Friday, May 26, 2017

"Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised in the city of our God, in the mountain of his holiness. Beautiful for situation, the joy of the whole earth, is mount Zion, on the sides of the north, the city of the great King. {Psalm 48:1-2}

These arches are on the inside of a small atrium that is on the property of the Longwood Gardens estate in Pennsylvania.It was owned by the Duponts, who added it onto the original farm house that came with the property. They were careful to keep things authentic so that they matched with the farm house style.

After we returned from our trip to Pennsylvania in April, we found a show on the DIY network called Stone House Revival. Guess where the man, {Jeff Devlin} who does this work is from? You guessed it. The same region of Pennsylvania that we just came from. He loves to unwrap the old stone walls to find what treasure from the past is hidden inside. We really enjoyed the back roads where these beautiful stone houses and barns were meticulously preserved, some dating back to before the revolutionary war era.

It felt similar to being in a foreign country, because we never knew about this part of the area! I was raised in a home where history was a big deal, and then I married a lawyer who studied history and enjoyed it, along with two kids who followed in his footsteps. Some may say that we are nerds, but I like to say that we are history buffs. All of this brings us back to the walls. How is God tearing down walls in my life? What have I learned that is contrary to god's ways that can crumble under His love?

It may still be painful, but with our wonderful grace-giving God, He can enter into those hurts with us, and add the healing balm that will soothe, and not burn. He is so worthy of our praise! Allow Him to do the heavy lifting, and let it all fall into His hands. No one has to know, because this is between you and God. Pour out your heart to him today, and then share the victory with a friend, so that they can rejoice with you and be strengthened!

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