Giving Life to Your Home

I’ve been reading a lot about cleaning, simplifying, organizing and beautifying my home lately. I’ve come across some wonderful books on the subject (Organized Simplicity by Oxenrider…awesome). A few days ago, in “31 Days to Clean- Having a Martha House the Mary Way” by Sarah Mae, I read about how God created women to be “life givers.” Mae says, “Life giving is raising life above the level of mere existence…At its core, life giving is all about love- loving others with what God has given us.” I loved this and thought I would share the 10 Ways to Give Life to Your Home that she shares in her book…

1. Retrain our tongues to give words that encourage, comfort and edify others.

2. Offer life-giving and grace-filled words to husband and children.

3. Make our homes a place of grace where mistakes and sins are not met with anger but with love and hope.

4. Decorate our homes to make home a place of beauty. Beauty raises life above mere existence.

5. Develop necessary cleaning skills and habits; clutter causes stress.

6. Face our anger, anxiety, fear, and depression. Our homes reflect our mental/spiritual/emotional health. Ask the Lord to replace these emotions with faith and hope.

7. Plan regular times away from home to rejuvenate and gain perspective.

8. Perservere in planning fun activities for family on weekends or ordinary weekdays.

9. Play praise or worship music to lift everyone’s spirits. (Even King Saul in the Bible, when the Holy Spirit had left him, was refreshed and calmed by David’s worship.)

10. Ask the Lord: What areas of my home are causing stress or bringing spiritual/emotional/mental “deadness”? What can I do to bring life to those places instead to make them a place of refuge?

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