This past week, my husband and I were house/dog sitting for our kids. Each day we would return to our own house to check our mail, etc. When it was about time to return to our kids’ house, I would say, “It’s time to go home.” He would try to correct me and say, “No, this is our home.” I would then say to him, “My home is wherever we are.”

You see, my house, or home used to be important to me but all of that changed when he was in the hospital. He spent about three weeks there and I stayed at my son and daughter-in-law’s. When I would return “home” to get supplies, I would look around and it was nothing but a structure without him. I would only feel “at home” when we were together. It didn’t matter if he was at the hospital or rehab center, wherever we were was “home.” My emotional attachment to our physical house has now changed; it is no longer our home, just where we are staying. This new found freedom only adds to my sense of well-being.

Spiritually, my perspective on my eternal home changed years ago. When I first became a believer in Jesus Christ, I learned that Jesus said, “My kingdom is not of this world.” That meant that He was King of another kingdom, a spiritual kingdom if you will. I quit looking at myself as a citizen of this world and began to see myself as a citizen of His Kingdom, with His priorities in mind. I didn’t quit caring about the people and events taking place around me, but I did view them differently. For example, I certainly wasn’t going to make myself miserable with all the political machinations taking place in the news. I care about what’s going on but I prefer to take the long view when it comes to them. I care about things from an eternal perspective now. You see, my eventual home will be with Jesus wherever He is. I want to promote His kingdom and be concerned with the things He is concerned about and I do know one thing. He cares about people; He wants people to come to know Him and spend eternity with Him in His home.

What about you? On an emotional level, where do you consider your home to be? And what about on a spiritual level, where do you think your eternal home will be? If you are not sure, check out Jesus and what He has to say about it. He will gladly point you in the right direction.

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20 thoughts on “Home

  1. What a beautiful awareness Val. I am inspired daily here at AOC. Life is but a journey in time and on God’s designated realm of for each of us. Your spouse is very insightful.

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  2. “Christians are therefore encouraged to see themselves as ‘pilgrims and strangers on the earth’, ‘temporary residents’ whose true home is in heaven” (1 Peter 2:11; Hebrews 11:13)

    Right on with this perspective, as usual Valerie. Glad your beloved husband is on the mend.

    Archbishop Charles Chaput wrote a good book about this a few years back. “Strangers In A Strange Land: Living the Catholic Faith in a Post-Christian World.” We have much more in common with our fellow Christian believers than with a world that has abandoned Him.

    Thank you for being you. God bless you and your husband.

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    • I so love that verse…it didn’t come to mind when writing this but it is the very essence of what I was getting at. I so agree with your thoughts. I so hope you and your family are well also!


  3. I am now living in my 30th residence of my 73 years of life, so I have no attachments to any particular physical space. I do enjoy where we now live, but I know that it could easily go away tomorrow. And that’s okay. And I agree that the things that we go through in this life do alter our perspectives on life, or they should. And I do long for my heavenly home, but yet I am content with where God has me for now, and with what he is doing in my life and through me for his purposes and for his glory. And thank you, Valerie, for sharing what you did here. Beautiful story! Glory to God! God bless you, my friend.

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  4. Yes the bosom of the family and especially my husband are my “home”. As for my spiritual home – it is where my heart is joined with my sisters and brothers in Christ and my eternal home will be where I will see God…

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