Saturday, November 14, 2009

The Only Home for Me?

Being at home with my parents and sister is a blessing. I am very thankful that I can live here during this season in life. However, I don't want to give the impression that I wouldn't be happy anywhere else.

When writing about home life, it is easy for me to slip into the poetic, to give the impression that I am perfectly content and am right where I want to be forever. I am where I want to be right now, but I couldn't honestly say "there's no other place I'd rather be." I actually typed that sentence twice when writing last night, and deleted it both times. Choosing between a college dorm, an apartment by myself, or here with my family, this home is definitely my top choice. I enjoy the protection and comfort, the family almost always around, the beautiful surroundings, the church we attend, and the students and families I can work with. Our house and land will always have a special place in my heart. It is what I think of when I think of home.

However, the location is not as important as the people. If God called my family elsewhere, I would most likely move with them. And if the Lord allows me to marry, I'll willingly - joyfully! - leave this home to establish one with my husband. Though I'm a born and bred southern girl that enjoys warm weather, I'm not stuck on staying in Alabama. If my husband lived or moved to the frigid north or far out west, I would willingly go with him.

As you all have probably noticed, I do enjoy home life - it's part of who I am. But much as I enjoy our "Wisteria Pines" - this home in the valley - I look forward to one day moving to another home.

Ultimately, I look forward to our heavenly home, which will be much better than we could imagine. There we will find our forever rest, with a family much larger and more wonderful than we could ever know.


Miriam said...

The frigid north is not so bad all the time :) We've been having some really nice November weather in the 60's.

You're right, the location is not as important as being in the place that God calls you to be in. If He allows you to marry, the place you should be will be revealed by wherever your husband settles.

Ella said...

I loved this post of yours, Anna. I cannot say anything more.

I love being in my family, but they know, as does the Lord, that I would gladly give it up for the husband I pray for someday!

Luke and Michele said...

Amen Miriam! I never thought I'd live in Arkansas for 11 years and then I never thought I'd be moving back to Pennsylvania. I'm so thankful Luke is leading and I don't have to worry about the details of where I should live!

Anonymous said...

Hey, I'm in the northwest, and we're not so bad. If you live on the eastern side of the states (ie: eastern Washington or Oregon), there's actually a ton of dry, semi-arid desert that keeps the temperatures quite warm. ;)


Anna Naomi said...

I know the "frigid north" isn't so bad! =) I could get used to it, but since I've always lived in the south, I do enjoy enjoy our warm weather. :)