Hospitality, Minimalism, and Page Views: Why I Really Did the ORC

As I anticipate the 6th week of The One Room Challenge I’ve been reflecting on my reasons for participating. To be completely transparent, the reason I wanted to do it was to get exposure on my blog, to have more page views, more followers etc… You see, I have this little dream to earn a little side income doing this and even though I know I have a long way to go it’s still something I wish for someday. We are a 1-income family, I stay home and educate my children. Having a part-time job or a work-from home job would be tough if I want to prioritize my desire to homeschool, but blogging is such a joy for me and I want to do the things I truly enjoy.

But I’ve been convicted lately. God has been providing above and beyond our needs and there’s no reason for me to strive to earn wages to help support our family. I just don’t need to worry about that. My husband’s job is plenty sufficient and God provides for us. Blogging for money is a bad reason to blog and I need to re-align my heart to the things that truly matter. So I blog for personal enrichment, to encourage or inspire others, to share my testimonies in hopes that God might use this in some way to advance His kingdom.

So, the One Room Challenge has been to try to motivate me to finish some unfinished projects and also to increase my site traffic. But…I want to tell you today that there is so much more going on than just the ORC. My reasons for participating in this have shifted. God has moved in my heart and reminded me what all this is really about.

I have a growing desire to show more hospitality. I hope that my hospitality might bring people to Jesus, or to encourage the saints. I also have a desire to explore foster care or adoption in the future…this also involves hospitality! I am starting to wonder if God has lead me on this personal minimalism journey, and quest for better home management in order to prepare me for more ministry to take place in my home.

That’s definitely what I want. I want to have a home people feel comfortable and welcome in. I don’t want to feel overwhelmed by stuff or messes or feel like the amount of work to have people over isn’t worth it. So, anything I do in my home, or for the ORC, or anything really is rooted in a desire to have a comfortable, peaceful, enjoyable home not just our family but for friends, other family, and strangers (future friends).

So, my journey towards a simpler more minimalistic life is that I can be the best homemaker I can be so that my home can be a place of ministry. Now, I do have to say that anyone can be just as hospitable and not be into all the decor and pretty things and color choices. All that stuff is fun but not necessary. For me, it’s a creative outlet and something I enjoy. I like taking the time to be intentional with my decor choices, and you’ll see as I continue making progress that I have my own tastes but I don’t want to have too much decor either. I want my house to reflect who my family is…not just me but all of us.

So, it’s not about the page views, even though I am thankful for all of them and for each and every subscriber. This is about a renewed calling to have a disciplined life, to manage my home well, to parent the best I can, to create and enjoy a place where I can be my most hospitable self. It’s so much more than just me enjoying my house for myself, I want to use it to serve others.

I am not going to get everything done on my to-do list I set out to do for this one room challenge. I’m a little disappointed in that, but I also want to recognize that the journey I’m on right now has a timeline of its own. I’m going to take this blog post and see it as my reminder to stay on mission. It’s okay I’m not going have the picture perfect final reveal I desired, because what’s going on in my heart is more important. I will keep writing and updating and taking pictures on here.

Thank you for everyone who has written me a comment, shared my page, clicked on a link, or encouraged me in my endeavors. It means so much to me! Looking forward to the rest of this months blog posts as we anticipate the Holiday season! Hope to see you back here soon 🙂

Published by Jessica

Wife, mom, homeschooler, DIY-er, blogger

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