Finding Joy in Simplicity
We visited some friends over the fourth of July. A wonderful couple opened up their home to quite a haul of people! We had a wonderful time catching up with people we cross paths with, but never get the time to really know what is going on in their lives.
The hostess of the day was a kind woman who is a self proclaimed minimalist. Now, whenever I think of a minimalist, I think of a cold and sterile environment. One that has grey blankets on the beds or dreary dim drapes.
This house had nothing of the sort. It was warm and inviting, beautifully decorated with bold blue and bright white drapes in the kitchen and classic farmhouse toile in the bedrooms. But I found that it wasn't what was in the house that made it such a haven. It was what you could not see. The clutter of toys were organized in the closets, not all over the house. The books all grouped together in shelves neatly stacked instead of strewn in every corner of every room.
When you entered the home, you felt a calmness. A peace. The hostess had a great quote:
"If I am going to be here all day, I want to love where I live."
And it made me stop and think...
Do I love where I live?
And do my kids?
Do they feel a sense of peace? A welcoming haven to rest their weary souls? Not only in how clean and uncluttered the space may be, but also in my words, my tone, my touch?
In the Bible, God says to come to Him, all who are weary and tired and He will give you rest (Mathew 11:28-30). Only He can give the true rest and refreshment that brings joy and renewal to your soul, but I was reminded that He uses me to bring that renewal to my children, my husband, and all who enter my home. I thank my friend for her inspiring comment. I want to love where I live and have my children feel God's love in my home as well. What is one way you make your home a welcoming place? I would love to know!