home to be a haven? Must you have a spouse, and even children, for your dwelling to be a home? Do you have to be there all day for it to be home or a haven?
Or, let me put it this way: Could a dwelling which looks like the pages of a magazine possibly not feel like a haven? Might there be a husband and wife and several children who don't feel "at home" with one another?
Let's face it. There are always changes we want to make to the appearance of our homes. Even when we like what we've done, the contentment wears off as we think of other ideas or see what someone else has done. Or people who haven't yet found their true love might envy those who have, or might put off creating a true home out of their space until they have a spouse.
As long as we are off the streets and safe from the elements, the sense of home and haven have little to do with whether or not we have our dream house. A haven can be achieved no matter where we hang our hats or whether or not we have someone with whom to share that space.
It's an attitude!
It's saying, "No matter where I live, I will do my best to live at peace there. I will do what I can afford to make it look the best it can, and, more importantly, I will treat every person who walks through the door, whether or not he/she lives with me, with respect and honor. I will dare to put others' needs and wishes above my own and serve others whole-heartedly!"
I personally don't physically live in my dream house. The three of us live in a fairly tiny house on a lovely acre of land. With just the three of us and our big lug of a dog, Theo, we aren't the slightest bit cramped or lacking privacy when we need it, yet there are still many changes I want to make to our house, inside and out. I don't actually know, though, what my dream house would be like because, although I'm not living in my dream house, I am living my dream, and I don't have much time to think about what other options are out there.
My dream is to be a wife and mom, to cultivate a close-knit family similar to the one I grew up in, to make a difference in the lives of others in whatever ways God wants to use me. I'm living it! Not perfectly, but I'm showing up each day (or most days) to give it a try.
Would my little family say our home is a haven every minute of every day? That's simple: NO! Sometimes we bicker over dumb things or speak unkindly. We have selfish moments (or hours, or days!) and stinky attitudes at times. But the more we focus our efforts away from these things, the more of a sense of peace is present. Like a haven. A haven is peaceful. A haven protects.
For this week's Making Your Home a Haven, the challenge is to light a candle every day. That's something I like to do anyway! We are enjoying a "mulled cider" candle right now. :) But this week we are challenged to pray for peace in our home every time the flame catches our eye.
I love that!
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