Original Post

The post below was written on Emily’s personal blog (Be Consecrated) in the summer of 2017 when she and Alex had returned from living in India for 6 months. It was primarily written for women to read, but the heart of this post applies to all. Please enjoy reading the original “Homemaking in Heaven” post.

What makes something beautiful? The way it’s placed? It’s color? It’s coordinated themes? Yes, partly all of these! When I walk into a home of a woman who has an eye for beauty… its quite breath taking and all those aspects are part of it! But I mean something a little more. Why do we humans adore things that have order and peruse what catches our eye? (In a good way)

These thoughts have been on my mind a lot in the last 10 months because… I have not had a home of my own to keep since that time! I think there is a natural desire in all woman, married or not, to have a place, to settle down, to nest and really – to make things beautiful! I adore ladies who have the ability and talent to make what they have a haven and refuge where beauty can grow. This is a blessing from God and given to nurter and pour out on others, there is nothing wrong with that! However, here are some more thoughts of mine that I have been meditating on since I have not had a home:

What happens when you have no place to make beautiful? What about if you can’t settle or nest and there is no certainty of what your will have or do next? This is my real subject today. When you have nothing physical, what do you make beautiful when you are wired to pour out and make things beautiful?
This first thought came to me in December of 2016, Christmas Eve. We moved that day into a small bedroom in Northern India and a wave of longing for tradition and family hit me. That is not unexpected since in the Christmas season you desire to be around family – but 6 months and 4 moves later I am actually still in that spot and it’s been pressed on my heart lately.

{Homemaking in Heaven. Making that which truly matters, beautiful}

Do not let your adorning be external—the braiding of hair and the putting on of gold jewelry, or the clothing you wear—But let your adorning be the hidden person of the heart with the imperishable beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which in God’s sight is very precious. For this is how the holy women who hoped in God used to adorn themselves, by submitting to their own husbands…” 1 Peter 3:3-5

In the Word, it describes our bodies as a temple (the home of God) and the resting place of His spirit! A physical home is a resting place that woman delights in making beautiful and suitable for guests to come inside. I am convicted and amazed at what this verse above is really saying to us! It’s not just a list of do’s and dont’s as one of the only verses specifically written to woman … get this… it is actually setting an example of a woman who is identified FIRST by her hope and identity in her God. It is saying your heart should be the most beautiful thing about you, and a gentle and quiet spirit is a result of a woman who is satisfied, not nagging, not worried, not fearful – but fulfilled in her God! Her hope is set on something above! Not on the hair style, the jewelry or the house… Just her God! What would allow you to best submit to your husband and be satisfied in his leadership, other than an overflowing trust and submission to your first love, Jesus?!

Our homes are a precious place to have – but our souls were given first. These questions have been roused often as my husband and I have walked through recent transitions: How orderly is your inward life? What is your identity on the inside being defined by right now? What is flowing out and able to be poured out on others? How much effort do you make at setting your heart straight before the Lord? Is hope in the Lord what brings your the most comfort?
I believe it is God’s nature to be orderly, matching and beautiful which is why we naturally long for these things. But I also believe our souls are to brilliantly shine and reflect His nature and image! With our eyes set on the most beautiful, put together, trust worthy person of all – our inner woman will OVERFLOW with what He looks like! This is beauty – looking like Him.

In conclusion – set your heart on Him. The rest of life WILL line up when He is first. Be about HIS kingdom. Your greatest foundation is your identity in Jesus Christ.

But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” Matthew 6:33

If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ who is your life appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.” Colossians 3:1-4

Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” Matthew 6:19-21

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