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Interior Consultants
by Joy Bach 
09/28/09
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Last Thursday I had two appointments. At 1:30 I saw a gastroenterologist. 3:00 was when I met with an interior designer. A few days before those appointments, I texted that information to my daughter and she replied, “Interior Consultants”. My brain took those words and ran with them.

In the process of building a house, I have come to understand words like “pencil” in referring to an edging on the tile. There are degrees of solidness in countertops and floorings. Some are “porous”. Who knew? Carpets and lighting are still on the to-do list. At this point, I’m not sure how long the list is.

My husband and I have already spent eye-glazing hours looking at various assortments and configurations of tile. But there’s more. The grout also makes a difference in the upkeep. Color matters. Also, some ingredients in the grout ensure (supposedly) that it will be protected from dirt stains. But of course that top of the line product costs more.

Turning my thoughts to my body, I began to see a correlation between making our new house into the home we want and working on my body to make certain I maintain a healthy one. As soon as that realization entered my mind, I remembered the scripture telling me that my body is the “temple of God”. No pressure, but it’s up to me to take care of it.

How much time have I spent in checking out the foods I put in my “temple”? Not only that, but how are those foods prepared? Fried? Fatty? Full of sugar? Some of the first questions the doctor asked me were regarding what I put in my body. Did I smoke? Drink?

The tile, countertops, carpet and lighting will all combine to make an interior where we enjoy living. But I need to check out the foods, drinks, and habits that enter my physical system to create the body I desire. And if I really aspire to having a fully alive life, I have to account for not only the physical, but the soul and spirit. That’s where elements such as rest, exercise and prayer come in.

Just as the top of the line epoxy is best for the tile, but costs more; so the abundant life is best for me. It cost my Savior’s life to make it available. But if I utilize Him, He protects me from “dirt stains”.



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