“Spread love everywhere, but first of all in your own house.” Mother Theresa
This week I surprised my husband with lemon bars. I didn’t make lemon bars because they were my favorite. I prefer peanut butter, chocolate, or something pumpkinlicious. So why did I make lemon bars? They are Tim’s favorite. And what did I get for this effort? He called me “the best wife ever”! Sometimes I get it right : )
Then there are times I don’t. I offer bright smiles to the stranger on the street and get home and put up my feet. That’s when these words from Karen Ehman from her book A Life That Says Welcome* go straight to my heart: “Focus your time and energies on making those closest to you sense your desire to be one who displays the love of Christ through her attitudes and actions.”
Part of creating a Spirit-filled home is removing the clutter so our homes become places where the love of Christ is displayed. I’m doing Ruth’s 31 Days to a Clutter Free Life challenge, and this week I worked on my office.
“Objective: A beautiful and inviting workspace where you can address work quickly and efficiently.”
It amazed me how clearing the surface areas gave the room a fresh, clean look. Even though the stacks of papers were neatly piled, having them gone made a big difference. To decorate I took some old frames I wasn’t using and framed my daily schedule and today’s printable to hang over my craft table. Then for a pop of color, I draped a piece of fabric over my blinds.
In this week’s challenge to Make Your Home a Haven, Courtney challenges us to:
- “Focus on the kitchen, the heart of the home.
- Cook things with pleasant aromas like homemade bread, pies, and cookies. Don’t wait to have a reason to make something special – do it simply to show love to your family.
- Work on showing love, goodness and faithfulness to your family this week.”
If you’re looking for a way to bless your family, here’s my recipe for 2 Ingredient Pumpkin Bread that is both easy and delicious.
“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.” John 13:34
To end this series, I want to give you a free printable to remind you to keep your candles burning as a prompt to pray. As we live out the fruits of the Spirit in our lives, we will create Spirit-filled homes that shine for the glory of God. We will display His peace, patience, gentleness, self-control, kindness, joy, love, goodness, and faithfulness to those around us.
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Rest in His presence.