"The grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of our Lord stands forever. Isaiah 40:8

20 June 2006

Divine Renovation

I took last week off from work to get some work done around the house. We bought our house about 10 months ago and I’m convinced that God pulled a fast one on us, somehow blinding us to the borderline dilapidation that we call a house. Okay, I’m exaggerating. It’s not dilapidated but it does need a lot of work.

Why would God have done this? I’m not sure but I think he wanted us in that house for some reason and as long as it was his will, I’m okay with it. I’d be better with it if he would miraculously part the wallpaper off my walls but so far no luck.

If I didn’t have two small kids, I think I could enjoy renovating our house. But I do have two small kids, so I’m not feeling the love. If having hatred in your heart is as good as murder, then I am guilty of murdering my kitchen. And my bathroom. And I’ve at least maimed by dining room.

There isn’t much I can do but just keep plugging along. But the chaos is making me a bit crazy. And with home renovation there is a lot of decision-making and money-spending, two things that aren’t even in the running for my top ten list of things I enjoy.

And to top it all off, my Dad is coming to visit for the weekend and nothing makes me more aware of the mess I live in then the presence of another person. But hey, why shouldn’t my Dad get to enjoy staring at the holes in the walls of my kitchen, or the partially-wallpapered/partially-bare-walled dining room, or the boxes of roman shades in the corner of the room that by the grace of God will someday be hung on the window? Who am I to deny him that pleasure?

So that is a little slice of my life today. Through the power of Christ living through me I am able to keep from pulling my hair out. Can I get an Amen?


eph2810 said...

I totally understand what you mean. We have been living in our house for about 12 years now. Is it how I would like it? No...but one room at a time. The only room we really have the way we want is our living room, but then again, we spend most of our time in there. It would be nice to have everything 'my' way, but I also have to watch my budget...I see our house as a temporary dwelling place, so I don't worry about it too much. Not sure if that gives you any comfort...
Thank you for stopping by today...missed you. Will I see you at the carnival?

Praying for your Prodigal said...

Speak it Sister! A resounding AMEN from the throngs of others who are living in less than ideal situations! It's a work in progress! Just like us! So, smile, relax, and enjoy your visit with your Dad--if we wait until things are perfect.....we'd never have guests!


NikkiJ7890 said...

I have just come across this site and I find it quite enlightening. Did you get an inspection on the house before buying it? I am just wondering why you would blame God for you terrible purchase- seems a bit un-christian like to me.

Carrie said...

Oh dear, I wasn't trying to imply God gave us a bad deal. Sorry, my humor is sometimes too dry.

I say God pulled a fast one b/c I didn't notice obvious cosmetic defects until after we had a contract. I'm usually an observant person so it was odd that I didn't notice the flaws. The fact that we are in a house period is a blessing from God, I don't want that to be unclear b/c of my flippant humor.

Yes, we had an inspection. The house is fine, just a bit rundown and in need of updating. I wrote this post tongue-in-cheek as making jokes about the things that frustrate me tends to help me get over myself.

As I suspected, I'm afraid my humor is not a good mix with my faith. I think I'll go back to more serious posts.

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