“Offering hospitality is much more about the condition of your heart than the condition of your home.” Karen Ehman, A Life That Says Welcome: Simple Ways to Open Your Heart & Home to Others*
Karen is reminding me that in my quest to create a spirit-filled home, the condition of my heart is of greater importance than the condition of my home. And while I still have plans for painting and decorating my home, my first priority will always be the condition of God’s home, my heart.
Myquillyn shared a beautiful quote by Charles Henry Parkhurst in her book The Nesting Place,* “Home interprets heaven. Home is heaven for beginners.” Our homes are an expression of who we are. Home is the place we open up to welcome others in. Our homes allow us to be a vessel for God’s goodness to those He places in our path.
And part of creating a spirit-filled home is removing the clutter, so home is a place of rest and peace. I’m doing Ruth’s 31 Days to a Clutter Free Life challenge. And this week I worked on my closet following her suggestions of “keeping only items that:
- Fit, flatter and make you feel great
- Are in good to excellent condition
- Are part of an outfit or “go” with other items you own
- Are classic cuts, stylish and well-made”
One other guide I used when evaluating what clothes to keep or get rid of is: Would I buy this item today? I don’t know where I read that idea, but I found it to be so helpful in deciding what should go. It was hard getting rid of clothes that were in great condition, but having too many choices makes it hard to decide what to wear.
In this week’s challenge on Making Your Home a Haven, Courtney encourages us to:
- “Keep your candle burning, the music playing and plan a Family Fun Night.
- … take the time to savor these moments with your loved ones.
- Work on kindness and joy this week.”
Most dinners together are at the table, but Sunday nights we pull out the TV trays and eat dinner while watching our favorite show. And because we enjoy the time together and it’s a little different, it’s one of my favorite nights of the week.
“Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.” Colossians 3:12
Just as I get dressed in the morning, I need to clothe myself in God’s Word so I can put on His character. And after an encounter with the holy One, I can choose to by joyful no matter the circumstance and exhibit kindness to those around me.
I can be joyous and exhibit kindness because of an encounter with God’s holiness.
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Rest in His presence.