August 15, 2011

A favorite passage

20 "And so I have made it my aim to preach the gospel, not where Christ was named, lest I should build on another man’s foundation, 21 but as it is written:

      “ To whom He was not announced, they shall see;
      And those who have not heard shall understand.”
Romans 15:20-21

August 6, 2011

The Public Orphanage

“As the American school expanded, it penetrated more and more aspects of life.  The school became interested in the whole child and the child’s family, and these concerns resulted in school involvement in the child’s and the family’s personal life, health problems, and social life.  If the social role of the school continues to expand at the same rate as it did during the previous two centuries, one can predict that by the end of the twenty-first century, the school will be responsible for engineering the total personality and social life of all citizens and controlling entrance into the labor market.  This future role would include responsibility for an individual’s work, play, love life, physical and mental health, and political life.”

Joel Spring, professor of Education (Univ. of Cincinnati)
The Public Orphanage, p. 4-5

August 5, 2011

The happy, peaceful home...

is the home filled with God’s love and light, and peace and joy.  Its the home where simplicity is evident, and clutter doesn’t exist. At least not in any really sense of the word.  Of course there will be piles of important papers upon a desk, or a neat stack of magazines, or books.  But clutter that is made up of un-important things, or trash is really something that only causes stress and more labor.
My room is a place I want to be peaceful, stress-free and relaxing.  Since I share it with two other humans (my dear sisters), I thought it might be hard to come up with room decor that we could all agree on.  Actually, it was fairly easy to settle on color of paint for our walls… we didn’t.  Mom chose and we painted, and then switched rooms with her because the paint bothered her.  So, we got a newly painted room and went with it.
The walls are a green/gray and very peaceful.  We have added splashes of color (as seen in the painting on my headboard) throughout the room, but overall, we have chosen to have a simple, clean-cut theme in our room.

The few pieces of furniture we have in our room are either wood (of various darker shades, except for my shabby chic white dresser), or metal.  We have a mixing of vintage 50s-60s fashions and southern home style.

I digress…

When I think of simplicity in a home I don’t mean this:

I mean, come on, how practical is that?  Are you really going to invite your friends and family over to sit with you on the floor?  I seriously doubt they’d accept. ;)

No, my picture of simplicity is more along these lines:

Maybe with more color, and not so modern… (post modern)


This is more along the lines of ‘my style’ ;)   I don’t want my house to feel sterile or “untouchable” but comfortable, cozy and as one lady said in a design mag “like an unmade bed” – which she meant by that, where your guests and (family for that matter) feel like they can sit down and squish the pillows on the couch, or touch the things on the mantle or sideboard.

With a kitchen sorta like this, where a body feels impressed to cook healthy, nutrious meals that bring health and vitality to the family, and cause there to be happiness in the home from good food and even better relationships…



But even more, I hope that there will be empty spaces where I can place scriptures on the walls, to remind me throughout the day of His faithfulness and ever presence in my life and home.


6 “And these words which I command you today shall be in your heart. 7 You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up. 8 You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. 9 You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.” Deuteronomy 6:6-9 

Simplicity in the home is something that makes a home more peaceful and happy, because there are less piles to move about when one wishes to relax, fewer unnecessary things to dust, less stuff to take care.  Which gives us more time to minister to the needs of our family, friends and community; to share the Gospel, to make meals for the sick, to reach out to the hurting, to show hospitality to strangers, to wash the feet of the saints.

To truly be Jesus to those around us, being the Gospel, living epistles.  That is true simplicity, peace and happiness.