Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Home

There is an old saying: "Home is where the heart is." I believe there is much truth to this adage. When we lived full time in our RV we used to say:"Home is where we park it". Living in the various houses of our children for some period of time caused me to coin the phrase: "Home is where the grandchildren live". But now that we finally have a small house in a retirement community I am beginning to feel that home is once again a stationary building with walls, a cement driveway, and a red front door with a welcome mat. I invite all my blog friends to visit us in Indianapolis but in case you never travel this way here are a few photos.






Our home is not very big but it feels so comfortable and fills me with a real sense of warmth and peace. It is a special gift from God. It is like the peace that only He can offer His children. Jesus said to his disciples before he returned to heaven; "Peace I leave with you. My peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your heart be troubled and do not be afraid. " John 14:27

As the sun streams through my bedroom window while I do my morning devotions I feel His peace and know I do not have to be troubled about anything because HIs peace covers me. 

"Pilgrim was taken to a large upper room that faced the sunrise. And the name of the room was Peace." from Pilgrim's Progress

Friday, October 3, 2014

Powerful quote!

I recently completed a novel of historical fiction called "The Preacher's Bride" written by Jody Headlund. It is the tale of the second wife of John Bunyan, author of "Pilgrim's Progress". The story, although fiction in nature, is based on historical facts gleaned from the authors's hours of pain staking searching out and reading a variety of historical records. Elizabeth Bunyan was the step-mother of four small children left motherless by the early death of Mary Bunyan. Elizabeth labored for 7 days, yes 7 days, giving birth to John's still born son. She had to provide a meager living for these children and herself while John was imprisoned for preaching the gospel of Jesus Christ, during which he wrote "Pilgrims's Progress", one of literature's greatest works! Elizabeth suffered much but kept her eyes on Jesus, her Lord and Savior. One quote from this book has had a profound impact on my view of hardships:
"Hardships are the Lord’s greatest blessing to the believer. Without them we would love the Lord only for what He does for us. Our troubles teach us to love Him for who He is.”

I would recommend this novel as an enjoyable read but even more so to take to heart the quote above, whose truth echoes through the pages of God's word!