I'm joining up with Women Living Well for their Making Your Home a Haven Fall Challenge and wow, this week could not be more appropriate:
Week 1: October 6th - Go buy an extra large candle and light a candle everyday in your home. I will be starting mine in the morning but you can start yours at dinner time or whenever is convenient for you. I will be placing mine in the kitchen – the main hub of my home. Each time the candle catches your eye, say a prayer for peace in your home. Work on peace and patience this week.I say this could not be more appropriate because in addition to this challenge, I also started an online women's morning Bible Study this week...and wouldn't you know, this has been a week from heck. The weather has been chilly, wet, and dreary and I've had three sick kiddos. It actually started over the weekend but has run over into this week. They're all on the mend now (*crossing my fingers*) but I've had one with a terrible, horrible congested cough and two with Hand Foot & Mouth Disease. So I've been up and down all hours of the night with kids who can't sleep or who are waking up crying, handing out medicine and Popsicles all day, refilling the humidifier, and attempting to clean house while a fussy, grouchy toddler grabs my legs and yells at me. So has Satan been trying me this week? Have I worked on peace and patience? It's only Tuesday and I can say a resounding YES. I've also failed a lot though, too...lost my temper, yelled, gotten too easily frustrated, neglected to do a task because I didn't feel like doing it...sigh.
One of the questions posed in this week's post was "What type of environment are you?" Eek. That gave me pause. I'm tired and harried, and probably haven't been putting the best face forward. This past weekend (before the kids got too terribly sick) my husband and I rearranged, cleaned, and de-cluttered many different areas of the house. He also worked on a couple different household projects. Two things we did in particular - putting up a new ceiling fan in our dining room and rearranging our bedroom - were long, sometimes challenging tasks, but they made a huge difference. The light on the ceiling fan in the dining room really brightens up the room. I can see every nook and corner now! And the way we rearranged the bedroom made it feel a bit more open, and getting rid of junk and clutter made it much more cozy, a room I really want to go curl up in. I suppose this week has been similar to that. Although we've had quite a few struggles thus far, I've been finding myself slowing down and just taking things one step at a time.
I have begun to light my candle, usually when I'm in the kitchen making lunch or dinner. I've been alternating between Glade Scented Oil Candles in Blushing Berry and my warmer with a Toasted Caramel Sugar Scentsy Bar chunk, depending on what I'm feeling. A constantly burning candle is a really wonderful reminder of God's continual presence in our lives. Yes, we have a lot of chaotic days but God is always here, guiding and encouraging us.