It took my husband and me five months to display photos from our wedding day in our home, but I really wish we would have done it sooner. I smile every time I see the pictures, remembering the wonderful memories God granted us on that glorious day. The collage we arranged on our wall captures the looks of unconditional love and admiration we gave each other during our ceremony, as well as the box step we implemented in our first dance.
In addition to our wedding photos, our apartment is adorned with my art and a variety of Christian memorabilia. When we sit down to eat or work through our nightly devotionals together, it’s easy to be grateful for the Lord, recognizing that He has provided us with a beautiful home to build our lives in. Truly, the psalmist who spoke about the generosity of God was spot-on: “The Lord has done great things for us; we are glad.” (Psalm 126:3 ESV) Being surrounded by God’s beauty helps us remember to count our infinite blessings.
Decorating our space has proven to be an invaluable pursuit. But why is beautifying the home such a treasured endeavor for women?
We reflect the creative nature of God
Our Creator is the Master Designer, exemplified in Genesis when He formed day and night, earth and sea, animals and humans. To bring beauty into our home is to become mini designers ourselves, putting our creative talents to use for the glory of the Creator of all. Like God does in Genesis, we too enhance our world and home life with majesty.
Sister, don’t fret if artistry is a challenge for you. God is more concerned with our heart’s attempts than our outcomes, and any practice of exercising creativity is an opportunity to become more connected with our Lord.
The ways you can decorate your home are endless and do not have to be complicated. Simplicity is beautiful. Repurposing items you have on hand can be a way of demonstrating to God that you feel blessed to work with what He’s provided for you.
After our wedding, I repurposed scraps from our gifts into a centerpiece. I integrated the romantic vibe of our wedding into our dining room by tying soft ribbons delicately around a glass of flowers. Proverbs 31 tells us that a virtuous woman is resourceful, and we can strive to emulate her. We reflect a sampling of all that can be accomplished for our families when we tap into our capabilities to bring splendor into our homes.
We reinforce our values
When friends and family enter our apartment, they are welcomed by a cursive inscription of “Faith, Hope, Love” above the mirror by our coat rack. As they walk around, other hallmarks of our faith are recognizable. An image of the Last Supper, crosses, and Bible verses envelope the space, adding warmth into our lives.
What is the purpose of having numerous Christian items inside our home? I believe we reflect what we surround ourselves with, so if we want to emulate God, our homes should reveal those values. Paul said: “…brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—think about such things.” (Philippians 4:8 NIV)
Placing prayerful materials in prominent locations can help to fix our eyes on Christ. Having my Bible in proximity to my “to do” list is a natural reminder to read God’s Word. Similarly, keeping a devotional book on our end table prompts my husband and me to study it together.
We can also write inspirational messages and post them on our refrigerator or bedroom mirror to fill our spirits with Jesus’ hope. When we infuse Christianity into our homes, we are apt to focus on the Lord throughout the week, not only on Sunday.
We provide hospitality
My husband and I strive to be gracious hosts, always willing to offer our home as a gathering for friends. Paul reminds us to be generous, saying: “Share with the Lord’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality.” (Romans 12:13 NIV) He emphasizes God’s desire for us to be hospitable so we can impart kindness onto all.
Welcoming others into your life is easier when you craft an inviting environment. When we have guests over, we hope they see the safe and nurturing place we’ve created in our home as a reflection of our character. We decorate with items that speak to our calling as Christians to serve people with compassionate hearts, eager to listen.
The last time my husband and I had our friends over for dinner, we engaged in deep discussion. They shared what was on their hearts, and we encouraged them with our words. Providing a nurturing atmosphere in your home gives your guests a safe place to be vulnerable. My hope and prayer is that we regularly demonstrate Christ’s love as we extend hospitality.
Providing a Christ-filled, welcoming space is a magnificent way to demonstrate God’s love for everyone you host. As we work joyfully to glorify Him by beautifying our homes, we create reflections of God’s radiant beauty, goodness, and love.