Gospel Peace in a Cluttered House

Authors on the Line

Frequent DG blog contributor Gloria Furman has a new book.

Glimpses of Grace: Treasuring the Gospel in Your Home, is a book showcasing Gloria’s skill in applying the gospel to the everyday life of a wife and mother. Here’s one short excerpt, to illustrate my point.

For me, as I go about my day in my home, I can see how attempting minimalism and simplicity seems like the solution to my discontent. When I glance into my children’s room after I’ve asked them to clean up, and I see piles of books strewn all over the place, the play jewelry has been dumped onto someone’s bed, and tiny chunks of crusted Play-Doh litter the floor, I feel a tremendous lack of peace.

The clutter bothers me, so I start lobbing vain threats into the atmosphere: “If these toys don’t get put away properly I’ll assume you don’t want them anymore, and I’ll throw them into the garbage.” I might make a mental note of the things I need to organize better. If only I had that particular closet available or a more efficient system for storing toys, school supplies, clothes, whatever — then I’d be happy.

I think that if I don’t see any chaos, then that assumes the presence of peace. That’s the deluding lie. I humbly submit to you, if your heart is anything like mine, it doesn’t matter how well you’ve organized your storage closet, your kids’ toys, or your in-box if there is discontent bound up in your heart.

This natural impulse we all feel to quell inner chaos through outer order is one reason I wanted to put Gloria on the line to talk about her new book.

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Gloria Furman lives in Dubai with her husband Dave, a pastor. They are raising four young kids. Gloria is the author of Glimpses of Grace: Treasuring the Gospel in Your Home (2013), Treasuring Christ When Your Hands Are Full: Gospel Meditations for Busy Moms (2014), and The Pastor’s Wife: Strengthened by Grace for a Life of Love (2015). She blogs at gloriafurman.com.

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Tony Reinke is a staff writer for Desiring God and the author of three books: Lit! A Christian Guide to Reading Books (2011), Newton on the Christian Life: To Live Is Christ (2015), and The Joy Project: A True Story of Inescapable Happiness (2015). He hosts the popular Ask Pastor John podcast, and lives in the Twin Cities with his wife and their three children. He also blogs at tonyreinke.com.

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