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Hygge seems to be a popular term that I have often heard labeled and associated with witchcraft or other pagan religions. But with further research, I can say that could not be farther from the truth.
hygge – the feeling of coziness and contentment evoked by simple comforts, as being wrapped in a blanket, having good conversations, enjoying food, etcAccording to dictionary.com
Hygge is often labeled as a practice to find feelings of peace; and that that peace is needed because they have turned away from God. Or that we may be trading eternal peace for something that is more momentary. But in reality, hygge is simply the “art” of being cozy. And let me tell you, I can get behind that.
So how as a Christian can you bring make your home cozy through hygge and homemaking?
Make Your Home Christ-Centered
I think the best way to make your home a cozy and welcoming sanctuary to your family or to those visiting is to make it Christ centered. Whether that means you have verses around the house, worship music on in the background, or are actively praying, studying the Bible, or talking about Jesus in your home; you are creating a literal sanctuary from the sinful world around us.
There is no warmer invite, than when Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” –Matthew 7:7
So the first step to making your home a cozy sanctuary is to invite Jesus into it and make sure everyone who comes, knows His name.
Create Spaces for Peace
Often times our homes can be a little chaotic and loud. A good way to make your home a more content place is by giving your family places they can retreat and find rest and peace in Jesus.
For me, I created a little library nook in the loft area of my home. With some simple string lights and my entire book collection, it’s now a place of peace and contentment. This might be a good option for your child(ren) who may feel overwhelmed in the day to day and need time to step back.
Another way to help yourself find peace in Jesus and rest in your home is by creating a prayer closet, or a war room. A small, but cozy space where you can retreat and shut the door when you need space to breathe.
There are obviously more than those two ways to create a space for peace and stillness in your home, but it may look different for you than it does for me. You know your home and your family, so take time to think about what would work best for you.
Do you ever go into TJ Maxx and just feel the blankets section?! Ahem…guilty. But, in all seriousness, adding some texture to different parts of your home can help bring an atmosphere of peace and rest.
Whether that’s a plush rug to sit on in a prayer closet or a soft blanket to cover your little ones with on cold days. Some fluffy pillows that they can take throughout the house to find a quiet spot or even a plushie that lets them take a bit of home with them wherever they go.
Invite with Aroma
There’s nothing better than walking in to a house to the smell of fresh baked bread, or a cozy candle. What better wat to create an atmosphere of peace in your home than to have an amazing smell greet you at the door?
Whether you like candles, wax melts, essential oil diffusers, or you bake bread everyday; there are easy ways to make your home smell amazing everyday.
Dim the Lights
For me, there’s just something about overhead or fluorescent lights that take away a feeling of coziness and warmth. In my home, I make less use of my overhead lights and often use lamps and even Christmas lights all year round.
As you can see, before I even set up my TV stand when I moved in, I made sure to set up my lights first. There’s something about the soft glow of them on a rainy day with a cozy blanket and a good book that brings me comfort.
Speak Love into Your Home
Oftentimes I’ll hear the song Speak Life by Toby Mac:
So speak life, speak life
To the deadest darkest night
Speak life, speak life
When the sun won’t shine and you don’t know why
Look into the eyes of the broken hearted
Watch them come alive as soon as you speak hope
You speak love, you speak
You speak life
And I love the concept behind it. Speak life, speak God’s truth into the world when you are afraid and you don’t know what’s coming next.
But I would like to encourage you to speak love into your home; and not just your love, no, speak His love into your home.
When you are happy, it is easy to speak love, and you should speak love when you’re happy; but also be sure to share verses on His love when you’re too mad or sad to share your own.
Let your family know that this is a place of love and of Jesus and let them know that no matter what, there will always be love in your home.
No matter what your home is like, you can embrace the life God has blessed you with, find joy in the everyday and create a cozy home through hygge and homemaking.