Love The Home You Have

Love The Home You Have

March 25, 2015

“I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do all this through him who gives me strength.” Philippians 4:11-13 (NIV)

Melissa Michaels

One day as I was putting away some laundry, I caught a glimpse of our upstairs family room through the door at the end of the hall. The sun was streaming in the windows, filling the room with bright light. Instead of simply rejoicing at the sunshine, I couldn’t help but notice how worn the carpet had become.

I didn’t love the drab color to begin with, but after years of wear and tear with an aging dog, a teenage boy and three puppies, that carpet definitely had lost its new-house freshness.

The declining condition of the carpet reminds me of an ever-growing list of things falling apart around the house. If I let myself think about it too long, I can get so overwhelmed counting the flaws (and lack of funds to improve them) that I begin to grow discontent with my home. Before I know it, I’m daydreaming about a better house in a different neighborhood.

My dream house includes a picket fence, more closet space, less clutter and definitely no drab or smelly carpet in the family room!

I almost believe that if only I lived there, life would be so much easier.

There’s nothing particularly wrong with daydreaming now and then about home improvement or a better house, but I’ve learned that what comes next can either help or hinder me.

When I’m tempted to peer over a picket fence to see if the grass is indeed greener on the other side, I know it’s time to turn around right then and there and change my perspective. The home I have is enough.

Most of the time I really am grateful for the gift of a roof over my head, but if I lose perspective, it doesn’t take much for discontent to move in and steal any contentment with what I have.

Yes, carpet can be cleaned or even replaced someday. Clutter can be removed to reveal more closet space. The dishes will have to be done in any house we live in. I will never get to every project on our to-do list.

Any home needs some TLC to transform it into a sanctuary for our families. Yet to find true contentment in all circumstances, as our key verse reminds us, I have to be transformed first.

I’ve learned that it’s not about finding the right house or keeping up with the to-do list or the Joneses, but about learning how to find joy and delight in what I’ve been given (even when it isn’t exactly what I would have chosen!).

With the right perspective, I can create a comfortable space to serve God and my family well, right here in this place.

Every uplifting word we speak to our families, every time we pick up the mess or clean the carpet or rearrange the furniture, every opportunity we take to show hospitality and love to the people who come through our door — they all matter.

Caring for the home we have with a perspective of gratitude builds up our contentment with what God has provided. As Colossians 3:17 says, “And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him” (NIV).

Whether your home is an apartment, a condo, a rental or your forever dream house, the ordinary blessings you count every day will keep your perspective on what matters most.

Dear Lord, sometimes I lose perspective when viewing the gifts right in front of me. I start to believe my dream house must be somewhere else, because it certainly couldn’t be right here in this mess. Help me refocus my heart and find contentment right here, in this place You so graciously provided for me. Help me honor You through learning to take care of the home I have and showing love to the people who enter through my door. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

TRUTH FOR TODAY:
Proverbs 14:1, “The wise woman builds her house, but with her own hands the foolish one tears hers down.” (NIV)

RELATED RESOURCES:
What if the house of your dreams is the home you have? If this devotion resonated with you, Love the Home You Have, a brand new book by Melissa Michaels, might inspire you.

Visit Melissa’s blog, The Inspired Room, for more encouragement today.

Enter to WIN a copy of Love the Home You Have by Melissa Michaels. In celebration of this book, Melissa’s publisher is giving away 10 copies! Enter to win by leaving a comment here, letting us know why you’d like a copy for yourself OR whom you would give the book to, if you won. {We’ll randomly select 10 winners and email notifications to each one, by Monday, March 30.}

REFLECT AND RESPOND:
What are the things that bring you frustration or discontent in your home?

How could you find a new perspective and develop more gratitude to show love for the home you already have?

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  1. Christine Print says:

    Thank you for this timely reminder to be thankful for what the Lord has given us. So easy to get discontented. Because we are God’s children He knows exactly what we need and we can trust him to know that He will provide what is best for us. So easy to forget and listen to lies that if we had this or that our life would be better.

    • There’s really nothing that brings me frustration about living here at Eden Supportive Living Champaign with my incredible husband, Ron Smith.We love where we are. We feel like we are able to be as independent as we’d like to be, knowing that our disabilities can often make being able to do completely for ourselves a challenge- because of limited and no vision on top of me also having cerebral palsy. Nevertheless, the disabilities don’t hinder us at all. We are always encouraging the other residents, who we see complaining about the food or not having enough money to spend each month- to be thankful for the things that hey already have. You wouldn’t have a roo over your head if you lived on the street- or even three hot and square meals each day. There wouldn’t also be kind and caring staff to take care of your needs when you need help with various needs throughout each and every day of the week. Amen! What a wonderful thing to always remember! Whether we have plenty, or if we have very little…we should be pleased with what God has already given us. What He has blessed us with should be enough for us.
      “I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do all this through him who gives me strength.” Philippians 4:11-13 (NIV)
      God has given us something to treasure! we shouldn’t allow what He has provided to get forgotten. The home that we’ve been blessed with is something that we should always treasure.
      “Caring for the home we have with a perspective of gratitude builds up our contentment with what God has provided –“ Amen! Wow! How so true! Caring for what God has given us helps us build up an idea of being grateful for what we’ve already been blessed with. It lets us know that we shouldn’t complain about what we don’t have.
      “And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him” (NIV). Amen! What a wondrous thing to always remember! Whatever we do throughout each and every day should be done to give glory and honor to Jesus. We should glorify God in all that we do at all times.
      Amen! What a wondrous thing to always remember! Whatever we do throughout each and every day should be done to give glory and honor to Jesus. We should glorify God in all that we do at all times and situations.
      “Dear Lord, sometimes I lose perspective when viewing the gifts right in front of me. I start to believe my dream house must be somewhere else, because it certainly couldn’t be right here in this mess. Help me refocus my heart and find contentment right here, in this place You so graciously provided for me. Help me honor You through learning to take care of the home I have and showing love to the people who enter through my door. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.”~Melissa Michaels
      Incredible! We should always be glad about where we may be currently living. God has blessed us with a wondrous place to call home. Rather than wishing for our dream home, we should thank God at all times for where we can lay our head.
      Proverbs 14:1, “The wise woman builds her house, but with her own hands the foolish one tears hers down.” (NIV)
      Amen! What a wondrous thing to always remember! Whatever we do throughout each and every day should be done to give glory and honor to Jesus. We should glorify God in all that we do at all times.

  2. I struggle with this kind of thing. A copy of this book could help me regain the right perspective.

  3. This is EXACTLY how I have been feeling lately and it has robbed me of joy most days. Feeling this way prevented my husband and I from hosting a small group in our home for years and we finally put our promise to God before our feelings about our homes many imperfections. When we did that I thought I finally reached contentment but it has slowly creeped back in and is robbing me of my precious time with my children. I get overwhelmed and focus on how to improve on a budget or how to learn to fix the many things myself ( youtube can only do so much) then I realize the precious time I’m wasting and pray, and realize I have more than enough for me and my family. It is a battle I will keep fighting. Thanks for the post!

  4. Anita Pease says:

    That is the exact spot we are in, thank you for the Perspective.

  5. It would be for me and then my bff – my always messy, cluttered not fully updated house is still mine and let’s me tuck in my kids every night.

  6. Colleen Biegger says:

    I have travelled to third world countries, I have seen the most desperate of circumstances and yet one thing stood out to me. The most meager of homes, with barely four walls and a roof made of chunks of corrugated metal still contained the elements of home. Table and chairs with a table cloth, family photos hung on the “wall”. And yet I have the audacity to be dissatisfied with my home… Which would appear as a palace to most of the world. So much we take for granted…

  7. I so needed to hear this tonight. Thank you.

  8. Rachael Longley says:

    Thank you for this! I am often content with our home, however I struggle days before I’m supposed to host something. Perfect day to read this. God has graciously provided this home for us :)
    Thanks again.

  9. Christine says:

    Thank you for this gentle reminder and encouragement. After living overseas for a majority of my growing up years, and then another 15 and counting as an adult, being thankful for where I am and what has been provided for me can still come as a struggle. You would think I’d have a handle on it by now! Yet, no temptation comes to us that is not common to man. I would love to win a copy of Love the Home You Have by Melissa Michaels. I’d read it and then pass it on to another friend living overseas! Thanks for the opportunity!

  10. Nancy Schmitt says:

    I truly believe that a house is a house but a home is what you make it. During the course of our marriage we’ve had good times and sad times including being homeless and living in a camper. After having a friend introduce us to her church so many things have changed for us. I can’t wait to see what God has in store for me next.

  11. Wow I can relate to this one… I see something like my dirty baseboards or the carpet corner that the previous owners cats frayed and mine keeps making worse and before I know it I have a list three miles long of what needs to get fixed and I’m simmering in a pot of discontent… I’d love to fully love the home I’m in but I don’t know how to achieve that! Other than getting rid of pets and restricting kids to three toys that they put away like perfect angels every day (HA!)… I would LOVE a corner of my own with a cozy chair and a little lamp and a space for my (P31 devotional) book, Bible & journal… This book would be an awesome resource and I would very likely share it with my mom who falls into the same trap of adding up the flaws like I do. I need to pray more fervently for a new perspective and gratitude! <3

  12. Mary Mytych says:

    I have always struggled with keeping an organized and pleasing home environment for my husband and family. I found today’s devotional very encouraging. The additional encouragement of the book sounds like a wonderful tool for gaining the skills and scriptural foundation for winning this battle over disorganization.

  13. This hit me so spot on tonight. I would love to read this book and delve more into the subject. Before i even opened this email, as i was praying tonight,i fully understood that this house i have is just a house. A place to shelter my family and myself. ..nothing more. The important things are the memories made, the lessons learned and taught IN the house. I thought about my day with my 2 and 4 year old and how special it was to enjoy our time together in the backyard today….That’s what counts! We take those times for granted and focus on what we need to do instead of focusing on what we already have in front of us.thank you so much for this, it just reinforced what i was already talking about with God Tonight.

  14. Meagan Collins says:

    We just bought our first home and it modest in size and luxuries. I love having a home but at times feel like people judge us for not having bigger or better. I would love this book to continue to remind me what a “home” truly is.

  15. Denise R. says:

    I feel my financial situations makes me feel unhappy about my home. I recently was told I will damage my body if I continue to work. Our house has no closets except in one bedroom. We too need carpets and every time we get half way up that ladder, we slide down again.
    What makes me be thankful is that we could be homeless and not have anything. I remember that God is our provider and whenever we try to take over and think we know better then God, we then are reminded that God knows what’s best for us.
    Life is too short. God knows what I would like to have as far as what type of home. I just remind myself, if God thinks that’s what’s best for us, He will make it happen. When we wish bigger we also get bigger responsibilities.
    I have what I have because my Father in heaven gave it to me. I should appreciate it not complain it’s not what I wanted.

  16. ChristinaW says:

    We have rented for our 11 years of marriage. God has been working on my heart to be satisfied and content where we are and not be waiting for the “right/perfect” place. We are a pastor family and have moved often. I struggle with wanting to put down roots and settle. I’m very interested in this book!

  17. Karen Waldo says:

    I actually prayed this tonite..to be grateful for the home I have, that all gifts come from God and how lucky I am to have a roof over our heads..I had a plan of improvements & a timeline..last year in October we were to begin..70’s home that had never been updated…1st my stepmother died 10-15-14 and I had the responsibility of helping my dad with things and am still…@ Christmas, which was my goal date, came and went without even starting any work, I was heartbroken, fustrated and mad…on Jan.8th, my husband lost his job of 23 years without any notice…all I could think about was how blessed we were to still have all of the money that we didn’t use on the house..so, almost 3 months later and still no job in sight, but our bills are all paid…and our awful brown sculptured carpet is not quite as bad as I thought it was….we still have our list of things to do someday, but for now, we are appreciating all that we do have and being strong for each other knowing God’s love is our foundation….I would love to have this book!

  18. This was the perfect thing for me to hear right now. I’ve always looked ahead to the next thing, and in the past we had to move frequently for my husband’s job so it seemed okay to say, “Our next home will be better…” Well two years ago my husband’s job situation stabilized and we bought a home. After the first year I started seeing everything wrong with the house and began to panic because I realized there wasn’t going to be a “next thing” for awhile. I feel stuck now and have been praying to find joy where I am. As I struggle with our home, I realize that I do this in other areas too: the next haircut, the next new item my son NEEDS, the next 10 pounds I lose. I have a problem with the “once this happens or I have this then I’ll be happy” mentality. I Want God to change my heart and help me live in the now, with what I have, with joy in HIM. I need to remember the things I think are little things (keeping house, raising kids, being a friend) are really the big things. Thanks so much for the encouragement!

  19. I have never been one to follow trends. I have always had a very grateful heart for everything I have. It’s not a lot, but I’m truly grateful. Although over the last 1 1/2 years, I’ve been living in public housing. Socially it’s been an emotional hurtle to try to hide that fact. Finally, I gave up being embarrassed about the “type” of housing I have and started accepting that it’s what God has provided for me, and that it’s my job to be “joyful in all things”, including my tiny apartment.

    Most of my friends have been blessed with a spouse, children, great jobs, good health and a nice house (and some with “dream” houses). I’ve always struggled for everything I have, and have never complained about having to use furniture from someone else, clothes from friends, used cars, etc. I had contentment. I didn’t mind at all having “used” things, because they were just that, “things”.

    Due to health reasons, I’ve not been able to work now for about 13 years. Initially it was a huge adjustment and one that would have an emotional an financial strain on me for a good couple of years. Meanwhile, I was able to keep up with most of my bills, and was blessed with some help from my dear parents for the things I couldn’t pay for. (Although, I was finally able to reimburse them after a while)

    Putting people over things has always been easy for me. I guess it’s because of how I was raised. The only one I need to actually impress, is God. And not with my outward appearance or the things I have, but with my attitude, my heart and my soul. When I knew that I was pleasing God, my heart was blessed and completely grateful.

    I can openly tell people now about my housing situation, and not feel embarrassed that I don’t have the things that my friends have. I am content. And only because the Lord has helped me to be like that.

    God has ALWAYS provided for ALL of my needs! So I have no reason to complain, just many, many reasons to be thankful! <3

  20. This has been stressing me and my fiancé out. I don’t like the location of his home nor that it isn’t attractive and I am trying not to be resentful of giving up my prime location and modern apt when we get married.

  21. Stacy Owenby says:

    Wow, thank you for this post…I find myself in that place almost daily, “if only we had more space,bigger yard, a new neighborhood”….Thank you for the reminder that I am blessed right where I am and to give thanks to the Father for what he has done instead of begging Him to change it!!!

  22. You must have visited my house recently, only add many young people over the years, motorbike boots, tools, hobbies, cats, adult sons still at home for now, ans so much gear for pushbikes, motorbikes, archery etc in a small house. It was once a display home for a builder, now it’s a display home of Gods work and love. Cluttered, too full, but needing some renovation, but, a perfect carpet or the latest decorations and expensive furniture won’t bring the love your home has accumulated, or be a familiar shelter for a needy heart. One day they will lea e, we will clean the nooks and crannies and I’ll cry the whole time until grandies start bringing hoe their friends to start all over again. You might have guessed I don’t have many visitors, but go out and enjoy the break!

  23. Home is in your heart. This is not our home
    Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon the earth, where moth and rust consume, and where thieves break through and steal: but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth consume, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: for where thy treasure is, there will thy heart be also. (‭Matthew‬ ‭6‬:‭19-21‬ ASV)

  24. Rachel Crapper says:

    I would love this book! I struggle to not compare my home to others’ more finely decorated or larger ones. I fear also that my daughter will be embarrassed about our home so will not invite friends around, just as I felt as a child. I do not want history to repeat itself, but to have a home filled with God, not a show home devoid of Him!

  25. “Caring for the home we have with a perspective of gratitude builds up our contentment with what God has provided.”
    I so needed this right now. After complications from a head injury I received in a car accident, I am unable to work and was forced to sell my dream home so I would not lose it in a foreclosure. The small amount left after the closing was used to pay outstanding bills. After moving in with my sister and finally having my disability approved, I found a very small studio to rent. I am trying my best to slowly make it my new dream home. You are so right. It’s easy to lose sight of the blessings we have when we compare them to what we once had or to what others around us have. Thank you for such precious insight into how we should appreciate God’s provision.

  26. Jennifer Auty says:

    As a working mum with 3 children, I frequently struggle to find time to keep on top of the day to day house chores let alone the growing yo do list. I regularly dream of that neq build house where everything is perfect to move in to. Thankyou for that timely reminder to be greatful for my amazing home and the awesome memories God has allowed us to create here. To learn to be content is so important and to have an attitude of gratitude towards God for all He has blessed us with.

  27. Jennifer Auty says:

    As a working mum with 3 children, I frequently struggle to find time to keep on top of the day to day house chores let alone the growing to do list. I regularly dream of that new build house where everything is perfect to move in to. Thankyou for that timely reminder to be greatful for my amazing home and the awesome memories God has allowed us to create here. To learn to be content is so important and to have an attitude of gratitude towards God for all He has blessed us with.

  28. pamela brown says:

    The scripture quoted above says it all, concerning a very loving Christian woman I am blessed to call my daughter.Colossians’ 3:17 describes her to a T. In an effort to prepare to adopt their daughter from China who has medical problems, my daughter and her husband purchased a home that would provide the extra space they would need for their growing family. My daughter put a lot of love and hard work into fixing up the home that would be my new granddaughters first home after living her first two years of life in a Chinese orphanage. Since returning from China my daughter, and her family, have endured three plumbing breaks along with the cost of the damages. They have learned that their new baby girl will require medical surgeries they were praying would not be necessary, and three weeks ago my daughter broke her foot. During this trial she turned her concentration on continuing to make her house a home for her family, helped another adoptive mother fix up her new daughters room, and post encouraging scriptures for others to glean from. Your book would not only bless her but would also bless the women she would share it with as she encourages them.

  29. The devotion today spoke to directly to my heart. I have a lovely little 3 bedrooom home with beautiful backyard that my in-laws lovingly plant with things we can eat. This little house is home to my husband and I, his parents, our three little children, a tank full of fish, two rabbits, four chickens, copious number of books and toys overflowing. Every time I let myself think about the house, I see MESS everywhere. The kitchen is falling apart, the carpet in the kids’ room needs re-carpeting and there is that patch of moisture coming through the shower recess into the hallway. *sigh* I live with it because if I didn’t I would go crazy. BUT it is a home where there is always laughter and good food smells wafting through the air. I need to remember this and be thankful always that we are together and that God is the provider and always will be.

    • How sweet. I think I would love to come visit you Adelyn. Sounds homey and wonderful. The kind of home your kids will always remember fondly!

  30. Oh how these words just jumped out at me! I so needed to read and reflect on this. My husband and I still live in our little starter home of 18 years. At times it feels as though everyone else has moved on but us. I need to remember what a blessing our little home has been and cherish the memories made here.

  31. Sarah VanDusen says:

    this was perfect timing! To read this devotion while in the middle I thinking God is calling us to sell our home. Wow! Thank you so much for your awesome perspective.

  32. Shemecca Williams says:

    First thing I read, up and can’t sleep thinking about starting in a new city, new home, getting around new people, just a new start. I often think of how much Better things would be for me and my children once we get away from Ms. I was born and raised here, I left for a time then came back due to my mom getting ill and suffering from that illness in a nursing home. I wanted to be closer to her so I moved closer. It’s been 5 years now. I really think this book would help me in this season I’m in. I have been preparing for a move, maybe it’s a move in my thinking, a transformation, instead of a physical move.

    Thank you

  33. Amen.I’m really touched by The message .I pray that God will give me the strength to do that Amen!!

  34. Sarah Yowell says:

    This is what we are going through right now in our home. Selling and moving but I want all of these upgrades. I would love a copy of this book!

  35. Susan G. says:

    Such a great reminder to be thankful for everything God has given us. I think we have to have ‘intentional gratitude’ every day. I know it changes my whole outlook, when I give thanks and appreciate all the blessings God has bestowed on me and my family, material and otherwise.
    Thanks for this!

  36. Wow… God challenged me on this precise thing this week. We bought the best home we could afford but it’s a real fixer upper and if we’re to live within margin, that fixing up will take a long, long, long time. I’ve felt myself grow increasingly embarrassed about this house – the holes in the ceiling, the lack of doors, the dead garden. But actually, to even own a home is a complete privilege and blessing and I’m actively trying to now take my thoughts (and words) captive in this regard and take on an attitude of gratitude.

  37. Catherine says:

    This resonated with me. My whole adult life I was striving for my dream home. I believed I would truly be happy once I lived in my dream home. Well we did achieve owning our dream home for a while, but then God decided he wanted us elsewhere. For the past 8 years we have been renters and feel very transient. I am content with The house we live in now, my husband is not. He wants “his own” home. If I win this book, I will share it with my husband so we can both learn to love the home we are in, rental or not.

  38. ginny hansrn says:

    I’m repeating what others have said. My home needs work, i wonder how i can afford to fix it but i firmly believe that God will see me through. After reading all the comments i realize I am not alone. I’ve kind of let things go around here because at times it just feels overwhelming. Kind of like why bother. I am praying right now that God willl give me the motivation I need to do what needs to be done here starting with mowing the lawn tomorrow. As they say, one day at a time. Also, after reading the comments I feel much more blessed to have what I have which is so much more than most!! May you all have a blessed day!!

  39. JOYCELYN. CAMPER says:

    Im in need of your book because I rent a home.I want with all my heart and soul to love it. Thanking God for what I have .Amen

  40. Martine Wills says:

    Beautiful and thoughtful! I would love to read the book!

  41. Thank you for reminding me of God’s word of being content. I really needed it today. I think I am beginning to love my home. With my 2 year old twin boys, I have been discontented and have complained about how small our house is especially with all the play that occurs. I have just finished purging for 3 hours. I know that God has shown me the start of being content with what I have and not needing excess or a bigger house. There are now more free space around the house. I will continue to be prayerful for the contentment in my heart and to enjoy the everyday blessings that God has given my family in this home.

  42. Samantha S says:

    Thank you so much. This message was definitely needed. Sometimes it’s you get so caught up on what you want you forget to enjoy the blessings of what you have. God bless and thanks again for the encouragement.

  43. Emily Driggers says:

    This is a wonderful reminder to pay attention and be content with what you have! Thank you! With a husband in school, a three year old, and a full time job, I constantly look at my house and am hard on myself for not being the perfect woman and keeping it immaculate for my family. This devotion reminded me to see the joy in the small (and much more important) things and remember how much of a blessing they are. I would love a copy of this book to see how to change my thinking to appreciate these even more!

  44. This was such a great read for me. It was exactly what I needed and has already changed my perspective. Thank you. This ministry always speaks directly to me. God bless!

  45. Love this message!! It’s all too easy to lose perspective and become focused on everything we don’t have instead of what we do have. I would love to read your book!!

  46. Lord, help me to be content with what I have. Help me to be wise as I build my house and not foolish to bring it down. Amen

  47. God hears our hearts and speaks to them in the most beautiful ways. I am planning a move to an area where the cost of living is much higher so my son can spend more time with his dad and sister. I’m focused more on the things I’m giving up (nice, new, comfortable home) than what will be gained. Thank you for this post.

  48. Rachel Kearns says:

    What a reminder! I often walk through my 70s kitchen (haha), down the unfinished hall, and peer into my living room that only has a sub floor and want for more. It is enough though. There’s a roof over my head, there’s food on my table and my family is healthy and clothed.

    Thank you for the reminder.

  49. I would love to have a copy of this book. Thanks for the timely message. :)

  50. Exactly what my heart needed to hear this morning. Thank you. Would love to read your book.

  51. I loved this article.
    I just got back home after a refreshing week away. And also spring gives a new outlook.
    Happy time of rebirth, new life and being mammas & wives & care-takers and people that care about God, and nurturing and giving and taking and doing what it is you do everyday over and over again….

  52. Cindy Eddins says:

    Help me honor You through taking care of the home I have and showing love to the people who enter through my door. In Jesus’ Name, Amen

    I really needed to read and pray this today. Thanks

  53. Gladys Jordan says:

    Would love a copy of your book!

  54. I have a neighbor who struggles daily with this issue. She would love a copy of this book!

  55. Marisa Steelman says:

    Thank you! It was as you were speaking right to me. As my husband’s job is being threatened with layoffs, it’s tough to always remind myself how truly blessed we are. Thank you again

    God bless

  56. Kimberly says:

    My friend and I just had this conversation, we could definitely use this book! Thank you

  57. I would love to read the book then donate it to my church library.

  58. This message hit me smack dab in the face! I had just been thinking about the list of home improvements to be made and the lack of funds (I stopped working this year to stay home with my two girls.) Your words confirmed what God was speaking to my heart. Thank you! I’d love to read your new book!!

  59. Would love to have this book to help me gain a more grateful attitude toward my home and make it a God-honoring space!

  60. I struggle with this constantly. I’m always eyeing up homes for sale and thinking that “If we just had a little bit bigger house, we’d have space enough to live in.” Really, I know we’d just end up filling up that space as much add our current space. I need to be grateful for God has blessed us, and there are so many others who have so much less than us. This book would be very helpful to me.

  61. Wow, I had been thinking the same thing but just reading the comments of so many others really puts things into perspective. Thank you for the post

  62. Wendy Hopkins says:

    In this harried “I need it now” society, it is sometimes hard to remember how good we already have it. I want to honor my husband, and my Lord, by taking better care of the house that has been provided me.

  63. Sometimes wanting a different house is not just discontent but an actual need. My husband and I are living in a small older house we bought a few years back to use as a place closer to my work to stay during the week when gas went to 4.00 a gallon.

    It turned into a blessing when we were able to sell our hose in a flood plane just prior to a flood. I have always thought God led me to buy this house. It has a sunny front entry for my many plants and in many way is very nice but very small.

    When I read this my initial reaction was that it was a message for me that my decision to find something better suited for our needs was wrong. However upon more reflection I believe it maybe God’s will for us to proceed with tring to purchase the house we just found that gives us all ground floor living without the very narrow stairs and provides other amenities that our advancing age makes necessary. I am continuing to pray that if it is God’s will we be successful in obtaining this new place.
    Wanting something different is not always just discontent. However I agree one should thank God for what we have and ask his guidance if it appears a change is required.

  64. This spoke straight to the heart of me! I live in my dream home but lately have been finding myself daydreaming about a smaller house because I cannot keep up with taking care of this one. Instead of being grateful that I have a home to take care of, I have been discontent with it. This devotion woke me up and has changed my perspective! Thank you!!

  65. Thank you for sharing this! As usual, God’s timing is perfect. I have praying for guidance on what to do with my family home – which was a huge God given blessing years ago. My family situation has changed drastically this past year…my husband of almost 25 years and I seperated and it looks permanant, and only one daughter is at home temporarily until she moves out of state. I have struggled with the financial worries of upkeep on such a big house and have been praying about moving into a smaller place, which the idea breaks my heart. I have been praying about this, asking for wisdom because I know this house was a blessing for our family. Even as I write this, God is gently reminding me that He knew my present situation before He provided this home – to continue to be thankful for his provision because He doesnt make mistakes. I would love to have a cooy of your book. Thank you!

  66. I am in a difficult place right now. Going through serious medical (heart) challenges, and finding it hard to climb out of my dark hole. I’m finding too much wrong with my home; little things that just take time and energy my husband just does not have right now. This is an excellent devotion that encourages me to place my thoughts, focus and mind on the right things. I would love this book.

  67. Mary Lou LaRose says:

    I struggle with this so much. I do thank God for the roof over my head but complain a lot about the condition of our apartment and almost come to tears sometimes. I think this book will help me change my perspective. This devo was a great blessing to me today. God bless you!

  68. just the words I needed to hear today. I am thankful for the home God provided for me and need to learn to be content in it.

  69. If I won a copy of the book. I would keep it in my office for me and other women to share reading. I run a non profit for women and a ministry at church for helping hurting women.

  70. This has been a struggle for me for most of my adult life. I would love to read the book & I’m sure it’s one I will pass along. Thanks so much for today’s devotion.

  71. Raeann Rouse says:

    I’m going thru a divorce and recently moved to a rental. This resonates with me so deeply. Trying to teach my sons contentment.

    Thank you!

    • Same Raeann. Going through a very painful divorce after 24 years of marriage. Live in family home, on family land. Praying I can hold onto it for my children and their future families. But also resolved that whatever He provides for us will be sufficient and we will be grateful and blessed. Prayers for you during this difficult time. He is faithful.

  72. Lori Johnson says:

    I loved this. I always see just what I need to see when I open this app! Thank you so much!

  73. A timely reminder for me in the midst of my chaos and mess of what God has blessed me with. Thank you! Hope to read more of your book.

  74. Aysia Allen says:

    It was a blessing reading all other’s responses! I too am interested in a copy of this book as I have struggled throughout my life to be organized. Now that I am marriaged with a 5 year and 2 dogs, with a full time job and youth ministry, I find myself just stressed about getting behind on house work. I would love to keep organization in my home as I know it helps it run smoother.

    On a side note, I so desire to purchase a home as we have rented for 5 years. Also, this past year has been one of the hardest in my life as I carried a baby full term and she passed away 10 hours after giving birth. My husband and I were devastated but prayed that if it is the will of God, so be it. I have has to renew my mind numerous times a day to remind myself that I can be content because God knows best.

    This book will definitely be a re-enforcement for me!

  75. Good morning! Oh how I needed to hear/read this! God answers prayers all the time and I believe this is His way of telling me that I am just fine where I am. I would love to read this book. I married my wonderful husband 3 years ago and we are living in the house he lived in for 25 years with his ex wife. I was so against even stepping foot into the house but had to relocate and move into it. I’ve not been a too happy camper. I find fault in almost everything and basically don’t want to do anything to the house. I’ve been desperately praying for help with this. Thank you for your post. God bless you. Amen

  76. Thank you for this reminder!

  77. Melissa Rudyk says:

    Ten years ago we bought a fixer upper. Then life hit. My husband’s job changed. We took in two of our son’s homeless friends. Several years go by and my husband has injuries that cause him to have surgery and rehab, missing six months of work. I struggle with this subject daily. I won’t invite people to my house and my mom can’t visit without getting angry with my husband because the work isn’t completed. We couldn’t sell this house if we wanted to. I try to be thankful that I have a home, but some days it is really hard.

  78. Oh yes indeed! After four years in a home that has seen us through the loss of a child, welcoming a child, year long illness, restored health, complete change of career, this Scripture has become a reality! The book would be a fantastic tool to use to teach others!!!!!!!

  79. Heather Taylor says:

    Thank you for the perspective. We all get caught up in the little things…or big things in some cases that we feel would make our home more liveable, more inviting, more aesthetically pleasing. And we forget that it is the little things that make life so sweet. Like the sun streaming in your window. I help women organize their houses and I would appreciate the book and pass it to every women God leads me to share it with through my work.

  80. Thank you for reminding us of God’s word about contentment. It is a continual struggle to not look around and want something else instead of being thankful for what we have.

  81. kristin hein says:

    I struggle so much in this area! We bought a house that I feel is too small for our growing family even though I know God led us to it five years ago. I would love this book!

  82. Amen, Melissa. It’s about the atmosphere of the home, not the decor. “Home” is a comfortable sanctuary, not a glitzy magazine photo spread.

    Lord, may my home be a place of grace, for those who live here and all who visit. Amen.

  83. I am newly married and living in my husband’s home. Its very old and run down. I’m trying so hard to love this home while being grateful for my husband and the new direction my life has taken. I am sure the book would give me perspective.

  84. Jacquelyn O'Brien says:

    How amazing is God? He knows just what we need. I have been keeping a running list in my head of everything that is going wrong with my house and adding to it daily. This article is so timely. I need to focus on the many blessings I have in this home instead. Thank you for opening my eyes and heart!

  85. What beautiful reminders! I often find myself gazing at “greener pastures” and miss blessings that contentment brings! I would love to read your book!

  86. Heidi Maceyko says:

    I struggle with being discontent in my home often. I am married with 2 children and work and go to school. Many times I have no time to pick up things up and look around and think another home would be better and easier to clean.

  87. Would love a copy of this book! We are currently living with my in laws and renting out our tiny, un-sellable house. It took a very long time for me to stop being angry about the situation. I have slowly been realizing how much joy and happiness that small detail in my great life has robbed me of. I prayed before I read this devotion today for something to sink in and hit me! Thanks God!

  88. This devotional is like putting palm to forehead! Just last night we decided we need to replace our broken dishwasher, but what we were saving for was new windows…and vacation…and a new home. When it feels like we just can’t catch a break and our heads are just bobbing above water, it’s so good to remember that God has a plan and we are so grateful for the gifts we have now!

  89. Thank you for the timely reminder to be greatful for the home that I have been provided. I was feeling down after a major plumbing issue that drained my bank account. I am truly blessed with all He has provided for me.

  90. With two preschoolers, my list of things to do in our home grows longer than my time available. I sometimes find myself more frustrated than grateful. We have a wonderful home, and some new ideas for refreshing it and keeping perspective from Melissa’s book would be fantastic.

  91. I go through this process often…of dreaming I had a different house but then actually turning my perspective around! It would be great to read this book.

  92. Great truth. Thank you!

  93. Vicki Raisley says:

    The ladies in my small group were just discussing feelings of unworthiness because of the status of our homes! Then this book appeared through my devotions! I would love to share this book with my small group!!!!

  94. patricia ann says:

    My preacher has been also preaching on this, and I have been wishing to be able to move out of this home. There are some ‘extenuating circumstances’ involving my Momma’s will, which I won’t go into, but, it seems God wants me to accept the circumstances, and learn contentment, so that is what I am trying to learn. That is why I am hoping to win the book.

  95. Kimberly says:

    I was just complaining the other day about our home – how I didn’t even want to come home to see it :( Lord, forgive me. Thank you for this message.

  96. Being content where you are and learning to love where you are changes YOU; preparing you to take on the next step. I believe this is true no matter the circumstance. Talking about a home…beautiful picket fences deteriorate and larger closets just hold more junk unless your heart and mind have been prepared to receive them. Learning to love wherever you are is the prep work that is necessary.

  97. Melissa Begley says:

    This has come to me at just the right time. My family and I have recently moved from Texas. We are now back in Michigan to be closer to our families. My brother-in-law got married in December and His house was available for us to move in to. He hasn’t really moved any of his stuff, so I am using all of his kitchen stuff etc.. I haven’t even unpacked my household things. He has been a single man for many years and as you can only imagine, the houses in need of much loving tender care of a women. I have struggled personally with living here. There is no dishwasher, the Michigan basement leaks when it rains, and sometimes has standing water, this is where the washer and dryer are and it smells. This would not be my choice of home to live in, but I know it is only temporary. I am grateful that I have a roof over my head and a warm bed to sleep in. As my husband would say, ” I’ve been a little spoiled”. Making the best of where God has me. Being content and thankful that we have a place to call home until God opens the door for a different permanent home. ❤️

  98. This is perfect timing for me as the Lord calls me to renewed purpose, gratitude, & peace at home. Would love to read & share this book! :)

  99. I already pre-ordered your book and am so looking forward to delivery day!
    Your message today is perfect for me. My project today is to set up our screen porch for spring. I do not have the beautiful new wicker furniture I envisioned I would by now. In fact, I don’t have any wicker furniture! But, I’m going to pull an old sofa out of the basement, throw a cover on it, gather a few pieces from other rooms in the house, and create a funky, functional, peaceful retreat for me and my kids.
    Thank you for the inspiration!

  100. Our old farmhouse is a constant reminder of being thankful for what we have. We built on before our first child was born (8 years ago), and we still aren’t finished! But God also reminded me that if we were done, we would look for something else to fix or do instead of enjoying our now 4 little ones. I am thankful for what I have, and for the abilities God gave my husband to build the home we have.

  101. I would love a book because I love decorating and need help finding contentment in my own home!

  102. I would love a copy of this book! I have a wonderful home that I am sure many would love to have but sometimes I still struggle with looking all around and thinking about the “what if”. This book would be a true blessing to read!

  103. Lisbeth L. says:

    Thanks for the gentle reminder ! I am guilty of “nicer home- dreaming” as well (scruffy carpet bugs me too). We are currently in a smaller apartment, and will be moving to another very soon. Contentment with what we have been given is something I pray and ponder over often. Most of us have it plenty good right where we reside. I have been clearing out the clutter (tangible and intangible) this past year and it feels good!

  104. Michelle says:

    This devotion came at just the right time. I struggle because I’m not where I want to be in my Life. At 40 years old, I’m still living in an apartment due to past bad decisions. I live in a great place and am very thankful for what God has provided for me. Sometimes I just need that reminder. This book sounds right up my alley.

  105. I have struggled with depression most of my life and right now I’m trying to dig out of living the past year in a very deep depression. Keeping up with the home has always been a major hurdle for me and by this time my house looks hopeless which doesn’t help my situation. This devotion was exactly what I needed to refocus my limited energy. I would love to have your book but right now I am just so thankful to have found your words today. God bless you for touching on this seldom talked about subject!

  106. Lovely reminder to be thankful for the house we have & that since it is our home we share with those we love-it is a blessing! I would love to read this book & then share it with my mom & sisters

  107. You expressed the feelings I have exactly. I would like the new book. Thanks for the perspective in the devotional.

  108. Jennifer says:

    I have been struggling with this same issue for almost two years now. I am so undecided as to whether it is my discontent or Rhe nudging of the Holy Spirit to move. I am a single mom of three and a teacher and we live far from our school (which hosts most of our after school activities as well) and church. My home is such a gift and I am truly grateful. I got it 7 years ago as I moved here during the divorce. As the neighborhood has grown my happiness has shrunk. I no longer can see Gods beautiful gift of vast sky -houses are everywhere now. Big houses with tall rooves! So today was timely. I need to really search. Is it me or is it time. Thank you for answering Gods call on your life.

  109. I have pre-ordered Love the Home You Have but would love to give a copy to my 26-year old daughter!

  110. Angie Jones says:

    After some unforeseen circumstances occurred in my life, I had to move back in with my mother at 37 years old. It left me feeling like a failure & extremely discontent in my situation.

    God has been convicting me that He has me here for a purpose, and that I should be content in any situation. He has been showing me that my discontentment is like saying that He made a mistake.

    I have been earnestly praying for contentment through this situation, and I feel this book could me readjust my focus.

  111. What a perfect message foryou discontented heart. Perfect timing from my Father in heaven. I am struggling with this very thing this week as my brother comes into town on Friday and I am hesitant to bring his family to my house because of my carpet of all things. We’ll, and my furniture and my clutter and….the list goes on. I have been reminded that I do love my run down, imperfect house because God provided it many years ago not only as shelter to my family but as a home for our hearts. I’m convicted today because I have been looking through the wrong lens at what God has lovingly provided me and allowed my perspective to be tainted by jealousy of what He has provided for others. I am writing a lesson for a ladies retreat this summer on our prespective and how it shapes the choices we make. Again, God meeting me where I’m at and speaking into my spirit to refresh and remind me that He sees me and has His hand on me. How can I look into His face and tell Him that what He’s provided is not good enough when He has always provided what I truly need. What I need is a new perspective….not new carpet!

  112. I can always be more content!

  113. Carmen Lumpkin says:

    I needed this devotion today. I’m struggling to be content with what God has given me. I would love a copy of this book.

  114. This is something I have struggled with for years. About 7 years ago we put our house on the market. I wanted something bigger and something more like my 4 older sisters have. We were not able to sell our house after a year and decided to take it off the market. I was so angry after all didnt I deserve a better place to call home. I mean come on we were making pretty good money! About a year after that my hours at work were cut an my husband had to switch jobs making less money. We have been living in this 1100 sq foot starter home for 18 years! I still struggle to be content here. I just don’t understand how I can when everyone I know has moved on to a bigger houses in better neighborhoods. I try to be content because I know it is still Gods plan that we stay here but it is oh so hard!

  115. After having the microwave overheat last night and the medicine cabinet fall off of the bathroom wall, I am just thankful we have a home and our children are okay (the medicine cabinet fell on my oldest daughter so I need to check her today, but she is adult sized – if it were any of my other children, it would have resulted in serious injury). That being said, I have been eyeing a house that appears to be more suitable for our family size (family of 8) so this is a timely reminder. We are waivering between massive decluttering and fixing up our home to stay or to sell. I would really appreciate reading this book.

  116. Ruthlyn Decourcy says:

    I thank you so kindly for sharing that because I live in rented accommodation 3bedroom house for 20 years my finance soon to be husband on Wednesday 6th May 2015 in my home city where I live. He wants to live in his city which I would love to but with low finance he is looking at properties out our financial circles and ones he loves and prays about fails. We ask God to show us a clear vision in where He wants us and I just read what you wrote gave me this to love the home I have fix it to high standard so my husband to be can grow in and God then will provide more in time. Start with what we have now God will do the rest in Jesus Powerful Name. Amen.

    Thank you.
    Shalom
    Minister Ruth

  117. This message is so timely.
    Didn’t realize I was in need of a contentment reminder, but I was.
    Thank you.

  118. Boy, this was a very timely devotional for me…something I continually struggle with. It brings be back to my New Years resolution which is: instead of saying to myself…”I cannot handle one more thing”, I say “I can” because “i can do all things through Christ who gives me strength”.

  119. This is a beautiful reminder for me. God has graciously blessed my family and I will undeserved Grace and resources. How selfish it is to let myself fall into the pattern of wishing and wanting more. How disrespectful it to my husband(that God blessede with) that works hard (at the job that God blessed him with) to provide a beautiful home for us. Forgive me Heavenly Father. Thank you for all your undeserved blessings and for always providing what we need and more.

  120. I have to constantly remember how I felt when I first purchased a home because that in itself was a blessing I never believed for myself & my family. Thank you again Father for this immense blessing….AMEN!

  121. Just what I needed. I have the smallest,oldest, most run down house of ANY of my friends. I have a good attitude outwardly and try to exude thankfulness to my husband who is a harder worker than most of my friends’ husbands. Inwardly, I definitely am sometimes envious, while trying to check myself and remember to be thankful. My interior designer friend even comments occassionally, “you have the best attitude about your house. I mean you just really make the most of what little you have”. This was meant to be a pat on the back from a precious friend, but it just reinforced that others notice or pity me, and I was a little stab. I have always prided myself in not caring what others think, but that made me notice what others think.

    I have all I NEED. However, since the many repairs are overwhelming, time wise and financially, I lack motivation to do the small things. I find myself thinking, “why even start, I can’t do all of it”- so they continue to build to the point that my husband and I feel oppressed. I would love to have this book in order to maybe get perspective, ideas, and motivation! Can’t wait to start reading your blog.

  122. Kim Lincoln says:

    Thank you so much for this! I have a small house and my husband and I work and are busy with our daughter and ministries. This is just perfect for me today as I get ready for work and look about at the dishes in the sink and I listen to the washer and dryer run. I would read the book myself and then pass it on to friends who feel the same way I do… Overwhelmed with work and household responsibilities. We need to live our families and not worry about the small things. Thank you for this today, you seem to know what I need.

  123. At this season in my life (kids grown) I find that I am always finding discontent with my precious home of 26 years. I don’t think its really my home..thanks for your beautiful reminder today. I would love to read more…please select me for a book.

  124. After 31 years in the classroom, I am looking forward to retirement in June. I am looking forward to focusing on our home as we complete renovations to our 21 year old home (including the yard). At the same time, my husband has answered the call to a new pastoral position which includes setting up a new home provided by the church family. The parsonage is undergoing renovations before we are able to move in. I see this as a great opportunity for me to have a fresh start in what could be my dream home for the next several years. We are off to great places with our new ministry and imagining great spaces our new home. I would enjoy using these ideas in both our old and new homes as we make tthese major transitions in our lives. Blessings!

  125. I am a dreamer. Especially in financial troubles when I look at the blue carpet and desire to tear it up and have beautiful hard wood (or skate) installed…but in reality, that is far off from our financial responsibilities and what we can afford. I find myself dreaming of all the things I can do to change the situation we are in. when yes, some things can be done but I constantly have to remind myself of the many blessings that have been gifted to us. The blessings that are so plentiful. I work hard to keep perspective and then struggle with the ambition in my heart to do more. This book sounds pretty awesome and I would read it, absorb it and let what I learn be my reality and Dream. I don’t want to miss today because I am too busy dreaming of tomorrow. Thanks for this devotional.

    Xo

  126. Amy Hutchison says:

    This is right where I am. Sole parent of two young ones, old house, lack of money for remodeling. This has been my struggle lately. Thank you for being a vessel of God’s perspective.

  127. Just moved into a new place and feeling overwhelmed. Don’t love it, but know I should. Hoping this book will help! Thanks!!

  128. I love reading this every morning it lifts my day and inspired me to be thankful what I have and it seems like every day I read this I feel it’s talking to me I so look forward read this first thing in the morning i would love have the book I have learn to be what I have and do not keep up with the Joneses and I can make my grass greener on my side :-)

  129. Thank you for this reminder, has a interior decorator I find myself switching and changing things around the house often. This devotational has allowed me to see that I need to be happy with my space after all the switching it’s still the same house.

  130. Tracy Bockbrader says:

    Thanks for the timely reminder! I’m soon on my way to visit my sister in her new house. Sometimes it’s hard not to feel bummed out about what I have in comparison, but this was a great reminder to think about all tne blessings I have received.

  131. I have been a reader of Melissa’s blog, The Inspired Room, for many years and she has always encouraged her readers to use and love what they have. Her advice and ideas are practical, inspiring, and always encouraging rooted in gratefulness for the gifts that we each have. No matter where you live nor under what circumstances, we all need encouragement and a reminder to be thankful and see the beauty of our surroundings. Melissa reminds us of just that. I would love to have a copy of her book. Thank you for hosting the giveaway.

  132. I would LOVE to win a copy of this book simply to learn to be organized. Sometimes the clutter of a home that’s lived in gets over whelming. I love the home we are in, it just needs some organizing help!!! :-)

  133. This hit home for me! Very encouraging and eye opening. The book could probably open my eyes even further!

  134. I am truly grateful for this article! It helped prepare my heart and mind for the day that lies ahead…one filled with housework and yard work. Thank you, Melissa, for giving me the perspective to tackle my chores with gratitude over attitude! Looking forward to following your blog and to reading your book.

  135. Perfect timing. It has been an incredibly difficult season for me as a mother, wife, daughter & child of God. My circumstance overwhelm me and this tear-stained heart breaking season is long standing. Contentment. Healing. Joy. Restoration. I long for the One True Healer to reach down and wipe our tears away. I fall at His feet daily.

  136. I have struggled since moving from my dream house to a smaller, older home. It is really nice and my husband and I have worked on it to update and improve it, yet that old discontent keeps rearing its ugly head. I can have this same battle with the earthly dwelling of my own body. Though I am fearfully and wonderfully made, I wrestle with feeling well, being slim enough, pretty enough. It’s silliness & vanity and I am grateful for the moments and sometimes days when God raises me above this kind of stinking thinking to that place of. contentment and thankfulness. When He increases and I decrease, my home is a rich blessing to be kept ready for His service. That’s where I want to live, at home in Christ!

  137. Wow! I definitely needed that reminder this morning! Thank you for confirming that “we’re all in this together” 😉

  138. How did you know these thoughts were circling in my head last night? And then here is your message this morning! Thank you and thank you Lord for this kind and gentle reminder to practice gratitude!

  139. Debbie Herron says:

    We are empty nesters, living in a house bigger than we truly need.I often dream of having a smaller home & less upkeep. But we also have opportunities to serve & minister to others with the space we have. I’d love to have a copy of your book.

  140. thank you for the reminder to be thankful and content with all God has given me. So often I think that if I could just move closer to some of my church family, my new house would be so much better and nicer for entertaining. This reminds me that it’s not about the house but what and who’s inside. God Bless

  141. Thank you for the reminder!

  142. Kathy Bennett says:

    You had me at the title of the devotion…Love the Home you have because I once did love the home I had :( We lost our home to foreclosure in 2009, the year so many folks had terrible money problems. We had lived there for 32 years. That was HOME and where we raised our 2 children, had birthday parties, spend the night parties, so many places to play hide and seek with our children, the place that my family always wanted to have Christmas because they loved the way I decorated and made Christmas extra special for everyone!!! I could go on and on about my home because I loved it, but God had a different plan…My husband had a big shop and we took about 1100 sq. ft. of it and made us an apartment in it. I’ve decorated it and made it a cozy little place and we have found contentment here because we’ve learned so much through all this. A house is just a house, but a home is so much more !!! We live in sight of our old house and that was extremely hard for a long time, but I love that God has a sense of humor and he took care of me in the most delightful way. They painted the house an ugly shade of yellow to me and I looked up to the heavens and I said, Thank you Lord for taking care of me !!! He’s always looking out for us even in the most unexpected ways !!! Oh how I love HIM !!! Thank you for taking consideration in my story !!! God bless you :)

  143. I am always trying to improve my House, when I should be thankful I have a house.
    I would love to have a copy of this book to have my sights set where they need to be ” Jesus”

  144. Synchronicity taps into my life once again with your lovely post! Reading my morning devotionals and journaling this morning had me focusing on my home. Small and a tad cluttered and in need of a thorough cleaning, I was reminding myself to focus on gratitude for having a cozy little home and “stuff” to worry about finding a place for when I read your post. You have solidified my resolve to be aware of all I have (and to spend some time today cleaning! With a grateful heart of course!). While I hope I win a copy of your book, I’m very grateful to have read your post – I needed this reminder today.

  145. Thank you for that devotional this morning. These are exactly my thoughts lately! Unfinished projects have been running through my brain and keeping me awake at night, which does not make for a good day the next day and it is a vicious cycle. I pray that God will show me what I can do and stop obsessing on this issue.

  146. mn johnson says:

    I needed to read this today!
    Thank you!!

  147. This fits my life perfectly right now. I’m actually purging closet items and cleaning out clutter at this time. I would love to win this book and the share it with friends who need it, too. Thank you for inspiring me.

  148. Thank-you for this devotion. This one really hit home. No pun intended. It is great to be reminded of the blessing right in front of us.

  149. Robin Kerwin says:

    Thanking the Lord today for His timely reminder on “contentment” .. Your devotional is JUST what my heart & head needed today. We are currently doing two room renovations due to carpenter ant infestation. We are finding that the money needed to renovate just isn’t there .. and we need to be CONTENT with not only doing all the work ourselves but also to REUSE most of the furnishings & curtains etc that were original. Which of course is PLEASING TO THE LORD ..not to be wasteful… but evil one tells us NEW NEW NEW . Again thank you. In Jesus Joy, Robin Kerwin

  150. Thank you, Melissa, for helping me to refocus today on what really matters. It is all too easy to let ourselves “look over the picket fence” and long for what is on the other side and totally miss what God has for us on our side of the fence. Lord help me to always be thankful and content in your blessings that you alone will be glorified. Amen.

  151. Jeanne W says:

    I love Melissa’s blog and home view so would love to win a copy of her book.

  152. Angela Raphael says:

    I would love a copy of the book to help me make the most of the home God has blessed us with!

  153. I would love this book for myself and then to pass on to another person I know who struggles with these thoughts. It’s so easy to fall into the trap of thinking life would be so much better or easier if I had this or that or could do this or that. I need to be mindful each day to be aware of my blessings rather than wishing away what God has given me and my family.

  154. I am losing my home to foreclosure because my husband of 44 years left me and is letting the house go into foreclosure. I was never thankful enough for the home I had. It’s very humble and years of refinancing for additions and remodeling, college for my boys etc. have no left it upside down and I have to leave it. I took this house for granted. Now I grieve as I will have to leave in 10 months and I have no idea where I am going or what I will do. I am trying to trust God for his provision. Please pray for me, I don’t make a very large salary.

  155. Loved this post!

  156. Janine R. says:

    This article, definitely, resonated with me. I started becoming discontent in my home almost immediately when we moved in as we had major problems including a flooding basement. The economy shortly declined and wages have been stagnant in years where inflation is still occurring. The short of it is that we will probably never have our home in the shape that I think it should be — time and resources are scarce. It is difficult to get mentally okay with the way it is; and, it is guilt rendering to be discontent.

  157. Victoria Kerr says:

    I have been struggling with this so much recently! I’m glad I’m not alone. I am trying so hard to be content with where live and this was another message from God that I needed to hear. I would love to win a copy of this book!

  158. Renee Johnson says:

    This related to me for sure. We have an older home, and it needs updating in some areas. I don’t have means to get the things done at this time. Feeling stressed about having Graduation party here for our son.
    I do try to find joy in our home, but often I feel embarrassed about what is lacking.
    I know I should be thankful, I am, I just get down sometimes.
    Jesus should be the main focus, not that my cabinets are falling apart.
    This book would be just encouragement for me.
    I enjoy this site. God bless.

  159. Kelly Green says:

    Wow! This is.exactly what i needed to hear! My husband and i have been looking to buy a house that is our own. Right now, we rent a home, and lately we’ve been saying i can’t wait for when we get “our house.” Sometimes we miss how wonderful and amazing we have it because we are constt looking for more and the next step. I’ve been challenged by this, thank you!

  160. Love this! We live in a 100 year old farm house that my now 80+father in law was born and raised in aswell as my husband and his siblings. In fact my husband has never lived anywhere else. When his parents moved to a smaller home my husband and I just married and I moved in. The faux wood paneling, green shag carpet, creaky upstairs flooring, and near to none storage/closet space, has left me dreaming of a new home. But the memories, character of this home plus the fact that it being paid off allows me to stay at home to care for my family. Little by little we are remodeling but I still yearn for more space. I would love a copy of your book so I can learn to be content and stay content

  161. Having moved around a lot as a child I’m grateful now to have lived in the same house for 18 years and I plan to live here until I die. I’ve fixed it up with the thought of making that possible. I would love to win a copy of the book to read myself then pass it on to my niece who will be starting her own household very soon. Jo @ Let’s Face the Music

  162. Susan Rost says:

    I love my home and feel truly blessed to have it! So many wonderful family memories here and that’s what it’s all about! God has been very good to us and for that I have a grateful heart! Yes I would love a copy of your book for my daughter!

  163. Suzanne Wynn says:

    Your message reached me at just the right time! God’s divine providence and intervention! I have been feeling extreme discontent with my life lately. Your message reminded me to look around at all of my riches….including the carpets that are worn because they have seen so much beautiful life! Thank you!

  164. This post has really touched my heart. God has been working with me lately with Contentment in all areas of my life: my job, my small apartment and desiring to buy a house and being single to name a few. I have been reading every material I can on this subject so I may learn Contentment and be grateful for the things I have. If I am given this book, I will definitely read it, study it and unfortunately give it to another person who is struggling in this area.

  165. Kimberley says:

    Blessed beyond measure in small rental…Thankful…would like to share book with the younger ladies who look for greener grass across the fence….Thank you!

  166. Sarah Williams says:

    Thank you for this reminder. Great timing.

  167. Debbie Bobb says:

    Discontent, not only with my home but with my job, my family, my finances, my circumstances, my friends ,,, and the list goes on and on —-if we allow our thoughts to go in that direction. Our homes are our haven the Lord has provided. Your devotional ignited a whole series of devotional thoughts to pursue. Now I need to relax in my home and allow God to talk with me. Thanks for visiting my home today – hope we do it again soon!

  168. Lou Ann Hudson says:

    I, too have looked around at the needs and wants for our home and become over whelmed. Then I remember how much I have and how much HE gave.

  169. An attitude of gratitude and contentment help to make a house a home. Focusing on all the gifts we have, not what we do not have, is the key. As Raffi sings, “All I really need is a song in my heart, food in my belly, and love in my family.”

  170. I would love a copy of this book. I most recently have been disabled and staring at my four walls looking at all the maintence needing done. Really minor- paint, carpet, and windows to be replaced. Your devotion today puts my perspective in place and settled down the overwhelming feeling of “How & When questions and have me pray my list! Great ideas to use what I have or to cheap ways to make our home a continued place of love would be so appreciated!

  171. I love how God uses proverbs31 and contributors to encourage me in my struggles. Contentment with my home is huge with me. This is very timely (of course) – a tool from God. Would love this book.

  172. This book sounds so good, and like it applies to far more than our homes. :) Would live a copy as I’ve been desiring to live a life of more gratefulness. Thanks for this devotion! :)

  173. I’ve been working for 3 months to convince my husband we can do a few renovations and our house will be just perfect for us (rather than move to a bigger house with a bigger mortgage). He finally started talking about a small renovation 2 weekends ago! This is a timely devotion. I finally got pictures put in all the empty frames hanging in our house…we moved in 2 1/2 years ago. A huge weight is lifted. I still have a mile long to do list, but with the pictures in the frames, I feel like I accomplished 90% of what I want to do. I’d love to read more in the book! And then pass it on to my sister who has the same struggles.

  174. I get so caught up in the busy world today, with work and kids, that i forget what God has given me. I always see the what i need or dont have instead of being thankful for what i do have. I have seen what it is like to not have much to having to much. We recently moved and I enjoy the house i am in but i want to open it to witness to others and let them know God is there and does bless us. Thank you for the post today it reminded me of the home God has given me. This book will help me with the struggles i have in my own home and love it more and share with oghers

  175. Danielle says:

    This devotion is what I needed today. I have been feeling convicted of being a good steward by taking good care of the home God has so graciously given to us. I get overwhelmed by the cleaning and laundry that having a large family brings. I want to honor God with this area in my life. Thanks for this Devo!:)

  176. This is true for so many aspects of life. Looking at others and longing – coveting, really – is mostly wrong because it makes us miserable. I am a professional organizer, and I work in homes both large and small. Some people complain their homes are too small and some complain they have too much space and have ended up keeping too much. All physical things we build or create start to deteriorate as soon as finish them… maintenance is constant. It’s a chore to care for things and spaces. Learning to be content with less and with the simple is really a huge “win”!

  177. I love what you said. We actually did build our dream house from scratch and yet when people ask me if I love it, I tend to draw on the things I would change instead of the undeserved blessing it is. thank you for reminding me about contentment!

  178. Thank you for this devotional. I have lived in my current home for over 20 years. It has been where I raised my 5 children, and they entertained their many friends. I love my home but for couple of years now as our children have been leaving the nest and the old house has been in need of more and more work , I have been tossing around the idea of change, of a new home. Our old house is well over 200 years old and a bit more than we need at this point in our lives. I am thankful for your post as I am never sure if this sense of selling and getting a newer house is really of God or just a dissatisfaction in the old house and a symptom of the empty nester’s we have become.I want to please God in all areas of my life and I must admit sometimes this whole idea is more of a struggle than I want to deal with. We are praying much and do not take change well . This article gives me new ideas on how to pray and seek God on a new level. Thank you so much !

  179. Sherry Bruner says:

    I love my home. It is 100 years old and needs some major work and at times I compare my house to others I see just as I sometimes compare my spiritual body to that of others. I am working on both.

  180. Thank you. I need this gentle reminder about our home and contentment!

  181. Sandy Mc says:

    That you so much for your encouraging words. I struggle wth the condition of our home & some things that need to be done to it. For lack of money or time they seem to never get accomplished. Which leads to frustration and discouragement. Your devotion today has been a light that my heart needed. That You, again.

  182. Marty Herzog says:

    Oh my goodness how this hits home! No pun intended! I just started my quiet time opening this up this morning. Such a great reminder to be content with what Gid has given us. There are days when I wish for the bigger, cleaner, newer home but we are exactly where we are supposed to be. No more, no less. Happy.

  183. This was a great reminder today to be thankful for our home (which I am, but I always see things to change if we had the money). I guess it’s easier to change my home than myself. I need to focus on my life in Christ instead of trying to make the things around me try to make me feel better.

  184. My old house had falling down very high wooden stairs. We couldn’t use the stairs for 7 years. The paint was falling off and the ceilings were cracked and the paint colours hideous. We changed what we could afford to change, but it was quite imperfect but I always got comments on how homely my home was in a nice way. I let it get me down sometimes but when we moved I cried so much. I am truly thankful we had that house for 14 lovely years and I had my babies there. I home now is bigger. There’s more to clean and more to maintain and it makes me anxious in other ways. Just as the verse reminds me I need to learn to be content when I have a little and when I have more. There will always be the temptation to be discontent and the temptation to desire what we don’t have. I actually caught myself in my old neighbourhood the other day looking at some of the older run down houses, admiring their character and smallness and thinking they’d be easy to clean and charming to live in. I love where I live now , but I have a better understanding if this verse now and a peace that where ever God leads I can be content and make a home.

  185. Thank you–I needed this reminder this morning. We are currently looking to buy after years of renting, and the process has left me impatient and frustrated. But when I look around all my needs have been provided, and there is MUCH to be thankful for even if I don’t own it.

  186. It’s like this was written about me – and my house. This has been a week where I have grown increasingly frustrated with our home. It functions; it serves our needs; it just does so in less than pristine conditions. It’s a fixer that we bought, and the “fixes” overwhelm me at times. This week being one of those times. I’d admittedly lost sight of what is truly important and failed to have an attitude of gratitude about it. Thanks for the reminder.

  187. Elizabeth Crawford says:

    This post has truly spoken to my heart! I was feeling discontent just as this author was with my surroundings. I am able to see Crystal clear what my home is lacking, what I wanted and what I “settled for” and that has plagued me. I had to step out of my feelings and what I felt I deserved…a bigger kitchen, an office, another bedroom, and see my home for what it really is..

  188. Kara Porlier says:

    My husband and I struggle with this as we have been searching for “the house” for three years now. Being content in the place God has put us is something I want so badly. I would love to read this book and learn from it.

  189. Thank you for this devotion today. It is exactly what I needed during my current state. Things are changing in my house and I needed the reminder that the grass is not always greener in the other side. I need to remember contentment.

  190. Oh Melissa,
    Thank-you so much for this post. My husband and I built our home and have no-one to blame for the imperfections except ourselves. I love to entertain and welcome neighbors, mentees, and friends into our home. We do realize that our home is a blessing that many do not have but whenever we prepare for guests, we notice the peeling wallpaper, worn carpet and wood floors that give slivers to anyone without shoes. We pray for patience to make improvements when we have enough money saved. Your post reaffirms to me that it’s not about the setting, it’s about honoring your guests with hospitality. I read somewhere that the secret to happiness lies not in wanting what you want, but in wanting what we have. I want that intimacy with our Lord in my home. Help me to have a grateful heart that glorifies Jesus.

  191. Thank you for this devotional today. Being discontent is something I struggle with on a regular basis. I have to make sure I think on things above rather then on earthly things. I would love to have a copy of your book!

  192. Rebecca D. says:

    I am new to your site and am excited to read your blog and the book. Thank you for this opportunity to win a copy.

  193. Aubrey M. says:

    My mother always thought our family life could be a complete disaster, but as long as that house looked perfect then others would assume we were a happy family. It wasn’t until I had a house of my own that I’m starting to see the falsehood of that statement. A home is an extension of yourself so if you don’t like your home, there’s probably some work to be done within your own heart. That’s why I think this book would be helpful to me (and to Mom).

  194. I have been struggling with being content with my job, and with us losing children. God calls us to be content in all circumstances whether it’s losing someone you love or wanting a new job. Thank you for this reminder.

  195. Oh, Melissa! This is a wonderful article and we’ve all been there at times. Still in my old age I go there sometimes. Thank you for your words that we don’t have to stay there. We’re all on our journey and no matter where we are in life, we really can’t have that peace and contentment where we are without our Lord Jesus. Blessings to you and thank you for ministering to us today.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia 😉

  196. Terri Ricks says:

    I would love a copy of this book for myself (as this very same topic has shown my heart to be in need) and to share with my mom who is shifting into retirement but is fearful of all the home projects with deteriorating funds.

  197. Tracy Larson says:

    Renting after divorce with 3 girls 12 and under, I am often trying to figure out how to cherish our new reality. Our rental house and the caring landlord and neighbors are gifts from God…. Just not what I envisioned my life to be at this point. Thank you for the reminder!!

  198. Elaine Segstro says:

    Sadly I am one of those who is not content – if only, if only… I would love to read this book.

  199. I want this book for both my mother and me. After winning the prize, I will read this book and then pass it to my mother, as she has been living in the same old house all of her life. I am sure she needs some advices on how to change her home in her DREAM HOUSE.

  200. I struggle with this constantly! Thank you for the reminder to be thankful in ALL things!

  201. I would love to win your book.

  202. Our “temporary” living situation in a small home with 7 people is going into our 4th year. I’ve been so discouraged mainly because one of my children has been sleeping on the couch because he’s too big to share a bed with his siblings and there isn’t room for another bed. We have also moved so many times in our lives that I want our own home to finally settle down in. I know these are probably worldly desires but they are on my heart. I often struggle with discontentment. But I continue to trust the Lord that He has a purpose and plan even in this. Would love to have the book as the devotion totally resonated with me.

  203. This devotion came at the perfect time in my life! The Lord knew my heart needed this today! About two months ago, I had a pipe to burst upstairs and it flooded my kitchen which has brought on about $10,000 worth of damage. And we know how insurance companies work! So, over two months later and a much thinner wallet, I have just about gotten things back to normal. But, you now how it is. When you start making changes and fixing things, it brings on newer ideas and thoughts. Now, I have a newly painted kitchen and living room, new hardwood floors in my dining room and kitchen….all the while my foyer and entry looks drab and the carpet in my bedroom looks just filthy! It has gotten me so down. This has sparked an early spring cleaning, so much so that I think my husband is about ready to divorce me….ha ha ha!! We’ve taken down light fixtures to clean and all the blinds have come down, but this has prompted several trips to Lowe’s to look for new rugs and this and that….Last night, my husband asked me, “why can’t you just be content with things? You notice things that no one else would ever see but you?” And, you know what he’s right? I think that everything needs to be perfect. I am of the opinion that I built this house and I work hard to pay that mortgage every month and I want it to look like it did 8 years ago when it was built! And that’s just not going to happen. It’s what’s inside this home that makes it beautiful…the memories we make, the love, laughter, and friendship shared between these walls. Lord knows I needed this message today! I am saving it to refer back to when that little nagging voice in my head will not let me be at peace and be thankful for what I do have. I am truly blessed to have a roof over my head because there are some people who don’t have that. I have a beautiful, big yard that is finally starting to get some green grass poking through the dead brown, yucky looking stuff. I have a back porch that is so peaceful on those warm summer, SOUTHERN nights that I so love and am looking forward to. I am just a lucky girl and I take things for granted sometimes. I know this is a little long, but thank you so much for this today. You don’t know how much I needed to hear that. Happy Wednesday everyone! God Bless!

  204. Penny Holloway says:

    Although each of our lives our unique and all of our situations differ we probably have all have felt this way from time to time. When we change our focus from material things to eternal things we find that the joy of the Lord is what makes our house a home. The more love we share with the people in our home the less we see the mess and thank God for his grace and mercy that is new everyday.

  205. Thank you for this call to contentment. After many years of searching for the perfect house we have decided we love our home more. Now we are contemplating a small addition to our home to fit our growing family. Time to pray some more to see if this is how we should spend our money. I would love to read the book to gain perspective.

  206. God orchestrated message! I love that another comment said discontentment robs me of joy. What a great summary. I would love to read your book.

  207. Cheryl Pallaghy says:

    I am preparing to move from my condo back into my house. My house has been in foreclosure for a number of years. I am a real estate broker and so is my husband. Our income has been severely affected by the economy for many years. We are struggling to make ends meet. But I knew when I met my new tenant that her family needed the space that my condo would provide. So, after prayer, God made it plain for us to get out of the boat and trust him back at the house. I don’t know what the future holds, but I do know God is faithful and he has plans to prosper us and not to harm us, plans for a hope and a future. I, too, have worn out carpeting and no way to replace it, but I can keep it clean! We can choose an attitude of gratefulness every day and your devotion couldn’t have been more timely because today I start to move! I would love a copy of your book, for myself and to share with those whom I come in contact with through my real estate, business.

  208. Carrie Malone says:

    It is amazing how God hears me. Our small group was just having this discussion about daydreaming and keeping up with the Jones’s. Today’s words and message spoke to my heart. Reminded me to refocus, be thankful and find contentment where God has
    planted me. God goes before us and the book would be a wonderful resource to read His truths and share with the other daydreamees in my small group :)
    Thank you,
    Carrie

  209. Very good message for me and most everyone! I try and stay thankful for all the blessings in my life (and my house) However, sometimes, it is hard to not feel “overwhelmed” by what is either going on (clutter/bills) or not going on (home improvements) in my home. Each morning in the wee hours when it is quiet and dark, my devotional time with the Lord is the best part of each day. It helps me to focus on what is most important. Thank you!

  210. This is such a nice reminder. Having been in need for years, not that I’m in gloriously better circumstances, I’m grateful for the moments that nudge me to praise the Lord for what he has given me and not to slip into wanting more, just because the carpet is worn, or the paint is smudged. I remember to be grateful that the carpet is worn from our active children’ feet and that the fingers smudging the paint belong to healthy strong bodies. I would love to read the book to deepen my gratitude and then pass it on to a friend.

  211. We left my beautiful home in MO 4 months ago to move to FL to be near our son and daughter-in-law who are expecting their first child in weeks. We had to rent a house due to not having employment when we arrived. It us on a noisy street with people that seem to only know cursing and yelling as a form of communication. Our landlady is 92 and constantly calls to scream at us for any imagined reason she can find. Her realtor rep says that is how she talks to anyone. We are locked into this lease for another 7 months. I find myself asking God to get us out of here a LOT and know I missing out on a lot of blessings from my focus being on this. I need to learn how to “love this house” and look beyond the problems! I am thankful we have somewhere to live and need to focus on that more often!

  212. Thank you so much for the eye opening devotion!!! My husband and I have been talking about this daily and I would love to open his eyes and heart to our home we have now–which I am very thankful for!!!

  213. What an inspiration and SO MUCH TRUTH! I’ve recently moved into a new home, and even with this being the most expensive house I’ve ever owned, it’s still easy to get caught up in wanting more (another garage bay, new furniture, etc) when I already know that I was just praying to God for this blessing. This word was or me. Thank you so much for thus post. May God continue to bless you and your work! Contentment is key.

  214. Marjorie says:

    This devotional definitely speaks to me. I am blessed to live in the tiny, 840 square foot house that my Grandpa built. Some days however, I find myself complaining about the lack of room. With 4 cats a dog,a three year old, my husband and I,things can get crowded. My husband and I have felt led to host a Bible study but never have because
    our house isn’t suitable. We always think we’ll have to just do summer time studies so we can have them outside. Thank you for reminding me to keep perspective. I know that I don’t really have a lack of space, but rather too much stuff. Would love to read your book (probably over and over) to help my perspective more. Thank you for your work for The Lord. God bless you.

  215. Thank you for the words I so needed to hear right now. I would love a copy of your book!

  216. Karolyn W. says:

    I could seriously stand to read this book, especially since we recently moved (for husband’s job) from a less than 10 year old house that was perfectly fitted for two very energetic little boys to a pretty small, over 100 year old house that is still set in the 60s-70s era (and needs a lot of updating)

  217. This has been a topic of conversation and, sadly, also the fuel of arguments recently in our home.
    Our home is now over 100 years old and although solidly built (unlike many new home today), it is in much need of some $TLC$. When my husband and I purchased this home nearly 20 years ago, we looked ahead to what it would be one day. . . our dream home! Unfortunately, life has gotten in the way of this being accomplished yet. . . you know the expenses of young children and needs of a growing family, unplanned medical expenses, the cost of a Christian College education. . . we all have our list of reasons. I so needed this reminder today as the sun is shining into my home, on my nasty carpet and accenting the “clutter” areas.
    My prayer today is that God will speak simple things into my heart, small areas that I can improve to once again make this, our home, a fun place to live, laugh and dream! I would first read this book and then pass it on with a “pay it forward” heart so that others can also find love for what God has so faithfully blessed us with.

  218. I know at this point I shouldn’t be surprised, but it’s amazing how often the devo in my inbox is exactly what I need on that particular day! I had mentioned to
    my husband this morning how our bathroom really needs updated. We talked about how much it bothered us when we bought the house 4 months ago. After we talked, I saw that it is something I can live with when I put everything into perspective. We had prayed for 3 years for a home for our family. God blessed us with all we asked for and more. He is a good God.

  219. *Sorry for the double message. As I pushed publish I realized my email address was wrong.
    I know at this point I shouldn’t be surprised, but it’s amazing how often the devo in my inbox is exactly what I need on that particular day! I had mentioned to
    my husband this morning how our bathroom really needs updated. We talked about how much it bothered us when we bought the house 4 months ago. After we talked, I saw that it is something I can live with when I put everything into perspective. We had prayed for 3 years for a home for our family. God blessed us with all we asked for and more. He is a good God.

  220. Dana Huckabay says:

    Thank you for this good word. I needed it this morning. God knows our need!

  221. Trinette McMenamy says:

    My husband and I recently moved from a rebuttal home to live with my aging father-in-law in his home! He has graciously decided to gift us with this home when he goes on to meet his maker! What a dream come true for my husband and I who thought we would bet be able to own a home! This is an older home, but in good condition! Of course it is not what I would have chosen, but I want to remain grateful to my father-in-law, but even more so to God for giving its this chance of a lifetime! As I look around and day dream of things I may like to change….I remain humbled by the fact that God had given us our hearts desires! I would love to have this book to keep me in an ever grateful and humbled state of mind!

  222. A friend and I were just yesturday talking about this. Not going in debt and being content with what we have, and taking care and maybe even remodel in the future as funds permit. Thanks again for allowing God to use this ministry to futher His kingdom. and bless others.

  223. Kimberly says:

    Today’s devotions truly touched my heart! I lost my home of 30 yrs.Where all my children’s memories are of growing up. My memories of hiding all me & my husbands broken marriage behind the white picket fence. When the marriage failed, so did my health I lost everything home , job, family & even my old self . I died to this world & by the grace of God I fell into Jesus’s arms. I’m still battling various illness & I’m in a new ( for me ) itzy bitzy appartment far cry from what I had. But I wouldent change one thing of what happened because now I’m not alone I have our Lord Jesus Christ helping & every morning is a fresh new day to share with everyone I meet. I don’t have the worldly treasures I have the best heaven sent treasures !!! Praise God

  224. Thank you for this devotional today. I’d really like to have the “Love the home you have” book for myself. I tend to get into ruts from time to time and I find myself reaching for something new to get excited about. Sometimes it’s a new house, sometimes a new hairstyle, new clothes, new car, new race I want to do…most of the time I can reel myself back because of the financial implications of the new things, but I’d really like to learn how to stop the constant wanting. I’d like to have tools to learn how to be content with what’s in front of me.

  225. Thank you for the words of wisdom. This is definitely something I struggle with along with one of my daughter-in-law’s. I would love to read your book and share it with her.

  226. This devotion is so timely for me-thanks for the reminder today. I would love to read your book!

  227. Stephanie says:

    I truly loved this blog! We recently bought our home about 10 months ago and when we were searching and going through all the steps, we were beyond excited and knew this was the home God had for us. Already, in just 10 short months, I find Satan has begun to attack my perspective and started to lead me into a frame of discontentment from time to time. With a new baby on the way, I find myself stressed about space and clutter and often times, I forget to rejoice for our dream home we fell in love with. The very home God lead us to, moved mountains for us to get and B:ESSED us with. Thank you for the reminder today. I can’t wait to spend the day in my perfect home with my perfect family :)

  228. This is a struggle for me! Although I would enjoy having friends over, I have been reluctant to do so for quite some time. I feel so overwhelmed by the clutter and need to clean carpets (we at times care for our neighbor’s dog) and slipcovers, that I’m embarrassed to have anyone over to see it. Looking at it this way really drains my joy and peace, and becomes a vicious cycle. A better perspective would be a real gift, and the encouragement of your book sounds like it could be very helpful to me! Our home is a much happier place when we share it with friends.

    • Julie Avila says:

      Deb, I can relate to being reluctant to have friends over as often as I’d like. If someone drops in unannounced, I’m embarrassed and it’s like a huge magnifying glass appears in front of me and I start apologizing for the mess. Then I remember that we are a family of six with pets and life is being enjoyed in our home, that’s what is most important! Don’t allow it to drain your joy! And you are a blessing to your neighbor for pet sitting.

    • Julie Avila says:

      Forgot to share a good website with you to get through the CHAOS (Can’t Have Anyone Over Syndrome)…
      http://www.flylady.net
      Enjoy!

  229. Thank you so much for this devotion. Sometimes, I daydream too—thinking of how much nicer it would be to live in a bigger house with more than 1 bathroom, more closets, and a dishwaher. God has blessed me with our farm and the house that was built in the 1930s. It may be old, but we are so fortunate to have a roof over our heads. This devotion put things in perspective. Now when my husband and son track in dirt and cow poop in the house, maybe I will be content with what I have instead of becoming overwhelmed with my endless to-do list. Thank you.

  230. Marcia Harvey says:

    I recently won a free Hope for Weary Mom book to help me with my parenting while being young and suddenly disabled a few yrs ago so I want to be fair for someone else to be blessed with your book. I just want you to know that this posting really did encourage me this morning as I struggle to maintain everything on a limited income and my house is “settling needing a lot of maintenance” bit by bit & bitterness as well as discontentment was setting in. I am learning to watch my speech so I don’t want to say falling apart lol. Now my whole bathtub has to be retiled for tiles coming out & it is wet behind cement board, etc. I was getting overwhelmed with homeownership, in general, being weary raising 3 young teenaged boys as a divorced disabled young woman but didn’t know what to do or where to go. This truly encouraged me to be grateful again and trust God as Jehovah Jireh, my Provider, and be grateful for the home I am blessed with to raise them. I also thank Proverbs 31 Ministries because I truly get encouraged in this season of trials and valleys so thank you for sharing your Holy Spirit gifts and wisdom!

  231. Jennifer O. says:

    Your devotional really spoke to me today because I too struggle with this. Five years ago, my husband and I bought the house he grew up in on the family farm. His parents had the house custom-built in the 1970s. It is in the country of course, and large and spacious with plenty of storage. While all those things are wonderful and most of the time I am grateful for our house, I sometimes look past the positives and instead see all the updating that needs to be done and the things that reflect my mother-in law’s style rather than my own (such as the peeling “old lady” wallpaper that still adorns many of our rooms). We have 4 young children and a dog, so clutter abounds and carpeting needs to be replaced. I sometimes wish everything could be perfect and I would love to have a beautiful house that I often see pictured in magazines. Your book would help me gain a different perspective and remember to focus on what really matters.

  232. brooke petry says:

    i literally just made a list yesterday of everything about my house that i decided was causing me to feel anxious because it was old or not finished. i had decided that my house was causing my discontent, and i thought journaling it all out on a list would help alleviate my unspoken stress. thank you for this very timely reminder. i am so thankful for my three little daughters and wonderful husband and my dirty carpet and honey oak trim and brass doorknobs. changing my perspective to one of gratitude and intentional love… or trying to. thank you.

  233. As we go house-hunting and currently live with a family, this was a much needed reminder. Being a pastor’s wife and having small children, I have felt the pressure of having a “perfect” home. We have been tempted to go above our budget to get that ideal home. However, this has made me reconsider our motives as well as our decision that will most likely affect the rest of our lives. Thank you for this

  234. Donna Chu says:

    We are in the process of fixing up our current home to sell with the hopes of moving to AR as soon as it sells. My husband got laid off in June 2014 & has been forced to take early Social Security. This being the case, we are unable to afford living in NJ. Taxes & General cost of living is just too expensive here. This devotional really hit home with me but I’m not sure just what God is trying to tell me!! Please pray that He makes it clearer to me. Thanks.

  235. Thank you for the reminder to be content with where I am. I would love a copy of your book. I really enjoy my home and love to entertain…my husband and I love to serve our friends that way.

  236. I NEED THIS BOOK !!! I have grown up in a very materialistic family where the bar continues to be raised far beyond anything I will ever reach. But when I look at other family members with their nice expensive stuff, I don’t see a happy family because the things of this world will never fill a space that only God can fill. We are in the process of separating from extended family and starting our own traditions. I would love to have an extended family that I can go to for decorating ideas etc… but they have very different tastes and budgets. It’s also their way or no way. I need all the help I can get to make my house a home where God is honored, family is priority and guests are always welcome !! Thank you for your devotional today ! Just what I needed !!

  237. Vicki Lamb says:

    Thank you for reminding me to be content. Material items do not make a house a home. God’s presence, family & loving memories are what build the best home! I have to remind myself of what is important daily! Thank you for sharing!

  238. Tiffany Fries says:

    Thank you for sharing! With two young children and working part time outside of the home I often feel overwhelmed with keeping our home clean, organized and presentable. I recently (over the holidays) began verbally criticizing our home and pointing out its flaws to friends and family that stared me in the face everyday. Everyone one I pointed out these flaws to told me they wouldn’t have noticed if I had not pointed them out….that was a great lesson for me. Thank for the encouragement to love the home I have and to thank God for always providing.

  239. Great devotion today – just what I needed! I would love to win a copy of your book! Blessings.

  240. Marjorie Hilbourn says:

    What a wonderful devotional!! It applies so perfectly as we are about to remodel our tiny little bathroom (because there is a crack in the shower leaking into the floor) our family always asks when we are going to “build” & I say to my husband…I love our home!! I would live in this single wide forever if it holds up!! Right between two beautiful magnolia trees on the most beautiful plot of family land you’ve ever seen with chickens in the yard and room for a garden in the back!! ❤️️

  241. I am divorced and have two daughters in college. I am always looking for ways to make my home feel fresh but struggle on a limited budget. This is exactly what I need!

  242. Kim Warner says:

    My personal opinion about this devotion is that a house is a house. A home is the people that fill it. The memories made from the love that is shared is what resides inside. I only know this so deeply because my beloved husband of over 35 years died suddenly of an unexpected heart attack less than 2 weeks ago at the age of 58. Just gone with no warning and no goodbye. I have one big house with 4 walls,and 3000 square feet of emptiness now. I don’t care about dirty worn, carpet or outdated flooring. I care about the memories made here and the massive broken,hole left behind in what once was my home filled with love and happiness, a place We shared together that was a refuge away from the outside daily grind and stress of life. My children are all grown and live away, my oldest daughter lives in my state of Missouri, but hours away, my son is in Colorado, and my 2nd daughter lives in Australia so even though they stay in close contact, they can’t help fill up,the emptiness and big void left behind. I have a lot a friends and my church family but it’s not the same. At the end of the day I’m,still alone in a big empty house that feels cold and barren because of the loss of my one and only true love and soul mate. I also have My Father in heaven and my savior that helps fill the void but the but honestly the human touch of his hugs and presence of his physical body, his voice and conversation, having our evening meal together, watching our favorite tv shows and all of those things only your spouse can fill is what I need and miss most. So in closing, I just want to remind anyone who reads this to never take one second for granted, live fully in your home with the ones you are blessed with, your spouse, children and grand children , love unconditionally and remember that 4 walls and dirty carpet is unimportant unless their are people you Love to share it with.

  243. Glenda S. says:

    I have been feeling especially discontent lately with my rented apartment since it seems like everyone I know friends and non-friends alike are buying their own homes. My dream is to one day be able to buy a home for my new family (husband and 10 month old). I pray and sometimes feel as though it will never happen but my trust is in God. I definitely believe Love The Home Your In will give me the perspective to be grateful for God’s gift of having a roof over my head now.

  244. I would love a copy of this book! It is a great reminder that when God doesn’t answer our prayers in exactly the way we want, it isn’t because He isn’t able, it is because it is better His way :).

  245. I live in an unfinished house and struggle with housekeeping and too much stuff. Your perspective is spot on, and I would love to read the book.

  246. I would love to read your book. It’s so fitting because I have been unhappy in our home for years, and today, after a very long, hard-won process (which still isn’t over), we have an appraisal. I don’t know if the timing of this devotional is significant or not, but either way it is a reminder of what I have needed.

    My husband bought this house in 1999, and lived here as a bachelor until we married in 2009. (I am 7.5 years younger than he is!) Ultimately I moved in to a house that never truly felt like it was “mine” at first and by the time it did, there were mountains of clutter and a baby and we were drowning under the weight of everything. We were also unable to move due to circumstances beyond our control, which was disappointing. It didn’t help that I never lived independently before marrying at 23, so cleaning and organization was not–still isn’t–my strong suit. I kept wishing that if only we had a bigger home I’d be able to keep it organized.

    The past two years have been highly instructional for me in many ways, but as the process of being able to move opens up for us, I’m still struggling to stay positive and hopeful in God’s provision and His tender mercies, regardless of whether we can finally move in 2015 or in another ten years. I keep looking around at the mess we’re trying to clean last-minute, or the minor cosmetic defects, and thinking how the appraiser is going to notice all of these things. As with all things, I must trust in God’s plan. Thank you for this devo today!

  247. This is just perfect. With Spring coming, I tend to start looking around my little house with the dirty carpet, unfinished projects, and torn couch cushions and feeling overwhelmed. There is so much to “do.” But this is the same little house I praised God for during the snow. How cozy we were on that torn couch with all of our fleece blankets, my two boys and the two dogs piled on top of one another watching movies and eating popcorn, faces still red from running outside and sledding and building a snowman. I can’t let my heart stop and park on the little annoyances that seem to mock me if I let them. My joy and happiness cannot hang on whether or not the deck gets stained this spring. My joy comes from knowing My Provider is always faithful and loves me fiercely.

  248. I was just talking to my husband about contentment last night. Thank you for this confirmation. I would love to read your book!

  249. Sarah Heschl says:

    Thank you for the reminder Melissa! The timing is perfect, as my pastor just preached a message on Sunday about contentment centering around Phillipians 4: 11-13. I love my home, but what frustrates me the most is the backyard. We have a beautiful wooden deck that unfortunately was not well cared for by the previous owners and despite our efforts to save it, is fastly deteriorating. We also have problems with our privacy fence. The soil in our area is very sandy, being near the beach, so posts keep coming loose in the ground causing sections of fencing to lean forward or backward. We also have a mole problem to deal with, as well as old bushes that need to be pulled and replace. Sometimes it overwhelms me to think of the money we probably need to spend to replace the deck, repair the fence, landscape, and get rid of the moles. And it’s frustrating that we can’t enjoy this part of our home the way we want to. But then I have to just remind myself that my husband and I are building a beautiful life in this home and there are so many things about it and our neighborhood that we love. And the memories we’ve made here – a living room full of friends laughing and sharing our hearts during bible study, family Thanksgivings and the house crammed full of overnight guests, and even just quiet nights in with my husband and our dog snuggled up on the couch – these memories in this place are priceless. The backyard is just one minor thing that can be taken care of with time, love, and patience. And we are so blessed in so many ways. I try to remember to count blessings every day! Thanks again for the message!

  250. Julie Avila says:

    I love my home, but sometimes become discontent because of all the clutter and things I wish we could improve. I recently helped my girlfriend pack her beautiful two story home to move to Houston. Her husband had already transferred to Houston and it was left to her to pack their house alone. I couldn’t fathom having so much to do all alone with nobody to help, so I gathered a few friends and we got her entire house packed and ready to move in a couple of days. I had always admired her home and wished I could keep my house as clean and clutter-free and beautiful all the time like she had; but as I was packing closets and cabinets, moving furniture, I quickly realized her home was no different than my own and she had the same difficulties I have with clutter and tidiness. It can be overwhelming and then we start to wish we had the “perfect” home like other friends do. When I peered over the picket fence to see if the grass is indeed greener on the other side, I found that it’s full of weeds just like my side. It takes work and the patience only God can grant us to enjoy and appreciate what we have that He has given us. I would love a copy of your book and give it to my girlfriend so she also knows that she’s not alone, we all have similar struggles, but God can provide us peace and contentment with what we have.

  251. My heart skipped a beat as I opened this devotion today because I have been struggling with this very thing. It was one of those moments when you know the Lord placed this very thing in your path at the very right moment. I needed this! The feeling of discontentment and longing for something “different” can really cause our focus to get off the One who provides for us all we could ever need. Changing our perspective is key and something that I need help with right now. Thank you for this devotion today. I would love a copy of your book! Thank you for your consideration.

  252. Tara Quintal says:

    Thank you so much for this post. I had this exact moment last night while bathing my baby. I was grumbling to myself about the size of the toilet (of all things!) when I noticed how happy my sweet little 2-year-old girl was, playing with bubbles and singing to herself. It caught me off guard, but I was overwhelmed with gratitude for the ability to bathe my child in a tub when so many mothers in the world don’t have access to clean water. That turned my complaints into praise in an instant! Thank you for reminding me of this message that I had already forgotten by this morning when I couldn’t find a sock, (because I really need another dresser in that room). :)

  253. Would love to read this book and then pass it on to my daughter.

  254. Chastity says:

    I certainly can speak to this subject. There will always be a house bigger, more beautiful, and with people who may appear happier. I struggle to look inward to make changes. If only Lowe’s had a paint swatch for that , right?

  255. I have already pre-ordered a copy of Melissa’s book, but I would like to win an additional copy so I bless a friend.

  256. I have been praying about what to do with my living situation for a while. I am not happy with the current situation. This devotional sure helped and I believe your book might provide even more insight.

  257. I’m a newly stay at home mom, and although I absolutely love it, i definitely have my days where it is very difficult. Receiving a copy of your book would be very encouraging and help me through those days where Im just not as content as I should be.

  258. Donna Rosado says:

    This is my story. The last 12 years have been filled with countless moves as we searched for that perfect home. We once moved out of state believing the grass would be greener. The years of constant moving and remodeling, created a heap of debt. Our last search became one of the biggest spiritual battles and we couldn’t understand why the Lord was closing each door. Three deals fell through because of failed inspections. We pressed in prayer and the Lord in his goodness and mercy blessed us with a home that had belonged to my grandfather. It needs much improvement but I am learning to embrace this place as the Lord continues to teach me to be content. I honestly thought I was the only one, so when I read this devotion it sealed my belief that the Lord continues to speak to my spirit about contentment. This book would be a blessing and lasting legacy for my children to understand the meaning of contentment with God’s provision! Thank you for your transparency.

  259. Just what I needed to be reminded of. Would love to read the book! Thanks!

  260. Carol Watkins says:

    I walk in the mornings and had noticed lately that our neighborhood has gotten older. Our home is older as well and is of course cluttered after being here 22 years and raising two children and several dogs over the years. We also own a lake house which is only 15 minutes from our home. It is in a newer neighborhood on a pie shaped lot of a quiet corner and has been our “get away” spot. For years we searched for a home design that would fit with the lake house and now we have a simple drawing of one. We put it off for my husbands back surgery and after a cold wet winter of discontent, I started daydreaming of the new house on the lake.
    I got so excited just yesterday that I found the house drawing, prayed over it and then began to add up all the money saving benefits of building there and I even called a builder friend and will meet with him this morning. It was all I could think about all day and last night I prayed “God show me what to do”. Then I woke this morning, got my coffee ready to start my devotion time and the 1st thing I saw was “Love the home you have”. What a wake up call! I still have a meeting this morning with the builder who is building several in that lake neighborhood but I have had a reality check now and will be grateful for what I have. The lake house is our little paradise 15 minutes away from our lovely 22 year old home. So I guess I’ll spend the summer cleaning out our beautiful home :) Thanks for being a part of an answer to “God what should we do?” And I thank God for our beautiful home and many memories here.
    Carol

  261. Stephanie says:

    This article really hits home to me. There are so many things that I want to change that I’m rarely happy. I have a better home than some other people, and God has blessed my family so much. Thank you for this!

  262. Vicki Waits says:

    Your devotions always hits at the heart of the matter and are spot-on relative to my life. God bless you!

  263. My home is in chaos. My kitchen is half done and so is my bathroom. My husband has been working on it for over a year but his job requires a lot of hours and he’s tired when he gets home. I was just thinking to myself about how the house looks and it makes me not want to bother with it. But God reminded me that there are some of the things that I could be doing and then I read this and it was just another word from God to be thankful. There are people who would love to live in my house. Thank you so much for this post. If I win a book, I would read it and give it to my daughter who is living in a house that’s being remodeled! Maybe I’ll give it to her first!
    : )

  264. stephanie says:

    I try in other areas of my life to keep everything in perspective, but this post helped me to realize I can do that with our well loved, very lived in home! Thank you for giving me a kind of kick in the rear! Always can use that! would love this book- it would also be well loved! :)

  265. Julie Stout says:

    I really can relate to this verse. My husband and I have been trying to finish our house we are in right now for 15 years. Some days it is so overwhelming I want to cry, but I know there is a plan for us. I would love to read your book and reflect.
    I am grateful for what we have but I still need comfort in knowing God has a plan for all of us and not be too anxious.

  266. What a great reminder! I would love to read this book

  267. This book would provide the insight that I have needed for a long time. Only recently has my heart been ready to dive back into the word and grasp a different perspective for life. This book would aid me in a daily struggle, being happy in the current dwelling space we have. Thank you for the opportunity. I am sure many people would benefit from it. :)

  268. My husband and I were just talking last night about how our house needs some major TLC. We love our neighbors and are in a great community. However, I have been in the house 19 years 7 of them with my first husband and then just me and the girls after his death and now with my 2nd husband of 7 years. The walls are still bare as we need inspiration. As I type this I realize God gives us “bare walls” a fresh start each and every day to be content and be the best we can be for him. Would love to receive a copy of your book for inspiration

  269. Gayna A Dupont says:

    It is good to be reminded of gratitude. We are all so wealthy by comparison if you think of other parts of the world. Gratitude definitely can change the way you see the world.

  270. I sure needed to read this today. I struggle with this daily especially being disabled, I can’t do anymore. I like this new perspective. Would be wonderful to have a copy of this book!

  271. Rosemary says:

    Thank you for your words of encouragemwnt today! I struggle with appreciating my home. Our houae is old, and needs a lot of improvements, plus I am challenged in the decorating department. I get fruatated because i wish the house could be finished and decorated so beautifully. i often pray asking God to change it all, but i know deep down that i should just be patient and content, and take time to improve on what i can, because no matter where you are there will always be something that needs imprivement or a makeover, and we should be grateful that God has taken care of our needs! :)

  272. often times with a house of 8 people and one bathroom I find it hard to love the place that I am in. Lately I have been reminded of the contentment verse and has helped me to put everything into perspective. In only a few years our kids will start to leave one year after the next and our busting at the seams house will become an empty next all too quickly. But even with the knowledge of this I get very frustrated when I’m picking up after the kids and husband after saying for the millionth time to clean it up or turn off a light or shut a door. I love my family and I need daily to find that contentment.

  273. You inspire me to love my home! I do most of the time. Would love a copy of your book! I know it would be very helpful.

  274. This devotion spoke directly to my heart this morning. My husband and I just made an offer on a home as we are making a move away from family. I’ve been struggling with it not being my “dream home” but it is what we can afford. God spoke to me this morning about contentment and the need for my home to be open to all regardless of the condition. More important than a big kitchen is that others see God through me. Thank you for this reminder this morning. God used you directly to speak to me. What a blessing!

  275. What a good reminder. I think our homes can reveal in us deeper issues. Learning to be content is something we constantly need to be reminded of to keep our persprctive pleasing to God.

  276. Stacy bryan says:

    Thank you for the encouragement and perspective

  277. Valerie lombardo says:

    I loved reading -Love the Home You Have -I happened on it and read it at just the right moment in my life

  278. Peggy Little says:

    I am crying. Your message today “hit home” directly to my heart. My NEW home had a to do list a mile long and no extra finances or time to do it all. The overwhelmed discontent feeling I woke up with tries to steal my joy and my contentment. My primary objective I moving was to help my elderly father and be closer to him to cook his meals. My sinful self tells me my home needs more attention. I needed your heartfelt words to gain perspective of where God wants me to focus on day by day and to accept His grace he gives me to accomish my chores and help my dad for today only. I am hoping your book will help me see how to improve my home and my faith.

  279. Thank you, I loved your devotional. I just went through a divorce and moved in to my 5th wheel. I was a little overwhelmed at first trying to find room for everything, but then I realized how thankful I am to be out of the situation and I thank God everyday.

  280. DONNA KNOBLOCK says:

    This was the perfect reminder. Thank you so much. My husband and I live in a modest home in a retirement community. We were thankful to have paid off the mortgage a couple of years ago and now we have started with some home improvements. My husband is very gifted in this area so we can do most of the improvements ourselves. He is currently working on my bathroom. It is coming along beautifully, however, its not exactly the way i would have designed it so I find myself complaining ( a lot). My complaining has caused hubby to stop working on it and now it sits unfinished and he is unmotivated to continue. This is not the first project that this scenario has become a part of. “learning how to find joy and delight in what I’ve been given (even when it isn’t exactly what I would have chosen!” THAT is my prayer! THAT hit home (literally)because I have been given much. Thank you. God bless you

  281. Melissa Osigian says:

    Thank you for the encouraging words. I know this truth in my head, but my heart needs to be reminded frequently. This book would be a beautiful way to remind my soul to rest in God’s perfect provision.

  282. Kelly S. says:

    This devotion has particularly touched me today as I am in the midst of “spring cleaning” and organizing in our smallish, yet cozy home. I often become overwhelmed with the kid clutter, the marked up walls, the dingy carpet and doggie-mudded floors. Over the past few months, my husband and I have been discussing the idea of expanding or at least upgrading parts of the house. This devotion reminds me that we are blessed with a beautiful, healthy family, lovely property and actually, a very nice home. It is not large, and gatherings with friends are tight as we all hang out in the tiny kitchen (why do people always gravitate there, when the living room with seating is just around the corner???:)) But yet, family and friends love to gather here. Perhaps it is the closeness it promotes? Or perhaps it is the love and welcoming that we try to exude to those who visit. Who cares if my floors are dirty from spring doggie paws? This devotion reminds me of how blessed we are. The expansion project will not happen as we are learning to make the most of this little house. Thank you for the reality check as I sift through the clutter that life has created. God is good.

  283. Gloria May says:

    Thank you for the reminder to be content where we are. I do love my home. I would love to have the book for someone else who is struggling with restoration of relationship. I’d hope she would see the home of the heart is even more important.

  284. This was such a great devotion. I sometimes feel like I cannot clean enough or reorganize enough to make my home presentable for other people. Then, I too, remember how blessed I truly am to have the home I do. I am so thankful to the Lord for my husband and the home we have. I am thankful for devotions like this to remind me of the Lord’s faithfulness and blessings.

  285. Your post…great timing! I was just noticing how I need to decorate my home a little more. After years of struggling with wanting the perfect home, I’ve realized I have it. God is the center of our home; can’t get more perfect than that! I would love a copy of this book to share with a dear friend who is struggling with wanting her perfect home. In winning this book, I hope to share your insights with her and hope she realizes through reading your book, she already has the home she’s dreaming of.

  286. Daniella says:

    I would love to win a copy of your book for both my friend and I who struggle through this issue. Thank you for sharing your wise words!

  287. This book would be a tool to share. I felt today’s devotional was so well written and spoke truth. It speaks to all of us, but a couple of my girlfriends dont understand why I’m not purchasing a new house when my husband received a promotion. I’d like to pass on this truth and wisdom.

  288. This was a timely word as I sit in the midst of broken toys, clothes strewn about and a broken dryer! Grateful to have a home where these things can one day be remedied, including my attitude!

  289. What fun this book would be to win and learn from. I need help in the decorating of a home and would love to win this. Thank you for the opportunity!

  290. Recently this has been an issue for me. We have two home businesses and
    homeschool and and and..the point is that if I allow myself to become overwhelmed by
    what I don’t have or think we need, life loses its joy.
    Thanks you for the reminder that contentment is a mind thing rather than a circumstance thing.

  291. Thank you for the post which reminds me as a Realtor how daily I have the blessing to help people find a home or move to a new one! In my own home I am at the point that I must think of downsizing soon and getting the perspective straight to love my home in a new light first made all the difference this morning!

  292. Thank you. I need this reminder periodically – when I think “the grass is greener” elsewhere.

  293. Wow! I felt like you were talking to me! God is using your devotional in my heart! I find myself still saying ‘yeah but….’. God is still working on me. :-) Proverbs 3:5-6

  294. Leslie Harris says:

    Thank you for this reminder. Would love to use the book to make our current house a home for this season of our lives. With a new baby and knowledge that we won’t be in this town for more than a few years, it can feel like putting work into our house isn’t worth it…but I know it is and I want to create a home that will honor God and comfort my family!

  295. I am a little different, my family and I love our home, but due to some financial dilemmas we are facing a different lifestyle and a little beyond the normal downsize, I am scared and very afraid to embrace this change. I am afraid I will feel the guilt and loss of our lovely home and not adjust to this change even though in my mind I know how truly blessed I am. It is the reminder of what wanting too much can do to your reality, and how we really need to not just soeak but take these words in. God blesses us so ubundantly everyday, it is truly important what we do with that gift.I need a little help right now with the vision issue so I can keep the right things in sight.

  296. I would live a copy of this book! I have struggled lately by getting overwhelmed with all of the things I don’t like about our house instead of being thankful for the many things I do like about it.

  297. Thank you for the reminder to turn the other way (repent!) when discontentment sets in – away from our grumbling and toward God! His provision is enough.

  298. Susan McBride says:

    You hit my nail right on it’s head. I know all this, but thank you for the reminder.

  299. Wow! I sure needed this today. Thank you. My family will be moving soon. It is not a happy move but what must happen. I have tried to speak these words to myself but somehow stop listening before I get to the end. So nice to hear someone else’s perspective. Thank you!

  300. I know that we are very blessed, but this is a constant struggle for me. Would love a copy of the book

  301. Great article and reminder for all women who struggle with a constant to-do list.

  302. Wow, I needed this today! I am guilty of this very thing. Right now. Thanks for the encouragement and for pointing me to God’s Word to remind me of the blessings I have – to be content where God has me now.

  303. Laurie Black says:

    This is me sometimes. I struggle with being discontent with what I have when I should be more thankful for the things I do have and not focus on the things that I do not have. It just reminds me of God’s Grace, how it is always sufficient. No matter what we have or what we don’t have God will always provide our needs. Thanks for sharing this!

  304. Kreena LeLaCheur says:

    I loved this devotion. It was so encouraging to me today. I do love my home and want to be grateful for God’s gift. I want to live in contentment but sometimes struggle with that.

  305. I want to live a life and attitude of gratefulness and contentment , especially with teenagers watching.

  306. In our world of Pinterest and blogs it is so easy to become discontent and focus on the worn carpet and clutter (which is on my house too) and to play the comparison game. I need to be thankful I even have clutter or carpet! Thanks for the reminder!

  307. Gina Weeks says:

    Thank you so much for this devo this morning! I too feel this way a lot about our home which is an OLD home. I want to learn to be content with what God has given me. I am grateful but not content most of the time. Thank you for this reminder.

  308. Cindy Childers says:

    I would love a copy of this new book as we are military and ALWAYS moving…9 moves in 13 years of marriage. So I must work each time to ‘love where we are at’ and generally I do. God has blessed us each and every place even though each city and each house has been so unique in and of itself.

  309. This is absolutely the words I needed to read today – I, too, dislike the appearance of certain areas of my home and learning that my house is my HOME and that I am what makes it feel like home for my family is such a great reminder (my outdated kitchen with burn marks on the counter, trim falling off under the dishwasher, faded carpet by the slider which is missing half the screen door thanks to our dog, carpet in the bedrooms that is over 20 years old and shows it’s life, windows that don’t open and once they are shimmied open they don’t want to close in the midst of a downpour, the mouse in the garage that just WON’T DIE, and the clutter – OH! the clutter, etc). This is such a great reminder that our attitudes make a huge difference! After all, we have a sturdy structure that has all the windows, a roof that doesn’t leak, a furnace that works, a washer, dryer, dishwasher, fridge, stove, oven, a kitchen table that at least one night a week we are able to gather around together as a family unit and break bread together (even though someone usually dislikes the type of “bread”), etc. We aren’t in need… Thank you!

  310. Michelle says:

    God intended this message for me!!!!! Thanks to the author for being the vessel . I am going to give God the praise and glory I should have been doing all along.

  311. I often find myself in those empty daydreams also…leaving behind a beautiful 2100 sq ft home to retire in the woods has been a challenge. For two years my husband and I have lived in a 400 sq ft cabin and it’s taken lots of prayer, patience and positivity to learn how to enjoy it and not destroy it. I try to focus on the outside when the inside becomes dreary…the trees, the birds, wildlife, clear skies and giant starlit nights…We are finally in the process of building a home. And now I must remind myself not to let what I am getting blur the beautiful things I already have. Thank you for your wisdom and gentle reminder.

  312. Right now I am pregnant with our 5th child living in a studio apt. It really helped reading the devotional today. The book would be awesome!!!

  313. Contentment has been the core of our family for the past 4 years as God starting teaching us about tithing. 4 years ago God showed my husband & I how to start given to Him. After telling God we couldn’t afford it, God started taking things away & within 3 months we owed 5,000 in things we HAD to have. My husband & I prayed and started given our 10% to God and He started teaching us about money, how to pay bills, and be content with what we have. Along with this was the blessing of a stronger marriage, children that love the Lord and wants to serve Him, and financial free from our bills. Little did I know at the time, but he gave me a talent of sports photography and I get to bless so many others through my own business. The journey is long as you do watch things that need to be replace last another year, but the rewards are great. I hope my story can help others be where God wants them to be in their lives.

  314. Lori Kay says:

    Today’s blog hit home for me! I can just hear myself – over and over- saying the same things. Love the sunshine, hate that it shows the dust bunnies and dirty windows. And even at my ripe old age of nearly 60, I still find myself wishing for that dream home. But you are so right-on, I am grateful for what the Lord has given me, and (most of the time) have learned to be content in that which I have. Your book sounds awesome, congratulations on getting published!

  315. This really resonates with me as when we moved into our home, it was suppose to be a starter home. Since then, we have added three children and a dog. So often I feel like we have outgrown our home but yet so attached to it as it is the home we got married in and brought all three of our precious babies home to. It overwhelms me most days….this is just what I needed to hear to be reminded that what I have is because of His grace. My home is perfect for us…and I will look at it with new eyes and open heart!

  316. This is a good reminder and something I have struggled with a lot. We live in a metal building that was originally built for a shop that we were going to live in for a few years and then build a beautiful house. Unfortunately, this has not happened. We have now lived her 6 years and have added to our family. Our youngest son sleeps in a room designed to be a closet (that we built later for him) and my oldest son sleeps in the actual bedroom. We sleep upstairs in the loft/living room. I have struggled with wanting a house that looks like a house and has a front porch and a whirlpool tub. That is my dream to some day have. However, I am trying to be thankful for the fact that we have a roof over our head, a wonderful woodstove that provides heat and hot water. Our electric bill has been so low this winter. We have lots of space outside for the boys to run around and play and explore. I have beautiful flowers right outside my front door and the garage has been good for a 15 year old dog who no longer can hold things if you know what I mean. (LOL)
    It is a hard road to walk to be thankful for what you have and yet dream of the future. God has given me grace and continues to lead me and guide me.
    Thanks for the encouragement and reminder to be thankful and look to God to supply our needs.

  317. Kayla Fenner says:

    This is my first post, so bear with me, but I HAD to comment. Did this devotional resonate with me? You have no idea how much it resonated with me!! This is exactly the struggle that I live with each and every day, but I know that it is my weakness – discontent. I see it in my two boys – 15 and 12 – and I try to get them to see that contentment is a gift that needs to be opened and worn each and every day. Why can’t I take my own advice, heed my own lessons? In a world of instant gratification and never ending want, I fall prey to Satan’s temptation that what my God has provided to me is not enough or not quite up to the “standard” that I desire. The key word there is desire, not need. My needs have already been met by God. This ongoing battle is exhausting, but I am determined to win and will win with God’s guidance and help. You see, I have been a baptized Christian for 36 years, but I am just now seeing things and understanding how I need to evolve to serve others. Any help is greatly appreciated on this journey towards contentment. Bless you all! God is good – all the time!

  318. Melissa – Do you ever read a devotion and feel like God is talking DIRECTLY to you?! My husband and I have been looking at some houses that really are out of our “range.” I was trying not to feel sorry for my self that we can’t afford the “beautiful” houses. I have signed up for your 7 emails and subscribed to your blog. I need to remind myself to be content and grateful because I really am blessed already ~ and have fun with some of your ideas! Thank you! :)

  319. Melanie Jarratt says:

    This resonated with me. I struggle to be content with the home we have. This book along with lots of prayer would help change my perspective.

  320. My husband and I are experiencing a lot of changes in our lives right now. We recently down-sized our home due to his disability and inability to work full-time. He is struggling with guilt about this and his purpose in life. I think we would both benefit learning how to be grateful for our current situation by reading the book.
    Thank you for your website. I start my work day with it and it is very helpful.

  321. Sharonda Jones says:

    Thank you so much for this. I live in a apartment where we receive rental assistance and the outside I want let my children go out and let them play because to much bad language and people smoking, I just don’t want my children to get rapped up in all of that. I have a family of 7 and we have a 3 bedroom 1bath so as you can imagine i have a lot of complaints. I’m in school and my husband is part-time at UPS but through this which was emailed to me as my encouragement for today I believe I have peace because it could be me on the streets or me and my family without a roof over our heads. Oh, I would read the book, please keep us in your prayers as we keep you in ours.

  322. Joan Moore says:

    I believe as women we all struggle with these issues at one time or another, but I finally realized that there would always be “bigger, better, prettier, fancier, newer, etc. etc.” than what I have, so I have CHOSEN to be content with “my home” and all the wonderful things I have been given! An attitude of gratitude sure takes the pressure off of trying to keep up with the Joneses. Would love to win a copy of you new book! Thanks for the opportunity.

  323. Telisa J. says:

    love the home you have is the message that I would love to leave for those who find themselves in the same place where I am, this shelter / transitional home for homeless women and children. I have found the grace of God and peace here. there were a lot of complaints at first which then turned into sheer gratefulness because I was able to see the many blessings I’ve received by being here. many people are sleeping under bridges. some in tents and others just under blankets in the cold winters of Baltimore City. I have not only learned to love the home I have, but also the people here and the will of God. I have been searching for and building a library of FREE books and CDs where I have found faith in God, encouragement, peace, and a willingness to accept where God has me. love the home you have would be great to add to the collection here at the transitional home for women to find God as I have. feeling blessed and grateful. signed, Telisa J.

  324. Christy C. says:

    My friend shared this post with me from Crosswalk.com because it was something we were discussing just yesterday. What great timing for this post! I have followed Melissa’s blog for a few years now through Pinterest and Facebook. I would love to read her new book!

  325. Gratitude is one of the finest practices — it makes our heart feel happier and our soul feel lighter. As it is taught in every religion of the world, we still sometimes forget to thank for what we have. From the speck of food to the shining car standing in our garage, we owe many thanks to God for whatever it is that He has given us; for He has to maintain balance, so some of us have less than the others, or so to say, some grounds are less greener than others, but it is to understand whatever we have; it is enough for now.
    And most importantly, God loves and grants more to those who were thankful even in the hard times…
    May God bless everyone of us — for we are really in need of His blessings

  326. B Bradley says:

    What a wonderful reminder for everyone to be content, to be happy, and to cherish the gifts they already have. It has taken me some time to truly cherish and be grateful for what He has given us since we moved to Midland, TX….I still have days where I am unsure of why He put us here. But, with faith I am certain it is all part of His plan. I would love to read more about what Melissa Michaels has to say in her book, Love The Home You Have. Blessings to all xo

  327. kathy wyg says:

    Good Morning..i love this story…about contentment..my home..many things…i retired
    last yr..& have learned to be content..& it is actually pretty awesome…there are some things i would/& wouldn’t change..but overall…content…i noticed there are a few ladies in this post/comment board that are struggling..Nancy Schmitt..Pam P..&
    Raeann Rouse..i love this devo..for what it gives to others…i as well have a few other devos that i go to..if you are interested to help you thru…all of these help me thru my day…w/o a doubt……

    have a blessed day….ladies…….

    kathy wyg
    bwygant@bellsouth.net

  328. This really seems to be a book I need to get!

  329. The never-ending to-do list has control over me. Even if I near the end, I add more tasks on top.
    My family just attended some open houses this weekend to see if we can figure out what our next step is. Our current home is in an area with bad schools, but the children are not yet ready for grade school, so we have a little time. I walked around properties, dreaming of the life we could live in a new place….
    Then yesterday I went to get my son out of naptime and found him, and his crib, covered with poop. “I can’t have nice things,” I said as I cleaned everything up. It seemed silly to be looking for nice, new houses when this is the kind of thing that can happen anywhere. Sigh.
    I am grateful for my family, a roof over our heads and all that we have. I try to remind myself that I don’t need much else. As long as we love one another, we are home.

  330. Today was my first devotion. There were so many web addresses in the message, it was difficult to focus on the much desired information. Please let me know if there is something I can do on my end to alleviate some of these addresses.

  331. Today’s my birthday. I’ve been very convicted over the past year about being content with what I have. Repairs are slow coming. The yard needs work. I want to move. But this has been our home for 15 years. It’s protected and sheltered us. Thank you for your words that have created an awakening in me!!

  332. Jean Ryden says:

    It seems Jesus directs us to what we need, when we need it. Found this site today but have been enjoying the Inspired Room for awhile. Even as a Grandma, I need to be reminded to be content in all things and relay this message to our grandchildren. Thank you.

  333. I would love this book!!! Years of dealing with unemployment and financial stress have left me struggling with contentment! Trusting God for provisions but sometimes it’s hard to see past the peeling paint, worn furniture and fading appliances! Thank you for your wisdom❤️

  334. Amanda Rozek says:

    My husband am I live in a small one bedroom apartment, and it is very easy to get frustrated with the lack of space and privacy. This was a good read, thank you!

  335. Mary Kay Barstow says:

    Thankfulness is definitely needed for our 1910 farmhouse and all of its precious history and the hospitality that the Lord is preparing us to extend from it! It is a diamond in the rough right now. I really appreciated this devotional about being thankful for a home. I would love a copy of this book!

  336. Thank you for this post. Much needed wisdom. I could really use your book. I need to be content with Gods provision.

  337. Melissa, thank you for this. I really needed it it today. Just a reminder to be thankful for everything the Lord has blessed you with! Thanks and I would love to read your book.

  338. Nicole T says:

    Hello, I would like a copy of the book because in life we have things that arise all the time but sometimes we overlook the little things god has given us. For example our health or 3 beautiful little smiles to look after. All the blessings we dont recognize. It would be nice to put things back into perspective then share a testimony with someone else to help them as well. Thanks for your time, god bless

  339. Jeanine Hill says:

    Thank you for this wonderful uplifting devotion. Thank you GOD for supplying all our needs according to your riches in glory by Christ Jesus<3 Phil 4:9

  340. Wow this devotional really spoke to me. Our family of 5 is tight for space in our tiny 2 bedroom rental and it isn’t too hard to start complaining. But if I remember what is truly important in this season, our forming relationships with each other and God, I think maybe it is the right space. I just need to remember that more often. Looking forward to reading the book for ideas to help me stay in the right mindset.

  341. Teresa Draper says:

    I am so ashamed after reviewing the scripture reference for today’s devotion. I have been living in my old high school bedroom in my mother’s home and waiting, hoping, dreaming , longing, praying for my own home. In the meantime, I have stuffed more belongings than one soul could possibly required into my single bedroom and the downstairs bath. No wonder my current home feels crammed and uncomfortable. Shame on me. I need to read this book more than I could possibly say. Especially if my dream space never arrives. Blessings.

    • I have to say your message made me laugh. I didn’t laugh because you’re a mess, but because I can relate. I rent our home and you’re right in how much ‘stuff’ does one person need? We’re not rich in money and don’t have all our wants but we are blessed to have what we need.

  342. I have a coworker that would really benefit from this book!

  343. God knew I needed this today as we live in an older home that needs extensive updating. I have been frustrated at the costs associated with the updates and even considered how we could take out a loan (which we DON”T ) want to do, just to get it done so that we can enjoy our house. After reading this devotional today, it was as if God was telling me that I need to spend my time making the house as nice as I can – the way it is – rather than looking for ways to change it right now. Maybe someday when we have the money, but that is not right now. I would like the book so I can learn to love the home God gave me rather than trying so hard to change it.

  344. Lucy Sanguinetti says:

    I have been so guilty of just those same thoughts….the ones that say, “my house is not good enough!” It’s not renovated, I have yellow 40 yr. old countertops, and ugly carpet! But what my children and my husband helped me to realize is that it is not a house, it is a HOME! We have housed college students who didn’t have a home, two students from China who came here for college, friends who lost their home to a tornado, friends who lost their home due to hurricane Katrina, and countless others. I was always the “go to ” mom for my children for Friday night movies and bonfires (since we have 5 acres of land)…and no one ever leaves my home hungry! There is always plenty of home-cooked food to share. I am BLESSED beyond measure! And I thank my family for helping me to realize that! And the good LORD above for his provision for my needs.

  345. The home I am living in is our dream home. We had to move away for a few years and have just returned to it. It is so worn down from renters not caring that our dream home has turned into a project home. We feel we will never finish everything. This devotion was really what I needed to hear. I would love to win a copy to solidify these thoughts about contentment. Thank you for sharing.

  346. Rebecca H. says:

    I struggle everyday with our house & where we live. Our house is along a main roadway & we have no yard to play in…its like a mud pit :( or a family/play room. My heart aches for our girls. We have 3 little girls & my husband is out of town a lot with our business. I thank the Lord everyday for blessing us with a roof over our heads, but dream of a house with a privacy fence around the yard so my kids can go outside & run around and play and have freedom & a family/play room.
    When reading the devotional, I was reminded to be truly thankful for what we do have, it could be worse. We are truly blessed & my girls don’t complain about it, they just know their safe & loved! This book I think would help me to be reminded of just that, we’re safe & loved by an amazing Heavenly Father and He has provided us with our home!

  347. Stephanie Adams says:

    I’ve been struggling with this for over a year now and would love to win a copy of this book!

  348. I really loved today’s reflection . I was totally frustrated as I started to think of better things rather than being thankful for the current things . This reflection helped me a lot to personally reflect and change my thoughts

  349. Would love a copy of the book. We are trying to decide if we should move right now. It would be so timely.

  350. Laura Carter says:

    Thank you so much for the reminder to have gratitude for the home I have. I have really been miserable living in the house I have. I really look forward to reading your book and love your blog and hope to use it to help make my house a home for my family.

  351. Great devotion and timely reminder!

  352. This fall, I moved from my “dream home,” the home I grew up in, into a large farmhouse built in 1889. While this house is my husband’s “dream home” and the home he grew up in, I am continually finding projects I’d like to complete. As I am now home with our child, I find myself daydreaming about how I could transform this or that. I can easily get caught in discontentment. I would love to read Melissa’s book and hopefully gain a new perspective of my old house!

  353. You caught me! This is one of my most hard-to-get-rid of habit. I am constantly degrading our home
    That God has blessed me with. I know I should be extremely grateful ft’s wrong abiut r it and yet I always think about all the stuff that’s “wrong” with it. I want a new house with enough space etc. I NEED this book.

  354. Jill Brookshire says:

    I struggle with this all the time. Magazines about decorating and gardening open me up to discontent and being ungrateful that I have a home given to me by God, my Provider. I try to remember to compare down…it keeps my head in the right place.

  355. Deanna M says:

    I loved this devotional this morning! Thank you for such an important perspective. As moms, most of us struggle with how our home looks. It would be a blessed gift to receive your book, to have encouragment on those days when I feel like I just can’t seem to maintain it, and feel down. ❤

  356. Cassie Black says:

    I needed this today. I have been thinking about remodeling my house here lately, but we don’t have the money. Every day it comes to mind-new floor, new windows, new counters, new cabinets-I could go on and on, but I need to learn to be content with what I have. I started cleaning off the counters in my kitchen yesterday and what a difference it made!! So I’m just going to rearrange some things and be content with it. Maybe one day I can get the remodeling I want, but until then I’ll keep things as clean as possible and understand that it will never be perfect. Your devotion was what I needed to read today. Thank you!!

  357. Melissa, I do hope to be chosen to receive a copy of Love the Home You Have because I really need to read it! Thank you so kindly for today’s devotion which draws my attention to the fact that it doesn’t matter how big my home is to be able to have ladies in to fellowship. I actually have 7 ladies coming here for coffee/breakfast this Sat morning, and as as I have mentally prepared my space I have several times gone to ” oh my goodness, I don’t have enough room to do this” and I know in my heart that size doesn’t matter. We moved from a larger home in central NYS where I could have many ladies in for bible studies and fellowship to this smaller home in NC having much less room allowing the Enemy to work on me doubting my ability to still be of any use to women, let alone those I barely know!! I AM thankful for God’s provision, I simply need a visual book reminder!!! Thank you!

  358. As I continue to grow in my faith, this has always been a stumbling block for me. The grass always seems greener on the other side, or the “what if” game begins. I would love a chance to win this book. I would read it and then pass it along to others who I know who could use it as well.

  359. Denise G. says:

    What a Blessing to read this today! The Lord knows my heart has been discontent right where He has me living. It’s been a long time coming to clean up the over abundance of stuff my husband and I have collected over the 28 years being together. God knows I would like to move away from the city and onto an acreage big enough to put two trailor homes on the property ( one each for our two sons), God knows I’d like to have some farm critters to love upon and a beatiful garden to tend to in the summer months. God knows my heart and He’s okay with my dreaming. But God… He wants that I His beloved daughter would be at Peace right where He has her today. So, I’ve decided that I’m going to choose Joy and be content right where He has me. I am blessed beyond belief! Thankyou for your refreshing email to mine today!! I prayed for a touch of Jesus this morning… He delivered, God is so good!
    And most certainly a copy of your book would be lovely, thank you for your gracious offer.
    Blessings~

    • Melissa K says:

      Denise…God gives us seasons in our life. Trust he knows the desires of your heart. God never stands still. You have a beautiful heart!

  360. Lindsay Adkins says:

    Need your book!

  361. Melissa K says:

    There are so many things about my home that frustrate me (disrepair, bad color, clutter,etc) but they never bring discontentment. It’s an opportunity to express my creativity and organization skills. I have known want and currently know plenty. I have peace in either situation. My sister would probably get the book if I win. She struggles.

    • Melissa K says:

      Help!!!! Yes, I’m replying to myself…If I am content, why is it that I am so sensitive about opening my home and am hurt when a guest makes inappropriate comments about my home…they make me feel guilty for having a bigger house than them. It makes me not want to open my home. I usually don’t open my home because I do not have a fancy home like most others, but sometimes I open my home and someone with less actually insults me for having more.

  362. Kim Langston says:

    I have a mother that is a fine christian women. She has always showed me that to truly be happy we should be a born again believer in Christ Jesus and ask him in our hearts and with that live for him daily! With the peace the Lord gives always keep our focus and eyes on him because someone has always been thru worst circumstances than you and there is always things to be grateful for! I would love a copy of this book to read and help others see what I have learned and am continuing striving for daily. Jerm. 29:11

  363. Nita Davidson says:

    I so needed these words this morning for a perception and attitude check in and change!!!

  364. I am sure I am not the only one who feels this was written specifically for them. This is so me, day dreaming of what I could have or whining about what others have and I don’t but I know God is blessing me right where I am, but I need reminding, I need to remember I am good enough, my house is good enough.

  365. Kathy Rice says:

    I struggle with not being content with my home. It is a small house that needs many repairs, but I feel this book might give me a new perspective and strength to move forward with new anticipation to update my home.

  366. This devotion today reduced me to tears. I am really struggling right now to see what God’s plan is for me and often lose perspective as I am “just Mom”. I would be blessed to own this book.

    • Melissa K says:

      Isn’t “just mom” a huge responsibility to grow God’s most precious gifts?! What an honor that He has trusted YOU! He has placed you in a position of honor. I am praying for you:)

  367. Ritha Bates says:

    My husband and I have been married for 20 years this August. We have three kids (ages 16,14, & 11). We have never purchased a home. We have always rented or lived in a church parsonage. Actually, we live in a church parsonage right now. It is a nice home (not enough space) but nice. I often daydream of a large, quiet home that I could paint, or knock a wall out if I wanted, etc. The hardest part for me is that I know where we live is not ours. I am constantly worried that someone is going to drop by and see the laundry on my couch, or the dishes in my sink and wonder if we are taking good care of the place. Anyway, today’s devotion really spoke to me. I do need God’s help to refocus my heart and find contentment right here in the parsonage. I hope that I honor Him by taking care of house that belongs to Him.

  368. Kathleen says:

    For Lent this year I decided I would spend 15 minutes every day beautifying my home, and this does not include cleaning. I moved into my house almost 3 years ago and have never really felt at home here. There are actually boxes still unpacked in some main rooms, no pictures on the wall, curtains not hung, etc. But I know I need to make my house a home for my children. It is certainly a struggle for me, but I’ve put up a few pictures (WHY is that so hard for me?), made a valance for my bathroom, and a curtain for the upstairs hallway, put up a rattan blind on the front door, etc. I’m not successful every day, but I’m still trying. I feel like God is hitting me over the head with Love the Home You Have because it keeps cropping up everywhere. I’d love to win it!

    • Melissa K says:

      Kathleen…what a beautiful concept. Spending 15 min/day beautifying the blessings you have. Remember, It’s direction, not perfection. Keep up the good (hard)work!

  369. Lori Kemper says:

    Thanks for the reminder to be content and focus on the RIGHT reasons for making your home look nice. I’d love to read your book to find out more. :)

  370. Heather young says:

    I’d love a copy of this book! I struggle with contentment with my home all the time. Having little people & a dog around, things and walls are always being scratched, colored, chewed, torn & just plain ruined. 😉 hard to keep that grateful, contented spirit.

  371. Heather P. says:

    My lists, my piles, my desire to create a beautiful, warm comfortable place where my children can grow. I become overwhelmed by our project wish list and also realize that we may never get them done.
    I want to feel content and have peace with where we are, what we have and the place we call home.

  372. Kelsie H says:

    I find that I have to remind myself to be thankful for the roof over my head. We live in a home(trailer) that could definitely use some updates and repairs but it’s not really worth putting money into. We keep praying a permanent home will come along for us to purchase and we can move but staying content in what God has provided for us is sometimes a struggle when it comes to our home. I’d love to read this book!

  373. Rachel C says:

    Oh, Melissa! I needed to hear (read?) this today! We WERE given our dream home 2 years ago- only through miracle after miracle and watching God’s mighty hand move in our circumstance over and over. Two months later, my husband was declared 100% disabled, and since that time, the housework, the lunches, homework, maintenance, everything has fallen to me. Don’t get me wrong- I’s take it ALL on in exchange for having my precious husband still with us- but days like yesterday, when it is midnight and I am just walking in from a late-night store run for something a kiddo needed TODAY and “forgot” for three weeks… Well, I walked in the door, took one look at the mess that met my eye- and continued throughout every stink in’ room, and just lost it… And, the “deal breaker” (haha) for me was yard work – which I have resigned myself I am going to get the exciting opportunity to learn starting this weekend! Our oldest son who is 11 is not with us at the moment due to some very poor choices (and I am still reeling and having to learn not to accept guilt for what was not my choice, knowing he has been raised to make the right decisions, etc….) we are a blended family- our other 4 are 9, 8, 7, and 6… And while they are perfectly capable of doing chores and doing their part to help, many times there are moments when I am so tired I cannot fight another fight. (I know- you’re asking “um… Who is the parent here?”) our dream home has become something that is a huge stressor for me. I wake up and start my day cringing when I go from my room to wake kids for their start… And as I make my way to bed, I shudder as I walk past even more I didn’t see throughout the day. My husband’s disability doesn’t cover our expenses, and I lost my job Thanksgiving weekend. My son’s issues have made it impossible for me to find employment since that time. We have depended on our parents and their grace and generosity to be able to hang on to one car that holds us all and to keep a roof over our heads – and I am SO grateful! But I am ashes to let anyone into my home. My kids know not to even ask for a play date and that makes me sad. I would have bought your book the minute I read the title, but we can’t afford it. To be one of the 10 chosen to receive a free copy would bless me so much! I would love the encouragement and tips to refocus and remember the day I drove by our home and called my husband and said “this is crazy but I just KNOW this is the one” and the feeling of holding the keys and walking in to the beautiful gift we were given- a home big enough for all of us- with plenty of closet space AND bathrooms! I just need a pick me up- a word to say I’m not alone, there is help- and hope! And that I CAN reclaim my HOME and make the gift our family was given into a place of refuge, comfort, and a place where we can minister to others and welcome them in and be the hands and feet of Jesus to others. Thanks for reading- and thanks for letting us know that we aren’t the only lady out there who feels this way!

  374. What a wonderful devotion and I appreciate your heart. I too feel like my home is a place to fellowship with guests and see the beauty of the Lord. Congrats on your new book. May the Lord continue to bless you and your family.

  375. I would love to have this book!!

  376. Stephanie Morrison says:

    When reading this morning’s devotion, I felt the Lord speaking directly to me. I have these same feelings more often than I should and they become very overwhelming at times. Thank you for sharing your heart in this area.

  377. The home my family and I currently live in has been a family home for generations. I have never owned a home before but the offer the family members gave us was unbelievable. The home is livable yet with green bathrooms, carpet (that needs to be replaced), and a kitchen from the 70’s. Don’t get me wrong I am completely grateful the family would put their trust in me to make the home what it truly has on the inside but at the same time something already updated would be amazing.

  378. Dianne Earnest says:

    The scripture caught my eye, my husband and I sold our four bedroom home and all our possessions, furniture, kitchen things, everything in December to move into our motor home. It was a difficult task and there were times of tears and wondering if we were doing the right thing. God has been tugging at our hearts for 15 years to go into the RV Mission America Placement Service with the Assemblies of God Church. We left everything behind to travel the US and help build churches, schools, camps and colleges for Him. This is volunteer work, no compensation.
    The question I am asked the most is ” do you miss your house”? I have to honestly say I do not! I can only attribute this to the Lord who prepared our hearts before we left. My house was full of color, my motor home is all beige inside, so I am working on changing that! I can’t change the wall color, the furniture, or the flooring which I had changed in my house, however I can add a colorful footstool with matching pillows to make it my own.
    I miss the fact that I had a core group of women from my church that got together all the time for fellowship, dinners, game night or prayer. But, I have made new friends along the way at the sites we work at.
    I am grateful that God set me on this journey.

  379. Bikendra Van Buren says:

    As a single mom, i am always seeking ways to learn to be content with what God has already provided for me. I look at others, especially married couples and often think about the what ifs and the if onlys….I believe this book would offer a good foundation for helping me to learn to be more content in my current situation.

  380. For a long time, I’ve been itching to shine-up my house for the purpose of selling it and moving to a shinier neighborhood. But, lately, I’ve been getting little nudges, little hints and thoughts and devotions like this one that make me see that I need to sit still where I am and give thanks. I can praise God in the midst of my mess. Thank you!

  381. Nancy O'Brien says:

    Such a wonderful life lesson! It is sad how long it takes to learn this one since contentment comes with appreciating how much you already have. Find joy in every day.

  382. We are moving….again….My husband has been transfered again. This makes #13 in 16 years. I have owned “my dream home” three times. Each dream home had something I was discontented with or wanting to change. As my discontent grew, God moved us. I think He is trying to teach me that I need to be content where He sends me. He is enough and as long as He is in my home, even a rental can be my dream home, I just need to remember Christ is with us.

  383. I NEVER post comments online, but this message was straight from God to me today… I’m ashamed to say that I have been struggling with being content in our new beautiful home that God has provided. : ( I realize now that I became discontent with our last home and now grieve over having left (let me be clear though that we didn’t leave b/c I was discontent). Now I have continually been seeing the flaws and question our move when at the time I truly felt God was leading us and guiding our steps and that it was the best decision for our family. I was praying about this very thing this morning as it has been robbing me of joy in my new surroundings and with the memories our family is making here. I’m afraid my attitude is also causing unnecessary extra stress for my precious, patient husband. Anyway, between Lysa Terkeurst’s study “Becoming More than a Good Bible Study Girl” and this devo, I feel God is openly handing me answers to my prayers. I’m looking forward to a heart change and one that focuses on God rather than self. Thank you.

  384. Julie Kissinger says:

    I SO needed to read this today! Thank you for sharing your wisdom and lifting my heart. I signed up for your email and am excited to read your book. You are fantastic!

  385. Terrie Morgan says:

    I just finished my daily devotion and found the timing unbelievable. I remind myself of a quote I read from Beth Moore. “Pray each day to want what you have.” Thanks for the great devotion!

  386. What a great reminder! I am one who often spends too much time looking into the future, whether it is home improvements or family life. Thank you for the reminder to be content where I am. Goals are good, but not at the cost of discontentment in my present circumstances.

  387. Karen B. says:

    My husband and I have been living in our current house for exactly 1 year (yesterday). We have what seems like an infinitely long “to-do” list. I took the opportunity today (after reading this wonderful post) to make a list of all the things we have accomplished in that one year, instead of focusing on all of the things that still need to be done. I really appreciate this kind of perspective, and would love a copy of the book to refer to when I get lost in the “to-dos”. Thank you!

  388. I have the same exact problem with the smelly carpet and the aging dog AND the kids who eat in the living room and spill apple sauce on the carpet. Yikes! I have played around with the idea of just ripping the carpet out while my husband is on a business trip. But that brings me to another thought: It would be easy to substitute the word “marriage” for “home” in this post! Love the one your with?! Thank you for starting my day with a heart of gratitude.

  389. Courtney says:

    i can so easily get discontented an overwhelmed by the mess! It’s an everyday struggle to tackle it and make my home a loving, inviting place for my family and guests. And it’s so easy to fall into the trap of wishing for a “better” house

  390. Love the one you’re with, not your. I cringe that I made that error.

  391. I came from a poor family…and I’ve always wanted a beautiful large home to raise my family in. My husband and I just bought a new home a few months ago, used by the way. And I yet haven’t even been able to enjoy it because of all the chaos and being over whelmed by flaws and not being satisfied of having to do so much work to it. Reading your article just made me think that for someone coming from a poor family and now having a beautiful large home…that I should just appreciate what I have and make the best of it! I should stop worrying about what I have to do to the home and enjoy every minute that we are in the home because that is the home where someday our grandchildren will come to visit us. I want thank you for helping me realize that I should not want more when GOD has given me what I did not have when I was growing up. I’d love to have your book so that I can focus and learn on many more areas in my life that I need to cherish. Instead of overlooking of what I want instead I should just enjoying what life brings me and be thankful for it. Thank you so much, I appreciate it very much!

  392. I really could use this book. My husband and I have decided to stay and live in our new city instead of moving back to another state for his business. We have lived in our current home as a rental for 18months and are debating whether to purchase it from the owners or buy a newer more affordable home with less yard space. I want to be content here and I pray often but I feel it is not the home for me. My husband really likes it and says we can renovate it but I feel like we would get into another huge bill doing that. I have to find peace in the Lords plan for us and in whichever home he allows us to buy. We have tried to get financing for 3 years since we are self employeed and this summer looks like it’s finally going to happen. Praise God!

  393. This devotion was God’s perfect timing for me. So often I find myself worrying about our outdated furniture or the bathroom toilet that needs to be cleaned. I don’t take advantage of all the opportunities God gives me to share what we have and to invite others in. I really needed this reminder today. Thank you!

  394. Shanon Harrell says:

    When I couldn’t afford my home anymore and owed more than it was worth I rented it on a rent to own land contract because my career didn’t allow me to do a short sale and maintain my investment licenses. The couple ended up splitting up and not paying rent for 6 months before I finally got her out. By that point my career was lost due to foreclosure status. So I moved back in because unemployed. (And if someone is going to live there for free while they do the foreclosure process I wanted it to be me.) they completely trashed every inch of my home. I was able to get another job investment related at half the pay and save my home at the last moment. Then 5 days later lost that job because the changed the scope of the position and now my financial behavior was back on the line. So my son and I are still thankfully living in the home and haven’t made a mortgage payment for 6 months. The house is still trashed but it is God’s provision and for that I am eternally grateful!! I hope to save the home again if I can get my income where I need it to be with my new 100% commission job. Just need to survive the first 2 yrs while I build my portfolio. And as I look around at my hallway w/o drywall and both my showers now leak all over and trashed carpets and ripped up porcelain tile etc – I still feel privileged to have a home. If it was an apartment I would have been kicked out a long time ago. This was truly God’s provision for me. I appreciated your post but see many other people that need it more than I – I just wanted to share my story of how an attitude of gratitude even if tough situations really can make a difference 😉 God Bless!!

  395. As soon as I read your first comment about the dog-worn carpet, I felt my heart stirred. I have felt as you many times, but realize I need to focus on my “home”, not my house.

  396. I would give this book to my sister. She is a wonderful person and a new Christian. Sometimes she gets blinded by the materialism around her and needs to find her footing again and come back to the Lord. This book could show her that what God blessed her with is enough and she needs to focus on those blessings.

  397. Thanks for this giveaway. It is so easy to look at the grass on the other side of the picket fence. We have to remember that grass needs cutting too! I would love to pass this book along to my sister (after I read it of course). Her family is busting out at the seams in their house, but can’t move right now. Blessings!

  398. I just returned three decorating books to the library. I’ve been in a terrible funk for quite a while and can’t seem to find joy in anything. I think what I am really looking for might be in your book. I would love a copy.

  399. Thank you for this reminder! My husband, 2 small children and I live with my in-laws while he finishes school. We are very fortunate to have this opportunity, but I easily fall into the trap of seeing what I want to change instead of living in gratitude. What a difference a change of perspective makes! I’d love to win a copy of this book to be inspired while we live in this season of our life.

  400. Jennifer Hathaway says:

    Thank you so much for helping me direct my gaze back to the right place. It is my hearts desire to rest content in God’s capable and loving arms.

  401. This devotion really resonated with me today. As I comb through the listings of houses in our area that just don’t seem to be the right fit for our family, I found one I wanted to see. It seems perfect, but now I’m wondering if I just need to be content with the home I have been given. We all need to remember that we should be thankful for what we have. Thank you so much for this post today. It sets me straight and really makes me think about wanting to move.

  402. Patti Ingram says:

    Perfect timing! Our house is a work in progress, and has been since we moved in 11 years ago.

  403. Beverlie Jones says:

    WOW!!! Did this message really hit home. The past couple of weeks I’ve been having a self-pity party concerning my job and how it isn’t this or that instead of being grateful and thankful for the job that God gave me in the first place. The book AND this message will be a constant reminder to Love the Home You Have. You see I wasn’t even supposed to have this job. God gave me this job through His divine favor. How dare I have the nerve to complain!!! I was already employed by my current employer but in a different position. My current position became available and I applied for it but because I had not been in my previous position for 12 months I technically wasn’t eligible to apply for this one. BUT divine favor from God changed all of that and the rules were bent and I was offered the position. I know greater things are to come but being the impatient person that I am, I found myself just yesterday opening my BIG mouth and complaining. I cannot thank you enough for putting things back into perspective for me and showing me who really is in charge!!!! I would love to have a copy of the book and look forward to the new Bible study that is getting ready to start. Enjoy your day. I know I will!!! God bless.

  404. Have been struggling with this lately… Very recently I came to the revelation that WE make our homes as beautiful as we want them to be. With thanksgiving in our hearts. “She watches over the affairs of her household, and does not eat the bread of idleness.” Thank you for sharing.. I think all women struggle with this at some point, and to know we are not alone in this struggle, truly shows we are all united in the sisterhood of Christ. For we admit our struggles, share them, and pray for one another. I am so thankful for Proverbs 31! Thank you for contributing to this incredible ministry!

  405. Thank you so much for reminding me of the daily, undeserving blessings I receive from God. I am unworthy of his blessings but He still provides and blesses me everyday because “God is Love.”

  406. Thank you so much for those encouraging words, they came at the right time. I love how God always does things in His perfect timing. Would love to read more of your book so regardless if I win or not I am picking this book up. Thinking it will be a great book for MOPS leadership to go through for our summer bible study. Thank you again and have a blessed day :)

  407. Retha Griner says:

    Thank you for sharing this. the last couple years have been hard for me at home…we moved away and came home and things haven’t been the same… I hope this is the Lords way of assuring me my home is the place to be. Thank you for all your devotions

  408. I’d love to read the book, to find a love of my 1920’s home!

  409. Melissa Koretsky says:

    I would love a copy of this book. I am going go tough a divorce and although I love my hone, I struggle with starting over. There are so many memories, both good and bad, that I feel overwhelmed sometimes. I try moving furniture, painting and other things, but I still struggle with feeling comfortable in my own home. I pray for God to give me peace and happiness for me and my boys.

  410. Oh yes, this resonated with me! Thank you! I would love to read the whole book. ☺

  411. After coming successfully through an illness, I look around me each day & give thanks for what God has given me! HE gave me a Life much much better than I could have ever imagined before! A Life of Peace & Love is worth ALL the material things you could ever acquire in this short journey here! But HE also, allowed me so much more! We are not rich in material things, but our wealth in HIS Love and Blessings far surmount any material items! We live comfortably with Blessings overflowing! ALL Honor, Glory & Thankfulness is given to HIM, for ALL of the healing! I’m not sure where I would have ended up if HE had not believed that, I could do ALL things through HIM! Still, my very favorite verse I stand on daily! Thank You for allowing this time to express HIS Love I truly have for HIM!

  412. Janet Bender says:

    I am still living happily in my “starter home” 38 years since moving in. This home has sheltered newly weds, a baby’s birth, a divorce, a single mom, sending a teen off to college, a re-marriage, a blended family and a couple of pet dogs. So many memories….good and bad. Through it all, God has blessed me with a safe and comfortable place to come home to. Yet, there are moments when I ponder briefly the desire for more than 1200 square feet…room for guests, an uncluttered closet or two. Your blog today reminds me that my clutter will follow me wherever I go. My home is wherever God lives. I pray to live so that I impart this truth to my adult daughter and two adult stepsons, as well as our 5 grandchildren. Contentment and humility are blessings far greater than any house. I would love to read your book!!!

  413. Oh yes this sounds so much like me, but yes THANK YOU GOD for our HOME which despite the condition of the house is not the reflection of the condition of our HEARTS. I would love to be able to get a copy of this book :) have a great week everyone! Happy SPRING

  414. I was reading this exact passage the other night. I have been struggling with contentment for the last several months. When I became divorced suddenly in 2011, I lost the home my ex- and I had purchased just six months prior. This past December I was pre-approved to buy a home, but at the last minute my final financing was denied by the bank. I got so caught up in the dream of a new home that I lost sight of the fact that I have a roof over my head. That I have created a home not with things, but the people I love. Getting this book would give me some very much needed reminders.

  415. This book would be oh-so-helpful to offer perspective as my husband and I begin figuring out where we want to live post-apartment life. Thanks for your good words! They’re encouraging me to embrace and love where I live now.

  416. melissa ward says:

    I like so many other women needed to hear this. I not only need to be content with my current rental situation but also it resonated with me that I need to be content with my current “household” situation. With two teen boys acting out, I have spent a lot of time trying to figure out what I did wrong. I have worried what people will think. I say in my heart that this isn’t what I wanted or pictured my life to be. I need to be more thankful for the blessings God has given me in my boys and know that I can be content resting in the arms of my Saviour! Thank you, Melissa

  417. I really needed this encouragement as we are dealing with repairs because of leaks in our bathroom and the kitchen. I need to redirect my focus to being blessed with what I have instead of feeling down because everything around me seems old and in need of not only repair but updating.

  418. Debi Schuhow says:

    Truthfully, I am unhappy with my house and am in need of an inner transformation!

  419. Thank you so much for this reminder. I sometimes get frustrated because my home is cluttered, or I have not had time to really clean it. However, I try to remember how fortunate I am to have a nice home to live in, and if it is messy it’s because I have a family who lives in it. I need to remember to keep a grateful heart.

  420. Cheryl Johnson says:

    These are certainly sweet words to live by! A wonderful reminder to me to humble myself and be peaceful and happy! Thank you!

  421. Several times a day, especially after a long day at work, I look around my rental house and notice the dust, the old original 1920’s windows, the old 3rd or 4th hand couch that sags so bad that nobody can sit on it comfortably, the old recliner that we had for years that has scratch tears on it from whomever had it before us and when I step back and take it all in, my eyes see all the reasons on why I am not happy where I am at. “Why do I work so hard, and end up living in such a patched-together place”? “Don’t I deserve better?” “If I only could move to another State, to another home, things would be so much better”. From there the snowball gets bigger and bigger and I end up feeling angry, disenfranchised and overwhelmed at doing all the things that need to be done to make this home look the way it should look. I’ve gone into debt in the past in my attempt to “make it look right” by trying to purchase new things, only to find that they are clashing with the “old junk” next to it. I have blamed my husband for not working enough, hard enough or try enough to help out. I grow resentful, angry and loose any ability to take a step back and see the goodness that is in front of me, the blessings my creator has bestowed on me and all that I have been given. Some days I stay in that dark place and outwardly it shows as angry, snappy and short with people, other days I am able to dig out a bit just enough to try to see all I have, but quickly get “sucked back” into the discontentment.
    I don’t know if this book can help with what I am feeling, but just reading the article gave me the insight I just wrote about. I am going to start the day with praising Him for all I’ve been given and then wait for my feelings to catch up.

  422. I would be so grateful and uplifted if I received a copy of this book. We are on the verge of becoming empty nesters, well in a way we are because our son is a senior in college. All I see left behind is clutter and disarray. I want my home to be a blessing and place of welcome and rest for my husband and our family and friends, but I’m having trouble getting to that mentally. Thanks!

  423. Love Melissa’s blog! Her words today blessed me in my situation…would love to read her new book!

  424. I’d love this book for encouragement and a new perspective.

  425. Cara Williams says:

    The LORD really spoke through me this today. Thank you.

  426. I sooo needed to hear this today, my husband and i have been hating on our house a little lately, its an old trailer we have 2 holes in the floor now and have been fighting to keep the furnace to working lately, we decided to save for a new place, but that will take some time, so how much $ do we put into this place till then….? I have never been a good housekeeper either and trying to find the motivation to work on one problem area everyday is hard. But I do try to thank God every night for what we DO have, space heaters, electric, water, food, a roof over our heads (that is all ours), and there are NO holes in it!! :)

  427. Thank you for the reminder of having a heart of gratitude and contentment. It is far too easy to look and compare with others and miss the tremendous blessings God has provided specifically for each of His children! I would love to win a copy of “Love The Home You Have”! After I read it and undoubtedly highlight many wise points, I would place it on our coffee table to share with those who enter our home.

  428. Lori Bebermeyer says:

    Seems like you can see my thoughts about our house! Thanks for the reminder! Would love to read more words of encouragement from your book!

  429. though i know better, my fickle feelings have lead me astray in the porsuit of a new home so we can have better surrounding to fix our disconnect. Ha! A lie. Seduction into a dream bsaed on a falsehood, that is a lie is what I have bee ndrawn into. This article and the proverb about a wise women struck at my heart his morning. Thank you for it and the prayer which I prayed with some of my own words and confession.

  430. Connie Boyd says:

    This is the message the Lord is putting before me. To be content with where I am and realize that THIS IS MY DREAM. His dream for me. I’m learning to see the beauty in everything He’s surrounded me with. This book would be a blessing to my heart!

  431. I can really resonate with this….I waver back and forth often between being content, and then dis-content as I peer over next door to the huge new house my brother-in-law is building. I don’t have a problem with others having nicer things than me, but I struggle when they act as though they are better than me. Hmmmm, do I have an issue with pride? It’s sad that this happens even in the church…..a friend’s small group complained that a member’s house was too small when she hosted a dinner there. Even my Christian friend overlooked me when asking who wanted to host our next get-together. My house is very small, and my table and chairs old, with most of the chairs being broken, so we have to gather some folding chairs when we do occasionally have family over. I have grown to love my house over the years, and have made it a cozy and inviting place, but I feel badly when others look down on it.

  432. This is definitely something I needed to hear today! Right now my husband and I had to make huge sacrifice by moving in with my parents, so that we could start saving up for our “forever” home. We both have an idea of what this “dream” home will look like, and it is sometimes so easy for me to loose myself in the frustration of having no luck finding it. My parents were so kind to offer us their home to stay in, so that my husband and I wouldn’t have to worry about leasing a place until we found a house we want to buy. Additionally, it has given us the opportunity to pay off a lot of college bills! This blog has really helped me be thankful for what I have today, and what God has sought fit to provide for me. He hasn’t forgotten about us, and I should see the blessings that I have been given as oppose to the little I think I have. I am just over here trying to buy a home (we both have the financial means, just struggling to find something), while there are others in the world that don’t have a home or the money for it. Thank you so much for such a wonderful blog!

  433. I definitely needed this today, I would love to win this book. I feel as if I struggle every day just to keep up, never getting to the clutter or deep cleaning and repairs that need to be done. So grateful for our Lord and all He has provided!

  434. Julie Brown says:

    I would love to win a copy of this book. I’ve struggled in this area and would love to read a fresh perspective on it!

  435. I am often thinking of things that need improved. This is a good reminder to love and enjoy it all, no matter what.

  436. Abigail Peoples says:

    This devotional was so timely! I’m constantly feeling like I need to move into a bigger, better house, but God has been dealing with me about being content. This is just confirmation. I’d love to read your book to see what changes I can make in my attitude and my home to be a better steward of what God has given me. Thanks for your devotional!

  437. Amanda Helfrich says:

    WOW….talk about having a sign from God reach out and shake you by the shoulders. This devotional really was meant for my ears. I’ve been struggling with trying to blend families in a home, his and mine and it’s honestly been one of the most difficult challenges I’ve ever been faced with. I often find myself thinking ‘maybe we should buy a new home so that we are all starting on equal footing and there is no sense of this is my territory, not yours.’ Those thoughts are stealing the joy of being able to share a home with someone I love and the blessings of having a nice house in a great neighborhood, etc. I need more encouragement….I would love this book. Thank you for sharing this devotional!

  438. Carrianne says:

    A great message for a girl who can’t relax until my house is up to my standards. I find it hard to really be present in each wonderful moment God has given me. I would love this book!

  439. I sometimes find myself being discontent with things I should be grateful for. I need to remember to be thankful for the things I have daily. What if we woke up and they were gone? Thanks for your perspective.

  440. Thank you for this perspective…and for the chance to win the book.

  441. Jennifer Lagerwall says:

    Thank you so much for this reminder. I know that I am so blessed with all I have but there is discontentment in my heart and I’m searching for God’s purpose in having us live where we are. My focus is on God and all his goodness.

  442. Thank you so much for this. We seem to be out growing our home with our clutter and mess. I am constantly yearning for another bathroom and wishing our house was bigger. Everyday I do give thanks to the Lord for the blessing of our home but when later I look around and see lack of storage or someone is needing to use our only bathroom, I forget how blessed we are to even have a roof over our heads much less even a bathroom. Thank you for reminding me that our home is a blessing and to have a greatful heart. I would love a copy of the book for words of encouragement.

  443. This book is exactly what I need. With 3 kids in a small house, my husband is always saying we need a bigger house. Some days I agree, but I know we can be happy with what we have. It’s just a matter of perspective. This book would help me to remember that.

  444. I just wanted to say Thank you for the devotion today. My husband and I moved into a different home a few months ago. I love it but I get so wrapped up in who is not doing what that I can’t enjoy our new environment. We have a deck where I can sit and enjoy watching the birds- enjoy the sun- just enjoy the breeze.
    I need to learn like Mary- its not all about the doing but the enjoying and sitting at the Master’s feet-what a wonderful place to do this. Thanks again..

  445. I’d love a copy because I’m having a hard time with the situation just described in the devotion.

  446. Tammy White says:

    I am responding because this hit home this morning to me. I live in a house that is about 16 years old. I have lived here and raised two beautiful girls and had a wonderful husband to share it with. I loved being here. I spent those years hoping to be here til I grew old with him. But as life had it, we did not make it together and he is happily spending his time with his new wife. I remarried hoping for the same dreams to come true and with deep deep love for my new husband. I thought that I could never be happier and we shared so so many new memories here, and with my girls. They grew up here still. But, I lost that dream too. After only 5 years he decided not to stay here either. My heart was broken, and my spirit. Now me and this old house have many horrible memories that I made for myself after he left. Horrible memories between my family and me and God at the time. But somehow God and me pulled through that mess and I am still in this world. I could not be had I not trusted him. I hated my home, My oldest daughter moved out with her dad to make it worse, and I just wanted to pack up and go far far away from everything around me. I spent a lot of lonely nights here in this house and I hated coming home, I hated my life and I had given up any dreams for the future and was just stuck in this old house that held so many good and bad memories it overwhelmed me to be here. That was a little over a year ago and since then I have repainted AGAIN, and tried to make it once again a place that me and my younger daughter might be happy together in. I am trying so hard not to hate coming home and facing so much pain and sorrow and learning to be a single mother and not driving myself crazy once again, begging GOD to help me. I am not happy with this, but I am trying to improve the house and my attitude towards it. I feel like this book might give me a little more hope too.

  447. Diane Iverson says:

    This is such a good reminder! God has blessed us, yet it is so easy to be “discontent” with things in our lives. Thank you for this special devotional!

  448. Thank you for this gentle reminder…I sometime get off track and am not as thankful as I should be for all that God has blessed me with ~ a wonderful family, a warm house, a job, a car to get me where I need to be, etc. I would love to read your new book for encouragement and perspective, and then share it with friends and family. Thank you again for encouraging me to be content in all that I have. God bless you.

  449. I am blessed to live in a home I love. This was such a good reflection on how our perspectives can so easily shift.
    I would love a copy of your book to share with my clients who struggle with clutters homes. ( I’m a professional organizer)

  450. My four bedroom home isrrently under renovation so It’s been hectic trying to keep things cleaned and in order. Especially with six kids. I said a simple prayer this am. God how can I keep this house clean? If only it was done! Your email encouraged me that I cab be content and not complain even thou my home isn’t together. I tend to loose focus on what really matters. Who I’m serving and the people who mean the most to me. Thank you once again for this encourageing email!!!.!

  451. Kristin Glur says:

    Thank you for this message! I soooo needed to read this today…it came at the perfect time as I just spent hours browsing the MLS listings for my area yesterday afternoon. I needed this reminder to assure me that God put my family in this house and blessed us with it.

  452. I needed to hear this message today. I do struggle with this “wanting more” so I posted a lovely graphic sign on my wall to remind me “The Lord is my Shepherd. I have everything I need.” Thank you, Melissa, for your timely message this morning.

  453. I often find myself wishing for “better,” and feel that this book may help me refocus. I have worked hard since I was 16-years-old and often wonder why the “stuff,” in my life isn’t “better.” I have a wonderful family and we have had a rocky road for the eight years that my husband and I have been married; that said, we do not have many nice things to show for ourselves. We are beginning to get on track with our finances and home-ownership is in the distant future; however, it is still difficult to not focus on how hard I have worked (as a single mom prior to becoming married) and what little I feel I have to show for it. Now, that being said, I have a beautiful family – my husband and 3 beautiful children, and although we do not own our home nor have wealth, I know that what I have is a gift from God and try to remind myself of this on a regular basis. I truly appreciate the devotional this morning, it spoke to my heart, and I truly believe that I would benefit from a book or devotional that focuses on gratitude for where I am at in life. Thank you for an inspiration message this morning!

  454. Stephanie Ragan says:

    Definitely needed to read this today! Very encouraging words!

  455. This spoke directly to my heart today. My husband and I live in the apartment he’s had since college. The carpet is terrible, it needs painting, the rooms are small, and there is no dishwasher (other than my husband). This place takes away my joy and comfort. Today’s devotional reminded me of the most important thing: this the home I share with my husband, the love of my life. It is our first home together and some day I will look back and remember these days with fondness. We have been blessed in so many ways in this apartment. Thank you for reminding me of all God has given us and blessed us with!

  456. I would love to have this book for myself because I have been struggling with discontent & my house for over 5 years now. My daughter & children moved in with us & we don’t have enough room. The children who are now 9, 6 & 5 are typical kids & have written on walls, spilled on furniture, scratched on tables, etc. I love them with all my heart but sometimes things just get a little overwhelming!

  457. I struggle with this daily. I have decided to love my home and see it as a blessing. Trying to manage clutter is always a challenge. My attitude about my house can shape my whole day. Thank you for this devotion today! It was such an encouragement to me and helpful to hear how other believers also struggle with contentment

  458. Thank you so much for this message! We are currently in a less than stellar situation with our home. In a matter of 2 years our cute little home turned into a nightmare. Our sewer line collapsed forcing us to tear up our front yard and spend a fortune to have the line fixed. We then chose to do a small remodel job on our basement because we were expecting #2 and needed more space to “live”. At the beginning of the project we discovered major foundation issues and had to rebuild 2 foundation walls which also meant we had to dig up the yard around the exterior of the house which forced us to lose our deck and patio. We have now ran out of funds and the time its going to take to fix it all is overwhelming. The projects are incomplete inside and the yard is well… a mud hole with a half torn down fence, no deck or patio… BUT we are trying to be grateful for what we have. God has us in this position for a reason. We definitely need to keep perspective and count our blessings!!

  459. I wrestled with enjoying the home God has Blessed my family with for YEARS~ So Thankful for the Faithfulness of God to teach me that what I really had was a heart issue. Contentment is not a location! …..It’s an attitude of Gratitude!

  460. As of yesterday when sharing with a friend the woes of the day…..this very thing! She called me this morning and said ” have you read this mornings devotional?(with a giggle) See it al started for me when the man came out to service our air conditioner. Needless to say after the bad news that its going to have to be replaced started a down hill spiral from there! My list mounted as the day went on till all I saw was a list that out ran my budget, which then brought on a over whelming feeling of discontentment. Your words you wrote made me laugh and cry at the same time. Its like God had sat down with me this morning over coffee and spoke right to me, but the way he spoke this time is what touched my heart most. Just like a FRIEND , lighthearted, funny and just what i needed to hear to get me focused on Him! Thanks ! This happens to be the funnest quite time a have with God yet. :)

  461. We have a slightly different situation, as we are, by the state’s standards, “homeless.” We have been living in the guest house of our gracious friends from church for three months while my husband looks for work. We moved back to our home state in November, but have been unable to secure a job that would support us to live independently and subsequently rent a home of our own. We have two daughters, 16 & 19, and all four of us live in a small 1 bedroom guest house. We are extremely grateful for it but at times it wears on our daughters as they have to sleep in the living room, and our oldest daughter sleeps on an air mattress every night.
    My first thought in reading this article was “I wish I had a home of my own to complain about the dirty carpet, at least the author has her own home!” But then God gave me a heart-check.. As absurd as it is for us to read how people can complain about the cleanliness of their carpet when they have an actual home of their own, it’s probably equally as absurd to someone who is sleeping outside in the park every night, that we would complain about sleeping in a living room or on an air mattress.. It’s all about perspective, and being grateful for all that God has provided to each one of us, individually.

  462. Reading this devotion is a gentle reminder to be content with what we have. In the midst of remodeling our house, from top to bottom for the last five years, we have welcomed three wonderful boys into our lives. The house has bare walls in places, subfloors showing and an overwhelming amount of work to do. While I try to be content with what God has given us, I do sometimes find myself ‘looking over the fence’. Thank you for your message today, it really provides a wonderful Biblical perspective to our current housing situation. I would love a copy of Love the Home You Have because I feel it would provide further encouragement for us in this trying season.

  463. Angela Gosselin says:

    I Would love a copy of the book! I too struggle with the same feelings of not being content with the home I have!

  464. God’s timing is always perfect, needed this today. thank you!

  465. I would LOVE to win your book! :-)

  466. God’s timing is always perfect. When His truth invades our being then we can learn and share. This is a timeless truth that I believe we are struggle with from time to time. It is one I have attempted to share since the Holy Spirit gave me insight. After reading the devotional I know that God has given you insight that will truly bless all who read your book. Thank you for listening as He speaks! May God continually bless you and the Proverbs Ministry family.

  467. We recently moved to a house I don’t like in a neighborhood I don’t want to be in – even thought I believe God led us there. This message was a gentle reminder to me to be content, and to be open to what God wants to teach me.

  468. My husband and I moved in with my parents last July to help care for them. Everything is on storage except what we could fit in our bedroom. I’m blessed to be helping them, but it definitely screams “this is not your home”. I think your book might help our perspective. Thanks for sharing.

  469. Thank you for sharing this at a time I needed to hear it. I love to see how God works to show us what we need when speaking through others.

  470. Thank you for the encouraging post! I have recently been going through a time of wishing I lived in my dream house…feeling like if I could just have the smaller, more convenient and efficient home I dream of, life would be so much easier and simpler. Good reminder for me to be content!

  471. God’s timing is perfect! I happened to read this right after these exact feelings crept up. Deciding to stay at home has included some sacrifices such as a smaller and older home, and sometimes when visiting friends, I let envy creep in after seeing their houses. So not worth it. This devotion was right on time. Lord, forgive me.

    I would definitely love a copy of the book. I could use it!

  472. Stephanie says:

    Wow! I’m still amazed and in awe at watching God work! This devotion could not have come at a more perfect time…I am still looking for my name somewhere in it because it was just what I needed! Would love to win this book because we are currently renters after moving 3 years ago to a new area for my husband’s work. I never would have imagined that we would still be renting after all this time. but here we are. We are all starting to grow restless and, I’m sad to admit, discontent. I’ve been praying for a change of perspective in other areas and now realize that a change is needed in this area as well!! Thank you so much for the work that you do! May God bless you abundantly!! He sure has been GREAT to me!

  473. Kristy hales says:

    Love this!

  474. Penny Jurick says:

    This devotion reminded me how important it is for all of us to explore the scriptures (historical content and text) and not just take what we like from a particular verse. My daughter loves the last line of Phil. 4:13 which says; ” I can do all things through Him who gives me strength.” The rest of this verse was at a time when Paul was in prison and is about how he had learned contentment no matter his circumstances. I thank God for our family home such that it is. My mother became ill and has since allowed us the blessing of spending her elder years with our family. As a result, we have been undergoing a complete renovation of our home. We needed the renovation anyway, so this just pushed up the timing. Since funding is limited, we have done all of the work ourselves to save money. As a result, it has taken us 3 years so far, and there is more to do. We also moved her from a large home to our rather small home and our garage is full. Working full time and renovating a home is no easy task, but I find my job is to find contentment in our circumstance remembering how Paul was such a blessing to the Philippians (and many others) while still being in prison. In His Grip, Penny

  475. GrahamGal says:

    Thank you for this timely message of being grateful for what God has blessed me with today. Being in the design world, it is easy for me to go help a client redo their whole room or house and think, “I sure would love a place like this!” I never considered that coveting but, in reality, that’s exactly what it is! God has given us so much and I pray that I will “turn my eyes on Jesus, look full in His wonderful face, and the things of earth will grow strangely dim, in the light of His glory and grace.”

  476. Amy Wolff says:

    Oh Melissa..
    you touched my heart and soul and just when I needed it!!!! Thank you for reminding me to be content with what God has given me.. thank you!

  477. What a nice reminder! Can’t wait to read the book!

  478. Wow, did this ever reach out and grab me! I married my husband 10 years ago this May and I moved into the house he shared with his previous wife that had died from cancer. He had changed a few things after she died but there were still many of her things in promenent places. I started to make small changes and then I began to feel that this just wasn’t my house. So I started to let things go and not keep it as nice as I should have. But then I started to not keep myself as well as I should have and things have just snowballed!
    My husband brought me to The Lord when we first met and as I am growing in my walk, I am learning so much! Recently I learned that I am loved and that My body is a temple to Him and that I need to keep that temple wonderful so I am starting my new journey to make Our House Our Home and to make my body a healthy temple for our Lord!
    I believe your book could help me in my walk!

  479. What a great reminder! I am constantly reminding my kids we should be grateful for the roof over our heads; even if it’s a Cracker Jack house. I would love to read this book and share it with my friends.

  480. Thank you for sharing such a positive and encouraging message. It’s so true! I’ve recently been cleaning out and getting rid of lots of things, and it is so liberating. I can’t wait to get to the next room

  481. Thank you for the gentle reminder of what is really important. We are in a halfway done, somewhat remodeled home and honestly, the remodeled parts didn’t exactly turn out as well as I had hoped for. I keep reminding myself over and over that what goes on in the home and how we treat each other is most important.

  482. Charla Skinner says:

    Sounds like such s great book! It would be a blessing to be able to read this book and also share it with friends!

  483. Jennifer C. says:

    I think this is a beautiful reminder that contentment is something we should all strive for, in all areas of our lives. The book would help remind me how to better achieve and to become more intentional.

  484. A little over a year ago I bought my first home believing it was my “dream” home. Turns out I had bought a home from some very dishonest people who claimed to be Christians, but had covered up about $25,000 in basic necessary repairs. This started me on a journey with God learning about trust and contentment. I am learning to be thankful for what God has blessed me with despite the “imperfections”. God has taught me to focus more on the inside …my heart and let Him take care of the the outside stuff …the home. Just yesterday one of the major repairs was completed by God’s grace and provision alone. I am completely overwhelmed and awed because what looked impossible to me was easy for Him!! His ways are not ours ways but I trust His plan and I look forward to rest of this journey.

  485. Lauren Jolly says:

    Thank you for your encouraging message. I so needed it today, to remind me that God is just as present in my home in spite of the lack of cleanliness or organization that I focus too much on

  486. Love this! It’s soooo easy to lose perspective and keep wanting more. Contentment. That’s something to be treasured!

  487. God is teaching me to be content with what He has given me and to be grateful for what I have and not for what I don’t have.

  488. Kriss Ralston says:

    Thank you so much for this! This devotion today totally uplifted me. I want so bad to read your book now. I know it will motivate me to make my home a sanctuary with what I have right now. Thank you again for this devotion today. I can’t wait to place this prayer you shared today on my wall when I get home today. :)
    Dear Lord, sometimes I lose perspective when viewing the gifts right in front of me. I start to believe my dream house must be somewhere else, because it certainly couldn’t be right here in this mess. Help me refocus my heart and find contentment right here, in this place You so graciously provided for me. Help me honor You through learning to take care of the home I have and showing love to the people who enter through my door. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

  489. Viola Knabe says:

    I could use a fresh perspective. I currently live with my in-laws after selling our house and my husband and I going back to school. I must learn to be content in ALL circumstances. Something that is at times hard to do.

  490. Michaela L. says:

    Thank you for this great encouragement (and spirit check). I would like a personal copy of this book because I have been the foolish one that years her house down. For the last few months of our first year in marriage I have been peeking over fences to see the “greener” grass. THANK GOD His mercies are new every day and He woke me up to a second chance before it was too late for my husband and I.
    I think this book would be an encouraging resource to keep my eyes focused on the blessings I have and seeing it all as plenty. I know God has me right where I am supposed to be, and it’s not always about my happiness and dream home/marriage. I need some growth and change and a perspective of gratitude!
    Thanks again for this article! God bless all of you women!

  491. DEBRA HASELDEN says:

    the lord really helped me to be content with what we are blessed with. when my husband at the age of 52 lost his job and had to go to college to get another job.each day he remined me how blessed i was to have a roof over my head, job, vehicle to drive back and forth to work, money to put gas in the vehicle to go to work. for hot & cold water, my health to carry on. each month god blessed us with the funds to pay all the bills. i’m so thankful that god is my provider,saviour,healer,my strength etc.
    thanks for sharing the word

  492. What a timely message for me in this season of life. I’m in a season of waiting…a holding pattern with God. There are a lot of unknowns in my life right now—job, finances, living arrangements, relationships. All the unknowns in my life compared to seeing others around me whose lives seem to be falling into place have caused me to struggle with jealousy, envy, and discontentment. I struggle with “what ifs” and I fail to see the blessings God has given me all around. Blessings of family who love and support me. Blessings of His providence and grace and lovewhich have no end and pursue me. There is so much for me to be grateful. Thank you for the reminder to turn my focus away from my circumstances and back on Him so that I might experience His joy and strength no matter the situation I’m in.

  493. There was a time when I had no idea where me and my kids would end up due to their dad leaving. God not only showed up in me but also sustained us and gave our home to us. I use to wonder why we had to live in this shack of a house and will we ever be able to escape it. . . until I was faced with wondering if the kids and I would even have a place to call home. That was 7 years ago. And 7 years ago I not only was amazed how God supplied and gave the very modest home to me and the kids, but I became content even in my bed with no frame. I felt and was fully blessed. – – Now and for the past couple of years, little by little, discontentment has settled its way back into my little shack of a house. I’m sure a lot of it has to do with the ongoing repairs needed to be kept up with that I have no idea ‘how to’, and ‘who’ do I get to and how much is it going to ‘cost’. All while I feel things are falling apart around around me. But after reading your devotion, it took me back 7 years ago when I pleaded for God to just let me and the kids keep our home to have a place to lay our heads – and today, I became extremely grateful and very content. However, I still need to get some things fixed or we will be showering outside with the garden hose, lol. Should I win the book, praying it will help to keep me in a state of contentment. Thank you for the opportunity. And thank you for sharing – I’m so glad I’m not the only one.

  494. Wow, what a heart check this devotion personally inspired. As others have mentioned, it feels like a constant battle to keep up with the Joneses, lest we become discontent. I have been praying that the Lord would develop a heart of gratitude in me. My husband and I are both full time students and would love to read your book too. Thanks for the message today.

  495. I appreciated this message and would be soo grateful to receive a copy of the book. I do want and need to be happy with my home instead of constantly seeing how small it is. Its a struggle!

  496. So true!! I’ve heard so many say that their home wasn’t their dream home until they had to get it ready to move out of it …. Ours is far from perfect but it’s still one of my favorite places :-)!

  497. Jennie La says:

    So true…Delight yourself in the Lord! Give thanks for all His goodness and provision.

  498. Just what I needed to read today. I have been looking at all the worn things in my house this spring as the sun beats in my windows. I can see every mote of dust and the dirty windows and every scratch, dent and nick in my kitchen. And yet my kitchen is where I nurture and feed the people I love and it serves me well . Such a timely reminder of how blessed I am and how home is about the people in it and not the furnishings. Thanks.

  499. Monique Holland says:

    Your article really resonated with me. So many times we embrace the attitude “things will be better when…” and
    we forget to live in the moment. Thank you for the timely reminder. :)

  500. Kay Speidel says:

    After moving 19 times over 48 years of marriage, we have now been in our “dream house” almost 20 years! Your devotion about being content with the home God has provided really hit home with me today. Retired, with no regular “income” and multiple household areas needing repairs and maintenance, I was much in need of an “attitude adjustment”. Thanks for providing that for me today so I have a more positive outlook on the things for which I “can” make a difference in our home.

  501. Have been in several conversations lately on perspective! Thanks so much for the encouragement to be thankful for what we have rather than the constant strife of ‘more’! We live in a town home that has a kitchen/living area on the main floor and have come up with creative ways to have people over for meals – two collapsible tables placed side by side create and eating area for up to 10 guests (very cozy (-;) but after we’ve finished eating, we put them away and have a living room again. Sure, it would be nice to have the amenities but God has allowed us to work through it, have people over, and minister blessings to them in the process! Would love to have a copy of the book!

  502. Patricia Johnson says:

    I enjoy reading your Devotions everyday. I like the story about our homes and wanting a better newer…home. Ours is the home Jesus picked for us to live in. I am trying to just enjoy what Jesus has given me and have my home be a blessing to our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. I have a guest room that is open for my friends to come and stay to renew themselves. I have made nap time blankets for my daughter’s class room and pray over each one. Your story remained me how lucky I am. Thank you Pat

  503. I loved seeing two of my favorite blogs joining forces today! And how exciting to get a chance to win Melissa’s book! I would love to read it! Thank you for the chance to win!

  504. Debbie Mander says:

    Here I am at 62 and wrestling with this exact topic! For so many years my wonderful husband and I have moved 20 times in 42 years! We have had 16 houses….and now in retirement we live in a condo…..unable to do some of the things we love to do. I have sat here feeling sorry for myself until the other day when the Lord spoke to my heart and impressed to me that I am so blessed with this gift of place! He so generously provided this for us and led us here…I was so ashamed! How privileged we are to have a place to open and welcome others into our home, it matters little how big or small, how grand or how humble….it’s all about the heart…having the heart of God..and being willing to use this gift for HIm…how blessed we all are! Thank you Melissa for this forthcoming book….I look forward to reading and sharing it with many other wonderful women…God Bless!

  505. Tina Wyatt says:

    I would love a copy of this book! I definitely struggle with contentment and would love to read your perspective on it!

  506. Struggling with having one completely compliant child and another who does the exact opposite of everything I say. Trying to find a way to embrace those differences.

  507. I have come to KNOW over the past several years that EACH DAY is a GIFT…we cannot take the things that surround us when we leave this earth; only our GOOD WORKS! Melissa has given me the insight to ‘let go’ of the imperfections in our humble home; focusing on those I LOVE and hold DEAR. There are MANY things that NEED to be updated, cared for, cleaned (the list goes on and on) but I KNOW that it all takes time, money (not always in abundance) lots of patience and Hard Work. We appreciate things that we wait for; if we were given all things instantly we would not appreciate that which we have. Thank you for your reminder today; your blog is a gift! It would be a blessing to receive your book…

  508. A great reminder to be content with what we have.

  509. I’m in a season of life that is bittersweet. I am a single mom. My beautiful daughter will be finishing up at community college and heading back east to finish at Liberty U in the fall. My home is changing. I want to celebrate and I want to weep. I also want to be content with this transition and Love the home I have.

  510. Elizabeth says:

    Having just bought a house as a newlywed, this would be a great book to have while my husband and I are trying to make this our home. Having the hot water heater go out and some electrical being wired wrong…some days we just need to be reminded to be thankful that we have a roof over our head and running water, even if it’s ice cold! A lot of people can’t say that!!

  511. I have followed Melissa’s Blog for several years now. She always seems to write what I need to hear. Thank you for the opportunity to win her ( I am sure ) amazing book!

  512. Addie Teeters says:

    Thank you so much for this lovely post today. It really spoke to me. I am so focused on updating and trying to make my house compete with others that I lose focus on being grateful with the blessings I have. Looking forward to the potential of reading Love the Home you Have:)

  513. It is one year to the day that I was forced into a divorce after 26 years of marriage. It has been very difficult in every way possible. This book would be helpful for me to rethink my living arrangements, options.

  514. T. Saunders says:

    This passage has opened up new light and new meaning to my living situation. I’ve always told my mother be grateful we have a roof over our head. My family which consists of my little brother,my mother, and my youngest daughter, we were evicted from our cozy apartment January 21,2015. I told my mom she should be happy we made it thus far. My brother and I had been working dead end jobs to keep up with the bills and rent because our mother had been out of work for a year (December 2014) due to an inoperable tumor she has. It was days and even weeks were I would see her face just with sadness, I would tell her mom everything will be ok you have to believe, and that she does. We have been living in a extended stay motel for about 2 months now, mother has finally been rewarded her disability. And to my surprise my mother never ends her night without reading her bible, something my grandmother did when she was living. This is just a storm that mother is almost at her end where she will soon have a place of her own that she can call HOME, because this is far from home. I just thank the good LORD, for keeping us! All of us!!

  515. What a perfect post! We are struggling financially and desperately trying to keep perspective… Live according to God, put people first, but when money is tight and everything seems to be falling apart, anxiety creeps in. This was a great reminder to not compare ourselves to our neighbors and that it is how your home feels that people will remember, not how your house looks. Would love to read your book! Thanks for the morning picker upper.

  516. Kay Speidel says:

    I forgot to state in my comment just posted to you why I would like a free copy of your book. I believe it will help me be motivated to “keep on keeping on”, praising God for what He has provided and not be overwhelmed with the details of what’s not within my ability or budget.

  517. I have been feeling exactly this same way. Thank you for putting it into perspective! Hopefully I will learn to be happy in my home instead of finding all the negative.

  518. Gabrielle B says:

    I’d love this book because I could absolutely relate to this devotional entry!

  519. I can’t tell you how timely this message is for me. I’ve been feeling this way for some time and have wanted to move for years. I finally am content on where I’m living a couple of years ago but now I’m struggling because I don’t even have the budget to fix it up. I want to have so many gatherings at my house but I’m ashamed to say I’m embarrassed. It’s not that I don’t feel blessed with what I have but I can’t deny my feelings. I was up late last night praying about this very thing and asking God to please speak to me. I know your message today was meant just for me. Thank you. I’ve subscribed to your blog and am excited to get started on some diy projects to my home. I would love, love, love to win your book. :)

  520. Wow, this really hit home for me. I often find myself looking at a house and saying, “That house is beautiful. If only I lived there, I would really be happy.” And that was before I had a pipe in the attic freeze and burst! I would love to have a copy of your book to read and pass along to a friend who is also struggling with a less than cooperative house.

  521. Wow! Who doesn’t need this devotion. Sometimes I too lose sight of contentment with what I have already been so blessed with. Thank you for your devotion. May God bless you!

  522. Melissa K. says:

    This devotional today really resonated with me. I have built 3 new homes and am struggling to see the blessings each home has provided. I feel the need to move again. I would love to win a copy of this book so I can learn to love my home.

  523. dawn oconnor says:

    As a mom to four kids working two jobs, it is easy for me to get caught up in seeing all of things that could be improved in my home; instead of remembering the true purpose of home and seeing that many of my homes flaws hold memories of my children—-like the bright stain on the floor. I would love a copy of the book as a bedside reminder to stay focused.

  524. Agnes Stephens says:

    This message really spoke to me today. I have struggled with loving the home I have. Yes I did love it at first when we were a younger family. Wonderful size yard for all my gardening dreams,kids, and in a small villege. As the years passed and things in the house needed fixing but didn’t, my love slowly died and I grew frustrated about it all. Now that I am an empty nester and look around at the things that have never been done,or kept up with I really wonder why.Struggling financially is very challenging. BUT sometimes I push myself past that and work with that verse to be content. and I do thank God for the roof over my head. Your book would help,encourage, and ground me in this practice. Thank you.

  525. Thank YoU; you have given a wonderful and timely remembrance today !!

  526. I too am guilty of thinking everyone’s house must be better than mine. This is so wrong to not be grateful for the home I have. God gives us all that we need. This is my goal to stop this house envy and be grateful for the blessing that I have. I will read this wonderful book and pass it onto friends.

  527. Lensey Medley says:

    Oh how I needed this today!! We are toying with selling our home and buying (or building) something newer. It seems our old house is constantly needing work or updates (which aren’t a necessity). I love our home but find myself drawn to looking at homes that are newer or bigger or better decorated. I need a reminder on how to be content exactly where I am and to be thankful with what I’ve got. I can’t wait to read your new book! A free copy would just be icing on the cake. P.S. I’ve even forwarded this devotional to my husband. He could use these words of wisdom, too.

  528. Jennifer C. says:

    I would love to read this book then share it with anyone else in our church that may be lacking in the area of contentment.

  529. Wonderful words to live and love by!

  530. oops sent too soon These are wonderful words to live and love by. I would give the book to my daughter and then borrow it. It would also make a lovely wedding or shower gift.

  531. Thank you for your perspective. These lessons are often NOT what we WANT to hear. I used to have a beautiful, large home and a family. Then one day, my husband walked out, and NOTHING was ever the same. I have since moved 8 times in 9 years for various reasons. This “Attitude of Gratitude” has been a long time coming and a lesson hard learned. But out of the ashes come unexpected beauty if we allow God to work. And He has been faithful to sustain us. I am “in waiting for Him to “restore what the locust have eaten.” Blessings on you and yours.

  532. Since my husband passed away, I’ve had to get rid of all the dreams that I’ve held onto for so many years including either updating our current home or building/buying a different one. Now it’s just me and my daughter. I’ve sold the land we purchased for building a home on, I’ve sold the furniture we had already purchased for the house and the huge mower to mow the land. Money is tight to even update anything and after 18 years in this house it’s time. I struggle on and off with wanting to make changes. I don’t want a bigger house…what we have is fine for us…just getting a little tired of looking at the same things. Don’t mean to complain…I am very thankful and the Lord has provided amazingly for us. Maybe this book could give me a new perspective.

  533. The book looks very inspirational. I would love to incorporate her ideas into my home.

  534. I love my little home and have loved it from the first moment I walked through the front door and looked across the living room out through a huge window onto a beautiful greenbelt with a bountiful grapefruit tree right outside that window and a screened-in “catio” outside a sliding glass door (I have 3 fur babies). I have and do love my home every single morning I wake up and walk through the rooms pulling back the curtains on my way to the kitchen to make coffee. This is my forever home. And the story of how this happened is far too long for here or even for Home Love Stories but suffice it to say God answered me a couple of hours after I looked upward in near despair about my upcoming housing crisis and reminded him that Plan A had been swept down the drain, Plan B couldn’t even hatch and I didn’t have a Plan C. Through the past two and a half years, you, Melissa, along with many others, have played a great part in my happiness with my home. And it goes on daily.

    I pre-ordered you book early and just the other day Amazon notified me that it was about to ship, and I was excited. Then today they said shipment had been delayed but I should have it by April 6 – my Easter gift to myself. So if I happen to be the lucky winner of this giveaway, I’m right now offering that copy to someone who might not be able to gift herself at this time.

  535. Barbara Schmidt says:

    I can always relate to any devotional about patience and being content. A single mother of 5, grandmother to 10 beautiful grandchildren, I live in a home over 50 years now everything needs replacing or repair. On a fixed income that barely meets my daily living needs, and credit card debit that eats up anything left over. Like the many other women on this page, would like anything that is free. But I trust the Lord will provide what I need when I need it. Thank you for your consideration. Praising the Lord and giving thanks for EVERYTHING!-

  536. Regina H. says:

    You ladies always have good devotionals, this one in particular stood out to me today, I know the Lord is speaking to me. I am in the beginning of a possible new relationship, he’s divorced and I’ve never been married, our relationship views about certain things vary , not to mention our cultural differences. Although we want to be careful with the steps we take in our lives we must always remember to allow ourselves to be open and refocus daily to how the Lord wants to direct our paths. Matthew 7:24-27

  537. This was a really great message. I’ve been finding myself, lately, looking at houses for sale, keeping my eye open for something better. When we bought our home, we had a time crunch. I had found my dream home but they couldn’t meet our price. I sadly still think about that house. And when we chose the one we are in, I literally cried, because I didn’t want it and couldn’t see it becoming our home. I’ve since realized that it really did have everything we needed even if it isn’t very big, it has everything we needed in a home and I have thanked God for that. And in the last almost 2 years that we’ve been here, we’ve slowly made it our own, and even though I sometimes look at bigger and better homes, I am always redirected back to our home, feeling it is just what we need, and despite space, we can raise our children here and be happy. We are thankful for a wonderful neighbourhood. And we have big dreams for this house, though we know it won’t happen right away, and only as money provides. But I’m ok with that as I know we will be here for many years, and slowly, a little at a time, it will be our dream home. So many memories already.
    So I would really love that book to keep my focus on what’s important as I sometimes waver or sometimes get tempted think that people who make less money can seem to afford huge houses. It’s easy to fall in that discouraging rut. But the book would be an encouragement and reminder of what’s important, and what’s loving.

  538. I don’t feel it was coincidence that this devotional hit my inbox when it did! My husband and I are financial wellness coordinators at our local church and THIS week’s lesson is about “Discovering the keys to CONTENTMENT and learning how to figure out how much is enough.” This book would provide additional material that we can share with our next group of students who participate in The Legacy Journey.

  539. Jennifer Potter says:

    This sounds like a great book. I would love to read it and share with my daughters!

  540. This hit home with me for sure. My home may not be a mansion but it is a roof over my head and filled with love. I need to be content with what we have. Thank you!

  541. Carolyn Griffith says:

    I love your heartfelt words! Thanks for the inspiration!

  542. Lorie Underewood says:

    What a profound truth this book holds, one I know but too often loose site of. As much as I would love this book, at this time I would gift t to my sister. Her husband lost his job almost 3 years ago and she has been an inspiration on keeping the family grounded and continuing to create a loving faith centered home. Six months ago, they had to leave their home and are living in very different circumstances. It has been a hard time for them, and I can see that the struggle and challenge is overwhelming at times. She is such a creative, fun loving, joy bringing person who needs a reminder of the reason we create loving homes, how we serve our families, and finding joy in the here and now. This book is for her. And just maybe we will read it together or she will let me borrow after she reads it the first time. Because I think it will be an inspiring reference book for a long time.

  543. Sherri F. says:

    I love the perspective of this book and would so appreciate a copy. I specifically have someone in mind I would love to share it with!

  544. Thank you for this gentle reminder that God truly provides what we NEED. Discontent with my current home and it’s constant need for updating/re-doing/re-modeling and now with the addition of our third child-lack of space and endless clutter takes away from the joy of the moment. While most days I am thankful to have a warm safe, dry place to live, I often look longingly for somewhere bigger/cleaner/newer/with more character/etc. God has worked many changes through our life in our current home of 10 years and I am grateful for the loving miracles that he has poured out upon us.

  545. A few months ago I had to downsize (moved to an apartment that is about half the size of my previous one). Now it is only a studio…and I am still to unpack fully but then I do not want to look like I live in a clutter. Just the other night I was thinking if I should move again because now I have loud neighbours who stay up half the night and do not care if they disturb anyone else, but your devotional made me give it a second thought before I act- maybe indeed it will be possible for me to learn to love my new place despite the size and neighbours… :) I’d love to read your book to discover ideas how to ease the loving process and expedite it too :)

  546. Lindy Cairns says:

    Thank you for such a great reminder. We moved from the city to the country over an hour from our families. I cried for the first 6 months. One day I looked around at the beauty that God provides us and realized how much beauty you can see looking out at the cattle, horses, flowers, the beautiful green grass and the tears stopped. It would be nice to get the book but, just reading this devotional today is gift enough. It is reminder that we need to be thankful for what we have and enjoy each day as if it’s our last. I love your prayer “Dear Lord, sometimes I lose perspective when viewing the gifts right in front of me. I start to believe my dream house must be somewhere else, because it certainly couldn’t be right here in this mess. Help me refocus my heart and find contentment right here, in this place You so graciously provided for me. Help me honor You through learning to take care of the home I have and showing love to the people who enter through my door. In Jesus’ Name, Amen. “

  547. Lisa Robinson says:

    Thank you for this beautiful reminder!

  548. Lilian Andersen says:

    This Encouragement for Today so spoke to me as for some time know I have felt discontented with out current home. We have lived in this house going on 28 years that we purchased before our third child was born. All of our children have now married and it’s just the two of us so I feel like the house is too big and it’s time to move on. I’m ready to put up the house for sale today but my husband just isn’t there yet. I think he finds it daunting thinking about clutter that should be gotten rid of and also things that should be done around here before listing it. So I’m praying for the Lord to give me contentment where I am and if it’s His will that we move to find us the perfect home.

  549. Thanks for this devotion today!!! It was what I needed to read!! Even though God has given me so many desires of my heart, I sometimes find myself wishing for something better. I forget to thank God for what I do have. I would love to have this book so I could turn to it in my discontentment and find the encouragement I need. Thanks for the devotions you all write, They are a real help to me.

  550. So true. Contentment makes for a very rich, peaceful, and happy life!

  551. Thank you for this beautifully written devotional. I have struggled with being discontent as so many readers have but I was given a new perspective when someone close to me lost her home through foreclosure. I would love to read more on this topic and share with her your insights.

  552. I would love a copy of your book! We are newly empty nesters, and my husband and I are going through our home with a “critical eye” for things needing to be replaced, repaired, and repainted. I am soaking up all the ideas I can to help in this process. Adding loving care to our home has re-awakened my love for this old house once again.

  553. I was nearly slack-jawed it reading this devotional today! I read it most every day and I am touched deeply by a lot of them however, today felt like I could’ve written it myself. Down to it being the family room and the drab and smelly carpet. I’ve even not let friends come over because I was embarrassed. I hate that! At the core of myself and when my mind has been fixed on Christ – I am grateful for my home for the blessing of a roof over my head, to live in a good neighborhood to not be fearful where I live. However, I still struggle and I want to have a better outlook on this. It would be so wonderful to win this book! Blessings to you all at Proverbs 31

  554. Kathy Stephens says:

    I love this reminder! Having just moved and reimagined my dream home from the home we built 28 years ago, I need to remember it’s not the house but the life that’s lived there that matters most.

  555. Stephanie Whitlock says:

    This is an “on time” word for me today. I’ve been wrestling with this same issue lately… wanting to move out of my current home into something “better”. After reading your story, I was reminded by the Holy Spirit, that the home in now was prayed for and given to me by God. Your article really helped me bring my thoughts back into perspective, and realize how truely blessed I am – where I am! I would be thrilled to receive a copy of your book.

  556. Christelle Cloete says:

    My husband, Dennis, and myself, believe that home is where you hang your heart, and as long as those who dwell there with us serve God, it will always be enough for us! We have owned 3 houses – the first one we bought after we got married in 1986; the second one we bought because we relocated to a new province, in 1997; an our current, retirement home we bought in 2012. Every time we move in we create a garden because that’s where we can see and feel God’s presence, experience His grace and glory in every new plant that grows! We live and work in Angola, west Africa, in a small village called Cuacra. We live in the employee compound and have a lovely 2-bedroomed house. The garden is filled with crusher stone, so we dug holes and flowerbeds and carted loads of sand to fill them up with. Everywhere we drove to explore the countryside, we found plants in remote areas and relocated them to our garden. We have been blessed with abundance – from exotic flowers to all our own fruit trees that we cultivated from seed! It is a harsh climate and we are surrounded by rocks and brush, but have a wonderful array of butterflies, birds, lizards etc. visiting us! How can we not praise God for all His blessings! We are happy, we are contented, we are fulfilled because of our faith in Our Father! Amen!

  557. Irene Blue says:

    I’d appreciate a copy of this book. I decided my word for 2015 is purge. My husband and I talked about making our home our sanctuary instead of trying to find it on vacation which goes by way too fast. We’re purging, beautifying and finding contentment right at home.

  558. Priscilla says:

    This area has been a struggle for me for a long time. Since my father was a pastor and my husband is a pastor, we have always lived in the church parsonage. Needless to say, we don’t get a choice of what kind of home we get to live in and are also limited to a certain degree on what kind of changes we can make to the home that we have. It has been a personal issue for me not feeling like my home is really “mine”, wondering if I will ever really have a home on my own. I would love to get a fresh perspective on this issue and would be very grateful for a copy of the book!

  559. debbie harris says:

    This was a beautifully post, giving glory to God in the highest.
    Oh the joys of being content with right where we are.
    Your book sounds just lovely, an inspiration any lady would appreciate.

    Blessings, Debbie

  560. Grace Crapitto says:

    I live in an older home that I feel needs a lot of work throughout. This helped me so very much to be so thankful for what I do have. I would love to read this book and share with many.

  561. I have lived in my apartment for almost 3 years now and have struggled through leaking ceilings, appliances breaking down and loud neighbors. I have dreamed several times of a newer, nicer apartment in a hipper neighborhood close to transportation. I have also found myself at times annoyed with my living situation until I chose to look at the positives. God has granted me a safe and healthy dwelling with reasonable rent. I have been safe from the elements, at peace in my home and able to help others as well. If I had moved earlier to an apartment to more of my choosing, I know the struggles I would have endured. So I practiced content for the many blessings my current apartment gives me and work on ways to spruce up the energy and light inside of it. I know in time, I will move on to a different place but for now I am happy where I lay my head.

  562. Stacey Guerra says:

    When I saw the title of this devotion I immediately knew that God was going to use it to speak to me and I kind of had to laugh! I just started doing a Bible Study with 3 of my friends and I had shared with them just last week how I have been feeling distant with God lately and just not satisfied. I have caught myself thinking, “if I just had new carpet, or new furniture or more money I would be happy.” I know that’s not the case. Only God can fill that void or want I have. I actually live in the house I grew up in and it is very special to me because we bought if from my dad when my mom passed away. My husband and I had just gotten married in Jan. of 1999 and my mom was diagnosed with Leukemia in February. She passed away in September of the same year. My dad ended up remarrying a few years later and so my husband and I bought my childhood home from him…Hunter Green carpet and all!! =) I have wanted to replace that carpet for years now but money has always been tight. I love our house and love that my kids are growing up in the house I did. I am truly blessed! Thank you for sharing this today! I needed it and it was also just another sign for me that God does hear my prayers and answers them in His own way and own time.

  563. I would be very interested in reading this book especially since it comes from a godly perspective. I love reading anything and everything having or do with becoming a Proverbs woman. Thanks for sharing the article.

  564. Susan Hillier says:

    I have enjoyed following your blog and love that you have been true to your faith. Thank you for encouraging us all to learn to be content with what we have been blessed with!

  565. I have never owned a house; always rented apartments. I’m single, in my mid-50’s, and enjoying where I live now, an assisted living facility.

  566. Janet Mailer says:

    My husband and I purchased his sister’s house in 1972. Ever since that time I have made feeble attempts to make the house “our home”. Even after raising my two children within its walls, I don’t feel my home is a place I can truly love. I am blinded by the shabbiness of the carpet, the cat scratches on the walls, the stained popcorn ceiling, the “American Colonial” look, the scary sight of persistent mold and mildew. I love my job, I love my office. It is a refuge for me. I only dream of having that same feeling for my house. With what money we can spare, I would like to make my home a showplace that reflects the deep love of family felt by those who dwell there. I pray for our Lord’s direction and motivation. I pray to embrace the contentment of Philippians 4:11-13.

  567. I’m usually thankful for the place we have. I’m grateful we can escape the cold and enjoy the sunshine. But somehow this year everyone around me is remodeling and I “wish we could do that” enters my mind. We are updating so I’ve got the verse pinned to my board above my computer – a daily reminder to be content with what I have. Loved the devotion – came at a good time.

  568. Wow. What a necessary reminder for most of us. We live and breathe in a society filled with discontent and perpetual ladder climbing. I am no exception to that unfortunate rule. I would love to win a copy of this book and imagine it would be one that would get passed along to my friends and family that we could all support our communal efforts at finding and sustaining contentment.

  569. Gloria Smith says:

    The words of this devotional instantly caught my eye, as I was browsing over my many emails. I am “here”, I replied. Our family is huge, with three BIG boys, and a girl, who needs her own room. So, as I continue to ask my husband, WHEN, WHEN, WHEN, I have to remind myself of what I always tell my children when they want something bigger and better. “Be grateful for what you have; learn how to keep your room clean and chores done, then you can ask for more.” Wow! I must learn to encourage myself with my own words! So, this book would definitely encourage me, in my endeavor to continue to be GRATEFUL for what I do have, which is A LOT, compared to many!

  570. I love the home I have. It is by no means a perfect home and needs many repairs, but it serves the purpose that it is required to: raising our family & allowing us to open our home in hospitality. I’d love a copy of this book to find more ways to do this.

  571. Corinna Jones says:

    Thank you for the story. You must have seen my house (minus the family room carpet). Yes, I am feeling overwhelmed and stressed, rather than being content. This house was a wonderful gift from God after we had been desparately trying to move out of our rental we could no longer afford 6 years ago.
    I would love to win the book to read it, to reinforce the positive thoughts and thankfulness I should be feeling.

  572. I am always saying how much I hate where I live. Its not my house that I am unhappy with, it is the city I live in. I pray continually for the Lord to guide me and move me if it is HIS plan. I think the book would really help me.

  573. Thank you so much for this, Melissa. We have been wanting to move now for about two years but it just isn’t the right time. I have to remind myself of what you have written every. Single. Day. Why would God entrust me with more if I don’t appreciate what He’s already given? It’s a hard thing to confess but it’s real.

    So appreciate your vulnerability! Thank you!

  574. Sue Hamer says:

    I was just talking to God about this yesterday. We moved in January and are still trying to see our other house. Getting this house sold is key to getting funds to update and decorate this new home. Until that happens I must trust God and make the most of this new home. Thank you for this post. I really need to get your book!!

  575. Sounds like you have been to my home. What a perfect devotion for today. I think the things in our home that bring frustration is my collection of clutter. I do not like to throw things away unless it is truly trash. I feel the exact same way about the carpet. It is worn beyond worn and not enough money to replace it right now so some of the holes that are so worn are being held together with the famous “duct” tape. It is the original carpet and well….like you said, pets and carpet. I always think a bigger home would be so nice but then I do like our house, it would be nice if it felt more like a home. I am thankful that I have a roof over my head.

  576. I have truly struggled with being content with our home. We live in what I call an upgraded double-wide mobile home. This home is NOT my dream home. We bought our home and 17 acres with the idea of building a new home on it. My husband calls the mobile home the guest house. Well, after the economy sank and my job losses, our dream home may never come to fruition. I have a galley kitchen that barely fits two people. We have a plumbing issue coming from the master bathroom that has ruined the carpet and impacted the dining area. We don’t have enough money needed to make repairs.

    My saving grace is the view I have from our living room. I get to watch and be reminded of God’s creation. Living in rural Arkansas affords us the gift of watching the wild animals, birds, plants, etc., be a part of our lives. I have a pond that is a little over 300 feet from our front door. Deer bring their young to play in the water in the summer. I get irritated with the armadillos because of all the holes they dig around the property. I’m watching from my window a pair of bluebirds build a nest and a family in the birdhouse we provided for them under the covered front porch. In the summer nights, I hear the owls in the woods. At night, the Big Dipper is visible it seems like I can reach out and touch it. Regardless, I still envision our beautiful home.

    We had everything planned for our dream home. I know exactly what I want it to look like inside and out. We even have the plot of land picked out. I chose to have faith in God and wait patiently for Him to move in our lives towards the day we would be blessed with our dream home. I struggled with being content with what we do have. Then one day I realized I was putting my wants for earthly things before God. I asked God to forgive me for my selfish attitude. I am learning to find peace and contentment with what we have. I have decided to make the best out of what I can with what we have been blessed.

    A lot of work needs to be done on the property. We don’t have all the necessary tools and equipment available to fulfill the needs, but I will work with whatever I can that will make our upgraded double-wide mobile home and 17 acres home. I will find a way to be content with whatever God chooses to give us.

  577. Thank you for the devotional. I don’t love my house. I’ve been reading your blog. I appreciate that you are redirecting my thoughts. I think I need to read this book.

  578. So VERY true! And just the reminder I needed these days.

  579. We moved into our 1826 Maine farmhouse about a year ago, and it’s such a precious gift from God. The projects and work are endless, but it’s brought us into a new season as a family: tending the fire which runs our boiler for all the heat, tending the pigs and goat and chickens and donkey, mending the fences, pruning a dozen apple trees.

    I used to want a fancy house, where everything is perfect, so people would be impressed (ouch, the truth is icky). But God has shown us through this old farmhouse that floors weathered from generations of families having fun and rambling gardens and plenty of space for everyone to come and relax and not feel worried about anything but the fellowship and enjoying the sunset over the paddock…. It’s changing me. I’ve learned from this house that I don’t have to try so hard either, that people find casual and free-spirited and cozy me more approachable, and I feel more authentic now that I’ve learned lessons from God through this old farmhouse.

    I’d LOVE to win the book, because it is so where I’m at right now.

  580. Gretchen says:

    Did you hear my thoughts? Listen in on my inward discussion?
    I have been going through a little wave of grief for “the home i loved.” Due to life’s circumstances, my husband and I chose to accept the invitation to move into our daughter’s family homes as they move from post to post with his Army career…a little over 3 years ago. We are both retired and love being part of the family…my daughter and son-in-law, and their 3 children. So far we have lived near Savnnah, GA with them and are now in northern Virginia near DC. We have a nice private space in the home. But for the past couple of weeks I have felt misplaced; missing the home that “looked like me.” I have no desire to go back there; I would never want to be away from them. I. Just. Feel. Misplaced. I have already ordered the book you mentioned. Her philosophy of a home is just like mine. I’ve done an awful lot of praying and crying; a lot of looking back, counting up losses. I have looked at the things in my new home (which is defined by people now, not location) and seeing all that is not quite right.
    Your post reminds me of what I need to do. I need to make do all that I can to make everyone in our family feel more “at home” where ever we are living. I can make it look cleaner, brighter, more colorful. I can fill it with love and tenderness. I can put more of my own personality into the way it looks so they all “see me” in our home.
    I need to see my home from the perspective of love and blessings. And, they are so, so plentiful!
    Thank you. Your words were so, so right for my soul today.

  581. I would like this book because I am in this exact spot right now….I have been so discontent with my home for so long I have lost focus on the fact that my Lord gave me this little place and I have plucking it down without realizing how to build it up…I believe the book could a help :-)

  582. Susan Elliott says:

    Thankyou Melissa,,I do love my home,we have lived here 18 years..you can always find someone who has a nicer home and nicer furniture and where everything matches,,Thankyou!

  583. Patti Embry says:

    My husband has been talking about building me a new home for almost 20 years now, and I find myself fantasizing about it all the time – especially when things get rocky in life. At those times – when things are hard – all I can think is that a new house will make everything better. I get jealous of those who have been married for a year or two and then build a house of their own, when I’ve been waiting 20 years for one. All the while I have a nice, comfortable (albeit older and remodeled) home. Why can’t I be content with what I have? I have so much more than others and I should be thankful! God has given me this gift and I don’t appreciate it like I should. HELP!

  584. Such a beautiful reminder that God takes care of us. I have been feeling the same way…wanting to find a new home…but not wanting to let go of the home I have. Sometimes it’s so overwhelming when I see all the things that need to be done ..repairs..painting..and so easy to fall into despair over it all..
    Thank you for this message today..It spoke right to me ..
    Sometimes it’s very hard to see the blessings…through all the things we see wrong in our homes. Thank you Lord for my home..
    Thank you for using this message to open my eyes..

  585. Christina G. says:

    I am learning that God’s timing really IS perfect … and that even includes the timing of the devotions that I read. I have been struggling with loving the home God has provided us for quite some time now and have consistently focused on where/what our next home could offer instead of living in the moment and being grateful for the blessings we currently have. I find myself frustrated that our home improvements are getting done ‘in my time’ so that ‘we’ can move on to bigger and better, which then leads to discontentment in my marriage. Even if I’m not chosen to receive a copy of Love the Home you Have, I am still so incredibly thankful for the perfect timing of this post.
    -Christina

  586. Mylissa Weymer says:

    I would love a copy of this book because I am going through the exact thing right now with my apartment. I feel like if I could move, I would be happier. Thank you to the author for today’s devotional. It really made me think how blessed I am.

  587. Kimberly says:

    PRAISE GOD!!! Your devotion is an answer to my prayer this morning. I asked God to reveal what’s in my heart that displeases Him. I’m thankful for your humble, honest and timely words! Thank You, Lord for your love! If I am chosen to win the book, I’ll read it and pass it onto my friend, Candy. We both struggle in this area of contentment. I’m Forever grateful for you and God and His mercy, love, grace and forgiveness!

  588. Debbie R. says:

    I need to read this. The devotion touched my heart. We moved every year when I was growing up, we were not military. It’s ingrained in me to look for a “better” place to live. I’ve prayed for God to help me overcome this.I want to focus on where I am. Thank you for writing this book!

  589. I waited 25 years before we “bought” our first home. As a renter and even now, I am constantly encouraged by the fact that Jesus is building me a mansion in heaven. He knows exactly what I want including who my neighbors will be. This earthly home is not my own. Jesus is preparing my forever home right now.

  590. Megan Haskins says:

    This message really hits home! I have recently been praying that God would reveal his plan to either bring us to a new home or have us stay where we are. It’s easy to ask God for what I want- but really I should be asking him to show me where HE wants my family and I. This book would help me so much to become a better steward of the home that God has already provided for my family, and to hopefully use that home to show others God’s great love for us!

  591. Thank you for sharing this, I have been there with my farm and animals and chores and on and on. Beautiful reminder of the Lord through you to rest and enjoy and be thankful for what He’s given. THANK YOU

  592. Katie Pearson says:

    This is and always has been a hard pill to swallow. My husband and I lived in a duplex when we first got married. Then he got laid off, while I was pregnant, and my income became the only income. So we ended up moving into a mobile home about 20 minutes outside of town that was cheaper, but it was also surprisingly bigger. But I hated living in a mobile home. I was raised with the admittedly stuck up mindset that mobile homes were “dirty” or unacceptable. We eventually moved back into town into a tiny two bedroom apartment, and since then our finances have been blessed with the return of the economy. We now live in a large house that we both love. But it’s not ours, we rent it, and we both know that it’s more than we need, and more than we should pay. My husband wants to move back into someone cheaper, at least temporarily, so that we can save up for a down payment on a house to call our own. It’s very very difficult for me to agree with this, knowing that we can afford a nice house now, but he is absolutely correct in needing to be patient and smart for what we really want.
    My husband has taken me to tour several very nice mobile homes that, if they were a house, we certainly would not be able to afford so many personal touches and customizations. Once again, my husband has shown me that what I think I need in order to be happy isn’t the case, as with our big house that we are looking to downsize.

  593. Jennifer Schneider says:

    What a great reminder at a perfect time…just last night I had a little melt down moment where I was so frustrated with the clutter in our house and the mess that goes along with it. Would love to read the book and be reminded to be gracious for the home I have.

  594. Janet Sanchez says:

    I loved this devotional because it was so timely for me. We are in the process of looking for a rental house to move into within the next several weeks. I was telling my daughter just last night that once I know I am moving I tend to detach myself from my current home. This morning I was in the restroom getting ready and I began to complain about not enough counter space and how I cannot wait to be in a hopefully bigger home. I am feeling convicted but have also gained a new perspective right now. Thank you so much for shining some light on this issue for me.

    Have a blessed day,
    Janet Sanchez

  595. Deb Volkman says:

    I would love to have a copy of this book. I struggle with not being content in my circumstances especially when it comes to my home.

  596. Ginny Hrushka says:

    I would love to win a copy- it’s been difficult for me to watch my friends with their dream homes and families while I’ve struggled! This would be a good reminder to keep the right perspective in the meantime and to encourage me to make my home wherever I am!

  597. Bobbi Wineberg says:

    It’s always a struggle for me to know what to be content with and what needs to change. I look too much at things and not enough about what can be changed in me. A good thing to read and then share with others.

  598. What a timely devotion! As we settle into our first home as a young family, I am encouraged by the reminder to give thanks to the One who lavishly provided this shelter. Too often I am discouraged by my large to-do list. Thank you!

  599. Thank you for this great reminder of all the blessings that the Lord has given me! I am learning to be content and thankful for the things that really matter – my family!

  600. jennifer R says:

    I was just spring cleaning my house, and thinking about whether to shampoo the carpet or rip it up and put down hard floors, and thought, “its never going to be good enough for a home group.” Then I stopped and reminded myself that this is the home I prayed for, and God blessed me with, and that I love it, imperfections and all. And then I see the title of this devotional, and I’m like, wow! God already one my thoughts and had this ready for me! Other people have nicer, newer homes, but yes when you compare it to the world, not just your friends or neighbors, it is amazing! We have rooms, and electricity, hot running water, so many blessings! If most of the world saw our houses, they’d think we were rich! I live in a double wide trailer, and it is my lovely home. And I am very thankful for it. Thank you for this reminder that “be it ever so lowly, there’s no place like home”.

  601. Megan C. says:

    This is so timely in my life. Thank you for the perspective.

  602. We just purchased this house. I love it and see the great potential it has. My husband on the other hand, says we just need to move into a better house and not try to fix this one up. While that would be nice, I would much rather put down roots. Fix the home we have, little by little and let it become a part of us and us, a part of it. This house has given us a second chance in so many ways. My heart is here.

  603. Amanda C. says:

    THIS is exactly what I’ve been dealing with recently. It seems I’m finding something wrong with my house everywhere I turn and I don’t have enough money to fix the problems. I’ve been comparing my home to those of my friends, and it’s fallen short (with it’s cracked walls). BUT I don’t need to be wishing to be anywhere else, even if my house is imperfect. Another house would be imperfect in some other way and that ‘s not what my focus should be on. Thank you for the beautiful reminder. Truly, I needed that.

  604. Looking forward to reading this book for sure. Hubby and I have been married almost 9 years, and we’ve moved 9 times! We’ve learned, for sure, that Home is wherever we are together.

  605. To me the title of the book Love the Home You Have by itself (without having read it) is a great reminder to be grateful, to be thankful, to embrace what you have, and to choose to be content. It can be difficult at times for us all if we begin to look at the “needs” or the “to-do list” or “the want list.” Many around the world have no homes or live in less-than-desirable homes so I want to choose daily to be thankful and grateful and make our house into the best HOME it can be for our family of six.

  606. Dutchess says:

    This was my first time reading your devotional, and it hit home (no pun intended). God TOTALLY cleaned my home on 11/17/2013 with total destruction of my home in a tornado. (Washington IL)There were over 1,000 homes totally destroyed, and yet only ONE death! God was merciful. I now have a more appreciative outlook on my life as when you loose EVERYTHING, God gives you a new focus on what is important. Eleven months later to the anniversary of the tornado I was able to move into my newly built home to begin a new journey in my life. Out of all that devastation, God was good. All the outpouring of volunteers and donation of basic goods humbled my soul to the core. High school students spent their spring break volunteering for cleanup from as far away as the middle of Missouri. My daughter and I received letters from strangers over 100 miles away as they found papers of ours in their yards. Again, God blessed us thru these angels on earth. Emotionally I am still recovering, but God is good! I will close with a favorite saying: GRACE is when God gives us what we don’t deserve. MERCY is when God doesn’t give us what we do deserve.

  607. This was a very timely read for me. Gratitude and contentment in my current home is often a struggle for me. I’m intrigued to read Melissa’s book. It sounds great. :)

  608. In so much need if this inner transformation. Unhappy with my situation I want to learn how to be happy with what God had blessed me with. It has even been hard the last couple weeks. My 12 year old son had a intense surgery and we have not been able to leave and go anywhere. Making my feelings even worse.

  609. cucumber says:

    It’s always good to enjoy what you have!1

  610. This was perfect timing for me! I needed to be reminded that I am blessed beyond measure!

  611. Julie Dassler says:

    I would be thrilled to have a copy of Melissa’s new book. I would share it with someone close to me who struggles with discontent over her home.

  612. Oh my goodness Melissa, I needed this reminder this week. Thank you! I am guilty of letting the imperfections not only still my joy but also service my stinking attitude. I have even refused to entertain close friends because of the imperfects I look at every day. Thank you for this timely message!

  613. God has impeccable timing! Melissa’s devotional came two days after my husband and I had a lengthy discussion about the need to replace our own living room carpet! With three children (one nearing college and in desperate want of a car), this is not the time for me to be discontent about the state of our home. I prayed about my struggle with contentment last night, and the Lord spoke directly to me through Melissa’s words today– wow! I AM blessed immeasurably, and I am grateful to Melissa for challenging me to step “out of myself” for a second and see the big picture…..the one that includes a loving husband, healthy children, and secure home. Thank you for the reminder that it is NEVER the condition of my carpet that brings contentment, but the condition of my heart.

  614. Cynthia Pond says:

    I have ordered a copy of your book and I am very excited to receive it. I am a renter of a beautiful 1 bedroom apt but my son and a friend have been house shopping which I found can bring a spirit of discontent if I lose focus. I have always wanted to own a home and I did for a while before the housing crisis took it from my family. Many lessons were learned during that time. I am thankful that your writing and reflection on Gods word gives me comfort and an appreciation for the blessings I am given. The book would be a wonderful gift for my good friends birthday. Thank you for sharing Gods love for us.

  615. Debbie Herbst says:

    Great devo and helped me have better perspective on areas of clutter or repair. We host small group and Love doing so, but sometimes I get fixed on the back entry that needs painted or the cracks in the wall or . . . . . I love the idea of loving my family and each person that comes in the door. Would love the book for perspective and ideas.

  616. I enjoyed the reminder that what i have is a gift. I would like your book to help me make new what is worn and bedraggled that gives me blessngs. I am at a standstill and need a push to get motivated and excited about this.
    Thank you for this post. It has blessed me..

  617. We have lived in our home for 26 years. It was beautiful and new when we moved in. We have had some major issues with water in our basement and now have some major problems with our very large yard. It is frustrating. Most of the time I am content but there are times when I would rather just move out and start over. Thank you for these words…they were for me today. I would love to read more!

  618. Bekah Rudd says:

    I broke down crying as i began reading this. It was definitely for me. My husband and i have lived in our home for twelve years even before we had children. We have gone back and forth on whether to stay or go at least once or twice a year. We hate that our kids share a room, that there is 0 closet space, and only one bathroom ( which only has a shower, no tub!!). But time and time again, the Lord tells me to be content. It’s not killing my kids to share a room. No matter how broke we’ve been, we have always been able to make our house payment. Just the other day, I told my husband “I want to move!” I feel like your message is from the Lord, once again, teaching me to be humble and thankful for what i do have. I know in the Lord’s timing I will get a walk-in closet, a bathtub, and possibly an extra bedroom. I need to trust Him and be thankful. Thank you for writing and sharing your heart!

  619. Today’s column hits me right between the eyes and in the depths of my heart. God provided my modest home beyond a shadow of a doubt, as an answer to prayer, yet I’m frustrated with the decline of the neighborhood and the discontent to be able to update the house. But in reality, this is a gift from God that I need to honor and take pride in making a home to shelter family and friends and change my mind set of discontentment in my mind to a mind set of thankfulness and gratefullness for a God who continually provides.

  620. Oh, Boy! Do I need this devotion today! I have thought the same exact thoughts (what woman hasn’t?), “If only we could afford a larger home”, “If only I could get the kitchen up-to-date and replace the carpet with hardwood floors! I’d be so happy!” I know that’s not really true because we always want more to make us happy and what we really need is to be content with what we have right in front of us. Yes, there are some things my husband and I truly need: our mattress is over 13 years old and our living room furniture is old, uncomfortable, and the sofa is falling apart, but until we can afford all of that, we have to make due. We are not people who entertain others so at least we don’t have to worry about anyone seeing how poorly things have gotten. I am usually of the thought, “It is what it is”. I want to be more content and love the home I have. I want to learn to work on what God has put right in front of me and blessed me with. I want a changed attitude and focus on what I have as opposed to what I don’t have.

  621. I love your insight Melissa, and your blog. SO many gems to focus in on the positives – thank you!

  622. Being content with my home……In many ways I am content with my home. I struggle with being content in other areas of my life, wanting to change circumstances and outcomes. I try not to let these challenges wear me down, but there are times when I need help in readjusting my perspective. I feel this book would be a great guide and tool.

  623. Paula Whalen says:

    This should be my morning mantra…love the house we live in! It is my dream home, very probably my forever home and I have loved it and neglected it for many years. Keeping foremost in my mind that everyone that walks through our door and spends any time there always remarks that we have created a warm, inviting, creative sanctuary for all those that are invited in. I need to remember from whom the wealth came from to purchase our home and that through their love & lives we were able to proivde a home for our family. Keep it real. Keep on repairing and painting and growing!

  624. I struggle with this big time and often get into the trap of envy. I don’t want to live my life where nothing is ever enough. Although the Lord is changing my perspective with the birth of my second child this past December. We were so excited to welcome our daughter since we already have a little boy. She is the most amazing sweet little girl and she happens to have Down syndrome. Our plans and expectations are not always what we get but the blessings are even bigger when we let God have His way with our lives. I’m so thankful for my perfect little girl. Help me to be happy with the home we have for our family and find ways to make it work when it seems like it just won’t do. A small apartment with 2 bedrooms and a family of 4 sure is feeling tight these days. Thank you for the message today so timely for me. God Bless you and Proverbs 31 Ministry!

  625. Sherry Miller says:

    Your Home Gratitude message came at just the right time. I have been discontented with my house. I looking at the dirty carpet, the clutter, the issues which will make it hard to live in as I age – stairs, bathtub, narrow doors and hall and wishing for a modern neat little patio home. I spend time I could be using to declutter and clean looking through Pinterest and thinking of some future retirement house that will solve these problems. The truth is this house works just fine for now and there are things I can do to make it work better – like downsizing possessions. I never thought of it as tearing my home down, but that is what I am doing by nit picking. I need to remember to Bloom where I grow.

  626. Growing in this area of contentment. Would love a copy to help me grow. My husband reminds me of this verse when I start looking around our apartment and start thinking how nice it would be to have other/newer things..He is always encouraging me with in his time and we’re good. Very thankful for a place to live and share with our dog (Mia) and our cat (Marley). Thanks for sharing this, very encouraging.

  627. This article is so timely for my life! Last night my husband and I went through our house project list and the estimates we’ve gotten over the past few weeks. Looking at the excel spreadsheet I knew we could only really do 2 of the 5 projects we want to do to be financially smart – and that need would have to win over want so they are not the fun projects. I couldn’t believe how down and negative I was as we discussed it. For weeks I have been spending all my extra time on pinterest, planning updates and daydreaming about winning an HGTV makeover. I knew I should be focusing on better things. We’re so blessed to have a home (it took awhile to get here like many others) and that I can work part-time to stay home with our children. Looking around my home after reading your article I see all the improvements we’ve made and what I love about each space. Thank you!

  628. I’d love to read this book and then pass it on to friends. I have a wonderful home that I’m so thankful for. I enjoy decorating it and making it into a cozy place for family and friends. It’s a work in progress.

  629. I really needed this today. I am really struggling with discontent. I was just asking my mother in law how to deal with it because I have been praying and everything. I feel like it is taking my joy away. I live in a tiny house that needs a lot of work and we don’t have the money to remodel. This book would really help me change my perspective. Thank you!

  630. Karol Hellmann says:

    Amen! Thank you for the reminder that the outside trappings are just that. The love we share with our families is the glue that holds us together!!

  631. Great message! I’ve felt frustrated recently watching my friends be able to purchase their place while I’m still renting, and have felt overwhelmed by the smaller space as I had to move. This speaks to me. I’d love to read the book!

  632. Janelle Peters says:

    Wow….After reading some of these posts; which are entirely more then I expected, I am glad to find out that I am not alone in dealing with these thoughts. I have recently lost my job due to an accident that has greatly hindered my ability to walk. We were already struggling before while I was working, but now the job lose has caused extreme financial hardship. Our home has been brought a long way since we took it over from my mother back in 2003. Our home was built in the mid 60’s and it was never intended to be a home, only a cabin for the neighbors to get together to hunt. We have mortgaged it twice to do what we could to renovate it. We replaced the old wooden siding, put in a paved driveway, radon pump, damp rid our basement, and some general all over cleanup, but still most days I struggle with being discontent with it. I believe the repairs that are still needed are fair more then what we have already done. Our kitchen floor is rotten under the refrigerator and in front of the dishwasher. We put plywood done temporarily (five years ago) and I have indoor/outdoor carpets taped down over those spots so the kids don’t get splinters. Not to mention it is very unsightly. Our kitchen cabinets are all falling apart and all of the ones on the bottom have to keep their added mouse traps as a permanent feature. Squeek, squeek…Then we move on to the bathroom which has a terrible mold and mildew problem, because they never put a fan in the bathroom when it was built. I keep putting white duck tape over the moldy spots that are all they way around the shower. I wipe it off with clorox cleanup and then tape over it. Soon the entire shower will be duck tape. Maybe I should try adding some different colors of duck tape to make it unusual. Ha, ha,…lol. Then lets go to the doors on the bedrooms. Well there aren’t any doors on the bedrooms. We took them off to put new ones up(five years ago), but found out that the size we needed has to be special ordered. So needless to say due to financial problems we still don’t have doors on the bedrooms. On a positive note it does give the bedrooms more space. Echo…Echo….Now lets go to the basement where two of our children have their bedrooms. It is partially done. After being flooded in 2011 by Tropical Storm Lee we did get some help from FEMA to fix it up to the point where our two older children could have their rooms back. Heating is limited to only when we can get wood for the wood stove and we run an air conditioner in the summer to control the mold and mildew. We do have three new windows to put in the basement if we can figure out how to do it. For now I have them weatherized with plastic to try to keep the elements out. I will not even go outside of the house to add to my list of discontent. I think that I have complained enough. So, I do what I can with what I have and pray for The Lord to provide if he sees us fit to receive it. I am just thankful for having a roof over our heads at the moment. I look at it this way. This is the same home that I grew up in from the time that I was five years old and it sure has come along way since then. If we never get the rest of the repairs completed maybe our children can carry on the repairs when they get older. It is our family project home. If The Lord thought that we were able to financially afford another home then he will prove for us a way to do so. But until we can financially afford and even be more so, be responsible in honoring what He has already provided to us; then He will not give us more then we can handle. Thank you for writing this book. I don’t feel alone in my struggle anymore. I think that I will be better equipped to deal with my discontent now. Praise God!!!

  633. Good reminder to keep all in perspective. Excellent article. Thought provoking.

  634. Lauren Gonzalez says:

    Thank you SO much for this post. This is something I’m really working on in all areas of my life but especially when it comes to being grateful for the simple fact of having a roof over my hand. We are currently renting an apt (always have been) & it’s hard to not focus on others our age who own a home with a yard and the space to spread out. This book sounds like it would be perfect to help me focus on being grateful for what I have.

  635. Thanks for writing and sharing this! This is what God has been teaching me this month. Thanks to Pinterest and my natural tendency to want to redecorate and improve, I struggle with finding flaws in my home. But I am truly grateful to have a home. And I know that I am where God wants me.

  636. Great article! I’d love to stop peering over the fence and I think this book could help me do that.

  637. I would love a copy of this book. I’m getting to ready to move into a house that I’ve already made a list of projects for. I’m so excited about the house but I know these things won’t happen overnight and I would love some encouragement during the days when it isn’t all finished and I’m staring at all the things I’d still like to change.

  638. God’s timing is always perfect! I love this devotion and would love a copy of this book to make my home a more inviting place for my family and all those who enter!

  639. When I saw the title of this devotion, “Love the Home you have”, I said “oh no”. I knew that this was something that God has been trying to convey to me for some time now, and I have been trying to ignore it. Before reading devotions today I prayed about the Lord opening my mind to his instructions for me. You see, for the past 8 months I have been basically diligently/frantically searching online for another rental home for my husband, myself and our dog. There had been several we passed on early on in my search because they just didn’t have certain stipulations that seem to be important. In the meanwhile, I had been starting to pack up boxes with things, which have been lining the hallway and one wall in our home. The early months of searching for homes, had a large selection, now the selection is very slow and disappointing. I have realized that I have been putting too much importance upon finding that perfect home The rental home we are in is a nice enough home, our one neighbor on our cul de sac is nice, and the neighborhood is fine. There are some problems with the home and things that are falling apart with it, which I won’t go into. Our landlords live far away and though they eventually make sure things get fixed, there is a bit of reluctance. I know that I will re-read this devotional and re-read it again. I can see the Lord speaking to me to be happy where I am, to be thankful for our home. Thank you for this reminder. I have been putting too much importance upon looking for another home. Thank you Lord.

  640. Hello,
    Thank you for this post today! It hit home. I have lately been thinking/dreaming a of new home with some land. Out of the Subdivision. I needed this today. To shed light into my current situation. I live in a beautiful home with a great, caring neighborhood. It is so easy to think the grass is greener on the other side. When in fact if we just water our own grass it will be the best grass in the neighborhood! Love your devotions! Would love to win the book! Also we do weekly devotions at http://www.SouthwestMissouriMoms.com Check it out!!
    Thanks!!

  641. Thank you for your great reminder today. I needed it I would love this book & one for my daughter-in-law.@

  642. Just a quick response – every so often I find I really need a reminder of how very much I have been blessed – thank you for that reminder

  643. Thank you so much for this. Eighteen months ago, I moved from my “home” state of ten years and our house of five, the house we brought all three of our children home to. I have been struggling every since we moved to the new state and even in our new house. Our house has yet to meet my “expectations” but I know I am beyond blessed to have my house. I struggle daily with being content here in our new home and our new state. God shows me daily this is where we are supposed to be, but yet I still let discontentment in and let it steal my joy. Thanks for the encouragement. I appreciate it.

  644. Melisa Lewis says:

    The struggle is REAL! I fight the urge daily, possibly hourly to upgrade. Thankful that I’m not alone and that there is hope for me after all : )

  645. This post resonated with me so much today. I am so grateful for the truthful words and great bible verse to keep as a biblical reminder.

  646. Tina Myers says:

    Thank you for sharing your beautiful heart Melissa. I appreciate you & thank God for your perspective.

  647. Carmi Henderson says:

    I sure needed to hear this today! I would love to have a copy of Melissa Michaels’ book “Love the Home You Have” for myself. I think it might help me stop looking at my own almost 20 year old carpet and other repairs that I think need to be done and just be thankful that I have a house.

  648. Veronica says:

    I believe every women goes through these very thoughts, but what I have learned how God does want to bless us with the desires of our heart according to His word. What He is concerned about is the condition of our heart. Thank you for sharing this!

  649. Deborah McGrath says:

    Oh how I would feel blessed to own your book of wisdom. I have lived in many homes, mine and others, over the years. The last home was lovely,trees,pool great location. But God had other plans…..home, possessions, pets (even neighbors) washed away in 11 ft of water. Katrina financially broke us and so many others so much that what was “home” no longer became possible. So what’s a person to do?…..Get a little apartment, begin all over. And that is where my husband and I are today….like when we were newlyweds (ha!) There are many times I long for my own private home, washer/dryer, garden, garage and whatever luxuries I imagine but then I realize how blessed I truly am…health, family, air conditioning! But between you and me, a little book by my bedside reminding me “Love the home you’re in” would be that extra pat on back at the end of the day!! Thank you for all your encouraging words to live by!

  650. I loved the devotion today! Thank you so much! I would love a copy of this book. We have just done some cleaning out and updates to our home – first time in 15 years! I understand how you can be become discontent. Thanks again!!

  651. New and shiny is always fun and exciting. But old and worn and lived-in is a testament to the lives lived and the memories made and have sentimental value that far outweighs any monetary value.

  652. Wow, did I need to hear this! My husband and I have our house on the market. It is SO easy getting caught up in finding what is wrong with our house and adding it to our wish list. I rarely stop and savor the sound of my husband and son playing in our living roo, the cuddles that take place on our couch, the wonderful meals and discussion around our dining table, or the sweet kisses from my husband in the kitchen while I do dishes. I know this isn’t the last time I will need to be reminded, but this was a great reminder. Thank you!

  653. Rebecca Bailey says:

    I have struggled with contentment for years. Thanks for writing this book.

  654. We have an older home as well – and I completely relate to seeing the worn out carpet instead of the beautiful space! :) I’m looking forward to reading this book and renewing my perspective on my home! Thank you!

  655. Sheila Shapley says:

    As a pastor’s wife and having lived most of our 39 years in church provided housing this devotional hit home. I am still learning to be content and not dream too much of my dream home. After all in the end I will receive a mansion.

  656. Gayle Haywood says:

    When I am praying for others including homeless people, it reminds me how grateful I am that God has blessed me with a good home. Not a high dollar one, but one that is very comfortable. I was reminded so many times this winter of how God has blessed me with a roof over my head and heat to keep me warm when so many do not have this comfort. I could relate to Melissa’s story as my house is also in need of repairs, but I know that in time God will see that I get what I need and I am comfortable and thankful with what I have. Thank you Melissa for reminding me again that God if faithful in providing for us.

  657. Pat Drange says:

    I am in the process of making our home to feel like a comfortable and happy home. I’ve been going through cancer treatments and find my energy level is not what I would like, but I’m thankful for this life. Women put much pressure on themselves to accomplish so much and we can. On the other hand, to sit down with your spouse, significant other, children or a single person with a well kept, clean and comfortable place to be after parting with much clutter is, indeed, a blessing. We do make our own contentment and appreciation and love of our dwelling leads to happiness and love. Wishing you a Blessed Easter!

  658. Sharon K says:

    Melissa, your words definitely resonate with my circumstance. State widened highway in front of my house 5 years ago and caused all kind of problems…including water in basement that brought mold with it. Lawsuit finally to mediation Jan. 2014, lost $80k–borrowing to fix issues. Have been blessed with a Godly contractor who knows what he is doing and through all the mess, I am grateful to have a roof over my head, and a warm bed at night. It’s not done by any means, but contractor is making strides and should be good as new this summer. I am concerned about finances because of great loss and borrowing; however, it is true, we serve a Mighty God, and I praise Him for teaching me through this bend in the road of life………Thank you for sharing your life lesson on loving the home you have!

  659. Dawn Johnson says:

    I can totally relate to what Melissa shared in this devotion. There are so many things about my home that I wish were different,better,newer. I’ve learned over the years that God has blessed me with a home where LOVE prevails and where others are always welcome, no matter what it looks like. Many have shared that they always feel comfortable in my home. That’s what is important, not that there are things that I would like to be different.
    Thanks for sharing Melissa! This was a really great reminder for me.

  660. I loved this lesson today. How often we look at what someone else has and for a moment we may think I would love to have a house like that, but then in reality we need to stop and be thankful for the home God has provided us. Just because you may have the best “things” in a house doesn’t make it a home. I am proud of my home. We have lived there for 41 years and it has been remodeled several times. We live in our home an want friends to enjoy it and our company and want to come back. The most important is that I want my grandchildren to always love coming here because they are allowed to play and enjoy our home. I don’t want them to be afraid to touch anything I have. If that is the way I feel I don’t need it. God gave me this home and I want more than anything for my grandchildren to have fond memories of coming to our house. I hate to go to someone’s home and feel afraid to touch anything for fear of breaking it. God made homes to share our love with. Please do not think I don’t love beautiful homes because I do. I