HOME! The very word brings a feeling deep down in heart of a place where we can relax and be ourselves. It is our own little sanctuary in this life. We were created for sanctuary and most of us would say we truly desire our homes to be a place of peace and acceptance, satisfaction and joy, beauty and order.
One of my favorite blogs - Home Sanctuary shares about this:
"Sanctuary isn't an absence of conflict, it's a commitment to listening and understanding. It's not a zen-like existence, but it's a place where there is a decision to shut out some of the noise of the world outside. It's about creating a home where each individual can thrive.Sometimes that means doing loads of laundry so that my kids can find clean clothes to wear. Sometimes it means waiting up for a teenager to come home and listening to tale after tale of high school drama when your body is crying out for sleep. Sometimes it means cleaning toilets, making lunches, changing diapers, checking homework, pulling weeds, straightening closets, or kissing boo-boos.There is work that goes into it.But when there is a purpose to it, that makes all the difference.As moms, so much of sanctuary is in your power to create.You can choose a lifestyle that promotes peacefulness and order, no matter what is going on around you. You can bring beauty to your home, no matter what your budget. It's a mindset that is proactive, rather than reactive. It's a decision to make something good happen inside your four walls.
Sanctuary, simply put, is this:
Peace, Order, and Beauty
That is what I want for my home!! Since I am a very peaceful person, I LOVE peace. But...in a home with three sons, peace isn't always right there...it must be cultivated. God's Word tells us that we should seek peace and pursue it. It takes action and intention to bring about a peaceful home environment.
True peace always begins on the inside and reflects outward. God is the true giver of peace. When we trust Him, we can be assured of His great love for us, that in every situation, He has a plan for our good, He is our protector, provider and keeper.
To pursue peace is to pursue God.
"You will keep him in perfect peace,
Whose mind is stayed on You,
Because he trusts in You." Isaiah 26:13
Home Sanctuary graciously offered a free download of this reminder to seek peace and pursue it. May His peace rest today in your heart, life and home!