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Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Word to the Wise Wednesday

Wisdom has built her house; she has hewn out its seven pillars.

Is there any place better than home? If you're blessed with one built on the love of God, the answer is, "no!" We could all use some ideas to turn our house into a home. Here are some tips I've found recently.

Here are some great tips from Country Living:
  • Pick up some herbs from the Farmer's Market and bundle into a bouquet to hang in the bath.- the scent will perk you up and refresh you after a long day.
  • A pretty bedspread can be turned into a shower curtain. First, hem to the correct length, then install grommets to hold the shower hooks.
  • Quilts are too pretty to be stashed away in a cabinet. They become works of art when hung on a blank wall in an open stairway.
  • Place a small desk in the entryway as a spot to sort mail or hold keys. Top it with a large bouquet of flowers for a welcoming greeting for everyone who enters the house.
  • If you're looking for an inexpensive way to spruce up the kitchen, try replacing the hardware on your cabinets, or replacing the faucet on your sink.
  • Line the back of open cabinetry with vintage fabric to help its contents to stand out.
  • Mix stripes, florals and solids in the same color family to get a vintage-inspired look.
  • Use a dining chair as a bedside table, topped with books and a reading lamp.

Home is a place you grow up wanting to leave, and grow old wanting to get back to

--John Ed Pearce

Maintain an open door policy. Make your house inviting to family and friends by letting them know they are welcome in your home. Encourage them to stop by to say hello or to visit with you for a few minutes. Let them know you value them as a part of your life. A closed home is a lonely home!

Fill your home with fresh aromas. Let the aroma of compassion, kindness, gentleness, love, joy, patience, etc. permeate through your walls. Homes need to be a haven, a place where people can feel secure to be themselves. Someone who smells these character qualities encompassing your home can't help but hunger for more!

Hold a consistent family dinner hour. Make sure your family sits together at the table for dinner each night (or at least regularly) so that you can share together, laugh, and bond. It doesn't matter what else is going on in the world if you can all connect as one family unit each day.
Keep your home picked up - but let it be "lived in"It's a great thing to be organized and to take pride in your home. In fact, your family will benefit from these traits. But it's just as important to not let that organization run your life. If a home is so immaculate that everyone is afraid to relax, what good does that do anyone? A good reminder to help you keep your focus balanced is to think of what you would do if you opened your door to find Jesus there after He'd walked for miles on a dusty road. Would you allow Him to enter in His dirty sandals?
Slow down! Fast-paced lives are the biggest thieves of family time these days. Friends are important but you need to make your family your priority not your social activities. Make time to create memories together in your home. --Dionna Sanchez

There's nothing half so pleasant as coming home again.

--Margaret Elizabeth Sangster

Content at home,

2 comments:

明偉誠秋 said...

I do like ur article~!!!..................................................

lindagl said...

Thank you for this article. I pray that my husband and children and grandchildren will always be content to come home.