Models: Find One and Be One

For some of you, this might be an old story (our dollhouses, etc.).  But there's a new twist here!  My husband had just started refurbishing this dollhouse that I purchased in a Chicago thrift store for $1.50.  It had a sloppy paint job and was a blotchy pink color all over.  I asked him to paint the roof brown. the window frames white, and the doors green.  He got this far and asked if this was what I had in mind.

About that time, I received communication from a friend touring France.  She included this picture...of Claude Monet's home.  "It's OUR dollhouse!" I exclaimed.

This is the newly painted exterior.  We left the pink rustic.
Then I took the plunge and decided to add Monet's vines--at least to the chimney...

Though we had started the project, it was helpful to have a good model to follow.  It's not so different in life.  The Apostle Paul knew this when he told the Corinthian Christians, "Follow my example, as I follow the example of Christ" (I Corinthians 11:1).

I realize that I look for examples in both "real life" and the blog world.  I ALSO realize that it is important to evaluate and be selective about the models we follow as well as the models we display to others.  

I'm not sure the chapter division a good one in this case.  Right before it (at the end of chapter 10) Paul writes:  So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.  Do not cause anyone to stumble, whether Jews, Greeks or the church of God--even as I try to please everybody in every way.  For I am not seeking my own good but the good of many, so that they may be saved.  Follow my example, as I follow the example of Christ.

This is a model I can trust.  This is the kind of model I want to be.


  1. Great post, to be a model to people you do not know ( with a glance from them or via the internet ), or to the ones you do know, who see us everyday. We HAVE to remember that , I feel like I fail at that more than I should, but working on it. Awareness is key, change of heart and perspective is vital. What would God do in a circumstance ? Would HE be proud of what I am doing at any given time ? Love your dollhouse, it does look like Monet's home ! Take care, Gina

  2. Hi Rebecca!
    What a wonderful message.
    It is so very true and something I must remember. I sometimes forget that "people are watching" "my students are watching" my children, although they are adults now, "are watching."
    How do I model the love of Christ to them?
    ...a question I will write on my mirror today!
    ps. Thank you, Rebecca, for the Victor ~ victor comment! I will write these words back to him!

  3. Hi Rebecca,I am catching up on your has blessed me....I am going sure to visit more often than I have been...your post on strongholds really related to some things I have been going through...thanks for sharing that....
    As for this sweet doll house...your husband did a wonderful job on the paint and your vines really give it character...will you be furnishing it and adding a little family?
    Love the picture of your grands in the shower...too cute...have a very blessed Memorial day....Shelley

  4. Welcome back, Shelley! It is really difficult to keep up with all the wonderful friends in "blogland". Seems we find one another at crucial points in life - God uses the message or insights of others to correct us or encourage us and keep us on track.

  5. I love the way you find something that relates to what you are blogging about, in the Bible. And the vines look fabulous! Who is going to get the doll house, or do you collect them?
    Love Di ♥

  6. Diana, We DO have a small collection :) Not sure why. I don't have anybody in mind for this one...our daughter just pointed it out to me in Salvation Army when I was visiting her. It is very well made (you still can find it for $149 on internet, new). And even though I'm sort of not thrifting right now, I went ahead. For the price of a coke, I'm the proud owner :)

  7. Lovely post!
    And a wonderful reminder to be mindful of how we portray ourselves to others and to God.

    Great job with the dollhouse! Did you sponge paint the vines? It looks wonderful!

    Love to you,

  8. Eileen, I just dabbed green on with small stencil brushes. Then highlighted them with lighter shade of green. (I had NO idea what I was doing!)


Writing a Song a Week #3

Writing a Song a Week #3
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