Monday, 20 October 2014

Home Is Beautiful

Tonight I asked my twelve year old son and my ten year old daughter what 'home means to them'. I think that we would all agree that none of our homes are perfect; but home is beautiful. 

Love begins by taking care of the closest ones – the ones at home.
Mother Teresa

A thought crossed my mind today; more of a plea, a hearts desire, a sorrowed sigh. I wish to slow down more. To simplify more. To be more at home where the things that hold eternal value and worth reside. 

The constant push and shove of this world with its 'be more', 'do more', 'own more', 'learn more', 'create more', 'up-grade more', pressure leaves me exhausted. Where's the rest gone? What was so wrong with society when it was slower? When it was richer in relationships? How I find myself longing to slow down even more and focus more on the eternal.

Little Miss P and I read the Bible together this morning, Colossians 3. Verse one reads ... Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things.

It's not the structure of the home that matters, but the souls therein. 

It's not the furniture of the home that matters, but the hearts therein. 

It's not the style of the home that matters, but the amount of Christ like love and grace that is lived there. 

I really desire more slow.

More of the eternal in our home. More paying attention to the relationships, to the teaching and laughing. The singing and playing. More moments making simple memories together. 

More of Jesus. 

More of Jesus = Less of the World = Slowing for the Eternal. 

Little Miss P wrote that home to her is ...

  • having fun
  • enjoying each other
  • spending time together
  • giggling and laughing
  • watching movies together (she is only ten after all!)
Be grateful for the home you have, knowing that at this moment, all you have is all you need.

Sarah Ban Breathnach 

It takes hands to build a house, but only hearts can build a home.
Author Unknown 

Mr S wrote that home to him is ...
  • safety
  • fun
  • family
  • love
  • a place to go to 
  • something to look forward to

Love begins at home, and it is not how much we do… but how much love we put in that action.

Mother Teresa 

Every house where love abides

And friendship is a guest,
Is surely home, and home sweet home
For there the heart can rest.
Henry Van Dyke 


Help me keep my eyes on You. I long to slow down this life and focus on the eternal. 
Thank You for the many blessings You've given me so freely. Please use my heart,
my mind, my home, my everything for Your glory. I love You and I thank You that You will
help me to spend my days in the way that matters.

In Your Precious Name I pray, Amen.

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  1. This was absolutely beautiful and inspiring! Thank you for sharing it on the Art of Home-Making Mondays!!!! :)

    1. I'm so glad you enjoyed it Jes! Hope you're having a blessed week :)

  2. Oh, how I love home! And yes....a focus on the eternal!
    Beautifully said!


    1. Thank you for visiting here Katy, it's so nice to have you! I'm glad you enjoyed this post. Blessings to you :)

  3. Good morning! I just wanted to let you know that this post was FEATURED on the Art of Home-Making Mondays this week. It was such a good home-building message! :)

    Please join in again this week!

    1. Thank you so much Jes! I'm very grateful and feel very honored to be featured on your amazing blog! I'm so glad you enjoyed it! Have a beautiful week, I'll link up again for sure! :)


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