Archive for April, 2011

Elizabeth Prentiss, author of Stepping Heavenward and the hymn “More Love to Thee”, was said to have breathed “sanctified air” as a child. As a mother of 4 little breathing souls, this is a mission the journey of my heart is traveling for my children… for me. It is a pursuit of holiness, a consecration of self, of life that transends itself out of the mother and into the air, into daily rythyms, schedules and routines.

She will make home a place that reflects her heavenly home. “Through wisdom a house is built, and through understanding it is established; through knowledge its rooms are filled with rare and beautiful treasures.” (Proverbs 24:3-4) I don’t think this means material riches; it is the knowledge of Jesus wisely worked out in practical family life. ~ The True Woman, Susan Hunt

The riches of Christ, the adorning of our daily lives with the riches we find in Him. It is a knowledge of Jesus… wisely worked out in practical family life. It is just a way of life for the believer… for the mother at home. It is much easier to “clean the outside of the cup” rather than “the inside” first and in speaking of our homes it is easier to adorn the outside of our homes and forget or forsake the inside, the spiritual. Are we more concerned with impressing others, with having a clean home, a well put together home, an attractive well organized well adorned home rather than being concerned with the inside, the hidden heart of our homes?

“Do not let your adorning be external…but let your adorning be the hidden person of the heart with the imperishable beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which in God’s sight is very precious.” 1 Peter 3:3a, 4

Our homes are often the tangible of our hearts, friends. They express a lot about us and they can reveal a lot to us about ourselves. Our main concern in our homes should be not of the external but of the hidden internal places of our own hearts… we often seek to adorn our homes with treasures that express our identity in Christ and that reveal a little piece of the beauty we find in Him but as important as this is in our calling how are we equally or more importantly adorning them spiritually, searching the riches of Christ? We fill the air with the riches we find in Christ, that we absorb through our soul-skin and breath out daily in our lives with our children, who inhale our exhales.

Sanctified air comes from our breathing in Christ, daily. Elisabeth Prentiss’ parents knew this secret, only it shouldn’t be a secret to the believing mother only the evident reality found in our interactions with Him. As we desperately sit at His feet and soak up His presence we begin to adorn our hearts with the imperishable beauties… it is a pursuit of our hearts journey of holiness.

Holiness or sanctification is not just about purity or discipline. It is about displaying your radical difference, showing the marks of God’s ownership, and illustrating through your behavior the unusualness of your new life in Christ. Jim Elliff



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