Faith

Just Show Up.

This isn’t about the house.

I’m kind of tired of talking about the house.

Now that we have the major renovations complete and we’re down to things like:

1. Grouting the tile I plastered on the kitchen wall. (Putting that one off for as long as possible.)

Nope..not doing that today.

2. A rail for the the stairway. (IV had an afternoon to work on this the other day BUT…)

No rail…a place for random kid artwork though.

3. A shelving unit to hold my laundry baskets. (Ditto…IV used that afternoon to build King a bed…I mean a second bed…I’m not even sure he knows why he did this.)

At least I (finally) finished the tile in the laundry room so there’s plenty of nice flooring for baskets and other mess.

Anyway, both of us have gotten to the point where if we don’t WANT to do something it fumbles down the list and the more pressing (or fun) things keep us busy enough.

With this being said my “mantra” lately has been, “Just show up.”

I’ve said it to almost all of my personal training clients at the gym, and I’ve said it to myself before some hard running efforts.

The idea is that half the work many times in life is JUST SHOWING UP…

The rest usually flows from there.

However, sometimes it works in reverse. My personal training business is booming at the YMCA, and I’ve had offers to work more outside the home in other ways.

BUT…my kids.

I want to keep homeschooling… (or actually, I believe I’m CALLED to keep homeschooling) so I’ve had to block out the time to “just show up” at home. It hasn’t been easy and still some weeks I’m overwhelmed but making that conscience decision to prioritize my home life has given me peace that I didn’t have before.

It probably looks different for you. It depends on your goals and purposes.

My training clients have hired me because they have fitness goals. For them, “just show up” means just that…put it in your calendar, put your tennis shoes on, and be here. I’ll convince you to do the workout after that, and I’ll encourage you to keep it up when we’re not together. Then you’ll have to show up for yourself.

It’s about commitment and consistency to me. I believe that’s where growth comes from in many areas of life.

…Including spiritually.

Luke 14:15-24

When one of those who reclined at table with him heard these things, he said to him, “Blessed is everyone who will eat bread in the kingdom of God!” But he said to him, “A man once gave a great banquet and invited many. And at the time for the banquet he sent his servant to say to those who had been invited, ‘Come, for everything is now ready.’ But they all alike began to make excuses. The first said to him, ‘I have bought a field, and I must go out and see it. Please have me excused.’ And another said, ‘I have bought five yoke of oxen, and I go to examine them. Please have me excused.’ And another said, ‘I have married a wife, and therefore I cannot come.’ So the servant came and reported these things to his master. Then the master of the house became angry and said to his servant, ‘Go out quickly to the streets and lanes of the city, and bring in the poor and crippled and blind and lame.’ And the servant said, ‘Sir, what you commanded has been done, and still there is room.’ And the master said to the servant, ‘Go out to the highways and hedges and compel people to come in, that my house may be filled. For I tell you, none of those men who were invited shall taste my banquet.'”

Jesus has invited us all to eat at His banquet. He offers us the free gift of salvation. He gives us that stirring in our spirit and that longing for something to fill us. He is the Bread that satisfies and the Water that quenches and the Light that lets us see clearly.

All we have to do is show up.

We have to say, “yes,” to Jesus and He takes care of the rest.

…if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.

-Romans 10:9

And beyond that if you’ve already been saved you just have to keep showing up…keep saying yes to Jesus and His mission for you everyday.

We all have goals, we all have purposes for our lives. Let’s make sure we have our priorities straight and we’re at peace with the Lord, and then just keep showing up.

For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will save it. For what does it profit a man if he gains the whole world and loses or forfeits himself? -Luke 9:24-25

Love God, love others, and keep showing up…if not for your own sake then for the sake of someone else.

What do you need to show up to today?

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Whisked Away by Wind and Work.

You know what renovation work we got done this week?

None.

We had just enough time to make a mess in the new kitchen before we headed for the hills of Tennessee in front of that nasty storm.

I did have plenty of time to think and plan how I want things to go in that room though. 

One thing I nailed down (not literally) was my layout for the cast iron pieces I want to hang on the wall.  

These items will also be heavily used so it’ll be nice to have them within reach.

My mom collected these at yard sales over time ($5 for a big Lodge skillet!!!) and I LOVE them! I bought the leafy spoon rests from one of my favorite stores on the Covington square, Revolution.

I’m going to sand and poly these boards (below) and put some hooks on them to hang my display. It’s going to go in that big blank space on the wall shown in the top picture of this post.

Rough cut at its roughest.

I can’t wait to see how it turns out!

Also, while I was in Tennessee I remembered that I had bought the top of a hutch (or is that the hutch itself? I dunno.) at a yard sale for $10 a long time ago and I didn’t know where it was. Duke assured me it was in the studio, aka “bro cave”.

Not what I intended it for. 😅

I really want to use it in the kitchen but I have to wait for IV to be around so we can get the countertop situated to see if it will work.

Other than that I did some storm damage assessment around the house and everything was okay. 

IV’s makeshift tool shed took the worst hit but that wasn’t surprising:

What a mess…but no biggy.

I did love that these flowers had bloomed while I was gone:

I had to look them up, but it’s called a Spider Lily or sometimes Hurricane Lily. I thought the second name was more appropriate.  A nice little bright spot after a very dark week.

Praise the Lord.

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Home Rehab: Everything but the Kitchen Sink

We’ve now spent two peaceful nights in our new home.

Today we will (Lord willing) finish cleaning out Pinewood Drive, and we’ll close the book on that chapter of our lives.

Though I haven’t posted daily we have still been busy on the renovations of our house.

I’ve been unpacking and organizing…little bits at a time.

Of course a lot of these areas have been covered with boxes right after I took the picture 😅, but getting the pretty picture was motivation to get things put away.

The kids have been carrying their load as well:

That’s going to be our kitchen floor…we’ll see how it turns out.

And while IV was buying the lumber from Champion Sawmill, he found this (very heavy) treasure:

That sawmill is a cool place!

Besides those renovations there were things to be done before our first night:

Thankfully we did all have a place to sleep.

And we have to start school tomorrow so I dug out our books…

I’m not nailing into the walls until everything is settled so I’ve just been using the nails that are already there. 

I decided the clock looks better on this one for now:

Most importantly we have a place to eat:

A well-stocked kitchen

I’ve got everything but…

You guessed it…

The kitchen sink. (And I have a hundred pound cast iron one of those, but it will have to wait for its final resting place.)

Praise the Lord!

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Home Rehab Day 31: The Final Daily Update

Guess what these two pictures mean:

The second try with grout went MUCH better!
Our bedroom floor…shiny!

We’re officially ready to move in!

No, the big boys’ room is not finished. 

Yes, the kitchen is barely started. 

BUT, we all have a place to sleep. (The little boys’ have plenty of room to share til the upstairs room is finished… shouldn’t be long.)

We have two functioning bathrooms. 

And we have a makeshift kitchen that’ll keep up us fed and fueled. 

It’s been a long (yet fast) and tiresome month. 

We still have a long way to go and I’ll post some updates here as we go, but it won’t be everyday anymore.

We plan to start school next Monday so I have to get back in a schedule with kids and sort out all of their books…and clear a place for them to study.

I’m also ready to get back to my flowers and concentrate a bit more on my fitness business too!

Be on the lookout for updates coming soon on flowers and fitness…and always faith. 

And without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him.

Hebrews 11:6

Praise the Lord!

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Home Rehab Day 30: Too Much for a Sunday Afternoon

Today, I needed some tiles cut to go around the toilet.

We tried the jigsaw with a diamond tile blade but it just wasn’t cutting it. (That’s punny.)

So, IV manipulated the wet saw to cut these perfect curves along the lines I’d traced on the tiles:

I hung my head in shame as I admitted what I’d done. 

He’s so merciful though. All he said was, “The only people these things don’t happen to are the people who don’t do anything.”

And then he cut two new tiles for me…the right way. ❤

I set the floor tile and then started grouting the shower.

I thought this would be the easy part, but I might have been crying my first bout of shower tears if Richard hadn’t been there to save me.

I was struggling on the first wall and he came in and slapped that stuff right on the second one. (He’s obviously done this before. 🤔)

I was beyond thankful.

Also, Richard and IV were taking down a board covering a window in the kitchen and when they flipped it over this is what they found:

Sorry…it’s sold. 🤗 We bought all the “acers”. Haha!

We were entertained.

After that it turned out to be a long day, but good stuff was done…

It looks like a crime scene, but we just want to keep them clean until they’re stained.
IV said that was a PAIN, but they finally got it in.

We’re on a countdown to returning to our new “normal” life now!

Gonna be living in that construction zone real soon!

Praise the Lord.