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Thursday, November 5, 2015

Spiritual Journey Thursday - HOME


 I look forward to Thursdays when I can publish thoughts on my spiritual journey and hear the thoughts of others on a weekly theme topic.  It has become a space for an encouraging and fortifying community to come together.  We welcome anyone who would like to join us!
This week's theme topic is HOME.
 
 
     It's Thanksgiving season, and amidst all the busy-ness of this month (right after this post I need to work on my pre-conference form for my evaluation next week), I wanted to focus on things that remind me of the holiday - things that make me grateful.  The first one - home.
 
      We're selling our current house and downsizing since we're empty nesters.  The sign has been in the front yard since July.  We've purged, organized, staged, and cleaned. I reminisced as I went through boxes and tubs.  I looked through toys, dolls, clothes, pictures, and heirlooms.  I thought about how many things accumulate over the years.  But now,  it's ready.  We're ready.  Our downsized place is almost ready.  We're trying to make peace with the timing.  We know God has it all planned out when our current house will sell and when we will be able to move.  While we're waiting, we will continue to make memories here.  We will be hosting the 28th Friends' Thanksgiving weekend  starting Friday, and will make plans for the holidays.  Lots of memories have been made here, and it's been our home for almost 11 years. 

     When I look around at the place we're renovating, I already feel a sense of home.  It overlooks a beautiful lake, and we chose everything that is in it.  I wonder what celebrations, occasions, memories, and people will fill that house.   Home is such an important place.
 
     This brings me to the spiritual aspect of home.  What will await us in our heavenly homes?  If our earthly homes mean so much to us, how much more will God's house mean to us?  What will it look like?  What will fill the rooms?  How will we feel when we finally see it?  I don't know all the details, but I know it will be amazing.  It will be home.  And for that, I am thankful.
 
"Do not let your heart be troubled; believe in God, believe also in Me. In My Father's house are many dwelling places; if it were not so, I would have told you; for I go to prepare a place for you. If I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself, that where I am, there you may be also.…"  John 14:1-3
    

 
 

4 comments:

  1. Holly, your post calmed my stressed spirit this morning. It was just one of those when everything seems to happen that you don't expect. I can accept that life is fragile and uncertain but sometimes not be able to deal with it in the moment so your words, scripture, and song provided a source of inspiration. "I will dance on higher hills" today. Thank you for the direction to do so.

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  2. Thank you so very much for your beautiful post! Every blessing on your move; sounds as if you are at home wherever the Lord positions you! I love your peaceful, heartwarming description of how you are enjoying where you are, as well as where you're going. The Scripture quote is one of my most favorite. Thank you for including. God bless you!

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  3. I would be so overwhelmed by moving. I haven't moved in more than 10 years. I like how you can see through the difficulty to the shining light.

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  4. Holly, what a beautiful post! We last moved eight years ago and I well remember the upheaval it was. You seem to be managing it beautifully.

    In your ponderings about heaven, I love what you say: "If our earthly homes mean so much to us, how much more will God's house mean to us? What will it look like? What will fill the rooms? How will we feel when we finally see it? "

    I don't think I've ever given any thought to how God might personalize my heavenly home. Now there is the seed of some exciting moodling!

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