Saturday, November 10, 2012

being without a "home" of our own as of late, made this reminder all the more poignant for me to-day. i know there are many truly without a home, physically there is none. i know not everyone has the associations of home that Spurgeon and i do ((my heart aches for them both)); but i pray that we would each truly know Him alone as our abiding place....
Charles Spurgeon's Morning and Evening - Saturday, November 10, 2012
Morning "The eternal God is thy refuge." Deuteronomy 33:27
The word refuge may be translated "mansion," or "abiding- place," which gives the thought that God is our abode, our home. There is a fulness and sweetness in the metaphor, for dear to our hearts is our home, although it be the humblest cottage, or the scantiest garret; and dearer far is our blessed God, in whom we live, and move, and have our being. It is at home that we feel safe: we shut the world out and dwell in quiet security. So when we are with our God we "fear no evil." He is our shelter and retreat, our abiding refuge. At home, we take our rest; it is there we find repose after the fatigue and toil of the day. And so our hearts find rest in God, when, wearied with life's conflict, we turn to him, and our soul dwells at ease. At home, also, we let our hearts loose; we are not afraid of being misunderstood, nor of our words being misconstrued. So when we are with God we can commune freely with him, laying open all our hidden desires; for if the "secret of the Lord is with them that fear him," the secrets of them that fear him ought to be, and must be, with their Lord. Home, too, is the place of our truest and purest happiness: and it is in God that our hearts find their deepest delight. We have joy in him which far surpasses all other joy. It is also for home that we work and labour. The thought of it gives strength to bear the daily burden, and quickens the fingers to perform the task; and in this sense we may also say that God is our home. Love to him strengthens us. We think of him in the person of his dear Son; and a glimpse of the suffering face of the Redeemer constrains us to labour in his cause. We feel that we must work, for we have brethren yet to be saved, and we have our Father's heart to make glad by bringing home his wandering sons; we would fill with holy mirth the sacred family among whom we dwell. Happy are those who have thus the God of Jacob for their refuge!

may the Lord bless you and keep you, kind friends.


  1. too funny.

    we are leaving Home Depot, two gallons of paint in hand, when girl love says, "when we get home, may we watch a video?"

    we're still 'living' in the hotel, and the only means to watch a video is the 7" portable dvd player.... at the house rooms are empty, except for cleaning and painting supplies, but it's already home to her {:

    oh, how He loves us so!

  2. Love your heart. Love what He continues to show you. Love how the journey of One has come full circle, as He is the One and only in so many ways as you walk this crazy part of the journey. So glad girl love is adapting. Hope boy love is too! Been praying for that! Love and miss you much! Continue to be brave, my sister! You are His favorite daughter!