A very warm welcome to everyone who is new here ~ so glad you could join us for Making Your Home a Haven week!
Before we begin, would you please join me in prayer for our week together?
I come before You earnestly seeking Your help for creating my home to be a haven this week. This is always my desire, but I am setting aside this entire week to be focused on home and regaining order.
I know that I cannot do this without You and that I need Your direction in every step I take. Lord, I desire, above all - to please You this week in our home. I ask You to guide my heart through Your Word, through time spent working on my home and enjoying those who I share my home with.
I pray for all those who are joining in this endeavor ~ for Your guidance and blessing over each home participating. Please give us Your wisdom in making good and wise choices for our homes this week. Enable us to say "no" to the things that will hinder us this week and keep us on the straight path following You.
I acknowledge before You and all others participating that I need help in this area, Lord and I am asking You to provide what I need.
Thank You for caring about our homes and providing so generously for our homes. May You be glorified in and through them.
In Jesus' Name,
Are you ready to get started? I know that I am - I have kept our entire week clear on the calendar in anticipation of this week!
I know that the most important thing we can do for our homes is begin our day with Our Father. Will you join me in setting aside some time to be with Him? Read His Word, fellowship with Him, what is one thought I can bring from this time to meditate on throughout the day? I love Crystal's suggestion of fixing a yummy drink (hot or cold) and sitting down for this time of refreshment. She also encourages us to ask God to bless our day and to love through us. I know that I want this for my home. What was the thought you will carry with you throughout today ~ please share!
It works best for me to plan my day the night before, but if it works better for you to do it in the morning - go ahead and make a plan for today. I'd like to pray over my list each morning this week as well asking for God's help and strength to complete what He wants me to complete.
Today, I'm going to focus on tidying my home. I can't clean it or even take good care of it when there is lots of clutter. And, the clutter fills up and discourages my heart and mind as well. If you'd like ~ tackle some areas of clutter in your home today or pick a different area of your home that needs attention. What is on your list today?
Before we begin our day, lets also think ahead to dinner. Making our homes a place of haven includes providing and preparing a meal that says we care about those around our table. What are you serving for dinner tonight?
Here's my plan for today:
Up and dressed; sitting at the kitchen table by 7am for Quiet Time
Littles up; fed; dressed
Empty dishdrainer of clean dishes
Clear top of dryer
Clear kitchen counters
Clear clutter out of car (let girls play in car)
Clear my nightstand and big pile by my bed!
Walk through each room and do a quick pick-up
Sprinkle homeschool activities and fun throughout the cleaning!
Dinner: Applesauce pancakes; bacon
I would love to hear what you are planning for the day. If you are able or interested - please take before and after pictures and tell us about your day! I'll be posting my update later today on how our day went. Please add your link (directly to your post, please) or comment so we can visit and encourage one another. Let's also be diligent in praying for one another during this week. I look forward to hearing from you!
Note: As we look toward the end of the week, I'm going to be focusing on using my haven to reach out to others. Be thinking about how you can reach out to someone around you either by taking something to them or inviting them into your home. Let's even make an effort to do it this week - as part of our challenge!