Monday, March 8, 2010

Monday Musings

This pretty bouquet greets me this Monday -- a day full of housework and laundry. Although I don't enjoy many of the household chores on my t0-do list today, I am working on being a better homemaker.



In her book The Spirit of Loveliness, Emilie Barnes addresses the need for a sense of order in the home: "A welcoming home has a sense of order about it. Not stiff, stultifying order that goes to pieces over a speck of dust or that sacrifices relationships in the interest of cleanliness, but a comforting, confident sense that life is under control. A sense that people, not posessions, are in charge of the household, that emotions are expressed but never used as weapons, that life is proceeding with a purpose and according to an overall plan."

On the subject of cleaning house, Barnes offers a spiritual perspective: "Most of us respond positively to that kind of order in our lives because we are made in the image of God, and because God organized the whole universe to proceed in an orderly fashion. Think of the creation, when God created a beautiful, populated globe out of darkness and chaos. He is the ultimate Organizer, and the results of His ordering Spirit are always good. We automatically feel more comfortable and more welcome when we sense His kind of order in our lives."

"She looks well to the ways of her household, and does not eat the bread of idleness" (Proverbs 31:27).

Here's hoping we can all find joy in the tasks this Monday brings!


97 comments:

BeautifulDees said...

I loved your post, great word's of wisdom.
Love,Debbie

Tracy said...

Emilie Barnes is one of my favorite authors!

Anonymous said...

Melissa, I hope you have a joyful Monday too.

This AM I will be at my "Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World" Bible Study. I already shared with you about how much I am enjoying this book.

Thanks for sharing your Monday AM musings with us.

Debbi

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Perfect lesson for us, Melissa, and those flowers are stunning. I needed to hear this because I have to create order tomorrow in a big way. Yard and house.

XO,

Sheila :-)

myletterstoemily said...

what lovely flowers to accompany
a post on housekeeping! :)

here's the truth: a clean, neat,
and organized home allows for
more spontaneity, life, and
creativity.

think about it: how can you make
a fun art project if you don't know
where the paints are?

here's my secret to housekeeping,
and i raised five children in a very
lively, happy home: put a piece of
hard candy in your mouth, and
every chore is fun!

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