Practicing gratefulness in an imperfect house can be hard sometimes – believe me! I hope today’s post can be an encouragement to you!
Do you ever catch yourself complaining about your home?
These drafty windows!
I hate this tiny sink!
Our floors are so uneven!
I hate the color of this carpet!
And on, and on, and on. We’ve all been there. It’s so easy to to focus on the negative, isn’t it?
Or maybe you don’t complain often when things are fine. But the moment something bad happens – why me?!
As a home and garden blogger, I love to inspire my readers with beautifully styled images and well kept gardens. But please, don’t let those images fool you.
We’ve had our fair share of difficult moments.
Frozen pipes and a flooded basement. A leaky roof and electrical problems. Horrible drafts and expensive gas bills. Cracked plaster and poor insulation…
The list goes on. The truth is, no one has a perfect home.
So how do we practice gratefulness in an imperfect home?
How do we find joy and thanksgiving when everything seems to be broken and failing us?
This is an area that I have by no means mastered. There are days that I come downstairs and turn on my lamps, pull back the curtains and tears literally fill my eyes as I thank God for the home He has blessed us with.
Then there are days that my boys are pretending to be dinosaurs and the volume is SO loud that I catch myself thinking – I wish this house were bigger and they could roar somewhere else!
That being said, today I’m sharing some ways that our family practices gratitude, even though our home has flaws.
Notice the Small Things
This first tip might be tough, especially when you find out how much it’s going to be to replace your old furnace (been there).
But taking time to notice the little things each day truly helps so very much!
It sounds silly, but every morning when I sip my big cup of coffee, I thank God for it! It’s warm and delicious, and it’s just what I need after waking up so early. I try to point out small things to my boys, as well!
Isn’t this blanket so cozy, Gabriel? I love cuddling with you! Don’t you love where this window is, Ethan? We get to see the sunrise every morning!
If you can’t be grateful for the little things, you’ll never be grateful for the big things!
Remember – Someone is Praying for What You Have
No matter how bad you think your house is, someone out there has it worse. We all know it, but it’s important to remember.
When you’re tempted to complain about your home, think about a family who might be homeless, or a missionaries who are praying for a place to live. Someone out there would give anything to have what you have.
Create a Gratitude Wreath or Tree
Have you looked at my Gratitude Bundle? I provide a template for leaves if you’d like to grab it, but you can easily create your own as well! Cut out some leaves from construction paper and have your kids write down things they are grateful for.
You can be even more specific and ask them to write down things about their home that they are thankful for, as well!
As a homeschool mama, I am always looking for ways to practice writing skills that don’t feel like work. Creating a gratitude wreath or tree is the perfect exercise!
Focus on the People in Your Home – Not the Things
Remind yourself that the loved ones you share your home with matter so much more than the cracks in your plaster and those uneven floors. Choose to be grateful for those precious relationships – the time that you invest in your home won’t matter 100 years from now. But the time you invest in the lives of those who are living with you will last for eternity!
An Attitude of Gratitude is Contagious
Gratitude is contagious, and the old saying is true – when mama ain’t happy, ain’t nobody happy.
If I’m grumbling about my home all the time and complaining about all it’s flaws, I’m not modeling gratefulness to my kids. But when I choose to look on the bright side and make the conscious effort to be thankful, even when everything is going wrong? An attitude of gratitude changes everything, and my thankfulness will affect those around me.
I hope this post on practicing gratefulness in an imperfect house was a help to you, friends! What are some ways that you practice gratefulness? I’d love to hear in the comments below![mailerlite_form form_id=3]