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Tuesday, October 30, 2012

31 days :: The best thing ever seen or heard...

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 Picture this.  
It's late evening around the dinner hour.  This time of year it's already dark outdoors, by the time the dinner hour rolls around - or at least getting there.

You're driving along with your own family in tow...and you pass by house after house, some with every light on and others not so much.

This has happened for me (recently) on more than one occasion, where I would see the drapes in windows wide open and a family, sitting, gathered around their dinner table eating together.

As. a. Family.

There is nothing more heart-warming than to see that picture flash before you, caught in your peripheral as you drive by.
At least, for me anyway.

This family is...
at. home.

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In light of Sandy, the recent storm that our HUGE surrounding area has just gone through.  I know this morning, many, many folks are still "coming out" from under it's aftermath.  

Home.

It's a place where many may take for granted and when it's gone or "different" or "rearranged" - our heart-value placed on our homes changes drastically.
We're usually a lot more grateful and appreciative of our homes when close calls come knocking.

I know, last night, I got to thinking of how grateful I was that we were able to house guests (a family of five!) in our home since Sunday.  They're still here... looking for a place to call (their own) HOME.
We were safe.  We had electric the whole time.  We were/are comfortable.
Caleb said this the other day to me.
"Mom, I love our home".

You know what?  So do I.

I think that was one of the best things I've ever heard...

Reading in Hebrews chapter 3 this morning... these verses caught my attention.
"...just as the builder of a house has greater honor than the house itself.  For every house is built by someone, but God is the builder of everything."

Which in turn led me back to a couple of my favorite verses in Proverbs.
Proverbs 14:1 ~  A wise woman builds her house, but with her own hands the foolish one tears hers down.
Proverbs 24:2 ~ By wisdom a house is built, and through understanding it is established;
through knowledge its rooms are filled with rare and beautiful treasures.

How much more, than in walking through raging storms and battling any sort of crisis in the physical sense is this needed necessity to keep family a strong and sure thing.
Building our homes on the solid rock - Christ Jesus.  He, our sure foundation.

Praying together and reading together and playing together - dining together, surely...
keeps (or helps to keep) a family together.
And when seen - it is heart-warming.
Longed for.
And...inviting.

What a Treasure!

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