Where do you spend the most time in your home every day?
Is it your kitchen or your living room? Actually, it’s probably your bedroom. Right?
This month I started reading through Gloria Furman’s book Glimpses of Grace. It’s all about how God lives with us, not only during our significant moments, but also in our much more frequent, every day, mundane moments. How amazing is that truth!? That gives value to those tasks that we do every day, like dishes or laundry or cooking or sweeping or toilet scrubbing. God’s redeeming gospel and His grace that comes with it frees me from drudgery and opens the door for liberating joy and exciting purpose, even on those days when I don’t even leave the house. So neat!
And isn’t that what thriving in our womanhood the Bible way is all about?
That’s my passion for you, sweet sisters. I want you to see God and His gospel in your morning routine, your to do list, your menu—the everyday things you do as a woman and manager of your home. That’s the whole reason I started this blog! To give you Biblical, practical helps for thriving in your womanhood—and that means getting down to the everyday stuff!
So, I’m sharing a piece of my everyday with you right now. Here we go.
To be totally honest, our bedroom is usually the very last place on my list to get cleaned.
Anybody else? But I’m trying to make more of an effort to create a bedroom that is a haven for me and my man, instead of a place of havoc. My relationship with my man is the most important one I have on earth, so I think it is appropriate to give this area attention.
Now, I’m not saying that you have to be an interior decorator or go repaint your bedroom. But I am hoping that this post will inspire you to invest in your marriage by investing a little bit more effort into creating a bedroom for you and your man that is peaceful, calming, restful, and, yes, romantic. 😉
I took these pictures today, RIGHT after I cleaned our room. So please know that I am NOT perfect in this area! (Or any area for that matter.) But I am trying. And that’s what I hope you determine to do after reading this post. Underneath these pictures, I have included affiliate links to similar items for you to shop for. Have fun! 🙂Get 5 #practicaltips for connecting #thegospel to your bedroom! Click To Tweet
Practical Help #1: Keep surfaces clean.
Simple, right? But really hard to do unless you make the effort everyday. The receipts, the change, the clothing tags, and the keys clutter up the dresser, and the dust piles up. I know because I had to remove all of those things and more from this dresser before I took the picture!
Practical Help #2: Make the bed. Every day.
My mom always says that making your bed is like putting on lipstick. It makes everything look 80% better! 😉 If your room is a mess right now, take everything off the bed and throw it on the floor or a chair. Then take the time to pull up the covers, smooth them out and actually put your sham pillows on. You’ll be amazed at how much better the room looks! If you don’t have a comforter set, I’d encourage you to get a duvet cover like this one. Once you get the insert, the covers are easily pulled off to wash, and then when it’s worn out or you’re tired of the look, you don’t have to spend an arm and a leg to get a new set! Just go get a new cover and voila! Brand new look. 😉
Practical Help #3: Put your clothes away as you go.
This kind of goes along with #1. It’s so simple, but, seriously, I find that this is the area that I struggle in the most! See that awesome chair? Yeah, a lot of times it turns into a hamper. Not cool! Determine to have the self-discipline to put your clothes away as you go. Like I said, this is a simple task, but it communicates to your man that you care about the space you two share. That’s what’s so special about your room–it should be a place that the two of you can go to breathe, to relax, to talk, and to unwind. But if it’s messy and chaotic, neither of you will want to spend time there. Especially if you have children, you need to have at least one area that is JUST for the two of you. That might not always be possible, but try to do what you can to make that happen.
Practical Help #4: Decorate with your husband in mind.
That means, don’t put up pink, flowered wallpaper! And don’t put up camouflage curtains either (unless you’re really into that sort of thing). Try to stick with a color scheme and theme that is somewhat neutral so that you both enjoy the room. Normally, I try to stay away from floweredy sheets…but since these matched the walls and my guy said he didn’t mind, I got them anyway. 😉 Plus they were a good deal! But see how asking for your guy’s opinion on the things you get for your room communicates thoughtfulness and respect?
Practical Help #5: Add romantic touches to the room on purpose.
Isn’t is true that sometime we forget to be purposeful in romancing our guys? I know I often lapse into laziness in this area. So add little things to your room that remind you both of fun memories you’ve made, or a favorite phrase or verse that means a lot to you as a couple. Add a couple things that create a romantic atmosphere like a cozy afghan, a yummy smelling candle, or a pretty plant. Little things like that go a long way!
I hope I inspired you to do a double take of your bedroom!
Do some brainstorming and let me know what kinds of things you decide to incorporate as you invest in the space that you and your guy share. I’d love to hear about it!
And remember: God’s grace and gospel apply to EVERY area of our lives, even in the place where we spend the most time. Don’t just look at it as another area you have to keep clean. Instead, look at it through the lens of God’s gospel and grace…an opportunity to invest in the most important earthly relationship that God has given you.