Here at Serenity Valley Farm, we are not only attempting to learn to be farmers outside, but we’re also learning step-by-step how to restore our 1940’s farmhouse that is definitely in need of love and care….. Our goal is not to renovate, but to restore it to its original beauty……
So, today, we decided it was time to see what was under the many layers of flooring in the kitchen with the goal of making a plan for its restoration (and as you can see in the pictures below, we’ve already pulled off the wall coverings)…..Very quickly into cutting into the first layer, we found a layer of sub-flooring…..But underneath the sub-flooring were two more layers of treasure…..
The minute I saw that tile, I fell in love with it. But as we uncovered, we realized it was too damaged to keep and was a product of the times…not made to last…made to stay in style during that era…..So, we decided to dig a little deeper, and what we found underneath were beautifully preserved tongue-and-groove wood floors.
Granted, I love picturing what they will be, but the reality is to get them into “beautiful mode”, it’s going to take painstakingly tedious amounts of chiseling, removing staples, sanding, putty, stain, and varnish to truly highlight their most real and authentic state….
But, one thing’s for sure…..it will be worth the effort.
And, how like that are we??? So many times we have covered our original authentic selves with layers of personas, “world-relevent” mannerisms, and hidden genuine emotions only to share the more “socially appropriate” behaviors to others….But what we’re left with is layers of sub-standard coverings that hide the original masterpiece God created.
I have learned a lot about myself lately, and one of the biggest keys that I have found to feeling true contentment and peace is to stop asking others what I should think of myself, and start asking God, “What did You design me to be, to do, and to contribute to Your kingdom?”
But honestly getting back to the original unique masterpiece of who we are created to be is a lot like uncovering those wood floors. It’s going to take some elbow grease to pull away layers; it’s going to take deciding who we authentically are versus how we currently act with the thought that it’s what others will want to see….. It’s going to take lots of time in God’s word and lots of real conversations with Him to understand how to repair, polish, and shine the person He originally created.
But, again, one thing’s for sure…..it will be worth the effort.
AND to add a little help through this process–it’s so nice knowing that we’re not the only ones who have begged God for this same restoration. Prayers of restoration can be found throughout the Bible, so I am sure God’s a pro at the Restoration Process! Here are just a few verses that I found:
Restore us, O Lord, and bring us back to You again! Give us back the joys we once had!Lamentations 5:21
In just a short time He will restore us, so that we may live in His presence.Hosea 6:2
Now, I’m not going to lie. Just like we have not finished restoring the floors, I am still wholly in the restoration process myself. But my hope is that through this, we may all encourage and pray for each other during this process.
So, if you are needing encouragement or prayer, please don’t hesitate to contact us and let us know how we may pray for you. And I am asking that if you feel so lead, we’d love your prayers as we continue the journey of restoration as well!
Happy Restoration, and Blessings from the Farm!