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Welcome to my {life} Under Construction series! In case you missed it, here is the link to part 1.

We are looking at the way life changes often follow the same process as home improvements do. Yesterday we talked about how a good plan is foundational to the success of the project. Today we will look at how it is secured by a promise.

Phase II: Promise

Romans 4-21 Trusting in God's promises | Inspired Haven

Before any work can get underway, we start with a promise. In the home improvement world it’s a contract, by which the contractor and the homeowner enter into an agreement and each promise to hold up their end of the bargain.

The contractor promises to do the job he is contracted for. He promises to follow the plans and deliver the vision set forth in them. He promises to follow his timetable and to use materials and workmanship consistent with his reputation.

The client promises to allow the contractor access to the project site, room to work, and a large degree of control over the process. The client also promises to take action and make decisions when needed.

The entire agreement may exist in contract form as a legality, but the most successful projects come out of a relationship built on trust. Each has to trust that the other is honest and committed to doing their part.

Change requires vision and trust. BIG change requires big vision and big trust!

Big vision means being able to see things not as they are, but as the could be. So often in my role as a designer, I become future-minded. Once the design is finalized, I begin to see a project in my mind as though it has already happened. When I do the final pre-measure and walk through, I am already envisioning the finished project and I am excited to get started.

I think it’s like that with God. We bring him the worn out, worn down, broken and unattractive parts of ourselves, and he sees us as redeemed, restored, rebuilt and renewed. His vision of who we are is amazing because has designed us in His image.

Big trust means relinquishing control to one who has the ability and the means to bring vision into reality. Even when we don’t understand how it works, or why it needs to be done a certain way, or see how it’s going to come together, we have to have trust in one who does.

Proverbs 3:5-6 Trust | Inspired Haven

The Hebrew word used for “trust” in this verse is “batah,” which means “to have confidence in”. It connotes the feeling of security that comes from well-placed trust. Have confidence in the Lord, with all your heart. Wholehearted confidence. In my world we call that faith!

“Now faith is CONFIDENCE in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see…” Hebrews 11:1.

So it comes down to this: do we have big trust in the One who has big vision? Are we confident in His design, His plan and His ability to make all things new?

Ephesians 3:20-21 Immeasurably more than we can imagine | Inspired Haven

I hope you’ll join me tomorrow as we dig into the 3rd phase of life under construction (warning: it’s going to get messy!)

Crystal

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