One Day at a Time Devotional
Recently I was asked by one of the men in our church if I thought a person’s heart could be divided between places. I answered that I thought so. I was raised in South Carolina, I live in northern Wisconsin and I own a cabin in Upper Michigan. Each of these places I love. There are so many lovely attributes that each of these possess.
I then proceeded to tell him that I have often thought about where I would live if the Lord chose to take my husband from me earlier than expected (it is best to be prepared). I explained to him that my decision would be based on a good church with a strong pastoral leadership, two in particular (beside my own church where my husband is the Pastor) are in Northern Wisconsin (six hours north of where I live now) and South Carolina. As I thought about it later, I realized that this is the best way to make a decision, a decision based on the preaching of God’s Word.
It was after this discussion that I realized my home is where God wants me to be. As long as I am safe in His will and obeying His commandments, that is all that matters. I delight to do His will, but it is not always easy. There have been times when my heart longed to be in SC with my parents when health struggles came (my Dad’s heart attack and subsequent cancer, my grandmother’s cancer, my Mom’s fear after losing my Dad and her safety). There were other times when adversity came at work and/or in the home and I wanted to run to my cabin to live in the U.P. because it offered a more comfortable environment with less stress. Regardless of my feelings, I could not let circumstances deter me from my God given roles and responsibilities. Ultimately, I must not forget my “first love”, the Lord and His desire for my life. I love my husband and I love my children, I love my mom and siblings who reside in SC, but I love the Lord more. He has my heart and I am safe within the walls of His protection. It is my desire to please Him and wherever He has placed me is the best situation for me. He has my heart and “Home is where the heart is.”
Perhaps you are struggling with accepting the place you are, whether it be a physical address or a spiritual circumstance. Let me encourage you, as long as this is where God has placed, you are in safe hands. Also, let me challenge you to not make a decision based on emotion, fear, or the influence of others, particularly those who are not spiritually minded. Please make a decision based on prayer, spiritual counsel and God’s Word. God’s will is always best!
14 Wait on the Lord: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the Lord. Psalm 27:14
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