Thursday, August 9, 2012

Returning to My First Love-Clean, Pure and WHITE

The old, turn-of-the-century storefront is the home of Cornerstone Treasures. 
The building is old brick that is in need of sealing.
Although beautiful, the bricks are chipping and leave quite a mess.
The roof leaks when it rains.  The severe drought has kept us dry for most of the summer until the past two weeks of downpour.
After the storm, the building reeks of mold and mildew from a backed up sewage and a clogged drain line.

Tuesday I spent the day cleaning out the back room.
We had accumulated more trash than treasures.
I transferred the contents of wet boxes where the bottoms had fallen out into plastic storage bins.
Among the trash was broken debris from precious china and porcelain that may have been of little value at one time and hopefully of no value now.

Our building houses antiques and vintage furniture, some in need of repair and some restored to its former glory.

A piano, well over 100 years old, is chipped and broken and out of tune.  Some say it is valuable.  Some question the validity of the appraiser. 
Though beautiful on the outside, therein lies discord and disharmony.

I worked for 3 hours sorting trash from treasure, sweeping broken glass, nuts and bolts from this and that, wood and paint chips strewn through-out.

I thought of how many times my life has been out of tune, like banging noise and a clanging symbol.
I thought of what a mess I have been at times, broken and in need of repair-shattered dreams left unfulfilled and tears that needed mending.
I have often plastered on a smile to cover up pain from within. 

While sweeping, I was reminded of a song by Evie from the 80's.

Are you tired of chasing pretty rainbows?
Are you tired of spinning round and round?
Pick up the shattered dreams of your life,
And at the feet of Jesus lay them down.

Give them all
Give them all
Give them all to Jesus.
Shattered dreams, wounded hearts, and broken lives
Give them all
Give them all
Give them all to Jesus,
And He will turn your sorrow into joy.

I'm good at starting a project without much thought of where I'm going. 
Then I get it almost completed and hate it. 
A few weeks ago, I almost finished the Red, White, and Blue Room only to discover today that the colors don't really make me feel at peace. 

I need to go back to my first love, whites, softs and pastels.
So I did just that.

I packed up all the clutter of red, white and blue
and loaded my car with trash that will be someone else's treasure.

I'm glad that with Jesus there is GRACE.
He can take the broken pieces and make us whole again.
He takes the trash and makes us HIS treasured possession.

He takes the mess we've made and makes it beautiful.
It is necessary to get done with doing it on our own, our own way and return to our first love.

It feels good to declutter-

I have returned to my first love:)



  1. Hi Bonnie: It does us all good to declutter once in awhile, whether it be our belongings or our souls. It usually turns out that our first instinct is our best ..Happy Thursday..Judy

  2. Bonnie, It is always good to return to a first love;) Hugs! Bonnie

  3. Bon...I've gone white with almost everything. Even my blue room is NOT going to stay blue. Can't take it.... I'm hearing my wallet scream out in pain.

    Love the song...I think it's by Benson, right? Sung it so many times. My papa-in-loves favorite.

    Love to you FRIEND! xoRebecca

  4. Inspiring post with so much truth. It's so easy to get ourselves in a dither when we lose focus of the eternal goal.
    Thanks so much for stopping by, Mary Alice

  5. I's so simple and a nice change..but you can change to color when you get ready to do that again!

  6. Hi Bonnie: Coming by again to thank you for visiting the Cottage and leaving your sweet comments. That pitcher is a gift from a long-ago friend. It has no marks on it but I know that it is old, and I really cherish it..Happy Weekend..Judy

  7. Hello Bonnie, I found your blog today and found your analogy very good--in fact, it went along with our Pastor's message this morning. It's good to feel that God is giving a clear message. Thanks. As for the white and pastels--I think they give a sence of peace and calm.


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