We’ve all been there at some point. Sitting in a house we don’t love. Just biding our time until we can move. Things will be better when we have more space, a bigger yard, an updated kitchen or _____ (fill in the blank with your dream).
We sit. Held captive by our home. Temporarily immobilized. Not wanting to decorate, hang pictures or get cozy in the waiting period. I’ve done it. Multiple times. The problem is we never know when the next living situation will surface and who even knows if it will really be better.
Waiting…that’s exactly the worse thing we can do. We shouldn’t play this game of allowing a place to dictate our actions and ultimately steal our joy.
Did you know even the Bible teaches we are to make a home and live whole heartedly during the in-between times?
Jeremiah 29:5 Build houses and settle down
Did you hear that!?
Ok – maybe he wasn’t that specific, but I think that’s what he said. God was telling these people not to just live and scrape by. He didn’t say pitch a tent and make due. He said settle in and create a home.
Next He tells them:
29:6 Increase in number, do not decrease. Also, seek the peace and prosperity of the city to which I have carried you into exile. Pray to the Lord for it, because if it prospers, you too will prosper.
So not only are the Israelites supposed to set up shop but they are to grow their families in captivity all while praying for their captive land.
That means have babies when you think you don’t have enough room. Socialize and invite friends and family over when you are in a rental. Live life without imaginary limits we let a house create.
So what are we told to do?
Seek peace and pray.
Because it’s a win win. It’s good for your surroundings and ultilmately it’s good for you.
But are you praying for the peace of your current situation? Are you praying that you and your family would continue to grow and prosper between the walls you feel stuck in? I know that’s not been my prayer in times of housing discontent. Remember it’s hard to hate someone or something you are praying for. Prayer softens a heart.
Life can’t stop and shouldn’t become paralyzing because we don’t like where God has us camped out. It’s simply a waste of time and energy that the Bible clearly instructs against. Discontent over the home we are given blocks joy God has planned for us. So how do we settle in and seek peace?
My advice is to start treating your today home as your forever home. Go ahead and decorate, accessorize, paint and improve. Put your mark on it. Improving your home is prospering it. You could possibly even be creating the next owner’s dream! You may be saying, “But I rent” or make another excuse limiting your creative freedom, but that’s not good enough. There are a million rental ideas on Pinterest. Start with anything that’s not nailed down. It can all go with you if and when you finally head to your promised land.
Rearrange furniture, get rid of things you don’t love, add some zippy new pillows. Whatever you’ve been holding out on, just go for it! Create a physical peace around you. God told the captives to settle in because he knew making a home would lead to peace and life and joy and ultimately Him. Regardless of their physical address.
God promises to lead us all out of captivity…when we seek him with all of our heart.
Don’t let your home be a roadblock to freedom. Choose to live the life you have been given today.
All the pictures above are linked to a project you can work on to start loving where you live now.
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