Archive for April, 2011

Day 21 & 22 of the reno

DRYWALL, DRYWALL, DRYWALL!!!

As you can see from the pictures below the drywall is starting to go up and quickly too. There are still a few walls and all the ceilings that need drywall but they are probably going to be done soon. They have already done one ceiling in the bedroom.

The other thing we have done is purchased some of the speciality items (tiles for fireplace, tiles for bathroom floor and tiles for shower). We still need to purchase the vanity for the bathroom and the flooring for the rest of the basement, we’re thinking cork.

Here are the pictures with descriptions: Picture 1: bedroom wall up against hallway. Picture 2: corner of bedroom up against outside wall and family room. Picture 3: bedroom wall up against outside wall. Picture 4: bedroom walll up against bathroom. Picture 5: ceiling of bedroom (look closely and you can see the pencil marks where the lights will be situated). Picture 6: light switch for bedroom. Picture 7: family room up against outside wall where the TV and front speakers are going to go. Picture 8: family room up against bedroom (note the huge bulk head we had to put in). Picture 9: other side of the family room where all the windows are. Picture 10: family room again, showing the opening into the hallway. Picture 11: family room, showing the fireplace still to be drywalled. Picture 12: family room, same as picture 7.

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April 30, 2011 at 7:12 PM Leave a comment

Mom’s birthday

Today, April 29, would have been my Mom’s birthday. But as many of you already know she is no longer here but I do know she is safely in the arms of Jesus. She is probably looking down at us and smiling.

I am so glad she is whole again and safe and cared for like no other. She is no longer sick and no longer in pain and I am so thankful she no longer has any worries either. I am sure she knows we miss her but someday we will be able to see her again and hug, kiss and love on her.

Mom, we love you and miss you. Happy birthday!

April 29, 2011 at 2:57 PM Leave a comment

Day 61…1 Corinthians 6:9-11:

I Corinthians 6:9-11: Pet sins

In these few verses Paul rhymes off a number of sins that will stop anyone from inheriting the Kingdom of God. Paul specifically wanted the believers at Corinth to clean up their act and change.

v.9-10, Paul gives a very strong exhortation about those who will not inherit God’s Kingdom. “Those who indulge in sexual sin, or who worship idols, or commit adultery, or are male prostitutes, or practice homosexuality, or are thieves, or greedy people, or drunkards, or are abusive, or cheat people.” The Christians at Corinth (or modern day believers) could not call themselves followers of Jesus and allow any kind of evil to live permanently in their lives. By saying that “none of these [that commit these sins] will inherit the Kingdom of God” Paul was referring to those who continued to sin with no remorse or change…because we all know we are all sinners and continue to sin even as believers! However, if people persist to sin and walk in evil ways, and profess to believers, they need to re-evaluate their lives to see if they truly believe in Jesus.

All sin, not just homosexuals…I find it very funny that people get stuck on one sin, but the Bible, both here and many other passages, speak of all sins as being evil, yes even a white lie as society likes to call it. Some believe some sins are bigger than others but all sins are sins! It’s that simple. We, all of us sinners, stand guilty before God. So instead of spreading hatred, spread the word that there is hope for sinners of all kinds through the life, death and resurrection of Jesus! He is the one who sets ALL people free, regardless of the their sins.

v.11, the reason Paul’s list of sins above is so long and precise is because the Christians at Corinth had come from those sins and lifestyles. He says “some of you were once like that” meaning they had practiced these sins and lived with sexual immorality before they were believers, but unfortunately some of the believers in the church had gone back to those old lives. So he reminds them that “[they] were cleansed” referring to when Jesus died on the cross and washed away their sins through his blood. “[They] were made holy” or sanctified, meaning they were set apart by God to live holy lives, again because of what Jesus did on the cross for them. [They] were made right with God by calling on the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God” meaning they were made right with God again because of Jesus death and resurrection. Jesus was the only sacrifice that could take away the sins of the world because he was perfect and sinless. Because Jesus took our (sinners) place we (sinners) can come freely to God. The reason Paul mentions the “Spirit of God” is because he wants to remind us that the Holy Spirit has just as much apart in our salvation as God: the Father (who sent his Son to die) and Jesus: the Son died and rose again.

WHAT DOES THIS MEAN TO ME? All sins, not just the ones we think are REALLY bad, separates us from God and it is only through sincere belief in Jesus we are cleansed from those sins. And it is only through Jesus I am made holy and made right with God (John 14:6). There is nothing I can do and nothing I can say to save myself (Eph 2:8-9).

WHAT AM I GOING TO DO ABOUT IT?  Remember that my past life of sinfulness needs to constantly be put behind me or at the foot of the cross, and I need to live my life for God 100% of the time. I know I am a sinner but I am also a sinner saved by God’s grace and I need to stop going back to those sins that I am so easily entangled in (Hebrews 12:1) or as I like to call them my “pet sins.”

God help me to not go back to my pet sins and focus all my energy and time of getting to know you better. I love you and thank you for your grace and forgiveness when I go back to my pet sins.


April 28, 2011 at 10:38 AM Leave a comment

Day 20 of the reno

The crew didn’t get as much done as I had hoped, or they hoped because of a few complications along the way. However, they did start the drywalling, but still lots to do. Fingers crossed, let’s hope they finish the drywalling tonight. Can’t wait to see their progress. Maybe I am expecting too much. haha.

But they did do a huge clean-up. All the gravel and excess concrete from moving the bathroom pipes are gone, and the garbage and excess pieces of lumber are all gone. The extra wood and pipes are all stacked neatly in the corner of the family room. It almost looks like I did it–being the neat freak I am. haha.

Still no pictures, still waiting for some lights downstairs to take pictures. Please be patient.

April 28, 2011 at 9:04 AM Leave a comment

Day 19 of the reno

Yesterday I had a chance to chat with my contractor and got lots of my questions answered and learned that we are going to start to see some fast progress. Once the drywall is up, the postlights we be put in, the electrical will be finished, the bathroom will be ready for tiles, the shower will be ready to be put together and basement will be fully lit. Yeah!

No pictures, but yesterday the crew finished the last of the bulk heads and fixed some of the wiring. Today is all about DRYWALL! Can’t wait to see what they have accomplished tonight.

April 27, 2011 at 11:48 AM Leave a comment

Day 60…1 Corinthians 6:1-8:

I Corinthians 6:1-8: Believers suing believers

Obviously from the title there were disputes in the church but unfortunately the believers were not resolving them amongst each other but they were taking each other to court. Paul tells them in these short few verse…”stop it!”

v.1, Paul starts this chapter with a “how dare you” statement. He wanted to know why the believers at Corinth would dare sue another believer through the “secular courts” when any matter between believers should be taken “to other believers” not the world’s judges.

Why did Paul want to make this point?

  1. if the judge and jury that tried this case were not Christians, they would not be sensitive to Christian values
  2. basis for suing someone is usually revenge; this should not be a Christians motivation
  3. Christians suing Christians make the church look bad–bad testimony

v.2, Paul uses the phrases “don’t you realize” or “don’t you know” throughout this chapter a number of times pointing out that these believers should already know and understand these issues. Another way to say this “you should know better!” They should be able to settle these disputes among themselves because “someday we believers will judge the world.” Referring to when the believers will all be coheirs with Christ over all the world at the 2nd coming. Because of this truth, believers shouldn’t take their disputes to the world because it is a poor witness and shows lack of unity. Instead they should be able to “decide even these little things among [themselves]”

v.3, Paul adds to those we will judge, not just the world but “angels.” This could mean the angels in heaven, that they would be rulers over the angels when they reign with Christ, or it could mean that Christians will take part in the judging of the devil and demons (evil angels). Either one, Paul’s point is simple in light of the fact they would be rulers over supernatural beings in the future they “should surely be able to resolve ordinary disputes in this life.”

v.4-6, Paul repeats his concern for going to “outside judges that are not respected by the church” to handle their legal disputes. This doesn’t mean they didn’t respect the world’s judges, no this meant that the world’s judges judged by an entirely different standard that believers…and still do today! Paul uses a strange phrase in v.5 that contrasts what he said in 4:14: “I am saying this to shame you.” He makes this statement because the believers should be ashamed of themselves for bringing their disputes to worldly judges when they should be looking for “anyone in the church who is wise enough to decide these issues.” Instead of using the wisdom of the Holy Spirit, which is available to all believers, they were suing one another “right in front of unbelievers.” Paul is scolding them for being a terrible witness to the world (unbelievers) by taking their disputes to the world who we as believers are to be to “light” and “salt” to (Matt 5:13-16).

v.7-8, the basic problem was simple: lack of maturity. If the Christians at Corinth had been maturing in their faith they wouldn’t have had to bring their disputes before the world’s judges but could have settled the disputes among themselves. Paul asks two very important questions: “why not just accept the injustice?” and “why not let yourselves be cheated?” These are important questions because Paul wanted them to consider the bottom line when dealing with disputes among themselves: protecting the reputation of the church! Now believers should never be treated this way in the first place and if these believers were mature they wouldn’t act this way. However if they had been wronged by another believer, mature believers should be willing to turn the other cheek (Matt 5:39).

WHAT DOES THIS MEAN TO ME? Paul challenges the believer (and me) to be willing to accept injustice and be cheated so that church be protected. In other words, don’t think about my own reputation as much as Christ’s reputation. Always look out for how the church and Christ are perceived by believers’ actions.

WHAT AM I GOING TO DO ABOUT IT?  Even in the simplest of circumstances, I need to remember I am always being watched. Also to remember no matter where I go I am Christ’s representative, so live above reproach–blameless–willing to be treated unfairly so that Christ be glorified.

April 27, 2011 at 11:22 AM Leave a comment

Day 18 of the “reno”

I put reno in quotes because nothing really happened today being it was Easter Monday, but I did end up doing something. Let me explain. Well I have been hoping to get some help with the setting up of my home theatre or as I like to call it media room (I’ve always wanted one…haha). Anyway, the help I was hoping for fell through, both a pro and my little brother, so I decided to do it myself. Let me start by saying by no means am I an expert…far from it!

First, I attached some electrical boxes onto the existing studs, so the CAT5 wiring my brother and I strung the other day could be housed so the crew could drywall around them without me loosing them. That was fun (read with sarcasm). Then I started on the media room…….

Before I did anything I did a ton of research on the internet–reading others’ ideas and going to the experts sites. After my research I ventured downstairs to wire where my speakers would go. I put the front speakers on either side  (4 feet up from the floor) of where the TV is going to go and I put the centre channel just above where the TV is going to be. Then I put the rear speakers on either side of the where the sofa is going to go about 7 feet apart from each other (6 feet up from the floor). I strung all the wires through the ceiling and they will be nice and hidden when the drywall goes up. I guess if we move I am going to loose those wires, or I could make some holes. But hey, I’m not moving for a long long long time!

I really don’t know how long it took me but it seemed like I was down there for an eternity. Well, it’s done and I am hoping the reno crew will be able to drywall around what I left there. And more importantly I won’t loose my wires when they drywall. I guess we will see tomorrow night when I get home if they understood what I did and the long note I left. Did I mention that? haha.

Time for bed. I can’t wait to see this basement finally finished. Next thing is to paint and furnish it. Ugggh.

April 25, 2011 at 11:53 PM Leave a comment

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