Each one of us wants to make a difference. A real assurance that what we’re doing truly matters … either in our relationships, or our homes, or our jobs, or with the way we choose to spend our time.
That desire to make our lives count is no accident. It’s the way our Creator formed us.
Because you and I were created in His image, we can’t help but want to be more like Him. And that includes a desire to affect people and places and things around us.
The trouble is, even if and when we recognize our deep desires to make a difference, so much in this world pushes and pulls us away from what really matters. We get caught up in unfinished to-do lists and harried day-to-day routines. The urgent strangles the important. We’re left feeling like our time and energy and motivation are zapped.
If we’re brutally honest with ourselves, life often feels like we’re forever treading water …. we work so hard just to stay afloat. And as we try to keep up with our daily tasks, sometimes the first thing to go is what truly matters: cultivating relationships, both with the Lord and with the people closest to us.
But did you ever stop to think that the care you give others and even the way you care for your home can have an eternal significance?
I believe that when we step back to consider an eternal perspective, all of our relationships and responsibilities come into a clear focus. Not only will we gain an undeniable purpose, but we’ll also experience unshakable peace.
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“Hilary, thank you so much. I needed this reminder to keep my eyes on God. Such encouragement you are to so many women.” – Jill
Imagine smiling as you crawl into bed at night as you realize you’ve spent moments in your day loving your family well and pointing them to Christ. You might feel worn out after a flurry of activity, and you might not have gotten nearly as much done around your home as you hoped, but it’s OK. Productivity doesn’t matter as much as the people you nurtured.
Imagine feeling comfortable enough in your home to embrace the imperfections and focus on the eternal. With the Lord’s help, you’ve created a clean(ish) haven that nurtures and recharges you and your family.
Imagine feeling motivated to care for your family and home as a way to glorify God, no matter what season of life you’re facing.
When you join Home to a Haven’s community, you’ll receive faith-filled encouragement to help you discover peace and purpose … along with practical help on how to care for your home and family.
“I just wanted to take the time to tell you how much your emails mean to me. I relate to every post and find conviction in many things you write. My home is becoming more of a haven for my family because of your practical advice and suggestions. You are constantly looking at the Word and listening to the Holy Spirit, and through your obedience, many are blessed. All I can say is thank you. – Stacey
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“You’ve been a true blessing! Your insights have been invaluable and I’m eternally grateful.” – Katrina
A little about me …
As a wife and homeschooling mom, I know what it’s like to regularly feel like you’re drowning in all that needs to be done. It’s hard to try to juggle a family and home and work, let alone other relationships and responsibilities.
When you feel like you’re just surviving most days, it can be easy to forget the most important big picture:
- Why am I in this location with my particular influence right here and right now?
- How can I focus on the Lord in the middle of a busy life?
- Why should I care for my family and home?
- How can I glorify God with the everyday things I do?
- What does any of this busy work mean to the Lord?
- How can I draw closer to God when I feel so overwhelmed?
Without a proper perspective, tending to your family and home day after day can feel like a draining sacrifice.
When my children were young, it was really easy to let exhaustion set in, especially when I watched my family destroy our semi-clean home right before my very eyes. Day after day, when I felt overwhelmed by so much work, I was more likely to focus on all of my tasks while losing sight of what really mattered.
Yet how could my care for my family and home reflect my love and respect for the Lord?
Even though my family and home responsibilities never changed, I began to actually forget about the overwhelm. I turned my attention to the Lord and determined to care for His blessings as a way to thank Him.
By listening to wisdom shared by wise, godly mentors, I realized that any hectic season of life will consume me for only a few years until life changes again. With this in mind, I stopped complaining to myself and started thanking the Lord for my family and home and all the work that comes along with those precious gifts.
By remembering that God has placed me in my home with my family at this exact moment in time for a reason, I’m encouraged to find peace and purpose right where I am. He compels me to love well, even (and especially) in the messiness of life.
Today, the workload around my home hasn’t disappeared. But instead of stressing out over an overflowing to-do list, I choose to work around my home to glorify God and demonstrate His love to those around me. I’m reminded to put people over things, and relationships (including my relationship with Him!) over tasks.
As I do that, He not only surprises me with peace and purpose, but He also multiplies my time, energy, and love for others.
How can I help you?
Just like the Lord worked in my heart and home, I know He can transform you, too.
Through Home to a Haven, I love helping homemakers realize the significance of even the simplest of tasks and then offering workable solutions to make everyday life at home a little easier.
To help as you work to glorify God in your home and family, you can begin to find contentment and direction through my eBook, Becoming a Modern-Day Proverbs 31 Woman.
You can also find some inspiration and guidance in these popular blog posts:
- Finding Something Sacred in the Middle of the Mundane
- The Calling to Care for Your Home
- How to Use Your Haven to Change the World
- Filling Your Home with Lovely Things
- Why Havens are Important (and How You Can Get One)
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“I love following your posts when I need encouragement and a ‘reset.’ Even though I do not know you, I feel I trust your opinion.” – Bonnie
“I absolutely love this and so appreciate this blog! This is SO PRACTICAL and SO HELPFUL! Thank you for the insight and giving me motivation toward a different perspective allowing me to feel less overwhelmed.” – Shannon
“So glad to find you. I’m 68 and wish there would have been help like this when I was first married and with small children. I pray you have much success in helping ladies with the most important job in the world.” – Martha
As a writer, I would absolutely love to know how I can help you. What situations are you dealing with in your home? What are you experiencing on your faith journey? What are some of the biggest challenges you’re facing? Please share what’s going on in your life and home in an e-mail!
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