy myself a large candle. I have my tracker as well.

  25. I so need this right now. I love vanilla scented candles along with fall and Christmas scented ones. Can’t wait to get started.

  26. This sounds like a wonderful challenge, I’m looking forward to doing this. I love the light breezy spring/summer scents and also the apple cinnamon.

  27. Looking forward to this challenge for the first time. I love bees sarge candles..No scent but the natural. I’ve done studies with you before but it’s been a long time.

  28. I’m glad we are doing this challenge again this year. My candle is Pumpkin Buttercream. And I also have one that is Salted Caramel. I’ll try not to eat either one of them.

  29. I am so in need of this right now…. 3 boys all in college, I’m trying to adjust to being an empty nester… vanilla and anything pumpkin are my favs

  30. I would love to be a part of this Challenge…and I look forward to this opportunity to become closer to God ♡ My favorite scent is cappuccino!

  31. I’m in!! Super excited!! I’m a Scentsy girl, so I’m very picky about candles and rarely use them, I have my Scentsy warmers going 24/7 (so this will be extra special ????) when I do use a candle … it’s a Crossroads candle and I really like the food scents!! I’m going to go purchase my candle hopefully this weekend. I appreciate these studies SO MUCH!! ❤️

    1. Hi June – the entire series will be here on the blog. Instagram is just a second place where we can connect. So you do not need Instagram to take the challenge.

      So glad you are joining us!
      Courtney 🙂

  32. I love two scents – Baked Apple Pie and Vanilla. Looking forward to this challenge – first time doing it. Thank you.

  33. I am in! I prefer soy candles as they burn better. Yankee candles are the nice too. My favorite scent is balsam and Cedar, apple cinnamon and lavendar.

  34. I’m in – can’t wait! My favorite fall candle is vanilla pumpkin marshmallow and I love butter pecan scentsy. Blessings to all – so excited to participate.????????

  35. I’m really looking forward to this and I’ll need your prayers that I can stick with it!!! I’m going to print out the fly lady info/schedule too because I really need to get my house clean and organized!!! I have a soy Macintosh Apple candle, and a few Yankee candles too. Is there any information about the past challenges in the archives?

  36. Blessings Courtney!

    My favorite candle scents are anything with spice, such as cinnamon, cloves, vanilla! I also enjoy Pine, Cedar, Lavender, and lemon!
    Thank you for bringing this challenge back, I believe that regardless of what our marital status, we can work towards and truly enjoy making our homes a haven!❤️????


  37. Yes I’m in ☺ this is my first time. I’ve never been a part of anything like this and I’m so excited.

  38. I’m excited to join this challenge for the 1st time. Since I’m unable to use most scented candles, I’ll be using my essential oil diffuser with the blend I need that day. My current favorite aromas are: Wild Orange +Peppermint and OnGuard + Eucalyptus. ????

  39. I’m so happy to have stumbled across this challenge while browsing Pinterest! I think this will be so beneficial to my spirituality. I’m going to invite a friend to join in. Thanks for the challenger.

  40. I am excited to join in! My favorite candidate scents are most variations of cinnamon. Yankee candle cinnamon ones or something “warm home”or something like that. Also, woodwick’s cinnamon chai! ????

  41. I love apple scented candles this time of year, along with pumpkin and black cherry. Can’t wait for this to begin.

  42. My favorite scent is Macintosh by Yankee Candle. To be honest, I enjoy any candle that smells like something sweet is baking in the oven! Looking forward to this challenge.

  43. I am excited! I really enjoyed the book of Ruth, Courtney. You and your mom did an awesome job! I look forward to this fall haven every year, it is hard to make peace out of such a chaotic school season but I try. I look forward to some guidance and encouragement with the tracker. I bought one when you had the tracking program, but I never did it. Looking forward hopefully to this season and appreciate all the help and support that you give me.

  44. I Am In!!!
    I only uses Scentsy but one of my favorite will be Autumn Leaves..Yes Be Even More Thankful☺☺☺

  45. I love this challenge! It’s the perfect time to be focused on things above as we head into a busy holiday season. My favorite scents are linen or clean laundry like. And anything cozy. Thank you for challenging us❤️

  46. I’m in!! The holidays are always so busy & rushed.. I never truly enjoy them! I want this year to be different!

  47. I’ve done lots of WLW Bible studies, but never the November challenge. I’m in for the first time! I love any apple scented candle, my current favorite is caramel apple.

  48. A whole new experience for me (Instragram as well as W.L.W.)
    Looking forward to trying!!
    My favorite candle scent is Cashmere by Partylite (which is a clean, fresh linen type smell) ????

  49. I just recently purchased a new candle. The scent is called Mulled Cider. It smells like homemade applesauce. ❤️ Walmart special.

  50. It’s my favorite time of the year! Tomorrow I am making my large natural beeswax candle as I am ridiculously allergic to pretty much all scents. This year I am so excited my eldest daughter will be joining me! I can’t believe I have been doing this sense the beginning. Thank you!

  51. Yes! I’m so ready for this!! ❤️
    I’m using my WLW Blessed Tracker ????
    Favorite ???? is olive oil & fig ????

  52. Not buying a new candle as I already have plenty (big believer in hygge!) … first time with this challenge, coming to you from Rochester, Minnesota.

  53. What a wonderful idea! This will be my first time doing this. My favorite candle this time of year is White pumpkin from Gold Canyon candles. I just recently bought one. ☺️

  54. I love the smell of cinnamon, cloves, orange, and peppermint this time of year!
    I will use my diffuser with the light on for this month. I miss candles, but they give me a headache these days, so I have to stick with my oils.

  55. I’m so excited for this to begin! ❤️My favorite candle has a very subdued scent- Garden Mums which I got at Target.

  56. I love cinnamon scents of fall. I use essential oils more than candles but found one at Hobby Lobby that isn’t over powering to burn for this month. I’m so excited for this soul care in the month of November. A perfect time to reset and focus on the truth of the Holiday season.

  57. I am in! But I won’t be burning a candle. I’ll be diffusing my Young Living essential oils in my diffuser that Flickers like a candle instead! My favorite scents are tree oils – Pine, Black Spruce, Blue Spruce, Balsam Fir.

  58. I am in!!! I desperately need change in my home!!! We do not use candles in our home but I will diffusing my Young Living essential oils every day. I love the smell of orange and spiriment.

  59. I am in this for the first time. I love vanilla scents, pumpkin, anything chocolate, and hazelnut just to list a few. I am excited and hoping it will help me.

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