Wednesday, May 4, 2011

A Temporary Dwelling

One of the biggest fears I've recognized in myself recently has been the idea of being uprooted from the comfort of our home - the house I love and imagine our children growing up in, our beautiful town, our friends, and my family. A fear of being pushed outside of my comfort and security.

Although there are no current signs of our family going anywhere, I feel God convicting me that this house where we live - this life - is temporary. It is the relationship that is eternal. I'm challenged to live my life not so comfortably where I am, so focused on the place, but to live in a way that if we were to leave this place we would have everything we need to make us feel at home where ever we went. Endless hours of stories with the children, laughter, practices that build our faith and relationship with Christ...if this is what makes our house a home here, it will make a home any where.
This is how I live life for today. This is how I live in gratitude and generosity rather than in fear and control. For this is not the address I strive to make my permanent home. It is, but a temporary dwelling in which my family is blessed and may bless others through, as we cultivate and anticipate all that is eternal. Growing deep the roots that raise eyes, arms, and hearts high to heaven proclaiming all of His glory in all circumstances.

So I ask you, too, are you investing more of your time and energy in the temporary or that which is eternal?
So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal. 2 Corinthians 4:18
I'm linking up with Word Filled Wednesday over at Internet Cafe Devotions and with Scripture and a Snapshot over at Katie Lloyd Photography!


  1. What a great reminder that all we have in this life is temporary. May we focus on the eternal.

  2. Really great reminder... we convince ourselves this is the best and we couldn't want anything else and we forget what's to come is SO much more. It's a great question... the temporary or the eternal? I want to be focused on the eternal, but I get caught up in the temporary. We must be intentional about getting that right! Thank you for this... have a blessed day!

  3. Such a beatiful photo and a wonderful reminder from the Bible! Your view is gorgeous! :)
    Thank you for your comment on my blog!

  4. We have learned from experience that it is all temporary...we have let go of so much over the past six years. What a great photo and post for WFW!!

  5. Theresa,

    I love this reminder of setting our eyes on things above, not on things of this earth. It's so important to refocus our gaze when we're looking too low.

    (BTW, if that's your house and your view, then I'd request that same view for Heaven!;)Absolutely Gorgeous!

    I wanted to apologize for not replying to your sweet comment on my guest post on Penny Zeller's blog, back in March. I just visited my post recently and saw comments! I don't know what I was doing, but I truly apologize for not getting back to you. I really appreciate your nice comment about my Thomas the Train post. :)

    You have a beautiful blog and I look forward to poking around, reading more of your thoughtful insights.

    God Bless!

  6. Great picture and reminder to keep our focus on the eternal. I am leaving blessed and encouraged!

  7. "Growing deep the roots that raise eyes, arms, and hearts high to heaven proclaiming all of His glory in all circumstances."

    This is beautiful, Theresa, and a very timely reminder.
    I love this post, and have linked it up over at Only a Breath :) :

    BTW, your view is breathtaking! What a reminder of Psalm 125 "As the mountains surround Jerusalem, the LORD surround His people now and forever."

  8. love this! thanks for the reminder. happy day to you :).

  9. I so appreciate this post...just recently wrote about "Why I don't want our children to feel at home here..." because keeping that perspective changes so much about the way we live right now.
    Great post!

  10. Wonderful post! We have actually been thinking about moving (all all of the thought/stress/concern about that...) so this is a very timely reminder to my heart...

    So happy to find you at the "Encouragement is Contagious!" linky party on my blog! :) I would love for you to link up again next time! :)


  11. Oh that verse speaks to me. Thank you for this post! I am so glad to find you! What a beautiful blog!


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