We’ve Come to Declare the Beauty of the Lord :: Art in Your Home

My Inspiration Notebook :: Pictures, Paint Samples, Fabric Swatches

As Tyler and I work to display the order and beauty of our Lord through decorating our home, we have thought a lot about art and how we want to use it in our home. We know we love color! and order! and great design to the art!  – because this reflects who God is.

We  are excited that the working out of our salvation and loving God with all of who we are applies as we think through, purchase, and complete projects around our home.We want each piece to be right, to function well, to be beautiful to the eyes and warm to the soul. We want to dedicate our hearts and our money to purchases that make sense and glorify the Lord. We want to humbly and lovingly share the home God has given us with our family and friends.

The blog post excerpt below was so enlightening to me as Tyler and I plan and fill our home with good things to glorify Him and welcome others into our home. Chesterton’s statement helps us as we take part in creating and designing and decorating our home.

“Here is Chesterton on the essence of art.

‘Art is limitation; the essence of every picture is the frame. If you draw a giraffe you must draw him with a long neck. If in your bold creative way you hold yourself free to draw a giraffe with a short neck you will really find that you are not free to draw a giraffe. (Orthodoxy, 71)‘”


Chesterton so wisely writes that in  order, framing, and natural constraints the artist finds his freedom to create.

How will you apply the beautiful truth that we believers are here to declare the beauty of the Lord as you have family and friends in your home for Thanksgiving and as you decorate for Christmas this year and think of organizing in the New Year?

From : Desiring God Blog “Art and the Precious Limits of Reality” Posted: 19 Nov 2009 05:27 AM PST (Author: John Piper)

{PS: Tyler and I would love to have you over soon}

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