“That I may publish with the voice of thanksgiving
and tell of all thy wondrous works.” Psalm 26:7
In this season of thanksgiving, I’m purposely finding reasons and ways to give thanks for my home. Over the last few years, I’ve allowed discontentment to overshadow my gratitude. I used to be full of heartfelt dreams and hopeful plans. I used to thank God for even the smallest blessings. Sadly, I’ve let my circumstances, false expectations, and impatience cause me to give up on my domestic dreams. I’ve complained to God, my husband, family and friends so often that I’m as tired of hearing my ingratitude as they are. This year, I’m making the conscious effort to change my perspective, while asking God to restore my attitude of gratitude. Today, I start giving thanks for my home, again.
My parents taught me to be grateful. They worked hard, served God faithfully, and gave to others all of their lives. As a result, God blessed them with a home in the country that they dreamed of and were humbly thankful for. My Mom use to say that she always felt like her house hugged her when she came in the door. On numerous occasions, she pointed out all the wonderful blessings that made her house the warm, inviting home she loved. She not only enjoyed her home. She was grateful for it.
Being Grateful for my Home
My home deserves more appreciation than I’ve been giving it. It welcomes, shelters, and provides needs. Many people don’t have places of solace and security. It’s shameful for me to be unthankful for mine.
God has entrusted us with a unique place to call home and has reminded me what a beautiful gift it is. When I complain about the condition and gripe about what is lacking, I’m showing God and my husband (the gift-givers) ungratefulness. I’ve never wanted to offend anyone that gives me a gift, or feel that anyone owes me anything. Why would I treat the gift of my home any different? Having a place to live warrants gratitude.
Grateful for Comforts
There’s a lot to be said for having a roof over your head. I have one and rarely think about the safety and security it provides from the sun, rain, cold, critters and storms. I’m grateful for the comforts that make it easy to rest, and sleep soundly, which helps me feel relaxed, rejuvenated and refreshed after a taxing day.
Grateful for Coziness
Our home is our cozy place. It’s were we can take off our shoes, get in our jammies, kick back and chill. We don’t always take advantage of this coziness, but I’m learning to appreciate and enjoy it more and I’m grateful for that.
Grateful for Connections
Home is where we gather and I love joining my hubby on the porch, in the living room, or at the table to visit and talk about our day. It’s also nice to have guests, when we’re able, and I hope to nurture more relationships here in the future.
My home isn’t finished or perfect and neither am I. But I’m offering a fresh bouquet of thankfulness to God and my husband for providing a comfortable and cozy place to make connections—our “Home Sweet Home.” There’s no other place like it.
“O give thanks unto the LORD; for he is good;
for his mercy endureth for ever.” 1 Chronicles 16:14
Bring It Home?
What are you most grateful for about your home?
Praying for you as we grow together,