It is so good to take care of our homes and make them a place of welcome, a place of refuge for our families, a place that’s easy to rest and connect with God and one another. Sometimes even changing the color of paint on the walls can help the things happen that we most desire in our homes. 

But I have this problem: Ever time I so much as think about what picture would look nice on the wall or what color I’ll paint it my heart begins to become obsessed with how I want my home to look, I begin to love the world. 

  • I notice it when my free moments are suddenly consumed with thinking of all the improvements I’d like to do.
  • I notice it when I find myself always on decorating websites and flipping through the Pottery Barn magazine for inspiration.
  • I notice it when I begin to be discouraged and dissatisfied with my home.

My hope as subtly transferred from God and all he can provide to being in my home and believing that if it looked just a bit more like the magazine life would be better. When I finally realize what has happened (again) I often go to the words of the psalmist:

Turn my eyes from looking at worthless things;
and give me life in your ways.
~ Psalm 119:37

What do you do when you notice the world has stolen your heart?


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