I didn`t really know what to title today`s post. I think it sounds like a title from Keeper`s At Home Mag. But that`s just how it has to be.
I had said earlier in the week- or was that last week? (Forgive me, I have been sick and under the weather for too long now.)
Anyways… I had mentioned wanting to do a blog post on incorporating our FAITH into our homes.
Let me lead you into the reason, why this has been on my mind:
The other week we had Bible study at my friend Carmen`s house. It`s my church lady`s Bible study- and I dearly love all my church ladies. (That was free.)
Anyways- then when it was over, G stopped by to pick me up (since he had been at our men`s Bible study the same night). He came in to get me, and we chatted a little, and then got ready to hit the road. The girls were in the car.
G was only in the Byler Home for probably 5-10 minutes.
That is crucial to my story! 🙂
On the way home, my sweet, wise husband looked over at me- (riding faithfully shotgun by his side) and said,
“I really want to challenge you with something”.
And he went on to say, that he loves what I do with our home but He would love to see our Faith brought out more in what I do in our decor.
He said he was very impacted that in the 5 minutes he was in the Byler household, he was moved by the messages and atmosphere he felt. I knew EXACTLY what he meant.
He mentioned that places I love, like IKEA and Anthropologie, are great, but I have to remember that they do not share our values.
Therefore, we have to make an intentional effort to infuse the values and messages we want to convey in our home. The differences could be subtle….but rewarding.
I admit- that was a new thought to me.
He also mentioned that besides our Bibles and Bible study books, laying around and about- there wasn`t a whole lot in our home to indicate that we were Believers to someone that would enter our home.
And here I want to insert something I received by email from Anna Miller that I think fits in really well here.
…”I want someone to know the minute they step into my house that God is a resident of this home. Whether it be a neighbor, the Schwan’s man, UPS man, a repair-man, friends or family. I try to accomplish this by hanging pictures that have Bible verses on them or mottos with inspirational sayings or Bibles vs. on them…”
In my defense, I think I always thought religious type decor was a little old fashioned.
Like maybe a style that`s lovely- but not really me. Think: Oak shelf with rubber grapes, lacy doily and a huge ten commandments plaque or Thomas Kinkade painting over it.
I`m revealing a little about my level of maturity aren`t I?
It helps to say it, before you think it, then you can`t judge me. Haha.
You may not be tracking with me here, but pictures can say a thousand words. Carmen was SO LOVELY and agreed (after I shot her a begging email) to let me post (for ya`ll) a few pictures of her home and, examples of what I am talking about. These pics- they take my breath away with the powerful messages they send in an beautiful, tasteful way.
Thank you Carmen for sharing your home with us!
I don`t want to embarrass her, because she is not an attention seeking kind of person, but I had to go over to her site and steal this picture just to give you a taste of her kind of decor. Love her style!
I love how the “Be not afraid” is subtle, but plays well off of the picture of the Shepherd.
It`s something your Spirit senses, but isn`t often obvious to the eye at first.
Click on the pics to view them larger!
Her photos and editing are sensational.
I love the classy way this speaks volumes of the kind of ideals they have in nurturing their children.
Speaks to the Soul.
I admit- this one made G and I teary eyed. Call us sentimental.
This is so powerful. I love the claim to Heritage and this powerful way to honor people in our past, that have had paid in huge in our lives.
“Whether you come to visit or to rest. May you feel at home here”.
I will add one link to P. Graham Dunn, a local Christian product business, that I keep hearing is a great place to get inspiration.
Edit: This just in from Wilma Beachy! Red Letter Words. …Aaah! I love it!
Ok, well that`s all I have to share. AS ALWAYS- I look forward to your input on this subject.
Enjoy your weekend! Jenny