Have you ever walked into someone’s home and felt such a profound warmth and love? If you have, you may wonder what is different about that home. Why does it feel so warm and welcoming? Why does it have such a sense of love?
For the Christian Homemaker, creating this kind of environment in the home can be one of the greatest goals to achieve. While this may seem like a daunting task, transforming your home into a welcoming, loving place can be truly a labor of love.
There are some simple things you can begin to practice to make your home a lovelier place. You don’t necessarily need to do all these things at once, but it could be a good idea to implement one or two at a time until you are comfortable with the new habits and routines you are developing.
8 Ways to Make Your Home Lovelier
Draw near to God through spiritual disciplines.
Creating a home marked by love starts in the hearts of those who live in that home. If you are not at peace yourself, it is not likely your home will be.
The same can be said for love. If you are not loving, it is unlikely your home will be a place filled with love. Therefore, draw near to God. The Bible tells us that God is love. (1 John 4:16) So, if we are going to have homes marked by love, they must be marked by His presence within us.
For more on this, check out my post on inviting God into your home. As well, you can read about some of the spiritual disciplines that can make a difference in your home, such as prayer, Bible study, and hearing from God.
Incorporate more of your faith in your home.
Some people will be able to recognize that your home is marked by warmth and love very easily. Others may not have the same degree of discernment. In either case, one of the most fun, simple ways to make your home more loving is to incorporate Scripture in your home.
The book of Deuteronomy tells us to, “Write them on the door frames of your houses and on your gates.” (Deuteronomy 6:9). I talk more about this in my posts on the importance of Scripture in the Heart and Home and my post on surrounding yourself with the Word of God.
Pray over your home.
This may sound obvious, but not everyone may make a habit of doing this. When my husband and I were first married, we were sure to pray and even anoint our home before we even moved our belongings in. Initially, we didn’t make a regular habit of praying over our home. Now, we pray over our home every evening.
While we don’t make a long eloquent prayer, we are sure to spend at least a minute or two of our prayer time each evening praying over our home. You can pray protection over your home, you can ask for God to make His love felt more in your home, or however the Holy Spirit directs.
Play worship music on a regular basis.
Maybe this seems odd to you, but we leave worship music playing 24/7 in our home. When we are sleeping, we turn it down to a point where it is almost not audible. We find this is a great way to invite God’s presence into our home in a continual way.
Below are some recommendations of music that we play in our home.
I am yet to successfully master this yet. At one point, a few months back I was on track with a cleaning schedule and it was super handy in helping me be strategic in my cleaning. Over time, I fell off the bandwagon. I am currently in the process of getting back on!
How does this make the home a more loving place? I have found that one of the more tangible ways I can express my love for my family is by making a point of serving them through cleaning and meeting their needs within the context of the home. When I get their laundry done, it is another act of service committed in love. And this continual expression of loves make my home a more loving place!
If you’re looking for a schedule to help you get into a cleaning routine, download this free printable cleaning schedule here.
Choose to have peace when you don’t get everything done perfectly.
Remember how I shared that I fell off the bandwagon with my cleaning schedule. Doing so was very upsetting for me. In fact, I have a difficult time staying content when just about any of my chores or tasks is not done to my liking or even if I feel my home seems less organized than I’d like.
Allowing yourself to get upset can be disheartening for you and can zap the love from your home in a heartbeat. So, choose to be okay if you have an off day. Choose to be okay if special circumstances prevent you from getting everything done. In reality, it is okay. Tomorrow is a new day!
Establish routines, but don’t be rigid about them.
Having routines allows those you live with to have an idea of what to expect. My husband can likely assume I’ll make his sandwiches for lunch. (Though sometimes we have to exercise number six and choose to be okay if he has to make them.)
The point is having set routines with some flexibility is better for everyone in your household. It can give you peace about all that needs to be done. This in turn makes you less stressed, more productive, and happier!
I believe our homes are also more full of love when we obey God’s direction to be kind to one another. Sometimes someone will say something they don’t mean because they’ve had a bad day or they’re under significant stress. Be kind in return. Sometimes, you may be the one to have had a bad day and you may be tempted to take it out on someone else. Instead, choose to be kind.
Being kind can be a major vessel to invite more of God’s love into the home and make your home a lovelier place!
Enjoying the Benefits of a Love-Filled Home
Remember, it’s not about perfect works and habits. Instead, God calls us to love. Love God. Love People. And love others so deeply that even our homes are marked by that very love God has placed in our hearts and and is developing in our homes!
I’d love to know what things you do to have a more love-filled home! Share in the comments below! And don’t forget to grab your copy of the free cleaning schedule today!