I didn’t go looking for Jesus in the bathroom…

….but there He was in the rubble.

Ok, it wasn’t exactly Jesus himself. That would be something though!

It was a little silver and gold cross The Mister gave me for Christmas a few years ago. And like Jesus himself, it was kind of a miracle I found it.




Regular readers of this occasional blog know that when The Mister gets bored he picks up a hammer, a saw, a crow bar and starts destroying, I mean remodeling something.

This time it was our master bath. Yup, the cobbler’s children are finally getting some shoes!

When we moved into this home nearly five years ago we planned to remodel that bathroom.  I know, most people would want to keep that dingy white carpet, the chair rail with the hunter green paint on the bottom part of the wall and…..

….this sexy wallpaper!

But, I was over it and he was bored, so begins the renovation.



The Mister had a meeting at church tonight so I thought I’d do him a solid and sweep up his mess from the last few days work of moving the water lines down, installing new drywall over the old spot and pealing that lovely wallpaper off. And it would be a nice surprise for him when he got home, but I was the one who got the surprise.

As I was sweeping up and emptying the dust pan I saw the cross! And my heart sang. I lost it nearly a year ago. And boy have I missed it. I thought it was gone forever. But here it was, in the rubble. Some how it wasn’t taken out when The Mister removed the carpet, or when he removed the padding. And I had swept up several pans, and handfuls of debris. I mean, I had an entire trash bag full of stuff. It was still there! How in the world! It makes me a little weepy to think about it, how it’s here, in my hand after all this time through all the rubble.

It made me think of God himself and the promises I’ve read in the Bible, and learned in church, and heard about on mission trips. God doesn’t leave you or forsake you. You may turn from him but he’ll take you back. He’s there in the rubble of your mess, waiting anxiously for you to return.

This is comforting to me as I go through the series we’re doing at our church. It’s called Idols of the Heart and it’s an encouraging and challenging message that’ s starting to rock my world a little. Each week there’s a message, and each day there’s a short Bible passage to read with an accompanying video from our pastors. If you’re interested in learning more, just click on the hot links.

If you have walked away from Jesus, it’s not too late. He’s there waiting, with open arms. He’ll take you back, dust and all.





Also, here’s the current state of our bathroom. Makes brushing my teeth a bit challenging.





 

 

 

 

 

 

Bless this home

When our church moved out of its storefront location into a free-standing building our pastor invited us to come in and write blessings, Bible verses and prayers on the floor before the tile was installed.

I remember kneeling near what would become a modest indoor waterfall and writing a prayer for some of my dearest family and friends who didn’t yet know Jesus. They didn’t know that he was sent to earth to cover our sins, the sins that keep us from heaven. They’d hear of him sure, but they didn’t trust him. They thought you could get to heaven by doing good works and being a “good person.”

At least two of them have come to trust Jesus, I’m still praying for the others.



I loved the idea of blessing a place. When the Mister remodeled our sunroom at the home we live in, I wrote blessings on the floor for us and anyone who enters our home. That sunroom is easily our favorite room in the house and it’s were visitors gravitate to and relax in. Many have told me how peaceful it is in there.

I knew I wanted to do the same thing at the investment property. Beyond the drama we’ve discovered that went on in this house , I wanted to really bless the new owners, and all who step foot in there.

So, as people stopped by to check it out, or to lend a hand, I asked them share their favorite verse or write a blessing or prayer.

We saw at least one contractor read a verse. Here are the ones we’ve gathered so far.

My prayer for all who enter.
A friend’s verse, the one we saw a contractor read.
This verse is close to my friend’s heart. It was one of the first he learned when he started trusting in jesus.
Probably the most popular verse in the Bible. It pretty much sums it up! This is in a child’s room.
And so is this one. Another awesome verse to lean into.




sometimes people think christians are stuffy and can’t have fun. I thought this Was perfect For the kitchen.
A pryaer for the master bedroom.
Another prayer for the master bedroom. And for me too!

 

I hope this post has blessed you in some way today. If it has, please share it.

Now it’s your turn. What blessing, verse or prayer would you share?