Day 12 of 40 Days of Grace

 In Broken Vessels, Windows to Grace

Day 12 – We’ve been thinking about downsizing—occasionally. We went to an open house this afternoon. The house we looked at had everything we really needed on one floor—a bedroom, study, a beautiful gourmet kitchen, and great room. The finished basement was a bonus. Like everything with an almost too-good-to-be-true price, it had drawbacks. The lot backed up to a business on a busy road, busier than the one we’re near now. The house would soon need a new roof and landscaping, along with lots of outside work.

Royal Oak House 2


When we came back to our house, despite its little imperfections, I was happy to be home. We have a beautiful house with plenty of room and wonderful neighbors. Most of all it is home for Jack and me. We’ve lived here longer than we did in our other two houses. It’s our slice of peace and rest in the world, where we can retreat. It’s the home where I’ve added the most of my own touches. Funny how seeing someone else’s house, no matter how nice, makes you appreciate what you already have more.

our brighton house

So here I am in a house that God has provided me with along with more than I even need. I wonder how do I deserve this any more than the homeless person? Or the refugee? The answer is: I don’t. That again is God’s grace and I am grateful.

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  • Elaine Stock

    Interesting timing of this reflection: as I shuffled into my living room this early morn I prayed in thanksgiving for all He has given me and for what He will bless me with in the future. And here’s the thing–my home is limited in the number of rooms (it’s half home half business), needs a new kitchen and other sprucing up, has no landscaping, I’d love more me-touches… but it’s our home. It’s all paid off, too. My husband and I disagree as whether it’s a house to grow “old” in and I sometimes worry silly about this, but I too am trusting in Him to see me into my older years and meet my needs with the right living space.


      Thanks for sharing this, Elaine. There’s something to be said for having a house paid off, for sure.
      And as they say, “Home is where the heart is.” We have to trust, one day at a time, for the future,
      that the Lord will plant us where He needs us to be.

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