Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Mom the Builder... (Can we fix it?)

YES WE CAN!!!

Ok, maybe I can't really fix anything around my house that requires hammers, screwdrivers and the like, but I CAN do some home renovation projects to our spiritual atmosphere. Me plus the power drill makes a dangerous combination, but I think God and I are a great combo!

“We as women, think of ourselves as mothers, teachers, nurses and son on, but God says that we are builders. We usually relegate this role to the men, but we are building with something far great than brick and timber.” Nancy Campbell, The Power of Motherhood: What the Bible Says about Mothers.


We are building character. We are building the next generation. We are building upon the Rock and trusting Him to finish what He's begun. Hopefully, we're building things that will withstand the test of time and will not burn at the judgement.

I remember remodeling the bathroom with my husband: the biggest "building" project I've ever undertaken. It took pre-measuring, planning and vision to get started and then we had to pay attention to the details and learn as we went. The whole process took time, effort and investment.

Building little minds and souls also takes time and effort. We do some planning ahead and some visionary thinking, but we also learn as we go. Thank goodness we have a manual with lots of direction for when we get stuck. There are bound to be frustrating moments (like when the pipes don't line up or the linoleum is too long) but each time we face a challenge, we learn and continue to build.

When whining or arguing becomes more prevalent than kindness and respect, it's time to do some "remodeling." We need to go back to the blueprints and figure out where we've gone wrong.

Building isn't always easy, but the rewards are awesome. When you finish a project and see your work, it's so exciting. One day we will see the rewards for our home building efforts too. The voice of our Savior calling out, "Well done, good and faithful servant."


9 comments:

a woman found said...

Heather I love how you used the Bob the builder, Yes we can, theme! I'm totally studying this on my own at home and just last week did a post on how I always think of Bob the Builder when I say the word builder. It was the first post in a series I titled "We're Builders." Then I happened upon In Other Words today and had to smile at the quote. God is OBVIOUSLY talking to me about this subject...it's everywhere!

I'm so glad that as Psalm 127, "Unless the Lord builds the house the laborers labor in vain..." Cause I know He's the one doing the building through me. Apart from Him I can do nothing. His grace is sufficient for the building He's called me to do!

Great post!
Sheila

lori said...

I THOUGHT about using that "Bob the Builder" song too!! Funny!!

My favorite part...the remodeling...
"When whining or arguing becomes more prevalent than kindness and respect, it's time to do some "remodeling." We need to go back to the blueprints and figure out where we've gone wrong."

Heather...that's the truth...lots of remodeling over the course of raising children..huh...:)

You know it's one of my favorite places to stop by...such wisdom and such a gift you share with us out here!!
peace!
lori

Laurie Ann said...

God bless you for a post packed with truth, encouragement, wisdom and inspiration. I loved the reference to the Manual we have. Praise God for instructions on how we are to build!

Denise said...

Such an inspiring post my friend, thank you.

Mari said...

"When whining or arguing becomes more prevalent than kindness and respect"...usually that's when I have to look in the mirror! Ouch! Thank you for the insightful post. Praise God for the instruction manual!

Susan said...

Building isn't always easy, but the rewards are awesome.

Yes, lots of hard, hard work, but oh the rewards!!!!

This was great Heather, (as always!!)

Blessings my sweet friend♥

Nancy said...

How excellent and true. Great point. We are building the future as we teach our children.
Amen!
Nancy

Kathy S. said...

Amen Amen Heather!!

The theme of my blog. When the Lord tells us to be transformed by the renewing of our minds, it is "remodeling" our thought system (or that of our children) The most rewarding calling from heaven!

Not only do we hear in heaven "well done" but we enjoy the fruits of our labor here on earth when we see our children walking in the truth and being kingdom-BUILDERS! to the Praise of His Glory!

Tiffany Stuart said...

Good reminder for me as summertime is harder and I so want to use this time wisely. And build wisely.

Great!