Wednesday, January 03, 2007


Renovate: to renew; to restore to life; to impart a new vigor to; to repair or improve something
As I reflected on the new year, one word kept coming to mind - renovate. One reason might be that we are in the middle of renovating a new home on 8 acres we purchased last year (actually my husband is doing the renovating-I can't take credit). It is a long process of tearing away the old and run down, and replacing it with a new, more solid structure.

As I think about this word, I know that my heart needs to be renovated - to be restored, to be renewed, to be imparted with new vigor, and in many cases, repaired or improved. This is a slow, often painful, process. The result , though, is a more solid struture on a firm foundation. I so long to be a solid stucture for the Lord--to be used by Him for His glory.

Therefore, I am adopting the idea of renovation as my theme for 2007.

"Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me." (ESV)


Dianne said...

Good word; good analogy; good (great) verse! You'll have to share pictures of your progress on the house. And what a good reminder along the way for you spiritually!

Katherine @ Raising Five said...

I'm with you on this one! What was done in the past sometimes needs some shoring up to function well for its intended purpose.

Love your new look here - Happy New Year!

Susanne said...

It seems I am under constant renovation, some projects bigger than others, some more obvious than others, but like you, I long to have a more solid structure on a solid foundation.

marmeesez said...

what a good word, Kelly. I will be pondering this all day I know.

Jenny in Ca

Kim said...

Solid foundation...I like the analogy. You know,when the foundation is firm,straight,and solid...everything else becomes in balance as well. The foundation has to be a right view of God and His word...and Jesus Christ is our rock...our solid ground.

Thanks for this reminder.


Paula said...

Great analogy. we all should constantly be trying to redo, improve and change our relationship with God and who we are in HIM.
Thank you,

Dianne said...

Kelly, I was going to email you a response to my comment today but Blogger only shows the "noreply-comment" email. If you were a psych student, there's another book of Benner's that I recently read and would recommend. Sacred Companions. You can email me if you have questions or want more details.

Fiddledeedee (It Coulda' Been Worse) said...

I love that analogy. And on a solid foundation, everything in Christ is built. I feel like I need a little "remodeling" every now and again! :)

Chris said...

This is a beautiful analogy and a great word for the year!

Karla said...

this is beautifully put.

I need some walls knocked out and rebuilt, for sure...