Question: this fall, how many photos did you see on Facebook of tiny dorm rooms, decorated with twinkly lights and cute bedspreads and snapshots of familiar faces?
Keep scrolling, and how many photos do you see of front porches and kitchen tables, decorated for fall with pumpkins, scarecrows, and various hues of red and orange?
Hop over to Pinterest now – how many of your female friends have at least one Pinterest board dedicated to ideas for their home? (I have two, personally…one for my Dream Home and one for my current, realistic Home Inspirations. Follow me if you like!)
My point is, we as ladies care about the spaces we dwell in. No matter how big or small, how tidy or cluttered, how many people live there, whether it’s our first place on our own or the house we’ve lived in for 25 years. We feel compelled to make our space comfortable and attractive. We long to make it feel like home – whatever home feels like for us. Trendy? Modern? Cozy? Country chic? Eclectic mix of things you love? The truth is, your home reflects you – your likes, tastes, and the things that are important to you.
When I moved out of my parents’ house and into my own place for the first time, I absolutely loved getting to decorate and set things up exactly the way I wanted. It was a tiny studio apartment, and looking back, the year-and-a-half I lived there was one of the most lonesome seasons of my life and I probably cried almost every day. But I loved that apartment, and when I look at photos of it now, it still gives me warm fuzzy feelings – because it was the first place I got to make mine.
Isn’t it cute? <3
I find it interesting that there are several Scriptures in the Bible that tell us how central a home or a “nest” is to a woman’s purpose, joy, and identity. Check these out:
“He gives the childless woman a household…” Psalm 113:9
“Encourage the young women to love their husbands and to love their children, to be self-controlled, pure, homemakers…” Titus 2:4-5
“A wise woman builds her home, but a foolish woman tears it down with her own hands.” Proverbs 14:1
“The bird also has found a house, and the swallow a nest for herself, where she may lay her young, even Your altars, O LORD.” Psalm 84:3
“She looks well to the ways of her household… Give her the fruit of her hands, and let her works praise her in the gates.” Proverbs 31:27,31
You may work outside your home or not. But either way, part of a woman’s calling and ministry is her nest, creating a space – both for herself and any who stay with her – to rest and feel at home.
“I’ve always been a homemaker, like, I like creating spaces. Even if I stay in a hotel, I’ll unpack, I’ll put my books out, I’ll put my camera out, I’ll throw a sweater over the lamp to get better light.”
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