Without a doubt, one of the greatest material blessings the Lord has given to my husband and me is our home. It is more than we ever imagined and, yet, is exactly the type of home we would dream about. The circumstances that brought us to this home only confirm that God “handed” it specifically to us. We feel blessed every day. We work, daily, to keep things – inside and in the yard – clean, manicured and organized. I enjoy making our home feel cozy, comfortable and, hopefully, inviting as well. But even more than the decor on the mantel, the pumpkins on the porch or the smell of dinner in the oven, I want to be busy “building my house.”
“Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might….” Ecclesiastes 9:10
2 – Set the right tone. I have always believed the mother sets the tone in a home. This was true when my children were young but, I find, it is still true with just the two of us. I am as emotional as the next woman (I suppose) but, thankfully, I am learning to better control my emotions. I have learned the hard way that my moods can impact a dinner, an evening, or even a whole week – and not always for the best! What a sad statement – and a waste of precious time together.
“Live joyfully with the wife whom thou lovest….” Ecclesiastes 9:9
3 – Serve others – and be hospitable. This is one area where both my husband and I are trying to improve. This seemed to be easier – or seemed to come more naturally – when we were younger but I am not sure why. Perhaps it is simply settling too easily into our routine – a routine of two. But we are making improvements. Whether inviting others into our home or serving others in their home or even in our community, there is much joy in hospitality.
“For a bishop must be blameless, as the steward of God; not selfwilled…but a lover of hospitality…..” Titus 1:8
I pray these will encourage or inspire you as well….to build your house. A house that not only glorifies God but, as well, is a haven and a blessing to everyone who lives under your roof. And, no, none of those homes above are mine. They are just some of the gorgeous ones I found on Unsplash. I would have stepped outside to photograph my house but skies are grey and drippy as Hurricane Florence pushes in on us. Pray for all those who may be affected in the next few days ahead.