The first line of ministry in the home is our families. I want my home to function as a sanctuary, not asking for anyone to feel sorry for us, but just to be honest pastoring can be hard. I want our home to be a place that Wonderful looks forward to coming to at the end of any day, the good, the bad or the ugly. I want him to have a comfortable place to relax and enjoy watching the sport of the season. My hubby likes things tidy, so even when our kids were little I would try to pick up before he came home. Why, because I wanted him to be able to relax when he got here.
If you have small children your home will need to minister and function differently than our home as empty nesters. Your home should reflect the people that live there. Whether you have a play room for toys only or toys are a part of every room in your house, your children should feel comfortable at home. I always wanted my kids to feel like their friends were welcome in our home. I also wanted our home to be a safe haven for my kiddos, a place of fun but most importantly a place of love.
Home is also a place to bless others. I enjoy having family and friends over, whether to spend the night or just share a meal. I want my home to feel inviting and welcoming to others. So I keep this in mind when I am decorating, there is nothing in my house that I fear will be broken or ruined when people visit. This allows not only me to enjoy them, but also allows them to enjoy themselves. That is not to say you can't have nice things, but your heart should be for others not items we have collected. This is also true of hosting others for meals, I enjoy a nicely set table, but I use nothing that I cannot throw in the dishwasher when the meal is finished. I have honestly not bought a dish that I really liked because it would not fit in the dishwasher or was hand wash only. I want my focus and time to be spent on my guests and not my things or the care of my things.
Finally your home should minister to you. I would encourage you to have a small space carved out in your place where you can go to pray, read, think, write or just a getaway. It doesn't have to be a dedicated room, just a spot that allows for a time of refreshment, reflection and renewal because you set the tone for everyone else in your home.
Think about the ministry of your home? What changes can you make to allow your home to reflect how you want to minister to others? In what ways does your home minister to your family, friends and you?
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