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7.30.19 – The “tearing down” and the “building up”…

Yesterday I was 33, today I am 34.

Isn’t that wild how fast it happens? ?

“33” has been a significant year for me –I remember thinking it would be.

“33” felt like the start of something new… and that something was “just around the corner” in our lives. There has been a whole lot of “tearing down” in our lives this last year, a whole lot of tearing out, preparing the way for building something new, it seems.

The day before yesterday we started back on renovating our house. Since January we kind of just put everything on hold, even many of the tools have been sitting in the house exactly where we left them, waiting for whenever we would be able to pick them back up again.

Jason started back on putting bead board into a closet in the office so that I could paint it and we can put things away in there, and I put some stain on my built in bookshelf so that I can unbox my books and put them up on the shelf. I figured we would finish off those things and put everything back down again… but somehow we’ve really been on a roll again, so we decided to do a few more things to wrap up this phase of the renovation, at least through tomorrow.

Yesterday we finished tearing out termite damage that was left from years ago, pulling down the remnants of the sheetrock on the walls we are repairing and then putting up boards, opening up the house and getting the walls ready to paint. We are in the middle of a full-fledge, working construction zone right now and I never thought I’d hear myself say that “I love it” ha! But I do! It’s progress. Oh how I love progress.

Kind of reminds me of what the Lord has been doing in me over the last couple of years, and in the last year especially. Nudging me a little, nudging me, nudging me, showing me things to tear out or cut ties with, drawing me, drawing me –I have found myself so compelled to follow and discover and learn, to seek and find…and He has been teaching me how seek, not with my head, but with my heart.

After finishing up the “tearing down” part of this phase of the renovation process, today we are “building”.

It feels good to be “building” today. ☀️

There is still much more to be “torn down” in the next phases to come later on in the process, but for right now as we wrap up this phase, we are building. I am getting to paint the walls with fresh new paint. Soon I’ll get to hang things on my walls, and I can’t wait. ☺️

I sure hope this represents year “34” ?

Thank You Lord, for every part of the process You bring me through! The tearing out and tearing down is just as important and foundational as the building part. I’m thankful for all of the deep work that You do in me, Lord! You know exactly what I need to be able to grow into who You have created me to be. You want nothing to hold me back!

“And it shall come to pass, that like as I have watched over them, to pluck up, and to break down, and to throw down, and to destroy, and to afflict; so will I watch over them, to build, and to plant, saith the LORD.” – Jeremiah 31:28

-Heather ?

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