Roberta Messner

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ROBERTA MESSNER, who lives in a historic log cabin in Huntington, West Virginia, selected paint colors to brighten the one-hundred-plus-year-old structure she has called home sweet home for fifteen years. “I chose exuberant hues like cooking apple green, leap frog, and sun-kissed yellow,” she says, and discovered that paint is the cheapest—and easiest—way to transform one's surroundings. An unexpected joy was when the owner of the paint mart discovered eight gallons of the crisp white trim paint she thought was discontinued in a back storeroom. “He let me have it at his cost, which left a little extra money to buy a wonderful hanging cupboard at the flea market.” Infusing the cabin with all that color brought to mind the verse from Nehemiah 8:10 (NAS) that proclaims, “The joy of the Lord is your strength.” When Roberta saw those colors on her cabin walls, her heart nearly exploded with joy.