Building a Christ centered home is an ultimate goal for many of us Christian woman. And while that might look different throughout the seasons of life and from home to home, there are a few common threads we should be able to find in building our homes in God honoring ways.
A Christ Centered home is marked by love, not perfection.
“As you have heard from the beginning, His command is that you walk in love.” 2 John 6
Where there are stark, cold rules and expectations there is no room for grace. Nothing says love and acceptance as much as allowing for mistakes and freely forgiving when they happen. So when Billy tips over that antique vase, love bites it’s tongue and remembers that harmful words are like a scorching fire. (Proverbs 16:27)
However, should Billy lie about his accident, love also knows stern discipline awaits him who knows to do what is right. (Proverbs 15:10) In a Christ centered home that might look like a good talking-to about the necessity of truthfulness and keeping our hearts pure before the Lord. Then at his repentance, grace says, “I forgive you. I love you. Let’s move on from this together.”
Love isn’t expressed by a few spoken words. It’s shown by actions that make other feel accepted with all their insecurities, imperfections and mistakes in tact.
A Christ centered home is marked by joy.
Joy is not happiness. Happiness is topical. Joy is a strong underlying current of contentment and thankfulness that comes by trusting the Lord when all is not well in life.
Joy is that quiet rest that radiates on our faces even in the midst of trial. It is a warmth that bounces off the walls and runs rampant through a home that loves what is good in the eyes of the Father.
“You love righteousness and hate wickedness; therefore God, your God, has set you above your companions by anointing you with the oil of joy.” Psalm 45:7
“Your statutes are my heritage forever; they are a joy to my heart.” Psalm 119:111
A Christ centered home is marked by peace.
“God is not a God of disorder, but of peace.” 1 Corinthians 14:33
A home that exists for His glory can be identified by the order kept in it. Keeping chaos to a minimum results in a welcoming sanctuary for all who enter.
Peace doesn’t just happen. We must be proactive in pursuing it. (1 Peter 3:11)
It takes effort to maintain a well ordered home. It takes diligent gentleness to live as peaceably as possible with others (Romans 12:18). It takes a consistent seeking of the Lord’s face to find peace when life is hard. But when we are purposeful about pursuing Peace, hte Person, He will guard our hearts and minds in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:6-7)
10 Everyday Ways to Build a Christ-Centered Home
- Prioritize personal and family devotions.
- Pray often! Even more than you think necessary.
- Keep communication lines open. Ask specific questions.
- Listen well. You will hear people’s hearts when you listen without an agenda.
- Involve everyone. Make efforts to make each heart feel included, important & invaluable to your family unit.
- Smile a lot. Even more than you think necessary!
- Unplug every day. Shut the phone off when everyone is home.
- Look into your loved ones eyes. Really see them.
- Over-use please, thank you, I’m sorry, and I love you. Say those more than necessary.
- Make God’s word/name evident in all the rooms of your home and change it up with the seasons.
- You might like these 9 Ways to Influence Your Child’s Spiritual Growth.
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Really loved reading your marks of a Christian home! I agree with all your thoughts – my favorite being your comment about a peace-filled home. I like your reminder that peace must be worked for, it isn’t accidental. Thanks for the thoughts!
I just love all of this Kaylene! Such a beautiful designs, and what can be better than the names of our Lord? Nothing at all!!
A quibble observation- there is scripture listed for Psalms 119:11 and it is very different than what my Bible has…..??? Typo maybe
Yep. Typo. ? It’s supposed to be Psalm 119:111. I have also made corrections above. Thank you so much for pointing this out. God bless!
I really enjoyed this article and have scheduled to share it on my FB and Twitter. I, too, believe that a Christ-centered home is focused on love, joy, and peace. The ten tips are also great reminders when we get busy with… life!
Thank you so much! God bless!
Thank you for sharing! I agree, life’s busyness can crowd out the most important things and leave us with very little energy to cultivate deep connections within the family unit.
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