Painting the Foundation

Probably my least favorite job on our house remodel so far …painting the foundation !  Ughhh !  I mean, nobody really ever notices — right ??  So why even bother?  Oh my goodness!! — is this my shameless way of calling attention to my paint job by posting it all over the internet for all to see and admire??  Pathetic !  Now that you know just how messed up I really am, on with the story  …

Note to self … and all others  — if your porch needs painting, you’ll probably have to paint your foundation as well so chose your  priorities carefully !!!  We painted our porch last week  !  You know what that means?

I painted the foundation today !  Oh yay !

Here’s how it goes.  You  “prep” the foundation first — meaning you sweep it off, hose it off (I skipped this step), and clear any grass or dirt from around the base.  The next lovely job involves getting something comfortable to “kneel” on since most of your time will be kneeling … kneeling in prayer that snakes and spiders don’t emerge from their cozy little nest that you just disturbed and poison you — sending you into sure cardiac arrest or worse yet …death by sheer panic !

This next step takes a bit of time because you have to search for just the right tools and supporting elements !!  Obviously , there’s the paint , the paint stirrer, and the brush but you also need an old rag (if you paint like I do !) , and scissors (they’re the best thing ever for getting a close cut on those nasty weeds and grass clumps that grow out of your foundation !), and some handy flat piece of metal to be an edge between the dirt and your precious paint surface.  Of course, you can always go with the “textured” look — in which case you are free to let that dirt mix right in with your paint and call it a new method of painting !!  I gathered all of the above —  along with a tall glass of Diet Dr. Pepper for some caffeine motivation — and went to work.

edger thingy !
the home stretch !

This is not rocket science, friends !  This is just “get ‘er done” motion …except that you might have to stop to help the “Meals on Wheels” ladies from First Baptist get a meal to your neighbor without it spoiling on her front porch , and you might need to grab your soda cans out of the recycling bin in a hurry to  help someone walking by who’s looking for  cans for income so he and his mom can buy food, and  you might have to take a break and find out how another neighbor’s doing who got rushed to the hospital yesterday in an ambulance. Interruptions?

Perhaps that is all part of the real foundation being laid  …that foundation that has nothing to do with  paint color or technique used …that foundation that is firmly built on Jesus Christ and all that He is building in me and you and in others around us !  And in perfect flow of conversation between two good friends, God shared His thoughts regarding my “pondering” and “interruptions” …

He raises the poor from the dust and lifts the needy from the ash heap; he seats them with princes and has them inherit a throne of honor. “For the foundations of the earth are the LORD’s; upon them he has set the world.  1 Samuel 2:8

Righteousness and justice are the foundation of your throne; love and faithfulness go before you.  Psalm 89:14

I had never in my life noticed that “righteousness and justice” are the foundation of God’s throne !  Are you serious ?  As my husband so humbly says,  “How could I have missed that all these years?” … along with “raising the poor and needy from the dust and lifting them from the ash heap” !

But the conversation continued …

For no one can lay any foundation other than the one already laid, which is Jesus Christ.  1 Corinthians 3:11

So this is what the Sovereign LORD says: “See, I lay a stone in Zion, a tested stone, a precious cornerstone for a sure foundation; the one who trusts will never be dismayed.  Isaiah 28:16 

He will be the sure foundation for your times, a rich store of salvation and wisdom and knowledge; the fear of the LORD is the key to this treasure.  Isaiah 33:6

Your people will rebuild the ancient ruins and will raise up the age-old foundations; you will be called Repairer of Broken Walls, Restorer of Streets with Dwellings. Isaiah 58:12 

There it was again … I can’t get away from this verse even if I tried !  I’ll probably have to literally write it on my “repaired and restored” broken walls!

This morning the conversation continued between me and God .  He shared why it was so important to build a solid foundation –even  if it seems so annoying and unnoticed.

The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. Matthew 7:25

“If you work the words into your life, you are like a smart carpenter who dug deep and laid the foundation of his house on bedrock. When the river burst its banks and crashed against the house, nothing could shake it; it was built to last. But if you just use my words in Bible studies and don’t work them into your life, you are like a dumb carpenter who built a house but skipped the foundation. When the swollen river came crashing in, it collapsed like a house of cards. It was a total loss.”  Luke 6:48-49  (The Message)

Ahhh, I might be  getting the picture,  God !  There’s more?  I’m listening …

Or, to put it another way, you are God’s house. Using the gift God gave me as a good architect, I designed blueprints; Apollos is putting up the walls. Let each carpenter who comes on the job take care to build on the foundation! Remember, there is only one foundation, the one already laid: Jesus Christ.

Take particular care in picking out your building materials. Eventually there is going to be an inspection. If you use cheap or inferior materials, you’ll be found out. The inspection will be thorough and rigorous. You won’t get by with a thing. If your work passes inspection, fine; if it doesn’t, your part of the building will be torn out and started over. But you won’t be torn out; you’ll survive—but just barely.  1 Corinthians 3:9-15 (The Message)

God is building a home. He’s using us all—irrespective of how we got here—in what he is building. He used the apostles and prophets for the foundation. Now he’s using you, fitting you in brick by brick, stone by stone, with Christ Jesus as the cornerstone that holds all the parts together. We see it taking shape day after daya holy temple built by God, all of us built into it, a temple in which God is quite at home .Ephesians 2:19-22 (The Message)

I’m not real sure I have much left to say after that other than , “God, keep me building on that sure foundation of Jesus Christ — His righteousness and justice — even if it seems unnecessary or goes unnoticed by others … and I’ll shout out thanksgiving and praise with the Old Testament believers  … Lord, You are good and Your love endures forever — to all of us .

“And all the people gave a great shout of praise to the LORD, because the foundation of the house of the LORD was laid.” Ezra 3:11

(Scripture quotations are from the New International Version unless otherwise noted.)

Joy Waters Martin

My kids tease me sometimes that my definition of a situation going well is often described as, "It was 'life-giving' " -- meaning, it may have had some conflicts or uneasy moments or stress but all in all , something about it breathed life into the situation and the people involved...something of the heart was moved in a good direction. I'm all about LIFE ... life with my husband, life with 4 adult children, their spouses and 8 grandchildren (to date, that is :), life in our home and life in a wild adventure we tend to label "ministry". In reality , all of these categories mesh together to make up the "organic me". Relational , redeeming and restoring are some of my favorite words and they give life to my soul as I walk it all out with Jesus Christ, the Giver of all life. Profile Photo by: Melody Martin

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  1. Lindsey V

    Wow! Joy! This is so encouraging! Seriously….and I love the way you “talk.” Although I have never heard your speaking voice, it’s like I can “hear” it. That is so fun when you are reading a writer’s work. So glad to be filled up by your serving of faith today!! Thank you for that!!

    1. Joy Waters Martin

      Thank you so much !! …very encouraging to me this morning …I question a LOT …”should I have written that??” , etc. 😉 I see you’re a MK ! I’m a PK 😉 Love what you’re doing over at your blog too!

      1. Lindsey V

        That IS cool! Where did/do your parents pastor?

  2. Joy Waters Martin

    South Carolina …then my husband has been a pastor in New England and now in the southland of Alabama 😉

    1. Lindsey V

      Wow…two very different worlds! I can imagine you have had some Amazing, Hard, and Beautiful life experiences!!

  3. Nikole Hahn

    Why does the foundation need to be painted? Because you want the porch to match, I suppose. I’ve never painted a foundation. Or maybe its because our foundation blends so well with the rest of the house that you never notice it. Mmm…

    1. Joy Waters Martin

      Good question Nikole !!! I asked myself that a lot while doing 100 squats up and down and around the house 😉 … the house is over 50 years old and the paint was wearing off and looking tired, etc. Also, the porch was in desperate need and once we started with that — well , we wanted it all to go together. I don’t have many shrubs to hide the foundation 😉

      1. Nikole Hahn

        At least the squats will have some benefit. LOL. And the running when one of those alien-like creatures with eight legs suddenly appear.

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