Like-Minded

0 comments Posted on July 25, 2013

Sherry Kyleby Sherry Kyle

Have you ever created your dream room?

A room makeover doesn’t have to cost a fortune. A can of paint, a new lampshade and rug, a few toss pillows, and a slipcover for a chair or sofa, and you’ve created a beautiful new space.

Do you wish it were that easy to have an inner makeover?

Philippians 2:1-2 says,  “If you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any common sharing in the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and purpose.”

Recently, my husband and I remodeled our kitchen. We had some lively conversations during those hectic weeks and made countless decisions, like which brand of appliances, the layout for our cabinets, and what type of edging we’d like on our granite countertops. Add in details like picking out backsplash tile, choosing where the outlets should go, and deciding where to hang the pendant lights and we were a couple on our knees in prayer. Now we understand why people say remodeling a home can be tough on a marriage. Two months of cooking meals in the microwave and doing dishes in the shower will either bring a couple closer or make you wonder why you married your spouse in the first place. Nothing like a big remodeling project to help us grow our faith.

Dream RoomMy husband and I were able to make it through because we’ve learned during our twenty-five years of marriage how to be tender with one another. We know when to discuss areas of conflict, and when to back off.  (And fortunately for us, we have the same aesthetic taste.) There were times during the process when we thought we’d pull our hair out, but because we were one in spirit and purpose we were able to create a kitchen space that was not only beautiful, but one our family and friends could enjoy.

And guess what? We’ve started our next project. We’re adding a half bath from an existing pantry. If we can do it, so can you!

Sherry Kyle writes ReConnecting Faith and Fiction, including books for 8-12 year old girls, as well as novels for women. The Girl’s Guide to Your Dream Room, Sherry’s newest book, released July 1, 2013. Sherry and her husband Douglas have four children and live by the ocean on California’s central coast. You can find her on the web at: www.sherrykyle.com

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