A recent conversation with a friend and a blog I recently
read by a cyber-friend of mine who has moved & doesn't
feel "at home" in her new place had prompted
a gathering of thoughts that may perhaps encourage you.
(It's certainly done that for me, even as I type this.)
We've moved a lot.
I actually had to COUNT the number of addresses
we've had since we were married...
We've lived in twelve places in several states.
MN, OH, PA, IN, MI... not exactly in that order.
Some places I really, really LOVED & felt totally at home.
Some places I really, really loved... for a while...
Some places I never really liked at all.
(PLEASE note, I'm NOT talking about the PEOPLE,
I'm speaking of the town itself and/or the housing
situation we were in at the time!)
In each place we've KNOWN it was God that sent us there.
When Jesus calls us somewhere it is for ONE purpose...
And His purpose is all about PEOPLE!
God loves People!
and it's PEOPLE that have made the difference for me.
When I've been open,
put away my "find-the-differences-between-you-and-me Glasses",
reached out first,
stop thinking about myself 24/7,
decided to pray instead of worry about my kids,
laughed at myself,
stop getting frustrated when I was lost...again...
and just enjoyed the place God put me...
it became a place I liked.
Some of you kinda feel sorry for me because we live in Detroit.
Others of you say "respect" is the word that comes to mind.
And there's probably even more of you who think we're border-line
crazy! (oh, wait, those people probably are NOT reading this blog!)
Simply put... I'm just in the middle of God's Will.
Right where He's called us.
Not understanding everything.
But knowing with all my heart...
that I love JESUS, and what HE says GOES!
I LOVE living in Detroit!
(Note: It's coming up on our 6th yr. anniversary of
living in Detroit, 5 yrs. of being at the same residence.
THAT's a record!)