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  1. I love this! My husband frequently accuses the producers of the home improvement shows of adding issues to make it dramatic & more interesting to watch. Yet renovating a sinner? No drama need be added! I am chock full of issues Jesus has to deal with from the foundation up to make me new. BUT GOD in His mercy & grace is doing that every day. Yeah God!!!

  2. Today’s reading makes me think of what I read in one of Max Lucado’s books. I’m paraphrasing here. “We need to remember that the work on the Cross also includes the the middle, the Saturday between crucifixion and resurrection”. Since reading that I have always tried to remember Jesus, more than anyone, knows how hard the middle can be.

  3. Thank you for these thoughts! I love to see restored houses! I, too, get super annoyed at “junky” neighbors! God transforming our “ugliness”…..such a good analogy.

  4. What a season of deconstruction in my life-death of loved ones, caring for loved ones with dementia amd now a divorce. I cling to Isaiah 43 (not sure exactly what verses) “see I am doing a new thing”. All this only to be reconstructed with his grace and unfailing love into a new creation. Thank you Jesus for your faithfulness.

    • Melissa,

      Praying for you sweet sister. Life can get hard at times-especially when caring for those with dementia. Both my parents had it in all forms from simple to geriatric psych. Asking God to give you strength & perseverance to handle all of life. May you feel His loving arms holding you tightly. Prayers for peace & comfort as you mourn the losses.

      Isaiah 43:18-19 “Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.

      Sending Hugs from Watauga, TN ((((((((Hugs))))))))

      Blessings 🙂

  5. Yes over and over again! Oftentimes we want the pretty, shiny and polished but we don’t want to do the work to get it there. We want the updated, newer, wiser version of ourselves but when the chisel comes out, it’s natural to duck for cover and flinch. Lord, help me stand up with square shoulders when I see your hand working in my life, even when it’s uncomfortable.

  6. Mary,

    True transformation takes a lot of work. Just like older houses need tender touches & repairs our hearts, minds & souls do also. God is constantly pruning us to rid us of the “weeds & dead branches”. One way I go about getting that is to pray some “dangerous prayers”. Firstly: “Search me, O God & know my heart; test me & know my anxious thoughts. See if there be any offensive way to me, & lead me in the way everlasting. Then comes the big one. “God I trust you so much. I know that you love me, that you are always working in me. If you want to do something more in me then do it. If it is painful, then I welcome the pain. If you want to use trials to make me stronger, build my faith, make me close to you, then use them. God do whatever it takes to free me from my love for this world. To crucify my love of comfort God break me. God will do what He needs to change us from ashes to beauty. A glorious likeness of Himself.

    Blessings 🙂

  7. Really enjoyed this, Mary! Mess also makes me turn away! Thanks for the reminder that we can only become God’s masterpieces if we invite him into our messes!