AT HOME.......Words that have become paramount in this season of my (our ) life! Words that were given to my heart and mind as I prayed for direction with our downsizing move. The year and a half we have taken to clean and glean the STUFF in our lives, the stuff we have gathered through the years of living..... precious memories, hard memories, things from loved ones gone, too much furniture, too many antiques, way too many frames for art, and way too much fabric and art. We were excited about our new adventure and the momentum was energizing ..... and we were on a roll moving forward and never looking back. But we were getting tired ..... really tired, really really tired! And then began to look at the past years and all the hard work lovingly building the house of our dreams ..... and the yard of our dreams with fabulous porches .... all 2.5+ acres of it!! Hosting people in our B and B and welcoming new people into my shop each week. And then I got a little confused (slightly depressed maybe) thinking .... WHY HAVE WE SPENT THE LAST FOURTEEN YEARS BUILDING SOMETHING SO BEAUTIFUL TO ONLY HAVE THE DESIRE TO LEAVE IT!!?? And then thinking .... WILL YOU BE AT HOME IN LAGRANGE IN THE SMALLER HOUSE OR IN THAT TOWN? I asked people to pray for me, as I was also not feeling well at that time, and just really really tired, mentally and emotionally!! I know they were praying because I would awaken in the middle of the night from sleep with profound thoughts ..... like questions from God ..... "Where IS Home?" ..... "Do you really want to feel At Home?" "To be at peace in your home?" "You created a beautiful place, ... but it became difficult to enjoy because of so much work...." "Do you need all that you had?" "Can you let go of special things?....because you can't take it "Home" with you....." ....wow, you mean to Heaven?, I thought. Yes, that is the real HOME, when we get there, but what about before we get there? .... then I had a visual ..... of ME BEING THE HOME WHERE HE LIVES IN ME! .... like a house!!! So as I wrote and listened and prayed and gave thanks too..... I finally realized, ..... That I need to work on the place where He DWELLS..... and that is inside my soul. I need to have HIM there so comfortable that He is AT HOME THERE... in my soul... OK, A couch potato on the couch of my soul..... Wow, where did that thought come from!!?? Ha, but really, HOW COMFORTABLE is He or are you with HIM REALLY DWELLING INSIDE (Your) MY SOUL.....not just on Sunday, but every minute of the day.... Oooo now that's what I am talking about!!! Yes!!! When He dwells in me, I am AT HOME WHERE EVER I LIVE!!! EVEN UP ON A LEAF ON A STEM OF A GIANT FLOWER!! Climbing that little ladder..... That is where this art piece comes in.... I did the MYSTELE (you'll find her by clicking on STUDIO THRIVE/MYSTELE to the left in my list of favorites.) style of collaging, doodling, writing, paint dripping, smearing and playing for the picture/story to appear in it .... had to come from my soul, ... what has been in my thoughts for several weeks!!! So enjoy!!! He DOES HEAR YOUR PRAYERS AND THOUGHTS .... AND HE ANSWERS. You have to be still (or even asleep) and listen. We are finally getting closer to being completely moved and THIS WEEK I got ALL MY ART SUPPLIES on shelves!!! That also feels "AT HOME" for me. I am thinking AT HOME is actually doing something you love with Him living in your heart and getting to do it with you!!! .... or He is doing it "through" you because He lives inside!!! So many empowering thoughts that have warmed and comforted my heart!!! We look forward to the resting with AT HOME in us ....! BLESSINGS!!! I am adding what we read today in Sunday School!!! PERFECT for this art and my thinking!!
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2 Corinthians 4:16-18