…we will have matching pillows and curtains.
…we will have spotless floors and counters.
…we will have original art and many framed photos.
I’ve realized recently that’s what my house says.
Now, I’m pretty sure – and I suspect my well-worn Pottery Barn catalogs will agree – that none of those things are inherently bad. But when they take my focus away from the Lord, I might be in trouble. Looking around my house today, I know that in all my shopping and planning and measuring and ordering, I left out the most important part of decorating my family’s home.
(And don’t think for a minute that I ever achieved those spotless floors. Buying another black picture frame is much more fun than actually pulling my broom out of the closet!)
When my husband and I moved into our first apartment, I covered every inch of our walls, tables and counters. I’d learned how to dress a home from my mom, and in those first few years, our house looked much like hers. From embroidered pillows and framed verses to stacks of Bibles and arrangements of figurines, our home shouted, “We are Christians!”
(Meanwhile, our gold and orange floral, hand-me-down couches shouted, “We are newlyweds!” But that’s another topic altogether.)
Years later, when we moved into our first house, I had learned a bit more about my own style and scaled back my décor drastically. I never unpacked those pillows and prints that had adorned our newlywed home, and most of the figurines fell victim to one garage sale or another. Our freshly painted walls were left empty on purpose, to create the illusion of more space or more peace or more something.
It’s only been in the past few months, nearly eight years after moving into our house with cans of paperbag brown paint and new leather couches, that I realized what I’d done. Creating my own style somehow turned into removing any hints of my personality and – more importantly – my faith!
As soon as I realized that, I began filling up our space with signs of life – and signs of Life. Little by little I’ve added prints to the wall and frames to the desks with my favorite verses and reminders that no matter what color the curtains are (or how messy the counters are), my house will serve the Lord.
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How do you and your house serve the Lord? And how do you help your house “say” that?Leave a Comment
What a great article. I can totally relate in so many ways. Sometimes we need to free ourselves to find that balance. Like you I like putting elegant pieces around my house that display our love for Christ.
Wendy Gunn @ Faith's Firm Foundation says
As for me and my house, we will…
have matching and coordinating and clean everything. That used to be my goal, anyway, (and I had the energy and wherewithal to get somewhat close to it. Not anymore.) But, the desire that my home will be the Lord’s tool of blessing has taken precedence in my heart.
Someone told me when my children were very young that what they saw on the walls of our home would stay with them, and make a deep impact on them. Scripture and Biblical truths, and photos or pictures of beauty and family subjects are my choices in every room of our home. I pray it helps us, as well as all who visit, to think on things that are pure, lovely, virtuous and true. (Phil. 4:8)
Thanks for the wonderful reminder!
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