Welcome to a place for ideas and inspiration for nurturing your nest. Whether you're looking for ideas on raising children, homeschooling, domestic solutions, thoughts about being a wife or mother...this blog offers ideas for intentional living in your home. My family and I dreamed this place where energizing images of what can materialize in your home emerge into reality. May this place encourage you to create a safe haven, an open door and everyday joy in your own home.
Family should offer a safe haven cushioned with hospitality. Along with security our home must reflect the warmth of hospitality and kindness. Think of the endearment conveyed when welcomed with a warm hug. Hospitality offers courtesy, receptiveness and graciousness. A safe place to find loyalty. A safe place to find strength. A safe place to refresh.
I love what Barbara Bush vocalized, “To us, family means putting your arms around each other and being there.” Home can embrace the best of who we are and the finest we can become in the future. Sometimes the best investments are time and presence. Strong steps toward forging a safe haven demand intentionality and purpose. Courage advances forgiveness. Boldness builds protection. Shelter forges confidence. Create your own safe haven.
Hospitality. Encouragement. Welcome. Home cultivates hope in all those who enter. Willingness to be transparent blesses all who enter home’s open door. How wonderful to know that “home” can be accessed easily. Whether physically being at home or calling “home”, this comfortable, reassuring sense brings unobstructed access to comfort. In days with impassable obstacles, this open door fosters serenity along with plausible solutions. Helen Keller, a woman who overcame significant struggles suggests, “Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.” What motivation to create a loving home which invigorates those who enter its open door!
Counting our blessings fosters a spirit of joy. Simple gifts are all around if we open our eyes to notice them. Think of the pleasantness of the rain as you are falling asleep. Think of the smell of honeysuckle as you drive in the summer with the windows down. Think of waking us and holding hands with your best friend. Think of coffee ground fresh each morning. Think of reading a favorite verse from childhood only to discover new, profound truth. John Piper speaks to working at relationships in his book, Don’t Waste Your Life when he asserted, "If you live gladly to make others glad in God, your life will be hard, your risks will be high, and your joy will be full."
Work at giving joy to others. Take risks. Also, considering the affection that God communicates through tangible hugs which creates immense thankfulness. Slow. Contemplate. Unearth. Find JOY in your everyday.