One of the many ways of being a good wife is taking care of your home. I really came to understand this while reading the book Created to be His Help Meet by Debi Pearl – a fanTASTic read! Even more importantly, we can know this because in the Bible, Paul wrote a letter to Titus, encouraging him with a game plan. The letter was written to help strengthen and bring order to the churches in which Titus was temporarily put in charge. He would eventually be replaced, but Titus was a young pastor, and he needed help with this daunting task.
So, in the book of Titus, Paul is outlining Titus’ mission – “to set an example for the [people of Crete] to follow; to model what the Cretans should become.” (The Jeremiah Study Bible, Dr. David Jeremiah; p. 1728) Paul explains what the men and women of the church should be doing and what their God-given roles were to be.
Now, this is SO not politically correct today, but if you are a Bible-believing Christian, you will understand what I’m saying here. In each household, men and women have different roles. In our home, for example, my husband is the bread winner, and also takes care of the gross, manly chores in the house (car maintenance, trash, animals, etc.). I also work, but less than 5 hours away from the home, and it supplements our income. My main role is being the keeper of the home and caring for the children.
Titus 2:4-5 says, “that they (older women) admonish (counsel) the young women to love their husbands, to love their children, to be discreet (have good judgment), chaste (modest), homemakers, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God may not be blasphemed.” I don’t know about you, but if I was given a report card with all these traits graded on it…. let’s just say, I would NOT be a straight A student. :::sad face:::
The Bible clearly states that wives should be homemakers, or “keepers at home” – as some translations will state. I believe that means we should not only clean the house, do laundry, wash the dishes, and keep the kids alive, but it also means to make ourselves and our homes presentable. In another word – pretty!
We have lived in our current home for over a year now, we moved in August 1st of 2015, and I still have hardly put anything up on our walls. Part of the reason is because we live in an older home – built before the 20th century – and some of the walls are plaster. And Momma ain’t got time for plaster! However, that’s no excuse, and because I want to be a good wife and because I need to take care of my home, it’s high time I start beautifying it!
Here is my list (coming from a professional photographer) of ways to pretty up those walls with perfectly arranged wall art and photos. Thank you Pinterest!
(1) A “boxey” way to arrange your wedding photos – or any other photos, for that matter! Your photos don’t need to be much larger than 8x10s to pull of this look, but be sure to put them all in matching black frames with white mats. This frame set will get you started – all you have to do it get some mats. These mats will fit in 8×10 frames and are cut for 5×7 photos. Here is a set of four black 8×10 frames.
And don’t you just LOVE the MR, &, MRS blocks? I love incorporating text in my designs. I found some neat blocky letters that you get HERE. Remember, if you are an Amazon Prime member (like me!), than you get FREE 2-day shipping… always. Woohoo! Get started with a 30-day free trial. Seriously, it’s so worth it if you do a lot of online shopping.
(2) I have had this pinned to my “photo arrangement” board for, like, ever! I’m definitely going to be doing this someday – maybe in my photography office! She even shows her process for hanging everything. The funny thing is, the gal who designed this wall moved to a new house in 2015 and used these same photos in a new arrangement. You can see the new, fabulous layout HERE.
(3) Hang your current family photo (get one taken) and make that the focus when choosing decorative items to help frame your image. I love all the little details: the key on the shelf, the wreath hanging from a hook (here’s a set that are shaped like keys), the personalized “our nest” sign, and the rustic mirror. Check out Woodenaht on Etsy for all sorts of neat reclaimed wood art, mirrors, and decorative items for your home. I SO want these amazing wooden arrows for my living room!
(4) Again with the keys – I just love keys, I guess. This arrangement just speaks to me. I love the clock in the midst of all the photos and decor. Here’s an antique clock that’s kind of jazzy. I especially adore the wooden pegs and chalk holder (which, by the way, the clever gal gives a tutorials on how to make them)! With the addition of an earthy element, the wall is complete.
(5) I have really been wanting to incorporate shelves this time around, but I’ve always been nervous to try. This time, though, I’m up for the challenge, so my search continued with this idea. I love that some of the images are still hanging on the wall, but most of the frames sit on the shelves. Oh, and I’m totally digging the inclusion of the round frames – awesome idea!
When the day comes that the wall is complete, I will definitely make sure to take a before and after to show you guys, so stay tuned for that. How have you guys chosen to display your cherished photographs?