Monday, 7 January 2013

Not finished painting yet....

We bought paint in July last year and with enthusiasm started painting.  But... we gave up after painting one bedroom and half the entrance hall.  Well, 6 months later it has so annoyed us, this half finished mess, that it got us motivated to continue.


Man, I discovered muscles I forgot I had!  We spent the better part of 2 days painting and have one more room ( if I ignore my children's bedrooms), the study, and .... you guessed it, half the entrance hall to go!

I so enjoy walking into my living areas now.  Its fresh!  Its unmarked! And an added bonus, I can stretch and bend a little more too, lol!

So what is the point I'm making?
Like me, my progressively painted home is not as it was, but it most certainly has improved!  It is not where it should be, but its getting there.  So, like me, its a work in progress!

That half painted entrance hall irritates me just as my need for spiritual growth works on me, pointing me to do something about it!  They show me where work still needs to be done.  Its a day by day walk with lots of God's grace, lots of His mercy! And more than a few touch-ups here and there.
2 Corinth 3 v 18:  But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord.



My encouragement to you is to know that daily God is working change in you and as you choose to walk with Him at your side you grow from glory to glory.

God bless
Tracy


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18 comments:

  1. You "painted" a wonderful parallel here Tracy! :) Just like freshly painted walls, I too want to experience the feeling of renewal and growth!

    Blessings and hugs to you my dear friend!
    Denise

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    1. Hi Denise, thanks, Its amazing what God can teach you while you work :)
      God bless my friend
      Tracy

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  2. Love the lesson you learned from painting. We are works in progress!

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    1. Hi Eileen, absolutely, saints under construction
      God bless
      Tracy

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  3. Little by little the job gets done! I love that though I'm not perfect, I'm better than I was because God is working on me every day!

    Blessings, Joan

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    1. Excellent visual to teach us a much-needed spiritual truth. Thanks, Tracy! (Had a word spelled wrong in this comment the first time I posted it. OOPS)

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  5. Thanks you for this spiritual lesson. Recognizable.

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    1. Hi Jedidja, thank you sweet friend
      God bless

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  6. Loved this! Yes, I'm just a work in progress. I was reminded of that old saying, "Be patient, God isn't finished with me yet!"

    I loved this part - "...you grow from glory to glory." That is so encouraging and so inspiring. Yes, it is the Spirit at work that gives me the desire and the power to do God's will. May He work on this unpainted soul of mine!

    GOD BLESS!

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    1. Hi Sharon, it certainly takes the pressure off from trying to be perfect. We need to focus on Christ and He will change us slowly but surely
      God bless

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  7. Thank you so much for your sweet remarks you left on my blog; they are so very appreciated....

    You painted (no pun intended) a beautiful picture for us today and it is much appreciated.
    I think God teaches us through all our circumstances all day if only we will open our eyes which obviously you did.....

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    1. Hi Nancy and thank you lovely lady.
      God bless

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  8. The Bible says that God is ALWAYS at work in us... that's scary and comforting at the same time :)

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  9. Oh, I hate unfinished business! You are right - seeing it all out in the open inspires me to get back to it. And I do see how this application can be so helpful in the spiritual realm.

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  10. I'm always eager to get to the finished product--skipping the mess completely. I've never figured out how to do that in painting and it doesn't work in our spiritual lives either. I'm trying to learn to embrace the work God is doing. "Step by step He leads me and I will praise Him all of my days."

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  11. Tracy, oh how your words ALWAYS speak to me! I love that analogy that daily work not only changes the walls we paint, but more importantly, it changes US! Oh the Spiritual Muscle we can build when we work to and for the glory of God! In these trenches of faith where real sonship (And daughtership) lie.

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  12. The challenge here at my house is to finish what's started. b/c we get so side-tracked with helping others, life readjustment, etc. I DON'T paint ... I DO choose the colors. My husband is a perfectionistic with painting, etc., and I wouldn't be good enough. So, I clean, plan,etc. The challenge here is that 2-ish years ago, he began to remodel the basement that he had remodeled 20 years ago. BUT then he ended up remodeling for other people, became our church facilities manager and is always there doing whatever needs to be done, and has finished some of the family room in the basement and rebuilt the storage areas, etc., but he thought it would be a 6-month time and it's more than 4X that. BUT, doing what God calls us to do is what counts. We may never know the true consequences ... sometimes just seed planted ... but it a house job isn't perfect, doesn't mean a God-job isn't. THAT'S what I rely upon. Thanks for your sharing. A blessing.

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