By Kathi Pelton

September marks a time of changing seasons. It is the gateway of Fall; weather turns brisk, sweaters come out of the closet and leaves begin to change colors. It always feels like a time where we begin nestle together inside of our dwelling places and find HOME again.

For me, the word “dwell” comes to mind when September arrives. Family gatherings will begin to be planned and the preparations begin. In my home September is the time of pumpkin candles being burned, muffins and pies cooking in the oven and firewood being cut outside. Home becomes a cozy place to dwell.

Did you know that the Holy Spirit loves it when we prepare our hearts as His home to dwell in? Just like my family loves the preparations in our physical home for each new season, so does the Holy Spirit love it when we prepare a home for Him to dwell in.

Ephesians 2:22
And in him you too are being built together to become a dwelling in which God lives by his Spirit.

Isn’t it amazing that God lives in us by His Spirit! We need to be both deliberate and excited about preparing the home in our hearts for Him. What are some things that He loves?

~ Unity
~ Humility
~ Mercy
~ Forgiveness
~ Thanksgiving/Gratitude

And so much more!

As you prepare your home for fall also remember to prepare your heart for the Lord to dwell in. Make it a place that He loves and finds true “home” within.

One evening during the holiday season last year I was overtaken by the presence of God who said to me, “I love your home and how you prepare it with such care.” I was overwhelmed with His pleasure and it was the best compliment I have ever received. Then He said that He loves the home I’ve prepared in my heart as well. Wow, I was speechless.

May God be able to say those words to each of us. As we prepare our homes for family this fall may we also prepare our hearts for God to feel at home within.


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