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Heart and Home

It is two weeks before Thanksgiving and I have already begun decorating my home for Christmas—the tree stands tall in the corner; it glimmers and shines brilliantly, illuminating the room with sparkly lights; its evergreen color brings the woodsy feel of the forest inside. A Cranberry and Winter Cherry hand soap sits on the edge of the sink counter adding the sweet fragrance of joy to the task of handwashing. The warm aroma of Christmas trees fills the air as a Frasier Fir candle crackles and burns. A wreath hangs on the front door as a symbol of welcome to all who approach and serves as an invitation in the blessed holiday season. A small Nativity scene is prominently placed on the center of our coffee table—albeit it stays there all year round.

Jesus is the center of Christmas and every day thereafter.

My home has little sprinklings of Christmas throughout and gives an inkling as to the condition of my heart.

As my heart is a place of joyful celebration, so too may my home be as well.

As my heart is a place of quiet contemplation because of time spent with Jesus, I pray that same sense of rest comes upon those who enter my home.

As my heart is filled with peace in knowing that God is in control and nothing occurs without His sovereign approval, so too may peace fill my home and be a place for others to find refuge from the storms of this world.

Lord, may my home reflect the glorious work that You are doing in my heart. May those who enter my home encounter Your Presence as I am an extension of Your loving arms. I pray that all the goodness You have poured into me would fill my home and overflow to all who enter in—to Your glory alone. Amen.

Romans 15:13, “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.”


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