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This morning I had breakfast at Quick Dine III, an old-fashioned, mom-and-pop-type diner here in town, where you can get the best, crispiest bacon ever, a good, very cheesey omelette with hash browns (plenty of ketchup!), and a decent, creamy, hot cup of coffee. The waitress, Joanne, is amazing, remembering exactly what you want, including your drink and hazelnut creamer for your coffee. 

omelette and bacon

omelette and bacon

As I waited on my usual order, I watched part of The Repair Shop on the TV, where the expert craftsmen restore heirlooms and antiques like music boxes, vases, and clocks to prove anything can be restored to its former glory.

The craftsmen were completely restoring a family heirloom-a large writer’s desk. The original, antique wood had chips and big cracks in it, and the wood was fading and dull. 

After they restored it, the owners could hardly believe this was the same piece of furniture. The desk was shiny with ornate, gold handles for the drawers, and it looked brand new. “It looks wonderful!” the woman owner exclaimed, with tears in her eyes.

expert craftsmen on The Repair Shop

I thought about how God does this with you and me in God’s “Repair Shop.” He takes what is chipped, cracked, and even totally broken in our lives, and turns it into His beautiful masterpiece through His forgiveness, grace, and mercy. 

Woman caught in adultery and Jesus, The Passion Movie

Woman caught in adultery and Jesus
The Passion movie

The power of Jesus’ Love completely restores you and me, making us into a brand new creation.

I’m so thankful for this. It also gives me hope for others whom I love, who are broken right now and need His healing, restoring touch.

“For we are God‚Äôs masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.” (Ephesians 2:10, NLT)

 

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All you need is beer and a drill – or not?

Man with beer

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I’m so excited!

This week we had new furniture delivered to our house.¬† Other than a¬†daybed, a used corner piece, and an antique Victorian sofa that I’m trying to get rid of now (all which I bought 18 years ago!), this is the ONLY¬†new furniture in my own¬† modern taste that¬†I’ve bought in 20 years of marriage – so I was super¬†happy about this!

After the burly¬†delivery men in¬†t-shirts and jeans asked me, “Where d’ya want it?”, and easily set it down in our front entry room, one of the men asked if I wanted them to assemble the dinette set.

The red chair and the chocolate-brown loveseat came assembled, but the 4-chair, dark wood dinette set did not.¬† At¬†the furniture store¬†during the purchase, I’d opted to save the $25 it would cost me¬†for the delivery men to assemble it when it arrived.

I said no thank you, we’d do it ourselves. What a huge mistake!

The man looked at me in my cute summer dress and sandals, and said, smiling,¬†“All you need is beer and a drill.”¬† I don’t drink beer. I looked at him and said, “Um, I don’t drink beer, but I think we have a drill,” then signed on the dotted line.

In retrospect, after our daughter Leah and I assembled the dinette set, I almost wish I’d had a beer – or several!

Leah, like our oldest daughter Heather, is good at things like this. I am NOT!

It’s very time consuming and there’s so many little bolts, circle things (washers), allen wrenches, tiny wrenches, and other fairy-sized parts.

Instructions with black and white pictures are included for your entertainment, but the last part of the instructions is useless.

Heather and I put together this exact dinette when she recently bought it. Well, mostly Heather did it.

I watched a lot and held chair legs for her. You’d think I would’ve learned the first time, but I was thinking of being frugal.¬† (Note to self: spend the extra money next time for it to be assembled!)

I loved¬†Heather’s dinette¬†and wanted one of my own, so I bought one and the other two furniture items with our tax refund this year.

Tinker Bell

Tinker Bell

Leah enjoys playing Tinker Bell up to a point because she thinks assembling is fun.¬†Then the chair problem…

Leah texted Heather to find out how she put the stretchers on.

Not ambulance stretchers. (Who comes up with these names?) They are little bars that go across the bottom of the chair.

Heather helpfully texted back that she just kept working with it until she figured it out.

Even Leah became frustrated with the chairs and went to her room to get on Facebook.

Stubborn and determined not to quit, I sat down to solve the problem.

The instructions made no sense. I kept playing working until I finally figured it out and called Leah.

She came  and we finished assembling the rest of the chairs, mostly Leah again.

Today Ray put more bolts, washers, etc., on and tightened the ones we put on.

We did this all without beer or a drill.

I asked Ray about this as he was working on the chairs. He said it was best not to use his drill because it can slide and you can get better tension by hand.  He might not have minded the beer!

I love our new furniture to go with our new home!

This situation applies to life and business.

What others tell you (i.e., “You just need beer¬†and a drill!”)¬†may not be the tools you need for personal development, spiritual growth, and a profitable, successful business.

What the 6 and 7-figure gurus are doing (or others making less!) might not be what GOD wants you to do. Seek Him.

God will show you the exact tools and answers you need to solve your problems, in life and in business.

He will give you the wisdom and the perseverance you need to finish this exciting but challenging race called life.

God will show you the way.

He will help you, strengthen you and bless you.

And all without beer and a drill (although sometimes a¬†drill may come in handy…you decide on the beer!). ūüôā

I’ll share pics with you later of the furniture!

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