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Sunday, March 23, 2014

Hands To Work….

Sometimes I forget that in everything we should give thanks to God. The people of the Shaker religion did just that. When they were milking cows they praised God, when mucking out barns they praised God, while tiling soil they praised God.

"Hands To Work Hearts To God" religious decorative vinyl lettering decals

Last week I spent countless hours at the condo patching holes in walls, painting, scraping, scrubbing, packing, and lifting heavy objects up and down an entire flight of stairs many, many times. To say it was mind numbing, muscle straining, back breaking work would be an understatement. But as I did all of it I tried to glorify God.

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On Sunday afternoon Mr. Décor found me in the front room on my knees, wearing a dirty apron, praying to God. Tears filled my eyes. God knows the desires of my heart. I’m sure He also heard the desperation and sorrow in my voice.

Because I knew that when we had listed the condo for sale the first time I had scrubbed and cleaned to prepare it for a sale. But I had not done so in glory to God. My realization of this fact accounted for my tears.

I had asked Him to please sell the place but what had I given Him?

Nothing.

This time while scrubbing the floors on my hands and knees I sang praise music and thanked God that I had water to clean with so easily available to me. Many do not.

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As I stooped to do touch up painting I praised God that I am healthy and was able to do so. Many are not.

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As I closed the door for what may be the last time I asked God to grant peace to all who enter into this tiny home. This is one of the first things they see, perhaps it will please them.

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Will all this guarantee a sale? No. I know that. Everything will be in God’s time. But it will guarantee that I have lightness in my heart.

Laura

“In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.” ~ 1 Thessalonians 5:18

“Whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through Him to God the Father.” ~ Colossians 3:17

“Commit your work to the Lord, and then your plans will succeed.” ~ Proverbs 16:3

10 comments :

Kelley said...

Psalm 90:17

Good girl. Well done.

Hugs to you,
Kelley~

Connie said...

You are SOOOOO right, my sweet blogger friend. I forget that sometimes during the day. I praise Him and thank Him many times and that's still not enough for what he has done for us in this family. I am blessed beyond compare and mostly for living in my country. I am SO grateful to Him that loves me even being the bratty old lady I am.

Good luck selling the condo.

xoxo,
Connie

Stacey said...

So true and such a great heart to have. I try to be that way as much as possible but sometimes it's hard. Isn't it? My MIL gives thanks every second of the day. She's a wonderful role model. :)

Lorrie said...

Tears pricked my eyes as I read this. Your attitude is an inspiration to me. We are also in the midst of selling a home that wouldn't sell the first time. It's rented but we would just like to be done with it. I have not been thankful in this, but rather demanding of God. I see a SOLD sign on a house and tell him, "that's what I want to see on our house." Thank you for this attitude adjustment. Blessings, Laura.

Bonnie said...

Great wisdom here today. Thank you for sharing, Laura

Gal. 6:9 Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.

sarah said...

Don't forget the St Joseph prayer to sell a home. It worked for me. Now my st joe statue watches over me.

Laura Santos said...

Beautiful post! And I love the black stove! Praying for a sale and knowing God has you and your family in His hands. You are such a treasure to Him and to us.

Louise said...

It really really does look great! The table and chairs, the curtains, those canisters on the laundry shelf, the really, really lovely bathroom, of course new tile and BLACK (yay, I voted for black) stove. And it all looks spotless. Mostly, however, there is a power in this post, and behind it. I'm not a devout woman like you Laura. I admire your devotion and willingness to always turn to the Bible. While I am not a good Christian I absolutely feel the power here. Just like when you purchased your current home your determination coupled with your faith made it happen. When you prayed to God to make you love Az or leave I knew you would be leaving, and now I know the condo will sell because you are so devout and trusting in God.

Tanna at The Brick Street Bungalow said...

Love. love. love this post. We recently went through a very trying experience with selling our home... I had many of the same revelations as you. It is all about Him. blessings ~ tanna

openid said...

Laura,
Inspiring post and wonderful reminder that "In all things praise God."
Your Friend,
Deborah
FairfieldHouseNJ.com