Since the beginning of September, our sweet, colonial home has been getting a bit of a make-over. It was certainly time, in fact, well overdue. You probably already know how one renovation project can lead down the slippery slope of another, and another, and so on. Well, that is exactly what has happened to us! Although I truly enjoy the final creation, the process of getting there was certainly tedious and disruptive. No, our house projects haven't been featured on HGTV nor have Chip and Joanna Gaines appeared in our living room, but we were honored to welcome a reliable team of contractors and interior designer to bring the make-overs to a lovely completion.
A year ago we plunged into the deep end and decided to create a master suite bedroom and bathroom. It is truly lovely, and the colors and design are serene and inviting. We were careful about all the details which took many months to complete. The daily disruption was difficult especially with the challenges of my chronic M. The noise, smells, meeting with the team, and being on task to make decisions were just a few of the "outside my comfort zone" things from which to contend. But every bit of difficulty was tackled, and the end goal was well worth it for sure! Since we were "on a roll", we decided to add some fresh coats of paint to the tired looking walls. WOW---what a huge difference that makes! Our sprits are lifted just being present in the rooms with some new colors. They are nothing fancy, but the rooms glow with new character and a freshness which are very inviting.
Just as our house rooms are getting an interior paint job, so, too, can our hearts. I think now especially since our nation's atmosphere is more caustic than ever, it would be beneficial to stop and take a peek at our own attitudes and how we might be acting toward and with one another. Are we invoking more animosity and pushing our views loudly and negatively, or are we inviting love and discussion and listening?
God is our Master Painter, and He gives us fresh coats of love, mercy, and grace so that we can be renewed and transformed in order to shine our lights brighter in this dark and sad world.
May the fruits of the Holy Spirit be in our minds, in our hearts, and on our lips.