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Making Your Home a Haven

June 29, 2011

a fun little wreath we ordered off Etsy. Click the image to see the shop.

Since we moved into a bigger apartment in seminary housing a few weeks ago, John has loved all the space. Often, when we’re out and about, he says to me:

“I wanna go home, Momma.”

And this desire for him to go home has got me thinking a lot about the duty and delight I have as a wife and momma to make my home all that it can be.

I’ve been a stay-at-home Mom for almost a full year now and I’m just now getting the hang of it. I’m not naturally well organized and I have to work hard at cleaning. I’ve had to find a good balance with being in the home and going out so I don’t go crazy.

But what I’m finding that has been so key is that my home should be a place of refuge and rest. It should be a place my husband and children want to come home to, where they find safety and comfort away from the world.

Rebekah- 7 mos. John- 2 yrs.

Practically for me it has come down to creating a warm atmosphere with color schemes and decor, keeping it clean and clutter-free as best I can each day (of course some days it just doesn’t happen!), and putting toys and other things in there proper place. But most of all, it has come down to the attitude and heart I want to create in my home.

And that starts with me.

I kept my friend’s two girls last week and it made my day when the oldest one looked at me while we were walking down the hall and said, “I like you.” Her comment made me smile and it was a big deal to me that she liked coming over and spending her time with us.

I want the attitude in my home to be that my husband, children, and our guests feel welcomed, loved, and taken care of. I want those who walk through our door to be refreshed with good food and drinks and conversation, but also refreshed spiritually and emotionally.

our new view of downtown Dallas

The best example I have of this is my mom who growing up, opened our door to our neighbors, watched their children, shared Christ’s love, listened to life stories, and nourished bellies with her amazing cooking. Her gift was hospitality at the highest level and still is today.

While I don’t consider my #1 gift hospitality, I know as a Christ follower that I’m called to be hospitable to all those who walk through my door and to do my best at it even on the really tough days.

I also realize that my behavior and actions in the home will have huge implications on my marriage and my children’s security and emotional stability in the future. And this is a great responsibility.

Creating a home that is a haven and a place of refuge is hard work because well, I’m imperfect and I have a sinful nature to battle every day. I had to work through some of my own issues this morning with my husband. And sometimes (a lot of times) I’m just so stinkin’ selfish.

But with God’s help and His abundant grace, He gives me the ability to create an atmosphere in the home that is everything I long for it to be so that ultimately, He is glorified and His name is made famous first in my family and then throughout the world.

What do you love about your role in the home?

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. Anna permalink
    June 29, 2011 11:15 am

    I’m both excited and nervous about my upcoming transition to a SAHM. Like you, I’m not naturally organized and neat. Oddly enough, my husband is a much more efficient (and often effective) cleaner. I’ve learned that when I can keep the house tidy it has literal physical affect on him. While I don’t mind books in a stack, it really stresses him out! It’s sometimes hard to see how the little things we do each day are all contributing to the overall atmosphere and culture that our families and friends experience.

  2. June 29, 2011 1:53 pm

    love this!

  3. June 30, 2011 11:39 am

    I am feeling the same way. I want to make our home a haven. Peaceful. A place where my family wants to be. Thanks for sharing Samantha!

  4. July 4, 2011 11:24 am

    Awesome post! Yes, it is hard work to create a haven. I’m so glad you said that out loud because I think for some reason we think it should be “easy” or “natural” for christian moms to create that kind of an atmosphere but yeah, it’s hard. Harder on some days than others. But it’s worth pushing through. Acknowledging when we’ve not done it so well and picking back up. Love your spirit.

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