“If we find ourselves with a desire that nothing in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that we were made for another world.” — C.S. Lewis
Do you ever get a restless feeling in your spirit? Like no matter how much you do, or what you accomplish, or how much you buy or earn, or how hard you try to get settled in a comfortable life that it just never satisfies for long?
I started my blog, The Inspired Room, in July of 2007 with the desire to share my approach to creating an authentic home. It wasn’t about creating a perfect home or buying all the trendy things to make a home beautiful, but about finding contentment in creating a home you love.
As much as I enjoy writing about the home (it’s one of the earthly passions I’m so grateful God gave me!) starting a blog wasn’t only about showing off simple decorating ideas. My blog was my humble and very personal offering to God. This gift was presented in a time when I felt I had very little to offer, yet out of gratitude I wanted to serve Him with what I had. In the quiet corners of my home in 2007, I gave everything I had with open hands to use as He pleased.
Recently my blog was voted Readers’ Favorite Decorating blog by Better Homes & Gardens. While it was quite an unexpected honor and of course very exciting for my business, I rejoice and embrace that honor with slight hesitation in my spirit. Because I know it’s not about me or my decorating worthiness. It isn’t because I have all the decorating solutions everyone needs. It’s all because of God and what He can accomplish even through my awkward human weakness, failures and fears. It’s about His faithfulness. All I really have is Him.
Creating a comfortable home for my family and using it to minister to those around us is important to me. I’m so grateful that God has used my humble offering of a home as a spring board for His purposes in so many ways, but I know that material things of this world will never fully satisfy on their own. We were made for so much more than this world has to offer.
As I reflect this week on the amazing sacrifice God made in offering His only son to cover all our sins as He died on that cross, this beautiful song has been speaking to me about the brokenness and restlessness we feel in this world that is not our home. We are truly only satisfied in Him.
As a deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you my God. Psalm 42.
– Melissa, The Inspired Room