26 June 2010

Imagine the furnished living room of a home.

The lamps seem to brighten the rooms in the cool of the evening as the sun sets, adding a comforting warmth. The furniture well-worn, having the look of being well loved. The family China cabinet holds what appears to be precious dishes used for the most special occasions.

The end-table next to the sofa is noticeably hand-carved, as it could be seen that great care was given in the composing of its every detail. A writing desk in the corner has an unfinished letter on it, and in the writing of a child the beginning reads, “Dear Grandma.”

Four filled bookshelves cover one wall, suggesting a love of learning. On the other walls are found family pictures, paintings of virtuous men and women, embroideries of Scripture.

What does this room tell you?

What things do you imagine happen each day in the life of the family living in this home? How do you picture their outlook on life? What do you believe is important to them?

The things found and seen in this room reflect the daily life of the family who lives at the described dwelling. Their worldview can be found when searched for, and the things they hold dear are evident in the furnishings and surroundings alone.

Which leads me to a question we all should ponder,

If the rooms of your home were frozen in time, what would your living room
say about your family and what is important to you?

  1. 13 Responses to “The Walls Reflect”

  2. Lisa Sheldon on Jun 27, 2010 said:

    This is beautifully written. It gives us much to think about. Thank you for sharing this with us!

  3. Sara on Jun 27, 2010 said:

    Once again, the Brookshire girls have given me something to ponder about in my paper journal… :)

  4. Susan on Jun 27, 2010 said:

    I just had to tell you what an inspiration your blog/life is. LOVELY LOVELY LOVELY! Thank you for sharing. Off to look at your etsy shop! Blessings!

  5. Madison on Jun 27, 2010 said:

    What a lovely picture you have given us, Emily Rose. I have been in many types of homes, and the most sweet and godly atmosphere always comes from the one you describe. It’s true, you can tell what the priorities of a family are by looking at even the decor. I wonder what a home in ancient Israel would look like?
    Thanks for a beautiful and challenging post.

  6. Joanna on Jun 27, 2010 said:

    Hhmmm…that does make one think. We were recently at a new friends home which was exquisitely decorated, but there were numerous verses on the walls done in lovely calligraphy, and I think it added so much more to their other good choices.

  7. Miss. Antoinette on Jun 27, 2010 said:

    I am not normally on my computer on Sundays but this out-of-the-ordinary day I just happened to read this on the Lord’s Day and found it so refreshing! :) It is true about how our homes reflect the people living in it and what is your home reflecting!? I am a very organized person and my room is almost always in order and tidy as the rest of our home and you know how in the home you mentioned about the books…..well…. that is like our home we have SOOOOOOOOO many books!

    Thanks for sharing this, and may our homes reflect the Lord and his love in how we live.

    Your sister in Christ,

    Miss Antoinette

    *Joshua 24:15*

    *Proverbs 24:3-4*

  8. Muthering Heights on Jun 27, 2010 said:

    Hmmm, my living room would tell people that there are a LOT of little hands in this house, and that we like it that way! :P

  9. Brielle on Jun 27, 2010 said:

    Very interesting post…
    It is so true, that if in a moment, time stood still…the clock stopped ticking,what would our rooms say about us?
    Just sitting here in my living room, I see all kinds of things that would tell someone about us.

    I also enjoyed looking at your last few posts, Thank You!
    Have a lovely day,

  10. Rebekah on Jun 28, 2010 said:

    Hmm… I have never thought about that. It is an interesting idea. It is very true that homes do reflect the vision and practices of a family. Something to think about…

    To the KING be all the glory!

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    “Be diligent to present yourself approved to God as a workman who does not need to be ashamed, accurately handling the word of truth.” 2 Timothy 2:15

  11. Jayne on Jun 28, 2010 said:

    Great thought! Reminds me of a book i read when i was a second grader- I think it was called Fog Magic, but the little girl walks through the fog into a world of the past. There is food on the table and evidences of old ways of living.. It was fascinating- also makes me think of the Mayans- their lives frozen in time.
    Not only is that a wonderful thought for what nature of people inhabit a home, but also the domestic day to day life of different peoples fascinates me. If only they’d left a few journals with meaningless notes like daily worries, checklists, what’s for dinner, and the price of bread, etc… :)

    Anyway, sorry for straying from your point, but thanks for sharing!

    – Jayne

  12. Deb on Jun 29, 2010 said:

    Yes, our homes reflect who we are and what we do. I like to have scripture on the walls and a calm and peaceful atmosphere. Our bookcase is filled with books about the Lord. We want Christ to be magnified in our home. When people come in, they sense something different about us.

  13. Nikki on Jul 2, 2010 said:

    This is a lovely question!
    Just this morning when we were leaving to go grocery shopping, I couldn’t believe how untidy the living room was as I walked out the front door! But, then I smiled as I walked out because all the books, pillows, and blankets are proof that we live, love, and learn here in our home.

  14. Constance on Jul 3, 2010 said:

    “A room without books is like a body without a soul.”
    -G.K. Chesterton

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