MY HOME – MY HAVEN

How do you feel about your home. It is just a place that needs to be cleaned and where you sleep at night.  Or is it your haven, your sanctuary away from a busy and noisy world.

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One of my favourite sayings is..

A house is built of brick and stone, a home is built on love alone.

Our home is built of brick but the inside is full of love.

Our home still needs cleaning and the clothes still need washing. There is ironing, and dusting and vacuuming, mopping and sweeping. There are beds to make and pillows to fluff, oh and the toilets need cleaning. The spiders find our home a great place to live so there are always webs to wipe down and dirty fingerprints to wipe off the walls.

Our home is just a normal place, with books in bookcases and accordians on show (maybe this isn’t normal).

Music flows from our home as our children practice their piano and sometimes it is sweet and sometimes not.

Sometimes you will hear raised voices – sorry we aren’t perfect, and then sometimes you will hear the soft voices of repentence and forgiveness.

If you are here for a meal you will hear the words of thanksgiving to our Heavenly Father who provides all our needs.

Hopefully, most of all you will know when you step into our home that this is where love abides. Love for each other and for those we care for.

Psalm 26:8 O LORD, I love the habitation of your house and the place where your glory dwells.

Ephesians 3:17 Then Christ will make his home in your hearts as you trust in him. Your roots will grow down into God’s love and keep you strong.

48 thoughts on “MY HOME – MY HAVEN”

  1. We were just saying tonight after coming home from a very frustrating experience how thankful we are for home. Inside these walls, I find great comfort and peace. Home is definitely where my heart is.

    1. You are so right Cheryl, home is a place of peace and comfort. I am sorry you had a difficult experience and I pray that God will comfort you all. Thanks so much for your encouragement. Blessings

  2. Home is definitely where mine is too. After being gone all day running errands or dealing with stressful issues, it’s nice to see the big gray house and come in to sink into the couch or grab a cup of coffee and just be where we can relax. It’s not perfect, it’s not spotless, but lived in and made “home”. The boards and walls don’t make the home, but the family inside.

    1. You are so right and I can imagine with your busy schedule how nice it would be to come home and just “be”. Thanks for stopping by and I really enjoy conversing with you about our lives. Have a great week. Blessings

    1. Thank you so much Jayne for the comment and the nomination, that is such a blessing and very humbling indeed. Thank you so much for your constant encouragement. Blessings

  3. Morning- I saw your link on Strangers & Pilgrims On Earth.

    We have been in our home 38 years. I miss it when I’m not there and worry about it like it is my child.

    It’s a tiny ranch but it has a huge heart that comforts us.

    Linda

  4. Hello,
    Yes, I know exactly how you feel and it is nice to meet so many kindred souls! With many hectic meetings, rushing to and fro…there is no better place to be than in my chair with a book, beside the hearth, listening to the clock on the mantel slowly tick the time away and gong on the hour, with my husband in his chair across from mine…..absorbed in his sudoko, but listening and nodding to my stray comments. There is such a sweetness in this slowness. Thank you for this good reminder!

    1. Sounds like a great place Paige and I can just picture you and your husband together. Thank you so much for taking the time to share with us and for leaving a comment. Blessings

  5. There is no place like home! Thank you for sharing a picture of yours (which is like many of ours) on the Art of Home-Making Mondays 🙂

    1. Thanks Jes and I just feel that your home is the same as you said, thanks for hosting weekly and thanks also for blessing me with your comments. Have a great week. Blessings

  6. Good words to hear. Not only for myself – I get to be at home every day enjoying where God has placed me during this time of my life – but for my husband also. I want to remember to make it a place of refuge for him after his long 12 hour work shifts. Thanks you for sharing and blessings to you,
    Patti

    1. Thanks Patricia, it is such a blessing to be able to be at home and to create a haven and refuge for our family and I, like you, like to make our home pleasant for my husband to come home to. Thanks so much for stopping by and blessing me with your comment. Hope you have a great week. Blessings

  7. Such great thoughts….. what a blessing that God allows us to create a sanctuary, a haven for our family…. that we can all enjoy a place of safety and peace. No, not perfect, but a place where God is honored and we love each other. 🙂

  8. This is so very true . . . when our homes are full of the love and strength of Jesus, they are the most blessed places to be, no matter where they are. Thank you for sharing . . .

  9. What a sweet portrait you’ve painted of your home with words and meaning, Terri! Love it! Thanks for reminding us of what matters most. 🙂

  10. So thankful for my home — as you have said: not because it is palatial, but because of who lives here with me and what God is doing within the walls. Always glad to read you wherever I find you , and today, it’s at Fellowship Friday!

  11. “This is where love abides.” Yes, ma’am! I’d say if that’s your aim, you’re making a wonderful home! Bless you as you make your home a haven!

    Thanks so much for joining Grace at Home!

  12. Sometimes I get ants in my pants to move. Then the season shifts, and I fall in love with my house all over again. It’s a complicated relationship! Lol But you are right, so important to have that safe space.

    1. Thanks Jenni for your comment, I sort of know how you feel. We have moved nearly every 5 years and now we are settled here but I sometimes get the 5 year itch, but then I think of how much work moving is and it cures me. Have a great day. Blessings

  13. I love the fact that God allows us to make a home for our sweet families. Instead of luxurious furnishings I want guest to feel the love in our house and know that we love each other and God here. And when all else is dark I want my home to be a place of rest and reflection. Blessing to you and your family. Visiting from Blessing Counters Link Up.

  14. Terri,

    By the number of comments this post must have struck a cord. I know our home is a haven for me. Since my children are all grown and I now work full time outside the home, I don’t get to be there nearly as much as I wish! So it is precious time for me.

    My husband and I love to be home. We don’t have to do anything special. It’s good to just be sitting side by side, reading or watching some of the few shows worth watching.

    Thanks for the reminder. And thank you for linking up at Mondays @ Soul Survival.

    Today is Mother’s Day here in the U.S. Do you celebrate mothers at some point in the year. Hope you have a blessed Lord’s Day and Mother’s Day.

    Donna

    1. Wow Donna, when do you get time to do all your posts with working full time, you are amazing. I totally understand then why your time at home is so precious to you. I also enjoy just sitting with my husband, sometimes he plays his banjo or we watch something on DVD, these are my favourite times with him. Yes we had Mother’s Day here to on Sunday and my children did spoil me really well and I had a great day. Hope yours went well too and thanks again for all the work you do and for stopping by and commenting. Blessings

  15. This just made me smile because it is this paradigm we need to consider as we purpose to buikd our home, a multi-faceted prism that shines bright because of HIS light shining through. Our home has many similar views that you have allowed me to glimose in your own. :)The sound of repentance is exceptionally beautiful to my ears.

    Blessings,
    Dawn

  16. Lovely post about the true meaning of “home.” I see the post resonates with a lot of people! 🙂
    Thanks for linking up with Grace & Truth this week. 🙂
    God bless!

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