Courtney at Women Living Well is hosting a fall challenge, Make Your Home a Haven. It will last 5 weeks and each week you have to do something for your home. Also their will be giveaways with lots of great prizes! Week 1 she's giving away a year supply of Yankee Candles. Umm hello I'd love that! If I don't win you can feel free to buy me lots of Yankee Candles, my favorite is the Hot Cider scent ;).
Week 1 you were to light a candle and pray for your home and family. I bought a 5 pack from Wal-Mart that had different fallish scents and boy did my house smell good when I lit those babies up yesterday! After I lit my candles I began to pray for my family and home. I prayed that my family would be safe and have a joyful day. I prayed that our home would be a place of love, security, peace, and comfort. I really want my home to be a place that whenever my family or visitors are here they feel that they can just relax and feel loved and cared for.
As I was praying the Lord really stirred in my heart the ungratefulness I have towards my home. We bought our home 6 years ago and a year after we bought it we discovered a bunch of things that the previous owner had lied about on our contract. Well since then its been one thing after another and basically by the time we are done fixing everything we will have a new house and spent enough that we could've just about paid this one off. We had an inspection but the inspector failed to tell us of all the things. Its been a long miserable journey. In May we had a contractor come and begin a big job. Well long story short after he tore everything up he left. So not only are we having to finish up the remodel we are fixing a lot of things that the contractor messed up.
We have been saying the past 5 years how much we hate this house and what a burden it has been. As I was praying yesterday the Lord showed me how ungrateful I have been. We have a roof over our head, we have walls, we have electricity, we have heating and cooling, heck we have indoor plumbing! How many people our out there with nothing? Our house is big, its nearly 2,300 sqft. It may not be perfect and may still need work done, but its livable. He has provided that money every step of the way to make the repairs. I felt so humbled. I began to thank Him for His provisions and ask forgiveness for my sinful heart.
After I was done praying I lit candles through the rest of my house and drug out my fall decorations and went straight to work. At the end of the day I felt content. I will continue to praise Him for His provision and seek to give Him thanks.
Have you ever experienced a situation where you realized that you were complaining instead of thanking?