Welcome to Day 4 of the Cultivating A Heart for Home Challenge series!
We spent the first few days prepping our hearts and minds for the challenge and making sure our hearts and minds were in alignment with Gods Word.
Today we are going to map our homes for Gods glory. I know that sounds crazy like what?! Yes we are going to map out each room I our homes and identify how we can honor God in those spaces.
Use the free Glory Goals Worksheet to create a singular goal for each room of your home.
This is how I used mine and these are the goals I came up with for our home.
The great thing about this worksheet is that you can share it with your husband, kids, as to what you all are all working towards and want to strive to maintain.
Be sure to add it to your challenge binder because we have a few more activities to do with this worksheet.
Comment below and share one room and Glory Goal you have for your home!
Here we are on Day 3 of the Cultivating A Heart For Home series!!
Now that we’ve established God’s word in our home we have to anchor it in our hearts.
Jeremiah 17:10 “I the LORD search the heart, I try the reins, even to give every man according to his ways, and according to the fruit of his doings.”
Of course you know that we can’t be simply hearers of the Word but doers. Hearing God’s Word is great but we’ve got to apply what we’re learning. We have to be so deeply anchored in Christ that no matter what’s happening in our lives, our heart won’t change.
The kids may be acting crazy but when our heart is in our home, what needs to get done will. You may be exhausted, angry, or busy, no matter what you feel you will always get back to your homemaking because your heart is in it.
Ask God to search your heart. He will give to you according to what you do. Tell God to just have His way with you. He may be using you to establish something great in your home. You have no idea who you’re raising, who can just sporadically drop by, or what He wants to do through you.
He wants you to remember that His strength is made perfect in your weakness.
Anchor your heart in him today.
Here we are with Day 2 of the 30 Day Cultivating A Heart for Home! If you missed Day 1 you can go back and read it here: Day One.
To Cultivate A Heart for Home today’s focus is on the atmosphere that’s Christ centered.
But they delight in the law of the LORD, meditating on it day and night. Psalm 1:2
In order to create a Christ centered home we would need to keep God’s Word on our hearts and minds. So I’m finding new places to post the Word in my home.
Take a minute and read 2 Corinthians 6:14-7:1
It says right here in the word that God lives with us and He does! If God is in our homes should’t it be reflected in our homes? The same way you have evidence that you live there; your photos, your clothes, your magazines and books, your toiletries. Where is the evidence that God lives in your home?
It should be visible to the people who are visiting your home that God is the center of your home. You never know who may be visiting and that’s the only word they get all week. It’s also important because the kids who can read will come by certain areas of the house and read them quietly to themselves and mediate on the word as well. This is especially good for wives to unsaved husbands for them to see and read the word. But most importantly it’s great for you because you will be reminded of God’s promises especially in those moments you want to just run away from home because you feel overwhelmed.
Having scripture posted in your home is just one way to physically display what your family values in your gospel centered home. It even says in Deuteronomy 6:9 “Write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.” It’s a command for us to follow.
Meditate on this one. Let me know which scripture your posting in your home and where.
Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me. (Psalm 51:10)
This challenge was created to assist you in creating your Christ centered home and lifestyle.
Matthew 6:21 says “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”
Our homes are a treasure and a place for wonderful memories to be made and should be viewed as such. However at one point in time I didn’t even want to come home because I viewed it as a burden. The time sucker where I had to dedicate so much time cleaning, organizing, cooking, blah, blah, blah I wanted nothing to do with it so I’d find something else to do that would take all afternoon and evening.
The kids and I would get home late and our schedule was so off! I was miserable. This is not the way God designed my home to be or for me to be as the woman of the house. We are to be keepers of the home; wise women who build it up.
I had extra stress avoiding my home and never did find my sense of peace. I had to literally pray to like being at home, to find the joy in those little moments, and the be the kind of woman who made others enjoy being at her home too.
So that enlightenment turned into this challenge. If you too have found yourself over it you’ll come out with a new heart. It takes time to learn to love something and it’s the same with developing a heart for home.
There are a few resources I suggest you gather for the challenge.
- A 1″ binder
- A digital camera
- An Amazon Prime account (this is not a requirement however I have found it to be very useful from when I want to order books or materials)
- Pictures of the people in your home.
We will be gathering more materials as the challenge progresses but this is a good start!
Go ahead and download the cover for your challenge binder and take a picture of you and your binder for a chance to win some challenge goodies!
Also be sure to use the #HeartForHome when you’re sharing on social media.
Im so excited about the challenge and can’t wait for your families to experience growth!
So I’m scrolling through Instagram this morning looking at cute home designs like I do most days and I see an older post from Joana Gaines. The quote reads: It’s not the load that breaks you down it’s the way you carry it. Wow! An eye and heart opener for me today.
How many of you feel like you are carrying so much on your plate and it feels like you’re just not accomplishing it all or you’re going to break? That’s a burden. A burden that as long as you view it as such will always weigh you down.
Have you ever tried to pick up something really heavy and maybe strained your back or your arms and legs were hurting the next morning? It’s because you didn’t carry it correctly. The experts always say bend with your knees or get someone else to help.
Well mamas I’m happy to remind you today that we don’t have to carry our burdens alone!
28 Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light.”
1. We are supposed to go to Jesus. Not Facebook, nor your mom or your best girlfriend but Jesus. Submit your burden to him FIRST. Jesus’ entire earthly ministry was the invitation to discipleship. The weight of the world can leave a poor mother to feel crushed, spiritually, emotionally, mentally, and physically. The only true place of rest and peace comes from following Jesus.
2. Take his yoke. What does this mean? To take Christ’s yoke means to submit oneself to the authority of Christ. It means to put ourselves under his rule, to join together with him. And he promises that, as the people who submit to his authority and are yoked with him, will find rest for their soul.
3. Be teachable. He will guide us and direct us through the Word. We are to look to the example he has already set for us through the life he lived on earth.
4. What we receive in return is a lighter burden (notice He doesn’t take the burden away, it’s just easier to bear). The joy here is that we still get to share in the accomplishment of the work but without the burden. God isn’t saying with him we won’t experience any discomfort or disdain but when we don’t we don’t have to go it alone and handle it all on our own.
Feeling discouraged? There’s hope in submitting to the authority to the authority of Christ. Take his yoke and make your burdens light.
Hello Mamas! I have been in prayer mode recently. I have to be very honest with you, my home life has been on the fritz. I haven’t been following through as best as I could with my responsibilities and have been struggling balancing being both mommy and business owner. I had truly lost my desire for the home life and began to view it as a burden.
As I’ve transitioned from teacher to full time work from home mom it hasn’t been easy. I LOVE being able to be home with my babies and have more time with my school aged children. But the vision I set out to accomplish with my family hadn’t happen until recently.
Again I know what the Proverbs 31 woman does in the Bible but I struggled with finding my balance in this season of my life. I wonder how many kids she had because if it was five like me she sure is the real MVP! Staying up late to work on building my business, to fall asleep and wake up five times with my newborn is hard on the body and mind. I’m heavily relying on my Dunkin’ Donuts in the morning just to make it through the morning!
I wasn’t focused on making sure my home reflected God’s love nor was I really receiving His grace. So I sat down and had to figure something out! I saw my family getting frustrated with little things that I knew ultimately led back to me and I was no longer happy in my own home.
So I created a course for mamas who too make be struggling with really finding our mojo and heart for homemaking and all it entails. You don’t have to be a stay at home mom to appreciate this course but you do have to have a desire for a gospel centered home and life.
Your home should be that place of refuge, rest, and relaxation. It should be refreshing and restorative. It should reflect your families values and be a place you all love to return to. If your home and heart can use the refreshing join me for this course for the next 30 days!
She was sharing her anxiety about her husband being out of town for two weeks and started to realize how much she relies on him to do certain things for their family. In the time he was gone she was worried about how she was going to do everything by herself for her family.
All I could do was smile. Gods timing is perfect. My husband is out of town for a week and I woke up for the millionth time because he gets the big kids ready for school in the morning and gets my beloved Dunkin Donuts coffee for me every morning. I was so afraid to oversleep and have the kids be late that I couldn’t sleep! He knew I needed reassurance and reading her email did just that.
My two sweet boys are suffering from a virus, I’m pretty sure they’ve now passed it to me (funny how that works huh?) My threenager thinks she runs the house and refused to go to bed last night until about 11:30 when she finally fell out from sheer exhaustion. And my four month old, bless her heart, she just has to eat every two hours. My nine year old cries her eyes out if she can’t take the bus to school in the morning. How in all this craziness am I going to be up on time and not be cranky the entire rest of the day?
Then as I’m in my feelings I read Crystals email. She’s going through the same thing! She serves on this huge platform and I’m thinking to myself mommies everywhere have got it together with their little Pinterest ready homes, and schedules, and I’m just out here winging it. That’s not true!
Moms everywhere share the same fears, anxiety, sickness, sleepless nights, excitement, joys, and feelings. That’s why it’s critical to not only write, blog, speak, or share when things are going well but when they aren’t too. Some mama needs to know she’s not alone!
We are far from perfect and I think God likes it that way so we can rely on Him and not always the people around us. He woke me up on time today. He will be there for me even in my most loneliest moments. And He’s there for you in yours too.
We are the same mamas, just different colors, shapes, and sizes but we all share the same heart.
As Crystal reminded me, let me remind you. You are capable of amazing things and you’re much smarter than you think!
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