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Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Accomplishments

We finally made some progress with the projects!  I can't wait to show you all the new entertainment center Brian built us!  His parents and grandparents stopped by which was wonderful, it forced me to clean clean clean the whole house and things are finally getting organized!! Now I just have to get to that mountain of laundry...
I'll post pictures as soon I can get to it ( of the house, not my epic mountain of laundry!)

I'm looking forward to taking a little retreat next week from the painting and construction. 
We'll be watching 6 dogs, 2 which are puppies, at our favorite place! 
haha I can't wait cause I know it will be crazy!!
Our doggie family consists of Lyla (our dog), Winston, Toby, Bella, Zippy, and Spanky!  I love these furry friends and I'm praying Lyla will fit in with the gang.  I'll share some pics next week! 
*Rec if you're reading this, you'll have to bring Camden over to play too!*

Brian and I started a new book called Marriage Matters, for our Bible study.  It's so relaxing hearing him read.  We are anxious to keep learning how to bless each other and honor God in our Marriage. 

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

A broken home....my broken heart

This post is more of a personal journal entry because I need to remember theses things and I want to be able to look back and see God's faithfulness....


These past few weeks have been filled with lots of laughs and yelling as I'm learning to train our puppy girl Lyla! We love our little puppy and she is the sweetest thing. She crys when we leave her for more than a minute. She is also very feisty and barks back when I tell her NO! When she's happy she not only wags her tail but her whole back end...she gets very wiggly in her hips =)

Having a puppy has been a great stress reliever! Petting and playing with a dog really boosts your happiness. I'm also getting some nice time outside which has been very relaxing!

Our home is in shambles but things are slowly coming together.

The bathroom downstairs was redone and the painting and redecorating is almost complete in the basement/living room area. I love all the fresh new colors and everything looks so clean now! The front porch is still a four foot hole and a pile of rubble and broken cement.

I've been thinking a lot about the pathetic state of my house...ie the holes in the foundation and the mold that was growing on several walls...These defects were hidden under the surfaces and were going unnoticed but causing great damage to the inside of the home.

It made me realize how easy it is for us as broken people, to just hide the holes in our hearts. They can go unnoticed but they are doing incredible damage to our souls! We sometimes try to hide our problems but it only gets worse. And our hearts continue to crumble and mold away...

At times I have felt like our home is just an image of my life and my marriage...just so broken.

My favorite promise from Jesus is that HE CAME TO MAKE ALL THINGS NEW! I know in Eternity that everything will be NEW! But I also know that Jesus wants to redeem my life right now in the midst of the brokenness! He is the Master Craftsman and has Grand plans for fixing my heart! The more I see my home come together and get repaired, the more I want to see those hidden "moldy" spots of my own heart repaired! Its not a pain-free process though, giving up our will and killing the sin, never is... But I trust that He has the perfect plan and will not abandon me until His good work is complete!

Please friends search for those who are hurting, suffering, doubting, breaking, and bring them the good news that Jesus will heal their broken hearts!  I don't have all the answers but He does, and He greatly loves us =)

My job has taken a toll on my health and my life...but I'm praising the Lord that he uses the exposure of so many broken sinful people to make me run to Him night after night. It's very sobering to see the amount of people that NEED Him. They are lost and being held captive by the enemy. They are our co-workers, our neighbors, our friends, and our fellow brothers and sisters in the pews next to us! Trying so desperately to hide their brokenness...

Let's be mindful to commit to prayer those we know who are hurting!
Let's focus on God's redemption plan for His children instead of our daily selfish desires.
Let us be like the stars shinning in the darkness!!