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Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Life Under Construction!

Time for me to Pour My Heart Out with Shell!

We're under construction here at the shoebox. Literally. Some of you know we had a flood here back in July(YES-JULY!), and this past week we've finally begun to start the repairs! It has been a tremendous struggle to get anything done in a timely manner, and dealing with my mortgage company has been a nightmare.

Has anyone ever had an insurance claim on their home? If you have a mortgage, the insurance check is made payable to you and your mortgage company. You must endorse the check over to the mortgage co, and they hold the funds according to their process and your repairs. Every mortgage co. is different. I have family members who have gone through similar processes without any headaches, but that has not been the case for us-AT ALL!!

When the house flooded I felt like it was a physical picture of how I already felt about my life.  It was a breaking point for me. The straw that broke the camels back per say. It's a season of life when things are crazy. I don't even want to type out the laundry list of things we have on our plate-for two reasons. 1. All of you have your own list, and mine is no more important than yours, and 2. It's not the point of this post.

God has laid this verse on my heart over and over today.

Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. ~ James 1:2-4

God doesn't promise life is always going to be easy. In fact, He promises the opposite! We will "face trials of many kinds". Many kinds? I guess that means that this season of trials isn't the last.

Hear me on this...I am not typing this post for you to think I have figured this thing out. I'm sharing with you something tonight that I have NOT mastered! In the midst of all the stress, I have to admit I have not honored God with most of my actions. I know the right thing to do is have faith, trust in Him, pray daily, and let my actions show His light within me. Regardless of my circumstances. However, I feel that I've shown the opposite.

But, this verse offers me hope. Read it again. Please.

Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. ~ James 1:2-4

If I have to go though this to mature in Christ. Then ok. I just know he's not finished with me yet. That all of this stress and "construction" is God's way of leading me to a place where I can say that I have persevered! I don't want to look back at this season of my life, and have missed the blessing that God had for me.

Construction here is is frustrating. Time consuming. Nothing ever goes as planned. Things don't look the way I thought they would when we planned the repairs. Nothing seems to ever get done all at once.

It's piece by piece.

Much like life. God's plan for us. A plan I know that has been promised to be good (Jeremiah 29:11).

God is working on me. I'm hard work. I take a lot of time. I never do what He wants me to, and I never seem to GET IT! I am disobedient and prideful.

BUT...I will..."be confident of this, that he who began a good work in [me] will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus." ~Philippians 1:6

I'm a life under construction by the Creator and Master of all. He's not done yet, and I will persevere.


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At September 15, 2010 at 8:46 PM , Blogger Shell said...

I love your attitude in the face of challenges. It's very inspiring!

At September 15, 2010 at 10:18 PM , Blogger purseblogger said...

I need to get this attitude. Thank you for sharing this with us. Good luck girl.

At September 16, 2010 at 2:44 AM , Blogger The Blue Zoo said...

Love your attitude! I would be pouting and whining and throwing some very unladylike fits. But you are rockin it with grace!

Or at least youre trying. =)

At September 16, 2010 at 5:56 AM , Blogger Casey said...

I too love your attitude and I need to have it more often. God will get us through it all, we can't do it alone

At September 16, 2010 at 8:28 AM , Blogger Di said...

Oh man - construction is stressful enough without mortgage company drama on top of it! Love your positivity throughout it!

At September 19, 2010 at 11:43 AM , Blogger Jessica said...

::shoulder rub::

You can make it! Breathe! Pray! Go out for dessert! Then pray some more!

Send you stress free vibes!

At September 19, 2010 at 5:54 PM , Blogger MaryAnne said...

Great perspective. Flood damage is so much work - I hope your repairs go smoothly (from now on) and that you are happy with the end result.


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