Thursday, March 07, 2013

Thursday, March 07, 2013


Old Testament: Jeremiah 10:11-24
Morning Psalms: Psalms 42, 43
New Testament: Romans 5:12-21
Gospel: John 8:21-32
Evening Psalms: Psalms 85, 86


“If you make my word your home you will indeed be my disciples;
you will come to know the truth, and the
truth will set you free.”
(John 8:31-32)

A few years ago, I heard the phrase, "Make your home a safe haven." It’s something that has stuck with me, and I have tried to do just that -- create a safe and welcoming place for family and friends.

Dan used to do a lot around the house to keep things from going to rack and ruin, things that were beyond my areas of expertise. Shortly after Dan died, Robert wanted to move to the basement. Together, my sons and I (with the help of some wonderful companies and people) carried out a project that refurbished a number of rooms so Robert and William could each have more functional and larger living space at home. Yes, it was difficult, but I realized that I could do things that were clearly outside my comfort zone. I also realized that it wasn’t the living space that Robert and William needed, it was their friends who entered our home, happy to just hang out with my boys.

If I make His word my home, then even when the storms come, my faith will remain and I can stand strong. My actions and words are what others see. I hope they reflect even a small portion of my love and faith in God. If I listen, I know I will be guided to the truth, and in that, I find much freedom.

It still warms my heart to see a big pile of unfamiliar shoes by the front door!

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