Making Your Home a Haven – Fall Challenge

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I am so excited about this Challenge {squeal! squeal!!!}. I participate every year, for the past 4 years. Thanks Courtney…this is such a blessing!!

It’s the 4th Annual “Making Your Home a Haven” Fall Challenge, if you’ve been following me you know how much I love these challenges.

This year is going to be the biggest Fall Challenge she’s ever had because – we are celebrating the launch of her JUST RELEASED book THIS WEEK – book titled: Women Living Well ~ Finding Your Joy in God, Your Man, Your Kids and Your Home. I am part of her launch team and I have teamed up with them to give out an amazing gift to WLW readers!!!! {squeal – this is too exciting!!!}. Keep on the lookout as I will be posting a giveaway today!

There is so much to go over and I will just let you know about a few things and I want you to go check out her website for all the info. click here to go to her website.

This challenge will run through the month of October. Go Check out the video at her website, link below and topics below. If you would like to join me please let me know in comment below and then hop on over to her site and do the same. Hope you can join us…it’s always a Blessing!!!

Here’s the topic schedule for October:

Week 1: October 7th -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. Do what makes sense for your family. 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.

The Giveaway:
A year’s supply of Yankee Candles (12 large Jar Candles)

Week 2: October 14 – Plan a Family Fun Night. Have a pillow party in the family room and get out every blanket and pillow in the house and be cozy with the kids or your hubby! Even if you live alone you can do this. Enjoy a cozy evening of hot cider and caramel corn. Bust out some old fashioned games and take the time to savor these moments with your loved ones. Work on gentleness this week.

The Giveaway:
10 Pack of Games including – Checkers, Scrabble, Monopoly,
Uno, Battleship, Pictionary, Apples to Apples, Candy Land, Risk, & Life.

Week 3: October 21 – Focus on the kitchen, the heart of the home. Cook things with pleasant aromas like homemade bread, pies, and cookies. Don’t wait to have a reason to make something special – do it simply to show love to your family. Invite your kids and/or hubby to cook along side of you – make memories in the kitchen – test tasting, being creative, laughing and loving. Remember the importance of dinner time around the table as a family. Work on showing love to your family this week.

The Giveaway:
A Kitchen Aid Mixer

Week 4: October 28 – Decorate! The holidays are almost upon us. Ann Voskamp says “Creating is good theology. In the beginning God created.” Be creative as you make your home warm, cozy and inviting for the holidays. Think about ways you can keep Christ in Christmas even in the way you decorate. Give thanks to God for the home He has given you in which to create a haven for your family.
The Giveaway:
Potttery Barn Christmas Wall Art

So let’s begin – let’s begin by cleaning up clutter in our homes this week. Fall is a great time to pick a closet or drawer or cabinet to clean out. While we’re at it – let’s clean up some clutter in our spiritual lives.

My tackle is my craft closet…uugghh…I have been putting this off and need to clean it out. Especially before my lil blessing comes! Come back for some before and afters. 

Spritually – I want to clean out stuff that is keeping me from being in God’s word and in His presence. 

Think about – what gets in the way of your peace spiritually? For me the distractions of the world. Being tired and weary sometimes. But I must say that being in His word first thing is a huge blessing. Could it be that the noise of this world has crowded out the voice of the GREAT I AM?

With social media these days it can really bog you down and keep you from the GREAT I AM. Make it a priority to not go on until you’ve spent time with Him. Give Him your first fruits of your morning. 

Jesus said:

“I am the bread of life.” John 6:35
“I am the light of the world.” John 8:12
“I am the door.” John 10:9
I am the good shepherd.” John 10:11
“I am the resurrection and the life.” John 11:25
“I am the way, and the truth and the life.” John 14:6
“I am the vine.” John 15:5

Turn to the GREAT I AM this week – listen to his voice. Let him be your bread, your light, your door, your shepherd, your resurrection, your life, your truth and your vine.

This week’s giveaway in celebration of her book releasing is an iPad Mini!!!

Enter to win here – www. womenlivingwell.org

Praying you can join us!!

Blessings,
Adrienne R

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