Living in a house that leaks and is full of damp can be disheartening to say the least. I fully believe in learning contentment in all things and being thankful for a roof over our heads but the daily grind of coping with these challenges can be difficult, even though character building.
A couple of months ago while praying about our housing situation God gave me the best idea ever!!
It is our hallway that leaks the most - we have had to take any pictures off the wall and move most items to save them from water damage from future leaks! It can be a little depressing walking through the hallway (which we have to do many times as it leads to both the bathroom and the kitchen) and I was disappointed that I couldn't do anything to make it pretty - then God gave me this great idea - I could print some posters and laminate them - then when/if they get ruined I could just print out another copy! So what to print?
The fruit of the Spirit - I printed out the whole verse
Galations 5:22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law
then I printed out the individual character traits and put them all on the wall - now as I enter the hallway and start to feel a little down - I read "self control" and remind myself that I have self control - I don't need to give in to my feelings and when I'm following the little ones into the bathroom AGAIN I read "long suffering" and "kindness" and remind myself that I can be kind even when I'm feeling frustrated at the constant training and caring of little ones.
All in all it has brightened our hallway and improved my character!! :-)