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

The Gilland Family of 6!

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Extreme Makeover: Heart Edition

We are getting close to the final stretch of this pregnancy, so we are working hard to get projects completed around the house.  Before we had children, Doug and I loved working around the house and yard.  Now, there is just not enough time for “extra” projects.  There is barely enough time for all the necessary things: cooking, laundry, dishes, baths, hugs and kisses!
We moved some of the children around to different rooms in preparation for Baby Jack’s arrival in April.  Next we will be painting, putting up a door, and building some built in book shelves for our ever growing library.
This past weekend I decided to rearrange the garage because it needed some major help!  First of all we have so many bikes, balls and scooters that they are taking over the garage.  Secondly, we need it to serve as a storage room and pantry, as well as the garage.  So it desperately needed a remodel!
At the same time this past weekend I started reading a truly amazing, life changing book (Radical, I’ll blog about it later).  There were so many times while reading that my mind drifted to my garage makeover and couldn’t help but compare that to the makeover God has done and still wants to do in my heart.  There is sin that needs to be carved out of my heart.  There are priorities that need to be shifted.  There are some ideas I have about my life that need to be adjusted to align with God’s heart.
Remodeling projects take a lot out of us.  They are also “costly” - physically, emotionally and financially.  This is true with both our house and our heart. 
But here is some Good News for us today.
“For the eyes of the LORD range throughout the earth to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to him…” 2 Chronicles 16:9.

1 comment:

  1. Oh my goodness, Ashley!!! Of course I remember you! It has been forever!! Your family is so beautiful, and I am so excited that ya'll have baby #4 on the way! Congratulations!! Love that you know Shelley! I have loved following their blog, and I LOVED getting to meet her in person at the Created for Care conference! And love Meg and DRobbs! So neat!!! Thrilled to reconnect with you and follow you family's journey! Thanks for all your encouragement on our journey to Caroline Faith!!!