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Sunday, March 24, 2013

Unfinished Home Projects and Palm Sunday

What a title. How can one thing have anything to do with the other?

Let me first ask “Do you know a person that everything just seems to come easy to?”

As I have gotten older I have learned to accept that I am not one of those people. Everything I do or accomplish I have to work really hard at.

In school I always have to devote at least twice the amount of recommended study time if I want to earn an “A”. (Which of course I do. :)


Gardening? I have two black thumbs!

Cooking~ if a recipe calls for more than 8 ingredients I have learned to not even attempt it. Far too many culinary disasters have taught me that!

Recently I announced I wanted a turquoise couch. I planned on dyeing my slipcovers. I started small. I bought three bottles of “aquamarine” RIT dye  to do the chair. It turned out GREAT! I was eager to buy 4 more bottles of dye so I could tackle the larger couch. Joann’s had only empty shelves where the “aquamarine” dye stock should be. Ditto with Michaels and Hobby Lobby. Really??? Why, all of a sudden, was “aquamarine” dye so popular? Did I miss a major blog post? Then I remembered “Nothing worth doing comes easy to you.” Ok. But meanwhile I had readers that I had left hanging. Grrr.

So I moved on to another project ~ painting the Fashionista’s cabinets a lovely Paris Grey and installing new sink faucets. Easy enough. You’ve seen it on a million blogs.

“The Before”

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I am going to share with you that my daughter most often comes to the house to visit me, her dad, brother and the two dogs. I rarely go over to her apartment. So I forgot that up close the vanity looked like this:

Major cracks

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Gross sinks

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Sure I could have gone ahead and just painted the cabinets and installed the new faucets. I think the term is known as  “putting lipstick on a pig”.

I could hear the voices of a 100 female relatives whispering to me…

“Any job worth doing, should be done well.”

A new vanity top would have to be ordered. The good news is that I learned ALL about that and I will be able to share the knowledge with you. In a few weeks.

Truly you should see my Picasa folder. It is literally bursting with images of failed projects, unfinished projects and the like. Some days I just want to throw in the towel and sit in a broken down lazy boy for the rest of my life.

Because why bother?

Then I remember why I never give up. Even on the little things.

This of course leads me to Palm Sunday.

I screw up ALL the time. Failure and sin occur in my life on a daily basis. Most of it is small, but sin is sin is sin.  

But I am comforted that if I sincerely ask, God will forgive me.

He will NEVER give up on me.

Today I am thinking about Jesus. I wonder when He got on the donkey and saw the crowd cheering and throwing palm leaves down on the road to make a lovely way for Him if the human part of Him for one moment thought “Maybe it’s all going to turn out ok. Maybe a week from now they will still be cheering. Maybe I won’t have to….”

But deep down, He knew. And still He rode.

He did this for me. For you. He loves us with a love so deep and wide that we cannot even begin to comprehend it. He will never give up on us. Never.

For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor

any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of

God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” ~ Romans 8:38~39

As it is the Sabbath and a holiday I kindly ask that in lieu of a comment please leave a prayer or thanksgiving of praise for God.



Ceekay-THINKIN of HOME/Doublewide Decor said...

When upon life's billows, you are tempest tossed..
When you are discouraged, thinking all is lost,
Count your many blessings...
name them one by one...
and it will surprise you what the Lord hath done.
Count your blessings name them one by one
Count your blessings see what God has done
Count your blessings, name them TON by TON
Count your many blessings see what God has done!

lynn cockrell said...

It truly is good to know that no matter how much of a mess we make of our lives, Jesus doesn't give up on us. No matter how discouraged we become or how many times we fail, He is just waiting to pick us up and give us the courage we need to start afresh.

ImagiMeri said...

My son was born on Palm Sunday 28 years ago, however this year his birthday falls on Easter. I just went to see him this weekend and reminded him that his name was chosen because of being born on that day. He is Christopher (Christ bearer) in honor of that specific date. I love reading your Sunday scriptures very much pretty lady.

Love ya'

Vel Criste said...

Amen Laura! as for the brunch, it is a darling set-up and I can't believe you did it on a budget too!

openid said...

Amongst all the busyness that goes on in living each day to the fullest, thank you for reflecting on Jesus and His resurrection!
Your Friend,

Jaybird said...

"He did it all for me
Each drop of blood was shed for even me
When the savior cried, bowed his head and died
Oh praise the Lord,
He did all for me"
(Hymn words)
Thank you Lord!!