Sanctuary Ridge Faith Stories

This Is Not My Home…

Someplace “Comfortable”

Have you ever longed to be somewhere else?

There are certainly situations we face in life that make us feel uncomfortable! Perhaps a dinner party where you feel so out of place that you want to hide in the bathroom until it’s over? I’ve certainly been to a few of those!

Or maybe you’ve been some place so wonderful that you never want to leave? A wonderful family beach vacation where life seems so perfect you wish time could just stand still?

There’s No Place Like Home!

Some of you don’t know me. And most of you don’t know that I have moved 22 times! That’s almost every two years for my entire life! It’s no wonder that I never feel like I’m “Home” unless I’m with my family. “Home” to me is not a destination; it’s not a house. “Home” to me is wherever my family is. But there is truly more to this feeling than just moving so many times.

See, this world is not my “Home”. I long for another home, another place that I have never been.

A “Home Sweet Home” like we have never known before, one with:

No more pain,

No more sorrow,

No more fear,

No disease,

No tears.

Sounds pretty amazing, huh?

A little research:

In my search for exactly what the Bible says about our heavenly home, I came across the Message translation and wanted to share it with you. If you haven’t checked it out yet, is a wonderful source that makes it so easy to compare different translations!


1-5 For instance, we know that when these bodies of ours are taken down like tents and folded away, they will be replaced by resurrection bodies in heaven—God-made, not handmade—and we’ll never have to relocate our “tents” again. Sometimes we can hardly wait to move—and so we cry out in frustration. Compared to what’s coming, living conditions around here seem like a stopover in an unfurnished shack, and we’re tired of it! We’ve been given a glimpse of the real thing, our true home, our resurrection bodies! The Spirit of God whets our appetite by giving us a taste of what’s ahead. He puts a little of heaven in our hearts so that we’ll never settle for less. 6-8 That’s why we live with such good cheer. You won’t see us drooping our heads or dragging our feet! Cramped conditions here don’t get us down. They only remind us of the spacious living conditions ahead. It’s what we trust in but don’t yet see that keeps us going. Do you suppose a few ruts in the road or rocks in the path are going to stop us? When the time comes, we’ll be plenty ready to exchange exile for homecoming. 9-10 But neither exile nor homecoming is the main thing. Cheerfully pleasing God is the main thing, and that’s what we aim to do, regardless of our conditions. Sooner or later we’ll all have to face God, regardless of our conditions. We will appear before Christ and take what’s coming to us as a result of our actions, either good or bad. 11-14 That keeps us vigilant, you can be sure. It’s no light thing to know that we’ll all one day stand in that place of Judgment. That’s why we work urgently with everyone we meet to get them ready to face God. God alone knows how well we do this, but I hope you realize how much and deeply we care.

Home Sweet Home

I can not wait to go home! What a glorious time it is going to be!

My prayer for you today is that God would awaken in you a deep longing to be Home with Him! There is nothing like His love and the peace that He gives in this life so I can only imagine what it will be to stand face to face with Him one day!

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