Living through renovations – A Mom’s Guide

Amanda parenting, Spiritual Formation, Uncategorized

Many of us have had renovations or construction done to our homes. It’s a huge blessing, but at the same time – it presents some challenges. It is also a time when your family is walking in the unknown.

Beth Semple, mom of two boys, has recently been experiencing life in a kitchen renovation. It’s been tough, but she’s looked to what Jesus is teaching her through this experience.

If you’re in a time of renovation – in your house or metaphorically in your life, Beth has some truth:

Lessons from living through a reno.

  1. Keep calm – panic and frantic won’t make it go any smoother, faster, quieter, or cleaner.
  2. Keep filled with the Spirit – singing spiritual songs rather than ranting and fretting – rejoice amidst the mess.
    “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.
    Keep perspective – this too shall pass, it’s in the waiting that we grow, the result will all be worth it – promises good things – it’s an adventure.” Phil. 4:6

    “but those who hope in the Lord
    will renew their strength.
    They will soar on wings like eagles;
    they will run and not grow weary,
    they will walk and not be faint.”
    Isaiah 40:31
  3. Keep your distance – allow for things to happen without your control, trust the process (even though it may not be clear), allow for things to be messy and don’t go beyond the curtain when it’s over the doorways.
  4. Lastly, keep your sense of humor and maybe some Good Humor in your freezer (may come in handy for dinner when you can’t cook!) “And your hearts will overflow with a joyful song to the Lord Jehovah. Keep speaking to each other with words of Scripture, singing the Psalms with praises and spontaneous songs given by the Spirit!”
    Ephesians 5:19