Where others saw only dilapidation and ruin, my mom would see potential and beauty. Underneath the old paint and dirt, she could identify true worth whether it was in a broken down old house or a piece of unwanted furniture. To her, nothing was beyond redemption as long as the structure was sound. Both my mom and dad were masters at renovating old homes very much like Chip and Joanna Gaines from HGTV as explained below. This article, written by my colleague Ingrid Peschke, explores and explains how, we too, are never beyond redemption but are already masterpieces……..enjoy!
Fixer Upper has taken HGTV by storm. It’s the popular home design show featuring Chip and Joanna Gaines, a dynamic and totally endearing couple from Waco, Texas who are known for taking the worst house on the best street and turning it into the house everyone wants.
A video recently circulated on my Facebook news feed featuring Joanna’s story of her inspiring trust in God’s direction for her life purpose. Judging from the number of repeat shares, I suspect my husband and I weren’t the only ones who got a bit misty-eyed after watching it.
Joanna describes her journey as an ongoing conversation with God, who she says has guided her work and success. Her story of faith helped me understand how she can repeatedly take neglected properties and revive them to become warm, inviting and beautiful spaces for individuals and families to call home. She says God has a purpose for everyone and the key is to deny the “enemy’s” attempt to stop you from pursuing your passion. The lies try to say “You can’t do it… You aren’t good enough… You won’t succeed…”, but they have no power when you stand up to them.
When our family lived in Texas I started my own home design business while raising our young children, so I admire Joanna and Chip’s ability to balance parenting with their thriving business. They can walk into a home that’s outdated, crowded, dark and unappealing and right where most people see a dump, they see a potential palace.