The Gift of a Restful Home

Yesterday was full to the brim with activities. After my 36 week obstetrics appointment, I began cranking out Etsy orders. I have removed most items from my shop by now, and I’m so looking forward to a time of rest before our ninth child arrives.

This morning will be full too, with music and violin lessons. After this week I’ve cleared my calendar, and my mother-in-law has graciously agreed to take my children to their class in the weeks to come.

Rest is on the horizon. Oh, how I am looking forward to it!

Our bodies weren’t created to go, go, go all of the time. The Lord wired us to need cycles of rest, and even entire days of rest, like the Sabbath.

Our homes should be a restful haven from the outside world.

My people will abide in a peaceful habitation, in secure dwellings, and in quiet resting places.

Isaiah 32:18

I love the words used here to describe our hope for our homes in the world to come. Peaceful. Secure. Quiet.

But how often do we instead settle for busy, anxious, and loud?

Related: How Rest Can Redeem Our Homes

As wives and mothers, we have the privilege of setting the tone in our homes to a large degree. Do we allow loud video games and shouting matches? Or instead, do we encourage music practice and nature study?

Are our homes a refuge from the outside world, or are they filled with strife?

I know for me, our home life becomes more peaceful when I am truly in the Word and applying it. Our families deserve our kind, meek, humble, and gentle presence.

When we live slowly and purposefully, our families will be blessed. Ladies, let’s begin to take steps, no matter how small, to give them this gift.

6 thoughts on “The Gift of a Restful Home

  1. Cindy Richter says:

    Found this on a link party and was blessed by it. I am an empty nester and even if the kids are gone for now, they’ll be visiting and I believe your words are still true even at this stage in life. We should be presenting our lives and homes as a glorification to the One who gave it to us and it be a peaceful place to be. Thanks for sharing it!

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