I choose to believe in God’s love over and over no matter what life looks like, and happily life keeps reflecting that love back to me. As the saying goes, life does happen, but we have a choice how to respond. After the leak under the slab of my house in December, insurance was wonderful. They paid for the plumbing repair and gave me money to have the tile regrouted to get rid of any residual moisture. However, I have twenty year old tile that could not be replaced, chips easily, and in general wasn’t holding up well. So I decided to dig into the savings I haven’t touched in years and just get new tile. Oh am I happy I did!

The week of the big demo arrived and me being Aries, I worked all day Friday then moved furniture out of the way Friday night. I covered everything I knew would be hard to wash, and cooked for the week ahead because I knew I might not have my oven plugged in. I asked God to bless the project and everyone involved, and decided that for seven days I was going to surrender to dust, dirt, being out of control, and not knowing what to expect, but that it would all be worth while!

Saturday morning, the wonderful contractors arrived with smiles on their faces, ready to go. I barricaded myself in my office while jackhammers and dust flew! I had been worried about my computer because it reacts badly to dust but the angels’ advice to put buckets of water in the office to trap the dust worked like a charm. God to the rescue!

The next day rain was in the forecast and I didn’t know how my sweet little dog Lucy was going to handle being indoors all day. I prayed and gave it to God. She konked out in the bedroom and slept so soundly she didn’t even hear the jackhammers. She woke up at lunch when the guys left for awhile and fell back asleep until they were done for the day. God to the rescue once again! Furthermore the rain and humidity (the one day it rained in Phoenix!) helped the dust settle more quickly! As soon as the demo was done, the sun came out and a huge rainbow arched across the sky. I couldn’t stop smiling. The symbol of dry land after the flood came to symbolize a dry solid flooring after the leak! I don’t think the heavens could have been any more obvious!

The rest of the job went like a charm. Lucy loved the cool weather outside. The guys who put the tile in were masters at their work and did a fantastic job. The wonderful contractors came to check on the work and make sure I was doing ok. And ta da! The job was finished right on my birthday!! What a present!! Friends dropped by and we ate cupcakes in the garage between the displaced appliances, and I spent the first night of my 48th year caulking and painting baseboards, washing walls, and moving furniture back in place! What a wonderful way to start a new year – fresh, clean, and spotless!

So as the angels say, God is in charge. We are loved! Demo/reno is not the easiest process. It is noisy, dirty, unpredictable, and certainly disrupts your routine, not to mention your stuff. It is hard work to move things and even more work to clean up. But in the midst of all that I just kept giving every concern I had to God and as a result I will have very happy memories of this entire process. The weather was perfect. Lucy cooperated. The guys were people I now consider friends. And I got more work done than I had in ages. So when you have something you are concerned about, do what you know to do and give the rest to God. Stop worrying! Its pointless. Some things we just cannot control. And you know what, I’ve decided it is a joy when I don’t have to be in control! I like surrendering control when I am not the one to handle a task. It feels good!

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