Yesterday morning I saw that my very organized friend, Erin (you are, don’t say you’re not!), who blogs over at My Mommy World joined Women Living Well’s Making Your Home a Haven: 31 Day Fall Challenge. I love these types of challenges because 1) I’m competing against and pushing myself and 2) My family as well as my soul benefits. So…I’m in!
I’m a week behind, but no worries. I started Week 1 yesterday and will start Week 2 right on time. See? No one to scold or shout at me to “RUN, RUN HARDER!” (That’s how I picture a personal trainer challenging me and I cringe at the thought.)
For Week 1’s challenge, Courtney (the gal behind Women Living Well) suggests we get a large candle, choose a spot for it in your home, and light it daily. Each time the candle catches your eye, say a prayer for peace in your home.
I love this challenge. I like the reminder to take a moment to say a prayer during the day. And, as Courtney states, it’s not the things you do or don’t have that make your home a haven–YOU are the key to making your home a haven. 🙂
I chose to put my candle on my mantle for the weekend. As we pass through our family room a gazillion times each day, we have a gentle reminder of the blessing of our home and I can say my prayer for peace many times a day. I strive to make my home a haven for my family and for those dear friends who stop in. But I often find myself frustrated with piles of clutter or rushing to clean up quickly when someone calls to say they’re stopping by. I like this simple gesture, the tangible reminder–the lit candle–telling me that I have control over the mood and feel of my home. And I’m choosing to make it a warm, welcoming haven for those I love and those in need.
What makes YOUR home a haven? What do you do to make your home a comfortable place for those you love?