Please Drop by My Home!

I enjoy keeping my heart fixed on Christ, and one practical way that helps me do that is by using visual reminders. In fact, I’d love to take you on a tour of my home today. In lieu of a YouTube video, please join me on a “blog post tour” and use your imagination as you “drop by” for a visit!

As you come up the porch steps, don’t miss the mezuzah on the front door frame. I brought it back from Israel. It holds Deuteronomy 6:4-9 written on a small piece of parchment. Observant Jewish homes affix the mezuzah to the door frame as a constant reminder of God’s presence.

Come on in!

You might notice that I have crimson accents throughout our home. The color takes me back to the cross by reminding me of His blood, His suffering, and my redemption. I have a grouping of large thorn limbs in remembrance of His crown. Rustic crosses stand as sentinels. Empty, they serve as brief reminders of His passion while pointing to His resurrection.

I found our “unusual” bedroom door in a salvage building several years ago. The upper half is a stained glass panel in the pattern of the fruit and vine, reminding me of John 15 and our call to glorify God through fruitfulness. Numerous “fruit-bearing” pictures and paintings are scattered here and there.

Please take time to read the many Scripture references placed throughout our home. Some are beautifully framed pieces, some just hand-scribbled on sticky notes. Hear the chiming clock? Through the day it rings every quarter hour, reminding me to “redeem the time” or to pause for prayer and worship.

Some dear friends gave me the large picture over my mantle, a beautiful depiction of John 15:8. A large reprint of Michelangelo’s Creation of Adam hangs on the wall behind the head of our bed. But perhaps my favorite piece in our home is the beautiful print of Jesus weeping over Jerusalem as described in Matthew 23:37. It is a focal point for me as I write, and it is a constant reminder of His heart for the lost.

I wish we could sit down for a cup of tea or coffee together, but instead, please share with me some of the things you do to help keep your heart fixed on Christ.

Can I “drop in” for a visit?


  • Terri

    Oh – I LOVE the tour – you house sounds truly lovely and inviting – just as you are! (You spoke to a conference for my church in PA) My house is chaotic, messy but always open. My kitchen is covered and I do mean COVERED with scripture, uplifting phrases, flowers, pretty bugs — it is a room full of HOPE — I call it the Happy Place because it doesn’t matter at which chair you sit you are looking in the direction of something that will make you feel good and remind you of God. You are welcome to have coffee with me in my Happy Place anytime. 🙂

  • Kimberly Wagner

    Hello Terri ~

    I’d love to drop by and have coffee with you! Thanks for sharing with me a picture of your home, it sounds lovely. “A room full of HOPE” what a beautiful and encouraging kitchen that must be for all who enter there! I am sure it is a Happy Place 🙂

    Thank you for your kind words. I hope to return to the Pennsylvania area sometime, maybe I can stop in and see your Happy Place!

  • Vicki

    Oh, Kim – there’s almost nothing I would enjoy more than having you drop by (literally) for a visitt! I love your book, Fierce Women, I enjoyed meeting you at ROH 13, and I love to talk about our soon-coming Savior!! I also enjoy “writing God’s Word on my ‘doorposts'” – walls! But probably the one plaque that reminds me daily of “Love God and love others” is by far the smallest, and it reads, “LIVE SIMPLY so that others may simply live.” I don’t know about you, but here in what John Piper calls “the Disneyland of the World,” I don’t find that so easy, and I need the reminder!

  • Kimberly Wagner

    Hello Vicki ~

    Yes, I love that saying and I definitely need those reminders! I’m so glad you posted a comment, so I could let you know that I just today found an old comment from you (way back on October 21st!!, so I hope you’ll go back to that post and read my (very late) response. I’m not usually able to respond quickly to comments and try to catch up on several at once, so I somehow missed your comment that day.

    I would love to drop by your home sometime 🙂 I enjoyed meeting you at R’13 and am praying that God brings clear direction to your church body. Now I’ve added your prodigal to my prayers for you.

    May you see God work in ways that are beyond what we can ask or think (Eph. 3:20–21).

  • Sandra

    I’ve not deliberately placed many decorative things in my overseas home to aid in bringing my mind to Christ, but there are some things that I see or hear daily that I’ve trained/am training my mind to use as signals for me to pause and turn my heart toward Him in worship or petition.

    Right across the street from our home is a mosque. Many times every day – from early morning until late evening – you would hear the call to prayer blasting over the speakers from that mosque and others in the neighborhood and all across the city. When I hear it, I use it as a prompt to bow my heart, thank Him for his compassion for sinful man and pray for the salvation of the unbelievers around me and in my family.

    In the early afternoons you would hear the tailor coming down the street. Carrying his sewing machine on his head, he clanks his large metal scissors as a signal for folks to come out and bring their items needing mending or alteration. When I hear him coming, my heart is cued to bow and thank Him for clothing me in His robe of righteousness.

    In the corner of our yard, near the front gate, you would see a small mound of charcoal and ashes where our guard boils his tea throughout the day. My plea when I see that messy pile of ashes is that God would bring beauty from the ashes in my own life. How thankful I am that He is a redeeming God!

    When you entered our living room, you would see a plaque which was given to me by a friend soon after I came to faith in Christ. The words are from Psalm 46:10, “Be still and know that I am God.” That verse–and the entire chapter–have been a stabilizing passage through some difficult times. When I see it displayed, I am comforted and reminded that He is in control and in Him is safety, peace, and security. If I will stop to ponder who He is, my response can only be to bow my heart and worship.

    On the refrigerator are usually a few handwritten verses. I observed a few years ago, that if I posted a passage on the refrigerator and left it a month or so, my daughters would have the passage memorized. I did not have to draw attention to it or drill it – just make it visible. If you came now, you would find Micah 6:8 and Philippians 4:8. I cannot help but thank God for the tremendous privilege–especially as females–to be able to, not only own Scriptures in my language and be permitted to display God’s word, but also to have been given the privilege of learning to read it. As I watch my daughter’s eyes go to the displayed verses, my heart is thankful they have that privilege – but also heavy for the women and girls in this country and around the world who are not able to have the privilege of Scripture. I cannot help but wonder at Jesus who showed compassion on the women in his day-and still today He invites women to know Him. I want the women here to know this Jesus!

    In the hallway near the side door you would notice a black, carry-on sized bag. It’s always there – packed with all our important documents – passports, birth certificates, medical papers, financial documents, etc. We call it our “Go Bag”. It is ready should the security situation in this country warrant an immediate evacuation. The existence of this bag and the need for it have been a source of fear for me. Lately, though, I have been disciplining my mind to use it as a prompt to turn my thoughts toward Him. Our “Go Bag” reminds me that He alone is my refuge and He is sovereign. It reminds me that though we are currently living in a world full of sin and strife, all that will end when he returns. I just can’t wait to meet Him face to face.

    I would love for you to drop by my home for real one day!

  • Vicki

    Sandra – I am moved ot tears as I read of your audio and visual reminders to turn your heart to God. Your words have touched my heart, sweet sister, and I will be praying for you, wherever it is that you live, on a regular basis. Thank you so much for posting and reminding me of the freedoms I still enjoy. I do not have a “Go Bag” at least not yet, but I am asking God to make me and my loved ones strong as our country appears to be turning further and further away from The Creator/Savior. I don’t know if you know who John Piper is (a pastor/author in this country), and I was just listening to him as I worked and he quoted Jude 34. I hope these words encourage you as they did me…

    “Now to Him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you blameless before the presence of His glory with great joy!” He pointed out how that word “able” is the Greek word “dynamai” – same root from which we get our English word dynamite! His POWER will keep us!

    Blessings on you, dear friend in Jesus!

  • Kimberly Wagner

    I would love that, dear friend! Wow, Sandra . . . wouldn’t that be an awesome trip . . . for Jeanne and I to come and “drop in” for a bit?

    So good to hear from you. Thanks for giving us a quick “tour” of your home. I’m so thankful you haven’t had to use the “Go Bag” yet since you’ve returned. I hope you’re back here, soon!

    I would love to use your description above in a blog post. I think it would encourage a lot of women (like you did Vicki, below). Can I have your permission? I won’t use any identifying details, just copy and paste what you have and do a brief introduction with a link to the original post.

    Praying for you now, dear sister . . . so thankful that one day we’ll share a home together! And it will be completely safe 🙂