Over our 32 years of marriage, Mike and I have made a habit of diving into a new project when we need a distraction. Most of the time, a new project will keep our minds focused on the good stuff.

Stuff like creativity and common goals.

Not everyone loves doing house projects…I totally understand that.

For us though, our home is one great big work in progress…kinda like our lives.

Currently, we’re working on the kitchen.

Last week I spent hours and hours working on this project and I found myself comparing this process to what’s going on in my heart these days…

Here is the kitchen before we moved into this house 6 years ago…

We had a phase 1 plan for making some changes in the kitchen.

Any kind of change, causes some measure of upheaval and I don’t know about you, but I truly dislike upheaval.

The first phase included all the projects that we could financially and physically do before we moved in, but we knew, in time, we’d eventually have other projects to do in here…

After all, change doesn’t have to happen all at once.

Transforming most anything is a process.
And a process takes place over time.
DIY-Range-HoodWhile a big room makeover might be fun to do all at once, I don’t think it’s that way with life changes.

Have you ever had a moment of clarity when you look at your life and realized how very many things need to change?Open Cabinets

And if you’ve been there, did the sheer amount of change completely overwhelm?

Never fear my friend… in life, small change is okay…kitchenIt takes time to create a masterpiece.

Time to rough out a plan.

Time to fine tune the plan…

Timing is everything because remember, change has a companion and its name is Upheaval (or Disturbance or Trouble or even Turmoil).

Also, change takes a lot of work…

And change will almost assuredly require a “demo” phase…

Things often look much worse before they get better.

But that’s ok.

Don’t panic.

Because with every big change there comes a point when you turn a corner…

It’s not that you’re done, you may still be in crisis, but you start to see just a little bit of what you’re working toward…

Don’t underestimate small victories….

Those streams in the desert are gifts to strengthen us so we can finish strong….

I’m thankful that God is okay with small changes over time and that I’m learning to trust the process…

Slowly, we’re making progress in the kitchen and I see a few subtle changes in my heart as well…

(We still have a lot more to do in this current project, we’re thinking maybe 2 more weeks worth. Mike just put some random pieces of wood on the supports to give us a preview 🙂 )

“Do not despise these small beginnings, for the Lord rejoices to see the work begin…” Zechariah 4:10

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