Y’all know how I lament my sweet dear friend being so far away. So I’ll try not to go on and on about it this time. Just know that she’s wonderful and today you’re going to get to see why. I asked Brooke over at charged to love to be the first guest post in what will hopefully be a new guest post every Friday. So without further ado…

Well, hello there!  Today I am hijacking E’s blog (do not worry…she asked me to).  If you are wondering how I know E, lets just say it involved sopapillas, hot glue and DSW.  That is probably our friendship in a teeny-tiny nutshell! 

I wanted to chit-chat a little bit about what makes a house a home.  I have been longing to paint a wall or renovate a house of my own, but the Lord has yet to open that door for us.  So, what do you do with a place that is not yours?  You paint and re-do all the stuff that is!  This is my secret: take something old, outdated or handed down and make it into a masterpiece!  Such as: recovering pillows, painting or re-staining…anything, adding new knobs or painting the old ones, hanging a wreath over a cabinet door…the possibilities are endless.  All in all, take what the Lord has blessed you with, repurpose it and move it around.  This brings to my mind the way God sees us:

“Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature ; the old things passed away ; behold, new things have come.” 2 Corinthians 5:17 NAS 

Is that not amazing?!  God takes our terrible old selves and makes us new in Him.  Surely, we can do it with useless old stuff!

 I must point out a major issue: it is not the stuff that truly makes a house a home.  Yes, decorating is fun and is appealing to the eye, but  if that is where it ends…you have missed it all.  Christ must be the foundation (1 Corinthians 3:11).  Everything must be built upon that alone.  The bible has a lot of references to the word “house.”  Here is one verse I really like a lot and tends to be displayed near the door of many people’s homes:

“If it is disagreeable in your sight to serve the LORD, choose for yourselves today whom you will serve: whether the gods which your fathers served which were beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you are living ; but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.”  Joshua 24:15 NAS

One of the many definitions for house in this verse refers to a place of dwelling (a.k.a. a place where you put yourself and your stuff).  This gets me to thinking, how can I and my stuff serve God?  For starters, get on your knees on the floor He has provided and pray earnestly.  Use the comfy oversized chair and blanket to curl up in and study His Word.  Set the table with the dishes and silverware He’s blessed you with to invite someone new or in need over for dinner.  Snuggle up with your children in their beds to read the Bible and pray with them.  The list is endless.  We must remember:

“For everyone to whom much is given, from him much will be required; and to whom much has been committed, of him they will ask the more.” Luke 12:48b NKJV

 I love decorating, cooking and playing games in my house, but what makes it a home is Jesus.  I pray that He continually shines through my attitude, service, creativeness, hospitality, and every single thing I do. 

It was nice chatting!  

“That in all things God may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom belong the glory and the dominion forever and ever. Amen.” 1 Peter 4:11b

Don’t you just lover her?? What a wonderful way to jumpstart friendship fridays! And don’t forget to check Brooke out over at charged to love.