Back to Basics – Homemaking Day 1

HOMEMAKING IS….

“By wisdom a house is built… by understanding it is established; and by knowledge the rooms are filled with all precious and pleasant riches.”  Proverbs 24:3-4

Homemaking is an opportunity to … invite God into our lives, our homes as we care for those who you truly love by creating a comforting calm space, a safe haven from the storms of life and increasing our ability to help others and feel peace by being prepared, orderly and organized.

It’s not about the decorating of our homes that determine if our homes are warm and inviting, it’s the Spirit of God that lives within our home.  People will sense the Spirit when they walk in the door whether they know it or not.

Homemaking is inviting the presence of God to reside in our homes.  It’s asking God to help us care and arrange our homes in a way that is a comfort and a blessing to the people who live there, as well as those who visit.  It’s asking God to give you wisdom, understanding and knowledge that can only come from Him.

Our homes reflect a glimpse of our hearts.  As Christian women, the foundation for everything in our lives should flow from Jesus Christ.  Our lives flow from His death and His resurrection.  His blood provides the only way we can be saved.  Our real home is in heaven.  Here on earth, our homes can be the closest thing to either heaven (or hell), and by God’s grace, He can help our homes to reflect His kingdom and His life with eternal fruitfulness and joy.

The heart of simplicity is a heart of worship.  Rather than striving in the flesh, it’s a heart of abiding in Christ and allowing God’s presence to flow through us.  Jesus said, “Abide in me and I in you.  As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me.  I am the vine, you are the branches.  He who abides in Me, and I in Him, bears much fruit; for without Me, you can do nothing.” John 15:5

By renewing our vision and focus on making new habits, we can start to live more simply and more fully for Christ.  By surrendering our will to God and choosing to walk in the Spirit daily, we can be free from these burdens and able to complete the work He has equipped us to do.  When we shed the excess in our hearts, our minds, and our homes, we can more clearly heart that still, small voice and pursue God in all we do.  Then we will find true joy and genuine peace.

All of us have the opportunity to change our lives and the lives of those around us if we will commit our whole life to serving the King.  If we don’t invest the time in this amazing relationship, not only are we foolish, but we are suicidal, for the very health and life of our bodies, minds, and spirits are dependent on the health of our relationship with our God.

When we drench ourselves in His Word, we grow in knowledge and grace.  “You therefore, beloved, knowing this beforehand, take care that you are not carried away with the error of lawless people and lose your own stability.  But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.”  2 Peter 3:17-18.  This grace gives us the power and desire to live lives that are alignment with the ways of God.  We must send time with him – putting on Christ every day.  Put your Bible where you can grab moments of reading here and there ~ it is life ~ breathe it!

Reflections for today:

1. If you could describe the foundation of your home at this moment what would it be?

2. What are some time-wasters that you have a hard time letting go of?

3. Why is vision and faith so important when it comes to growing in your prayer life?

4. Is spending your time feeding your soul on His Word daily as much a priority for you as brushing your teeth, showering?  If not, why not?

 

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happy house

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