Growing up in a family of believers, I’d say Christianity is so much a part of me that I usually don’t think much about it. But, when I do, I’m really glad for the guidance and happiness it gives me.
See, when you are a deeply religious or spiritual person – of course, your definition of it may differ – you use this perspective of life to build relationships or even to carry out your daily activities like cleaning.
The usual protocol for cleaning is to crank up some music, listen to your favorite upbeat songs and dance around the house…all this while cleaning. But, if you are like me, again, a deeply religious person, how about using cleaning time to pray?
Prayers and cleaning in the same line might sound weird, but you don’t have to be seated with eyes closed and hands pressed together to communicate with God. As long as you have a pure heart, clean intentions and are willing to even use your cleaning time to be close to God, I think that’s more than enough.
So, here are some tips on how to combine cleaning and prayer time.
Since your home’s entryway is the first thing your guests are going to see and obviously since you want to make a first good impression, make sure it’s as clean as possible.
Front doors and windows should be washed properly and the threshold of the front door should be clean and neat. Shake out your doormat and fix any broken light fixtures. And, please, for sweet heaven’s sake, get rid of any cobwebs from the door frame and all the dead bugs from the flowerpots and the front porch furniture.
The verse that comes to my mind when I think about entryways is:
– From John 10:9
While you are cleaning and organizing your entryway, pray that whoever comes through your door is blessed. Pray for their protection.
The Living Room
A living room is like the social hub of a house. It is where you receive your guests and entertain your friends. But, what I like the most about a living room is when that formal entertaining place transforms into a casual and say-too-day space where you spend quality time with your family.
To tidy up your living space, start with the decluttering step – grab the kids’ toys, shoes, plastic candy wrappers, remote controls and so on. Next, fold the blankets and spruce up the couch. Take the vacuum and run it over the rug. Once all the eight-legged critters have been removed, mop the floors clean with some warm, soapy water.
When you talk about the living room, you think about family values like love, warmth, peace and comfort. Cleaning the living room will make you remember all those sweet and happy moments you’ve had in the family. This is why I believe you should pray and ask God to strengthen and maintain those solid and loving relationships in your family. Ask Him to fill your living space with more love, peace and joy. Pray for more good memories. And, while you are at it, how about asking God for conversations about faith between family members, especially the younger ones?
Include in the following verses:
“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.”
– From Corinthians 13:4-7
“My people will live in peaceful dwelling places, in secure homes, in undisturbed places of rest.”
– From Isaiah 32:18
We’ve got more rooms to clean and pray for. So, if this article arose an interest in you, how about expressing that interest in the comment section below and I’ll know how much excited you are for the second part?