Life has a way of having an ebb and flow to it. When you’re in the thick of a season it seems like it will last forever and then bam it’s over. Before you know it, your kids are nearly grown.
Whether or not we are enjoying the season that we are in, we can still make the time special and important. Let’s face it, the days are long but the years are short. It was just yesterday that my first baby was born and now he’s 6! I keep saying I need to stop blinking because time truly has a way of slipping past us.
That is why I love The Lifegiving Home, Sally has an inspiring way of reminding us to not let these years go by without using the time intentionally. She has lived a life of pouring herself into her children and others and she has sincerely given us much to ponder and so many ideas to take home and make happen within our own walls.
In September’s chapter, we are reminded that seasons change. We need to plan for those season’s of change, whether it be the physical season outside that drives us indoors for warmth and feasting or our seasons of rejoicing or weeping.
I can honestly admit that I am not a fan of change. I cringe at the idea. This year our church put Christmas lights up outside on the roof and never in my nearly 30 years have I seen that. It threw me. I nearly stopped traffic on a busy road because I was so shocked at the change. While that may be a funny notion, who really cares about Christmas lights, honestly? That just goes to show where I stand. The same is true for anything in my life. But in this chapter, I am reminded that change is inevitable and like the Proverbs 31 woman, we can be prepared for it.
During the winter months, it’s easy to get stir crazy. It’s the dead of winter, barely enough sunlight to warm us. But we can use this time of being “stuck” at home to create memories!
Just like life has an ebb and flow, so should our homes:
Home needs hush as well as bustle, silence as well as song. The point of autumn (and winter) is to make a place where souls can be shelthered, grown, noursished and healed even in the bleakest of physical or spiritual winters. LGH p. 181
Even though life may be changing, the seasons are changing, we can be purposeful with our homes by creating a space that stands the test of time. Knowing that home is a safe landing amongst the busyness of outside demands brings comfort to everyone’s soul. Take time to create routines, rhythms and traditions that will stand the test of time. It’s the small things in our home that bring life, it’s the small things that you look forward to when life is changing.
Do you have a space all your own inside your home? I sure do! Maybe it is a comfy chair, or a throw blanket with some books nearby. I love my rocking chair. It is even called Mama’s rocking chair! It is my special space, I read there, relax there, pray there and meet with the Lord there. When life is bleak, I have my special space to retire too. When life has thrown me curve balls, when life has sucker punched me in the gut, after each move we make I still have my special space that welcomes me. I believe we all could use this type of space inside our home.
What about for your kids? It’s funny how the parents can have this special spot but we often leave out the kids. And they’re the ones who typically are sharing a bedroom in the house! If you have a lot of kids, there probably isn’t a space all their own to be found. During the winter months, it can be a challenge to be cooped up all day with everyone. We all need some space and downtime to collect our own thoughts.
Whether your introvert or extrovert, you need time alone.
That is why I love the idea of creating a special space all their own! It doesn’t need to fancy or even huge! It could be a corner just for them, with a small basket filled with goodies for them to have ownership over. A place to retreat too when bored and overwhelmed. It could be their bed or even bedroom. You can create a small nook or utilize the whole room depending on how many kids you have.
Here are some practical ideas to keep in their space:
- books to read
- sketch pad
- colored pencils
- stuffed animal, army guys
- craft supplies
If you only have a corner of a room to work with try finding a bean bag or even a folding comfy chair that can be put away and set up easily if needed.
Ideas for making the space more “fancy”:
- comfy chair
- vinyl name decal
- picture of something they love hung on the wall
Everyone needs their own special space. It is the perfect solution for when a quiet time rolls around, everyone can retreat to their own space. If you have introverted children it could just be exactly what they need to get away alone while still being in the room. This might just save your sanity this winter!
- Read the September chapter.
- Create a special space for each child! Have fun with this, make it a bonding time with each child as you work together!
Your turn! How are you going to start creating a special space for everyone in your home? Let’s share ideas in the comments below!
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