Day 14, 15 & 16: A welcome & the present

Hi again!

So sorry I have been absent. We had a wonderful weekend with my husband’s newly married brother & his wife. It was really refreshing & terribly busy, and I had to make some choices about what my priorities were. So, the blogging didn’t happen. But you know what? That in itself is a testament to what I want my home to be.

In the first month since we have moved into our house we have hosted four times. And without a proper guest room, at that. But that is how I want my home to be – a welcome place for others to come. I want it to be a place of rest for a weary soul. Even if it’s on an air mattress. This weekend I worked hard to try and make my home as welcoming as possible. So I abandoned blogging for warm meals, tea and laughter. I tucked in close to my husband and we, together, created a picture of what it means to love each other, parent two littles, and welcome others. Late nights and early mornings bookended full days, and I am glad that we made the choices we did.

This weekend we made two statements to the world about our home:
It is a welcoming place
It is a present place

We opened our doors and our hearts to family. And we made choices to shut out some other things in order to be fully present. We could have spent the time on our computers, but instead we played cards.  We could have fought for eight hours of sleep, but we contended ourselves with six. Because that is what it meant to be present this weekend. And we nodded our heads at Jim Elliot’s quote, “Wherever you are, be all there. Live to the hilt every situation you believe to be the will of God.”

So forgive me for not being here. I am excited to continue to share my heart concerning home with you through the next few weeks though!

~ Melissa

Click here to see a list of all previous 31 Days of Making a Home posts

2 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Kevin Malu on October 17, 2012 at 6:00 am

    Great stuff Melissa. Wifey and I aslo have been making time to welcome guests and making our home a home. Its been a lot of fun. Life is super busy but we are purposing to make pepole a priority in our lives.So I kinda get what your going through. Keep the bloggs coming:-) Big fun!


  2. Posted by Lendie McAlister on October 17, 2012 at 10:11 pm

    Love reading your blogs..You minister to me so much. Jesus is so apparent in your life, as I strive for him to be in mine. Love u!


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