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S. A. J. Lyttek, a multiple award-winning writer, always loved writing, but didn’t arrive at the profession in the typical manner. After college and graduate school, she plunged into government consulting. In this environment, she discovered a knack for writing tests, interviews and other measurements. That soon became the focus of her career—reigniting her love for the written word. Thus captivated, she spent evenings freelancing “fun” writing including short stories, poems, articles and cards. When her eldest was a toddler, she quit full-time work to stay home and write. Eager to spend more time with her children, homeschooling intrigued her. From preschool through high school, she homeschooled both sons while continuing to freelance. An integral part of the homeschooling community, she has developed and taught writing classes to a generation of homeschoolers. Married to her childhood sweetheart, Gary, Mrs. Lyttek loves to share her commitment to homeschoolers and her fascination with the written word.


4/15/2018 8:55:00 PM BY Susan Lyttek

For most of March and into the first week of April, my kitchen, the usable parts of it anyway, were relocated to my dining room. (My cooking piece de la resistance of that season was making a breakfast casserole from scratch, but in my toaster oven.) Plastic sheets and construction equipment decorated our house. Dust was everywhere in spite of daily cleaning. And my kitchen? It spent a good chunk of that time as a gaping hole of nothing.

In other words, we had a crew come in to remodel it. We brought Nicholas & Associates, who had done such an amazing job on our guest bathroom at the end of 2016 back to redesign our kitchen—a room untouched since the house was built in the early 80s.

Unfortunately, no remodeling is instantaneous. As much as I would have preferred that our contractors had a magic wand at their disposal that they could have zapped our new kitchen into place without mess, noise or mishap, that is impossible. Change takes work and work never proceeds without pain of some sort.

All that reminded me that our lives are constantly being remodeled by the hand of the Master Craftsman, the Designer of the best this life and all futures have to offer. And remodeling is messy. When He works on us to change an area of our lives for the better, there will be pain and discomfort. There will be times when we feel like our insides have been ripped out. But that only happens so that He can replace it with something new. Something better. Something beautiful.

A few days after Easter, we had a kitchen again. But our new kitchen was just that—new. It was clean, pretty and more functional than the old one. Everything matched and worked together. Not only that, it was more energy efficient and space efficient. In other words, it was worth the wait and the discomfort.

Maybe that means that His remodels are worth it, too? Especially since He knows exactly how we are wired and how we will work our best?

Here’s a poem written at that time about those same thoughts.




Construction always accompanies deconstruction.

It would be lovely if improvements came instantaneously

Without pain

But it doesn’t work that way

It can’t work that way.

We need the old broken down


Ripped away

So we can have a clean slate

Upon which to build.

Think, how ridiculous it would look

To build something new and beautiful

Upon a foundation of rubble?

Not to mention totally unstable

And insupportable.

We need to break down the old

Tear it away

And sweep out its remnants

To allow the new its room to develop.

(If only we could do it all without the discomfort.)