Thursday, May 12, 2016

Fresh Paint

Gratitude Year 4-Day 133: Today, I am grateful for fresh paint!

Dad used to have some paint related sayings. "New paint on an old barn." "Face paint" was makeup. "Jezebel" indicated it was too much make-up. Dad hated to paint. Loved a little makeup on a lady. He always hired painting done...which meant it was a rare treat to have fresh paint. 

I think I grew up loving the smell of a fresh paint job, because it made everything feel fresh and new. 

Randy and I enjoy watching "Fixer Upper" (HGTV) together. We watch it with our immediate and extended families when we are together.  We smile at their example of friendship in marriage and the deep respect for the other's gifts.  They are more "goofy" than "drama". They speak affirmations on each word...and in deed. They live out their faith and family values. I want to visit  Waco, TX. 

New Magnolia Paint line from Joanna Gaines. 

I found this image and had to share it.  I have an itch to tear down wallpaper and paint.  This is not a task either of us enjoy and I don't know if time will allow any time soon but it can be a goal. Still, the lure of fresh paint might draw us in and motivate us to spend a weekend in pursuit of a make-over. Fresh paint makes everything feel new.

Isn't it amazing that something so simple can make such a change.  Seriously, the same old stuff looks different when the paint is fresh.  Move the furniture and it seems like a whole new space. 

When I think of the change Christ can make in a heart and a is a little like "fresh paint".  What is old becomes new. A life is reborn with new direction. It changes our hearts and our vision. 

Revelation 21:5 says:"And he who was seated on the throne said, “Behold, I am making all things new.” Also he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.”

It is prophecy of things to come a new heaven and earth...but it such a great statement of His power. 

David prayed for a fresh, clean heart after his murderous act toward Uriah. His act not as a soldier, but out of an envious heart. He wanted Bathsheba...and did something awful to get her.  Not by his hand, but by his order with an intentional outcome. David needed a cleansing, as his life was void of joy without a close walk with the Lord. The separation was horrible. No woman could satisfy the emptiness.. He had to face his sin, confess it and let grace and mercy set things right. 

"Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me." -Psalm 51:10 

Create. Clean. Renew. It is a "fresh paint" kind of scripture. put off your old self, which belongs to your former manner of life and is corrupt through deceitful desires,  and to be renewed in the spirit of your minds,  and to put on the new self, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness." -Ephesians 4:22-24 

There are times that the world corrupts, natural sinful desires take reign, and a renewed spirit is greatly needed. He is my fresh paint!

Today, I am grateful for fresh paint!

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