Making Your Home a Haven: Starting this week!


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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... :)

Comments

I love this! I cannot wait to read these posts from you... our home could definitely use a haven make-over! :)

Jennifer

I desperately need to refocus my efforts toward home, even though I'm here every day. Excited to see the challenge tomorrow! Amy

I am in!I can't wait to see what it will all be and the challenges.This is something I have been needing to do.

I look forward to the next post!

I am really excited about this. I am about to loose patience and I know that is not what I should do. I have all boys and it is such a challenge. I am thankful for this series!
Shorty

This is juat what I need.

Hi Tammy!
This is going to be great! I have been praying about how I can be a better homemaker. I have been really lacking motivation in my homemaking, but I've been trying harder to keep on schedule... I'm sure this will help... I'm really looking forward to it!
Thanks & have a great day!
~Marie

Thanks for doing this; I've been on my own journey and it will be fun to link up with other mommas =)

Yay!!! I'm so in! :)
-The Southern Housewife
www.hersoutherncharm.blogspot.com

I have been feeling overwhelmed with clutter and just trying to keep up with the housework lately and have to admit that I haven't been the nicest of mommies lately! Your post was a strong reminder to me of what exactly a haven means. I am excited about the home challenges but am also ready to give my family a true haven.

Jenni at My Web of Life
http://myweboflife.kuzuka.com

So there really is such a thing as an empty laundry hamper with kids in the house? I must read on....

Your word about having the right heart attitude towards the day, rather than just getting everything done, is so true! I notice the difference is my children when my heart is right and i include them in the day rather than just focus on the chores. They do need love input into their spirits and they respond so much better when that takes place.
This looks like a great place to hang out!! Looking forward to the regular posts.
Laura

i can't wait!

tami
http://www.agodlyhomemaker.blogspot.com

Really need to be inspired some days! Best wishes on this new endeavor!
donnalee@econome.com

www.econome.info

I'm a mom of 4 busy kids (ages 5, 6, 7, and 14) and strive to have a home that is full of love, warmth, beauty, and sense of belonging. Some days are more successful than others!! I'm looking forward to your challenges. Count me in!
Cindy

www.cindybultema.blogspot.com

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