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. Great reminders about those perfect Pinterest photos. Real homes are not that perfect at all times. But, yes, I want my home to feel good, comforting and comfortable and I want to make me smile. Most of the time it does all of those things. But there are times when life is SO busy and don’t even keep up with the basics of cleaning. At those times I feel a little guilty that I can’t “do it all”. That’s when I remind myself that I’m not superwoman and I just do what I can!
    I so enjoy your writing! Thank you for sharing.

  2. Perfect! Thank you! Going to set up my a space in the spare bedroom for my home office tomorrow, and free up my dining room table for the first time in 6 months!

  3. Melissa,
    If I try to tackle it all at once, I get like the deer in the headlights. Sometimes just clearing off one table, or organizing one drawer can feel like an accomplishment. I’m learning more to celebrate the little victories in my home. Amen to less time scrolling through others’ lives on Facebook, etc. More time for thanking God for my home and what I have and thinking about how I can bring honor to Him through it.
    Blessings,
    Bev xx

    • Thank you, Bev! You’re encouragement in the comments is always so timely. Thank you for blessing so many with your kind and thoughtful words. I see others have noticed, too (scroll through to see Dorethea’s comment to you!).

  4. Yes, this is a very special reminder to us all of Whose we are and Whom we serve. It is Joy that brings strength in the Lord. “…the joy of the Lord is your strength!” – Nehemiah 8:10
    In addition to the in-spiring, in-couraging message from Melissa and all of your writers, though, I must also lift up Bev, whose comments I always “scroll” for as they are so full of wisdom and support for the other authors that her words are like frosting on the cake. Thank you, Bev; you and all the (In)couragers serve such a needed purpose for the Lord and you are Loved!

    • Dorothea,
      What sweet and kind words….you really made my day. The world is so full of people who always want to cut you down, I want to use the words God gives me to lift others up. Thanks for taking notice and appreciating my small act of kindness.
      May you have a blessed week!
      Bev xx

  5. I think the home is such a good reminder but I personally replaced home with myself. What cleaning/clearing of negativity do I need to do to have more “Pinterest” peace! Good read!

  6. Amen amen! I put a note on my coffee special tin – Good Morning Lord .. I give my self to you today !
    it is a good reminder thru the day as I reach to make a cup! Bless You

  7. Melissa,

    I’m not a fan of Instagram, or Pinterest. I don’t waste time looking at other homes & doing comparisons. My happy home is two people & a small iguana living happy. Enjoying the pleasures God has blessed us with. When I am tempted to get down about life or my house-I make out a thankful journal. I write out each item no matter how big or small that I’m thankful for. You’d be surprised how many items you can come up with.

    Blessings 🙂

  8. I have gotten to a point with my home where I am content with function over “beauty”. I have tried to cut down on the clutter but I am grateful for hot water to shower in, heat in the winter, food in the fridge. We don’t have company here so the scractched up parts of our furniture from our cats do not make me feel like I have to replace that furniture but just cover it up with a throw! The roof over our head protects us from the rain and I am thankful for an unexpected blessing that I received a few years ago that enabled me to replace our roof. Am also thankful that we have a garage big enough to hold our two vehicles and that although neither of those vehicles were purchased new, they are still functional!

  9. I love looking at the ideas, I’m creative and enjoy seeing what creative people are doing. I love creating the little vignettes, whrther a few of my mother’s dolls or something from myangel colllection. I choose inspirational art. I used to decorate all the time, and I still like to, but I have scaled it back some and am trying to declutter after having extra family move in.