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What kind of atmosphere pervades your home? Is it one of constant busyness--always running from one thing to the next, always stressed, always short on time? Is it one of anger--everyone always snapping at each other, cruel words flying, doors slamming?
Or is it one of peace--kind words of love and forgiveness the norm, organization keeping everyone on track, time set aside each day to slow down and be together?
As the "lady of the house," setting an atmosphere of peace is primarily my job. That doesn't mean it's entirely my job, or entirely any wife and mother's job. Husbands, daughters, and sons all contribute to making home a haven--a place where people feel safe, comfortable, welcome, calm, and peaceful.
There are several ways that home becomes a place like this. First, it helps if a home is clean, tidy, nicely organized, and tastefully decorated. These are tasks that generally fall primarily to the wife and mother--but cleaning and organizing are jobs the whole family can help with!
Second, home is a haven when friends and relatives are made to feel welcome and comfortable. What kind of guest accommodations does your home have? Are you comfortable with having people over for meals or longer visits? Do you stress and worry when you have to prepare a meal for more than just your family? Practice hospitality--be kind and generous to those who enter your home. And that includes your family! Is your home a place where you, your husband and children, look forward to returning each day?
Third--and perhaps most importantly--a home is a haven when it is indwelt by the Holy Spirit. Do you make your home a place where the Gospel is predominant? Does everyone who comes into your house feel the presence of the Holy Spirit? Fill your home with prayer, worshipful music, good books, the regular reading of Scripture (individually and as a family), and ask the Lord to be present in your home. Just as our bodies are living temples of the Holy Spirit because of God's gracious work in us, so we ask that our homes be places where he is present as well.
Jami at Young Wife's Guide talked about this very thing in a sweet and thoughtful post yesterday. I highly recommend you read what she had to say!
Share with me in the comments--how do you make your home a haven, no matter what your role in the family?