Tuesday, April 19, 2016

How Knowing What You Believe About This Place Changes Everything

I haven't shared my word of the year because it scared me. Not the way my word last year scared me. But because I didn't know what it meant . I didn't know when I started longing for it, and I don't entirely know now.

Home. Home is the thing we all long for. It was birthed in our hearts right alongside the God-shaped-hole. It is elusive for many of us. Some of us come close but never quite reach it this side of Heaven .

It took God moving me as far away from home as I've ever been to realize what I wanted all along. To have a bit of an understanding of the home that lies ahead of me on the other side of this world.

God had to move me halfway across the country to teach me about what home really means. To create in me a longing for my forever home by taking away my Earthly home . This moving taught me what the definition of home. Home is both a place and a person. It is both a feeling, and a roof and four walls . It is both a geographical location and a location that cannot be found on a map.

I want to hold on tightly to this understanding . To cling to this feeling, this longing for things I would have never imagined wanting . I want to hold on to both assurance and the emptiness. I want to remember what it means, what it feels like to be displaced and alone. I want it to help me identify with those who have no earthly home. I want it  to unite me with my suffering Savior who had no place to lay His head .

But most of all I want my desire for my forever home to grow as I continually realize it will never completely be fulfilled on this Earth. I want to cling tightly with gratitude to these things I never knew I wanted, or needed, or would miss. And as I get a clearer picture of what I long for in a home on this Earth may I become increasingly dissatisfied with this temporary home .

What does home mean to you? I'd love to hear from you in the comments below.

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Crowned Giveaway Winner!

Sarah Jane Walker is the winner of Crowned: Created For Glory, Called By His Name. Sarah please check you email so I can get your prize to you.

Saturday, October 31, 2015

Change Your World; Be a Good Neighbor (Day 31)

This month we've focused on Jesus' commandment to love our neighbors. We've discussed how important it is to love our actual neighbors, the ones in closest proximity to us.

I hope this month has made you long for community and recognize how simple and beneficial it is to be in community with your neighbors. Going slow and meeting your neighbors is the beginning. You can love and serve them, share meals with them, and before you know it you're doing life together.

We were reminded that neighboring starts with us first. Hospitality has to be given to ourselves for neighboring to be done with joy and not obligation. There are seasons of life where we can be more gracious with ourselves in this area. But neighboring is not just good for others; it it good for us too.

Jesus wasn't kidding or joking when He said to love our neighbors as ourselves. I hope as we've shared others' stories of community you've been inspired by the Jesus' way of neighboring.

Has this series helped you in your neighboring journey? I'd love to hear your stories or questions in the comment below.

This post is part of the 31 Days of Neighboring series.