Monday, July 26, 2010

Under Construction Continued

We're making progress on the bathroom renovation. In one week we went from old to torn apart to brand new. Of course there's still lots of dust around here.

My spiritual transformation is taking quite a bit longer! I'm so glad God is patient with me. He doesn't give up when I make the same mistakes over and over. He doesn't abandon me as a hopeless case because He is the God of all hope.

We're making progress. I'm not the girl I used to be, and I'm not the girl I will become. Transformation is exciting to watch -- whether it's a bathroom remodel or a changed heart.

Monday, July 19, 2010

Under Construction

We've been dreaming of remodeling our bathrooms for several years now. Today is the official beginning of that dream. I woke up excited. But, now ..................... well, now it's just LOUD. Today is the tearing down day. I hear jackhammers, crumbling tile, and collapsing metal. It's a mess. But, before you build, you must tear down.

Mmmmm. Makes me think the same can be said of us spiritually. Before God builds something new in our lives, He must tear down -- tear down the old habits, the misconceptions, the unforgiveness. He might even need to jackhammer through our hardened hearts. And that can be painful.

But, our master builder has a great plan in mind. When He tears down, it's to build something much better. Yes, it might be messy. But the end results are worth it -- in home construction and in life!

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Women and Bible Study

I'm in the middle of the "Ruth" Bible study by Kelly Minter. You know one of the best things about it? I'm studying it with girlfriends. We meet each Tuesday night and share our insights and discoveries and joys and struggles. We laugh -- the loud kind of laughter! And sometimes we're quiet -- but, to be truthful, that doesn't happen very often.

God has already knit my heart together with these women. Some I've known for years. Others are new friends. Our ages range from the 20's to the 80's. Don't you just love that! We have a new baby, more than one rebellious child, broken hearts, and even some loneliness. But the thing that knits us together the most is our love for Jesus. That's it. We all love Jesus and want to learn to love Him more.

That's what motivates us to leave our homes to come together each Tuesday -- even when it's pouring rain. Our love for each other is blossoming as our love for Jesus grows.

Are you part of a group of women who love God's Word? I'd love to hear about it.