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Finding Beauty Within

Our household has been all-a-flutter with activity recently.   We have a bunch of projects going right now that will all be turned into blog posts, but some projects are taking a bit longer than anticipated!

This week will bring changes to our Living Room.  New furniture arriving on Friday will add a different feel to the room, and some added comfort!  I am in the process of working on lighting, a gallery wall, and scrabble tiles for a different wall – all of which are taking more time than originally thought!  More on this will follow as progress is made!

In our bedroom, we have been planning a pallet wall for months!  I found a guy locally who dismantles pallets and sells the boards for $0.25/each.  So that saved us a ton of time!  However, the wood was really wet so we had to dry it out good before we could even think of staining it.  And since the WI weather doesn’t really get warm in March/April, there has been a big delay getting on with the project.  Finally, the boards are dry and ready to accept stain!

It was hard to figure out what color stains to go with.  I wanted to have a variation on the wall of colors, but still keep that rustic look.  In the end, I went with a natural, golden pecan, dark oak, and early american stain.  I think they will all compliment each other once on the wall.  Here was our wall inspiration photo:

pallet wall

Once the wall is up in our room, I will post a picture of that.  But for now, you will have to hang in suspense!

Now that the boards are dry, I could go ahead with staining them.  Staining is not my thing….but for some reason, I just really enjoyed my time applying the stain (the sunshine sure helped!).  It really got me thinking about the beauty that was hidden in these old boards that will grace my walls very soon.  It was amazing to me how just a simple brushstroke could change the look of the boards drastically.

It was like a direct comparison to my time on this Earth, and how God has transformed my heart and my mind.  His goodness and grace is all around us.  Sometimes we let ourselves be “brushed” by His might; other times we turn it away and deny Him.  Those “brushstrokes” could be a friend’s word, invite, song, thought, prayer, nudging you to enter into a relationship with the Lord.  I know for me, God worked a long time to get into my heart.  I could always sense Him around me, but never did I truly understand His calling for me.  Until one Friday night in 2000 at a concert when I finally opened the door to my heart and let Him in.  It was like that unfinished wood that is now beautiful and free to show its “grain”.  It was my Maker’s brushstroke that set me free.

So yes, it is another project that is happening in my home.  But for me, staining those boards reminded me of how beautiful my Lord has made my life.  How blessed I am to know Him and be loved by Him.

Friends, keep on with those projects — and look for the beauty in each one!

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