For us "Home" is more than the building we live in. It's the atmosphere and attitude of our family. My thoughts lately have been largely directed to the type of "Home" Corey and I are creating.
This past Sunday in church Pastor Bill Price preached a sermon on Genesis 2:15-25 entitled God's Purpose for Marriage. The sermon is part of a series that we are currently in entitled "The Summer of Love". First we studied 1 John and now we've moved into a marriage series titled "Towards a Loving Marriage".
The entire sermon was great! But what really caught my attention were Bill's points on how we can honor God in our homes (or family relationships).
Our homes can be holy places...this certainly sounds hilarious. Especially when you are expecting your first child, but as I listened closer I really connected with the idea of a holy home. Holy really just means..."set apart, safe or sacred". SO, in the midst of dirty diapers, first baths, many visitors, a crying baby and all the other chaotic things that will take place in our home in the next few months our home can be holy. Set apart to honor God. Hospitable to guests. Calm in the midst of chaos.
Our homes can reflect the communion of the perfect Trinity. Communion comes through unity. We have to stick together, work together, be a team. There is no room for selfishness...especially when we will have a new little person who is FULLY dependant on us!
Our homes can reflect the harmony of God's character. Genesis 1:27 tells us that we were created in God's image...male & female. Our culture speaks of competition between the sexes, but really both masculinity and femininity are from God. Our marriage and the roles we take on can bring harmony in our home whether Corey is doing the typical "man's work" and I am doing the typical "woman's work"...our roles or work are equally important and valuable.
Our homes can be places that display joy! This is probably one of my favorite words...joy, joy joy! Some days joy in our home comes easily. I suspect that in the very near future we may be experience many of those easy days. But we may also experience many days when the chaos, noise and mess of having a newborn (and just children for that matter) may get to us, and we will need to intentionally choose JOY!
I was blessed by Pastor Bill's thoughts this past weekend and I am looking forward to more thoughts on "Towards a Loving Marriage".