My Spiritual Journey - Christian Art for the Home

by happynutritionist

Decorating the home with Christian artwork can be a comfort as you view it throughout the day. Let me take you on a personal journey through inspirational art that I love.

I Was Prayed For

My Christain heritage goes back many generations

Praying for your children and being a good example to your children by the way you walk through life are among the best things you can do to teach your children about God and His love for them. Let me share with you how my parents and grandparents did that for me.

I feel privileged to have come from a home where my parents, grandparents, great-grandparents, and on back through the generations, prayed for us.  I have heard my mother and father pray for me.   I have heard my grandparents pray for me.  I listened from the other room when visiting my Grandparents.  My Grandmother needed help with many things as she was a stroke victim, and my Grandfather took wonderful care of her and helped her as much as he could, including getting her settled in bed at night. There would often be a little fussing and small arguments, it makes me grin to remember that. Then they would read from "Our Daily Bread", a devotional book, and the Bible, and pray together before retiring for the night. 

Were my parents and grandparents perfect?  No, they failed many times as do we all, but they knew where to come when they realized they needed to make things right...directly to God in prayer, where they repented as the Bible calls it, which means asking for and receiving forgiveness, then turning the opposite way from what you were doing and going in the right direction. 

These beautiful art prints and pictures of a man and woman in prayer remind me of my praying parents and grandparents. 

by Claudia aka happynutritionist
Updated 11/2/11

I Went to Sunday School

There I heard many stories from the Bible

My parents sent me to Sunday School as a girl.  Early in my life, this was more motivated by my mother, it took my father more time to settle into his personal relationship with God through Jesus Christ after setting that aside while in the military.  I actually learned about this recently when I told my Mom that I remember walking as a little girl among giants (adults) to and from Sunday School with one of them, but don't remember us sitting together in church at that time.  That was to come later, and thankfully, not too much later. 

Sunday School laid a foundation for understanding the Bible. When you are young you hear the Bible stories from the Old Testament and the New Testament.  They teach you from a young age about God, how He created the World and all that is in it, how much He loved all of His creation, and how man is tempted to disobey God.  There are so very many, many stories, some of them happy, some sad, but all necessary to really understand as much as possible about this wonderful God who loves me.

The pictures below are based on 2 well known events written about in the Bible, Noah's Ark in Genesis 6-9 in the Old Testament, and Jesus walking on water in Matthew 14 in the New Testament.

Noahs Ark and Jesus Walking on Water Art Prints

Depict true stories from the Old and New Testament
Noahs Ark Animals Kids Room Religious Picture Art Print #1
$26.00  $10.00
Jesus Christ Walking On Water Religious Picture Art Print
$26.00  $6.00

I learned to pray

My mother taught me how

My mother came into each of our rooms each and every night when we were young to pray with us.  She taught us a simple prayer when we were young that was based on a hymn, "Gentle Jesus Meek and Mild" written by Charles Wesley, and then we added to it as we got older.  That prayer was:

"Gentle Jesus, meek and mild,

Look Upon a Little Child,

Pity my Simplicity,

Suffer me to come to thee.."

..then we would say "God bless....." and prayed for all the members of the family we could think of or for any other concern that we had. 

I was known for going on and on, not missing a person in the family or a need that I knew someone had. 

Even as I type this I'm a bit teary eyed thinking of what a gift this was the my mother gave to me.  I prayed with my children when they were young, but I am not sure that I went in every single night and prayed with them.  My mother still prays for each of us by name, and our children, and their husbands or wives.  I never take that for granted and know it is why prayer is such an important part of life. 

It's not just a mechanical thing that I do, but actually sitting and talking to God just as if I were talking to you.

I learned about the ultimate price Jesus paid

My mother taught me that, too

When I was a young girl, and had been going to Sunday School for a few years, my Mom decided to help with Vacation Bible School at the church we were attending at the time. Of course, any of us children who were around at that time, went along.  I was the oldest, and was about 4, so either the brother born right after me was yet to come, or was a baby at the time, so was towed along either in my mom's "tummy" or arms. 

One day after we got home from Vacation Bible School, I wanted to know more about having a personal relationship with God.  My mother explained how God is so holy and perfect He can't even look at sin...which meant even though He loved His creation, I could not come close to Him as a sinner...but wait...don't get upset...He loved me/us enough to remedy that.  I learned that He loved us so much that He sent Jesus to live on earth as a sinless man.  He then had Jesus pay the ultimate price for my/our sin.  So much of this was mysterious to me, and still is, because God is God and I'm a person. His ways are not my ways...but they are just and right...He is the one who created everything, so who am I to question Him?

In the Bible I read about Jesus being welcomed by his people, the Jews, in Jerusalem when people were gathering to celebrate the Passover.  Then how he asked a few of his disciples to go pray with him in the garden of Gethsemane, and prayed so intensely that he sweat drops of blood...asking that if possible he not have to die, but adding that God's will be done.  God's will was done, and that was that Jesus die that horrible death on the cross making it possible for all who believe in what he did and who repent to be forgiven of their sin, and be seen as Holy by God.  He remembers our sins "no more", the Bible says. Jesus then rose from the dead, so those who ask God to forgive them based on Jesus shed blood, and believe in Him, can look forward to life after death with God in heaven....how amazing and wonderful is that?

Among the first Bible verses that I learned was this...and at that time it was in the King James Version with "thee's", "thou's" and "whosoever's" :-)  "For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.  For God sent not His son into the world to condemn the world, but so that the world through him might be saved."  John 3:16 and 17 Now I use a Bible that is translated from the original Hebrew and Greek that is written like you and I talk, the NIV version and the New American Standard version.  They all are basicly the same with the same message.

Even though I cannot see Jesus and/or God, many times I can sense his presence.  Other times he seems far away, but that is usually more to do with how I am feeling at the time and not reality, because the Bible tells me that God is not far from any of His children.

Still, I look forward to the day when I can see Jesus with my own eyes, and we can give each other a real hug.

I like encouragment and inspiration to decorate my walls

When I walk though my home, every room has at least one inspirational piece of art or craft that helps me to keep my focus where it belongs.  Below are just some samples, but let me tell you exactly what I have in my home.

Living Room:  A painting of a man looking small in a lighthouse with waves crashing all about, with the verse "The Lord is my Rock, my Fortress, and my Deliverer.  My God is my Rock in Whom I take Refuge".  Psalm 16:7  I am humbled as I type that...we recently had Hurricane Irene come through and wow what a storm, and the waters came at our home...we are okay, but it was frightening at the time.  I prayed, but my mind was more fearful than it should have been..still, this verse has been a comfort and strength many times.

A plaque hangs in our living room that all see when they walk in that says "Lord, let there be love in our hearts, joy in our lives, and peace in our home".  Do we accomplish that perfectly?  Of course not, that is why I need reminders surrounding me.

Finally, we have a needlework gift received from a friend when we married that has part of I Corinthians 13 on it, "Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things and endures all things."  God tells us these things because he knows tough times will come and we need to be reminded.

Bedroom:  In our bedroom right next to my bed is the verse "Fear not, for I have redeemed thee" from Isaiah. 

Kitchen:  In the kitchen, we have "Give us this day our Daily Bread" on a pewter decorative dish, and "My grace is sufficient for Thee", on a craft made at a retreat I went to...written on a very small chalkboard with a wooden candle holder glued to one of the side frames with a little candle in it, never burned of course, and ribbon to hang it. 

Bathroom:  Even the bathroom has a small plaque that says "Prayer changes things".  It used to hang in my Grandparents home.  I love it, and have kept it with me through many moves over the years.

You should also know that Thomas Kinkade is my favorite contemporary Christian Artist

I have 2 of his cottage pictures

Yes, two of Thomas Kinkade's pictures hang on my living room walls. 

One is a throw that I decided to hang instead so bought a rod and brackets to hang it from.  It is "The Hidden Cottage" by Thomas Kinkade.  I couldn't find one exactly like it, but below is something similar.

The other was given to me by my daughter and hangs on the exposed logs over the fireplace in our log home...which happens to be a lakefront cabin.  The picture is of a log cabin on a lake with a canoe in the water.  Again, I couldn't find the exact one, but the one you see below is very similar.

I just love Thomas Kinkade's work, it brings such peace to look at it.

 

My spiritual journey continues

I'll take you along when I can

I have shared with you a few of many beautiful works of Christian art for the home that I have enjoyed.  My journey is not finished, it continues each and every day. 

I may come back from time to time to share more bits and pieces of that journey with you.

I hope you'll come back, and I hope you, too, are surrounded by beauty and inspirational art in your home.

Wizzley

Updated: on 11/02/2011, happynutritionist
 
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happynutritionist on 09/15/2011

@Dustytoes, I know the old english king james version of the verse...something like "The prayer of a righteous man availeth much" but can't think of the reference right now. But it is true:-) Thanks for sharing your thoughts...I am blessed and fortunate, you are right. Sometimes taking time to write about it reminds me of my blessings which are easy to take for granted.

Dustytoes on 09/14/2011

The prayers of the righteous are powerful and effective! That is the verse that comes to me when reading this, and don't know where the scripture is found off the top of my head, but you are very fortunate to have had loving people pray for you all your life. I do believe that it makes a huge difference. Lovely page!

happynutritionist on 09/13/2011

Thank you so much Michey and Barb, I'm glad you enjoyed your visit and reading about my faith. It's life to me:-)

Michey on 09/13/2011

Very nice post, I hear daily Mom still praying for me, so I enjoy reading about your faith, believes, and values.
All the best

barbarab on 09/13/2011

this is a beautiful, heartfelt article! you are made stronger by your faith. Corinthians is one of my favorite books. I don't have any of these types of artwork, not because I dont approve, it just doesnt make me feel the way it does for you. But thats OK, we know where to go to find inspiration eh?



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