It has been a whirlwind couple of months here at Farmhouse by Design. Some behind the scenes blog updating (all of the technical things), multiple home diy projects, a lot of painting, and a kitchen renovation in process. Needless to say, there has been a constant mess in one part of the house or another since the beginning of the year. As usual, what started out as painting the living room led to painting the kitchen, then the hall and so on. Painting the kitchen cabinets had been on the to do list since moving in last summer. So, why not start now?! And of course, cabinet paint lead to new floors, new counters, new sink and new backsplash. It seems never-ending!
Home improvement can certainly be a rabbit hole as one change leads to so many others. Currently the entire contents of the kitchen are spread throughout the living room, guest room, and everywhere else I can find a place as far from the mess as possible. Clutter of any kind only serves to heighten my anxiety. . .and though I love home projects, the journey to get to the ‘after’ can be quite stressful. In the midst of the kitchen mess I’m walking through daily, I have realized that the dust and mess I’m staring at in my home resembles the mess I sometimes feel in life.
Renovations can be quite the undertaking. You make plans, create a budget, construct a timeline. But setbacks often come. Plans sometimes have to change. And many times, things do not happen on our self-imposed schedule. Life is all too often much the same. We make plans, dream our dreams, and create timelines. But very often God has other plans for us. And then life seems messy. It doesn’t look like we thought it would. The ‘plan’ doesn’t work. And the mess can seem overwhelming. But God knows the plan. God sees the final result. And His ‘after’ for the messes in our lives is always so much better than our feeble attempts.
“God is at work in the mess. That’s the message of the Bible. That’s why the Bible is not pretty. That’s why it’s grimy, because God is working in the mess. He’s working in the tears.”
Chaos and Mess
Life is messy. We all know this. Decisions you regret. A job you drag yourself to every day. Illness, financial struggles, packed schedules. Our lives today seem to be about running to the next event or managing the next crisis while desperately trying to hold all of the pieces together. But that’s where God is working – in the chaos and mess of the everyday. He is taking the torn apart, broken, and in need of repair and creating something new and beautiful with the pieces. You may feel broken, worn, and in need of repair. God’s got you. He knows your needs. He has a plan. And He is the Master at taking broken pieces and broken people and making something new. It may not be the plan you envisioned. But give God a chance to show you that His plan is even more amazing than you ever dreamed.
For me, this year is about striving to be more intentional. With my blog posts, my purchases, the items I choose to keep in my home, and especially my time. I am taking one room a month to declutter and I want to make sure that those things I choose to keep in my home truly serve a purpose and are things that I love. Not surprisingly, I am taking advantage of the chaos in the kitchen and using this time to weed through everything pulled out of the cabinets and drawers. Does anyone really need 5 whisks?! How about that baking pan that makes 12 mini bundt cakes at once. It’s never been used – I’m just not that ambitious!! I want to clear the house of clutter and fully enjoy the space I call home.
But I also want to be more intentional in trusting God with the process. Trusting that even in the chaos and mess, He knows the plan. It’s not always easy. And for me, it’s a learning process every single day — and that’s okay. Sometimes the waiting is difficult. When I start a project, I’m often more focused on getting to the end than I am on the journey. I want to make the vision in my head a reality. But there is so much to be learned in the journey. And there is much grace to be found as well. No matter what mistakes we have made, there is always enough grace.
“No matter where you are at, take life season by season, and laugh at your messes and mishaps. Be okay with where you are, and when you feel the tilt is heavy on one side, lean towards grace and this will help you through.”
Looking forward, I have some fun diy project tutorials to share. A farmhouse bathroom makeover, a coffee bar refresh, shiplap, open shelving, and, of course, the kitchen refresh! I have also embarked on a health journey. Currently I am following a modified Keto plan and planning to transition that over the next few months into clean eating and less processed foods overall. I’ll be sharing recipes that become household staples as well as tried and true favorites I have modified slightly for my gluten free low carb healthier lifestyle.
Bear with me as I get the house back in some sort of order. As with life, sometimes walking through the mess seems like it has no end. Enjoy the little things in this season. Find beauty in the everyday and mundane. And know that in the end, it will be worth the wait!