“Every day in each inch of space, each rhythm of time, each practice of love, we have the chance to join God in coming home, in living so that we make a home of this broken and beautiful world all over again. Love is enfleshed in the meals we make, the rooms we fill, the spaces in which we live and breathe and have our being.”
~~Sally Clarkson, “The Life Giving Home”~~
For as far back as I can remember, I wanted to be a wife, a mommy, and a homemaker. I loved playing house when I was little, and even with my Barbies, it was all about their house and taking care of their home. And all throughout my years at home with my parents, the doors were always open, the island was always full of food, the pool towels were always being washed, and my friends were always welcome. my parents instilled a strong sense of home in my life.
I lived in a college dorm room for four years, but I always filled it with pictures, bright colors, and decor that made it a home for me during that season of life. And redecorating our apartment in Chicago (once we got married and it wasn’t just Jeffrey living there anymore) was a dream come true. It was only home for a few short months, but it was our first home together, and from the beginning, i knew i wanted our home to be a refuge, a place to rest, recharge, connect, and enjoy each other.
When we bought our first home in Lexington, I don’t think I could have ever imagined everything that would take place within these walls in these past ten years. We have brought three babies home here. We have rearranged and filled each room. We are in the midst of our third year of homeschooling. And just yesterday we received our approval to welcome and love on children in our home through foster care (which I will post more on later). We have loved, learned, cried, argued, grown and truly lived together in our home.
And in this season of life we are currently in, God has continually pressed on my heart to spend this year really focusing on our home a haven for all those who enter. For Jeffrey, after a full day of work, that he can come home and rest. For our babies, that home will be a place where they can make mistakes, where they can learn and explore, and where most importantly they can develop and grow in their relationship with the Lord. For family and friends, that our home with always be open, whether it’s clean or not, and that we will always have a spirit of hospitality.
I am so looking forward to spending the year going through, “The Life Giving Home” by Sally Clarkson with a small group of friends. I am praying that it will be encouraging and challenging for each of us as we long to make our homes a place where God is so evident and glorified as we love and serve Him and love and serve each other. Oh, Lord, may our home be a haven filled by You!