Is the Inside Done Yet?

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Do not let your adorning be external—the braiding of hair and the putting on of gold jewelry, or the clothing you wear— but let your adorning be the hidden person of the heart with the imperishable beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which in God’s sight is very precious. ~ 1 Peter 3: 3-4

Charm is deceitful, and beauty is vain, but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised. ~ Proverbs 31:30

Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God. ~ Matthew 5:8

The picture above represents my most time-consuming, emotionally draining, and financially investing commitment which I have partaken in to date… It is MY NEW HOME…  And while I take great joy in the results of the image before you, what good is having a home with external beauty, when the inside isn’t done yet?  My mind wants to accept my home as a complete package… My heart reminds me that this cannot be done until I am able to answer the following question: is the inside done yet? 

In case you’re wondering…

Yes… this photo is my REAL HOME…

No… I’m not sharing my address… (but if you’re close to me… you will be receiving a house warming invitation :))

Anyway, the building of this home has been met with many emotions… excitement towards the prospect of home ownership, financial stressors associated with budgeting and long work hours, and ups and downs which took us on fast-moving, relentless, emotional roll-a-coasters…  But the most complex element of this experience has been the role that it has played on our stability.  You see, this home was something that my husband and I agreed to begin building in March 2013.  At that time… we were quoted that the home would be built by June…  As June approached, we were quoted July…

then August…

then September…

and now October.

As you can imagine, this brings a sense of anxiety and frustration from my husband and I, as it makes it difficult to make the transition from renters to owners in psychological, financial, and emotional ways.  We really just want to get on with our lives, but cannot do so until the home is built…

In its entirety…

To reduce anxiety, we have practically frequented our new lot on a bi-weekly basis…  And this has been frustrating…

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Our Empty Pot of Land

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Sold to the Omari’s!!!

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I don’t know what this is, but I know it must be something great!

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I had to take a photo to see where the water goes… Didn’t want any water problems…  Can’t remember the response, but I was confirmed that it’s okay!

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Yeah Right!  I don’t see ya’ll working!

Overwhelmed with the challenges that this has posed, we stopped visiting our lot for a couple of weeks…

Then…

Out of no where…

We saw signs of a home in the making…

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We barely saw the signs… This picture was taken during my 3 am lunch break from the graveyard shift at the Hospital.  I thought I was hallucinating!

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So I went back during the day time to confirm… Yep… Our Home is being built!

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Take a look at our side view!

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But… Is the Inside Done Yet?

When we saw the completed outdoor image of our home (5 months after the beginning decision for this project), we were ecstatic, as this represented the first time that we saw what our new home was going to look like in real life.  Overcome with joy, we took pictures and sent them to our close friends and family.  But each time we sent a photo, we are given the following response…

That’s pretty… but is the inside done yet?

Pause for a second…  Notice how excited we were about moving into a home with only a completed external image.

For all we know, the inside could be a catastrophe!

It better not be, but let’s just assume it might be to illustrate this perspective…

With frustration, we answered this question with a grueling NO and welcomed our onlookers to continue to brag about our home’s external beauty.

Now let’s think about everyday life…

Isn’t it common for us to ignore our insides in favor of glamorizing the outside?

Don’t many of us invest far more into our external beauty than we do our inner beauty?

Why do we do this?

What can be done differently?

What motivates us for change?

God reminds us continually about how important it is to focus more on whom we are as individuals and not what the world sees materially.  Yet, in a world that is growing increasingly obsessed with physical appearances, this is becoming harder and harder to do.  Nevertheless, having internal beauty is a pre-requisite for living in eternity with the Lord, our Creator.

So ask yourself…

Are you more motivated by your clothing, makeup, and hairstyle or are you focused on your soul?

Where do you stand in God’s image of beauty?

Is the inside done yet?

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2 comments


  1. Tonya

    Nice House Connie!

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