I’m a homebody. Not ashamed to admit it.
I find a state of well-being and contentment when I’m home here in North Carolina. My favorite place to be on a cold, wintry day or rainy one is curled up in my recliner, pajama-clad with hubby beside me reading. A fire in the fireplace, a good book, and a hot beverage increase the ambiance.
The next two nights are projected to dip into the thirties for my central Florida friends. It’s a big deal for them and the topic of a few FB posts. It’s your official permission slip (not that you needed an excuse) to stay indoors, cook homemade soup or chili and bake something that sends happy aromas throughout your kitchen.
A fresh batch of oatmeal pecan raisin cookies has left cinnamon hanging in the air at Casa Leach a/k/a Bill’s Hill.
Apple turnovers may appear later depending on my energy level.
I enjoy spending time at home because I’ve put energy into decorating to create an inviting, warm atmosphere where I am physically, spiritually, and emotionally comfortable. The many prayers said here have created a clean spiritual environment.
With intentionality, I’ve selected furnishings and accents that elicit hygge, a quality of coziness and comfortable conviviality that engenders a feeling of contentment or well-being as in Danish homes.
I wasn’t always content here, so I’m pleased to report that I have settled into my new home state. We moved from central Florida in July 2019. It’s taken two and a half years for me to adjust to this slower lifestyle and living amongst farmland and farm animals, but I realized today that I’m a homebody. The cold winters and rainy days allow me to indulge in things I enjoy: reading, sitting by the fire, cooking, baking, writing, praying, and crafts. Like the many of you that are introverts, it’s the best of pandemic life … without feeling poorly.
I’m enjoying my time indoors because it’s limited. In about sixty days, gardening season begins and with it comes weeding, trimming rose bushes, replanting my wildflower garden, and other outdoor chores. Winter brings a time to rest and recharge from yard work here.
The Lord’s curse is on the house of the wicked, but he blesses the home of the righteous. Proverbs 3:33 NIV
Then a woman came forth to meet him dressed like a prostitute with a scheming heart.
She was loud-mouthed and brazen, one who is never content to rest at home,
always on the streets or the public squares, lying in wait at every corner. Proverbs 7:10-12 CEB
So enjoy your time indoors this weekend, everyone. I pray that you stay warm, that your electricity and heat are not interrupted, and that your happiness quotient increases. “I know the experience of being in need and of having more than enough; I have learned the secret to being content in any and every circumstance, whether full or hungry or whether having plenty or being poor” (Phillippians 4:12).
Christian author and inspirational speaker of truth that makes the darkness tremble. Author of two non-fiction books at https://linktr.ee/TattooedKing