Many years ago, my mentor commented that I was never home. I
laughed, and said, “My grandmother always said that my middle name should have
been GO.” She didn’t laugh. With complete seriousness, she said, “Do you not
like to be at home?”
The truth was that at the time our home seemed like a place
of chaos; she was right. I didn’t like to be at home, because there I had to
face the reality of Michael’s manic moods or depression. If “home is where the heart
is” then I was in trouble.
Fast forward years later. After Michael died, I was
determined to make my home a refuge, a sanctuary. With the help of friends, I
painted every room in the house to more calming colors and began the journey to
create an atmosphere of peace and rest. I love to play soft music and light
candles --- makes me feel “Ahhhhh.”
Since remarrying in April, it seems as if our home is
undergoing another transition. We’re rearranging, cleaning out, and bringing in
new things all in an attempt for our home to reflect our family. I must say that
I have grown to appreciate home; its not the stuff that makes it special but
the love. I want the atmosphere to reflect love and grace.
My favorite place is our front porch swing. I love to curl up with a good book on the swing while listening to the rain and feeling the cool breeze. Its a taste of heaven in my world!
What about you? Is your home a place of peace? If not, what
can you change to make it more inviting? For those who answered yes, what have
you done to create ambiance in your home? What is your favorite place in your home?