Beauty and Function

“Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful.”

– William Morris


William Morris, an English textile designer, artist, writer, and libertarian socialist associated with the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood and English Arts and Crafts Movement.

William Morris, an English textile designer, artist, writer, and libertarian socialist associated with the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood and English Arts and Crafts Movement.

I am on this kick right now to rid my home of anything I’m not using. For too long have I been lugging around baggage from years gone by that is only collecting dust. Therefore, when I came across this quote today I had to post it as a record of this season in my life.

It’s lovely that Morris connects the ideas of useful (or functional) with beautiful. I believe true beauty must be functional. Otherwise beauty is mere vanity.

True beauty serves a very important purpose as it warms and uplifts the heart in remembrance of the Creator of beauty, even if it’s on a subconscious level of thought. When I see true beauty it resonates with my soul, brings me peace, and merriment of heart, without me even realizing it’s happening sometimes.

It has been written, “a merry heart does good like a medicine, but a broken spirit dries the bones” {Prov 17:22}. I wonder if the writer of those words ever connected beauty with it’s merry-heart-function? If we surround ourselves with true beauty, I wonder if we will notice a difference in our countenance.

I find it intriguing that “beauty is in the eye of the beholder,” so they say, but the merry-heart-function of beauty is the same for every beholder, regardless of what they consider beautiful. Don’t you think?

Stages of Truth

I discovered another great quote today. Well, actually my husband sent it to me via email. Here it is…

“All truth passes through three stages:

First it is ridiculed.
Second, it is violently opposed.
Third, it is accepted as being self-evident.”

– Arthur Schopenhauer (1788-1860)

Thomas, my husband, and I have witnessed each of these stages of truth within our own lives. It’s amazing how time changes one’s perspective.


“The world will not be destroyed by those who do evil, but by those who watch them without doing anything.” – Albert Einstein

Repentance and the Biblical Month of Elul

I hope you enjoy another powerful teaching by Jim Staley.  This one is about repentance and the Biblical month of Elul, which most of the planet is now twelve days into.  (In case you’re unfamiliar with Biblical months, each new moon begins a new month.  Elul is the sixth month of the Hebrew calendar.)

I pray you are blessed by this teaching!

How To Forgive When You Can’t

“For if you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you, but if you do not forgive others their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.”  Matthew 6:14, 15

This is a VERY powerful message by Jill Southern-Jones at Ellel Ministries entitled, How To Forgive When You Can’t.

It is an extremely timely message for God’s people as we continue through this month of Elul, a time of searching our hearts in preparation for the Day of Atonement, when our case is presented before YHWH.
I pray that His spirit convicts and brings freedom through the viewing of this teaching.  Please share it with those He puts upon your heart to share it with.
In YHWH’s mighty Love.

A Call to Anguish

David Wilkerson – A Call to Anguish from SermonJam on Vimeo.

Vegetarian Society of Hawaii, June 12, 2012

Here are some pictures from the Vegetarian Society meeting on Oahu, June 12, 2012.  My husband and I were blessed by the presentation of Robert Cohen and his take on the milk and dairy as it relates to our health.

And here are some pictures from the Vegetarian Society Dine Out with Robert Cohen at Loving Hut on Oahu, June 15, 2012.  Beautiful people who are seasoned vegans or just starting their adventure in vegetarianism.  It was great fun trying out new foods with everyone.

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