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A Tour of My Home

Kimberly Wagner

Kimberly Wagner | 05.19.11
Twitter: @KimberlyWagner7

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I try to keep my heart fixed on Christ, and one practical way I do that is by using visual reminders. In fact, I’d love to take you on a tour of my home. In lieu of a YouTube video, please join me on a “blog post tour” and use your imagination as you “drop by” for a visit! 

As you come up the porch steps, don’t miss the mezuzah on the front door frame. I brought it back from Israel. It holds Deuteronomy 6:4-9 written on a small piece of parchment. Observant Jewish homes affix the mezuzah to the door frame as a constant reminder of God's presence.

Come on in. Notice the crimson accents throughout our home. The color takes me back to the cross by reminding me of His blood, His suffering, and my redemption. I have a grouping of large thorn limbs in remembrance of His crown. Rustic crosses stand as sentinels. Empty, they serve as brief reminders of His passion while pointing to His resurrection.

I found our “unusual” bedroom door in a salvage building several years ago. The upper half is a stained glass panel in the pattern of the fruit and vine, reminding me of John 15 and our call to glorify God through fruitfulness. Numerous “fruit-bearing” pictures and paintings are scattered here and there.

Please take time to read the many Scripture references placed throughout our home. Some are beautifully framed pieces, some just hand-scribbled on sticky notes. Hear the chiming clock? Through the day it rings every quarter hour, reminding me to “redeem the time” or to pause for prayer and worship. 

Some dear friends gave me the large picture over my mantle, a beautiful depiction of John 15:8. A large reprint of Michelangelo’s Creation of Adam hangs on the wall behind the head of our bed. But perhaps my favorite piece in our home is the beautiful print of Jesus weeping over Jerusalem as described in Matthew 23:37. It is a focal point for me as I write, and it is a constant reminder of His heart for the lost.  

I wish we could sit down for a cup of tea or coffee together, but instead, please share with me some of the things you do to help keep your heart fixed on Christ.

Topics: Homefront, Relationship with God

Comments

  1. Thank you, Kimberly, for this visual tour. We, too, have a mezuzah and a large grouping of crosses on one wall. Since I was a little girl I have had a love for the passion of the cross. It reminds me all day of the love and sacrifice of our Lord. I tutor children after school, so as they come in they often comment on the crosses. One little girl said, "Miss Brynda, you are a Jesus lover!" The crosses open communication about the place of Jesus in my home and in my heart.
    posted by Brynda
    on Thursday, May 19, 2011 at 7:29 am
  2. Oh so thankful for your post this day. Been missing you ever since you left us. I too would love to sit down to morning coffee with you! Have a blessed day Kim!
    posted by Julie Burkett
    on Thursday, May 19, 2011 at 7:59 am
  3. Kim, I loved your blog tour. When you enter my home, you see a picture of Jesus with one of his followers that is now "Safely Home". There is also a print to the left of it with Prov. 3:5,6. From the living room, I can view Simeon holding Jesus, with Mary and Joseph looking on, as well as a crossword puzzle we framed of DaVinci's "The Last Supper". There is a plaque in stand "God Bless our Home" on the buffet at the top of the stairs. On the dining room table, there is a silver plate on a stand that has on it the things on which we are to set our minds as listed in Phil. 4:8. On the kitchen wall is a large rustic-looking "plate" that says "As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord"; on each side of it is a cross. Kincaid's painting "Streams of Living Water" with John 7:37-38 hangs by the kitchen table. The theme continues throughout the house with scriptures on pictures, plaques, etc. Pictures of family and standing wooden phrases, with "We are Family" and "Find Joy in the Journey" are reminders to me that they are God's gifts that I am to enjoy as I serve Him. Thank you for the opportunity to share just a little bit and to remind myself to keep on. When visitors, such as workmen, come into my home and see these things, I need to be better about speaking to them of Christ. I have a tendency to, at that time, be focused on the immediate reason they are in my home.
    posted by nancy
    on Thursday, May 19, 2011 at 8:44 am
  4. I imagined a very lovely, God honoring home! We have several scripture pictures in our home from a company I share with many. One of their visions is to, "work diligently to bear in mind at all times whose Kingdom we serve." www.kingdomgalleries.com
    posted by Juliep
    on Thursday, May 19, 2011 at 9:31 am
  5. I have to say that I struggle with focus in general! However it is my desire to have a whole-hearted focus on Christ and I ask the Lord to enable me by His grace. Yesterday, the Lord took me to Ps. 91:1 "He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty." I have a note written there that says "habitually resides in His presence." So, I meditated on that verse at different points throughout the day--meditating on Scripture is one way, probably the best way to keep a Christ focus. I also listen to Christian music when I am cooking--this helps give my heart a Christ-focus. In my kitchen window sill I have a small plaque that says "Amazing Grace" to remind me of just how amazing it is that Christ redeemed me! Sitting beside it is the ROH "A Heart at Rest" daily calendar. Other than that, there are Scripture plaques all around my house. "Oh how I love thy law, it is my meditation all the day"--that's my desire, but often I am distracted just with my daily responsibilities.
    posted by Vivian Etherington
    on Thursday, May 19, 2011 at 9:46 am
  6. I spend alot of time at work. In my office I have sticky notes, framed scripture that people have given me. When ever I look up from what I am doing Psalm 51:10 is there "Creat in me a clean heart, O God and renew a right spirit within me."
    posted by trish
    on Thursday, May 19, 2011 at 10:02 am
  7. Hello. Love to hear that others decorate with this unified thought - Jesus and His Presence in our lives. I just started decorating with this motivation a few years ago. Since then we've added some unique pieces we otherwise would not have had. For example, we have two bundles of grain-like stems. They're in the dining room and remind me daily that there are few workers for the harvest and I am called to be one. My husband prayers the armor on me and our children every morning, we have a shield and yes, a sword, hanging in our bedroom den where he prayers with them. We have a picture of a man and wife painted within the trunk of a fruitful tree to remind us that our marriage must stay a priority in order for God to work through us and reveal His Goodness in our family. Finally, just a few months ago we created the "orphan wall". This is a wall with pictures and biographies of orphans in our state that are in need of a permanent home. HOw I would love to take them all in. But since we are not able, at this time, there picture hangs on our wall as we pray for them to know and love Jesus, to know they belong to Him and for a permanent home that will reveal that Truth! Thanks again for the post. I love hearing more ideas.
    posted by Tammy
    on Thursday, May 19, 2011 at 11:14 am
  8. We try to focus on God in all areas of our life and we have reminders everywhere on our property. As you enter our driveway our property is named A Place of Quiet Rest (Near to the heart of God) and sign reads A Place of Quiet Rest. Over our front door is sign - As For Me and My House, We Will Serve the Lord. On a desk in the foyer is Nancy's Book, A Place of Quiet Rest and a framed copy of the song - There is A Place of Quiet Rest....our dining room is to the right and is red for the blood of Jesus - one wall is covered with crosses and pictures of crosses - all with scripture veres on them. As you enter the kitchen - two wooden engravings I got in Romania of scripture. As you go up the stairs - on the bottom stairs reads Fruits of the Spirit and the scripture on the next step and each thereafter reads one of the fruits. Over the kitchen door is sign reading - God is the Head of this Household - the Unseen Guest in Every Room.
    Our children have given many more things placed around the house such as a famed print of Amazing Grace, scripture cards etc. All of these remind us who has blessed us, who is always with us and who we are to keep our eyes upon.
    posted by Patsy
    on Thursday, May 19, 2011 at 11:55 am
  9. Kim, I, too, understand the power of being surrounded by reminders of our connection with God.

    For example, on my desk is a stone plaque on a stand that I received from Life Action years ago. It is a quote by Del Fehsenfeld, Jr., founder of Life Action. It says, "As long as God is on His throne, revival is as possible as the sun rising tomorrow morning."

    It is surrounded by two Willow Tree figurines. One is a girl holding a heart, reminding me that revival must begin in my heart before I can spread it to others. The other is a girl holding a book ... and I call it a Bible ... reminding me that my heart must be in the Word so I will know God's heart.

    Another treasured item, strange to some, perhaps, is a plate of more than two dozen rocks. They are rocks that I picked up all over Israel as I walked along ~ reminders of the sites I visited (and they are labeled on the bottom of each rock). They remind me to "walk as Jesus walked" so long ago.
    http://heartchoicestoday.blogspot.com
    posted by Dawn Wilson
    on Thursday, May 19, 2011 at 12:52 pm
  10. In Laurie's room above the sink I have a picture I found at a second hand store in Carnation called "RE-Incarnation" of the Creation Of Adam with just the two hands & a bit more & God touching Adam. This is the verse I put in the frame:" Thou hast beset me behind and before, and laid thine hand upon me. Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is high, I cannot attain unto it." In the kitchen I have a picture of Seattle with lightening striking Seattle. I found a frame to match at Value Village (2nd hand store) that had the lightning pattern in the exact spots as to make an extension of the photograph. This was no coincidence, it was God placing them their as I was seeking & I found. The direction that the lighting was going in the photograph fulfills this verse I put on the picture even. "For as the lightning cometh out of the east, and shineth even unto the west; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be." Matthew 24:27 I have lots of treasures from The LORD. Oh for the day when He will be my only focus...my only Treasure. Truly my God is not finished with me yet<3
    posted by Leslie.n
    on Thursday, May 19, 2011 at 10:58 pm
  11. {I'll be off topic for just a moment.}
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    Dear Leslie N,

    I just wanted to let you know how GLAD I was when you noticed my need for prayer the other day for the baby "Lauren" she's now out of the hospital!!!! Praise the Lord! She was in for five days with serious pneumonia (when is pneumonia not serious? I wouldn't know.) but she seems to be in the clear from serious danger now. Today (well Sunday was the exact date) her mother asked for prayers for her development and strength as she's fighting off another cold. This time the cold is not life threatening. Because of her acid reflux she's in danger of complications in development. They're praying the medication to help her keep her milk down will continue to be effective.

    I thought you may like to rejoice with me over such kindness from our Father. Prayer answered in this way, is indeed cause for rejoicing. :c)

    I continue to keep you and Laurie in my prayers as often as the Lord brings you to mind. :c)

    Thanks again, it meant so much to me.

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    PS I love the very thought of your lightning photo!!! What a lovely story to go along with it. God is SO tender towards our heart needs. Your post today was so pretty to read.


    Dear Kimberly,

    Your home sounds like such a warm message from God. Good work!

    In my home I haven't had as much opportunity to put up scriptures as I would like but:

    In my son's room I rewarded him with Isaiah 40's 'wing's of eagles' scripture because he'd memorized it that year with such passion. It is striking because the eagle in the picture isn't easy to see... it's kind of hidden in the scrolling around the beautiful lettering of the scripture. Once you spot him, you see him every time. The lettering and scrolling are cut into the thick paper, not printed on top of, so it's pretty unique. It's so classy and dear, it makes me smile happily each time I enter his room, as it's the first thing you see, looking straight ahead. It was on a huge sale the day I discovered it, so, don't figure I'm a big spender (though I'm sadly a bit of a habitual shopper... and that's likely a huge understatement. *sigh*).

    Above our piano is the verse telling us how deep, how wide, our Father's love is for us. Our darling piano teacher gasped when she finally noticed there was a scripture scrolled on the side, and at which scripture it was. She's a 'keeper' of a teacher for sure. She surprised me with her passion for that scripture, not sure why though, she's a strikingly godly girl. :c) :c)

    My husband (who sadly today claims to be agnostic... when once he claimed salvation and preached to our fellowship with wonderful conviction) made me a beautiful scripture laid on top of a photo of a path. That's what he made me, this year for our anniversary (the anniversary of our first date *blush*, yes, we still celebrate that!). He selected the scripture himself! He knows how important 'paths' are to me. As, I firmly believe; God is helping me redirect the paths I take, to honor Him with my thoughts and my renewed life! The scripture my husband chose was:

    "For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them."
    Ephesians 2:10

    I was so confused when I opened it, that I could not speak, though, my eyes quickly became wet with tears.

    God is so astounding.

    One of the best pieces in my home though, are the little works of art God created: my children. When they surprise me by 'rocking out' to the Christian music that truly motivates me through a day... to me, it's a image of Van Gogh quality (is there a hyphen in Van Gogh??). I say Van Gogh, because we're unique, funky, crazy-fun and splendid... only splendid, in that; our Father does awesome work!!

    In case anyone wondered, the song they are currently 'rocking out to' is: Nicole C. Mullen's: "I can do.", which really helps a little one get "I can do all things, through Christ, who strengthens me." Phil 4:13 into their minds and hearts! Sometimes, it's prettier (softer) fare, they find catchy, like J.J. Heller's 'Save Me' song. :c)

    Opph, the thing I nearly forgot, is the thing that makes me glow each time I see it:

    My oversized bamboo lap desk, on which lay, my two darling bibles and, as of now, my two very pretty note books. Just glancing at this each day, even in passing, I get a warm glow, thinking of the time in the word I will have again tomorrow morning!!! Everything fit's so nicely on my lappy desk and the pens I have sitting along side also bring smiles to me, as, I have a thing for pens that flow and make beautiful marks on paper whilst I pour out my love notes on God's word each day (well, nearly every day, Praise God!!!).

    I hope you enjoyed a mini tour of the nicest spots at my house, dear sisters. :c) I enjoyed all of yours. Thanks.

    Thank you for your charming and smile worthy article today, dear Kimberly!

    Peace, love n' blessings all.


    "I will give thanks to the LORD with my whole heart;
    I will recount all of your wonderful deeds."

    Psalm 9:1
    posted by Jenny
    on Friday, May 20, 2011 at 3:10 am
  12. I have a set of 12 dessert plates that have a different scripture on the rim of each plate. I shuffle and pile them on our table. When guests come to our home and are entertained, they recieve the scripture and are encouraged to
    read it ----- that it is for them today!
    (The plates come from "Feed on the Word").
    The plates are also a great way to encourage someone in our family as well...to place a treat or sandwich on the plate and then take a special moment with them.
    We have given a set of 12 plates for wedding gifts. For an engagement gift or shower we send a serving bowl with a rim that states, "As for me and my house we will serve the LORD"....Hoping others display and give out God's Word through their homes.
    I traveled to Fort Worth from Wisconsin to attend the True Woman conference with my daughter in law in October. (2 years earlier I attended the True Woman conference in Chicago) Amy, my daughter in law, gave me a shadow box in rememberance of the conference, which held photos of the event, our wrist bands (of course the box was backed with the Texas flag) and a copy of the True Woman Manifesto right in the middle! It is a precious memory. It keeps the Manifesto in front of me daily----next to my 'quiet time' chair. Weekly I have written out each statement and srcripture in the Manifesto and display the cards for me to read and reread, to remind me of my biblical role of womanhood...all 15 plus "What we believe...". It has just been a total of 30 weeks. I will now rotate the cards and reread them again! I see the shadow box and my mind floods with the truth that have transformed my heart and my ways and the blessed calling on my life from my Sovereign God!!
    posted by Trina
    on Friday, May 20, 2011 at 7:32 am
  13. I enjoyed the tour of your house.It inspired my life and encouraged me on ways to focus on GOD through out the day.May GOD bless and keep you.
    posted by Lottie G. Staten
    on Saturday, September 3, 2011 at 9:18 pm
  14. I love the tour of your house and it's an eye opener. At my front door i have a picture of the ppraying hand.On my bedroom door is a plate with the inscription shalom . Above the tv is a large picture of Lord Jesus,who controls what we watch .Am now encouraged to do more.Thanks
    posted by Charity Adewale
    on Friday, April 11, 2014 at 6:36 am

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