“Home is where the heart is.” If God lives within us, we can fill our homes with His presence and purpose.
We have the potential to create a loving, growing, serving culture within our homes. Imagine if your home wasn’t just exclusively ‘your space’ but an open place to share life with our nearest and dearest. Never neglect your home because of busyness or familiarity; create moments of fun and friendship every day.
Here are a few ways you can create special moments at home, using the Story Culture framework:
MAKE YOUR HOME A FUN HOME
King Solomon writes in Ecclesiastes 8:15, “I recommend having fun, because there is nothing better for people in this world than to eat, drink, and enjoy life. That way they will experience some happiness along with all the hard work God gives them under the sun.” Invest in a board game, watch movies together or play pranks on each other; anything to create a great environment.
MAKE TIME FOR EACH OTHER
We all get busy from time to time, and sometimes we can become distant relationally from those in our home. The phrase ‘we are like passing ships in the night’ comes to mind.
Home is where you people should find encouragement in tough times, grace when they make mistakes, and loyalty when abandoned. This is all part of healthy communication and it can look different for all families. Find out what rhythm works best for you but you can eat together at breakfast, chat while packing lunch for the day ahead or sharing a quick piece of toast before bed. Make time for each other.
DO THINGS WITHOUT BEING ASKED
Believe it or not, housework doesn’t appeal to everyone (unless you’re the 1 in 7 billion that enjoys cleaning and then we salute you).
Why not create a daily rhythm of spotting what needs doing and sorting it? From tidying up to washing the dishes, from buying in fresh food to freshening-up the bed sheets, those you live will feel blessed by your pro-activity and planning.
No go create some stories in your home and don’t forget to let us know how it went!