HGTV!

I’m an HGTV addict. I love to watch the home decorating shows to be inspired for room makeovers. I love the colors on the walls, the fabrics on the windows, the pillow covers, the lamps and accessories. I love to see the excitement on the homeowners’ faces when their room is revealed.

And then reality sinks in.

The shows are inspiring, but quite frustrating if you end up believing what you saw in a one hour show can be accomplished in one hour. Ha!

Its not a matter of time to paint four walls but the time to prepare those walls. Its not a matter of changing out the fabric on those chairs but time to find the perfect fabric, find an upholsterer (if more than a few staples are needed), deliver the chairs, pick them up. Its not a matter of hanging the drapes, but finding the fabric, hanging the hardware, measuring the fabric and making the drapes.

I’ve learned this with my latest HGTV project. I’m trying to get my kitchen chairs reupholstered. I found the fabric. I have the chairs. Now I need to find someone to sew up the piped edged cushions and reattach them. And then get them back in my kitchen before supper.

Its the illusion of TV makeovers.

I’m glad that God’s plan is for my life is a makeover where he manages the details and drags off all the old stuff. I show up to renew my mind and rely on Him to make the needed changes. While its not easy, its certainly the best makeover this side of eternity.

“Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.” Romans 12:2

Rain like Manna

Its raining!

Its absolutely, water falling from the sky in bigger portions than a moment of spritz, water getting the grass wet, water getting streets wet, water coming down rain gutters…..R A I N I N G.

It started Saturday night. There was evidence when I woke up that it had really rained during the night. Then, later in the day, it rained again, thoroughly wetting our grass and giving our sprinklers (and city water bill) a break. This morning, I woke up to completely gray sky and now here I sit, watching water pour from the sky.

Today’s daily provision in the form of rain. Whew!

“Sing to the LORD with thanksgiving;
make music to our God on the harp.

He covers the sky with clouds;
he supplies the earth with rain
and makes grass grow on the hills.

He provides food for the cattle and
for the young ravens when they call.” Psalm 147:7-9

And now a confession. I took this photo from a fellow blogger because it was perfect for today. (Thanks Mike!)