Renovation after Demolition

by Jamie Zenteno

We've been renovating our home and oh my goodness has it been interesting ... to say the very least. lol. . . . .

In the past few weeks we have gotten the house raised and leveled, added a brick patio, rebuild and painted the front porch, and re did the floors. Now none of this we have done by ourselves. We've had our friends and family help us do all of this. (You know who you and YOU rock!!!)

This 1960's home was not only un-level but it was on the ground. Like literally sitting down on the ground sinking. It already had cracks from the severe settling but once we raised it all the flaws started to come out.

New cracks appeared, sheetrock buckled, trimming popped, baseboards broke and subfloors were well not level.

Apparently the previous renovators to the home did the home repairs when the house was out of sorts and very very broken.

Our hearts as humans mirror our home. If we attempt to fix the problems we have from our brokenness, no matter how much we try to patch over them over time the flaws will come out worse than before.


Because they weren't really being fixed right the first time.

In order for us to be fix, we have to allow Jesus to invade our space, demo the junk and then and only then can He rebuild us the way He intended us to be all along.

Looking back on my own life I can totally see those times when I was very very broken but instead of running to a savior to fix me. I tried to fix myself...well myself.

There was a point in my life where I had come out of a really bad breakup. I was hurting, I was crushed, I was broken. So I decided to run to guy after guy to fix my real need for God to heal me and build me back up....His way. I went on a mission trip to Belize that year. Little did I know that God had more intentions than me meeting the needs of other people.

He was going to meet me. I think on about day 3 at about 11 o'clock at night, I could not shake the sense of God telling me I had to break free of the old me, that I had to finally cry it out and give it all to Him.

And I did.

Returning back to America, little did I know the man I would meet the very next day...would be my husband a year and a half later. 

God is so incredibly good, and I love this scripture below:

Eph 4:24 Put on your new nature, created to be like God--truly righteous and holy

I may have had hard times in my life but when God gets ahold of you and you allow him to transform you and you are living and thriving in your new nature that HE created for is so much better.

But there's no way that my life would be what it is today unless I had allowed God to come in and demo all of the junk I had in my heart.

I'm thankful for the renovated heart He has given me.

Jamie Zenteno

Women Simply Thriving