Saturday, January 12, 2008


Kathryn is having some difficulty adjusting to the tapering of her pain medications and since that taxes her adrenal system, her Prednisone and electrolytes need constant monitoring again. Today is off to a very rocky start. The strength that she must have to endure the physical and emotional strain is more than she has on her own. Being tied to pain medication is like running a race with weights on the ankles. She has a research paper to finish and wants her mind back so she's willing to fight for it. Being restored is taking some serious effort, and we are praying her through it.

Speaking of restoration, I had purchased a beat-up mahogany dresser with half the handles broken in June of 2006 just before Kathryn got sick. It was thirty dollars. When I saw it I had an immediate use for it in the lobby of the Blue Ridge Women's Center in Roanoke. I wanted to do something to bless them for all the many ways they help women in our area face an unplanned pregnancy. The wonderful staff helps them understand the blessing of choosing life. Then they go the extra mile to support the women throughout their pregnancy and beyond.

The dresser sat in the barn collecting spiders and dust for eighteen months. I started working on it January first as a New Year's resolution to get it done. I shopped at our local Habitat for Humanity outlet store and found new handles and then got to work. Paul made a new leg for the dresser, and I started sanding, staining and varnishing. Many times I find a piece of junk and fix it up only to have people ask, "How did you KNOW it would turn out like this?" It just takes a certain eye to foresee what the finished product might look like. It usually looks worse before it looks better. Although I don't have a before picture of the dresser, I have a picture of how it changed the look of the space.

As Kathryn walks this valley of restoration, and as you and I also remain a work in the Master's hand I have a warning. Restoration can look pretty ugly and destructive in the middle of the process. Especially when the Master carpenter sands off the rough edges. For those who follow Him, everyday is restoration day. So we can all lift our heads, smile, and say, "I'm not near as good as I'm going to be!" Or as the Apostle Paul said in Philippians 1:6 "...being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus."




  1. Dawn,
    What a beautiful gift! The women who walk through the doors of that center will see 2 beautiful works of art, the one on the wall & the refinished chest. May they find beauty & renewal in their own lives as they face the difficult process of restoration.
    Love to you & your family,

  2. Dawn -
    I never knew you had such a wonderful talent/gift! That desk looks beautiful - and it is only 12 days into in the world did you do it! :) I'm sure that the center was blessed by the gift - you are so thoughtful!

    You are so right in restoration being messy business! Praise the Lord that he doesn't leave us as we were!


  3. I remember the day Tom, Brooke, you, and I stood in the foyer talking about how to make that space better. The little table just wasn't cutting it! =) Now, the space is beautiful!! The painting and the chest compliment each other so well. It looks like it was made for that cubby! Thanks for your generosity to BRWC!!

  4. I am also amazed that you had time to do that job, Dawn! I don't have patience for such jobs, but you have surely turned a "ruin" into a classical beauty, just like God is working on doing on all of us. I wonderful object lesson!

    Kathryn, I hope the "restoration" of getting off the prednisone and the pain meds and ajusting to the methotrexate, please God, will go more rapidly than your earlier trials. Lord Jesus, clear her mind for study, and help her find the researach materials she needs quicly and locally. May she have joy in accomplishing this. To the Father, in your Name, Lord Jesus, we pray.

    Much love, Aunt Lil