On turning a “house” into a “home” – a Christian perspective

Our new home - 106 Pleiade CircleMany of you are aware that Sharon and I have built a new home in Waxahachie, Texas… Downsizing actually – smaller home on a smaller lot – our “retirement home.” We sold the home we had built in the Midlothian/Ovilla area a number of years ago.

A new home is always an exciting (and challenging) endeavor. We’ve discovered, over the years, that it takes just a little while for a new “house” to feel like “home.” In fact, just a time or two, I’ve found myself driving to the old house by default and had to turn around and make my way to the new house that we were now calling “home.” (Com’on it’s happened to you too… Right?)

In our old home we did something that I liked after building it… we had some friends over one evening and “dedicated” it to the Lord, for His purposes, inviting His presence there, and asking for His protection and blessing. It was a powerful experience. I think we’re going to do it with this new house… Oops… “home.”

This morning during “coffee with the Lord” I read a passage that I think I’d like to use in our dedicatory ceremony – a passage that both Sharon and I want to express the values we intend to follow in our new home. Here it is… (What do you think of it?)

”We will sing of steadfast love and justice; to You, O LORD, will we make music! We will ponder the way that is blameless… We will walk with integrity of heart within our house! We will not set before our eyes anything that is worthless! A perverse heart shall be far from us! We will know nothing of evil… We will look with favor on the faithful in the land, that they may dwell with us! He who walks in the way that is blameless shall minister to us there.” (Adapted from Psalm 101 ESV)

We want our new home to be a place where worship is experienced! Where God’s presence is felt! Where ministry to others (and to us) can occur! Where integrity and truth reign supreme! Where faithfulness, peace, love and joy – the authentic kind – the kind that comes from the Lord can be experienced! That what we want for our new home! Isn’t that what you want for your “home” as well?

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