“And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.” Colossians 3:17
Hi, my name is Rachel and I am a home decor addict. I have always loved to express myself creatively through the things I put in my living space. When I was a kid I played the Sims just so I could design, style, and decorate a house! I am trying to keep this verse in mind when it comes to decorating my new house. This months’ faith mom’s topic was about decorating your home for God’s glory. Needless to say I came prepared to take lots of notes!
When we think about decorating our homes, a few things come to mind. Obviously the style that you’re going for, and what the budget is. Decorating on a budget can be challenging at at times discouraging. I’m finding this aspect hard right now because we’re committing so much of our budget to necessities that the “fun” stuff doesn’t get as much attention as I would like it to. The first thing you need to do is identify your budget. How much resources do you have? Your budget doesn’t only consist of your money, but also your time! Once you identify your allotted budget and the time it will take, be content in what is available. I have a hard time with being content with what I have. It’s times like these where I need to remind myself of the verse in Colossians.
It’s now time to define and prioritize your decorating goals. It’s important to be intentional with this step, so I encourage you to pray first to get a clear mind and a God-honoring heart. This allows you to get a big picture idea of what you are trying to accomplish. A good idea I heard at moms group about this step is to decorate according to your ministry (or your gift). If you are in hospitality, then focus your decorating to best accommodate for serving in that way. I believe this is the ministry that God is calling me to, so I am going to be purposeful in choosing my furniture that will reflect that ministry. For example, I would like to have people over for meals more often and gather at the table, so we purchased a big dining table that will allow many people to sit all together.
One thing to remember is that decorating doesn’t have to be the same for everyone. Make it your own by incorporating your own unique style into your house, that is what transforms it into a home! It’s so easy to compare yourself to others, especially when it comes to where we live. There’s a sense of vulnerability when we invite people in to our space. Will people feel comfortable in your house when they visit? What will they see? Will they judge the mess? Your home doesn’t have to be perfect before inviting people over… keeping up appearances is not the most important thing in the world. People are not going to remember you for your “messy” house, instead they’ll remember you and be changed by your hospitality and warm welcome, making them feel at home.
The most important thing through all of these steps is to decorate your home for God’s glory. Everything we are doing on this earth is to point back to God. He entrusts us with our worldly possessions to use for His glory. In my personal life, the most practical application of this is at home! I could utilize my budget, prioritize my goals, and make it my own in order to achieve this goal. What are some ways that you can decorate your home for God’s glory? Or if you’ve already decorated in the past, what are some of your favorite decorational tips to achieve this goal? Remember, whatever we do, let’s do it in the name of God, while giving thanks to Him for all that He has provided.