It is the Holiday season and I am missing my family more than ever. As thanksgiving comes to a close I am thankful for many many things, we all are. The thing I am most thankful for is home. In my quiet time this morning with Jesus I was journaling and I really got to thinking what home actually means to me.
1- God has prepared for us an eternal home. I don't know about any of you readers, but as a follower of Jesus I am totally stoked to see our eternal home. God promises us several times in the Bible that he has prepared us a place to spend all eternity with Him! I can't wait to be HOME and worship my savior and eat lots of food!
"And if you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s descendants, heirs according to promise." -Galatians 3:29
"But as it is, they desire a better country, that is, a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God; for He has prepared a city for them." -Hebrews 11:16
2- I have been blessed with an earthly home. But home to me is not a place I sleep or live. It is a place where I am loved completely no matter what. Home is when I can go to my parents for advice and help. It is a place where I can love my sisters and be an example to them, praying for them as they grow into young woman of Jesus. This kind of home is the home that I can be my one hundred percent goofy self; a place where we can grow together! I am thankful that no matter where I go in life I can always call my family my home.
“Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.” -Proverbs 22:6
"But if serving the Lord seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your ancestors served beyond the Euphrates, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living. But as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.” -Joshua 24:15
3- The third home for me is camp. Now I know this is a place, but in all reality it is much more than that. This home is the place where I have grown the most in Christ the past four years. It is the place where the simple joys in life are enlarged; where I can drink coffee, grow friendships and seek the Lord in creation. My soul yearns to be in the woods most days, where being in good company while serving others is the only thing we have to worry about. This home is where life is simple.
4- My fourth type of home is college. I am growing up, away from my family. This is the place I am getting an education and making life long friends. Arizona is where my soul currently belongs. It belongs to a place of amazing community and even more amazing people. It belongs to adventure of all kinds; exploring the unknown west to me. This home is the place where I am learning who I am and who I am becoming. This is the place where my service to the Lord and others is current. This city is my home.