January 28, 2016

Extreme Makeover Heart Addition

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I remember a few years back when every Sunday night I would sit on the couch ready for Ty Pennington to come on my TV in all his hunky glory and show me another heart trenching story of a family that was in desperate need of a home makeover.

I was thinking about this the other day and chuckled to myself because I feel like as of late I have been on God’s own makeover show: Extreme Makeover Heart Addition.

I’m ashamed to admit it, but when I came to college over here in Australia I couldn’t wait to get off that plane and announce to Hillsong College that they need not fear, Amber Miller is here! {:I’m exaggerating a little, but sadly, only a little:} I couldn’t wait to share with them my gifts of speaking and writing. Where is my microphone?

Well, it has been over a year and a half here in Australia and I have yet to have a microphone in my hand.

I thought I was coming to college to grow my gifting when all God really had in mind was to grow me.

 It wasn’t long until I felt like I was going through not just demolition day, but demolition year. God went through my heart quickly and salvaged the things he wanted to save but then quickly began tearing down, tearing out, and removing things that were no longer suitable living conditions. While it was quite fun to watch Ty Pennington and his crew film demolition day and show it to the family all while I was eating a huge bowl of ice cream on my comfy couch, the process of demolition in my heart wasn’t/isn’t all that exciting or comfortable.

In the show you would sometimes see tears stream down the mom or dad’s face as they saw their home, or poor excuse for one, be torn down. But, they knew what was about to be erected in its place would be far more suitable and beautiful for the life they have ahead of them.

I would be lying if I said I did not shed a few tears along the path of operation Heart Renovation, but I too have the assurance that what has been torn down is only with purpose, for purpose. That which has been torn down was only because it was no longer suitable for the life I am meant to live moving forward. Every thing that is ripped out is only done because something more beautiful will be built in it’s place - more suitable for life journey ahead.

Though you may find yourself in the phase of “demolition day” with your Jesus, hang on sweet girl! Grab a bowl of ice cream. Settle down on the couch {:grab a box of tissues if necessary:} and let the work begin. One thing I always know, is that though the family may have shed tears when their beloved house of memories was torn down, they cried greater tears of joy when what was reconstructed in its place was revealed. It is always abundantly more than they could ask, think, or imagine. Yours will be too.

XOXO,

3 comments:

  1. This is so true! & I love how you tied it in with Extreme Makeover. "To surrender means: to turn your thoughts away from all your problems. Leave everything into My hands saying: Lord! Thy will be done, Thou think of it."

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  2. Nice house :)
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