Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Making your Home a Haven

Making my home a haven has always been one of my goals as a mother and wife. What better way to show your family that you adore them ? Create a place where they can be safe from the world. Now, I am not the world's best housekeeper, because of chronic pain issues etc. I have definitely had a messy house before ! But making your home a haven is so much more than just having a clean home. It is about keeping your home a haven through always having the Spirit there. Keeping it cozy and happy.

One of my absolute favorite books in the entire world is " 250 Ways to Connect with your Family " By Melodie Webb ~ It is on my sidebar of the blog and you can also purchase it HERE ( under 2 bucks woohoo ! )

This book is full of ways on how to make your home a haven and how to become a close family. There is an entire chapter dedicated to making your home a sacred place ! Let's think about that for a minute.

There are so many ways to word how I want my home to be, how I want it to feel. Home is a haven. Home can be a Heaven on earth. A Sacred place. When I think of home as a haven, I think comfort, safety, and peace. Personally, I see lots of books, blankets, candles etc. Soft church music or classical music playing. Strong walls to keep the world out. Pictures of the Savior.

Take a look around at how your home is decorated. Are there pictures of the Savior throughout the home ? What about temples ? Pictures of your family ? This is something I want to concentrate on this year... putting up more pictures of temples and the Savior. :)

What kind of music is played in your home ? Do you have fun happy clean music playing ? Do you have members of the family who are listening to music that they would not listen to around the Savior ? What kind of media is playing in your home ? What kinds of movies do you watch as a family ? All of these things can bring the Spirit down in your home if you are not viewing or listening to or reading media that is conducive to the Spirit. Your home is a temple.

How do you speak to your family ? Would you be comfortable if the Savior was in your home right now ? These are all questions you can ask yourself, or your family in a family council and see what the responses are. What can you do to make your home a haven, to have the Spirit in your home ?

What does it mean to you, to make your home a haven ? Please leave a comment below and share with us what it means to you. Happy Parenting ! Love, JL~

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