my past when I was teaching a Community Education group on 'The Home You Live In'. In that
class/seminar I read to the adult students (hardly my style of teaching, but in this case apropos) a magazine
article with the title 'IF WALLS COULD TALK'. The writer/designer was relating how our homes and what
we put on the walls told a lot about us. Whether it be pictures or mirrors or wallpaper or borders or paint or
paneling or brick, let your imagine run wild and you will portray yourself (both your style and or your status
or both)...with how much glitz and glamour or simplicity, or anything in-between, the walls in your home tell a
lot about you. Of course, as TV host/Designer Nate Bremer reminds us we need to keep our spouse in the
equation also. I always wanted to do a show like that, but that was before Home and Garden TV shows
it has been many moves- the pictures go up FIRST! Then I feel that I am at home....oh I have to admit that
the foundation for the pictures is already there....whether it is a painted or wallpapered, paneled or brick
wall...I have had all of them.
remember who to credit it to) stated that orange walls are a very stimulating color and if you have an orange
bedroom, you won't be able to sleep. At that very moment, in a very sedate group, a lady spoke up "I have
that! That's why I CAN'T SLEEP!!" The whole group laughed, the writer of the article and myself had a
lot more credibility and we had a great time. I also read somewhere that when prison cells were painted
'Bubblegum Pink', the prisoners, who were quite incorrigible, became much easier to work with. The author
credited it to the color of a Mother's womb, and whether that was an accurate assessment or not, the fact
remains:the prisoners were calmer. COLOR INFLUENCES OUR LIVES...both negatively and positively.
white moulding (British spelling) on the walls and at the ceiling, which sets off the dark green beautifully. I use
accents of red, deep blue and forest green and white in printed fabric on the window and the quilt that brings
it all together. Oh and of course, I have two pictures over the bed that have red holly hocks and red roses
....had to have my pictures!!! When I go into that room, it give me both peace(deep green) and joy (vibrancy
of red) which comforts me for the night. I know there are many many other color schemes that will achieve
that, but that's the jewel tone colors I like. Do those walls talk? Yes they do, they tell what I like and what I
want to portray and also(probably) that I am content with those colors.
vertically every 40" I would not have used the forest green in such massive amounts. Instead I would have
painted just one wall green, or wainscoated all the walls, either 1/3 or 2/3 of the way up the wall in green or
in white, (with the reverse white or green the rest of the way)depending on how much daylight the room had.
moulding again) and the Kitchen backsplash (deep Cranberry Red). I want my friends and neighbors to be
comfortable, no matter what their tastes, thus the common areas get simpler colors and smashes of impact
color from a chair or a window treatment or even pictureS. That capital 'S' was not a typo! I like pictures!
But unfortunately, too often we transfer those walls to our innermost selves. And that is what I want to
address now if you are still with me.
is coming at us, just like when the fire of anger or destruction comes at us. We dive for cover, even into the
deepest recesses of our hearts, our souls (the Mind, Will and Emotions) and our spirits. It is only natural to
desire warmth, nurturing warmth, affirming warmth, and even comraderie instead of icy cold treatment, in-
difference or many other forms of rejection.
Unfortunately, over many years of disappointments we train ourselves not to be vulnerable to those hurtful
situations and destructive forces. We wall off ANYTHING that might remind us of someone or something
that has hurt us....
even though that "ANYTHING" MAY NOT MEAN TO HARM US, WE HAVE ALREADY
DETERMINED THAT IT WILL AND WE AVOID IT AT ALL COSTS.
Even to the cost of helping that same person that needs your help or might hurt you-because they don't
deserve it, even if they have changed-
EVEN IF THEY DESPERATELY NEED YOUR HELP NOW AND HAVE ASKED YOUR FORGIVENESS.
While you keep the WALL OF PROTECTION up for yourself, you leave out the exact thing that God may
be wanting you to do, the EXACT thing that my bring restoration to your life, and the one who hurt you.
That's how God works....
joy that comes from
CHEEK', FORGIVE SEVENTY X SEVEN' or 'GO THE EXTRA MILE' I urge you to listen and
do...God made you, God loves you, and He wants the best for you AND the other person who has hurt you
so badly. May you be an INSTRUMENT OF HIS PEACE, may your walls TALK with JOY and
FORGIVENESS and PEACE. Your part is rather easy -I know that's got to be hard to believe- but it
is....Because God gave us His son, Jesus and the Holy Spirit to be the Peacemaker, the Counselor, the
Forgiveness, and the Restorer of all the broken walls, built askew, that you have tried to protect yourself
with.... No-one can ever PROTECT you like God can, but He does require us to LOVE OUR ENEMIES
and states that LOVE COVERS A MULTITUDE OF SINS and when we tell God "I can't do it. He says
"good...now let Me do it because I have the answer and MY WAYS are not your ways"....My Ways are
PERMANENT WALLS OF PROTECTION, COMFORT AND WARMTH ....let me take care of the
other person, Vengeance is mine..not yours...your anger, your indifference, your malice, your bitterness, your
rebuttal, does nothing but ruin your body through many afflictions and your whole attitude towards life and
others..I want you to be FREE to love Me and others, Free to have color in your life, not bleakness and
darkness, but the JOY OF COLOR ... after-all..I made color!