Saturday, August 27, 2011


John 13:34 -So now I am giving you a new commandment:Love each other. Just as I have loved you, you should love each other. Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples.

Has someone ever done something for you that you can not repay? I mean really actually repay for their hard work or love?  There aren't many people that would do something for someone just out of the goodness of their hearts, there just aren't! I mean selfless giving, the kind where it's  just because they are your friend  just up and deciding that you are some how deserving of their personal time and effort.

Well, I have the pleasure of knowing one of these wonderful people! I have a friend who has done something for  my family and I that I am pretty darn sure I will never be able to repay!  You guys aren't going to believe this, I still don't! Ha! My friend recently arranged for our kitchen to be completely overhauled! Yes..I exciting!!!!! Well, it get's better!!!HUGE I know, but maybe some background is needed to appreciate the change with me! We live in a house that was built in 1880! That's right's super old!! The kitchen was the same from the 60's complete with one wall of metal cabinets and a nice green countertop, oh yea baby, it was sweet!!Ha, not really, but it's all we had so we made do. Of course we (ok maybe just me) dreamed about a nice kitchen with plenty of cabinet and countertop space for my love of baking, but thought it might happen after we got our three kids through college (ages 6,5,3 an eternity away ;))Ha! So we didn't have it in the "plans" to work on it. Then along comes my friend..... who decided that it needed to be done now! Ha! Arranged for cabinets to be removed and added, stove, microwave and dishwasher to be replaced!! Yes, I know your jaw is on the floor!!! what the what??! WHO does that???!! Seriously!!! That isn't it though!!! Then my friend arranged for NEW carpet for our house!!! Yes, jaw on the floor again!! I can't not cry thinking or talking about it!! I am right there with you... who is this person?? Well, this person is a selfless, loving, caring person and is a perfect example of showing God's love and I admire greatly! I do admire this person for many reasons,not for the free stuff, but the character that motivates someone to do such a thing for someone else and expects nothing in return. I mean how do you say thank you??! I am still speechless about the whole thing... I mean how can I repay my friend for their selflessness? I will post an after picture when every detail is finished!It's getting there!
This is our kitchen before, the set of cabinets on the right served as our pantry! On the opposite wall was just the fridge and oven.

     I won't give a name to this person....darn!ha! I know some of you were banking on finding out who it is! Ha! Sorry to disappoint it just ain't gonna happen! ;) But I can tell you about someone else we can all be friends with that has loved us in the most selfless way. God!
 God gives his love to us freely, purely because he wants US! All he wants in return is your love. Yes, he sent his son down to our level (to Earth) to tell us about the life we can have in him, the promise of eternity( live forever in heaven) with him( John 3;16, the Bible), the forgiveness for the dirt in our lives, all because he is the creator of all things  and wants a relationship with YOU!  He loved us first, he gave his one and only son to be our sacrifice for all the wrong we would do( Ephesians 1:4-5, the Bible). People!!  There aren't very many free things in life, but this is one and it's available to ALL people! All you have to do is tell him you want and need him and that you understand that his son Jesus died on the cross for your sins (mistakes, bad choices ect.. you get the point). He is waiting.....waiting for you to take the first step and acknowledge Him and for you to confess your need for him. It really is that simple!:) My friend displayed God's love towards my family by giving the gifts that would improve how we live in our house, this person knows we could not pay for and cannot repay, but they gave it anyway. What a great example of how God wants us to live towards one another! Love with a great love and give without expecting anything in return!
 To have a fulfilling walk with God it helps to have a church to go to to connect with people who can encourage you. To build relationships with people who believe the same as you and to be baptized ( dunked in water, symbolizing death to your old life and raising to a new life with Him) ( Matthew 28:19) and in doing so you get the gift of God's Holy Spirit living inside of you(Romans 8:16) and the forgiveness of sins(all the crud in your life that your momma would cry over).
  It's true that there people hurt each other(Proverbs 18:24), that friends turn out to not be such good friends,that people are self seeking  and have what's best for "me" on the mind more so than "others". But no matter how many times friends may disappoint we have a consent friend in God. He will never leave us high and dry, never bad mouth us to others, and he always has our best interest at heart and at the forefront of his mind ( Romans 8:38).  He will be the  friend that never disappoints and never leaves when times get tough. Wont you trust in the One and only person who will never let you down? I know Him and I know that's the kind of friend I want to keep!!!:)

Proverbs 3:3- never let loyalty and kindness get away from you! Wear them like a necklace; write them deep within your heart.
Proverbs 17:17 -  a friend is always loyal, and a brother is born to help in time of need.


More pics to come!!!

Much love~Lauren