1 Thessalonians 5:18 “Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”
Sometimes it can be hard not to get caught up in what we call “First World Problems.” I find myself thinking about our house in a negative way; our dishwasher is still not working, the AC is struggling, I want new hardwood floors, our guest bathroom is pepto-bismol pink, I would love some back porch furniture…I wish we had more money so we could just do a total house renovation. But instead here we are, baby stepping along in our house projects. And at times that can be so frustrating. But then I remind myself to stop. Stop and think about how grateful and blessed I am. I’m grateful that I have a wonderful marriage. I’m grateful that husband and I have solid jobs with stable incomes. I’m grateful that we are only in our mid-20’s and yet we are in the financial position to even own a large beautiful home in a wonderful neighborhood. A house with speckled floors and needed updates and a pepto-bismol pink guest bathroom, but a home all the same. A home to raise our family in and a home that we are so incredibly blessed to have.
I love Pinterest and blogs just the same as the rest of the world (and I’m not sitting here blaming social media for all my house desires and jealous thoughts) but it can be so hard not to get sucked into the “I want and I wish” vortex when I’m on looking at perfect room after perfect room on my Pinterest “Love Home” page or some bloggers gorgeous house tour. I find myself thinking how ugly our laundry room is compared to the perfect pictures I’m perusing on some bloggers “before and after” shots (anyone else obsessed with home renovation blogs?? If so, check out Young House Love) which inevitably leads to negative thoughts about our own poor house. And I don’t want to have bad thoughts about this home of ours. This home that we worked so hard to buy, the home where we laid the new kitchen tile floors with our own two hands, our home where hubs works hard out in the yard every weekend, the home that we have literally put our blood, sweat and tears into over these past 6 months. So yes, maybe we don’t have a Pinterest worthy house, but we have a house full of love, and really, in the end, that’s all that matters.