I wasn’t planning on writing about this next on my blog, but this morning I had such a revelation that I just had to share it. I am encouraged that God cares, even about the little things in our lives! 🙂 Here’s some thoughts from my journal…
I was praying this morning about my house…well, really, about the way that I take care of my house. I’ve noticed that I always feel behind, and like I can never catch up on all the things that I need to get done (inadequate). Sometimes it’s something “unnecessary” like putting up burlap curtains. Sometimes it’s a little more needed, like cleaning the (gross) bathtub or washing the growing pile of dishes.
Last week, a very wise woman told me and several other women about this: “It’s a choice.” And I’ve been thinking about that a lot. It’s a choice to wash dishes. It’s a choice to clean house. It’s a choice to create beauty and a welcoming place.
But I digress 🙂I’m realizing that God has been faithful: recently, He has been re-awakening in me the creativity He has put in me. I actually want to rearrange and decorate my house, which is something that I haven’t felt like doing in a long while. But then I turn around and make it into a “to do” list…and instantly feel miles behind.
So, in praying about it: Would You let my heart just open up to this creativity You’re awakening in me? And instead of saddling a list of rules on myself, would You just stir up my heart to respond…That out of peace, I would make my house into a beautiful home?
Yes, that may sometimes require scrubbing the toilet or sweeping the floor or doing the dishes when I don’t necessarily feel like it. But it can also be hanging curtains or arranging the centerpiece or draping fabric…It’s all part of building a home. And when I do it out of a place of peace, it becomes joy to me!
“I will beautify My beautiful house…” (Isaiah 60:7)
In this passage, God is saying that the sacrifices brought to Him–out of hearts that are right with Him–fill His temple with a good fragrance and make His place glorious.
In the same way, when I align my heart with God’s truth of who He says I am, I am able to respond in joy to the creativity He’s put in my heart. I am able to create and decorate and clean and bring beauty–making my home a place of peace.
“The wisest of women builds her house…” (Proverbs 14:1)