Welcome to the fourth week of the online Bible study for Christmas Peace for Busy Moms! I have prayed over you and this study for months, and I’m so excited to meet with you here.
Our theme verse for this week:
Please refer to Day 16 of the book as we discuss Peace in my Home.
In today’s study we take our cue from the Proverbs 31 woman, who had such grace and quiet power to shape her home into a peaceful haven. She was an ideal homemaker, blessing her family through her words and actions, always seeking ways to improve their lives.
Today I want us to focus on the deeper meaning of our perfect-world pin-grabbing and photo sharing. I want to seek the deeper value of our dusting, sweeping, and washing. What is the true purpose of all our efforts as moms who literally serve as home-makers?
I like this quote from The Lifegiving Home: Creating a Place of Belonging and Becoming:
…the homes we make, in all their refuge and comfort, are simply stand-ins for the true home we were made to desire. Our homemaking is but a way of walking well toward the place our Lord promised to prepare for us (see John 14:3).
Authors Sally & Sarah Clarkson create a beautiful picture of homemaking in The Lifegiving Home. The book is divided by seasons and offers many ideas for creating a peaceful atmosphere.
I like this peaceful idea for December. The Clarkson family holds an annual Christmas tea for women. They offer a lovely menu of soup, quiche, salads, and rich desserts. Then Sally asks a single question of each woman, a thoughtful, reflective question. The discussion promotes honesty and fellowship. The Clarksons send each woman home with a tree ornament tied to a theme, like a teacup with this sentiment: “Drink the cup God has given you and accept it as grace.”
I can see myself offering a simplified Christmas tea in my home. I can ask everyone to bring a dish to simplify the process. Choosing questions from Christmas Peace for Busy Moms, I can foster a peaceful discussion. I want to create peaceful memories with friends and family in my home, and a Christmas tea party may be the door to undiscovered peace.
Questions for you:
Look up John 14:1-3. How do you gain peace from this verse, knowing what Jesus is preparing for you now?
Skim Proverbs 31:10-31. What verse inspires you for peacemaking in your home?
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