It is a killer workout and at times I wonder if I am going to make it to the end of class. During one of her sessions this month, Jackie said, “ Don’t think heavy, think strong!” It was a great mindset that helped me get through the hardest part of the workout. As I reflected back on the class later that day, I realized that statement is a great way to approach the challenges we face in life. In Matthew 11, Jesus tells us, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.” What a beautiful invitation. Instead of spinning in circles over the dilemmas in front of me, I need to be still, fix my eyes on Him and take hold of His strong, outstretched hand. When I stop to remember His promises and grab hold of Him, the problems weighing me down become more manageable and a peace washes over me.
Over the last few weeks, So Big has had some setbacks as we work towards opening the Mountain House. There was a small electrical fire at the house while the electricians were removing some wires on the outside porch. We’re grateful that no one was hurt and the house sustained only minor damage. However, before any further repairs or work can be done, Whitestown has asked us submit a few documents, which include remodel plans for the house and an application for a work permit. As part of the process, we went before the state and got approval for 2 variances on the house, through the expertise of Melissa Tupper, of RTM Consultants. These variances allow us to be a commercial property without having to make significant changes to the house. Having established our requirements with the state, Shawn Curran and his team at Curran Architecture are now drawing up the remodel plans needed to bring the maternity house up to code. We will then submit these plans along with the work permit to Whitestown. Once we have their approval, we’ll be putting in a residential sprinkler system, opening up doorways that are too narrow, and remodeling a bathroom to bring it up to ADA standards. In addition, we will continue our work of repairing the safety hazards identified by Cornerstone Inspection Services. As I look at the long list of what still needs to be accomplished, I am now saying to myself, “Don’t think heavy, think strong.” These burdens belong in Christ’s hands and I need to be strong in Him and in His mighty power.
As we continue to move forward to open the So Big Mountain House this summer, please pray that the women and children living at the maternity home will see Jesus’ love through us, that the process of obtaining a permit will move forward quickly, and that we will receive the necessary donations to care for these pregnant women who are in need.