On January 15th of last year I added a new key to my key ring-the key to my very first home. A small, one bedroom condo that fell right into my lap after looking for 8 months.
I had never anticipated that purchasing my first home would be done alone. The plan was to buy a small starter home once I was married and make that decision with someone-it never crossed my mind that I would be making the decisions without a husband.
Of course best laid plans seem to rarely happen as we picture they will. So, I set out at the age of 28 to purchase my first home-alone. And I’ve been here just over a year, making a home that I love.
I’ve often caught myself in the trap of thinking “when I get married, THEN I can start making a home…” Or “once I’m married, I will use my home to bless others and my family.” I used to think this for a long time, until one day I realized (thanks to the ministry of Nancy DeMoss Wolgemuth and Revive Our Hearts Ministries) that my life is now. It doesn’t matter whether I’m married or not, I am called to serve and love and show hospitality to those in my sphere of influence now.
So I started to study. I started reading on hospitality and home-making. One of my favorite resources I have used is a book titled “The Life Giving Home” by Sally and Sarah Clarkson, a mother and daughter duo. Sally and Sarah masterfully lay out a vision for creating homes that give life to our family and the guests that enter our doors.
I started casting my own “vision” for my home in what kind of culture I wanted to create:
Underneath this I wrote:
“I want a home where all who enter know they are always welcome. They will be loved and encouraged with words and acts of service. The gospel will be talked of and shown through actions. I want people to know that God loves them and that they matter when they enter my door.
It is my goal that my home be a place of peace and encouragement. A place where the hurried world will be still for a while, and a place where you will know that you are loved not only by me…but by God.
I’m so grateful for this little home and the vision that God gave for its purpose. It’s nothing fancy, it’s not very big, but it has a whole lot of love in it, and you’re very welcome here.