Monday, July 25, 2011

Progress - One Day at a Time

The list is long. A compilation of home projects that need to be addressed. Some are simple tasks that my husband and I can handle, others require getting several estimates and hiring the experts. Over the last few weeks, we've been able to check a few things off our master list.

I'm anxiously awaiting the day when we can call in the paint crew. My favorite projects are the ones that make the biggest impact. You know, getting the house painted, or doing some dramatic landscaping. But we're not there yet. The projects we've focused on so far, are the more practical ones. Cleaning out our pond so the water can flow freely. And having several massive trees taken down to avoid any potential damage to our home.

As we work down our list, there are several more practical things that need to be taken care of before we'll finally be able to concentrate on the projects that create the 'wow' factor. Things like replacing the garage door opener. And having the sprinkler system fixed. Details that may go unnoticed by passers-by, but are important nonetheless. In spite of these seemingly 'ho-hum' projects, my husband and I know that progress is being made.

My spiritual life is very similar. I'm a work in progress. And the Lord is the Master Builder. He knows when repair work is needed, and He addresses the heart of each issue in just the right order. Oftentimes I'm impatient, wanting that fresh coat of 'paint' in order to impress others, when what I really need is an overhaul in my attitude. I want Him to hurry up and move on to the next 'project,' but my Heavenly Father reminds me that His desire is for true transformation - from the inside, out. He whispers, "Be still, and know that I am God," (Psalms 46:10a; KJV).

God's Word is a lifeline of truth. The Apostle Peter gives clear instructions for growth, "Wherefore laying aside all malice, and all guile, and hypocrisies, and envies, and all evil speakings, As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby," (1 Peter 2:1-2). When I have a heart to read and study the Bible, growth is the direct result. The goal is evident, I'm to, "...grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ," (2 Peter 3:18).

The process may be slow and tedious at times, but satisfaction comes from knowing that there IS progress. I AM growing. His Word offers me proof, "Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ," (Philippians 1:6). He WILL be faithful to do His part in the transformation process. With His help, I'm determined to allow Him to complete the work He has so graciously begun!

Are you willing to let God have access to the 'projects' that need to be addressed in your life? What do you need to do today to see growth take place?

Prayer: Heavenly Father, I know You desire true transformation in my life. Help me to be patient with the process when it gets difficult, and to listen and be obedient when You call for me to make changes. Thank You for Your faithfulness. In Jesus' name, Amen.


  1. Amen and Amen!

    Maria, you're posts are always so poignant. It's always just what I need to hear. Your blog has been such a blessing to me. I look forward to your insight and enjoy getting to know you better through your writing.

    As far as the "projects" God is working in my life. Well, I tend to be stubborn and resistant to change. Now is a great time to open myself to the possibilities.

  2. Ralene - Thanks so much for your sweet words of encouragement! Sometimes I would rather not be so transparent, but I'm reminded that God's Word says, "There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man..." (1 Cor. 10:13), so no doubt, others have struggled with the same issues I'm dealing with! And I can sure relate to the 'projects' God is working on in your life! God bless you as you allow Him to be the Master Builder! *Look forward to visiting your site! :)

  3. Another great post and analogy. What a gift you have, Maria. I'm waiting for the day I can call the paint crew in, too! :)

  4. Jessica - So glad you stopped by! Your words of encouragement mean a lot! Keep working at those projects and before you know it, it'll be time to call those painters! Have a blessed week, my friend!

  5. Hi Maria -

    Those foundational projects affect the function of a house and a life. Neglect them, and the beautifying efforts may go down the drain.

    Susan :)

  6. Such a wonderful post! Today, in order for me to see growth...i need to let go of my insecurities :)

  7. Susan - I always love reading your comments! They are rich with wisdom and insight. The foundation IS absolutely the most important structure. Get that right, and everything else will last! True of our spiritual lives as well! Great point! Have a beautiful week. Hugs and God bless you, my friend! :)

  8. KC - So good to see you! Thanks for your encouraging words. Appreciate your honesty, too! Insecurities are definitely something we all struggle with and can really stunt growth. You're on the right track to let them go! Have you read Beth Moore's book on the topic? It's titled, So Long, Insecurities. I'd highly recommend it! Have a wonderful day! BTW - love your new profile pic! God bless!

  9. What encouraging posts you have! I love that we are to... "grow in grace and in the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ." It's exciting to get to know Him more each day and grow in His grace.
    I'm a new follower of your blog and invite you to come visit my blog...

    Cathy :)