I was planning to write a review on this wonderful bed and breakfast we stayed at but got sidetracked with an improvement project.


As you can see from the photo my office is being repainted. Technically I repainted the office already. However my desk is still under a plastic sheet and I am using the dining table to write this post.

This room really needed some upgrades since before we bought the house. However, painting is not my favorite thing to do. In fact it is one of my least favorite things to do. Okay, to be honest I hate painting. It’s messy and time-consuming, hard work. So there it is, the reason I have been struggling with a dark, poorly lit office for almost two years.

office paint 2

The next step is to install a really nice ceiling fan. Actually the fan was the catalyst for the office patch and paint work. The moment I saw that fan I wanted it in my office. Being too cheap to buy it for myself, my wife and daughter got me gift cards for half the price of the fan for a Christmas present.

When it is all done I will have a very nice office to work in. Just a few more days of improvements left on this project. Few people will ever know or see the improvements to my office but I will. It will be a true pleasure to have a space that is tailored to me.

The difficult tasks in life aren’t as bad when you can see future possibilities. Sometimes to be better used by God we have to do some self improvements. Most of the work that goes into preparation to serve God in life will never be seen or appreciated by the outside world. At least you and God will know, that’s all that really matters.


Rev. Burt Schwab

About burtschwab

I currently live in Iowa, USA. My goals are to simply live life as a journey and embrace each day. I am married to a wife with similar passions and that makes me a blessed man.
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2 Responses to Improvements

  1. Crystal Brown says:

    Paint job looks great, hope you share a pic with ceiling fan.
    Thank you for inspirational advice. Yes, God knows our heart, our motivation, our effort, work done. So thankful to be forgiven (work not done)
    God desires mercy not sacrifice. That is evident in our reactions, in forgiving, our mind set ? Like you said God knows I’ll be honest I’m not positive I show mercy. Burt how do we live Mercy?

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    • burtschwab says:

      Sorry for the delay in responding. The question “how do we live Mercy?” stopped me in my tracks. A generic answer is that we are cooperators with the Holy Spirit that lives inside of all believers. By working with the Holy Spirit we can show compassion and mercy to others. But then we have the ever present human freewill… It is easy to put up barriers of protection from being hurt. For me it is the pain that comes from others not taking responsibility for their action. In turn it makes me angry whenever I am in a situation that someone shifts blame to avoid responsibility. As a result it is difficult to trust others much less have mercy on them. So then it’s back to the Cross for forgiveness and guidance. When the day comes that that circle is broken it is likely that another will surface in my life.


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