Homemaking and Hospitality: How to Glorify God in it All
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When I started to grow from a child to an adult, one of the things I really began to notice was how much women enjoy decorating their homes. I met those who would go all-out by going into debt all the way to women who didn’t really care to go into detail decorating their homes. I personally never minded how a person decorated their home. My father always said, “If Jesus would walk into your home, would he be disappointed or would he feel at home?” Those words have always stuck with me, even so now that I’m a wife and homemaker.
I have met many women who enjoy adding touches to their homes. I too enjoy being creative and adding these personal touches. As mentioned earlier, before marriage I used to clip images from home décor magazines and paste them in a notebook for ideas in the future. Now, we have pinterest which is like a never ending magazine that has SO many creative ideas. I really enjoy making my own décor and pursuing DIY projects. God has blessed me with being able to work with my hands and be creative. Being able to use this gift to decorate my home is an added perk.
However, not everyone has the knack for being creative and decorative. God gives us talents to use and it’s up to us how we use them. Just because He hasn’t given you the talent to be creative doesn’t mean you can’t decorate your home to give him glory. Decorating can be a lot fun, but for some it can mean a lot of stress and work. When decorating our homes we have to be careful on how we approach it. Many times, people find themselves going into debt to re-decorate their homes and eventually it will turn into a pride issue (which we will discuss in step #7).
When we decorate our home, we should decorate in a way that brings glory to the Lord. There is nothing wrong with decorating our homes but we need to keep in mind that if it has us questioning whether we should buy new paint or put food on the table then we are probably not decorating for the right reasons. God wants us to be good stewards of our money.
Below I have listed some ways you can decorate your home while still being a servant to God. To me, it’s not about going into debt or becoming stressed in your own home, it’s about being a humble witness to those who stop by.
1.Making those who enter feel more welcomed and invited. Set the tone in your Home.
-I love being able to make our guests who stop by feel at ease and feel welcomed in our home. I always make sure my guests have a place to sit down and rest. I do this by making sure my couches or chairs are cleaned off. If my guests aren’t staying for lunch or dinner, I love being able to serve or offer a snack and refreshments. I add my own personal touch with cute little mugs or a cookie tray/plate to serve their snack on. Jason and I both agree that it gives us both peace to know our visitors aren’t hungry when they come to visit. The foods or drinks don’t have to be elaborate, just offering them food and drink shows you care and that they are welcomed in your home.
-Where we live, we have wild flowers growing everywhere in the late Spring and Summer, so being able to cut some flowers or grow my own and place them in a vase to sit on the table adds a personal touch for my visitors.
Don’t be motivated by pride to make your guest feel welcomed in your home. Instead make them feel your love and your warmth not your pride. People will know when they feel truly invited to your home. I personally can attest to this, I’ve been in homes before that when I walked in, there was just a warm cozy feeling like walking in my grandmother’s home on a cold day after shoveling snow. I have also been in homes where I walked in and I felt like if I were to touch anything my hand would be slapped.
2. Make your Home a Place of Peace
This one is so important to me. How can you decorate your home to make it like a place of peace? I like to start by making a place in our home where Jason and I can sit enjoy a hot cup of coffee and read. Either reading our bibles together, a great book or working on the blog, this area in our home is where we know we can go to sit down and be at ease. We know if the Lord should hopefully bless us with children that the silence of that peace is going to fade a little. However, that doesn’t mean we will have to stop reading, especially reading to our children God’s word. The peace may no longer be such a quiet peace but knowing our children see their parents reading the word of God and us teaching them scripture in this area of our home is so peaceful to me. Until then, just seeing my husband read the bible or do a study with me is such a blessing!
-Make this area in your home noticeable. Let your bible be open to the chapter you last read if visitors come over. The bible is much more than a piece of décor but it will add peace in the Christian home when a guest visits and see it being read. To those who may not know Christ that come and visit, let the bible be a visible witness of you and your home.
3.Decorate with Scripture in your Home
– This is also a powerful way to not only witness to those who visit, but it’s also a reminder to you, your husband and children to help them dwell on the things of God. Like I mentioned earlier in Steps 1 & 2 of Homemaking, it’s so easy to become unfocused from God. We can get caught up easily in little “parasites” from the world. I have found that having words of inspiration in our home is a great reminder to get my mind back on track with the Lord and ask more for his guidance. For many, Christian Décor can be very tacky or cliché, but I know in our home every piece of décor with a scripture on it has a meaning and helps us to stay focused on Christ as the center of our home.
“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Write them on the door frames of your houses and on your gates.” – Deut. 6:5-9
Simplicity. Its something we all seem to aspire to and value but sometimes as crazy as life is it seems out of reach. Things shouldn’t have to be complicated and expensive especially in your home. I recently read a new book written by Melissa Michaels called Simple Decorating. In her book she shares 50 fantastic tips to making your home more inspirational and practical using a budget-friendly approach. If you are having a difficult time knowing how to decorate your home and what style fits best for you and your family, we encourage you to be inspired by this great read. Michaels 50 steps will help you to get unstuck and enjoy decorating without breaking your budget. I absolutely love how she ties everything together in the end with a powerful purpose for decorating your home. Here is a piece she has written on her last page that I thought was absolutely beautiful and sums up why I enjoy and love to decorate my home for my family.
Melissa Michaels – Simple Decorating
“Make the time to enjoy and fully live in the spaces you create, filling your home with not only material possessions, but with a sense of gratitude for what you already have. It’s a haven. It’s a place for rest. It’s an expression of you. It’s an invitation to others. It’s a gift”