I’ve always had a “thing” for homes, so it’s an understatement to say how much I enjoy the part of my work that involves creating watercolor home portraits. When I’m not out speaking someplace, I’m at home painting home paintings.
(If you need a tongue twister today, say that last phrase 4 times- really fast.)
I think of homes as little “nests for the soul” while we journey through this world on our way toward heaven. Isn’t that a beautiful picture?
But with Pinterest aside, a home is much more than a lovely feathered nest. . .
A physical home is also a picture. It’s symbolic of relationships we have life- we can build them, decorate them, improve them. On the other hand, if left unattended, we can also let them fall into disarray and tear them down through neglect or abuse.
Proverbs 14:1 says it like this. . .
“A wise woman builds her house, but with her own hands the foolish one tears hers down.”
Relationships can be the same way. I think that’s part of the reason why I love the part of my work that involves painting homes- to me they are pictures of people!
When I’m painting a home, I always add improvements. I make the sky a bluer blue and the grass a greener green, add flowers (no matter what season of the year), give it a clean paint job, etc.
Ding-a-ling-a-ling. Shep just called right here in the middle of my blog writing time. “What do you need?” I asked.”Nothing. I just wanted to see how your day is going,” he replied. SWEET. He just built added a room onto our marriage house.
If you think about a home as a picture of your most important relationships, are there any “improvements” you need to make in those relationships? Like. . .
- spend more time with your spouse or friend?
- invest some money in the relationship (like a vacation or special experience together)?
- apply some creativity to the relationship instead of staying in a rut (like breathing new life into the relationship with an unexpected and kind gesture)?
A wise woman does not tear down her own house, she builds it up. Like applying Pinterest ideas to my home decor, intentional improvements build relationships.
If you like Pinterest as I do, you may want to consider starting a board about relationship building ideas. Here’s my marriage builders board. I hope it might give you some ideas on building the “home” of your marriage!
The Pondering Palette: What’s one thing you could do this week to build up one special relationship in your life?
PS I’d love for you to follow me on Pinterest!