Finding Purpose and Meaning in Your House

By | February 22, 2011

What's in your house? Link-up your posts at

Announcing A New Weekly Link-Up:
What Do You See When You Look in Your House?

Since this blog’s beginning, I’ve been exploring this question with you through blog posts and podcasts.

I have a simple vision here. I want to encourage women to “look in their houses” to find the potential for purpose and meaning in what they already possess—material items, relationships, gifts, talents, skills, and so on. Our culture is automatically programmed to move on to the next bigger and better thing. I want to rein us all back in a bit to survey what’s before our very eyes. What deserves our attention that’s within our grasp. What is our privilege and responsibility to serve under our noses.

To that end, I’m going to start a Look In Your House Challenge every week. I’ll issue a weekly challenge for you to look in your house to discover what’s there. You write a post on your site about your experiences and insights then come here and link up. Every week, I’ll change the assignment slightly to give you a new writing prompt.

Let’s start with the front porch, shall we?

What do you see on your front porch (or main exterior entryway) of your house? What’s the potential for creativity there? How might God use your front porch for great purposes?

Write a post answering these questions and link your post next Wednesday. I’ll have my post there, along with the next week’s writing prompt, too.

Please link back to the post from your site and Tweet it and post on Facebook to spread the word.

Let’s encourage one another as we look in our houses to discover new and exciting things.


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Mary Bernard is a Nashville-based writer and mother of three. She's worked in a variety of corporate and creative environments, but none is more comfortable than the dining room table in her own home. Mary loves to help moms discover God's unique call to look in their own houses for their priorities, passions, and provision.

5 thoughts on “Finding Purpose and Meaning in Your House

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  2. Michelle

    Mary, what a great idea! Can you give me an example? Are you asking about our outward skills or appearance? Sorry if this is a stupid question!

    1. admin

      Absolutely not a dumb question! In fact, I had originally thought of including an example and then forgot to do so, so thanks for asking!

      Really–it could be anything and go in any direction. I want to spark creativity, so anything goes. But some practical examples may include something like this:

      You see a homemade wreath on your front door. Maybe that prompts you to begin a small craft business or start a welcome-wagon ministry in your church for newcomers.
      Maybe you see gorgeous urns of flowers. That prompts you to beginning a small landscaping business or hold a summer camp for pre-teens teaching them about gardening. My front porch actually looks awful right now, with dead flowers, dead leaves, and cobwebs. What does this tell me? How does this speak to my creative process? Well… I’m working through that this week—’cause I know it says something!—and I’ll include that in my post.

      Does that help?

      Really. It’s just meant as a creative writing prompt and can go in any direction. There’s no right or wrong answer. 🙂

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