Jesus and His Church,Life

I Miss My Home

We’ve been living in other people’s homes for two months now. The generosity and hospitality of our hosts is mind blowing. I could never thank them enough.

However…

I miss my home. I’m so very ready to be back in our space. Yes, all 300 sq. ft. of it.

I absolutely love creating a home. I also love sharing my ideas so that you too can create a home. My home is my favorite place in the world. I am, without a doubt, a home body.

Yet, in the midst of this minuscule discomfort, I am actually also very grateful for this final month outside my space. Why? Because it is hemming me in in such a way as to foster the awareness of things I can easily miss in my regular space and routine. It is causing me to have to spend my creative energy on something other than what I usually spend that energy on. On something other than my home.

I long to create beauty and that is now being channeled into words on the page instead of paint on the walls. I long to create an atmosphere of joy and rest and peace and contentment and beauty and that is now being channeled into a story centered on the very One who, Himself, is joy, rest, peace, contentment, and beauty. And without my special things around me to foster that atmosphere, I’m drawing upon Jesus Christ within even more as my true home.

Right now, our Lord-the Master of our lives-has asked us to forgo our own home, to live as guests in some else’s, and to spend time preparing to go where He is sending us to increase His home. The One True Home.

I’ll say it again: I love my home. My home, however, is but a shadow of the Eternal Home that is found in Jesus Christ. So I sit here, with a small ache in my heart to be back in our home, but with an even greater joy and contentment that God is building His home. That He has asked us to join Him in that pursuit, and that the reward is a Home that destruction cannot touch. A Home where Jesus Christ is supreme and Love reigns.

The very House of God.

But Christ, as the Son, is in charge of God’s entire house. And we are God’s house, if we keep our courage and remain confident in our hope in Christ. Hebrews 3:6

Together, we are his house, built on the foundation of the apostles and the prophets. And the cornerstone is Christ Jesus himself. Ephesians 2:20

Then his disciples remembered this prophecy from the Scriptures: “Passion for God’s house will consume me.” John 2:17

“Yes,” Jesus replied, “and I assure you that everyone who has given up house or wife or brothers or parents or children, for the sake of the Kingdom of God, will be repaid many times over in this life, and will have eternal life in the world to come.” Luke 18:29-30

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    donnaleebatty
    August 8, 2016 at 6:04 pm

    Bless you sister in this season. So great how God always works everything for our good, who love Him & are called according to His purpose, the vision of His house being established here on earth. Love & prayers.

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      Bridget
      August 14, 2016 at 4:39 pm

      Yes and amen, sister!

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    Adrienne
    August 10, 2016 at 11:54 am

    Beautifully said. Your words touched my heart and reminded me that I need to remember to ‘create an atmosphere of joy and rest and peace and contentment and beauty’ that is ‘centered on the very One who, Himself, is joy, rest, peace, contentment, and beauty’! I am in my own home and my life is filled with caring for my ninety-three-year-old mother who has dementia. The road gets long and very tiring and it’s easy to lose sight of the joy and rest and peace and contentment God provides – no matter where we are or what we are doing. I appreciate you sharing from your heart. God spoke through you today.
    ~Adrienne~

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      Bridget
      August 14, 2016 at 4:39 pm

      I’m so glad you were encouraged, Adrienne! Bless you as you care for your mother and share with her the joy, rest, and peace that the Lord is giving you.

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      donnaleebatty
      August 14, 2016 at 7:16 pm

      Hi Adrienne, I just wanted to say hi, from another sister who currently lives with and cares for her mother. My mum is only 80 and has mild cognitive impairment so nothing as severe as your dear mum. You are so right in what you say. Living in these sort of situations, I have learned by much failure and God’s grace, is a perfect opportunity to allow Christ Himself to colour our world. I love what you said and I cheer you on sister, in brightening your living environment with the things that reflect all the joys and beauty of Him who is all these things as you say. From one Carer to another 🙂

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