The most powerful agent of change in my life has always been the presence of God. It is in His presence, whether privately or in the setting of a service at church, that real change begins and continues such that I bear good fruit.
Last night as I was pulling the molasses cookies I baked with Charlotte out of the oven and tossing chopped potatoes in to roast, I thought about all that I do to make a guest feel welcome in our home. A dear friend came for dinner and to spend the night because he has a meeting in our area tomorrow morning. The kids and I spent time this morning straightening the room in which he will stay, making the bed with fresh sheets, and setting out towels in the bathroom (after we picked all the bath toys off the floor and the bottom of the tub). I made absolutely sure I was cooking something he enjoys eating, and when he arrives the table will be set–among the normal place settings for the five of us will be one set just for him.
Throughout the day, I’ve been asking the Lord how to make our home a place where His presence is consistently welcomed and felt. And, you know, He is showing me it is a lot like what I do for my dinner guest. I make a place just for Him and I make absolutely sure what I am doing and preparing is honoring to Him. Mommas, don’t we want our homes to be places that our full to overflowing with His presence? Psalm 16:11 even tells us that in His, “presence there is fullness of joy…” I want my children to be people of His presence–marked in such a way that they cannot go into a room without the atmosphere changing because the Spirit of the Almighty God is with and within them.
So, whether you’re a good hostess to dinner guests or not, here are a few ideas for making your home more welcoming to the most important resident.
- Make a place for Him; God is welcomed by hearts of thanksgiving and mouthes full of praise. I am working to start our mornings with songs of praise playing quietly in the home, and even in the hustle of breakfast before school, praying together to thank Him and praise Him for the day He has made for us. Perhaps, your family can spend some time at dinner praising or thanking God–it doesn’t have to be in song to be praise!
- Make the home full of what pleases Him: this is something I’ll be seeking the Lord’s heart on in the next few weeks. But, I encourage each of us to consider what comes into our homes through our mouths, the books we read, the games our kids play on Ipads, the television screen, etc. Let us make every moment we spend in our homes pleasing and welcoming to the Father who cannot look on any unclean or profane thing.
I would love to hear how you make a place for the presence of God in your homes and how you help your little people be aware of Him. My prayer is that we will become people saturated with His presence!