For the past few months or so, I have been in renovation mode; hence why you have not heard from me in a while. [Insert heartfelt apology L]  I have never had to do renovations of any home so this is my first experience in constructing a home.  While it definitely can keep a person busy, to my surprise the entire journey has actually been therapeutic and a lot of fun.  Those that know me also know that I am a girly girl that cringes at the thought of hard labor. I’m a princess hunty *snaps fingers* Yet despite my princessness (I totally made that up), I am beyond excited to see the day when the work is finally complete.  Being in renovation mode actually gave me a builder’s perspective.  Before this experience, I always knew I wanted my home to be beautiful. I never thought of anything else.  After making such a huge investment, I not only want a beautiful home, above all I also want it to be durable.  Able to withstand storms, secured, and firm. Funny! Isn’t this the way that our Master builder A.K.A God sees us?

There are so many of us that are building our lives.  Lives that are absolutely beautiful.  These lives include pursuing careers, having children, strong marriages, lasting relationships, helping others and financial security.  Lives that are pleasing to the eyes and our feelings.  Lives that are fulfilling.  Yet my question is, how durable is your house?  I’m not talking about the physical house that you are living in. I am talking about your life.  You are probably wondering, what does a physical house have to do with my life? Well! I’m glad you asked.

 “Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.

Matthew 7:24 -27

In this teaching, Jesus illustrates those that build their lives on His word and His teachings will be just like the person that builds their house on a solid foundation.  Any builder will tell you that the foundation is the most crucial part of any building structure. There are homes that are absolutely beautiful and stunning, yet we will never know how sturdy the foundation is until storms come.  If the foundations of these homes are not sturdy, when storms arrive, they will be as flat as pancakes.

This is an exact mirror of our lives.  We can build lives that are beautiful to the eyes.  This can include accomplishments, security, love, and everything in between.  Yet if we are not careful to build all of this on the foundation of Jesus and Gods Word, storms of life will test the durability of what was built.  These storms include, when you lose a job, when you cannot pay your tuition, when your spouse walks away, when you have suffered lost, when you are struggling with mental or physical health.  Without God, without the Master builder, these storms have the ability to turn what was once a beauty to complete ruin.

Today I challenge you to take a moment and reflect on your foundation.  Are you building on the strongest foundation or are you building on sand.  If you are indeed building on the solid rock, rock on (pun intended)!  But if you know you have not been building on the right foundation, I encourage you to start a fresh.  Ask the Master Builder to come in and teach you how to build a life that will stand not only now, but into eternity.

P.S.  I have missed you guys like crazy! I’m beyond excited for what is about to come next!

With love and as always…

Be Strong, Be Courageous, Serve God Wholeheartedly

Berta

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