Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Good Foundations

As I was loading these pictures for this progress report on our porch remodel, verses about good foundations kept running through my head. I got my bible out and started looking up foundation verses. I thought I'd share a few throughout this post. 

Psalm 102:25 "In the beginning you laid the foundations of the earth, and the heavens are the work of your hands."

This is a picture of our contractor pouring the cement into the molds to make our new foundation. They kids and I were fascinated by this process.

Isaiah 28:16 "So this is what the Sovereign Lord says: "See, I lay a stone in Zion, a tested stone, a precious cornerstone for a sure foundation; the one who trusts will never be dismayed."

This is Jan, our contractor who is helping us lay our foundation and frame things up. This picture was taken after the concrete dried over the weekend. Here, he is laying the framework for putting the floor in.

1 Corinthians 3: 10-14  "By the grace God has given me, I laid a foundation as an expert builder, and someone else is building on it. But each one should be careful how he builds. For no one can lay any foundation other than the one already laid, which is Jesus Christ. If any man builds on this foundation using gold, silver, costly stones, wood, hay or straw, his work will be shown for what it is, because the Day will bring it to light. It will be revealed with fire, and the fire will test the quality of each man's work. If what he has built survives, he will received his reward. If it is burned up, he will suffer loss, he himself will be saved, but only as one escaping through the flames."

I love this verse because it reminds me not get too wrapped up in the project and of trying to make things look "perfect". It reminds me of what is truly important. While this remodel, is a huge blessing, it shouldn't be my only focus. Thanks for the reminder this morning, God!

The picture above was taken last night. The new floor you see here is where our office/homeschooling area will be. The door will be moved to the left, where you can see open space between the foundation and the flooring. We'll have a small enclosed porch and the rest will be living space. Our contractor will start framing it all in today, then next week we should be able to take out the existing walls. We'll spend this weekend rearranging our furniture and putting things in the shed to create a good work space.

As for me, I'm thoroughly enjoying my time without kids this week. I know I'll be missing them in a few days, but right now, I'm just soaking it it. Yesterday, I got all my scrapbook stuff out and organized and purged, something I could never get done with the kids around who would want to keep every sticker. I took a uninterrupted nap yesterday afternoon, then hopped on the Harley and went for beautiful, relaxing ride. After that, I did some database work for an hour before Michael got home and then went to MOPS. Had a great time there. Got to share about the Consequences Pyramid that has helped my parenting tremendously. My plans for today include, work, nap, motorcycle ride, lunch with a dear friend, cleaning the nursery toys at the church where MOPS meets, and dinner out with my hubby. I haven't cooked (with the exception of making my weekly dairy products) since the kids left. It is kind of nice having a break from all that. I only did one load of dishes yesterday. How weird is that, LOL?

Hope you are all having a great week. I'm going to post on our gardening progress next time. So stay tuned...

God Bless,


Connie said...

Wonderful progress! You will enjoy the extra space so much.

Ah, these are good days for you - moments to catch up on things you cannot do when the children need constant attention.

Anonymous said...

We have friends here just beginning a remodel also, their doggy doesn't like if very much, he's been acting out, eating weird things around the house!

On Christ the Solid Rock I stand all other ground is sinking sand!

He & Me + 3 said...

Moving right along isn't it? Oh to have time to organize my cropping stuff. I want to go to an all day crop on Saturday but not sure if it will work out. Keeping my fingers crossed.
I love how God reminds us of His word through everyday things.

Angela said...

It's look wonderful Jackie...I remember when we were remodelling downstairs. Like you, scriptures kept coming to me...I felt the Lord speaking to my heart saying, "I am starting right at the foundation and building up"..His promise to me for my family and I...SIGH.... enjoy the nap and the ride girl....

Amy said...

You will be very thankful for the extra space.

I hope you are enjoying your time of refreshment.

RaD said...

Ohhhh.... I can't wait to see that this summer!

OurLilFullFam said...

Looks like a neat thing to be able to watch.


Catherine said...

Oh, Jackie, it looks great so far, and I like the sound of how you are spending your time. As for me today? I gardened!!! And I'm happy.

Jenn @ A Country Girl's Ramblings said...

Wow! Looking great! The verses you shared were wonderful! Something we all need to remember that Jesus is our foundation.

Amy said...

I am so glad for the comments on my blog. I am sorry about your plants. I lost lettuce and cucumbers in the cold snap. It is so funny that they are both cool weather crops!!!

Pop over when you can, as I have posted some stitchy pics.

Have a blessed day and thanks so kindly for the prayers.

Patty said...

How very important the foundation. Great verses. It looks like your porch remodel is coming along nicely.

Have a great weekend.

Sarah said...

Looks great so far Jackie! You guys are making great must be very fulfilling to see your hard work paying off already!

Thank you for including the scipture about foundations...they were like nectar to my soul! Bless you!

Thank you also for your sweet comments and headache and strain have now gone! :)


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