Have you ever walked into someone’s home and immediately felt welcomed? There’s nothing like that kind of peace, is there? When we moved into our log house ten years ago, I wanted our home to be a comfy cozy place that welcomed people.
A home that offered peace and healing.
But I have a confession.
At times, I’ve focused on the negatives in myself, my surroundings, and in others.
The chip in the dinner plate. Scuff marks on the kitchen cabinets. My insecurities about writing.
When I seek perfection, poof, my peace vanishes.
How can I offer peace when I’ve lost mine?
But something inside me began to shift in 2012 when I chose the word SURRENDER.
When I made a choice to let go and let God do His will in me.
It’s a process, for sure, and sometimes I struggle to let go, but not last Saturday.
We had a birthday party for our son Thomas and my father-in-law Richard. During the party I kept thinking …
This is amazing! I can’t wait to tell my bloggy friends!
Pulling the potato casserole from the oven, I glanced at everyone gathered in our home.
I spotted my father-in-law looking at his son, my husband, who was grilling hamburgers, people laughing, having a good time.
So was I!
Thomas’s girlfriend Brittany took pictures.
Looking at Brittany’s pictures something occurred to me.
When I stop demanding perfection, awesome things happen.
1. I slow down long enough to see beauty.
2. My gratitude soars.
3. I smile a lot more.
A surrendered heart brings peace and welcomes the gift of hospitality.
“…live in peace; and the God of love and peace will be with you.” 2 Corinthians 13:11 NIV
What makes you feel welcomed in someone’s home? Has striving for perfection ever stolen your peace?