About the Author

Melissa Michaels is the NY Times Bestselling author of Love The Home You Have and The Inspired Room book. Her blog, The Inspired Room, was voted Better Homes & Gardens Readers' Favorite decorating blog in 2014 and 2015. Melissa is a church planter's wife and a mom to three human kids and...

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  1. Melissa,
    I love the picture of the dogs and the toilet paper – I’ve been there lol. Thank you for a wonderful reminder that what we might think is an exercise in futility can actually be an unfolding of grace. As you say, ” by His grace we are empowered to grow and reflect even more beautiful things.”
    Blessings,
    Bev

  2. Love your beautiful mirrors and your beautiful heart, Melissa. 🙂 And I love all of these words, because they speak to me, “The good news is that we aren’t doomed to just stay as we are and embrace the mess we’ve made, but we can clean up and mend the broken pieces by His grace and we are empowered to grow and reflect even more beautiful things.” Thank you for sharing your heart and home with us today! xoxo, Meredith

  3. All of it…so true. Especially the part about the smoke detector batteries. Love your incouraging post this morning. Thank you!

  4. Well said! I thought these thoughts yesterday when I went into a bathroom to clean up lots of dust bunnies from beside the toilay! Yep, that is a French word… 😉 I have to practice in my mind each and every day “I am doing it for the Lord”, or I might go bonkers that the cleaning never ends… Thanks for this great verse. It’s one of my very favorites! I try to remember to recite it when my mind also wanders to the negative things in life.
    I want to practice an “abundant life”, for all He has given me!
    Thank you- Be blessed!

  5. The undoing is a constant spiritual & emotional battleground for me. At times I can embrace that ‘chaos is love’ heart attitude that I know The Lord is trying to teach me; other times it is the undoing that is my undoing. But there is always joy in the doing and redoing, making our world beautiful and caring for all the many blessings he has given us.

  6. Your words polished my spirit today! By God’s grace I CAN be empowered to grow and reflect his grace to others. I CAN be an instrument of love, peace, joy and more. May my words and deeds create beauty, that glorify him. Thank you, Melissa, for your encouragement.

  7. Beautiful. I’m so grateful that He looks at us and sees the finished product, shining with His light and reflecting His character. I wish we could see ourselves that way more often – looking at ourselves and seeing what the Bible says we are, instead of seeing the mess. 🙂

  8. This is beautiful. I often get overly stressed and anxious about the cleanliness of my house. Taking this perspective will allow me to see cleaning and tidying as an act of worship and joy. Thank you thank you thank you.

  9. Loved this Melissa! It is true that what we have and how we transform it into something more beautiful-it reflects God!