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The Home Defined

Noah Webster, in his 1828 reference, defined that home is a sacred refuge of our life. Interesting thought isn’t it?

Sacred refuge of our life, is that how you view your home? Have you ever considered creating that type of home for yourself and loved ones? Maybe this idea of Home is foreign to you. Perhaps your childhood days were spent in a house rather than the Home we speak of here. You may have a great yearing for this type of home and yet lack the practical tools to help you define and achieve your goals within the home. This month, Lord willing, I will be taking on this topic of Homemaking and helping you create a prayerful, purposeful plan you can put into action!

Let’s get started!

In order to be purposeful in our duties of Homemaking it is necessary for us to know the purpose of the Home. All things, including the Home, have been created for the glory of God. Just as the heavens declare the glory of God so should our homes. Home is not simply a physical structure. Home is where family resides. It should be a sacred refuge from the hussle and bustle of life, a place where invididuals come together to grow, work, laugh, learn, and worship the Lord together. Home is the drawing board for great tasks that lay ahead; it is the resting place at the end of a long day. Home is a welcoming place, a vibrant place, full of life, history, and future.

Knowing what we want our homes to look like isn’t enough. We want to go to the Word and make sure we are creating Homes that direct the attention of all that visit back to the Lord. So, what can we learn from the Scriptures about the establishment of Home? Home should be a place where we can safely learn ( Duet. 11: 19; 1 Cor. 14:35) Home should be a place where duty is preformed (1 Tim. 5:4). Where good management is put into daily practice. (Proverbs 31:27; 1 Timothy 5:14) Home should be a place where children are trained not just born.  (Prov. 22:6; Psalm 127: 3) Home should be a place where the husband finds his best help for all personal and practical application, in the person of his wife.(Gen 2:8; 1 Cor 11:8 ) Home is where the woman loves her husband and her child. (Titus 2:4) Home should be a place where the stranger is welcomed (Romans 12:13; 1 Tim 3:2; Titus 1:8; 1 Peter 4:9) where meals are shared (Gen 18:6; Mark 8:1) and where the gospel is preached.

I strongly encourage you to take some time to open the Word and search out the passages I have listed above, as well as others that talk about all the duties of the Home. The more that you put into this study the more you will gain from it.

Take a few moments to consider your thoughts on what your home should be like. Do not neglect talking to your husband. It is vital that you hear his vision for the Home so that you implement the details that are important to him. Take the ideas expressed and write them down on the PDF I’ve created for you. These written goals are necessary, do not neglect this step. Once you have a clear vision of what the Home is suppose to look like we can develop a plan to pursue.

Join me next time as we continue our study and application of prayerfully and purposefully creating Homes for the glory of God.

With much love,

Mrs. Joseph Wood

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