Do you ever suffer from the DIY Project Blues?
I do .
This is how it goes: I get up in the morning and look around the house. All I see is housework and a never-ending to-do list. This causes stress and overwhelm because I don’t even know where to start. Suddenly, I feel an immediate NEED to get out of my house and well, GO SHOPPING! Yes, now THAT I can do…so off to the vintage shops I go.
As I drive away, I immediately start to feel the tension lift and the excitement of the possibilities take it’s place. What treasures will I find? Something I’ve always wanted? The perfect item to fill the void? My heart lifts and my breathing quickens the minute I walk in the store. The prices are reasonable, the pieces are charming and I’m on the hunt. This table is lovely – just needs a little paint. This stool is exactly what I’ve been needing – just needs the legs cut down. AND wow…this shelf will be perfect after a little elbow grease. Visions of shabby chic decor dance in my head! In my trunk go my treasures. It’s been an exciting day scouring the shops for good deals. I must have walked several miles.(check off exercise for the day – wahoo).
When I get home, I’m too tired to unload the car, but thrilled at the prospects ahead. After a nap, I begin to unload my treasures (before hubby comes home – ha!). I need to store them in the garage until I make the necessary adjustments, so I add them to the to-do pile. Suddenly, I realize these new finds, blend in the old one’s still waiting to be “fixed”, and my heart drops. The excitement diminishes and the stress and overwhelm immediately resume as I realize these new projects have just added another page to my to-do list ….and there you have the DIY Project Blues.
We need to stop this madness! Shopping does not and will NEVER fill the void. The thrill of buying new stuff is temporary. This realization is necessary if we are to progress! We need to get rid of the excess, care for the remaining, and turn to our loving Heavenly Father to fill the void.