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Finally the tasks of collecting unwanted furniture, followed by inspection, cleaning, painting, sanding and waxing are completed. I now have a beautiful, freshly painted table and four reupholstered chairs. I am smiling.

I collected the chairs last fall, and the table a few months ago. Though they did not come together as a set, the design of the legs of table and chairs is the same … they belong together.

The finish on the chairs was marred by years of use. The table and the upholstery fabric on the chairs not at all complementary to today’s styles. I paid a small price for the four chairs and table, because they were undesirable, unattractive and unwanted.

I love the process of refinishing old, unwanted furniture. New paint, a top waxing and new fabric can make what was previously unwanted, desirable and renewed.

Now, don’t get me wrong, I love it, but it is not an easy process. I spent hours painting this furniture (I really need to get my paint sprayer working), then sanding, then the waxing process of wax on, wax off, plus the time measuring, cutting and attaching the upholstery fabric. It took two weeks for my carpel tunnel syndrome in my hands to stop waking me at night from the pain.

But, when I stand back and take a look at the great improvement this redemption of old, unwanted furniture has been, all the work has been worth it.

This process always makes me wonder,

does God look at us this way?
does He look at us and think,
the sacrifice has been worth the result?

Of course, those of us who know of the great love of our God, know that His answer would be “yes” (“for no matter how many promises God has made, they are “Yes” in Christ. And so through him the “Amen” is spoken by us to the glory of God” 2 Corinthians 1:20). Sometimes, though, we need to be reminded of this truth, of His love.

May you, today, know of the redemption available through the great sacrifice of Christ, for you.

“… Do not fear, for I have redeemed you;
    I have summoned you by name; you are mine.

Isaiah 43:1b

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For the next week, I will be featuring guest posts, as I spend my regular ‘writing time’ preparing for a speaking engagement. If you feel led to pray for me in this regard, I would so appreciate it, and specifically that Pinterest does not pre-occupy my writing time 😉 … I am so weak!

Today I am featuring a video from Vimeo called, “When Love Leads.”

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“David and Marlena, on the brink of divorce, discover where true Love and satisfaction are found in this story of redemption and forgiveness,” is the description that Vimeo has of this video, of their story.

Their story is thought-provoking.

As there are many people who read my posts, from as many different individual circumstances, I want to encourage those of you who have walked the road to divorce, from a marriage where you suffered abuse, or where the choice to divorce was made for you, this is not a guilt trip. May healing and wholeness be in your future.

Great+Love+Great+Sacrifice

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desrais_claude_louis-job_on_the_dung_hill_scolded_by_his_w~OM421300~10000_20090708_L09640_62The picture to the right was created by Claude Louis Desrais. It is a depiction of Job, sitting on a dunghill, being scolded by his wife.

I don’t want to be that kind of wife …

Job lost just about everything. He lost his livestock, his servants, his ten children. What God had blessed him with, was taken away.

Then, “his wife said to him, “Are you still maintaining your integrity? Curse God and die!”(Job 1:9).

I don’t want to be that kind of wife …

But …

… she lost too. Her ten children were dead. Her husband’s livestock and servants gone, leaving little to no means of survival. Job was not the only one suffering, she was mourning, she was up to her neck in the depths of despair.

It is in the response that Job gave to her that I understand him better:

He replied, “You are talking like a foolish woman. Shall we accept good from God, and not trouble?” (Job 1:10)

Job did not say, “you ARE a foolish woman” he said “you are talking LIKE a foolish woman.” This would indicate that maybe this was not a normal response for Job’s wife, but that maybe she had reached her breaking point. Then Job says, “shall WE accept good from God, and not trouble,” his statement was one that included her, and he was reminding his wife, reminding himself, that God had indeed blessed them with good things, and that just as they had trusted Him in the good, they both needed to trust him in the bad.

Then Job’s health was affected, with soars covering his body. In all of this suffering Job not longer heard God’s voice … something he so longed for. Now it seemed that everything was taken from him.

Then his wife said to him, “are you still maintaining your integrity? Curse God and die!” (Job 2:9)

I don’t want to be that kind of wife …

Just when he is knocked almost completely to the ground he came from, his wife kicks him in the ribs with her words.

I don’t want to be that kind of wife …

Then he replied to his wife again, similarly to his previous reply, “you are talking like a foolish woman. Shall we accept good from God, and not trouble?” (Job 2:10)

Oh, how easy it is to be a foolish wife (or husband, or child, or …). How easy it is to see someone we love suffer, and look to whatever way possible to relieve that loved one of their suffering. Sometimes we are so desperate that we suggest that which is simply … foolish.

I don’t want to be that kind of wife …

We do not hear of his wife again in the account of Job, other than the report that when Satan was done with Job, God restored everything to Job, including ten new children, who we are left to suppose were also children of his wife. What I wonder is if she understood the foolishness of her words to Job.

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