A few days ago Kathy
shared her thoughts about her blog and her frustration that her house didn't always reflect what other blogs were sharing -- appearing to always be clean, perfectly decorated, never messy. I identified with her and her desire that her blog would reflect the "real" her. Not just the interior and exterior of her home, but who she is before God, herself and those who really know her. I've thought a lot about her words and reflected on my own wish to do the same here in my blog. As I look at my home, I see it the way I visualize it -- always clean, tidy and ready to take pictures to share with you. I see the projects all finished, the rooms all decorated, the welcome mat always out and the tea kettle ready at a moment's notice! I can't take a picture of the way I see it or the way I hope it will eventually be. And that's not real life in a home, anyway.
I have a little "If Teacups Could Talk" flip-calendar by Emilie Barnes. It's in my kitchen where I can't miss it. I'm always amazed how much each day's thoughts and Scriptures seem to be just for me. Today's little message is no different.
"Not every home can be 'house beautiful',
but every home can be filled
with the spirit of loveliness --
the spirit of warmth and caring."
That's what really matters. Thanks, Kathy, for giving my thoughts substance. Thanks, Emilie, for putting this reminder on the calendar for today, June 21.
Thank you for visiting my blog. I have enjoyed reading your blog and your words of inspiration.ReplyDelete
You are most welcome. Thank you for visiting and for your sweet comments. We really do have a lot in common. God Bless you!
Adrienne, well said, dear! Stop by my blog again soon. I so look forward to reading your inspirational words & thoughts often!ReplyDelete
I happened upon your blog this morning and was blessed. I so agree with the frustrations that can creep up with reading some blogs and starting to compare our homes with others'. I have learned not to fall into that trap. I now look about my home and ask myself, "Would my Lord, Jesus, be comfortable here? Would He be blessed?" It puts everything into perspective. :)ReplyDelete
Though my house/home may not be the fanciest and my windows may not always be the shiniest, people leave my home feeling cozy and loved and my sweet husband is happy to be home every evening. That is all I need.