In the final post of my mini series on homemaking, I want to talk about preparing your home for guests and creating a welcoming atmosphere.
As homemakers we set the tone for our home. If we are putting forth an effort to be cheerful, then people who enter our home will feel at ease and will likely mimic our positive attitude. Similarly, if we are in a bad mood when we have guests, they will feel awkward and uncomfortable.
As important as it is to make our guests feel welcome, it is even more important to ensure our home is a place our husband wants to be! I believe that so much that it was even part of my wedding vows to David! In front of God and our family and friends I promised to make our home a place he is sorry to leave each morning and happy to return to. I create a positive atmosphere in our home by ensuring it is relatively tidy when he comes home, that there is a meal ready, he has clean clothes, etc. It’s not complicated but I know it’s appreciated!
I believe opening our home and being hospitable is something God wants us to do. Romans 12:13 says When God’s people are in need, be ready to help them. Always be eager to practice hospitality. Obviously we don’t need a spotless house to be hospitable, but it is a good idea! Part of welcoming someone in to your home is making sure they feel comfortable there, and that means having a tidy AND clean home. Tidy meaning you don’t have piles of dirty clothes laying around, you have clean dishes in the cupboard, the entry way is cleared of extra stuff. And clean meaning your toilet is not…uh, dirty, and you don’t have giant dust bunnies hiding around, etc.But being hospitable is so much more than just a clean home. It’s about truly enjoying the company of others! When we have friends over I want them to feel relaxed in our home. Part of that is ensuring we know our guest’s needs before they come. For example, one of our friends is allergic to cats which poses somewhat of a problem since we have a cat. I can’t get rid of the cat for a day, but I can make sure I vacuum harder and better in preparation for their visit! Another friend dislikes food with onion so when he comes over I’m careful not to cook with them. Being a good host means being considerate to and of your guests.
I love the quote above because it reminds me that my home does not have to look like a magazine spread to be welcoming. Being a homemaker is a big job! We have spaces to clean, laundry to do, meals to cook, etc. and sometimes it can feel like we are striving for perfection but not quite getting there. In this age of social media and blogs it’s easy to fall into house envy, and we can make ourselves crazy trying to crate a “Pinterest-worthy” home. But that’s not what’s important! What matter is creating a home where people feel welcome, where your family enjoys spending time, and where you can show Christ’s love in all you do.
Yes, I said Christ’s love! I truly believe being a homemaker is a wonderful ministry! Being a homemaker means we can serve others, and serving is what Jesus did. Mark 10:45 says For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many. Why would we not want to be Christ-like?