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Making Your Home a Haven

 

 

 

Our job as a mother and homemaker is to make sure that our children’s lives are precious to us, that they have a shelter from the world. You see, the home is God’s recovery plan for our family.

Relationships are severed. Friends turn away. Abilities are overlooked. Dreams are dashed.

But how blessed is the husband and child who can simply come home after the rigors of the day and know that all is well there … and will remain well? How blessed they are to have one place—a place you are in charge of—that is a safe space, a harbor, a shelter for their bodies and souls?

Home must be the one place our loved ones can count on to hold them up and build them up again. Let’s commit this week to do the work that makes our home a haven. Think about it.

“If I can just get home, everything will be okay!”

Wouldn’t it be great if every member of your family knew there was one place where everything would be all right? Your home should—and can be—a place of refuge; a place for healing; a place for renewal.

Look around your house or apartment… inside and out. And while you’re looking, make a list of the things that need to be added, repaired, or set up to create an ambiance of a peaceful haven. And don’t forget your attitude. That’s where we’re sometimes put to the test. What is that one attitude that if it were improved-transformed by God-would enhance the feel of your home?

I encourage you to take a new look at your home and how people interact there. Take whatever steps you need to improve the sometimes calm, sometimes fun, and always supportive atmosphere at home.

Would you describe what goes on in your home as “heaven on earth”? That’s quite an expression, isn’t it? Heaven…on earth! And life in your home is meant to be exactly that! The Bible uses home life and marriage as illustrations of God’s relationship with His church, with the people who follow Him. And when you live out your God-ordained roles and fulfill your God-given assignments at home others take notice and see proof of your special relationship with the Lord.

You have the privilege of presenting a picture of what heaven will be like to those around you. When you pursue with passion and purpose God’s design for a woman, a homemaker, a wife, a mom, you establish a home that reflects the order and beauty of life in heaven. An amazing opportunity, isn’t it?

RESPOND:

I’m only human, Lord. How can I have a home and marriage that reflects Your perfect love, Your perfect peace? Show me, Lord. Please help me. I want to grow in these areas. I want to bless those in my home and point people to You. Amen.

RENEWING RESOURCES:

Discovering the Treasures of a Godly Woman: in this timely book, you’ll be delighted to see how easily you can be like the Proverbs 31 woman … an ordinary woman who made herself available to an extraordinary God—and became a tremendous blessing to everyone around her.

REFLECT:

“A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.” (Proverbs 17:22 NIV)

Do I intentionally make the effort to create a home where my family longs to be?

REMEMBER:

Home must be the one place our loved ones can count on to hold them up and build them up again.

Jim and Elizabeth George

Jim and Elizabeth George are bestselling authors and national speakers dedicated to helping people live a life after God’s own heart. Together, they have written over 150 books with more than 14 million copies sold around the world. For over 35 years, the teachings and steadfast example of Elizabeth and Jim have helped countless men and women:

  • Simplify life by focusing on God’s priorities.
  • Appreciate God’s Word and apply it to everyday situations.
  • Respond to circumstances with confidence by seeing yourself through God’s loving eyes.
  • Increase closeness in marriage by serving and honoring each other.
  • Powerfully shape the hearts of children and teenagers.
  • Enjoy greater intimacy with God.

Learn more about Jim and Elizabeth George here.


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