Making Your Home a Haven 2013: Week 1

It’s fall and that means it’s time for Women Living Well’s Making Your Home a Haven Challenge.  I ♥ this challenge from Courtney of Women Living Well.  It calms me, centers me, and helps me focus on what’s most important in this life.

The challenge is simple, yet reaps many rewards for me.  Here’s what Courtney has to say about it:

Each week I will give you one practical tip and one spiritual tip that you can do to create a haven in your home.  Is your calendar full?  Do you feel tense, rushed and even panicked at times?  Do you feel like the rest of the family is feeling the same way?

I believe we can create a physical environment, as well as a spiritual environment, that can bring peace, harmony and a sense of calmness to our homes if we are willing to be intentional.

For Week 1’s challenge (do stop by to check out Courtney’s giveaways as well–this week it’s a year’s worth of Yankee Candles!).  Courtney suggests you 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 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’ve placed my candle on my mantle just as I did last fall.  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.

I hope you’ll join me on this 5 Week Challenge.  They’re simple tasks that have the potential to create or enhance the positive and peaceful environment of your home. I love that it sets the tone as we head into the busy, but blessed holiday season.

What makes YOUR home a haven?  What do you do to make your home a comfortable place for those you love?

♥ Danielle

7 thoughts on “Making Your Home a Haven 2013: Week 1

  1. Good timing, Danielle! I seem to always tune into CCC at the exact time I need it 🙂 I am working on this and welcome the challenge 🙂 Miss you and oh, btw, I still have your books haha Love & hugs to our Lisiiii <3<3<3

    1. Aw, thanks! So good to hear from you, Mona! I’m so glad you’re joining the challenge with me! It’s a good one. 🙂 Missing you! <3 p.s. Read those books during these rainy, cozy days! No worries!

  2. Good thoughts, yesterday I did my version of it after I got off too a bad start never too late to change the day. I’m lighting a autumn candle right now!

    1. I’m glad you “changed” your day and that you made that effort, Cherie. Enjoy these cozy days (before it gets warm again, ugh)!

  3. I totally decorated for fall, lit a fun Halloween candle and baked the rainy evening away last night! My cornbread did not come out nearly as good as yours though 🙁

    1. Yay for fall! I will share my cornbread with ya–it’s our fave! Sounds like you had a cozy night, girlie! xx

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