Working on the house this week was super stressful and frustrating. I kept on asking the Lord what was going on…but that just made me even more frustrated. But yesterday I heard Him speak to me and clear the cloud of confusion that had started to gather around me. He asked me gently, “let me do this with you.”
I’ve allowed this world, its time contraints, materials, relationships get in between my relationship with God. God commands us (and therefore gives us the grace) to love Him first. In preparing the house, He has been meeting me, Fathering me every step, providing the best contractor and electrician, plus many others to help me. But this week I lost sight of all of that, the things that matters the most, my relationship with God. I allowed myself to be caught up in finishing everything.
There’s always something to be finished in life. There will always be something pressing. But will I allow the Lord to help me make Him first in my life or get pulled here and there by outside forces?
My roommate Lauren shared with me this morning, most times anger is an indication of a lack of boundary in an area. She’s been reading up on healthy relationships and I totally agree with her. I didn’t put boundaries and have my priorities straight this week. Instead of taking care of my relationship with God and myself, I got caught into the storm of frustration and anxiety.
Friday morning as I was driving to the prayer room as usual, I felt the Lord invite me to have coffee with Him like how I used to on Saturday mornings. I was struggling with whether or not I heard from the Lord or was it my own flesh speaking those words from a place of laziness? But when I arrived at the prayer room, I shared this thought with Dustin (who has witnessed the effects of the storm and bore the brunt of my frustrations this week) said that he just had the same thought and felt that it would be good for me to just get away from the house for awhile. So then, I drove off to Natasha’s Mulberry and Mott and enjoyed a cup of coffee with a delicious pain au chocolate as I studied Zechariah and journaled : )
Today as I painted, the Lord came back into the picture :). Instead of trying to figure out everything on my own, I stopped and asked the Lord for help and for wisdom and He responded immediately with ideas to help me complete the task at hand. Oh what a wonderful God we serve, a Father who loves to help His children.
Here is the update from this weekend’s project: Master Bath Vanity
I took Dustin’s old desk which came with the house JD, his landlord bought. It’s an antique solid oak desk. Inspired by a vanity I found on pinterest, I set off to discover how to complete this project.
After talking over how to go about completing the project with Daisy (my contractor’s wife) and Bob Falkner (a local professional painter and spiritual father) here’s what I did.
- steal desk from Dustin and get him a new one
- wiped down the desk
- sanded it to rough it up enough so it’ll absorb the primer and polyurethane
- painted the top with a coat of polyurethane in satin finish (I didn’t want it super shiny, but just slightly). Then let it dry for an hour before applying another coat. Then I let it dry in the garage for 2-3 days so the plastic coating would set completely
- paint the legs in turquoise
- have Dustin coat the legs in a coat of polyurethane. contemplating applying another coat tomorrow…then let it dry for 24 hours as least.
- have the contractors do the hard part of drilling a hole for the sink. I bought a sink that can sit on top of the desk at overstock.com, it was pretty reasonably priced.
I can’t wait to show you guys the finished product!!
We finished painting both bathrooms today (except for the trim around the door of the upstairs bathroom). I decided to paint the upstairs bath white instead of the original thyme shade I had mixed from the mis-tints. I didn’t mix enough so when the contractors patched up some walls after I had painted it, I didn’t have any more paint to cover it up with : P Note for next time, mix at least a gallon if I want to do that. I’m happier with the white since it makes smaller spaces seem much larger. : ) Here’s Dustin hard at work hehehe. So cute.
I’m excited for Rico to finish installing the vanity in the downstairs bath this week! They’re saying that everything’s probably going to be finished this week! AHHHHHHHHH I can’t wait!
We also went to Home Depot (again) with Rico and Frank to buy some pipes for the vanities and also for the gas line I’m having them put in so I can have a gas stove to cook with! YEAH! Gas is so much easier to cook with especially if you’re cooking Chinese!
Here is Rico…
here is Frank, most wonderful contractor 🙂 with a wife who doesn’t settle for anything less than perfection with the work they do!