Say ‘no’ to carpenter ants

Ephesians 1:18-19 (AMP) And [I pray] that the eyes of your heart [the very center and core of your being] may be enlightened [flooded with light by the Holy Spirit], so that you will know and cherish the hope [the divine guarantee, the confident expectation] to which He has called you, the riches of His glorious inheritance in the saints (God’s people), and [so that you will begin to know] what the immeasurable and unlimited and surpassing greatness of His [active, spiritual] power is in us who believe. These are in accordance with the working of His mighty strength.

I do not know about you, but when something is bothering me I mull over it. This is a good moment for me to call on God and ask for a home inspection (since we are the home of the Holy Spirit). My husband and I have purchased two homes since we married. The first one was a bank repossession and was basically as is. The second home we were making a large investment in and had some money, to put down from the sale of the previous home. Let me add that when we bought our second home I was well into my third trimester with our second child. We physically went and looked at and toured nearly eighty homes (I know, I was exhausting).

We were running short on time and we had settled on a home not too far from our church location at the time. I was not crazy about the schools that we would be district for and the layout of the house was a little weird, but the closets were good and they had just remodeled the kitchen. We paid for a home inspection as we had made an offer. We wanted to make sure the home we were going to buy was solid. A home inspection is a detailed report of all the potential problems the home may have. This home had a lot of problems. First off, those appliances were not even hooked up in the kitchen and they were a long way off from getting to where that was even possible (electrical issues). Those cute gas logs in that nice fireplace were just there to look at, there was nothing hooked up and the fireplace was not usable. Then there were the carpenter ants that had built nests all in that brand new deck they put in, but did not treat, and now had infected the rest of the house. How can something so small cause so much damage! That house was a big no after the home inspection.

Our inspection for His home within us is the Holy Spirit and His Word. God has given us these so that I can clean myself up (a different clean up from that sin life I lived), but a clean up of the years of neglect, hurts, fear, shame and other spiritual baggage that I have been carrying around. These “life problems” can do some serious damage to this home, just like those small carpenter ants did to that home. I do not like that I mull over things so much. Overthinking and over analyzing things robs us of our peace and our joy. It will rob us of our sleep and our confidence of who we are in Christ. Christ purchased this home and paid a high price for it. I am forever grateful and know that I cannot do this life without Him.

Praying for you as you begin this week. Know and cherish this hope, that He sees us as the riches of His glorious inheritance. We ask Him to search within us and open the eyes of our hearts. He who began a good work within us will see it to completion. We are worth the investment!

Construction Zone

Living in a construction zone

Philippians 1:1-6 (AMP) Paul and Timothy, bond-servants of Christ Jesus (the Messiah, the Anointed), To all the saints (God’s people) in Christ Jesus who are at Philippi, including the overseers and deacons: Grace to you and peace [inner calm and spiritual well-being] from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. I thank my God in every remembrance of you, always offering every prayer of mine with joy [and with specific requests] for all of you, [thanking God] for your participation and partnership [both your comforting fellowship and gracious contributions] in [advancing] the good news [regarding salvation] from the first day [you heard it] until now. I am convinced and confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will [continue to] perfect and complete it until the day of Christ Jesus [the time of His return].

What is your view of a construction zone? They are often not the places of peace and contentment. They are chaotic and dangerous. Most people say that they are slightly messed up places, dangerous places and often times unsightly places to look at. Construction zones have falling hazards. They are dirty, noisy, disorganized, confused, untidy, hectic and disgusting places.

What is your view of a construction zone?

To the architect’s perspective, they will say that the construction zone is beautiful despite all of the chaos going on. They envision the end product. They know what they are looking at is the process of progress.

1 John 3:2 (AMP) Beloved, we are [even here and] now children of God, and it is not yet made clear what we will be [after His coming]. We know that when He comes and is revealed, we will [as His children] be like Him, because we will see Him just as He is [in all His glory].

I am under construction and so are you. Contrary to what we may look like on the outside, we do not often times have it all together. You may look at me and my beautiful family and think that I have it all together. What you do not see and you do not understand is what you are seeing is a work in progress, a real live construction zone. There may be some hazardous materials that fall of with all the hammering and drilling going on. Be patient with me, God is not through with me yet.

Seven years ago a leak was found behind the wall of my kitchen sink. The sub-floor had gotten so wet that a complete gutting of my kitchen had to go under way into the adjoining eating area. They had to tear the sub-floor out and replace it. We were without a kitchen for nearly three months. The end result was a total transformation of what my house looked like when we bought it. That leak exposed areas so that improvements could be made.

Getting to the issue

It is okay to be in the process of progress. It is okay to be under construction. I am better than what I was, but I am not yet where I want to be. Truthfully, we are all in the process of progress. We are at different levels in the process. Our progress is going to be different!

Going back to our first scripture. Verse six, I am convinced and confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will [continue to] perfect and complete it until the day of Christ Jesus [the time of His return]. I know that I know that I know, that you will make it. You are going to be finished. We are under construction now, but we will be completed. It may seem like a long way off, but be encouraged that you will be finished. It does not appear yet what it will be. We have this promise, that is will appear, we will be like Him. We will see Him as He is. He has begun a good work in you and He will see it to completion!

Do you need prayer during this construction process you are at? If so, please message me at amanda@desiringformore.org. I would love to encourage you and pray with you.

After three months of construction!