Fixer Upper

My husband and I planted a church a little over two years ago in a rural town in Montana. Since we have taken that step of faith, God has blessed us over and above what we could ever have asked for or imagined. I suppose that is scriptural. “Now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us” (Ephesians 3:20).

One of the coolest things that He has done was in leading us to purchase a bar on the main corner of town. The business was to be purchased as a turn-key operation, so when our little church bought the building, we also closed down the bar. Since that time, about eight months ago, we have been in the process of remodeling this over 100 year old building. Talk about a big job!

As we have been in this process, we have also been watching some episodes of the HGTV show “Fixer Upper” partially for fun and partially for some inspiration. In both cases, whether watching the show or working on our own little remodel project, I have been reminded that this is the story of sanctification. Personally, I believe that the Holy Spirit loves a good remodel project because that is His business in each one of us as we learn how to walk according to the Spirit rather than after the flesh.

As I walk through the streets of our town I ask God to give me the vision; to be able to see through sin and sometimes so apparent darkness and see with Holy Spirit eyes what Heaven sees; the potential when Christ’s finished work on the cross is applied to people’s lives.  He has called each of us to this same ministry of reconciliation (2 Corinthians 5:18) so that we have the privilege of leading people into their own personal transformation. The great part of it is that the Holy Spirit sees the finished product from the beginning AND He does all the work. All we have to do is accept His work in our lives and He transforms us from glory to glory as we simply look at Jesus.

So I challenge you, give the Holy Spirit complete access to all the corners of your life and see what He will do! You won’t be disappointed. The transformation will be glorious.

Lord, today we ask that you five us the view from your sight. Show us how you want us to walk down our streets and see what you want to begin and finish within our short time here. Bless our hands as we serve you where we are. Amen.


Jessica Nelsen

Jessica Nelsen

Jessica’s passion for revival and worship exude from her every waking moment. God’s presence is around her as she loves on her two beautiful girls, whom she homeschools. Together, Mark and Jessica, make their home in Montana where they recently planted a church in a rural community and also where Jessica teaches piano. Jessica finds great joy in helping others to find freedom through a relationship with Christ. While Jessica grew up in Minnesota, she graduated with a Biblical Studies major from Trinity Bible College and she is currently pursuing a degree in Natural Health. Jeremiah 20:9 says, “But if I say, ‘I will not remember Him or speak anymore in His name,’ “then in my heart it becomes like a burning fire shut up in my bones; and I am weary of holding it in, and I cannot endure it.” Jessica’s passion for the love of God starts fires of His glory wherever she goes.

2 thoughts on “Fixer Upper

  1. Ann Rinker says:

    Truly God is in the business of Fixer Upper, and his remodeling of us will never end until we see him in glory. I love the inscription of Ruth Graham’s headstone: Under construction. Please be patient. Thank you for sharing your dream.


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