I was cleaning the house on Christmas Eve, and a phrase came to mind- make room.
When we first looked into buying a home, there were two things we had on our hearts- 1) that it would be a place where we could raise a family and 2) that it would be a place where others could come and be blessed. We found the right place, the babies came after some time, but inviting others came to a near stop. We had nap times and bedtimes to keep, and I didn’t have the mental and physical energy to care for anyone else while tending to two littles. If this is where you are now, remember that there are seasons for everything in life, and each season brings its opportunities and difficulties. Don’t fret that you’re not doing enough.
As I got into some sort of groove as a mama of two littles, I started finding pockets of time to meet with people and to invite them into our home. It was natural at first since friends with babies wanted to have playdates, but over the past couple of months, I’ve become more intentional about making room for people, and it has been changing me. It has been stretching me in uncomfortable and good ways and leaving me wanting to know more of Jesus and His heart for people.
I was reminded that Christmas Eve morning of this hymn-
Joy to the world, the Lord has come!
Let earth receive her King
Let every heart prepare Him room…
As I cleaned to make the house ready to receive guests, I realized that when we make room for others in our lives and homes we do so unto Him. He is the ultimate One who is invited in, and what we do to the least of these we do so to Him. I pray that our hearts, our homes, and even our wallets would be more open as we enter the new year and that He would be more seen and glorified in our lives.