White Paint

Two years ago we moved into our house.  We love our “little” house as we call it.  God called us to downsize significantly and we couldn’t enjoy it more.  It is easier to clean, maintain, and best of all we can’t shop for stuff because we don’t have room.  Love saving money!  Both Addy and Livi got to pick the paint color for their room.  Addy picked a forest green, deep dark forest green.  In her brain she picked turquoise, but that is definitely not what the color card looked like.  She was greatly disappointed when she saw it for the first time.  It didn’t meet her expectations.

I made her live with the forest green for two years.  She picked it, she made a choice, she should live with the consequences.  Nice mom or mean mom, I’m not sure, but it’s better to learn consequences from choices now rather than later in life.  And a paint color is a great painless way to learn.

Today I started the re-painting process.  She wants a unicorn candy themed room, complete with toile, lights, unicorns, candy, hand painted murals and more.  Pinterest and I are about to spend a lot of time together.  And I will probably fail her expectations.

The white primer paint on the dark forest green is a stark contrast.  Two opposite ends of the spectrum.  It reminds me of Jesus’ salvation in our lives.  We are dark with sin without Christ.  When we accept Jesus Christ as our savior we become white as snow.  We do a complete 180, opposite end of the color spectrum, turning from our sin to righteousness in Christ.  We are made pure in the eyes of Jesus; all of our sins are forgiven because of his sacrifice.

Thank you God for sending your Son to die for me.  Thank you for transforming me from dark forest green sin to reflective white.  Please let your righteousness shine through me so others can be reached for Christ.

2 Corinthians 5:17 – Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away, behold, new things have come.

Titus 3:5 – He saved us, not on the basis of deeds which we have done in righteousness, but according to His mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewing by the Holy Spirit.

Psalm 51:10 – Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.

Galatians 2:20 – I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me.

Ezekiel 18:31 – Cast away from you all your transgressions which you have committed and make yourselves a new heart and a new spirit!  For why will you die, O house of Israel?

Ezekiel 36:26 – Moreover, I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; and I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh.

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Mom of two with a normal, crazy, messy life. There's never a dull moment in the Allmand house and that's probably a dramatic understatement. Looking forward to sharing and commiserating with you over our successes and trials in life!

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