Tom did a terrific job painting the dining room, entry, and hall. He was patient and flexible getting old and new wall art arranged. But it took a surprise celebration for him to motivate me to get the kitchen painted and redecorated.
The biggest challenge was removing all the pictures and my collection of bottles in a variety of sizes, like these from Cracker Barrel.
The naked window ledges where whimsical bottles used to be, and the scaled back soffit pictures make the kitchen bump out seem a bit stark to me. A picture our granddaughters decorated and gave me for my birthday helps.
20 But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys, and where thieves do not break in or steal; 21 for where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
Matthew 6: 20-21 NASB
Are you like that, Dear Reader, giving value to something that's not inherently valuable? What is that? Does the loss of sentimental items remind us of our own mortality?
What I do know is that Mama and Daddy loved Jesus and loved us. Moving forward was better than everything we were leaving behind. And what was most important, faith and family, would never leave us.
“If you want to give it all you’ve got,” Jesus replied, “go sell your possessions; give everything to the poor. All your wealth will then be in heaven. Then come follow me.”
Matthew 19: 21 MSG
Or, I could keep God's Word in front of me, leaning into Him for discernment, trusting Him to direct my steps. The world, the flesh, or the Word: sounds like a no brainer. What do you think, Dear Reader?