home!

  My grandma recently was admitted to a rehab/assisted living/nursing home. I was on the phone with her the other day and she was telling me how she would probably be there the rest of her life. She, of course, was upset by this but understands that it's safer for her to be in the nursing home. She told me of a sign in the entrance of the home that says to the workers arriving, "this is not just your workplace, this is their home." I love that sentiment to remind them to help the residents be at home.

  Last weekend, one of our pastors gave a sermon about this world not being the home of Christians. Our home is in heaven. It got me to thinking about my own home here on earth. I want it to be a place that we love to be (hence why I painted the walls colors I love instead of maintaining neutral walls), that my family feels safe and secure.

  Right now, our world doesn't feel safe or secure. It's changing every day with regulations and the availability of products. So how do we make our home here be that place of safety and security? It's honestly so personal. Some of us have set up strict schedules for your children, some of us have put your control into high gear to control the things you can while so much is out of your control, some of us have taken the road of oblivion or numbing distraction - if I can't see it, it won't harm us. Some of us have taken a middle ground - routine where necessitated, freedom in other areas. There isn't a wrong way to go about this; we are all learning in this time.
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  So as citizens of heaven, not of this earth, how do we be faithful to our true home now?

  -We should remember how little we do control - God is sovereign and on high (which means he rules and reigns and none of this is surprising to him; he has control over it all). That should really allow us to relax and rest in Him, not having to get so tangled in our emotions or the chaos of the world, but trusting our heavenly Father.

  -Be fruitful in the small and now. Matthew 6:34 says "Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious in itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble." What a fitting piece of Scripture for today. Honestly, this has been a motto of mine for a few years now. Four kids has been an adventure but often overwhelming (the noise alone can get to me) and so I need to take it one day at a time. Even one hour at a time - "Lord, I need you, oh I need you. Every hour I need you" is such a piece of truth that we could have on repeat. Don't look ahead but be ok with the small pieces of fruitfulness in your life right now - prayer, reading the Bible, leaning into the Lord.

  -Do the next right thing. Emily P. Freeman's book and podcast "The Next Right Thing" could be such a help to many of us right now. Just take the next step, in love.

  -Look forward to your heavenly home. "Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also" (Matthew 6:19-21).

What treasures have you been storing on earth?
Are you deeply rooted here or do you look forward to our true home?

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