Brittany and Brendan are coming tonight to spend the rest of the week with us! Yay for Spring Break! Happy mama!!!
I’ve been working on the back yard and getting some new furniture to make it truly feel like an extension of our house. Hopefully, cozy and inviting. We already use this area so much and hope that added seating will help us to entertain out here even more as the evenings get warmer.
But there is so much more to extending a home to others than just adding some furniture and decor pieces. If my heart isn’t in the right place, if every chair and pillow and candle isn’t saturated with love, then it means nothing. It all becomes just a pretty veneer of hollowness. A cold shell with no depth or warmth.
So I dedicate this space all over again as a place where God’s love can be experienced through a listening ear, a shared laugh, a heartfelt prayer. Where communication will be reciprocal and schedules will be forgotten. A place where confidences are kept and bonds are formed. Words can be many or few in the safe environment of tranquility. Dreams can sprout wings when a person is truly heard and accepted. Ideas grow when bounced between friends.
I hope that cushions get broken in and pillows get stained. I hope that candles burn down to nubbins and that my rugs show wear and tear from extensive use. I want this place to reflect that love has lived and thrived here. That feet have been put up and hearts have been put to rest for at least just a little while.
And I promise you, that every time you come and sit here with me, Jesus will join us, smiling from ear to ear…
(Brittany and Brendan, can’t wait for you guys to get here and try it out!!!)
1 Corinthians 13:1-3 – If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecyand can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing.
Matthew 18:20 – For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them.