I am sharing excerpts from my e-workbook, Spring Cleaning for the Heart and Home available in the P31 Bookstore.
Home is Where the Heart Is
Jesus said, “For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.” Luke 12:34.
I have given this a lot of thought over the last few months. What is my heart focused on? I have realized once again how precious my family is; how sweet my home is to me; how much I treasure this gift of home God has given me.
There have been times when I have struggled with not feeling appreciated for the hours of work I put in each week at home and in ministry and for my large extended family. Do you resent the work you do at home and for your family? Where is your treasure?
“If I then, your Lord and Master, have washed your feet; ye also ought to wash one another’s feet.” John 13:14.
Jesus came to serve. If the King of Kings could kneel down before his disciples and humbly wash their dirty feet, how much more should we be willing to do?
Being a wife and mother or even a daughter or sister is often a thankless job. I can’t count the times I have had to do a thousand different tasks in a weeks period – at break neck speed – to only have people complain that something was left undone or not done perfectly. It can be hard to take! We want to feel like what we are doing is noticed and appreciated.
If our joy is found when someone says, “Thank you so much. I know you worked really hard today. You are such a great person/wife/mom!” we will be disappointed time and time again.
We need to seek our joy, not in the people whom we serve, but in the Lord we serve. Jesus is the joy of our salvation. If we depend on our husband or children or friends to make us feel worthy of love and appreciation, we will be disappointed at some point.
Serving others should be something that comes from the depth of our hearts. We should feel joy simply from the act of serving, not from the praise we receive.
Is home where your heart is? Do you long to be some where else? Do you need to refocus your priorities? I want you to really look deep into your heart. Be still and listen to the voice of God.
Seek Him out… and listen.
Today’s Spring Clean Challenge:
- Wash the inside of your windows and mirrors.
- Wash door jams and baseboards.
Instagram Photo Challenge: The view from your window. Use hashtag #p31springclean.
I’ll be focusing on one area – however seemingly small – in my home each day for the next two weeks. With the rotating weekly chore list in my This is My Life Planner, I’m easily able to remember to maintain chores – which keeps my house neater and cleaner on a daily basis.