Monday, March 5, 2012

A Thoughtful Word

Taking part in Barbara's This Week in Words meme which she hosts weekly over at Stray Thoughts.

Re-reading and thinking through Keeping House, even though I am not in *my* home. I needed to re-read the quote below, in particular, because I keep thinking that this time in our temporary home MAY be short and so I'm not sure if it's ok to start having people over or truly operate life as if this place is home. But it is, and I need to. So we invited some people over for dinner and now, I suppose, we shall start really living here. (Provided that we can manage to stay well for a solid week at a time!)

". . . [T]ime deliberately set aside for keeping house is never just about "making a home for my family." Of course housework is about making a home, but a Christian home, properly understood, is never just for one's own family. A Christian home overflows its boundaries; it is an outpost of the kingdom of God, where the hungry are fed and the naked are clothed and there is room enough for everyone.
Keeping house can be a very mundane activity. It is certainly repetitive, and the kinds of work that it involves are varied enough that few people enjoy all of them equally. But at the very same time, housekeeping is about practicing sacred disciplines and created sacred space, for the sake of Christ as we encounter Him in our fellow household members and in neighbors, strangers, and guests. " (Keeping House: The Litany of Every Day Life, Preface)

Barbara also linked to this post about dealing with anxious thoughts which I thought was incredibly well put.

Spurgeon said that we can’t keep the birds from flying over our heads, but we can keep them from building a nest in our hair. But if there are already some nests settled in, ask God to help you pull them out. Then listen to what kind of company you have been keeping with your thoughts. If it’s bad company, show them the door.

Attempting to avoid nest building this week!


  1. Definitely no nesting! In fact, lets do some house cleaning and get those existing nests cleaned out so the poo' build up doesn't cloud our spirit's eye!
    When I think of bird nests, I see piles and piles of excrement. Ooey, gluey disgusting piles that make you shut your eyes and walk, cringing, away. I love this metaphor. I really like how Nancy expounded on Spurgeon's thoughts. It's such a great way of expressing the way worry and stress affect our lives.
    Make the birds of worry fly away, using the winds of our holy Spirit and Peace of Jesus Christ to clear our minds (hair)!

  2. I commend you for thinking about hospitality at a time when others would put it aside.

    I've heard that quote about the birds' nests in our hair attributed to Luther -- I don't know who originally said it, but its truth has helped me a lot.

  3. Keeping House sounds like a book I really need to read!