Now Tom and I are in the process of getting our house market-ready to sell in a year. How do we keep things neutral and basically generic, and still have a room that's engaging for the girls?
About the same time we were finishing up the living room, Mary needed to modify her guest room to include home office space. Thank goodness her husband, Mark, has a truck. Mary and I decided to switch the girls' trundle at our house for her double bed.
Not surprising, one thing led to another. Getting the bedstead seemed a good time to paint some of the furnishings so they're not such a hodge-podge. New bed coverings led to new wall art.
(Isn't the flower fun? Clearance aisle at Hobby Lobby...SCORE! And a perfect complement to pictures of Annalyn and Gracie on a trip to botanical gardens for Uncle James' birthday.)
I initially tried to keep the space gender-neutral. Obviously, that didn't last long. It was a labor of love for our girls.
Give to others, and God will give to you. Indeed, you will receive a full measure, a generous helping, poured into your hands—all that you can hold. The measure you use for others is the one that God will use for you.”
Luke 6:38 GNT
So, the bedroom came in at a 1-1. Time, effort, and resources invested in a room that pleases one preschooler. For a minute, I wondered why we'd gone to all the trouble.
“Then those ‘sheep’ are going to say, ‘Master, what are you talking about? When did we ever see you hungry and feed you, thirsty and give you a drink? And when did we ever see you sick or in prison and come to you?’ Then the King will say, ‘I’m telling the solemn truth: Whenever you did one of these things to someone overlooked or ignored, that was me—you did it to me.’
Matthew 25: 37-40 MSG
I have a hand-written sign that I kept over my desk at work for years reminding me that many of the things I do are not for the ones receiving the service, but to please the Lord.
Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.
2 Corithians 9:7 NIV
It gave my heart joy for us to be able to do our best fixing up a room that our girls can call their own when they visit. Maybe it's silly, but I actually smile when I walk into their room. Maybe it's me loving on them, or maybe, just maybe, it's the Lord loving on me.