Think About This: “Grumbling and gratitude are, for the child of God, in conflict. Be grateful and you won’t grumble. Grumble and you won’t be grateful.” – Billy Graham
Doesn’t God Just Make You Smile?
Posted on May 5, 2023 by Elizabeth Welte in Victory Call
During the process of purchasing our older-modeled home in North Carolina. We looked at probably close to 50 homes. The market was crazy. Homes were on the market only a few days before multiple full-priced and over-priced bids were submitted. Some friends who were selling their house had 17 offers within a week. Crazy, right?
Anyway, this home was the second we put a bid on; we were outbid on the first one. The house was not exactly what I had in mind, but it had great potential. There were a few different concerns I had, and I found myself worrying: “What if this,” or “What if that,” or “Are we making a mistake?”
One morning the title of a devotional by Melissa Michaels (Proverbs 31 Ministries) caught my eye: You have all it takes to love your home. Before I even read it, I had to smile at God’s care for me. I have said I wish God would send His will in a telegram, but He chose a devotional instead. Doesn’t God just make you smile sometimes?
Melissa’s message was built around Proverbs 24:3-4, “By wisdom a house is built, and by understanding it is established; by knowledge the rooms are filled with all precious and pleasant riches.”
The home we were planning to purchase was not about the wood, tiles and windows, nor the less than attractive garage which is the first thing you see coming up the driveway. It wasn’t about the allocation of space or the green paint in the bedroom. No, God reminded me it is about Him and how He used this house for His purposes in my life and the life of each of my family members. We made memories there that will far outweigh any and all of the things that I was worried about.
I love You, God, and I love that You make me smile. Thank you for prompting Melissa to write this devotional from Your heart to mine.
Written by Diane Hunt: Diane Hunt serves on the board of America’s Keswick and is the Executive Director & CEO of Changed Choices, a Christian non-profit in North Carolina. She is also a biblical counselor and women’s event speaker. For more information about having Diane speak at your next event please contact her at email@example.com.
This Week’s Verse to Memorize: “This is a faithful saying: For if we died with Him, We shall also live with Him. 12 If we endure, We shall also reign with Him. If we deny Him, He also will deny us. 13 If we are faithless, He remains faithful; He cannot deny Himself.” 2 Timothy 2:11-13