Make Yourselves at Home

I’m studying “Decorating Master Class – The Cullman and Kravis Way,” Elissa Cullman and Tracey Pruzan. I just finished the chapter on lighting.

“Positioning Guidelines for Suspended Lights:

The bottom of a suspended fixture is typically between 6 feet 9 inches to 7 feet 3 inches from the floor… The bottom should be at least 36 inches above dining tables.” “Decorating Master Class,” Elissa Cullman and Tracey Pruzan

I measured the distance between my light and my kitchen table. When I added pendants to the light, I forgot to remeasure. I moved it up 4 inches.

My sister-in-law didn’t realize it was a swag light. (I have a cloth cover over the chain.) I should stop looking at it as a swag light.

The next day, I moved it all the way up and tightened the covered chain. It opened up the view! (We have 8-foot ceilings and the light is well within the above guidelines.)

Then I felt guilty for spending time measuring and moving the light twice. Decorating is not important – right? Wrong!

Jeremiah 29:5, “Build houses and make yourselves at home. Put in gardens and eat what grows in that country.” The Message

I am making myself at home!

The first group of exiles must have felt like God was punishing them. The remaining Israelites probably felt like they were “good.” But the opposite was true.

Jeremiah 24:5-6, “…the exiles from here that I’ve sent off to the land of the Babylonians are like the good figs, and I’ll make sure they get good treatment. (6) I’ll keep my eye on them so that their lives are good, and I’ll bring them back to this land. I’ll build them up, not tear them down; I’ll plant them, not uproot them.” The Message

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“…It was the exiles, not the people remaining in Judah, whom God would use to redeem his land and his people. …” Chronological Study Bible Notes on Jeremiah 24

The remnant consisted of: elders, priests, prophets, royalty, government leaders, skilled laborers, and craftsmen. (See Jeremiah 29:1-2.) God had everyone he needed to start over. God told them to have children and apprentice them.

The exiles were to live there for 70 years, (see Jeremiah 29:10). God wanted them to prosper – even in exile. So no matter where you live…make yourself at home!

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2 thoughts on “Make Yourselves at Home

  1. Thank you. We are working on the plans to build a new home. I need those ideas of a the hanging down lights, but most of all it is good to remember I am building a home, making a home. That fit for us today so perfectly when all the decisions are so overwhelming! Thank you Lord for the timing you give.

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