I guess it's no secret that I love my little cottage so sharing my faith walk today will be a joy.
On living where I do - I always wanted to live on a little farm somewhere with chickens and horses maybe a cow and a pig thrown in for good measure. I would grow my own vegetables and the hugest sunflowers you ever did see. That hasn't happened yet, and I'm okay with that. I firmly believe that God has us exactly where he wants us.
After trying on a few different houses (three moves in an eight year span) we finally found one that fits. This little house on Lemon Lane suits our family to a tee and we knew it the first time we walked through it. It has odd shaped ceilings, lots of nooks and crannies, a nice size kitchen that was newly remodeled when we moved in with beautiful barn red cabinetry, a dining room big enough to seat 10 comfortably, crown molding, a fireplace, diamond paned windows, a little front porch, a detached garage, a sun room, my very own craft room and a beautiful backyard with large park like trees and enough sun for a vegetable garden. It sits on a tree lined street close to shopping and the downtown village that lights up at Christmas and even has a hometown Christmas parade.
That being said, I know with certainty that if for whatever reason this house was taken away, we would be okay because the truth is this old house is just wooden studs and pretty decorations.
A home is created with the heart and spirit of the people and relationships that inhabit it. The "stuff" that I love about this house could be recreated in a two bedroom apartment or a small travel trailer.
I love seeing beautiful homes on blogs and in magazines and it can be so easy to get caught up in making my home pretty at the expense of those living in it.
My prayer is that the people who feel safe, secure and loved within these walls would feel the same under any roof and if that's not the case...I need to examine what this house really represents, where my priorities are and who I am serving.
God's ultimate desire is to have a relationship with us, it's why he gave us free will. If relationship is so important to Him, shouldn't it be just as important to us? I want my friends and family to want to come by, not just to see my latest project but to feel comfortable and wanted. I want warm conversation and the smell of a fresh cup of coffee to leave more of an impression than the expensive cup I pour it into.