Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Tuesdays Treasure: The Heart of The Home

Recently I have been a little (my friends would call obsessed) with finding something to hang on this enormous wall in our living room. I am loving our new house, but getting it "just right" has taken longer than I had expected, and I am...well frustrated. It's not so much about having the cutest house on the block, I think a lot about making my home a welcoming place. It is important to me that my family feels safe, that the rooms are filled with love, that in a rough world-our house feels like a retreat-a peaceful place for my family. I want the heart of our home.....you know, the place where we share laughs over dinner, where daddy dances with Kaitlyn, where we snuggle and watch movies under one blanket, the place where all our memories are made....to be just perfect.

But...then...God sort of...you know how He does...started pulling on my heart. Finding the perfect picture for my living room is not going to miraculously make our house a fairyland filled with days without me burning dinner! HA!
I've come to realize that I am the heart of our home. Last summer my girlfriends and I read "The Power of a Praying Wife". Stormie says "the husband is the head of the home, but the wife is the heart. I find such power in that. I am the heartbeat of our home! If my heart is cold and angry, than the house will be as well. If my heart is warm and loving, our house will be filled with love. Maybe I've grown a little chilly in my attitude towards all the blessings God has given me. Maybe our house doesn't feel like a home yet because I am not cultivating a spirit of LOVE. Lord, my prayer is that Your presence fills my home as I invite others within its walls. May it be evident that You are the Great Host within who permeates every nook and cranny with Your grace and love. May it be known to my dear husband and sweet little one that my heartbeat is to be a woman who "who's husband trusts her, who does him good and not harm all the days of her life, who works with willing hands, who rises before everyone else to take care of needs like clothing and food, a woman who dresses herself with strength physically and spiritually, one who works until the work is done, the one who keeps things steady, who helps the needy, who makes herself appealing for her husband, one who is proud of her husband and lets people know it, who has much dignity, one who overflows with wisdom and has a kind tongue, one who is not lazy, a woman who's children call her blessed and her husband praises her, one who remembers that charm is deceitful and beauty is vain, but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised! (Proverbs 31:10-31)


alli zachry said...

Sommer you are so beautiful. If anyone reminds me of a Proverbs 31 woman its YOU! I am loving your Tuesday Treasures, the Lord is definately speaking through you! Thank you for sharing your heart and being so transparent. You are such a gift and blessing! :)

Anonymous said...

I don't think i will ever get tired of reading Proverbs 31! There is SOO much to gain from it, it's amazing! So challenging and so encouraging! Thanks girl, you motivated me today! I think God wants me to read this book "Power of a Praying Wife" It has come up several times in the past couple of weeks. I think I will read it! :) You are such a sweet, Godly woman! Hope you have a great week!