~God’s DIY Project~ By Rheannon
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Encouraging, Empowering and Strengthening Women in Life, Love, Destiny and Faith.
First off, let me just make an off subject note and welcome all my Montana readers to Fall…as of today, we went from 80 and 90 degrees to 55…basically overnight. Oh yes, and there are winter storm warnings for those of us above 6,000 feet… Montana, we love you. AND we must also note, that due to this extreme change in the weather, our smoky, eye watering skies have been cleared exponentially, so thank you!
(Had to bring that up, for a giggle of relief and gratitude…!)
Now, back on topic-
My handsome hubby and I are in the process of buying our first home. (More details on that later when all things go through…). It’s crazy and exciting and my mind is simply busting with all the things we want to do with it. I literally eat, sleep and breathe home improvement stuff right now. ***Confession*** I go to the gym and hit up the treadmill at a specific time just so I can watch Chip and Joanna Gains on Fixer Upper. I can’t get enough of this stuff! And hey, its good for me. LOL.
My Pinterest is officially blown up by DIY projects that will find themselves in my new home. Board and Batten walls, tables and chairs, refurbished dressers and molding – its all there. I can see in my mind what I want to create.
…FYI, that’s my excited dance…
Certainly, there are things currently in this home that are crazy far from being what I have envisioned. Naturally! They were designed to be that way by someone else. Not by me. So, when its my turn, it’ll be my design. Fitting for my man and I to enjoy.
Chip and Joanna inspire me. You know what one of the best parts about them is? They see the end from the beginning almost immediately upon waking into a house they are potentially going to re-do to fit their client’s desires and budget. A skill like that takes time and effort. It’s just like your job- you know how to do it, and it probably has become second nature to you. Same, same.
We’ve been looking at floor design and colors and furniture, etc. It’s amazing how much planning a home can take. By now, we have a pretty good hold on what we want, and I am working hard at making that happen through lots of DIY projects, and careful budgeting. I’m beyond excited!
Today while Pinning more ideas and creative visions, a thought occurred to me. I myself am like a DIY project for God. HA! No really! Think about it- the Bible calls us God’s workmanship. Check it out-
“For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.” Eph. 2:10 ESV
WHAT?! You mean God knew the things He would have us do in this life before we even knew Him? Totally…. AND He knew the kind of people we were before He “purchased” us.
The house we are buying needs some changes. We are well aware! And yet, we still want it. Why? Because of its incredible potential. We can already see ourselves making it a beautiful expression of who we are and hosting big dinners on holidays and game nights galore!
When God looks at us, broken and messy though we are, He sees our potential. Not just our junk! Oh, I know, we have major junk…this isn’t one of those “we are perfect the way we are” moments…let’s be honest, we are all fixer uppers. But that IS the point! God loves fixer uppers!
To use a comparison to my DIY dreams…
When God looks at you, He doesn’t just see a worn out old dresser full of stained clothes and underwear with holes in them. He sees the gorgeous newly painted, freshly trimmed bathroom vanity of His dreams! 🙂
When God looks at you, He doesn’t just see someone who feels worn out like an old wood floor. Constantly walked on and scratched and beat up from years of wear and tear. He sees a fresh stained, newly polished solid oak floor, the likes of which children play on and people rejoice to see. Not simply something to walk on, but something that provides stability, and a homey safe feel. OH so much more than it seems!
When God looks at you He sees you like a unique masterpiece that only He can create. Because He sees the end from the beginning.
I hope you aren’t thinking to yourself, “that’s great, but I don’t see my particular self in that list of fixers…I’m a bit too far gone…” Fiddlesticks my friend. Don’t you know that the God of the universe- the one who fashioned the moon and the stars and set our planet in its EXACT location and rotation can handle you? Really, you are what He did all that for in the first place….He wanted a make a place to create YOU in! Seriously- He thought of you when He did it. He knew when you would be born, and what you would be like and what you would do…God tells this guy Jeremiah the same truth in Jeremiah 1:5- “Before I formed you in your mothers womb I knew you…”. It is the same for you.
Think of what people charge for uniquely crafted vintage or antique housing items. Nigh unto theft!!! Crazy expensive and oh..so..pretty…
You were crazy expensive. Did you know that? God Himself paid for you with the blood of Jesus. That’s what Jesus’ death was about. God getting you in exchange for Jesus’ life. Heavy stuff.
Please, please, don’t look at yourself in the mirror and think that you are too far gone or too worthless to matter. Nothing could be farther from the truth. You are powerfully important. And, you have a job to do! One that only you can do, by the way. Because God created you to do it… “good works which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.”
So, tonight and tomorrow, and days past that, when you look into the mirror, I want you to think of yourself as valuable and costly. Of grand design- even if you don’t feel like it at the moment. Write it on your mirror in eye liner, lipstick or magic marker. “I am God’s DIY project.” (Which makes you amazing, btw…) You are in the hands of the world’s most excellent designer and architect. When He is done, you are going to be one heck of a masterpiece. Trust Him and let Him do what He does best.
Even the amazing Joanna Gains would bend her knee and tip her hat to a Designer like that…
Love, Rheannon, God’s DIY Project