As a homemaker, we are responsible for our families and homes. It really is an honor to have this calling. So much rides on us getting the hang of it. This doesn’t mean it will be perfect by any means however we should want it to be a place our family will want to come back to and remember fondly. So, let me share 5 sure ways to bless your home so your family loves being there and, most importantly, God is the center.
1. Build It. As we begin our journey as a keeper of the home, it is important we are making every effort to build our home not tear it down. This means being intentional and deliberate in all our decisions to make a home that honors God and draws the family together. It will require dreaming, thinking and purposeful planning to make a home our families want to live in and that honors the Lord. “The wisest of women builds her house, but folly with her own hands tears it down.” (Proverbs 14:1)
2. Protect It. Always covering our families and homestead with prayer is the best way to protect them. Another way is we make sure we are aware of all that goes on in our home. We keep an eye on concerns in the house by offering an ear to listen and we ask questions. This is our spiritual duty towards our homes and all who live in it. We protect our homes spiritually and from worldly influences because we know what is happening within our home and we place it all in the Lord’s hands seeking His wisdom. “…guide the house, give none occasion to the adversary to speak reproachfully.” (1 Timothy 5:14)
3. Tend It. There should be good effort made to manage our home to the best of our ability. We need to aim to keep an organized home and cleanliness (not perfection!) ought to be a priority as well. It is for the good of our families and our peace of mind. In tending to our homes well, we will alleviate stress and chaos within the home. We also demonstrate contentment and gratefulness for what has been entrusted to us. All of this encourages a peace-filled and well managed godly home. “To be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed.” (Titus 2:5)
4. Fill It. We aim to create a home that is welcoming and cozy. We fill it with decor to fit our family’s taste and style and pleasant aromas like home cooked meals and candles. Just as the Lord set the tone by His own creation, which is filled with much beauty and style, so we should bless our homes the same way. It becomes the home that welcomes our family every day with love and remembrance of the Creator of beauty. When there, they should feel at ease and invited. When away, they ought to desire to be there because it is filled with much love and care. Let’s take this filling concept a bit further and add she also fills her home with children according to God’s will. “By wisdom a house is built, and by understanding it is established; by knowledge the rooms are filled with all precious and pleasant riches.” (Proverbs 24:3,4)
5. Love It. Loving our homes will create and leave behind a heritage that our families will cherish all of there lives. We love our homes by allowing JOY to exist in the form of smiles, laughter and being together. We choose contentment and gratefulness to permeate the home. We teach forgiveness as we are forgiven. We cherish our marriages and treasure our children. “A mother at home is blessed with an exceptional opportunity to serve the Lord. ‘Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.’(Matthew 25:40) We serve the Lord whenever we bathe, feed or clothe a child, wipe a nose, tuck them into a warm bed, or nurse their little wounds! Do it all as unto the Lord! Serve Him with gladness, and your children will learn to serve joyfully!” (Lynn Pyles Bruce) We love our homes unto the glory of God and with JOY desiring to create a godly heritage.
How will we today bless our homes unto the glory of the Lord and to the benefit of our families?