Beauty of Home – Debbie Slaughter SETX Women’s Ministry

Part of our SETX women’s ministry is sharing the blogs of other Southeast Texas Christian women to provide information, support, tips, and to let you know – you are not alone. 

Today’s Southeast Texas Christian women’s blog is shared courtesy of Debbie Slaughter:

What have you been doing with your time lately?

Life gets so busy sometimes, that we forget (or neglect) to take time to add beauty to our days.

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We work hard, play hard, run around trying to fulfill obligations, and too often we just don’t spend enough time in our homes.

There is something so peaceful about being at home.

Yes, sometimes it can get lonely and boring, but I think it is what you make of it.

In the “olden days” as we like to say, women were busy working in the home and when they weren’t working and doing chores, they were doing practical things that benefited the family or their neighbors.

A woman might spend her “spare” time knitting or sewing or baking extra bread for a friend in need.

She would mend things that needed mending or grow flowers and work in a garden.women's ministry Beaumont Tx

Back then, women had a lot to do!

They might go “visiting” once a week and have coffee or tea, while chatting with a friend.

They might go to the market once a week for groceries.

And of course, they would go to church on Sundays.

But, the rest of their time was spent in the home.

In “Living a Beautiful Life”, Alexandra Stoddard shares so many ideas for building a beautiful home and truly making our house a place of beauty and comfort.

Beauty can be simple. It doesn’t mean you live in a huge home with marble floors.

Beauty is what you do with what you have and putting a little extra effort into making things special.

Making your home beautiful doesn’t have to be costly.

It’s just a matter of taking a few extra steps to make things feel cozy and warm and inviting – to yourself and your guests.women's ministry Lumberton Tx

But, Living a Beautiful Life, also addresses the emotional, as well as the physical atmosphere of the home.

When was the last time you put aside the chore list in exchange for a good book and a cup of coffee?

When was the last time you just sat outside on the porch swing and watched the birds?

We need those moments!

We need to refresh our spirits and our minds and let the cares of the world go, for a moment.

We are so busy filling our lives up, that we neglect to enjoy the quiet anymore.

Kitchen tables are littered with bills and mail, instead of flowers and freshly baked bread.

Family calendars are cluttered with sports, outings, trips, work, school, social invites – instead of nights on the couch with a bowl of popcorn or board games on the floor.

We wonder why we feel so stressed and so pulled. But, truly, we are our own worst enemy in this respect.

What are we searching for? What kind of hole are we trying to fill up?

Take time this week to slow down and do something “old fashioned”.

Change one thing in your routine that causes you to have a few moments of mental downtime.

Put fresh flowers on the table.

Have breakfast on the front porch.

Have a picnic in the backyard.

Do something that causes you to pause and just enjoy being at home.

It’s a beautiful place to be.

“Make it your ambition to lead a quiet life,
to mind your own business and to work with your hands,
just as we told you,
so that your daily life may win the respect of outsiders
and so that you will not be dependent on anybody.”
1 Thes. 4:11-12
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Many Southeast Texas Christian women spend a lot of time at home – homeschooling, home making, and running home based businesses.
Networking with other Southeast Texas Christian women can help us keep perspective. 
Part of our SETX women’s ministry is helping SETX Christian women find each other – home school coops, women’s prayer groups, quilting circles, MOPS groups, Mother’s Day Out program, and other resources available through Southeast Texas churches and Christian groups.
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Thank-you to Debbie Slaughter for sharing today’s Southeast Texas Christian women’s blog.
We hope you’ve enjoyed today’s SETX Women’s Ministry words of inspiration. Many Southeast Texas Christians have fallen into the American “time trap. Work as hard as you can as long as you can. Fill your life with activities so that you’re never alone with your own thoughts.
Thank-you for sharing this message Debbie. I hope that your blog entry will be passed on to many of our Southeast Texas Christian women and to Southeast Texans in general. This is a wonderful message and very timely. If you’d like more of Debbie’s elegant insight, visit her blog.
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