Nestled in a comfy spot on the couch with my iPad, I was about to click on Pinterest and look for tree ideas for a Farm House Christmas when my husband comes into the living room with an announcement. He suddenly has a great idea about the master bath downstairs and suggests we move our bedroom to the first floor. He gave me a whole plan of what we could do.
What? I just wanted to figure out where to put a Christmas tree.
Within minutes my thoughts went from a Christmas tree to a bathroom makeover. Do you want to know what my first concern was when he landed the idea into my lap?
The downstairs bathroom only has one sink! How am I going to go to his and her sink and abundant counter space to one sink? Not only that, if we move our master bedroom downstairs, it means I have to move my office upstairs. What will happen to my sanctuary?
Here I was merely thinking about where to put the Christmas tree. Maybe I should just put the tree in the bathroom and call it done. (hahaha)
So for the last few days, I have been thinking about a bathroom remodel and where to put the tree. Both of them require rearranging things. I tend to rearrange things in my home as therapy. Though, right now, I see a different kind of treatment may be with wine.
The view I wish to have
I once read If you want a different perspective change your view. Let’s face it a new bathroom and rearranging the furniture for the Christmas tree will definitely change my view.
But I’m also praying for a new perspective on some big decisions and new paths that God has me on. All of which overwhelm me. Honestly, I could use a new perspective in quite a few areas this time of year:
1.Holiday expectations. I have hopes of how our home will look to who will be here. How much are we going to spend on our kids and family? Since Jeff’s schedule changes from year to year, will we do family dinner or breakfast this time of year? My expectations might need a new view this holiday season.
2. A new remodel. Not only for the bathroom but for me as well. It will mean new surroundings, a different view than what I have now. If you know me, I’m not good with change. How am I going to adjust to having a less counter space to share? It’s called flexibility.
3.A change of plans. What does God have for me right now in this season of my life? I’ve been thinking more and more about writing a memoir and the commitment that it would take. Not only that, there are changes I want to make in my ministry to my PW tribe.
As I walk through these changes, it’s a good reminder that the best growth comes from rearranging and looking at things from a different view than before. When we see the finished product, we find a surprising joy that we didn’t expect.
The outcome will be beautiful
When I shared this story with a close friend of mine, she reminded me that finding that perfect place for the tree to remodeling a room in my home can be chaotic.
She also encouraged me to be open to a new outlook of what God has planned. Cause life is a story. You have a start, a little conflict, and obstacles to overcome all of which lead to a beautiful ending that you didn’t expect.
“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.” Jeremiah 29;11
God gives me hope to what is to come. A beautiful arrangement of his forever love and blessing. Although I’m fretting about these things, I’m grateful God has a plan, His perspective on how things will be.
Just like when my husband comes to me and says that we should toy with the idea of redoing the bathroom and moving our bedroom downstairs, there is a plan in the making. But all I can see is chaos and construction.
Isn’t in those times we should open our minds and hearts to welcome those changes?
My PW, are you looking for a new perspective on something? If so, let me assure you’re not alone!
This holiday season I pray you find a new way of looking at things, be open to change, and expect the unexpected. Maybe some of them will come with a big red bow around them.
If you have any rearranging to do or remodeling projects on the horizon, leave me a comment below. That way we can commiserate together!
Take-off and Landings Always, Tiffany