For the last 11yrs. our hearts have been at our 25yrs old, wood-frame house in Palm Bay which is what made this otherwise flawed house a perfect home for us.
This past week we sold that house as we continue to answer God's call. I can confidently say it was the hardest thing we've had to do yet in this venture of faith. Nonetheless, The Lord showed his faithfulness in providing us with the "perfect" buyers.
I say perfect because they are exactly whom we prayed for to buy our house: a young family who loves Jesus. We're so excited for that house to become a home for them just like it did for us as we moved in with a 5 yrs old and a 3 months old.
Another way The Lord showed His faithfulness was in providing a home (not a house) for us to temporarily live in. Friends (The Shrestha's) were led to invite us to live in their home with them until we are done with support raising and on our way to California. It is so comforting to be in their home as they also love Jesus and believe in the work God is doing in and through us wholeheartedly.
"For now, home is where the Shrestha's are". -Juni Marin
This concept of a home versus a house was made clear to me last week as a family friend stepped into our empty house during the moving process and exclaimed, "now this is just a house!". I asked what he meant, and he went on to tell me that it was us being in it/ our hearts being there that made it a home. "Otherwise, it's just an empty shell", he said wisely. This gave me courage; knowing that no matter where The Lord takes us if our hearts are there, it will be home. This is why I have no doubt that Long Beach, California will soon become home for us.
In the same way, if your heart is for God that is where He dwells, but if it's not it's just an empty shell, much like an empty house.
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