There is a Book Study beginning this week at Passionate Homemaking. They will be reading the book Practical Hospitality: The Joy of Serving Others by Pat Ennis & Lisa Tatlock. I've decided that I'm going to read this book along with them. I'll explain a bit more later. But you can go here to check out how it's going to work.
Also Tim Challies over at Challies Dot Com is just ending his current "Reading the Classics Together" and he'll be starting a new book in a couple of weeks or so. Keep a look out for his next read. It is wonderful to read and discuss what we read with each other. It helps us learn, mature and grow.
Thursday, January 29, 2009
“Remember as you’re cleaning—as you’re ironing, as you’re sewing, as you’re picking up, as you’re painting, as you’re beautifying your home, as you’re doing things to make your home attractive, remember that you’re painting a picture for your children—a picture of God.
You’re demonstrating to your children in ways that penetrate deep into their hearts, the heart of God, the ways of God, and you’re increasing the likelihood that your children will grow up to love that God and to want to be like Him.
You’re demonstrating parables of spiritual life to your children as you work with your hands, as you serve in your home. When you prepare food for your family, you’re demonstrating to them that God is a faithful provider.
When you’re being quality conscious in the things that you purchase, you’re showing your children the excellence of the character of God.
As you are orderly, you are teaching your children that God is a God of order.
When you clean things up in your home, when you keep a clean home, you’re showing your children the importance of purity, holiness of heart, of being clean and washed before God.
When you’re disciplined in your life and habits and schedule and the time you get up and the time you go to bed according to the way that God has directed your family, you’re teaching your children that the Christian life requires discipline. You are teaching them that you can’t just stay in bed and become spiritual. It requires effort and cooperation with God’s Spirit to develop godly habits, patterns, and sanctification in our lives.
When you reach out your hands…to the poor and the needy and you’re ministering to the needs of others, you’re showing your children the heart of God for those who are poor and needy and oppressed.
There is indeed no mundane task! Every task assigned to you is spiritual and paints a picture of God!”
This is something that I read on a blog called Passionate Homemaking, (I have discovered this blog very recently). It orginally came from the program Revive Our Hearts. What wonderful gems for us to hold onto and remember.