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Extreme Kitchen Makeover: Proverbs 31 Style…Whitewashed or washed white?

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!

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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.

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white·wash

noun

1. a composition, as of lime and water or of whiting, size, and water, used for whitening walls, woodwork, etc.
2. anything, as deceptive words or actions, used to cover up or gloss over faults, errors, or wrongdoings, or absolve a wrongdoer from blame.
3. Sports Informal. a defeat in which the loser fails to score.
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There was nothing wrong with our cabinets, we were ready for a “new look” and wanted to do it in a financially responsible way. Our shed, on the other hand, was quite a different story. We stripped it down to the studs in an effort to salvage the frame but, the frame was too rotten and far gone. If we had put new materials over a rotten frame, our shed may have looked pretty but, would still not have been structurally sound. This act of covering up flaws and not addressing underlying decay…”putting lipstick on a pig”, if you will…is nothing new and is actually practiced just as it was in the days of Ezekiel, Jeremiah, and Habakkuk.
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“ ‘Because they lead my people astray, saying, “Peace,” when there is no peace, and because, when a flimsy wall is built, they cover it with whitewash,  therefore tell those who cover it with whitewash that it is going to fall. Rain will come in torrents, and I will send hailstones hurtling down, and violent winds will burst forth.  When the wall collapses, will people not ask you, “Where is the whitewash you covered it with?”
Ezekiel 13:10-12
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 Her priests do violence to my law and profane my holy things; they do not distinguish between the holy and the common; they teach that there is no difference between the unclean and the clean; and they shut their eyes to the keeping of my Sabbaths, so that I am profaned among them.  Her officials within her are like wolves tearing their prey; they shed blood and kill people to make unjust gain.  Her prophets whitewash these deeds for them by false visions and lying divinations. They say, ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says’—when the Lord has not spoken.
Ezekiel 22:26-28
False prophets were telling the people of Judah that everything was OK…God was still with them, no nation would succeed against them and the wall will not fall. They were only telling the people what they wanted to hear and not passing on the warning of God’s judgement and calling on them to repent. The thought that they could escape consequences if they turned their head and pretended to not hear God’s warnings and words was just absurd. However, this philosophy is thriving today in modern times.
When I watch the news, talk with folks and hear certain preachers these days, I see a lot of whitewashing. It’s so common in daily life. Each “little” lie, foul word, secret habit, and lustful thought can take us down the path of decay. If we don’t repent of each and seek the Lord, we may be tempted to whitewash…cover it up with a little religious perfume. Covering sin in holier-than-thou hypocrisy, not addressing the issues in an unhealthy relationship, acknowledging and then excusing personal behaviors and Biblically defined sin as acceptable and then not repenting because “we’re just human”…it’s all a form of whitewashing. The problem is, there are only so many layers of white paint you can put on before it starts to crack and peel.
So my question is would you rather be whitewashed? Or washed white?

“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.”

Isaiah 1:18:20

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!

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