Tuesday, October 12, 2010

The Home Is Where The Heart Is

I am currently reading a wonderful devotional for my Bible study with my sweet sisters.  Now, I have read this book before, twice actually, but there is really something about doing it with your Christian sisters that is so special.  The first two times I read the book this particular statement did not stand out to me.  This time...it slapped me in the face.  Lysa TerKeurst says in What Happens When Women Say Yes to God, "How selfish of me to call our home my house." 

You see, I am so very guilty of doing that.  I firmly believe that children should be taught to pick up after themselves and everyone should try to take care of what belongs to them.  God tells us in the parable of the ten talents (Matthew 25:14-30) that we should be good stewards of what has been entrusted to us.  We should try to keep our home and belongings orderly.  However, we do not have to be obsessive about it.  So many times I would practically follow behind my kids cleaning after them.  If they poured something to drink, I hovered over them with a dish cloth to clean up any possible mess.  I felt offended if they messed up something I just cleaned.

Proverbs 31 tells us that a good woman cares for her home.  But it also says she cares for her family.  As much as we should take care of what belongs to us, we should also make our home a happy and peaceful place.  I would much rather have a drop of tea spilled on the counter or a full trash can and laughter ringing throughout our home, than have a spotless house and everyone stressed and edgy.  Our homes should be inviting and comforting to our spouse and children, even to our neighbors and friends.  I do not want to live in a show house. I want to live in a home.  A Godly home filled with love and laughter.  The messes will be there.  It happens.  And even if we clean them, they will show right back up. 

Maybe this is just for me, but I think it is time for me to lighten up and have more fun with my family.  Home is where the heart is! 

1 comment:

  1. I love that book! and this such a great reminder to all of us to enjoy the homes and the families we have been given!


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