31 Days to Clean: Day #1

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31 Days to Clean Having a Martha House the Mary way

Day 1: Why Clean?

Mary Challenge: Make your “mission statement”.  Mine states:

“I want my home to be a comfortable place to live;

where my children have fun throughout the day,

my husband is relaxed,

 as a family, we are free to host guests at any time without feeling embarrassed about the condition of my home,

as well as be a good steward of what God has so richly blessed me with.

I want to Want and Love to live in my HOME.”

My inspiration comes from a passage in the Old Testament every time I think about how I want to go about this hospitable thing:

2 Kings 4:10
10 Let’s make a small room on the roof and put in it a bed and a table, a chair and a lamp for him.
Then he can stay there whenever he comes to us.”

My goal is to meet the needs of my family but right along side that to also create an atmosphere where any and everyone feel welcome, loved, comfortable and a desire to hang out at any hour of the day (this gets us in bind some days, hehe)! I also want to meet even the simplest needs: The text version, a bed and a table, a chair and a lamp, equates to our family providing a guest room (even if that means my kids will always share rooms), uncluttered space to bring in their things and/or a place at our table to eat, plenty of seating for conversation, and practical items: Extra toiletries, quick-fix food, etc.

Martha ChallengeMake your mission statement pretty and place it somewhere you can see it daily then organizing supplies.

I edited a picture (which I LOVE doing) of my home and typed out my “mission statement” on it, printed it at Wal-Mart and bought a CHEAP frame, then I gave it a home, with this yummy candle, on my kitchen counter between the sink and the stove. Just the place to see it (multiple times) daily!
I feel kinda silly posting all this but I am hoping to hear Your stories of “why” you clean!
To read more about the Shunammite woman, Elisha, and her reward for hospitality, click here.
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