Sunday, January 31, 2010

MAKING YOUR HOME SING MONDAY: LOSING "YOU"

Making your home sing Mondays

Welcome to the Making Your Home Sing Monday meme! Every day you are doing something to make your house into a home for yourself and your family (if you have one). My point with each Monday post is, what are you doing or going to do today to make your home sing?

It can be an attitude or an action. Motivation, our attitude, baking, encouraging our husband or children (if we have either one), organization, cleaning, saving money....the opportunities are endless.

I have not arrived yet. Sigh. It's always sad when this MYHSM meme rolls around, and I realize that once again I have lots of material to work with. It always seems like there is just so much to pick from that needs doing. Sigh.

There is always something that I can do to make my home sing for that week. There is always something that I can improve on, or a character trait that could be strengthened, or some beauty within my home that can be highlighted somewhere. I have miles to go before I "arrive."

Now, for those weeks that you are discouraged, cheer up! You have not arrived yet. You have lots of material to work with. There is always something you can do to make your home sing. Something to improve on, a character trait that can be strengthened or beauty highlighted somewhere. There is always something that you can do. There is time. You have miles to go before you "arrive."

It's so strange how we can get down on ourselves for the very things that we should celebrate. The very things that can overwhelm us should encourage us.

We are not lacking in ways to bless our families. We are not lacking in areas that need our special touch.

Who better to make a home for your family? Who better to mother your child? Who better to love and respect your husband?

Who takes your place in the home? What is your home missing? You?

Sometimes we forget to put the "me" into our homes. We forget to put a little of our personality into it. We forget to put a little of our beauty into it.

There are full-time homemakers who are busier now than they were when they worked outside the home. There are wives who give so much of themselves to their children that there is virtually very little left for their husbands. There are mothers who feel like they have lost a part of themselves now that they are mothers.

Have you lost "you?" Do you feel like you have lost a piece of yourself that you will never get back? If you lost your husband and your children today, would you even know who you are? Would you know what your role or purpose was in this world?

Where is your identity? Do you know who you are?

Never forget your identity in Christ. You are God's child. You are a beautiful woman of God. Your value, your self-worth is in Him, not in what you do, not in what role you fill. When roles change, your identity will still be rooted in Him.

That is why you can bring beauty into your home, and give of yourself to your family and your children without fearing that you are "losing" yourself. You cannot be lost, just keep your roots in Him. You can have days where you may feel overwhelmed or tired, or like you don't feel like "yourself," and those are the days that you need to get into His word and cling to Him.

But don't ever fear that "you" will disappear. You can never disappear for you are safe in His hands! He loves you and He created you. You are beautifully loved.

What are you doing or going to do today to make your home sing? Please go here for instructions and/or ideas and come back here to link up to join us today! Please do not put your own Making Your Home Sing Monday Linky on your blog. As always, please don't forget to link to this post. Also, please don't forgot to leave me a comment!

23 comments:

  1. How awesome! You just summed up the entire purpose of my blog!

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  2. I LOVE THIS post Nan! How awesome to know that I am loved & treasured by GOD! My identity in Him is never lost. LOVE IT!

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  3. Great post, Nan! How did you know I needed to hear that ;) Always overwhelmed, but so often forget to relax and take in the blessings around me. I was losing my grip this week...but had to stop and get a perspective...luckily, my kids are great teachers when it comes to a better perspective on things ;) There is definitely always something, haha!

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  4. Thank you for the reminder that I am always safe in HIS arms no matter what my circumstances.
    Hugs,
    andrea

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  5. You are a wise woman my friend. Thank you for the reminder!
    Big hugs
    Kim

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  6. Beautiful post, Nan...you are definitely not lost...we look for you each day.

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  7. I bought my first fresh flower bouquet of the year this past week. I love fresh flowers but only buy them when they are half price at Walmart. LOL But they make my table so much prettier and make me feel good, too. definitely worth that $2.50. There's a pic on my Project 365 entry.

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  8. Amen! What a great post! My identity is in Him and it is never lost. As I know that, then what I do to make my home sing reflects that, instead of me trying to find it in my home's appearance.
    I have some bloggy love for you over at my place. :)

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  9. Hi Nan it's been too long! I loved this post as I have been feeling a bit lost lately. Each day is monotonous and all I seem to do is end up in bed early due to tiredness. I feel like I have lost my identity and need to regain some of it!!
    Thanks for great words of encouragement. You are wise!
    Love Collette xxx

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  10. Wow! AMEN!!! this is beautiful! I totally have those days when I feel like I am not "me" anymore. but then like you say, I go to God and He fills me! I am praying for His filling right now as I am having a Mama fit day! (as my friend Nina calls them) See my post. jeje

    Love your encouragement!
    Love
    Dani JOY

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  11. Nan - it's so true. We get "lost" when we don't hold fast to our identity in Christ. We either exalt ourselves above or diminish ourselves below the person God wants us to be... Great post.

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  12. Great post, as always! May you have a blessed productive week!

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  13. Thank you Nan...those are great words of encouragement. :)

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  14. Great post and thanks for the reminder about the link party. I love hearing everyone's stories. I will have to make sure and add this to my weekly link party list.
    Have a great day, and thanks again for visiting me...

    Danielle

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  15. Unfortunetly, we are usually our own worst enemy / biggest problem. We put so much creddance into "not thinking to highly of ourselves" that we end up not seeing the good qualities the Lord gave us. Qualities we are suppose to be using both to serve him and others.

    The irony, we can usually spot those qualities in others - oh my yes! - but not in ourselves. Or at least, not to the same degree.

    http://thebzhousethatlovebuilt.blogspot.com

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  16. Just like most crockpots have "liners" (removable inerds) Roasters have big black 'liners' that come out. Makes clean up ever so much easier!!!

    And, I'm referring to the electric/plug in type of roasters, not the big sort of dutch oven type.

    Does that make any more sense? If not, try doing a google search for "roasters" such as through a manufacturer like 'Rival'.

    Any other questions, feel free to stop back by and ask!!! Heck, that's how I've learned most of what I know - by asking!!!

    http://thebzhousethatlovebuilt.blogspot.com

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  17. Hey there again! It has been a while since I visit in blogger world last.
    Once again I am blessed by stopping by your blog!

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  18. Hi, my new friend. Thanks for your encouraging word on my blog. I linked my banner, I think it does make my house sing. I hope in the following weeks I can do a post to link also, I have been wanting to do some more meaningful writing and maybe this will be the encouragemant I need. You are an inspiration, I am going to be a follower.

    God Bless,
    Cha Cha

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  19. ahhh...
    Thank you, Nan.
    This is an issue I've been fretting over lately ( I used to worry, but I think Grandmothers are supposed to "fret")

    Now that we're growing older,
    now that our little one has started school and more of a life of her own -

    who will I be if I'm not so much Mom, so much Grammy...?
    Is there any other part of me left?

    A woman of God -
    thank you for that reminder, Nan.
    God may have purpose left for me yet!
    and a reason to keep my home singing...

    Grandmother Wren

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  20. You are so right, Nan! One of the most difficult lessons I learned was that God called me - first and foremost - to be a wife and mother. I was involved in a lot of good things...PTA, choir, small groups, etc., but I was never at home...I was putting my family last.

    Oh, what a blessing I received when I gave up those other things so I could focus on my family!

    A great post...

    Hugs,
    Beth

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  21. Oh Nan what a beautiful post! I wish I can write in English what I am thinking in Spanish...♥Great Post!
    "Tus palabras me llegan hasta el corazón!"
    ♥{{{HUGS}}}♥

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  22. An excellent post and a great source of encouragement for us as we keep our homes. Thank you for sharing so honestly about how so many of us feel, but pointing us in the right direction on "Whose" we are and where we are to serve. Blessings to you today!

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