When you walk into somebody’s house and feel at home, what is it that makes you feel that way?
Is it the physical environment? Probably not, though that can contribute to it. That feeling of home that embraces you like a warm hug is often a combination of things. But most of it is relational in nature.
Casting a vision for your marriage, family, and home is crucial. We all need direction and focus. Without it, we wander aimlessly. Meandering about letting our days and precious moments with our families slip away from us. To recapture and engage the hearts of our friends and families, we need to reflect on the home environment we are nurturing.
I love books that inspire the soul. And The Lifegiving Home: Creating a Place of Belonging and Becoming fills my heart and soul with dreams, ideas, and values that are worth weaving into the infrastructure of our daily life. (Affiliate link.)
If you have the desire to create a home that speaks life and truth not only into your family, but into whoever enters your humble abode, this book is a must read. Hospitality is a value I believe in. I want friends and family to know that they are cherished and loved when they step through our door.
If you feel like you are lacking vision or direction in your home or family, I highly recommend this book. My only struggle while reading it is that it is a bit idealistic at times. Having an ideal to work towards is not a bad thing, but I already struggle with being too idealistic. It often gets in the way of my ability to embrace joy in the beautiful, messy moments of life. Ambition of this sort must be tempered with grace for ourselves. 🙂
I’ll leave you with some of my favorite quotes:
“Words of affirmation should be said. Words should be planted in people’s souls. Words not said can leave a vacuum.” – Sally Clarkson
“And a culture of love cannot thrive in a household if the parents don’t put effort into loving each other.” – Sally Clarkson
“A strong family culture helps create a strong sense of identity that keeps a person faithful in the days of temptation. And a strong home culture of faith and love gives strength to resist the powerful draw of a secular world.” – Sally Clarkson
“I have found that my own plans work best when I live within the limitations and strengths of my own personality and make plans that suit my particular circumstances.” – Sally Clarkson