I have been thinking about home lately. What does home really mean? What are we supposed to do at home?
This used to fill my mind as a child and teenager. I would wonder for hours what people did at home. What did they fill their time with? What kept them busy? What projects did they work on? How did they lounge? What did they watch on the television?
A counselor my husband and I saw said that home should a be a sanctuary, a resting place. I have been thinking about this for days on end. As someone who spends much time at home because of writing and podcasting, it is nice to have a home you enjoy being at. This reminds me of our resting place in the Lord. The Lord invites us to come to Him with whatever we are experiencing: “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” Matthew 11:28-30. (This is one of my ride or die verses).
Are you feeling sad? You can bring it to the Lord. Are you angry? You can bring it to the Lord. Are you rejoicing? You can rejoice with the Lord.
Up until recently, creating our home space as a resting place was not a priority for me. I have always been the kind of person who likes to spend time outside of the home. I love meeting my friends at coffee shops. I love grabbing sushi with my pals. I love shopping. I love seeing people at the mall. I love talking to people in stores and seeing beautiful humans walking around the mall. I love meeting up with friends. I love being around people. I am a huge extrovert. Being around people is my jam. I feel so energized and revitalized after being with people. Deep, amazing conversations refill the fuel in my tank.
Since we all usually spend hours at home at a time, shouldn’t this experience be super awesome? It is so nice to be able to kick back, throw off your socks and put your feet up. It is so nice to have a place where your soul can truly rest.
Here are some things that make my home feel like a sanctuary:
Lots of books. All over the place. I love reading and words, so books and journals are abounding.
Notebooks. I have a few for different facets of my life. If they are accessible, I will use them. My journaling heart is a happy heart.
Tea. Chai with honey and coconut milk, please!