Pillow Talk

Is anybody else as crazy as I am about using pillows to decorate? I know, silly question considering all the myriads of options out there. 
I’ve got pillows everywhere…just look! And I love them! But have you noticed that it’s not only about the size, color, density, etc. of pillows that matters?

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We had our first family dinner a couple of week’s ago in our new home. It’s not like the kids aren’t used to all my pillows, but in our smaller space, they became the “elephant in the room”.

What do you do with the pillows when they’re not needed to make the seating a better fit? Is there “pillow etiquette” out there that I need to be reading up on?

When you’re a guest, what do you do with a pillow you don’t need (or want)?

  • leave in place and try to conform to pillow;
  • have a seat, then stuff the pillow to conform to you;
  • hold the pillow on your lap for cuddling;
  • toss the pillow when the host isn’t looking, and let him/her try to find it later.

I got to thinking about it, and throw pillows can be kinda like well-meaning gifts or acts of kindness. Do any of these sound familiar?

  •  say “thank you” and try to make the best of it (you know like displaying the “artwork” you received but would have NEVER purchased);
  • say “thanks”, then try to adapt the gift to our need (using the “artwork” for a doorstop);
  • pretend to be appreciative, knowing it will go by the wayside asap (put the “artwork” in a closet);
  • blow it off with a cursory thanks, and ditch it on the way out the door (Goodwill, here we come).

Trust me, Dear Reader, I’ve tried them all.


Make sure you don’t take things for granted and go slack in working for the common good; share what you have with others. God takes particular pleasure in acts of worship—a different kind of “sacrifice”—that take place in kitchen and workplace and on the streets.
​Hebrews 13: 16 MSG

Wow! That really puts acts of kindness into a new perspective, doesn’t it? Acts of worship, a.k.a. sharing/giving …acts of sacrifice.

Hopefully next time I’m trying to figure out what to do with a rogue throw pillow, or unwelcome gesture, I’ll think twice about the giver.  And maybe, grace will grow when I think about my pitiful gifts and how the Lord graciously receives them.

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