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Since I got home from school, my sister and my mom have turned me onto house flipping shows on HGTV. What people do on these shows is take a house that is foreclosed that they bought in auctions for ridiculously low prices (without seeing the property before hand) in order to turn around and sell them for a profit. The problem is that most of the time, these houses are in really, really bad shape with tons of mold and termite damage, junk from previous owners, bad pluming and electric systems, poor support structures, and horrible 50s wallpaper that is a pain to take off.

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It’s amazing to see the transformation that these houses undergo.  There are always the infamous before and after pictures of the house. At the beginning of the show, people walk into the houses going “woah” with their noses wrinkled in disgust, then they work for weeks on fixing it up so people who are potential buyers walk in saying “woah” to beautiful home with their eyes wide with wonder.

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After: From HGTV’s Flip or Flop

Because I’m a nerdy writer who tries to see connections and metaphors to things as silly as a house flipping show, after getting hooked on the show, I had to pinpoint the exact reason why I enjoyed these shows so much. It wasn’t the flippers because most of the time, they are really obnoxious about the unexpected errors that occur in every episode. It wasn’t that they are only on late at night for me to watch instead of going to bed. It wasn’t the fact that they are HGTV shows because most of the shows really annoy me.

I loved the idea of a house being so broken and damaged, yet these people saw such amazing potential in them and decided to get their hands dirty to make it beautiful in ways I never would’ve thought or imagine. See the cheesy predictable connection?

Yes, this is yet another post about God’s incredible healing works and how he is a healer to those who seek him. I talk God as a healer so much because that is how much I believe in it. It is through healing that I had my first encounter with the Lord, and it is through continual healing that I continue to encounter him in different ways.

However, the difference between God and a flipper who works on these abandoned homes is that He is more than just a doctor who fixes us up and sends us back out to the world. He is a God who is a father, a king, a friend, a comforter, a counselor, a savior who is with us no matter what.

So what are the little things in you that are keeping you from being a beautiful home?

Is it the beams in you that are failing to support you because they are rotted with lies and deceit?

Is it the dead grass in the front lawn that isn’t receiving the nutrients it needs from reading scripture?

Is it the dining room that is filled with termite damage and mold because of neglecting to dine with Christ at Mass every Sunday?

Is it the broken roof that is allowing the sin and the damage into the house because it isn’t being strengthened by prayer and conversation with God??

No matter the damage, Christ is knocking on the door with a sledge hammer and hard hat with an entire army of angels and saints as his crew ready to knock down the walls and rebuild you into the beautiful home that you are meant to be.

The question is, are you ready and willing to let him in?

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Fun fact of the day: Out of the billions and billions of people that have lived and died in the world, there are only two people who are truly without sin. They are literally Mr. and Mrs. Perfect who never do wrong. They are like that person in high school or college that you kind of secretly want to dislike, but they are so awesome and nice that you physically can’t. You sit and wonder, “Is it just me or do they just not have a bad day?”

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Person numero uno, is my dearest confirmation saint, Mama Mary. Here’s her dirty little secret, she still suffered and had bad days. The woman carried Christ for 9 months in her womb with threats of being stoned or exiled looming over her head. She also had to watch the same child suffer and die the most painful death known to man. Jesus hung on the cross for over two hours, not to mention the hours of watching him carry the cross out of Jerusalem and watching him be beaten and humiliated by the Romans before he was sentenced to death.

The second, of course is Christ, who had a really bad day. I won’t go into detail of exactly the suffering he went through, but many theologians would argue that God chose to die on the cross during that specific era of history because it’s designed to be painful and long. The Romans found satisfaction in their victims suffering.

I’ve been Catholic my whole life and if there is one thing I know for sure, it’s that being Catholic doesn’t always feel very good. You see these saints and expect to see them dancing around a daisy field, hand in hand with God and everything is peachy all the time. We are persecuted, we are tempted, we are tried. Being Catholic is about over coming that with God in sight.

How do we overcome those sufferings? The main think that has to be done is that we have to know who God is. The journey to the Lord is the longest journey that you will ever take in your life. For most people, it takes a lifetime. I’m still working on that journey. There are good days where I feel like I’ve made a lot of progress and then days in which it feels like I’ve taken 20,000 steps in the wrong direction.

You could be a platinum member of every airline in the world and it’s still the hardest. I’m pretty sure climbing Mt. Everest is easier than the journey to Him.

But y’all, he is there with his arms wide open and ready to love you. He isn’t leaving you hanging, waiting for you to find him. The only thing keeping you from him, is you. Learn to accept him. Accept that He is real and alive and he loves you

genie-lampOne of the things that you have accept is that God is not a Genie. You can’t rub a lamp and expect him to grant all of your heart’s desire. Don’t treat him like a Genie. I tried it, and I’m here to tell y’all that it doesn’t work. He’s not a genie, he’s a lover who is only going to give you exactly what you need. He loves you so much, and sometimes, in order to grow closer to him, suffering is necessary.

When you were little, and you got a scrape, you ran home to your mom to kiss it and give you a band aid. The same thing works for God. Run to Him with all your scratches and bruises and He will kiss it and make it all better. The difference between someone who goes to Heaven or to Hell is that the ones who go to Heaven are the ones that say, “I need you, Lord. I can’t do this without you.”

Jesus is calling you to him and begging you to stop running away. He is screaming, “I know your sin; I understand your sin! I know it better than you do! Let me fix it and make you whole again!” Your sin is not too big for God. You have not seen him flex. The only sin that the Lord can’t forgive, is the one that you don’t ask forgiveness for.  No matter what you’ve done, you are not your sin or your failures. You are the sum of the Father’s love; what makes you is God’s love.

He sees your potential more than you do. He cares more about you than anyone else in the world. He thinks about you more than anyone else.  The Lord makes over 4,000 promises in the Bible . Imagine how many more he has made to each and everyone of us that aren’t documented in the Bible? One of the things He promised is that  He will not give us a pain He knows we can’t handle and overcome. He promised that when He died for us. Because He died, we don’t have to endure the same pain and suffering that he did. It’s okay to get angry at God.  He can take it and give you peace.

1003285_10151697209994742_96657247_nBut forgiveness is crucial on this journey. Because of forgiveness the person I was before is not the person I am now. It’s not the person I have to be anymore. Y’all I am endorsing the Jesus thing, I tried the Jesus thing. It works.

You can run from God. You can be the fastest runner who wins all of the Olympic Gold medals, but God can run faster. You can play hide and seek, but the Lord has had thousands and thousands of years playing hide and seek with sinners and you will loose that game. Go to confession, get your sins out in the open. People are so afraid to got to church, but  Church is not a museum for saints; it’s a hospital for sinners. You will not shock the priest because (believe it or not) he’s a sinner too.

After word vomiting all of that onto you guys, I leave y’all with one last message. If you are going to take one thing from this post, take this:

Only Jesus can turn a mess, into a message;
a test, into a testimony;
a trial into a triumph;
a victim into victory.
He is worthy to be praised.