Mental Health Lessons From Renovating

“The work of restoration cannot begin until a problem is fully faced.”
 Dan Allender


Stress Management

Back in 1997 when I agreed to buy my trailer I knew nothing about them, how to maintain them. I am not handy with a hammer and nails. When it comes to all things with carpentry and plumbing as am useless.

I lived in here for a length of time and I really wanted to replace the windows. The original windows were single pane, drafty, and they did not open to allow fresh air in. I secured financing through a program that gave first time owners a forgivable loan. So, I send for the application, fill it in, and send it off in the mail. Several weeks latter I receive a letter of approval.

I set about looking for a reputable contractor to work on the windows. A couple I know had just had their windows replaced. I went to see them and asked who did the work for their windows. They gave me the name of the contractor, I contacted him and set a time for him to look at what needed to be done. Afterwards he came back with an appraisal and from there I hired him.

All of this taught me about how I handled stress. It was frustrating at first with my routine being upset with people in and around the house. Sawdust and other debris created from the new windows being installed. After about a month I found that I learned how to manage my stress through understanding.

Knowledge

It is amazing what a little bit of knowledge does to eliminating stress. I became comfortable with the contractor and the other carpenters to ask questions. I found out things like the building code for how many windows per square feet. Later when having a wheelchair ramp installed it was how much the incline was to be per foot.

Patience

The windows and wheelchair ramp were only two of the things that I wanted done to the place. The next big things for me was to take up all the carpets and replace them with a nice wood looking laminate. For me to do this work would mean it would have to be done over a lengthy period of time. I began to look around for something that I liked. I found some that I considered I wouldn’t mind to have put down. Over several months I purchased the materials for the new floor. Have had the bathroom floor finished just at the end of last month. This leaving me with my bedroom and laundry room.

So dear reader that is three takeaways I learned from the renovations of my trailer!

Dealing With Mental Blocks

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“Don’t let mental blocks control you. Set yourself free. Confront your fear and turn the mental blocks into building blocks.”
― Dr Roopleen,Words to inspire the winner in YOU

I have sat in front of my laptop over the last several days with the task of writing in mind.  I would start a post only to find myself half way through hitting the delete button.  I just couldn’t keep my train of thought focused, found myself wandering in my thoughts.

I am realizing that I am not alone in this way, mental blocks, writer’s block are very common even for the best authors.



Mental Block –  

… [I]t can also be an inability to continue or complete a train of thought, as in the case of writer’s block. In the case of writer’s block, many find it helpful to take a break and revisit their topic. [source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mental_block]



I found on Google some suggestions in tackling these mental blocks.  Here is what I found:

7 Unexpected Ways to Get Around Mental Blocks
  1. Freewrite. When you are feeling stuck, open up a new Word doc, and start writing about whatever is on your mind. …
  2. Tackle smaller tasks first. …
  3. Change your environment. …
  4. Learn something new. …
  5. Revisit past experiences. …
  6. See what your friends are up to. …
  7. Analyze other people’s ideas.

[source: https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/250509]

So dear reader I thought I would share with you something I am sure many have experienced. I am going to try some of the ways mention to overcome mental blocks.

Attention, Get In Line, Please!

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Image by Wendy Koon from Pixabay 

If you’re impatient while waiting for the bus, tell yourself you’re doing ‘Bus waiting meditation.’ If you’re standing in a slow line at the drugstore, you’re doing ‘Waiting in line meditation.’ Just saying these words makes me feel very spiritual and high-minded and wise.

Gretchen Rubin

I spoke with my aunt today, we talking about different things when shopping for groceries came up.  She told me that she went to go shopping and the line was longer than the building.  She just turned around and went home, had her son do the shopping for her.

I know that in certain stores where I live limit the number of people who go in.  Tomorrow I plan on doing grocery shopping.  I will go at the early hour that is only for seniors to avoid lineups.

If I thought that there was going to be a lineup like the one my aunt experienced I just may turn around and head for home. There are times I can be impatient, so I hope that this will not be the case when shopping.  Lineups like those on Boxing Day I try to avoid.  I tried to shop one Boxing Day, I have never tried to do that again.

So, this is one shopper that will be praying for patience when shopping!

Dear Church Of Ephesus

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Revelation 2:1-7 KJV
1  Unto the angel of the church of Ephesus write; These things saith he that holdeth the seven stars in his right hand, who walketh in the midst of the seven golden candlesticks;
2  I know thy works, and thy labour, and thy patience, and how thou canst not bear them which are evil: and thou hast tried them which say they are apostles, and are not, and hast found them liars:
3  And hast borne, and hast patience, and for my name’s sake hast laboured, and hast not fainted.
4  Nevertheless I have somewhat against thee, because thou hast left thy first love.
5  Remember therefore from whence thou art fallen, and repent, and do the first works; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will remove thy candlestick out of his place, except thou repent.
6  But this thou hast, that thou hatest the deeds of the Nicolaitans, which I also hate.
7  He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the tree of life, which is in the midst of the paradise of God.

The first church that is mentioned by Christ to the Apostle John.  Notice how Christ spoke about the traits that was good about the Church at Ephesus.

  • Works and labour
  • Patience
  • Able to bear those who are evil
  • Tried those who called themselves apostles and found them to be liars
  • Did not faint

After that we hear from Christ what he did not favour the one thing about the Church of Ephesus.

Revelation 2:4  Nevertheless I have somewhat against thee, because thou hast left thy first love.
5  Remember therefore from whence thou art fallen, and repent, and do the first works; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will remove thy candlestick out of his place, except thou repent.

Just what was the cause for the Ephesian people to leave their first love, Christ Jesus?  Did they become complacent in their Christian walk, or thought they were secure in their own salvation?

I am not sure what the root cause of the situation in the church of Ephesus, but we see that Christ gives them the solution to their spiritual problem.

Revelation 2:5  Remember therefore from whence thou art fallen, and repent, and do the first works; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will remove thy candlestick out of his place, except thou repent.

Now we know because of the writings of Paul, the apostle that we are not saved by works alone. 

Ephesians 2:8-9 KJV
8  For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:
9  Not of works, lest any man should boast.

So, putting these portions of Scripture side by side it would seem there is a conflict between the two.  I feel there is not any conflict, but, rather an admonishment that we have to be ever on guard for the one who is at warfare for our spiritual well being.  

Also, this would seem that the argument of “once saved, always saved” is at err with the very Scripture as it is written.  For if we had a secure “salvation” that we could never lose then why is there an admonishment from Christ to the church at Ephesus to repent.

Our personal salvation is not dependent on our parents, spouse, or even a sibling.  Each of us must surrender to Christ, washed in His blood, and seek His face on our own accord.

Philippians 2:12-16 KJV
12  Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.
13  For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.
14  Do all things without murmurings and disputings:
15  That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world;
16  Holding forth the word of life; that I may rejoice in the day of Christ, that I have not run in vain, neither laboured in vain.

At the judgment seat of Christ all will stand alone, absence will be those within our family, friends, and fellow Christians who we worshiped with and broke bread with.

As the old hymn declares we all must give an account of our lives.

The Old Account Was Settled Long Ago
1.  Well, there was a time on Earth when in the books of Heaven
That an Old Account was standin’ for sins yet unforgiven
My name was at the top there were many things below
But I went unto the keeper and I settled it long ago
Refrain:
Long ago, yes long ago (I settled it all)
I said the Old Account was settled long ago
And my record’s clear today, he washed my sins away
And the Old Account was settled long ago (tell em about it)
2.  Well the Old Account was large and growin’ everyday
I was always sinnin’ and I never tried to pray
But when I looked ahead and saw such pain and woe
Well I thought I’d better get it settled, so I settled it long ago
Refrain:
Long ago, yes long ago (I settled it all)
I said the Old Account was settled long ago
And my record’s clear today, he done washed my sins away
And the Old Account was settled long ago (tell em about it)
3.  Now sinner seek the Lord, and repent of all your sins
‘Cause this He commanded if we’re gonna make it in
And then if you should live one hundred years below
You gonna know you got it settled ’cause you settled it long ago
Refrain:
Long ago, yes long ago (I settled it all)
I said the Old Account was settled long ago
And my record’s clear today, he done washed my sins away
And the Old Account was settled long ago (tell em about it)
We are all tasked with keeping our account short and cleared daily!