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Fear God and do what is right

“But in every nation he that feareth him, and worketh righteousness, is accepted with him.” – Acts 10:35

A few days ago I stopped into a thrift store and there was a Laura Ashley Guide to Country Decorating. I asked if it was for sale and the lady told me “no” — but I could borrow it and bring it back. One of the chapters was The Spirit of the Country. I want to share it with you.

“At a time when it is easy to feel trampled by the relentless march of technology, and ruled by the unforgiving demands of commerce, many people seem to long for a slower, happier, more civilized life — a life in the country. Bound up inextricably with nature, the elements, and the earth, country homes —and the lives that are lived in them — share certain basic characteristic whatever their size, their value, or their location.

“Above all, country style is honest, uncontrived, and unpretentious, no element has been chosen because it’s trendy, expensive, rare, or old. Rooms are never ‘done’ in a single period or style, since they have evolved slowly, and their layered, eclectic look has been influenced more by the demands of rural life than the vagaries of fashion.

“Warm, friendly, and welcoming, country homes are also supremely practical, since their owners — no matter how well-heeled — are likely to live very close to the land, so every surface has to be hardwearing and easy to clean. The addition of domestic animals are welcomed.

“Fundamentally, a country home is never a grand formal showpiece; its timeless appearance is not an end in itself, but a byproduct of its main role as a comfortable, efficient, and appealing background to busy lives.

“In rural settings the boundaries between inside and out are blurred, on warm days, doors and windows are left open so that rooms can fill with sunlight and the scents of the garden. All year round this link is reinforced by architectural details and furnishings made of natural materials that, wherever possible, are of local origin: indigenous timber hewn into simple paneling or solidly crafted furniture, stone quarried to make a hall or kitchen floor.

“When it comes to decorative accessories, there are flowers everywhere, never exotic, tropical specimens but seasonal varieties fresh or dried from the garden, massed artlessly in a jug or a plain vase, not arranged in a highly decorated container. Treasured objects on display are unlikely to be sophisticated china figurines or exquisite silver boxes, but products of traditional local craft such as basket weaving pottery, carving or simply displayed collections of cones, sea shells or branches covered with fiery and pastel colors.”

Our text today calls for us to fear God, do what is right, not just to the favorites, but to all, and God would do the restoration that is so much needed.

Our country is so beautiful. If only Laura Ashley, knew that she has been writing about what has been experienced by those of us who were mindful cleanliness is next to godliness. The cottage may have been old but everything inside was wondrous, neat and clean. Porches were arenas for neighborly conversations, viewing beautiful flowers and vegetable gardens. How is it that we are so cruel when it comes to our surroundings? But, it is well said, as a man thinketh, so is he.

If this country of ours is to advance to the level of excellence, there must be worship to God, honor and respect for our leaders, love and unity for the brotherhood, and love and care for the environment and our surroundings and dwelling places.

Don Raye, I borrow your words as you express your love for your country, the United States: “This is my country Land of my birth This is my country Grandest on Earth”.

I pledge this my allegiance, Bahamas the bold; for this is my country to have and to hold.

 

 

 

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