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I am social by nature; I love to be around people to share in good conversation, to listen and to laugh – at myself and with others –not at them with them.  I am so glad that God allows me to walk with Him in the company of others, to grow in my relationship with Him sharing that with people who are trying to do the same.  He provides us with villages, with “our people”, we all have them, those you can count on, those that just get you without you having to say a word.  I love that we are not to do this walk alone – that gives me more comfort than you know.

We have moved a few times, enough times to know that moving takes time – on both ends.  Time to say good bye or as I like to say “see you soon” to your people, your village, those that you have spent time with, built relationships with, shared moments both happy and heart breaking with – moving from one chapter in your history to beginning a new chapter that will add to your history.  Moving is hard, because good byes are hard.  So are hellos – especially those first ones.  But what I love about God is that He goes before us, and knows where we will find ourselves and who we need to help us find ourselves in our new places.  So while I am wondering and often worrying about how this will all pan out in the history of things God already knows, and those two words “ God knows” give me great comfort.

Home is an interesting word – it musters up for me feelings of longing for people more than a place.  Comfort in numbers I guess and so for me home is faces, and conversations in the hallway at school, cups of tea on my couch or yours, chats in the car as we ride from one destination to the next, getting to know the basic and the beautiful about each other.  Home is coffee dates, life groups, and busy houses with kids running and screaming and laughing and interrupting, kids falling asleep on someone’s lap or under the table (yes that has happened at my house), home is where dinners around the table last for hours because this is how our history, our stories are written, shared and remembered.  I think this is one of the most wonderful gifts God has given me these last few years, the gift of seeing that home is more about those around me than the four walls around me and that my home is really where ever my heart is because my heart belongs to him there is peace and people, that will become my people, where He has placed me.  I am not alone.

Regardless of where you find yourself today, or tomorrow know that God already knew you would be right there and He knows whom you need, who needs you and He knows your heart.  He knows your history, past and future and He is here right now, in the midst and He knows you.  Trust that He has already mapped out the area and trust Him to guide you through the terrain of this season.  Enter into the village, the place you find yourself today, and don’t do it alone, because those memories and people that you are making them with, those are gifts from a God that loves you and wants you to share the journey, walk together with others.  Community, your village, your people, that’s what makes the laughter sweeter, the tears easier and before you know it wherever you are, that place will start to feel like home, and there you will find comfort.

Two people are better off than one, for they can help each other succeed.  If one person falls, the other can reach out and help but someone who falls alone is in real trouble. Ecclesiastes 4:9-10

About joymsteed

"This is the day the Lord has made I will rejoice and be glad in it." Psalm 118:4 I love this verse but the problem is I, more often than not, spend so much time rushing through the day that I don't think I really embrace what God is telling me through this verse. So, I am deciding to stand still or at least go slow and enjoy the days and the blessings that come, all of them; the ordinary and the extraordinary, the hard and the good, catching the moments wrapped up in each and giving thanks for the journey I am on. I am blessed to venture forward with my husband of 20 years and our two daughters, life has been hard and good and taken us places we never imagined we would go - both standing still and moving. God has been good and now as we enter a new stage, that point where our family road begins to have forks that are leading our girls to begin chapters in their stories that are separate from our story and although this excites me it also makes me wonder what's next for this mom, where do I go from here and what will this next chapter look like for me? I don't have the answers yet, what I do know though is that God is good and I know that He is going to lead and I will obediently follow, leaning in, standing still and rejoicing in the days ahead, the good and the hard days, the ordinary and the extraordinary days and the blessings wrapped in each. Thanks for stopping by and joining in my journey!

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