Today we started our study of this wonderful book for FHE. It’s marvelous! I heard the author, Emily Freeman, speak at Time out For Women and knew that I needed to read as many of her books as possible. She is the kind of woman I want to become. She has written several book, so I’m just starting with this one and seeing where it takes our family. In this book she suggests studying one chapter per month as a family and working on the skills throughout the month. At first it seemed like one month was a lot for one small chapter, but I’m realizing the joy of delving deep into a topic.
This book is about different stories in the bible where Christ enters into a home and teaches. Emily takes these stories and takes lessons that we can apply into our own home. In the introduction of the book she says a few things I love!
“There is a great power that comes when Jesus Christ becomes the central focus of our home. If our conversations center on Christ, if pictures of Him hang on our walls, if His words have a place in our hearts, and if His attributes become characteristics of each member of our family, we will experience an added measure of peace, strength, courage, and hope in the moments when we need it most. But how is it done?”
“I want to know Him better, seek Him more often, and fill my home with tangible reminders that He is at the center of everything we do.”
>>> I love this thought! I love the idea of have tangible reminders in your home. Pictures of Christ can get very expensive, so for now I’ll have to keep it simple, but someday I would love to have multiple, beautifully framed pictures of Christ in our home.
>>> I had a moment of inspiration while I was considering this. Someday when we actually have money, and our kids are teenagers it would be fun to challenge each member of the family to find a picture of Christ they loved and then give them the money to purchase it. After about a month had past and everyone had purchased their pictures, pull the family together to share their pictures. Each member of the family would show their picture to everyone else and discuss why that picture touched them. Then everyone would get to hang their picture of Christ in their bedrooms. Instead of me choosing a generic picture of Christ for their rooms, they would have a chance to choose one that really touched their soul.
“I long to create settings that will allow my children to personally experience His love.”
Chapter 1- Invite Him In
The Story/Scriptures– Luke 19:1-10- Story of Zacchaeus- Zacchaeus wants to see Christ entering into the city but there are so many people, so he climbs up in a tree to see Jesus Christ. Jesus notices him and says, “Zacchaeus, make haste, and come down; for to day I must abide at they house. So Zacchaeus came down from the tree and received Jesus into his home joyfully.
Philipians 4:8: Whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there by any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.”
The Questions– If Jesus were to visit my home unexpectedly, would I be prepared to receive Him joyfully?
Is you house ready to welcome a guest? Consider the pictures that hang on yoaur walls. Think about the items you have placed on your shelves. Is your home clean and inviting?
How about the conversations that take place within the walls of your home? Are they uplifting? Do people speak kindly? Would the Lord be comfortable there?
Is there anything you would take away, add, or change in some way to make your home more prepared for the Spirit of the Lord to abide there? Paintings of the Savior, scripture verses on the wall, and uplifting quotes of prints can all bring a sweet spirit into our homes.
Some quotes I love–
Inviting the Spirit
“A home where Jesus would choose to abide doesn’t just happen by chance; it is something we must intentionally create day after day after day.”
“Invite the Spirit of the Lord to abide, to come and stay, to linger in our homes.”
“Our ongoing preparations to invite the Spirit of the Lord to abide, to come and stay, to linger, will bring us moments of great joy.”
Overview– There are three important lessons we learn from this story. First to make haste rather than hesitate as we prepare our homes to receive the Spirit of the Lord. Second, to receive that Spirit joyfully and allow Him to abide within our homes.
Family Goal- Unless we hire a maid, we can basically just guarantee that the entire house will never be clean all the time. But our goal this week is to at least keep the front room presentable, so when people come in, the front room is at least welcoming. So the living room is the number one focus and the kitchen is number 2. Cleanliness brings Godliness.