31 Days|Day 16 Prayer for the Home

by Edie Wadsworth on October 16, 2011

I had another post planned for today but I didn’t have time to flesh it out.

Writing about faith can be a little exhausting.    There’s the praying and fretting that you have handled God’s word correctly and then there’s the emails that sometimes require long, involved answers.   Then more praying and worrying that the emails were spoken in love and mercy.   House pictures are so much easier.

And speaking of blue and white dishes which I’ve always adored, I found the mother load at an estate sale this weekend.  Or perhaps it should be called the grandmother load.   But in any case, I’m ready to practice some hospitality.

Enjoy this prayer for the home and perhaps even print it off  as a daily reminder!

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Lord God, our home is among the most precious gifts we receive in this life.

We realize this all the more as we remember our Lord Jesus. He set aside home and family. Having no place to lay His head throughout His ministry, he chose to sojourn among those He came to save. We prayerfully invite Him to dwell in our earthly abode even as He continually invites us by Word and Sacrament to dwell forever in our heavenly home, which He prepares for us.

Make us ever grateful for this shelter from life’s storms.

Keep this house always the home of comfort, joy, peace, and forgiveness.

According to Your will, protect this home from the spiritual assaults of Satan, but likewise make our home a fortress against the calamities of nature and the wickedness of sinful man.

Grant us the virtue of hospitality, the joy of harmonious living, and the blessing of gathering around Your Word and bringing our families’ prayers before You.

May all who dwell in our home be blessed by Your presence and Your peace,

and may all who go forth give thanks for the grace they receive from You, through us, Your dear children

We receive Your loving kindness in our home as a reminder of the eternal home we inherit through Your Son, Jesus Christ, in whose name we pray.
        Amen.

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1 Jessica @ This Blessed Life October 17, 2011 at 2:39 am

This is beautiful!  Thank you so much for sharing!  I’m printing it out right now!

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2 Adriane October 17, 2011 at 2:57 am

Are those Luther’s Works I see on your bookshelf? If so, you win Lutheran-of-the-year award. If not, well, you still win.

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3 edie wadsworth October 17, 2011 at 11:00 am

why yes of course sweet adriane. can i collect my fine award at our lutheran blogger weekend? is there a crown? bottle of whiskey? signed copy of the lw?
and i LOVED your video. i may watch it again today for good measure. i do want to help and i want to know if there’s a lutheran version of compassion international because i want to help with that too. apparently, you are the source of all lcms info for me.
recently crowned lutheran of the year,
xo
edie

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4 {darlene} October 17, 2011 at 7:27 pm

Lutheran blogger weekend????? when. where. ;)

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5 {darlene} October 17, 2011 at 7:27 pm

Lutheran blogger weekend????? when. where. ;)

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6 Adriane October 17, 2011 at 11:58 pm

Oh, there will be awards!

As for an LCMS version of Compassion International, I recommend LCMS World Relief and Human Care’s 1001 Orphans. Pastor Harrison started it, so you know it’s Lutheran.

Sincerely,
Your contact on the inside,
Deepthroat

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7 Ruth Emond October 17, 2011 at 2:58 am

Edie-I adore blue and white dishes. Great find!!

This prayer is beautiful. I will be printing and adding it to my bulletin board.

I am having a giveaway on my blog. Hope you can stop by.

Hugs,
Ruth

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8 Jennifer October 17, 2011 at 3:20 am

Lovely dishes, Edie.  Many blessings to you and your dear family as you begin making this new house feel like your home.  A refuge from the storms of life.  :-) 

~jennifer

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9 Lisa October 17, 2011 at 3:25 am

Amen!

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10 the farmer's wife October 17, 2011 at 3:51 am

I really love when you post prayers.  

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11 Vicki October 17, 2011 at 4:37 am

Without all the details I needed this prayer tonight. Thank you.

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12 Amy Avery October 17, 2011 at 6:04 am

One of the first prayers you posted that I read in first meeting you in this place almost one year ago. I am so happy for you Edie! Blessings to you and your beautiful family on your new home. My favorite part of the photo here is your reflection in the glass! You are the hospitality in your home!
xoxo
Amy

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13 edie wadsworth October 17, 2011 at 11:51 am

aww, thanks ms. amy!  miss seeing you:)

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14 Amy Lynne October 17, 2011 at 11:16 am

Beautiful prayer for a beautiful home!  Thank you for sharing a prayer that speaks to my heart.  It is my prayer that my home is a place for others to feel welcome and loved whether friends or family.  

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15 jennibell October 17, 2011 at 11:59 am

Thank you so much for these posts.  You are so graceful and eloquent with your words.  And please don’t fret and worry about what the Holy Spirit has put on your heart to write.  Where would we be if Paul and John and Luke would have continually re-edited what they wrote and not been so bold???  Anyway, as an encouragement to you, I read your Day 15 immediately after I read a CaringBridge post update from a loved one.  I left the CB without commenting because I just didn’t know what to say.  And then I read your words.  I went back, apologized for not saying *something* and then liked up your post, with all the encouragement of Faith there.  That God knows, has not forgotten, sent His Son to DIE for us. . .that He is Who He says He is.  You are a blessing, Edie.  And doing all of this while trying to put your life back together too.  Blessings to you and your family this week.

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16 Southern Gal October 17, 2011 at 12:22 pm

I’m so glad you write the hard things.  You will be blessed for it.  I need this prayer today when my house is a mess and I want to fuss and complain.  Thank you for sharing it.

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17 Dianne Rabon October 17, 2011 at 12:40 pm

I’m truly enjoying the pictures of your new home.  I will be printing off the prayer and hanging it near my kitchen sink as a reminder to pray thanks and protection over this precious gift.  Thank you Edie.

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18 Tara October 17, 2011 at 1:08 pm

beautiful prayer…will print it and find a way to put it somewhere in the house as a reminder to us all.

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19 Meagan October 17, 2011 at 1:41 pm

Thank you for sharing this…its beautiful. God is so good isn’t he. A Goodness that passes all realm of understanding…a Love that you can’t explain…yet moves within you and stirs the desires of your heart…that resets you in such away that you come to the realization that nothing matters but him…at the end of the day its Him nothing more nothing less.  Thank you for sharing this beautiful prayer!

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20 Meagan October 17, 2011 at 1:41 pm

Thank you for sharing this…its beautiful. God is so good isn’t he. A Goodness that passes all realm of understanding…a Love that you can’t explain…yet moves within you and stirs the desires of your heart…that resets you in such away that you come to the realization that nothing matters but him…at the end of the day its Him nothing more nothing less.  Thank you for sharing this beautiful prayer!

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21 Tina October 17, 2011 at 1:57 pm

Thank you for the lovely prayer…The dishes–they’re beautiful!  Would you happen to know what they are called?  Thanks.

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22 allyugadawg October 17, 2011 at 7:17 pm

That’s the most beautiful prayer for our homes that I’ve ever heard. Wow.

“Writing about faith can be a little exhausting.    There’s the praying and fretting that you have handled God’s word correctly.” Thank you for teaching me an important lesson today Edie. I don’t blog about my faith enough, but when I do I haven’t been prayerful about it. I haven’t treated my writing about God’s Holy Word as reverent as I should. I’ve been rather casual about it, honestly. I’m struck with shame at the moment that I’ve failed to seek God’s blessing & wisdom to share His Word correctly. Thank you very much for this instruction today! 

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23 {darlene} October 17, 2011 at 7:26 pm

I love you, edie!! You are a woman of great grace. May your home be BLESSED!

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24 dotsie October 17, 2011 at 11:06 pm

I’m really loving these 31 posts, and how you mix the spiritual with the house stuff, for that is how it really is, isn’t it, all mixed together. Amazing to look back and see what you’ve been through this year and God’s grace in your lives and how this beautiful new house has come from the ashes. Thanks for sharing so well and keep up the great pics, etc. Love the teacups!!!!

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25 Nikole Hahn October 18, 2011 at 11:31 pm

Beautiful prayer. I prayed it as I read it. Thank you.

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26 Marian Vischer November 10, 2011 at 3:02 pm

Edie, I love this. Now that 31 days are over, I’m enjoying going back and reading some series that I wasn’t able to keep up with in October. I LOVE your series! I’m sure it was a chore to do but it is beautiful and inspirational, a true joy to read {not to mention total eye-candy}. I’m going to borrow this prayer for the home and find a way to print and frame. It’s just perfect. Blessings to you and yours!

Love, Scooper {www.missalamode.blogspot.com}

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27 Anna Blanch November 27, 2011 at 11:00 pm

oh Edie, I’m glad I’ve found your blog today and read this and the other 31 days posts. This prayer is beautiful, thankyou.

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28 Happiness Is... February 7, 2012 at 2:38 pm

Ally Garner shared this with me (we just closed on a home yesterday), and I had to say thank you – this is simply beautiful.

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29 CeeJay September 18, 2013 at 12:16 pm

Such a beautiful prayer! Amen!!

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30 defile de mode October 27, 2013 at 10:36 am

Great blog here! Also your web site loads up fast!
What host are you using? Can I get your affiliate link to your host?
I wish my website loaded up as quickly as yours lol

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