Count Your Blessings: Needs Versus Wants

Do you ever stop to think about the goodness of God? I’m still amazed at how He blesses me daily. Sadly, some people take their blessings for granted. I’ve learned to never underestimate the goodness of God.

 I always knew He could do everything, but He recently showed me He could do more than I can possibly imagine. By the way, for those who didn’t know, God has a great sense of humour.

 Last January, my husband and I decided to buy a house. We looked at several, but couldn’t find what we ‘wanted’. One had no basement; another, kitchen too small; the third, no closet in the master bedroom! None of them had what we ‘wanted’.

 My husband hoped we’d find one with a finished basement. We did. It was nice, though old-fashioned: spacious living room with fireplace, nice dining room, good size bedrooms. The kitchen, however, was so tiny, there weren’t many cupboards. Granted it’s just him and I but, wow. The basement was finished, with a bar (I couldn’t care less if the bar wasn’t there; I don’t drink!). The floor was ivory/orange checkered pattern (no offense to anyone who likes this pattern). My first thought was “Let’s play tic-tac-toe.”

 Just kidding! It was a nice house but too far from my work. I don’t drive and one of the ‘needs’ was that we find something walking distance to my work. In the bitter Canadian cold, or the pouring rain, it would be a long walk. So we decided it wasn’t what we ‘wanted.’

 The next house was a large 4-bedroom, 1-bath, 2-storey house. The inside was completely renovated. It was beautiful. We viewed it a second time before we put an offer on it and had the inspection done. It didn’t pass. It ‘needed’ loads of work. We withdrew our offer and continued looking. We didn’t ‘need’ a 2-story anyway.

Finally, after viewing several houses that didn’t have what we ‘wanted,’ (much less what we ‘needed,’) we considered buying a prefab/modular home. We liked the idea that we could take a floor plan, move the rooms around, choose the size, the paint colour, the flooring, the list goes on. At that point, we felt our ‘wants’ were reasonable, and actually comparable to our ‘needs.’ Let’s see, we ‘wanted’: 

  1. A bungalow with 2 bedrooms on the main floor (one could be the ‘office’),
  2. A full bath with laundry in bathroom, on main floor as well,
  3. Tiles in kitchen and bath; laminate flooring throughout the rest of the house. 
  4. Finished basement? That was negotiable. We could finish it ourselves.

But God knew our ‘needs’ and our ‘wants.’ He knew right down to the last detail what we had in mind. He also knew what was best for us. What we ‘want’ isn’t always what God has planned.

At work, one day in April, I was talking about the upcoming Tuesday when hubby and I were going to meet with the “builder” to select our options for the modular home. My co-worker showed me a house in the newspaper. It was a nice little house, two stories (again), new siding and other renovations. Hum . . .

I called our realtor. He said it was an older home that had no basement. “Okay! Never mind” I told him.  
“I meant to call you,” he said.

He went on to tell me about a house downtown. Close to my work which he knew was a must. He also said it was built in 2003. New construction meant better insulation, newer windows, and heat recovery system. For our cold winters, that’s absolutely necessary. I could even say that’s a ‘need’ as much as a ‘want’.

I asked him to set up an appointment. We viewed the house the following day. From the outside, it looked quite nice but what about inside?

This is where God’s sense of humour comes in. We weren’t prepared for what awaited us on the other side of that front door. This house was: (please hold on one second, it will be easier for me to copy and paste 3 of the 4 options I listed above) . . . 

  1. A bungalow with 2 bedrooms on the main floor,
  2. A full bath with laundry in bathroom, on main floor as well,
  3. Tiles in kitchen and bath; laminate flooring throughout the rest of the house. 
  4. Finished basement? It’s completely finished with 2 bedrooms, an office, a full bath, a den, and storage room.

This house has EVERYTHING we were looking for and so much more. God took our ‘wants’, mixed them up with our ‘needs’ and gave us something that was utterly perfect for hubby and I. We put in our offer that day, they accepted, and it’s now ours.

The basement is like an in-law suite without a kitchen. We use one of the large basement bedrooms as the family room. The rest is ‘currently’ vacant. We hope to rent the basement to one or two university students. They can either share our kitchen, or they can buy microwave-safe food.

When we looked houses, it seemed like there was at least one thing we ‘wanted’ to change. I never thought we’d find everything we ‘wanted’ in one package deal. I’m still amazed at the way God pulled this off. (The verse “Oh ye of little faith” comes to mind).

King David said it so well: Delight yourself in the Lord, and He will give you the desires of your heart. Psalm 37:4  

To answer the question I posed above: Yes, I often stop to think about God’s goodness. I also count the many blessings He’s bestowed upon me. I’m truly blessed. He gave me a wonderful husband, 2 great kids, and provides for my needs daily. What more can I ask for? This reminds me of an old hymn we used to sing at church: Count Your Blessings

 Has God honoured the desires of your heart? Are you counting your blessings?


5 thoughts on “Count Your Blessings: Needs Versus Wants

  1. Thanks,

    It’s not just the house we ‘wanted’ and ‘needed’, it’s what God had planned, and that makes it even better.

    Pictures… let me see what I’ve got. You’re better at this than I am… 🙂 I dont have a fancy Canon camera ! LOL


  2. Reading this reminds me of how my hubby and I bought our car after we got married. We were a little down on savings. So we wanted to buy a second hand one. After days of praying and hunting for a good one , we found none. We decided to get a new car but that would mean a terrible pinch on our pockets… The day we went for a test drive, a friend of ours who lives in a totally different country called us out of the blue and told us he wanted to sell his car. 🙂 And the price was lower than the budget we had in mind.
    We still think about it often and Praise God for what He did almost every time we get into the car.

    God truly knows what we need and when we need. 🙂

    • I say Amen to that. And thanks for posting a comment.

      I still think about how He provided this house, with everything that we wanted, and more. He never ceases to amaze me.

      I always say that God has a great sense of humour, even though some people disagree with that. Glad he provided for you in the same way He did for us.



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