If you can call 28 degrees above zero warm, then it's warm! Compared to the below zero wind chills we've been experiencing, this is very nice indeed. : ) Cloudy though (which I tend to like anyway).
I've been wondering about what I would post about today. It has been an uneventful week other than getting a lot of organizing done and I've already mentioned that in past posts. But maybe an uneventful week is a blessing. It wasn't a perfect week - there were a couple of times when short tempers flared (the negative side to retirement I guess - maybe too much togetherness sometimes?) But to get past that and keep going and keep trusting in the Lord for the strength to get us through each day was probably the one thing that was consistent.
Our homes are a place where we can make it what we want of it. What do you want? Country, cozy, modern, mid-century, sparse, full? We can spend a lot of money to get it the way we want it to be. Or, we can spend very little to get it the way we want it to be. And home isn't exactly a house in the suburbs. It can be a high-rise apartment in the middle of downtown. It can be a lovely mansion in the wealthy part of the town. It can be a humble cottage by a lake. It can be a century-old farmhouse in the middle of wheat fields. We all have our idea of what home is.
The Bible says that we labor in vain though if we are building our homes without God being the center of it. All the work we do to make our homes comfortable and beautiful means nothing without God. Does God come first or is He an after thought? Do we constantly talk things over with Him (praying without ceasing) or do we take matters into our own hands? Do our neighbors see anything different in how we "build" our homes?
I feel like so many women are jumping on the change train just to be "fashionable" or "with it" - afraid of what others might think if they continue in their "old-fashioned" values and beliefs. That's SO sad! We've forgotten how to build up our homes for the edification of and glory to God. We're allowing things into our homes that are not God honoring. When we forget that it is God that has provided our homes we forget what's important. We forget that we can use our homes for the good of the family, the good of our neighbors, the good of our community. Our homes can look like it should be on the cover of House Beautiful magazine, but without God it means nothing.
I take care of our home because it not only needs to be taken care of, but it is also belongs to God and I want to be a good steward of what He has so generously given. Like I've said before, our whole house could fit into some people's living rooms - but.........it's home. So, this week will pretty much be like last week. I will continue to go through all the stuff, reorganize, and clean. I will do the extra chores that need to be done. I will do it for myself. I will do it for my husband. I will do it for the Lord. If this is all new to you, then ask God for assistance. Ask Him to show you what HE wants you to do with and in your home. Don't go outside the home and in to the worldly influence of others trying to tell you what to do - that can only get confusing. God is not a God of confusion. If you put Him first, He will make the paths straight. : )
God bless you in your homemaking and homekeeping!
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