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Our home can be a wonderful place of security. It can also be a place of expression through design and decoration.

There are many books and online articles that supply ideas and assistance in window treatments, decorating with red, wallpaper and more.

Professional interior designers can also be a support in home decor.

However, we don’t want to forget enhancing our home with joy, morality, and compassion. It’s a mental or metaphysical expression of décor.

Observation of metaphysics also opens the mind to see what isn’t seen.

Some people appear not to care about décor. Does this make them style-less or muddled?

Not necessarily.

bings window bag ettaI have a friend with an apartment in New York City. He let me and another friend, Etta, stay there one night while he was out of town. Etta and I enjoyed our visit to the grand City. And we haven’t forgotten the blue plastic bag used to tie back a curtain.

Our minds could see the bag was affordable, practical, and added color to the room.

From I Peter 3:3-4, ESV

Do not let your adorning be external—the braiding of hair and the putting on of gold jewelry, or the clothing you wear— 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.

From 21st Century Science and Health, 6th edition

Human mind is the acknowledged seat of human motives; it designs limited concepts and produces all bodily malfunctions. Action proceeding from erring human mind is inappropriate and ends in sin, sickness, and failure. Appropriate action proceeds from the divine Mind. Those two opposite thought sources never mingle in cause or effect. Imperfect human mind projects outward its own imperfections of which the wise man said, “Everything is meaningless.”[1] The perfect Mind expresses perfection. God is meaningful Mind.

[1] Eccl. 1:2

The beauty of flowers can be brought into our home. It doesn’t matter if our home is in a house, an apartment, a tent, or our consciousness. Our home deserves to be beautiful.

Funny thing is about flowers, some smell really bad or are so potent they knock you out, therefore a stray dandelion found along the sidewalk, may be more suitable for inside the home than a grand lily grown in a magnificent garden.

Either way, each day, flowers can add to the beauty from God.

Song of Solomon 2:12

The flowers appear on the earth, the time of singing has come, and the voice of the turtledove is heard in our land.

From 6th edition of 21st Century Science and Health

Nature voices spiritual law and divine Love, but the human mortal mindset misinterprets nature. Arctic regions, sunny tropics, coral reefs, the Mid-Atlantic Ridge, flowering deserts, and galaxies—all point to Mind, the spiritual intelligence they reflect. The floral apostles are hieroglyphs of Deity. Quantum mechanics, gravity, and the cosmos teach grand lessons. The stars make night beautiful and the leaf turns naturally toward the light.

Lilies staying outside!

Lilies staying outside!

Some people create more garbage than others, but waste happens. Fortunately, society values more and more the ideas of recycling, reusing, and repurposing. And in the meantime, we still need to take out the garbage, please.

Whether we are taking out the garbage physically or not, depending on who’s responsibility it is, we can still clean the garbage out of our minds.

If not removed, the trash of envy, obsession, and idolatry can accumulate and get stinky.

However, we’ve been given the power to eliminate thoughts that make us lazy or lonesome. We can keep our minds clean by acting on thoughts that help others and ourselves. We can take out mental trash anytime during the day or night.

Keeping our minds clean also helps us see and keep in order healthy, happy thoughts that truly belong to us and everyone.

Psalms 37:8-9

Bridle your anger, trash your wrath, cool your pipes—it only makes things worse. Before long the crooks will be bankrupt; God-investors will soon own the store. (The Message)

From 6th edition of 21st Century Science and Health

Effort spent living in the past, pursuing superficial goals, or showing off, is effort wasted.

A variety of laundry piles can be found in most homes.

  • Types of piles:
  • Work clothes
  • Delicates
  • Sheets
  • Towels
  • For the dry cleaner

After visitors have stayed, laundry increases, but it’s usually worth the extra cleaning because we like to have visitors.

When doing laundry, a faith in infinite love is evident because there is no end to the laundry pile.

Or a faith in ongoing truth.

Love and Truth are synonyms for God. We can cherish and work with our faith in a love that is truthful and a truth that is kind. We can even grow that love and truth in our hearts.

We can wash away dirty thoughts of anger, resentment, annoyance. We can clean out stains of racism and bigotry. We can whiten or purify our worship of spirit.

 Psalms 51:7

Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean; wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.

From 6th edition of 21st Century Science and Health

We cannot fill vessels already full. Vessels full of the impracticable must first be emptied. Let us strip off error and stand in the showers of God and come clean.

The way to extract error from human mind is to pour in truth through flood-waters of Love.