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How To Make Your Home A Peaceful Place

Peace is something that’s woefully lacking in our culture. Everywhere we look there is strife, unhappiness and fear. It’s more important that ever to create a home that is filled with peace.

In order to have a peaceful home, we have to take responsibility. Your home is…your home. As the woman, you are the one (whether single or married) who has the power to create a peaceful environment. 

How do we create peaceful homes?

Let me give you an illustration that really touched my heart. A young wife that I’ve known for a few years is moving across the country with her husband as he begins a new chapter in his career. They leave behind years of friendships, lots of family and a beautiful new home they built from scratch.

They’re moving to a city where they won’t know a soul and will be living in an apartment for the foreseeable future. This young wife shared with me how much she loved her home here, and that she really wanted to create the same feeling in their new home that they’ve enjoyed so much in their hometown.

One of my favorite things she did was to purchase several locally made candles in the same scent she’s been burning in their beloved home. She’s hoping that the memories and feelings associated with that scent will create a peaceful feeling of home in their new city.

By wisdom a house is built and by understanding it is established. Proverbs 24:3

I believe that to have a peaceful home, we must first take responsibility for the way our home feels to those who live there. That doesn’t mean we have to do all the work (I’m a huge fan of husbands who pick up after themselves and offer to vacuum!), but it just means we realize that everything starts with us. 

You don’t have to be home all day to be a good homemaker. Sometimes it’s just a matter of using your little moments well.

Have a few extra minutes before you have to be out the door? Set the timer and tackle a quick chore. Tasks like putting away clean dishes, vacuuming or dusting take a lot less time than we think.

The wise woman builds her house, but the foolish tears it down with her hands. (Proverbs 14:1)

“Where does a family live? In a home. Who is responsible for creating a loving atmosphere? The wife/mother. We must deliberately, purposefully build the atmosphere in our home. The home is the center of our family life – if there are no children, then that’s the center where your marriage is. Our home ministers to our family more than we can ever imagine.” (from A Heart For Your Home)

This takes work, time, and energy, but it is such a rewarding endeavor.

I loved hearing how my friend created a peaceful home by planning ahead to burn familiar candles. Tell me – how do you create a peaceful home for your family?

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5 thoughts on “How To Make Your Home A Peaceful Place

  1. This was profoundly helpful to me, Whitney! I realized I don’t feel like I “deserve” to enjoy a peaceful home because so many people in the world do not have the resources and relationships I do and I feel bad to enjoy a life that’s calmer than theirs. But this gave me really good realizations, such as that I will be more able to lift others if I’m coming from a home of peace. Also that God lives in a heaven of peace and joy while simultaneously perfectly caring about and helping us, His children in a fallen world. Also, that I think God wants me to feel personally worthy of a peaceful home because it’s a godly and happy way to live. Thanks so much for this article!

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    1. I love that you shared that, Catherine. I can definitely see what you mean and I am sure you’re not the only person who feels this way. When we realize that everything we have is a gift of God’s grace, then we can acknowledge Him as the giver. We are all unworthy of the common grace and the daily, specific grace that has been poured in our hearts through Jesus (Romans 5), but we can enjoy those blessings instead of feeling guilty for them. That’s where the peace and the joy come in! ❤

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      1. That’s so true! And wouldn’t it be sad to not receive the grace Jesus sacrificed so much to give! Thanks for your thoughts. 🙂

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  2. It’s a small thing, but I like to have something home baked waiting for my kids when they get home from school. I often bake larger batches and freeze, so it’s easy to have on hand. When my kids step into the house after hours away, I can see the comfort that a warm treat brings them. It’s the little things.

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    1. Yes! I love that – and I’m sure your kids do too! When I would come home from college on the weekends, my mom was always in the kitchen with freshly baked treats, a candle burning and soft music playing. It was such a warm, cozy retreat from the stressful world of college. I’ll never forget how it made me feel! ❤

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