“And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also.” John 14:3
The most important point of Jesus’s words here is the fact that He will be at this place. He has gone to PREPARE a place to commune with Him forever! What a privilege to mirror his example by creating and maintaining a place for ourselves and our families to fellowship with Jesus in our homes while he is preparing our eternal home! -Refocused Bible Study
Jesus is our Prince of Peace
How can we prepare places of peace in our home?
What areas in your home are causing chaos instead of calm?
For me, lately, it’s been our daughters’ room. Two girls sharing a bedroom means a lot of…clothes…pocketbooks, lonely socks, confetti…I could go on and on. Oh how thankful I am to write those words. Having girls is fun! Crafts and fashion shows are some of our favorite past times, but with all the crazy fun comes all the crazy mess. Unfortunately, the girls enjoy the fun but not so much the cleaning! (They take after their mama, I confess.)
So, in order to keep that room somewhat in order, I have to go through it about once a week. I am constantly going in there with a trash bag, filling it full of things to donate and throw away (because no one wants one lonely sock or earring). This rhythm of once a week “going through stuff” creates a stream of peace behind me.
What weekly rhythm can you put into place to create peace in your space?
The peace that flows behind me are little girls who can go into their drawer and find two socks because the lonely ones aren’t in the way. It’s them feeling good about the shirt they put on, because it still fits and isn’t to small because I’ve gone through and taken out the ones that were getting too snug. It’s also them learning to take care of the things their Heavenly Father has blessed them with, and passing it all on to their little cousins and friends as soon as we are done with it, thinking of others and in turn being a blessing.
Their little bedroom can reflect their Savior who loves them. They can lay down on the fluffy new mattresses and pull up their soft comforters and be told God provides all their needs so they can lay their heads down in peace. They can talk to Him in the quiet and know that their parents who lovingly created this space for them to dwell in gives just a glimpse of the love their Savior who has gone to prepare their eternal home has for them.
This mentality brings the Holy into Housework.
God has given us a beautiful opportunity to reflect His goodness in our homes. Let’s seize it and praise Him all the way.
What area of your home are you going to focus on this week? I will be posting progress in our girls’ room, so stay tuned!
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I’ll be honest, I get sidetracked in life, how about you, friend? A few years ago, I was tired of spinning on a hamster wheel, feeling like I was making no progress in areas of my life. I prayed and God told me that this was not the way He desired for me to live. He showed me through His word that I AM His daughter, and that there is a better way. A refocused, narrower way.
We can ask God to make our vision clearer for our lives, more effective to know Him better and see Him more clearly right where we are. To have more peace and fulfillment in our relationship with Him, our marriages, our mothering, and our homes. He will flood those areas of our lives with new clarity and breath and life and beauty when we ask Him and meditate on His Word towards those areas in our lives.
His Word brings beauty to the most mundane parts of our lives! By the end of January, if you join us, you will be folding laundry, or reading to your children, or having a conversation with a friend, realizing you are standing on Holy Ground with Jesus, doing exactly what He created you to do, communing with Him and doing good work for His glory, right where He has placed you!
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3 thoughts on “Preparing Places of Peace in Our Homes”
Love this! I never thought what I do every week could be considered a stream of peace (I have 3 daughters altogether..2 of which share a room) thank you for this post..I can now think of these “chores” in a more heavenly manner..this really has helped! 😀
I’ve been interested by the idea of “Holy into the Housework” for awhile. Even though cleaning and organizing isn’t my favorite thing to do, I’ve always found a certain beauty and peacefulness in it, especially when it’s a task I do regularly. I read a book about this topic ago last year… maybe two years ago, actually? Definitely something I want to explore more this year.
We are in the process of doing a complete redesign of our decor. I will have to keep this in mind. It would be nice to have peaceful quiet places in our house