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Best Laid Plans

 Not too long ago we had big week here in our home.   The girls had decided that they wanted to switch rooms and redecorate each.  We had been planning this since early February and now the time had come.

 I myself was experiencing a little discontent over our bathroom.  It had been 6 years since we had even thought of repainting or rewallpapering in there and spring fever was at a peak.  SOOO, being the eager beaver, I decided that while the girls were repainting and moving things around in their rooms that I would change the wallpaper in the bathroom and repaint the rest of the walls and the trim in there.
Doesn’t that sound like such a nice simple job? HA! DOUBLE HA!
We went to Lowe’s to get the girls paint mixed and so I thought I would look for some inexpensive wallpaper.  The Lord blessed me with just what I wanted and it was in the clearance section.  Two rolls, same lot number, prepasted and just lovely – so I got them and the tools I needed to do the job.  We had bought more of the paint than we needed for one of the rooms so I decided to use that for the trim and little bit of wall space in the bathroom that wouldn’t be papered.  Great – this was going to be so great. TRIPLE HA!
We began on Thursday – the girls in their rooms and me in the bathroom.  The old paper was coming up at the seams so it was simple to just begin pulling it off.  I must admit it was kinda fun to just tear into that old paper.  It was coming off fairly simple except for one area.  I knew that I would have to do a little scraping there so I turned to it last.  As I began to pull the paper off there the wall board behind began to crumble underneath like sand.  Handfuls of the wall kept dropping at my feet.  Oh No~!  It was already about 12:00 and I wanted to be done with this by 4:00 when Paul would be coming home.  Now you can say – HA!
I called Paul and he said in his wonderful way, “Honey, don’t worry about a thing.  I’ll be home in a bit and we will fix it.  It’s nothing bad – just leave it all there and wait for me.”  Oh, how I love him – but how dissappointed I was.  My desire was to make this drastic change and have it ready to surprise him when he came in the house.  Can you picture it with me – Supper simmering on the stove, children working and chattering happily in their rooms, iced tea in the glass and a newly painted and wallpapered bathroom all done in one afternoon.  WHAT WAS I THINKING!
To make a very pathetic, long story as short as possible – we finished with the last bit on Saturday afternoon about 3:00.  Just in time to get showers and be on our way to the Italy geography dinner. 
I learned so many things through this but for now I want to share one moment that really sticks out in my mind.  Due to the damaged wall (which ended up having a monster hornet’s nest inside it) we had to put up new sheet rock and repaint the entire ceiling as well.  I was standing in the tub – lamenting my ignorance – painting the ceiling overhead, when it hit me.  The new paint was a bright white and the color of the old ceiling was dark gray in contrast.  But just a day before it had appeared as white as could be.  What happened?
When we become complacent to the things and happenings around us we don’t notice the gradual changes that were taking place.  It is almost like we project an image of things as they once had been and refuse to see that they are no longer that way.  The changes come so gradually that we are oblivious to them.  Until one day we see a “standard” that we can compare too.  It is shocking.  We even may become a little insensed that the reality is so glaringly different from what we thought. 
The ceiling in my bathroom had seemed to be just as white as ever.  But over time it had become darker and dingier and yet I had never noticed the change because it was so slow and subtle.  Is it possible that this is happening in other areas of our lives? Absolutely! 
I remember as a child, the reverence we had when we ventured into the neighborhood church on a hot summer day to get a drink of water.  We would peek into the sanctuary, barely opening the doors and whispering in nearly silent tones out of respect for the place of worship.  And now people bring snacks and drinks into the sanctuary and children run in and out. 
Pure filth and smut are allowed free reign in the home via the television – cursing is common and no one seems to even flinch anymore when a nearly naked woman dances into their living room on a television screen. Fathers, who are called of God to protect the virtue of their wives and daughters take them out into the public community dressed in barely enough clothing to cover their bodies and allow men to stare and lust after these same wives and daughters.
Mothers spend more time on the phone than they do in conversation with their own children  and when they do speak to their children it is in anger or sarcasm and yet they can’t understand why the children want to leave home the minute they are old enough.  And these are the “Christians”. 
Oh, how the Lord has used this one bathroom painting to help me realize the truth.
 The scripture that the Lord brings to my mind is this:
 Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour: 1 Peter 5:8
Remember therefore how thou hast received and heard, and hold fast, and repent. If therefore thou shalt not watch, I will come on thee as a thief, and thou shalt not know what hour I will come upon thee. Revelation 3:3
WE must be diligent, vigilant, aware, discerning, and willing to work and sacrifice to walk the walk He has called us to.  The Love Walk is also the walk of obedience.
God bless you!



“Sometimes the most important thing in a whole day is the rest we take between two deep breaths, or the turning inwards in prayer for five short minutes.”
Etty Hillesum



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"It is of the LORD's mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness. The LORD is my portion, saith my soul; therefore will I hope in him." Lamentations 3:22-24

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One Response to "Best Laid Plans"

  1. Debbie says:

    Thank you so much for this article. My husband and I have been called by God to become plain living. We had been talking about TV and how the cussing and sex have infiltrated even family shows, even using “dancing with the stars” as an example of naked women. God has blessed us through the internet by providing access to families like yours who help us follow this calling to plain living.

    A question I have (and it may be in another section of this site because I am still exploring it: What about church? Do you attend a church, a home church or just worship at home with family?

    I have a lot of questions and would love to talk to you if you have time and are wiling to e-mail or phone me.

    May God Bless you and your family.

    Thank you for the blessing you are

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