I read a great devotional this morning that talked about 'home', and how it's a state of peace rather than a four walled structure. We want to go 'home for the holidays', 'home because we're sick', 'get home before dark'. I couldn't help but think how true those words really are. Growing up, I can't say I felt that way, about my own four walled structure. Home was not a place of peace, but of turmoil, and hurtful words for me. Here, in my own home, however I can say the statement is true. This, truly is the place that my heart, my body, and my soul find peace. I love pulling into my driveway, grateful for a beautiful house to call my home. I love when my family, and my dog come to greet me (not that the kids and hubby always do, but the dog...ALWAYS...I think he may be in love with me). Home is where I connect with my maker on a deeper level. Home is where my creative juices have room to move and breath. Home is where I am reminded every single day of how incredibly blessed I am. Home is where I am loved even in the midst of all my shortcomings. Home is my "shelter from the wind, and a refuge from the storm, like streams of water in the desert and the shadow of a great rock in a thirsty land". I hope, and pray that your four walls are the same for you. If, however you feel as I did growing up, that home is not a refuge, my prayer is that you will have the strength and the courage to surround yourself with people who are able to help you create that sense of safety and belonging you desire. There's no place like home, and no time like Christmas to be reminded of it.
|Using up some of last year's xmas papers by Echo Park.|
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