I’ve been sitting here – at home again – enjoying the cool morning breeze coming through open windows and the scent of lavender laundry detergent as the sheets from my bed slowly agitate and become infused with the scent I love. Through the morning I have picked up little things – reminders that special people were here in our absence. A little sock from our baby granddaughter. Forgotten – or taken off on purpose? Hair accessories that certainly must belong to a growing granddaughter. Signs of bubbles blown in the backyard. A note from our dear daughter, thanking us for giving her and her four sweet kids a bit of vacation while we were away. It’s a note that thrills my heart with the gratitude in her words and the love I read there. The love in my heart for her spills a bit from my eyes as I realize that this place that I call home also feels like home to her. Bringing her children here for a few days brought respite from daily life for a bit. I am thankful that this place that is a gift from God to us and a blessing to our lives has once again blessed someone else. This time, those dearest to our hearts.
During my time away I spent many hours reading and devouring a book I bought just before our vacation. I couldn’t put it down. The Reluctant Entertainer by Sandy Coughlin spoke to my heart. God had already been speaking to me about opening my home and my heart to more people. He spoke to me in the places of my reluctance! Sandy’s words were just what I needed – at times I was sure she was reading my mind. I came home excited and ready to open the door of my home more than ever before. Ready to welcome and share our home more with friends new and old. Today I realized it already began while I was away! In ways I never dreamed, my door opened and my dear ones came in – they were the first. And they found rest and blessings here.
Thank you, God, for the gift you have given me. My home. Not really mine - it is Yours! Use it to touch those You choose. Help me always hold the door open wide to the dear ones You send my way. Let my home be a blessing. A refuge from the storm. A place of rest and joy! A place where Your presence brings peace to all who enter!