Over the past five months, I have been engaged in
Extreme Kitchen Makeover:
Proverbs 31 Style
During this process, I have learned a lot about hard work, stewardship, teamwork, perseverance, and patience as well as recycling/re-purposing, and the benefits of a do-it-yourself ability. While I was focused on the kitchen- God was focused on me. I wanted to share some of the experience with you. I hope you enjoy!
It all started during a seven day stretch in July. I was elbow deep in de-glosser, paint and polyurethane while taking on the daunting task of refinishing our kitchen cabinets. The kids went to their grandparents house and this became my full-time job from 8:30am to 5ish in the evening I scrubbed, painted, waited, painted and waited. It was quite a process and took a lot more effort than I had imagined. We had no use of our kitchen and eating out daily took its toll on my body. Isolated and locked in the house all week could have taken its toll on my mind too, but, thanks to “The Spirit” music channel, I was immersed in songs of praise. I was discouraged at times and was encouraged at times by friends and family…after 7 long, long days I can say that I am pleased with the results. All of the doors have been re-hung, the tarps have been folded up, and the brushes have all been discarded– but, the project is far from over. Next I need to focus on the details.
“Come now, let us settle the matter,” says the Lord.
“Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow;
though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool.
If you are willing and obedient, you will eat the good things of the land;
but if you resist and rebel, you will be devoured by the sword.”
When I think of something being washed white, I think of those detergent commercials where they show the close-up of the fibers in the fabric. They illustrate each particle of dirt being scrubbed and shaken, agitated and removed from within the fabric. Not covered up, but uncovered and set free of each smear, smudge, spill and stain. The only way to be white and cleansed is through Christ. Seeking the Lord. Repenting and submitting to His authority.
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 1 John 1:9
While I love my “new” whitewashed cabinets…there is no doubt that being washed white is a far superior blessing, gift and miracle.
More to come as I share our progress!