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If you tell a woman you like her new (shoes, outfit, purse, pillowcases, anything), she will tell you where she got them and how much money she saved (with her coupons, because they were on sale, because she found a little imperfection and told the salesgirl she refused to pay full price, because she went to the discount store where it was half off what she saw it for at Macy’s last month). We like to show you how clever we are.

I believe that a godly home is a foretaste of heaven. Our homes, imperfect as they are, must be a haven from the chaos outside. They should be a reflection of our eternal home, where troubled souls find peace, weary hearts find rest, hungry bodies find refreshment, lonely pilgrims find communion, and wounded spirits find compassion.

Jani Ortlund