Well, if you’ve searched our previous posts, then I’m sure you know what our mission is by now: above all, to help believers use every aspect of their lives to the glory of God. But today, a week before our official launch, I want to take some time to tell you about how this idea came about…
It all started with becoming a homeowner who wanted to decorate my home with purpose in a way that would still look aesthetically pleasing to those of us who occupied it each day. When we bought our first home, I had just finished my master’s degree and was awaiting the birth of our first child. I had no intentions of ever being a stay at home mom before I went to seminary but like everyone who has attended seminary warns you- there is just something in the water there. Thus, I graduated seminary not pursuing the career I had originally set out to but, pregnant with plans for life as a stay at home and homeschooling mother. Yeah, it was quite the shift.
Being at home waiting for my sons arrival and then spending what seemed like 24 hours a day holding and soothing him left me sitting in my house for most of my days. This gave me plenty of time to think about my personal style and how I could use my home for God’s glory. When we first bought our home, we bought it in a not-so-great part of town thinking that we would not only save money but also expose our family to diversity and have opportunity to advance the Gospel simply by where we lived. We failed to realize at the time however, just exactly what it would be like to live there everyday with a child and it be just he and I home all day. After sleeping on our floor two separate nights due to gunshots right outside our windows and the news of another baby on the way, we decided it was time to move our family to a safer area.
While we lived there though we were greeted by many different people who were without transportation and walked through our street to get where they were going along with various neighbors coming to get to know us. Without realizing it, I had arranged our home in a way that when the front door was opened the people standing at it were greeted with a giant vinyl hymn, wall of crosses, and Scripture. What this showed me was that simply the way I had my home arranged allowed for Gospel conversations without our pressing. An individual would often shift their tone or begin to point out how they needed prayer or mention that they could tell we were Christians, so they wanted to talk to us about something. Fast forward to when we went to sell our home, I was well aware that this meant multiple opportunities for people to be confronted with who God was just through the way our home was arranged. Then, one day we received feedback from a potential buyer who said that while they did not feel like it was the home for them, they had never seen a home so clearly devoted to God. They mentioned that the fact that our home was covered in Scripture was beyond refreshing and encouraging to them. Now I say this not to boast in me or my abilities because this was all God’s doing to give me the desire, to execute it, and to work in the hearts of those who were affected by it. Ephesians 2:10 would not let me take credit if I tried, it is the Lord who enables us to do good works. Also, I’ll be honest- it wasn’t even all that pretty. The house was dark and most of my decor were things passed down to me from my family or items I found at thrift shops. But, we gave our best effort for where we were.
But, as I’m sure you can guess this feedback greatly encouraged me. Sometimes I thought maybe my laboring to make my home a warm place for us that ministered to others and our own family was nothing more than a nice idea with a dose of materialism. But this encouragement reminded me that the Lord is concerned with the advancement of His name and the work of the home and that my labors were not in vain. There began what has years later become The Christian Home blog. I carried this into my new home as I took my time (and still am) in arranging and decorating our home with purpose along with ever coming up with practical ways to teach my babies about God. Not long after being in our new home, I got closer to a friend from church who gave me an even deeper understanding of how to execute these goals. I visited her home and noticed it was decorated with a variety of antiques and unique pieces that were seemingly unimportant, but all carried their own story about God’s character and Word. It was a turning point for my style as I realized my home did not necessarily have to be (though it is still full of) one Scripture, hymn, or quote after another but I could be creative and innovative in the way that I and my family used our home to glorify God.
She also showed me that I did not have to shell out a lot of cash to do this. In fact I even struggled to spend money decorating my home purposefully because I was unable to find companies that had such items. So I began coming up with ways on my own to do so and researching for new places periodically who might could assist me in executing my mission. I found out quickly that searches for “Christian decor” weren’t necessarily fruitful as they either lacked in their visual appeal or their theological accuracy. It took a lot of work to come up with various places that produced things I’d like to see in my home or someone else with the same goal might want in theirs. After all this work, I had decided to take a leap of faith and put together a place to inspire women with their homes from decor to intentional activities with their children.
So, here we are. There is so much we can (and will) discuss and display on this blog concerning the home. I hope that it helps you in viewing every moment as holy and inspires you to do everything to the glory of God no matter how small. I’m excited for all that is to come and hope that these first few blogs give you a better understanding of our goal, background, and heart. May God be glorified in your hearts and homes.
We pray this so that the name of our LORD Jesus may be glorified in you, and you in him, according to the grace of our God and the LORD Jesus Christ. 2 Thessalonians 2:12