one week into home-owning & i’ve got sore arms & a cough from inhaling drywall dust.
but, i also have three walls down!
if i’m going to hammer a wall for hours on end – i’m going to put some purpose behind the destruction.
admittedly, i have lots of
junk in my heart that i don’t necessarily struggle with daily – but it does take up space in my heart & my mind.
recently, my girlfriends & i have thrown around ideas to release some of our stress/anger/sadness. holly came up with the idea of throwing eggs at trees in the woods, which i immediately pictured skunks & racoons attacking us. that idea was shot down quickly.
i knew my living room wall had to go – annddd i had already written on it (whoops)
so, why not write down all the things we want to give up to God; all the things we are tired of dealing with; all the things that are holding us back from living a full life . . . & then smash the crap out of it!
i called in the experts. also known as my frans.
at first, it was hard to think of things to write. you start debating if you really want to give that up, or questioning – “is that really even that bad?”
but soon, we were on a roll. a sharpie-writing-on-the-wall roll!
those are some STRONG women. i tell you what. twenty-something years of life brings a bunch of pain/heartache/happiness/joy. it’s a roller coaster.
when we had finally marked all the white space with black words, we sat down & each read a section of the wall out loud. whoa.
that was hard. we’ve each known each for different amounts of time & we would claim to be really good friends.
what i learned from this night was that your past doesn’t define you. you don’t need to know all the details of someone’s life to love them & be a good friend to them. at the same time, it was eye-opening to see how powerful Christ is. He’s brought all of us out so much junk & into His beautiful grace; His free grace.
then came the fun part. it was loud. it was exciting. it was hard. but the end result was beautiful.
i encourage free therapy, like bashing walls, to everyone i know – to everyone reading this.
problems didn’t magically fade away that night. that wasn’t the point. it was to show the power of Christ – His beautiful design of relationship & friendship & freedom & new beginnings.
we are in this together.
“greater love has no one than this, that He lay down His life for His friends.” John 15:13