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Collecting Peace: the Home

Collecting Peace: the Home

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The eternal home is first built in our heart but it is also far away-

here on Earth and in a heavenly place that doesn't decay.

We all need somewhere to dwell

mind body soul

all three parts.

Maybe one of the three you've neglected or they all feel unconnected?

But regardless- the three that are one are meant for 

a home.

Here on Earth

with friends that make us feel at home

or homes that have broken plumbing or newly painted siding.

We have minds that are sharp or minds that are fuzzy and fading.

We have souls that we surrender or don't render to God.

We have that choice too.

Just thinking about homes. 

At my new to me-old home, the refrigerator still is not hooked up, many outlets still don't work, plumbing was fixed this week though. The closets still have several boxes to unpack. And my moving-in momentum started to slack and to slow. 

During my journey of remodeling a home and moving and living with parents and moving again; a few books have been kind friends to me. I thought I might share a bundle of books with you about home. about remodels. about transitions and organization and embracing imperfection and finding a perspective of peace along the way.

Collecting peace in knowing you are not alone- by finding words that feel like home for your right now phase or future days.

love and hope in Christ,

Melissa

a bundle of books about home

I am relieved, thankful even, but I also know the effort has nearly wiped us out. Everything is harder than I anticipated. Each task requires more, and there are more of them than I ever imagined.
— Roots and Sky by Christie Purifoy
For a moment, I submit to the storm. I listen to what the darkness in my head is saying. That it is futile. Why bother? The paint will fade and chip. Our friends probably won’t even notice what we’ve done to the room...

I finally halt my train of thought...That is when I hear a different voice. A sweetly familiar voice. ‘This room will look beautiful by candlelight’.
— Roots and Sky by Christie Purifoy

2. Chasing Slow by Erin Loechner

Erin's book is not solely about a home move/renovation, but it plays a big part in the memoir. Relating to her experience remodeling was encouraging to read while I was in the thick of our own remodel.

3. The Nesting Place; It doesn't have to be Perfect to be Beautiful by Myquillyn Smith

Love her honest account of moving several times and the stress, challenges, and disappointments that came with each move. Also love the hopeful theme of the book; embrace imperfections. There is also a whole chapter about peace- chapter 5 is entitled a place of peace.

4. The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo

Okay, so I didn't follow all of the advice in the book, but it totally got me excited and motivated to organize my stuff. Many tips were helpful.

 

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