Are you looking for some tips to help make sure you are keeping Christ at the center of your home? Sometimes it can seem overwhelming to make sure your home is running smoothly and putting godly practices into place.
Here are 5 great tips on how to keep a Christ-centered home!
How To Keep A Christ-Centered Home
As Christian women, we have that desire to have a godly home, where we are growing in Christ and helping our family to do the same. We want a safe place for our family, where we can cover them with prayer and love, right? But where do you start?
It can get overwhelming and so I wanted to share with your some super practical, simple tips to help us achieve that desire that God has given us.
Let’s get right into these different ways to create a Christ-centered home…
1. Make Sure You Are In God’s Word Daily
As keepers of the home, we do have a heavy burden on our shoulders, BUT we don’t have to carry it alone!
In fact, God wants us to bring that load to Him and replace it with His yoke which is easy and light (Matthew 11:30).
But that comes from making sure we as women in Christ are spending time with God daily – in prayer, reading His Word, and worship. We can’t pour out into our families and keep the day-to-day things flowing when we haven’t been filled up ourselves. We have to be poured into so that it’s essentially an overflowing that pours into our family. Not from our own strength but from God in us!
Some things you can do to help would be setting up a good Bible morning routine, waking up before your kids (if you can), reading in His Word, asking Him to give you His mindset, reading a devotional, whatever God is asking you to do.
For those in the newborn stage or who have kids that don’t sleep well, this time you set aside for God can be at night before you go to bed. The point is to spend that time with God daily!
Proverbs 31 is a great chapter to read to help understand what exactly God calls us to do as women and keepers of our home. 💖
2. Invest in your marriage
Next after your own spiritual growth, is to invest in your marriage – your friendship with your spouse, intimacy, encouraging his spiritual growth, and making sure you are growing closer to God and to one another together.
It almost should look like a triangle – you and your husband are the bottom two points and God is at the top. As you grow closer to God, you are actually growing closer together!
It is so important for you and your husband to be on the same page, especially when it comes to parenting. You want your kids to see an example of a good, godly relationship so they know what to look for one day in their own future marriages!
Set aside at least one night a week where you will intentionally connect – whether it’s going out for a date night, watching a movie together, going through a couple’s devotional, reading God’s Word, etc. Also, praying together every night before bed will keep you both connected as well!
Here is a great 30 day prayer challenge you can start if your husband happens to be unsaved (or even if he IS saved!) and pray for your husband each day this month!
3. Invest in your kid’s spiritual growth
We have our kids at home for 18 years (most of the time, sometimes a little later) but legally at 18, they are adults and free to do whatever they please. That’s why is SO important to be instilling godly things in them from a young age!
Yes, even from infancy and toddlerhood! Kids retain more than we think.
You can do this in so many ways, such as fun Bible activities and printables, Scripture memory, etc., but one of the best ways to show them how to love God is by living it out yourself.
We can’t always be there to protect them, but trust that we have done what we can and what God has called us to do, and raise mighty warriors for His kingdom, preparing them for spiritual battle! Praying for your kids each day, for protection for them, and for their salvation is a great place to start.
Here are 10 Biblical Scriptures Every Christian Should Know (no matter WHAT age)! Start with scripture memory so they can train their minds to call on what is hidden in their hearts (God’s Word) when situations happen.
4. Keep consistent routines
Now that you are investing in your own spiritual walk daily, your marriage, and the spiritual growth of your kids, it’s time to get into the day in and day out things to help keep things running smoothly!
Keeping a good routine will not only help everyone be on the same page, but help avoid tantrums, unmet expectations, and confusion. And it doesn’t have to be so jam-packed where you feel like you can’t breathe, but help your kids understand what the day holds so you can all be on the same page. Kids thrive on a good routine!
We like to keep a flexible routine including the following:
- Mom quiet time
- Morning devotional or Bible reading
- School/learning activity
- Free play
- Outside time if weather permits
- Quiet time
- Family time after dinner – including a small family devotional
- Prayers and bedtime
Now things change – people get sick, family comes in town, the weather gets nice and you go out somewhere, but essentially things stay very similar!
Why is this important in keeping a Christ-centered home? Keep reading…
5. Set expectations
Now you’ve got a good routine in place, it’s time to go over it with your family. Again, it helps get them on the same page! Why is that important?
The devil LOVES to cause disunity and discord, especially in families. He sets out to steal, kill and destroy (John 10:10) and that’s why we must do everything we can to prevent that!!!
There’s a difference between expectations that are GOOD and then unrealistic expectations. Saying out loud what should be expected ensures everyone understands – when you don’t say them out loud, how you can expect anyone to know what is going on?
I’ll give two examples…
One, in our home, we always pray and read a devotion with our daughter before bed. That’s a good expectation to have and that she has learned that as well!
Another example is behavior expectations – when my daughter is choosing to do something disobedient, I lay out the options and what will happen if she chooses the right decision or wrong one, so she can clearly make her decision, knowing the outcome.
It’s good to have realistic expectations to keep your family unified, clearly communicating, and together!!
I hope these tips help you to achieve that Christ-centered home that you desire! Put these into practice, and I pray they bless you and your family. 😊