This is the new-old house we take possession of on August 1st. It’s on a quiet street close to an even quieter street that we love to walk our dog down. It’s near a nice big park and the muddy flow of the Red River.
We have big plans for this house, starting with the main floor and working our way out. First, the heart of the home – the kitchen.
The way it is now I don’t think it’s been touched since the fifties, when the house was built. We’ll remove everything that exists in this photo including the wall on the left and put in a brand-spankin’ new kitchen.
The plan: White shaker cabinets, stainless steel appliances, hardwood floors, an island with room for 3 stools, a big window over the sink and some cool lighting. All of this will open up into the new dining room that will have a patio door out to the back yard. All the walls – WHITE!
I love renovations – taking something well worn and re-purposing it. Making it more functional with out throwing it away. It’s the heart of our Father in heaven as well. He takes our well-worn habits, weaknesses, tendencies – the parts of our lives that aren’t working quite right and overhauls them. He wants to work on us to make us more like his humble Son; and if we’re willing, he’ll do it. He’s not intimidated by the size of the project (some of us present a bigger mess than others), nor does he want to build a bunch of generic, lego-house versions of us…all the same, all in a pretty little row. He wants to build character homes, ones that stand out on the street and beckon people in. He wants to mold us, even when we look like we may be beyond repair. He wants us to be a city on a hill – the house on the street that everyone’s eyes follow as they walk past.
I have big renovations plans for this little place and God has even bigger ones for me and for you. Are you ready for an overhaul?
Psalm 127:1 “Unless the LORD builds the house, its builders labor in vain. Unless the LORD watches over the city, the watchmen stand guard in vain.”