Yes. It has been nine homes in nine years for me. As I sit writing, I think back to August of 1978. We had moved to Tempe, AZ from Winnipeg Manitoba. Those were beloved years!!
One of the pastors at Grace Community Church had been our pastor in Winnipeg. Upon moving to Tempe, we became members at GCC where he was one of the pastors on staff. We ask him and his wife and a few new friends over for an evening and ask if he would deliver a blessing upon our home. That he did.
The verses that he used were the following:
“By wisdom a house is built, and by understanding it is established, by knowledge the rooms are filled with all precious and pleasant riches” (Prov. 24:3,4).
“Now my eyes will be open and my ears attentive to the prayer that is made in this place. For now I have chosen and consecrated this house that my name may be there forever. My eyes and my heart will be there for all time” (2Chron. 7:15,16).
And so our years began in Arizona. After designing and having built a beautiful home on the 16th tee of the Pinetop Country Club Golf Course, we lived there from 1984 through 1988. Because there were 25 years between Loren and me, he had sense enough to know that we should put a time limit on the years spent there due to unknown health situations somewhere down the road for us. So we moved back to the Tempe area and remained there for the next 20 years, with Loren going Home on June 20, 2008. (He was in retirement for 30 years. They went sooooo fast!!! )
Then my life took a turn and another Marge introduced herself to me. She was a Marge that I did not like and did not want to have around. I purchased 8 dinette sets, 4 mattresses, 12 lamps, 4 sets of end tables, 4 bedroom sets, 8 chairs, 5 cell phones, 3 computers, 6 laptops, 4 spinet pianos, 3 lift chairs and all kinds of everything for the kitchen and more outdoor furniture than I care to admit to. There was faaaaar more to add to the list but I shall not. There are a few items listed in my book, but they were only the tip of the iceberg. It did NOT stop there.
When asked by a member of my family why I couldn’t have the piano around, “was it my hands?” I said,”no, it is my heart”. The reply was, “what does that mean?” Another member of my family called me a name with regard to my impulsive buying. I do not remember it and I know that I am glad that I do not. I had never done things before like I was now doing!! Life was TERRIBLY in progress. Another side-line to it all was my house-hoping which began almost immediately. The “medicine” for the turmoil that I was going through came from Pastor Roger and my church. Control of my life came back very slowly and at times I wondered if I would ever be able to be any thing again. And of course, I was not able, but the Lord WAS and He never ever, ever, ever left me through the tsunami of my life.
I have moved 9 times in 9 years. A condo home, a condo apartment, 3 different mobile homes, 3 times at LifeStream, a cottage and now, moving closer to the Dining Room, the Mailboxes and the transportation areas. It has been difficult to navigate to and from across the South Campus. This will help me physically so much.
On Sept. 29th, I will have finally landed in my last physical place of my choosing. The Marge I once despised is now long gone and all of life, the good and the bad, swirls before the mind and I know it has formed the “me” that I am now.
I remember the blessing placed on our Cornell Home so many years ago. I remember the joys, the blessings, the hard times. They were the “seasonings” that God somehow allowed to mix together and bring the strengthening to my soul.
Where are you right now? No problems – every thing just right for you? Health is fairly good, family is good, no down-side in sight? Enjoy. It will NOT last. But one thing will last:
“Jesus Christ, the same yesterday today, and, forever.
He is your launch-pad~~~~your security-blanket. He is your boarding pass that will take you to your Final Home.
To Prov. 4:3,4 and 2 Chron. 7:15, 16, I add this part of a verse found in Prov. 3:33b as my move takes place.
“…He blesses the home of the righteous”
I, alone, am as though I am a filthy rag but in God’s sight, with Christ as my Lord and Savior, He sees me through Christ. It is through Him that comes my righteousness ~~~~~~ Yes. He blesses the home of the righteous!!!!!!
Mega blessings to you, each. Marge