The official definition of a “homebody” is: “one whose interests center on the home, a person whose life and interests are centered on the home”…
That’s me! I guess I am a “homebody” at heart! I love being “at home”, I love doing things around the house: decorating, cooking, cleaning, gardening, organizing, and celebrating life’s little moments with my family. I have even made it my life’s work as an interior designer to help other people create the homes of their dreams. So as hard as it is for me to write about this, I have realized that this is an important part of “my story”… so here it goes…
Several years ago, this homebody lost her home.
Like a lot of people, we suffered a personal financial crisis during the years of 2008-2009. My husband and I are both straight commission and our income was all but wiped out during this time. It didn’t help matters that we had purchased our home at the height of the real estate market in 2006, and made several unwise investments. Needless to say, our home had lost half it’s value within 2 years of moving in, and when it came time one month to start paying our mortgage on our credit card or go into default, we made the difficult decision to sell our home as a Pre-Foreclosure Short Sale. It destroyed our credit and shook me to the core.
Time and time again, I questioned God and wrestled with why He would allow this to happen to us. But God was diligently working on this “homebody”- my heart was undergoing a major “renovation”!
By God’s grace survived the crisis and are stronger now because of it. With the help of our new-found friend, Dave Ramsey, we rebuilt our finances and our lives. We became debt free and learned how to live on a budget! God even provided us with a comfortable rental home right down the street so we did not have to leave our neighborhood or schools.
Throughout this terrible time, I came to the powerful realization that my “home” is not a physical place filled with furnishings and possessions; my home is the people I love, and as long as we were together and safe- I could be happy!
I also realized that my TRUE HOME is in heaven with Jesus! All the things of this world will someday pass away, even my family and loved ones will someday pass away, only the Lord Jesus will remain, and I look forward to living with Him forever in heaven.
We spend so much of our time and energy striving for the “temporary” pleasures of this world, I think we each have a huge hole in our heart that we stuff with things like houses and cars and material things, but nothing seems to fill that emptiness. I have worked with a number of very wealthy people over the years as an interior designer and am convinced that these are some of the most miserable people in the world. They have come to realize first hand that none of their possessions or pleasures of this world will ultimately make them happy! You see, I believe that only the unconditional love and acceptance of Jesus Christ can fill that hole in our hearts!
So I am content to be a HOMEBODY, but I know where my true home is, and as long as I am with the people I love, and keep my focus on the Lord…then I am truly “at home”! It is my hope and prayer that you too will find that peace and your true home in Jesus!