Happy Tuesday! Today I’m continuing my Spring Cleaning Festival with my special guest, Sarah Mae. Sarah Mae is an amazing woman with brilliant ideas. If you don’t know her yet, just keep your eyes open and you will. Her e-book, “31 Days to Clean: Having a Martha House the Mary Way” has sold gangbusters! And it’s on that subject that I’ve invited to her to guest today. I hope you’ll visit her website and read all about her and her ministry.
Keep reading to the end of this post for some prizes and special promotion of her e-book. Now Here’s Sara Mae:
Sarah Mae is the author of several eBooks, including her newest eBooks, “Frumps to Pumps – Your one-month guide to getting dressed and staying that way,” and two soon-to-be-published books, “Desperate” (Thomas Nelson) and “Having a Martha House the Mary Way” (Tyndale). She is the owner of the community site Allume.com and the co-host of the national Christian women’s social media conference, Allume Social. Sarah Mae spends her days homemaking, home- educating, writing, reading and drinking smoothies (now that she’s given up coffee). Her family embraces life in the beautiful Amish countryside of Pennsylvania. You can find her writing almost daily at sarahmae.com. Find her being social on Twitter @sarahmae and on Facebook.com/ sarahmaewrites.
I believe the only way to get your home in order, is to get your heart in order first.
Do you know why you want to “spring clean?” Do you even want to spring clean? What’s your why?
Why do you care if your home is messy or clean? What kind of clean do you want – sparkly clean or picked-up clean?
I really believe that if you don’t have a why, you won’t be motivated to keep your home out of chaos unless you’re a natural cleaning type. By the way, if you are a natural cleaning type, this article is for you as well.
What’s your why?
Cleaning/organizing/keeping out of chaos all comes down to the heart. Are you a people-pleaser? Do you struggle with laziness? Are you tired? Do you have little ones and you just need to catch your breath? Are you too busy? Is your worth wrapped up in how well you maintain your home or don’t maintain it? These are important questions to ask yourself, because they all lead to the heart of the why.
If you are in a season with babies or little children, you’ve got to cut yourself some slack, knowing that chaos will most likely ensue at some level. If you have limitations, illness or you are caring for someone, cut yourself some slack. There is grace in the dust.
If you’re ready to get your home in order, figure out your why, and then get to work. When you care for your home, what you are really doing is loving people well. There’s the secret. When you care for the domain which God has given you, when you steward it well, you are choosing to love. You are loving yourself (admit it, you’re less stressed and enjoy life more when your home isn’t in chaos), you are loving your family (a peaceful home leaves hearts content), and you are loving others by having an available home open for those unexpected times of hospitality. You are able to be hospitable!
By the way, hospitable doesn’t mean you present a Martha Steward home; being hospitable is about being able to say, “put your feet up and stay awhile!” It’s coffee served with a warm smile, and a comfy couch that begs you to make yourself at home. It’s a clean floor so no one trips, and it’s a place to ease weary bones. That’s hospitality: it’s loving people well.
Your home is a place that you can choose to give life to and extend to others, or it can be a place of stress and chaos. It really is our choice (see exceptions above). You have the choice.
What’s your why? What do you choose?
As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord, and we will show our love – by His grace – through a “put-your-feet-up”, “clean” home.
“Whatever you do, do your work heartily, as for the Lord rather than for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance. It is the Lord Christ whom you serve.” Colossians 3:23-24
Oh, how I love this woman’s heart for her home. It inspires me to dig in a bit deeper, and address some areas I’ve been neglecting and bother me.
As a special treat for you, Sarah Mae is giving away three downloads of her e-book to commenters on this blog. To enter, please make sure you click here to get to my blog and leave a comment. THIS CONTEST IS CLOSED.
Even if you don’t win, Sarah Mae is making her ebook 50% off (making it only $2.50) with code: SPRING (good through April). To read more about her e-book, click here.
Remember, if you are reading this in an email, you’ll need to visit my blog to post a comment for either me or Sarah Mae.
Grace & Peace,