I really enjoy reading blogs dedicated to DIY home décor/design. I’ve learned so much and have been inspired to make my home a beautiful haven for my family. But I’m not a DIY home décor/design blogger. I’m a faith blogger. I feel certain you don’t come here to learn how to decorate. Which leads me (and you, I’m sure) to ask two questions:
- Why share a before-and-after bedroom makeover?
- What does it have to do with living in the presence and power of an extraordinary God?
I’m glad you asked.
I’m Cutting In
It’s an ordinary Friday morning and I have big plans for the downstairs bedroom that’s been recently vacated.
Another young man is more than ready to make it his own. His #1 request—paint on the walls. Easy enough.
With painting supplies in hand my trusty paint-rolling-sidekick and I get to work. I prefer the “cut-in” work but my screamin’ hamstrings still remind me that rolling requires no ladder. And, yes, I’m painting in a skirt because my painting pants are too tight and too-tight painting pants plus screamin’ hamstrings is a recipe for grumpy. “When Your Painting Pants Are Too Tight” is another post entirely.
We’re done with painting by lunch and the young man is pleased to see the results.
The Decorating Dance
He begins moving in. We help a bit with the furniture move and then we bow out. In this decorating dance, he leads. Tribal Smokestone is not my preference for wall color but it’s just a wall, and just a house, and just a room—his room, his space, his haven— his place to think, play, rest, and pray.
He requested wood flooring but after some research (thanks for your help) we decide against the time and money investment. We take the opportunity to talk with him about our budget and savings and choices we make about money. A sweet, teachable moment, for sure.
The After Party
There are no Pinterest perfect pictures here. Just a room decorated with love. Oh, yeah. For a moment I compare the “after” with photos I see online. The words form in my mind and mouth to suggest change and edits and “that doesn’t look good there”.
But His Spirit, full in the rooms of my heart, cuts-in on dark words and paints a “Why?”
He covers my desire for unattainable perfection with a generous coat of grace. He rearranges the priorities of my heart to make room for a bigger picture that only eyes of faith can see.
He invites me in.
I see rust and dust and broken pieces.
He invites me in.
I look harder this time.
I see an old soul, a collector of bits and pieces of history and story. I see a thoughtful and sentimental boy-man with imagination and faith. I see the clothes of a growing boy and the Truth of his growing faith.
Motherhood is bittersweet.
“I love it, Caleb.”
He embraces with words of gratitude. “Thank you, Mom.”
Caleb, means “whole-hearted” in Hebrew. I chose the name years ago when the choices were all mine.
My servant Caleb has a different spirit
and has followed Me completely. Numbers 14:24
He’s living up to his name—this boy becoming God’s man.
It’s extraordinary what God can do in the middle of an ordinary Friday with a willing heart and a can of paint.
I’m linking up with Britta at the Meet Me in the Middle Project this week. If you love “Before and After” stories you’ll want to click on over and join us!