A Pinterest Perfect House

At times, I wish I had a Pinterest perfect house. (There is nothing wrong if your pictures ARE Pinterest worthy. Don’t go feeling all guilty on me if you are a great decorator!) As I think and pray through my selfish pride and desires to look “put together” it leads me to question: What exactly do I want to build? 

I had these friends growing up. Their house was always full of fun, laughter, and silliness. We skated around the cement basement listening to Uncle Charlie on the radio on Saturday mornings. We made a slip and slide from black plastic, built forts behind the goat shed, and ate spaghetti straight off the table. When I came home from a weekend at their home, my little eight year old self exclaimed to my mom, “They have the most beautiful home in the world!” And I meant it. What I didn’t realize at the time is their house wasn’t really beautiful by appearances. Simple, a bit run down from the wear and tear of six kids, and never really all that clean.

What was it about their home that made it so, well, homey?

I met Jesus everywhere in that home. Quite literally, it was where I gave my life to the Lord, but I encountered Him in so many other ways. I found Jesus at the breakfast table as the mom scooped baked oatmeal and talked about heaven as though she had been there. I saw Jesus as the parents passed out homemade Valentine cards. I heard Jesus as the mom sat us kids down and lovingly got to the bottom of a childhood squabble. I played with Jesus when the parents jumped on the zip line and laughed long and loud. Laughter. Space and time to be together.  A home where Christ lives and breathes and plays and rests.  A Pinterest Perfect House The truth is, though, I am far from that ideal. Tension often takes over my body and stress leaks sin out of my mouth. How do we transform our houses into homes? Homes where Christ is met at every turn? Here are some thoughts:

-Get our gaze set on the gospel. 

“All change comes from deepening your understanding of the salvation of Christ and living out of the changes that understanding creates in your heart. Faith in the gospel restructures our motivation, our self-understanding, our identity, and our view of the world.” -Tim Keller, The Prodigal God

For our sake He made Him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in Him we might become the righteousness of God.” 2 Corinthians 5:21

-Feast on the Freedom of the Gospel!

“Jesus’s salvation is a feast, and therefore when we believe in and rest in His work for us, through the Holy Spirit, He becomes real to our hearts. His love is like honey, or like wine. Rather than only believing that He is loving, we can come to sense the reality, the beauty, and the power of His love. His love can become more real to you than the love of anyone else.” Tim Keller

It was for freedom that Christ set us free; therefore keep standing firm and do not be subject again to a yoke of slavery.” Galatians 5:1 Hallelujah!

-Deny the Desires of the Flesh.

Pursuing holiness as we go about our day requires denying our sinful flesh. “What then is holiness? Holiness is nothing but the implanting, writing, and living out of the gospel on our souls.” John Owen “But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not carry out the desire of the flesh. For the flesh sets its desire against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; for these are in opposition to one another, so that you may not do the things that you please.” Galatians 5:13

-Rest in the Reality of His Ongoing Work.

When failure happens, and it will, have the humility to ask for forgiveness. Then rest in the knowledge that we are being conformed to the image of His Son. And press on!

For those whom He foreknew, He also predestined to become conformed to the image of His Son, so that He would be the firstborn among many brethren; and these whom He predestined, He also called; and these whom He called, He also justified; and these whom He justified, He also glorified.” Romans 8:29-30

“…forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 3:14

I want to offer my family a home, not just a house.

When my family comes to the table, I want to feed them well, but more than that I want to give them the feast of the Gospel and let them be filled forever.

I don’t want a house that is Pinterest perfect, I want a home that is Christ perfected.

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  • Courtney Joseph

    This is so beautifully written Joy! Thank you!
    Lots of Love,

  • Julie Rasmussen

    Sweet Joy, thanks so much for this post! I literally just started following you on Pinterest a night or two ago while waiting for my baby to finallygobacktosleepalready, and so I checked out some of your boards. I have never been to any of your homes, and don’t know you super well (yet!), and in my sleep deprived state looking at all your pins, I started envisioning that your homes were all perfectly awesome and that you are possibly “practically perfect in every way”, simply because of all the gorgeous/creative pins you have pinned. So funny how my heart wants to start comparing right away…..actually pretty sad. ;/ Anyways, thanks for this post and for turning our hearts towards the only true or lasting perfection…..Jesus! So blessed to be a recipient of His loving, unending grace. :)

  • http://altarofheaven.wordpress.com/ arcelia

    Thank you for this truth in love reminding us to set our mind on heavenly things and not on the things of this earth. We can get easily distracted by the things of this world and our expectations–it is such a pervasive scheme of the devil to breed confusion, envy, strife and jeaously. May we continue to keep our eyes on the Author and Perfecter of faith Jesus Christ! Hebrews 12:1-2

    *Praying for you and your family as you continue to invest in God’s kingdom–praying he is doing well in the Philippines and thankful he is doing the ‘good works’ God has prepared for him to do (Ephesians 2:10) now THAT is encouraging to me–you are living God’s kingdom dream!

  • Elaine

    I grew up in a home like this! Where the first thing I saw every morning when I woke up and walked into the small living room was the Bible on the coffee table, open, and my Daddy doing his morning devotional. Prayers of thanksgiving were said at the dining table 3 times a day and at bedtime before we lay down to sleep. We were taught to say yes ma’am and yes sir, please and thank you. We walked to church on Sundays and Wednesdays and everyone called each other by name. Our door was always open to friends and family and anyone else that needed help. We had imaginations instead of electronics. TV was in black and white and we watched The Wonderful World of Disney, Walter Conkrite, Red Skelton. Praise God for my Christian parents who loved us unconditionally!

  • http://www.joyfilleddays.com/ Sarah Beals

    Joy, this is my hope as well. Jesus first, in all things. Love you.

  • Rebekah Harris

    Great reminder! I want more then anything for my children to remember that Christ was the center if our home not my ideal of the perfect home. Thank you!

  • beverly88keys

    Thank you! So true and straight from the heart! Although my children are adults, I still want my house to be like this as well! ♥

  • http://gospelhomemaking.com/ Amy Clark Scheren

    What a beautiful picture of home! It’s so easy to lose sight of the gospel between the piles of laundry to be washed and the stacks of mail to be sorted. It’s also easy to think that too much time has already slipped away, been squandered. But it isn’t too late for the grace of God to change hearts and “redecorate” a home with the gospel. This post won’t leave my mind any time soon!

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