😎🐫🎤 Christ’s peace be with you. October 1996 I purchased my first house. With the exception of 2 years that we spend in MI and had renters, we’ve turned this house into our home. By far the room that holds the most memories for me is the kitchen. I think every emotion that you can have was experienced in that room. If you ask my girls, they would probably agree that the kitchen was their favorite room as well and it was the most popular room to hang out with their friends. I know this may sound strange, but our kitchen was carpeted. We would dance around while doing dishes and cooking. We would sit on the floor, with our backs leaned on the cabinet doors talking for hours. Believe it or not, we spent so many hours leaned up against the cabinet doors, that they actually became bowed. We had a desk with the family computer in there. It’s hard to believe, but it’s been almost nine years since our girls permanently lived here. It’s crazy how time flies.
Yesterday marked the end of a chapter and the turning of a page in our home. For about five months we’ve been working on our kitchen remodel plans and yesterday the demolition began. Our home was built in 1927 and the kitchen was last remodeled in the 1970’s. Beautiful cabinets with the modern bells and whistles, new and more lighting, new appliances, paint, flooring…It’s all very exciting! Monday afternoon as I finished up emptying the kitchen, before I took my “Before” pictures, I just looked around thinking about all the memories. I absolutely didn’t expect such a flood of emotions over this worn kitchen. New is exciting, but I will no longer see the bowed cabinet door and think of some of the best times spent with my girls. And I’m guessing I probably won’t be sitting on the kitchen floor anymore. I found myself wishing I had more time with my girls in our kitchen.
As I was contemplating these thoughts, God related them to my relationship with Him and how easy is it for me to focus on and long for what our relationship has been and that comfort level? Thinking on the past doesn’t require us to grow. But like this new kitchen, I know there are good things to come after the 6+ week project. Our relationship with the Lord is always under construction. He doesn’t want us to sit back, looking on the past. He offers us memories to remember where we’ve been and offers us a plan, tools, and materials to build a better future with Him. He is good beyond our understanding and offers us everything we will ever need in this life. I challenge you today to look for Him in places and times you don’t normally think to seek Him. Let Him amaze you in the ordinary you so often take for granted. And allow the ordinary to become extraordinary. Seek His goodness in every moment of your day. If you’re willing, please share with me your ordinary moments which became extraordinary, because of Him. Bless others and be blessed.
#Kutlass – King of My Heart