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Monday, June 3, 2013

What's at the Center of Your Home?

What is at the center of your home?

Really, what is at the center of your home? Is it a wall? Maybe a hallway? It's probably not a room, houses typically aren't designed that way for structural integrity reasons. Can you find the center of your home?


Now that you've done that, which room do you spend the most time in? Right, probably the bedroom, but that's when you're asleep. Which room do you spend the most time in when you are awake? Which room does your family spend the most time in when they are awake? What is the center of that room?

Notice that I asked what was THE CENTER, not IN the center, of the room. Where is the focal point, the place that no matter who walks into the room their eyes gravitate to it?

I spend most of my time at home (awake) in the living room. Cami and I watch shows online there, enjoy Netflix, I rough house with the children, we often say family prayer and hold family scripture study in the living room, I work on Uplifting Love there most days, and when guests visit we entertain them (well, really the children do the "entertaining") in the living room.

The focal point of our living room is the wall space directly above the fireplace and mantel. Cami and I realized this about a year ago. We also recognized that what we subconsciously put there seemed to be what mattered most in our lives (it was a picture of us on our wedding day). It was then that we decided to make a conscious decision and make that spot display the things that we hold most dear. It now has three pictures: one of us, one of a sacred building that we call a temple, and one of Christ.

The picture of Christ is in the center (the exact focal point) with pictures of us are on each side. Then further out on each side of the wall are pictures of our children and family. These are the things we have chosen to make a visual statement about, the things that we hold most dear.

What does your focal point say? :)

8 comments:

  1. Thank you for writing this, extremely inspiring, and it helped me!

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  2. Thanks for the link to you blog you left on Choose to Trust. I've enjoyed looking around. Good stuff to digest.

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  3. That sounds like a great idea. I don't think I've made a "focal" point in my home hold so many meaningful expressions and reflections of my marriage or life, Tyson. Sounds like something I need to get busy with! I've always loved the idea of building an "Ebenezer" to remind me of what's important and what God has done in my life. Thanks also for linking up with Wedded Wed, my friend!

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    1. I love that you used the term "Ebenezer." That's another great way to look at it. Thanks for sharing Beth!

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  4. I love this devotional. I really enjoyed it and helped me. Thanks.

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    1. I'm glad to hear that Mary. Thanks for letting me know. :)

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