Is My Home a Haven? (Week #3)
(I apologize for posting this so late. . .busy, busy week I've had!) :o)
So it's week 3 and I'm still working on my haven. I light my candles each day (2 in the kitchen and 1 in the school room). And I am praying for peace. And you know what? God answers prayer! My life is certainly not without its challenges and I have prayed for God's peace. And He has granted it. So thankful! We also have continued playing music during our school day and the kids have really enjoyed it. . .so, we're keeping it up.
This week's tasks were all about tackling clutter:
1) Make a list of areas in your home that are visually stressful because of the clutter and clear them out
2) Consider any spiritual "clutter" you've noticed. What gets in the way of peace in your life?
3) Continue last week's tasks.
Well, let me just say that I am having a few difficulties in the cleaning department. A growing "baby tummy" and late pregnancy fatigue can be challenging! (I'm still forever GRATEFUL, though!!) So, I have tried to focus on maintaining our heavily trafficked areas each day and doing other chores as I can.
One area that can be visually stressful is when the kitchen table is cluttered. The kids bring in school work to show Daddy during dinner time, mail and magazines end up there, groceries, and whatever else. So, I've tried to clear it off each day.
Also, my husband purchased some new "P.E. equipment" for the kids (bean bag toss, roller skates, t-ball, you name it! :) ) and it ended up in a corner of the sitting room. Even after being used, everyone returned the items to the same corner of the sitting room, as though they belonged there. I couldn't take it any more! LOL So, my daughter (6yrs.) helped me move it all into the garage. (Thanks, sweetheart! She told me she could help because she was strong.)
These are just a couple of areas, trust me, there are more! I imagine I'll be doing this portion of the challenge for a while! LOL
Spiritually, the Lord has been dealing with me on making Him the Lover of my soul. I'm realizing the ways in which I place unrealistic expectations on my husband, expecting him to bring me peace and joy and to never disappoint me. Now, I'm not saying that I am displeased with my sweetie, nor am I "husband bashing." But, the truth is this: we are both human and we will fall short and we will disappoint one another.
It is unfair for me to hold him to the standard of being my ultimate source of peace and joy--that place belongs to God. I have to look to Him first, be filled with His Spirit first so that when difficulties arise in my marriage, I can respond in love and not be an emotional wreck. Emotional wreck = less peace. I hope what I'm saying makes sense. . .the Lord is still working on me in this area . . .still showing me where I'm weak. . .hopefully I'll be able to share more about it later.
Well, that's all for now, Ladies. I pray that you all have peace in your homes; may the Lord be your ultimate source of joy and peace!