“….there are three dimensions of the Christian life that the Scriptures are concerned about–the good, the true, and the beautiful. Yet we tend to cut off the third from the other two…rarely do we find a focus on the beautiful…..”
“….the Scriptures speak about the beauty of God. His Word tells us that all things beautiful find their source and foundation in the character of God Himself. So, God is ultimately the norm of the good, the norm of the true, and the norm of the beautiful.”
“Ever since the people of God have existed in community, art has been a significant concern. When we go to the Old Testament, for example, we see there that the first people filled with the Holy Ghost were the artisans and craftsman that God selected to prepare the objects for the tabernacle.”
“…….God saw art and what it communicates as being important enough to include in His tabernacle—to include the beautiful where people would meet to worship Him. Beauty is important to God because He is beautiful, and so what is beautiful must be of importance to His people as well. Christian artists should be encouraged to create beautiful art, and Christian people should be encouraged to appreciate the beautiful alongside the true and the good, for the Lord Himself is beautiful.”
“Our Beautiful God”, article in Tabletalk magazine by R.C. Sproul
Although I am not an artist, I have an hungry eye for beauty. I suppose this is the reason I like carrying my camera around in capturing some of the loveliness in the world around me.
As I wrote in the last post, I have lost a ring that is precious to me. It haven’t been found yet, but in looking for it I have done a lot of cleaning in rather neglected corners of my home.
I have been forced to take the time to thoughtfully clean and dust and rearrange the things we have in our home, and as a result, it has been a surprising blessing in losing my ring that my eyes have been opened to the beauty of home-life again.
There is so much beauty in ordinary life. A well made bed, children playing games, toys lying about, animals curled up in surprising locations, food lovingly prepared, candles lit, pretty dishes, quiet music playing, blankets ready to be snuggled in, piles of books, the children’s school papers and art, clean floors, the smell of fresh laundry, and the glow of sunlight through a clean window.
Indeed, just give me one clean and washed counter and I’ll be happy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I made myself lunch yesterday. It was broccoli and red pepper stir fried with a minced clove of garlic and sliced mushrooms. After the vegetables were done, I removed them from the skillet and scrambled two eggs. Topped with shredded parmesan and pepper.
Yesterday’s supper. It was well received by all except Caleb and Seth.
For dessert, a frozen fruit salad. 3 cups fresh whipped cream and a 14 oz can sweetened condensed milk (folded together gently). Add 14 oz drained crushed pineapple, 2 cups sliced strawberries, and 3 sliced bananas. Freeze until firm. Very much like homemade ice cream, with no churning.
Art by David; painted on silk at school. It looks so pretty propped up in the window.
A game of Memory right before the bus came this morning. Caleb won.
Beautiful snow sprinkles and a beautiful smile.
This morning’s sun, coming up over the trees wan and cloud covered.
Jacob’s art ~ calligraphy
Tree painting by Jacob, wooden shelf made by Ethan, candlelight, old books, and football trophies.
More paintings by Jacob.
I pinned the crocheted doily on the basket with straight pins…I think it looks so pretty.
Tips from Alexandra Stoddard on creating a Beautiful Home:
* Every day can be a memorable celebration. Use your favorite dishes, napkins, and accessories to brighten up daily mealtimes.
*Always have something growing in your rooms, even if it is a modest basket arrangement of flowers from the garden.
*Clean windows are like a cloudless day.
*If you’re short on closet space, use a beautiful pine armoire, which also adds height and a focal point to the room.
* Because we spend more than a third of our lives in bed, collect a wardrobe for your bed: Invest in a variety of different sets of sheets, pillow shams, and blanket covers and an assortment of colorful patterned baby pillows and neck rolls. (I bought linen sheets this winter and Rich said they were the best thing I’ve ever purchased besides his wedding ring.)
*Seek freshness and lightness
*Make every room a living room.
(from the book, Creating a Beautiful Home)
“It never occurred to me until I had this house to take a vacation and stay home.” Bill Robinson
“The homeliest tasks get beautiful if loving hands do them.” Louisa May Alcott
How about you? Do you have any special tips or ideas in beautifying the surroundings you live in? (from your own experience, a book, or someone you admire?)