White Mantels

 "A house without a fireplace, is a house without a soul. I always put the fire on in winter and summer, every day of the week. I can't live without."  So said Frederic Hooft in a most interesting post containing pictures of his home and studio.

Ours is artificial.  'Twas found curbside in a neighboring town.  My husband lovingly restored it.  Its "fire" is generated by a light bulb.

One day I'd like to have a REAL one - without the mess, of course...

As I reflect of Hooft's statement, I believe it is true not only of a house, but also a person!  A person without the Spirit of God is spiritually dead.   John the Baptist said of Jesus that "He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and with fire"  (Luke 3:16).

In a certain sense, a person without THAT fire is a person without a soul! A spiritual zombie.  Every day of the week, I can't live without Him.

One of my Pinterest boards is devoted to White Mantels.  
You're welcome to take a look at some of the white-manteled fireplaces I admire...


  1. Yes sweet Rebecca, you said it perfectly!! A house without a fireplace it's a house without a soul. I also love the mantels they have which make a home so warm and yours looks gorgeous and inviting. Have a blessed week.

  2. Love mantels and fireplaces as well, though I do not have one in this house. I have the fondest memories of growing up in a large house with a big brick fireplace in which my father built wonderful roaring fires until June of each year. Your mantel is beautiful and I suppose I could look for one like that. I found the Hooft post, as you said, very interesting and I like his space and what he is doing with it. Couldn't agree more with his quote and John's!

  3. I miss my fireplace...it provided warmth , was an asset to the room and fun to decorate. If and when my grandson moves out to a place of his own and the den becomes a den once again I plan on getting a artificial one...this apartment can sure use some soul.

  4. Hi Rebecca!
    I love your idea of the mantle! I love your Pinterest board of white mantles and all the great ideas there! I just followed your Pinterest! I love some of the ideas I find there ~ it will be fun to see your finds too!
    *blessings always*
    ~ Maria

  5. Your "faux" fireplace looks lovely to me!

  6. Well said! We all need to keep the spiritual fires going! I am running to pinterest to check your boards out now!!!

  7. I always enjoy your "object lessons"! (And I love your fireplace!)

  8. I'll go take a look at your mantels. Yours looks beautiful, I love my fireplace, I have put an electric insert in it, it puts out heat and looks like a real fire, kind of.
    You're so right about the Holy Ghost, I'm so thankful that God poured out the Holy Ghost on the day of Pentecost and in Acts 2: 38 & 39 it say "And Peter answered them, Repent (change your views and purpose to accept the will of God in your inner selves instead of rejecting it) and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of and release from your sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.
    39 For the promise [of the Holy Spirit] is to and for you and your children, and to and for all that are far away, [even] to and for as many as the Lord our God invites and bids to come to Himself."
    For six generations my family has been blessed with the infilling of the Holy Ghost, we are very blessed.
    Love and hugs, Cindy

  9. This post reminds me of a verse of scripture that I used this week....Jeremiah 20:9 - Jeremiah 20:9 But if I say I’ll never mention the Lord, or speak in His name, His word burns in my heart like a fire. It’s like a fire in my bones! I am worn out trying to hold it in! I can’t do it! Again, God is totally speaking to me when He brings scripture to my mind more than once in a few days time. Thank you for posting this, my precious friend!!!

  10. I honestly keep forgetting your fireplace is artificial, it always is decorated so interestingly! I change my decor on my mantle every couple months...it has a summer Americana look right now. In our old house we had a Franklin stove and used it! In this house we went for a gas fireplace just because it is cleaner (that can be debated). In the house I grew up in, we had a wood burning fireplace that was my father's pride and joy. He absolutely loved to have a fire going all the time it was possible to do so...hung stockings for 7 children every Christmas and we all gathered around it to hear him tell his WWII war stories and listen to him read "The Night Before Christmas". What is it about a fireplace anyway? It DOES seem to give a house a soul! Great spiritual analogy too!

  11. Interesting post about white mantels. Since we have no winter here in our country, mantels are not part of our houses, unless we live in mountain areas like Tagaytay and Mountain Province where the temps dip low enough to merit lighting a fire in the cold months of the year. But in my heart I long for a house with a fireplace... surely in heaven, there will be one waiting for me.

    I scrolled down a bit to read your past posts. Loved touching base with you.

    Hmmm... I was born again in 1973, and am no longer a practicing Catholic. But because of my Roman Catholic upbringing and education under European nuns and priests, I know very well the meaning of the word cloister. It resonates within my heart. Henri Nouwen, a Catholic priest, is my top favorite author.
    St. Teresa of Avila also has a special place in my heart.

    About the floods in Luzon, the damage is in the millions of pesos, and many people died in landslides, and floods. Mostly poor people, squatters who have been very stiffnecked about heeding warnings. Also their inability to get out from the clutches of the greed and poverty mentality. Other reasons for the calamities were improper waste disposal - styrofoam food containers, plastic bottles, mountains of them clogged up the waterways. Corruption, as always. And also the global warming and solar flares causing polar icemelts... causing ocean water level to rise. Unrelenting rain for three days which is part of monsoon season in our country, coupled with high tide... there was no place for the water to recede to... ANd we also believe, divine judgment for the proposed RH Bill. Funy but because of the floods there was a call for recess in Congress, and they were not able to resume to meet on the bill. Still the battle rages.

    Grandson Forerunner had a relapse... but since yesterday he has been well and hopefully recovered. He has a poor appetite and doesn't eat very well.

    Thank you for asking, for caring... I appreciate it. blessings to you dear blog friend.


    1. Thanks for the update. I am praying that your grandson begins to thrive. I'm sad about the serious problems in your country and pray for God's mercy and grace to "flood" it - and for Christians to be courageous and full of faith.


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Writing a Song a Week #3
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