Making Your Home a Haven: Starting this week!
Photo from a source of joy
I have always really enjoyed my friend Crystal's posts in her series, "Making Your Home a Haven". As Crystal is nearing the end of her third pregnancy, she's scaling back on a few things right now. I'm thrilled to be able to continue the "Making Your Home a Haven" series here on my blog!
Each Monday, I'll have a challenge posted here for you. :)
If you have a blog and want to play along, you can post about your progress and then add your link to my post over here! If you don't have a blog, I'd love to hear about your progress in the comments section!
Before we start, I wanted to share where I'm coming from with this series. You know, I love homemaking. After all the hard work of maintaining a house, it's rewarding to be able to look over my accomplishments and feel a sense of "success".
But "making your home a haven" isn't really about having the cleanest house, the nicest decor, or even an empty laundry hamper (although the empty hamper sure is nice!).
A home that feels like a haven to your family is a home where you (as the homemaker) have a peaceful servant's heart and patience. It's a home where getting everything crossed off the list isn't nearly as important as simply having a joyful, creative, relationship-filled day (versus simply a "chore-filled" day).
I'm not saying we can't build relationships while we work. In fact, working with our children and spouse is a great way to build up our relationships with them! But the focus needs to be on the people, not the chores.
So, the "Making Your Home a Haven" challenge isn't all about cleaning, working, or to-do lists. It's about having a spirit-filled heart and loving our families enough that we strive to make ourselves and our homes a welcoming, joyful, and peaceful haven to them!
I'm excited about continuing this journey and getting to share it with you all! :) Stay tuned for your first challenge... :)