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Ever since I was a little girl, I’ve longed to bring beauty into the world around me. Maybe not all girls are like this, but maybe they are and it manifests in different ways. For me, my outlet for beauty has come through clothing, through words and stories, through decoration and through restoration.

I am not a fancy person. Never have been and never will be. The beauty that I create consists of taking what ‘is’ and making it better; more functional, more usable, more beautiful. I will never be a girl who spends hundreds of dollars on a pair of shoes, or adorns herself with layers of glittery jewelry. There’s nothing wrong with those things, they just doesn’t make me come alive.

What does make me come alive is the old being made new. Beauty from ashes. Redemption. The most beautiful things are the things that have been used, worn down, sometimes abused, but have survived to live another day. When those things have been discarded, tossed aside for something different, or newer, or better, this is when I come along. To rescue; give new life, a new purpose or a new name. To redeem. My name is Kristi and I am a redeemer. Oh no, I am not The Redeemer, but I am a ‘little r’ redeemer.

You see, I am created in the image of our God. A God who rescues broken people, heals them, redeems them, and restores them to new life. I don’t do that with people. Oh, no. That is not my job. But I imitate this in small ways; with words, with furniture, and with my home. When I do this, it makes a part of me come alive. I don’t know why, and I can’t really explain it, but I suspect that it has something to do with the desire we all have; to imitate our daddies. When we imitate our daddies, it touches a part of us like nothing else can. When we imitate him, he delights in us, and we in turn, are delighted. And so it goes.

When you come and visit Reclaiming Haven, to many of you it may function as a place to glean ideas, or learn a skill. I hope this is absolutely true. But for me, this is sacred ground. As small and potentially insignificant as it may seem, this is a place where a piece of my soul ignites.

Welcome to that little part of my soul. You are treading on holy ground.

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