THE REMODELING PHASE IS UGLY

In 1995 Joe and I moved into our home. When we bought the house, it hadn’t been updated in forever, so remodeling the whole house was a necessity before we moved in. But, as much as I like buying new clothing and constantly updating my wardrobe…I don’t do the same with my house. The remodeling phase is ugly, and I hate having to go through the process

With clothing, I don’t mind having yardsales or donating and giving away things that I don’t wear anymore to purge items from my closet. But, when it comes to household items, I take the attitude, “it is working, so why change it?” Another one of the reasons that I don’t like updating and changing things in my house is that everything has to be torn apart before it can be put back together.

This past week, I finally decided to have the entire inside of my house painted. Everything in my house has been dark colors, and I loved the lighter gray of my office so much, I decided to paint the entire house that color. The foyer and hallways, two of the bathrooms, and two bedrooms have all been painted. Everything looks so bright and fresh, and I am so thrilled with the way that everything looks.

As thrilled as I am with the new paint color in the rooms, I am equally as aggravated at the existing decorations that were previously in those rooms. Nothing looks right, it all looks cluttered and dark. So, I have been dragging out all of the stuff that needs to change. And, I am busy playing on Pinterest, shopping on Amazon, and trying to figure out what new things I need. But, for now, I’ve got a HUGE mess.

I know that the outcome of my decisions and labor will result in something much better than what I previously had, but the remodeling phase is ugly. All I see are previous bad decisions and flaws. It is overwhelming trying to figure out how to put everything back together, but not make the same mistakes.

I am looking at remodeling a room or two, but the same could be applied to our hearts and our lives. I don’t know about you, but I have areas of my life that are dark, there are parts of my life that are filled with clutter, and I know that to get to where I want to be, I need some remodeling to take place.

Evaluation Phase

Whether you are remodeling a room or your life, you need to evaluate what needs to be changed. This phase is just as hard as the remodeling phase because it forces us to be honest with ourselves. It doesn’t matter what others think of you if you know deep down that you are harboring ill feelings, that you are greedy, dishonest, a cheat, or are only going through the motions of being a Christian.

Remodeling Phase

One of the things that I’ve been praying lately is for the Lord to do surgery on my heart. I am asking him to reveal to me areas that I might not even be aware of that need some serious attention. Then, I am asking him to cut it out of my heart, to rid me of the dark spot that can spread if left inside.

John 15:2

He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful.

I can imagine the branches of my heart piling up on the ground. There are branches of pride, branches of gossip, branches of greed, branches of lies, branches of laziness, and so many more piles that is sad to think that all of that was in my heart.

Every builder and decorator knows that before the house can be put back together, all of the crap has to be swept up and hauled off. Every farmer knows that before you can have a good crop flourish, you have to pull the weeds and burn them so that they can’t continue to strange out the roots of the good plants.

New Phase

Once the old has been swept up, carted off, or burned away, we can start again fresh. Everything will be clean, fresh, and ready to once again be filled up. The old is gone and the new awaits.

Ephesians 4:22-24

22 You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; 23 to be made new in the attitude of your minds; 24 and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.

Putting away the old ways sounds wonderful. But, if we don’t create new attitudes, then we will find ourselves falling back into old habits. Now is the time to put on the new self, and pray to become more Christ-like, holy, and righteous. I can’t wait to see how my rooms turn out, but I am more thrilled that my heart is clutter-free.

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  1. Brenda Young wrote:

    Thank you so much for writing this Sunday devotion. It was something I needed to hear.

    Posted 8.16.20 Reply
    • Tania wrote:

      Brenda, I never “preach” to others, I am simply sharing what I need to work on myself.

      Posted 8.16.20 Reply
  2. Barb wrote:

    Thanks for sharing your comments about remodeling!

    Posted 8.16.20 Reply
    • Tania wrote:

      I’m glad that you enjoyed the post.

      Posted 8.16.20 Reply
  3. Sheri Fancher wrote:

    Similar thoughts this early Sunday morning! Great read❤️

    Posted 8.16.20 Reply
    • Tania wrote:

      Sheri, I am constantly seeking progress in my Christian walk. I know that I can’t find perfection, but if I am progressing, then I am happy.

      Posted 8.16.20 Reply
  4. Cathy wrote:

    Just what I needed to hear on this Sunday morning. Thank you.

    Posted 8.16.20 Reply
    • Tania wrote:

      Yay, I’m happy that this spoke to you, Cathy.

      Posted 8.16.20 Reply
  5. Nancy Gaddy wrote:

    Thank you your Sunday devotions! I always feel it is something written for me. ❤️

    Posted 8.16.20 Reply
    • Tania wrote:

      That is how I feel a lot when I listen to a sermon. I think that the Lord uses others to speak to us.

      Posted 8.16.20 Reply
  6. Sandi wrote:

    Thank you Tania for this great message. I feel like you’re speaking to me. It’s just what I needed to hear and pray about.

    Posted 8.16.20 Reply
  7. Sandra wrote:

    I absolutely love this devotional today. I know I can relate to it. I love remodeling and changing things in my home but like you I need to focus more on “remodeling “ my heart. I’ll be praying to the “builder” to changing those things that need it. Have a great Sunday!

    Posted 8.16.20 Reply
    • Chris wrote:

      Great post Tania! You seem to know what we need to hear and be reminded of! You are a woman of many talents…..love your Sunday posts!

      Posted 8.16.20 Reply
  8. teresa jeschke wrote:

    To God be the glory, indeed and AMEN! Tania, this is a truly beautiful and inspiring post, and I believe my favorite of yours since I began following you. Without a firm foundation in Christ, our home [soul] will not stand the forces of evil, and goodness knows we have an abundance of that going on right now. God bless you for your witness!

    Posted 8.16.20 Reply
  9. Sue Epling wrote:

    Truth, right here! Thanks for reminding us the importance of change, as hard and scary as it can be.

    Posted 8.16.20 Reply
  10. Nancy wrote:

    Brilliant analogy. 😊

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  11. Patti wrote:

    Such a nice devotion for this Sunday morning. Thank you. ❤️

    Posted 8.16.20 Reply
  12. Linda wrote:

    Thanks so much for the great message that we all need to here! Also you need to share before and after pics of the new remodel 🤗 so excited for you!

    Posted 8.16.20 Reply
    • Linda wrote:

      Hear! Auto correct 🤦‍♀️

      Posted 8.16.20 Reply
  13. Tonja Hagamaker wrote:

    This could’ve not have came at a better time.
    In he middle of a 2-3 month remodel now. Living room is scrunched in to the dining room. Everything is in disarray. Love our fresh Alpaca gray paint color on the walls. Dark furniture/accessories out! Light and fresh coming in, but this process is slow-going.

    Posted 8.16.20 Reply
  14. Valerie wrote:

    Very helpful and encouraging words! And I’m laughing because I literally haven’t changed anything in our home for 16 years (if it ain’t broke why fix it🤣). But this fall is the year so your post was very helpful in reminding me about what I’m ready to embark on. Thank you Tania!

    Posted 8.16.20 Reply
  15. dawnellyoder wrote:

    Hi Tania! I really appreciated your post today on removing the clutter from our lives and embracing a fresh clean start. I have been a professional organizer for the past 20 years and I have seen so many people become completely paralyzed with the clutter they have allowed into their lives, both in their homes and in their minds and hearts. I felt God calling me to write a book on this topic and it was recently published. I would love to gift you a copy. My book is called “Clutter Decline by God’s Design” . Could you give me a mailing address so I can send it to you? Thanks so much. And thanks for spreading the love of Jesus through fashion.

    Posted 8.16.20 Reply
  16. Julie wrote:

    Thank you such an awesome devotion! A great reminder to update our Christian journey!

    Posted 8.16.20 Reply
  17. I really appreciated your post today. I have been a professional organizer for 20 years and I have seen so many women paralyzed in life due to clutter in their homes and in their hearts. I felt God calling me to write a book on some of the very thoughts you shared today, and it is called “CLUTTER DECLINE BY GOD’S DESIGN.” I would love to gift you a copy, Tania. Could you give me a mailing address so I can get one in the mail for you?

    Posted 8.16.20 Reply
  18. Charlcy wrote:

    WOW! That was amazing and searching Sunday sermon from the heart, Tania! Much better than the sermon at church today! Thank you being transparent and for sharing your life w us! Wish I could see your home! I know it’s going to be gorgeous! Blessings!

    Posted 8.16.20 Reply
  19. Christine wrote:

    I love your hair today. Very flattering. I’m a decorator at heart. My advice is go with neutral basics…sofa, chairs and then add color in accessories. Pillows, curtains, minimize the knick knacks. Erin Napier from Home Town has great style. Her homes look lived in yet curated .have a wonderful week!

    Posted 8.17.20 Reply
  20. Lori wrote:

    Love this analogy! Thank you for sharing!💕

    Posted 8.17.20 Reply
  21. Ann wrote:

    This sermon really hit home. Thank you!

    Posted 8.17.20 Reply
  22. Nicole wrote:

    Thank you Tania that was great to hear. We love to see your new decor once done. I know I have to pray constantly ….for myself to be like Jesus. Always love your blog. Thank you

    Posted 8.17.20 Reply
  23. Pam wrote:

    Such a great message….so true and necessary!

    Posted 8.17.20 Reply
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