Making My Home A Haven is important to me. Sharing homemaking skills. Recipes and food. Bible Studies. This is a treasure chest of goodies. So take a seat. Have a glass of tea and enjoy. You will learn all about who I am.
From Sarah : This is another New-To-Me Blog that was part of the ROUNDUP on Courtney’s post from 2010. I am enjoying reading these. I may have read them when they were first posted but don’t remember them. I didn’t have a blog back then. From The Making Your Home A Haven Series By Women Living Well And Good Morning Girls This one is Carebear And Co. Still active and going strong in 2019. The following is from Carebear And CO.
” I was actually kind of formulating a post relating to this subject in my head-before I read Courtney’s post at Women Living Well . But it was one of those ideas that I was just playing with in my head as I went about my duties. It might never have made it to my blog if it weren’t for her challenge.
Courtney mentions two homes. Number 1 has a mom who is distant, distracted, crabby, discontent and doesn’t pray. The woman of the home in number 2 is engaged (connected), manages her time wisely, pleasant, content and prays. As much as I hate to admit it-even to myself-I see more of myself in the description of the first woman. “
From Sarah : I believe most of us may fall into the first category at least part of the time. Homemaking can be very rewarding and fulfilling. It can also be stressful and wanting “MORE IN LIFE.” While reading her post from November 10 OF THIS YEAR I realized that it tied into OUR MAKE YOUR HOME A HAVEN SERIES .
“Moving is EASY. I know that’s probably not a statement most people who have moved would agree with but bear with me. Moving is easy…compared to making where you’ve moved a real home. I’m not talking about a house. We are working on that but it’s mostly within our control. Furniture, your things put away and pictures on the walls. It’s a work in progress but it’s also a labor of love and just takes time. But we choose when and how. We aren’t dependent on anyone else. “ http://carebearandco.blogspot.com/
Recently, I was telling my friend that I have difficulty “hearing” God when I pray. Often finding it difficult to make decisions in my life, I will turn to God in prayer and ask Him to show me His will, to let me know what He wants me to do. I pray sincerely and then […]
From Sarah, Such a simple verse. One easily remembered. Yet, for many, so hard to actually accomplish. I am one of those. Small prayers said all day are easy. You really don’t have to think about them. Real prayer involves a discussion with God. I AM THANKFUL WE LIVE IN A COUNTRY WHERE WE ARE FREE TO PRAY AS WE CHOOSE TO. Have a wonderful day. Love And Hugs, Sarah
From Sarah : Good Morning, Saturday. By the time I finished writing this it will already be afternoon on the East Coast.
I went to catch up on my emails this morning and found a message from
She Reads Truth.
It it, I was reminded to take This Day, and spend time in prayer and Bible Study. To spend time with Our Lord.
As I sit here writing this looking out over the waters here at the park :
(Do we ever really write anything by hand theses days?)
I wonder if most of us take the time each week….each day…. to really talk to the Lord.
For many, Sunday’s And Wednesday evenings are the time for worshiping . To have fellowship with each other.
I don’t get to church nearly as often as I should. I seldom get to my Lutheran Church.
I enjoy the Little Community Church just down the road from us. It is a country church and I know almost everyone there. Yet, for me it’s these special moments when I see the beauty of God’s Creation .
I find myself praying to Him. Thanking Him for all that I have.
Other times I cry out asking for his help his guidence.
Take some time today, to really talk to God. To really listen to what he has to say.
Do you struggle with finding joy in your home? Not the chores and constant grind of cooking and cleaning but our physical house.
The size, the number of bedrooms and bathrooms, the layout, the lack of storage space. Are you content and able to create beauty in every room? Or do you find yourself loathing it, waiting for the next better house, and finding all the faults within its walls?
I’m raising my hand for the latter. Yep. Guilty as charged.
We moved from our dream house, a house I couldn’t wait to buy and never have to move again to a downsize not so perfect rental. The transition was hard. We tried everything in our power to not move and begged the Lord to allow us to continue renting our dream house, some way some how. But the funny thing about God is that He always knows what’s best for us even when we can’t see it.
The Lord didn’t answer those prayers and we drove away from everything I wanted in a house.
So you can only imagine how I feel about any other place we would’ve picked. Nothing could compare to best. So I’ve stopped caring. Why completely unpack, when we are just going to move again. Why decorate at all, we are just going to be moving again. Why even let myself start to like this house, we.are.just.going.to.move.again.
But you know what, I’m robbing myself of the joy that I could have while living here. I’m robbing my family of the joy they could be experiencing if I would decorate and make this little place a place of our own while we are here. I’m robbing my kids of seeing how mommy handles a situation with happiness and contentment even if she doesn’t quite like it.
Friend, if you’re like me you are robbing yourself. It’s time for an attitude adjustment. It’s time to find and create beauty in our less than perfect homes.
On the level of home life, beauty is the order and grace we bring to the waiting hours and spaces of our lives, the celebrations we choose, the rituals we make, the gardens we plant, the care we give with as much attention as we can muster. LGH p. 82
What do you want your home’s atmosphere to say about your, your family? Your tastes, passions, and interests?
Over the next four weeks, we’ll spend time intentionally praying for the church and IF:Gathering 2017. This isn’t a study or even a guide on prayer. In the spirit of IF:Gathering 2017, we’re keeping things very simple. Rather than talking about prayer, we’re simply going to do it. If this feels new or awkward to you, don’t worry. Prayer is simply a conversation between you and God. Don’t worry about coming up with the perfect words or following any type of formula. Just come to Him with your real thoughts and He will hear you.
Each weekday you’ll find a Scripture passage, a sample prayer, prayer prompts, and a video all focused on a theme for the day. The sample prayer and prayer prompts are there just to inspire you. The video is a audio reading of the scripture for the day. We encourage you to close your eyes, listen, and meditate on the scripture. If the Lord leads you to pray in a different direction, follow His leading.
Each day, we will pray around the daily theme. The first three weeks will focus on the church. We’ll start by praying for our own hearts, then those closest to us, our local churches, and the worldwide church. During the final week, we will shift to pray specifically for IF:Gathering 2017.
As a model for the next few weeks, we drew inspiration from Paul’s words to the Philippians. Paul often begins and ends his letters by talking about his prayers for the recipients. When we look more closely at his prayers, we find that he prays for very specific things.
I thank my God in all my remembrance of you, always in every prayer of mine for you all making my prayer with joy, because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now. And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ. It is right for me to feel this way about you all, because I hold you in my heart, for you are all partakers with me of grace, both in my imprisonment and in the defense and confirmation of the gospel. For God is my witness, how I yearn for you all with the affection of Christ Jesus. And it is my prayer that your love may abound more and more, with knowledge and all discernment, so that you may approve what is excellent, and so be pure and blameless for the day of Christ, filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God. (Philippians 1:3–11)
Paul wrote these words to his fellow Christians at Philippi, explaining how he prayed for them. He told the Philippians, “you are all partakers with me of grace, both in my imprisonment and in the defense and confirmation of the gospel” (v. 7). Not only did Paul write this encouraging letter while sitting in prison, but he wrote it anticipating the suffering the Philippians would experience in the near future. Have you ever noticed that in this instance, Paul didn’t pray for the end of his imprisonment or suffering? His prayers for the Philippians reflected this as well. He didn’t pray for their circumstances—he prayed for their hearts. He asked the Lord for their love to increase exponentially. He prayed for holiness and for Christ’s righteous character to be formed in them. Paul prayed this way because he knew that God was, and is, sovereign over all circumstances, and He can use every situation for our joy and His glory. Because of that, Paul focused his prayers on asking the Lord to continue forming his beloved Philippian friends into the image of Christ.
Like Paul, we want to pray for the most critical things. We all come into IF:Gathering from different places. While we can and should continue to pray for the Lord to work in our specific situations, we want to spend the next few weeks praying for God to move and shape us in ways that will matter for eternity—no matter what our circumstances are.
A Call to Pray:
IF we believe God is who He says He is, we will be a praying people. As we begin this season of intentional prayer, we encourage you to spend some time reflecting on the state of your own heart. Pray that the Lord would reveal anything that many hinder this time of prayer. Confess any hidden sin to Him. Pray that He would make us a people marked by faithful prayer and reliance on Him.
We encourage you to share your thoughts, hopes, and dreams about this journey, as well as prayers or prayer requests in the comments at ifequip.com and in the app. Write them out or share voice memos or pictures—be creative! Coming together as a community, even online, can help us strengthen each other in prayer and encourage one another.