Saturday, October 9, 2010

It is finished...

I think I know how Michael Angelo felt when he finished the Sistine Chapel.  I have FINISHED the 15 windows!  Oh my word!  I can't believe I just got to type that.  It seemed at the beginning of the project that we would NEVER finish!  (I'll stop using exclamation points now, but just know that I am screaming happy inside.)  We did stumble onto one really rotten window.  We thought it would have to be replaced at the lovely cost of $2,000 (it's a fancy type window).  We found someone to fix it instead, so technically I only painted 14 windows.  It took us almost 2 months to do.  Of course, we could only work on the weekends because we needed the kiddos to be busy.  We saved (not counting the cost of a new window) about $800.  I did not factor in Saturday and Sunday night meals eaten out because we were too tired to cook and clean up.  I figured that counted as family time together since the children were ignored.  

I learned a lot through the process.  I'm a pretty handy person and can fix a lot of things.  In almost every project, I learn something new.  It's how I really started with all of this home fix-it stuff.  In my first condo I tried to fix the bathroom faucet.  I ended up breaking it.  Then I got to learn how to install a brand new bathroom faucet.  So, what was a yucky situation, became the start of a home repair adventure.  

The best thing I learned is that large tasks that seem overwhelming truly can be conquered when broken down into smaller ones.  I could have NEVER gotten all 15 windows done in one weekend.  Or one week for that matter.  I learned that painting two windows in a weekend was very doable.  It didn't take our entire weekend.  It did take effort and planning.  And good weather.  Some things were in our control.  Other things were not.  We just had to keep plugging along at it.  Run if you will.  Isaiah 40:31 (NIV) says, "but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint."

That's what we had to do to finish this.  It's what we have to do with anything in life.  Marital problems?  Run and do not grow weary.  Discipline issues with your kids?  Run and do not grow weary.  The Lord will renew your strength.  Illness?  Pray, seek care, and run.  Financial issues?  Do not grow weary.  Do not be faint.

Of course, all of this is hard.  Sometimes VERY hard.  But I know that when you take everything to God, ask for his help (even in painting windows) he will take us up on his wings and let us soar like an eagle.  

God bless each of you and have a WONDERFUL week!

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