I was once asked the following question: “What feeling does the word ‘home’ invoke in you?” My first thought was Steven, my husband! The word home represents a place of safety, acceptance, warmth, love, and security. I find all these things with him and in him. In turn, I am my children’s home while they are little, and I pray I will remain so until they are old enough to find their own definition of home.
At this time in their lives, their father and I are their physical and emotional home. We are their safety and security, a safe haven for them to find refuge. The adage “Home is where the heart is” definitely resonates with me.
On a daily basis, I become more aware my spiritual home is God and I can only pray my children will also make their spiritual home with Him. In turn, Jesus says He will make His home with us.
In John 14:23 Jesus says, “If anyone loves me, he will obey my teaching. My Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him.” Again in Revelation 21:3-4 “Now the dwelling of God is with men, and He will live with them. They will be His people, and God Himself will be with them and be their God. He will wipe every tear from their eyes”.
How comforting it is to know God dwells within each one of us and He cares so much for us; He will wipe every tear from our eyes. On a more practical level I strive to make our house a home – a place of safety, comfort, cleanliness, and welcome. (Note: cleanliness and not tidiness!)
Extract from the book “God’s Promise For Families”
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