Friday, March 11, 2011

On Home

Today I am guest posting for my friend Melissa at A Familiar Path.

Melissa is actually a new friend of mine - we met just a couple of months ago at Blissdom. Without thinking twice, I knew she was like kin. She's funny and genuine and wore the coolest outfits EVER. And, this is her birthday week!

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Historically, I have been the girl who secretly wasn’t itching to ascend into the clouds on a vapor.

Did I just say that out loud?

Well, it’s the truth.


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20 comments:

  1. have you read 'heaven' by randy alcorn? it COMPLETELY changed my vision of home and heaven. it loosened the grip that my inevitable death had on my soul and helped me to realize that, truly, i love my foyer. my entryway. my world now.it can be ever so wonderful and comforting but why would i ever want to live in my foyer?? i love my foyer because it is is a hint, a taste..it speaks to the promise that what lies BEYOND the entry, my full and total home, is truly wonderful. :) so... yeah. it's a pretty good book. :)

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  2. Thanks for this post Shannan. I used to think that longing for our heavenly home came with age. Now I think it comes with wisdom.

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  3. In my effort to "rest" while ill today - my mind journeyed to the very same place. The space that my family fills is just temporary and doesn't need to be perfect. What awaits me in Heaven will be perfect and I will never find a need for something more - something better - something different. Enjoying the journey with you :)

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  4. What a great post! I feel that way sometimes too.

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  5. we're on the same wavelength. Except for the shabby chic phase. Gracious!

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  6. Just read your column, and all I can say is "Oh. Wow." You made me homesick, and I am home - my home here on planet earth, anyway. But unlike you, there have been times I have yearned, ached for 'home'. And just so you know, that 'home' will smell exactly like freshly blooming, fragrant lilacs. Yup, that's my theory and I'm sticking with it! :o)

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  7. Great Tim Keller quotes. I first heard about Tim Keller about 10 years ago when my pastor gave me a tape of one of his sermons. I had just graduated from college and was moving from my small town in TX to Seattle to work for the North American Mission Board. I think the sermon was titled "God of the city"...maybe. It was so timely and inspirational. Now I listen to his sermons online or podcasts rather than tapes--how times have changed! And, about the home decor thing. I think we all go through phases, just maybe not as interesting as yours.

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  8. Shannon have you thought maybe God is not wanting u to sell your home right now since it is not selling and you still love being there?

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  9. Thank you so much for sharing this. Within the last year it has become very important to me to make our house more of a home. A place that reflects me, my personality, and my family while remaining functional and sticking to a budget that is God honoring. I often find it conflicting that my goal should and is to get to my "eternal" home, but I have such a passion for decorating my material home. I know that God gives us our gifts and so I try to remind myself of that and keep a healthy balance. Thank you for your perspective on this topic. It gave be food for thought and warmed my heart! (Amanda @ FancyLittleThings.com)

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  10. Hello Shannon-
    This actually has nothing to do with the above post but I was looking for some meal ideas on Martha Stewart's website and came across this great site, Ziplist. I'm not sure if you have heard of it or not but I thought of you right away. It's a great site for planning meals for the week and it puts together the shopping list for you, what aisle everything is on and the pure goodness of it just goes on and on. I found the site to be amazing and I'm looking so forward to using it for my weekly meal planning. It does so many neat things. It moved all my saved meals from Martha's page to my ZipList account and added each item to my shopping list. So when I look at something on my list, I click it and it takes me right to the recipe and if I hit, "Show in List" it goes down my entire shopping list (of every recipe that I added which was 65 pages worth) and automatically puts together my shopping list for that specific item. Anyway, enough of me going on and on but I hope if you haven't heard of it, you check it out. You know I always look forward to your grocery posts and meals!

    Have a good one.

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  11. Sweet picture!..Happy Birthday to your new friend!
    Sweet pictures of your dear boy!

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  12. Beautiful and throat-achy, all at the same time.

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  13. I just sent a friend a comment saying how excited I am knowing I get to be in heaven with women like you gals, it may not be home like we know it, but it is going to be soo fun. I do feel the same way, it feels so weird to think we won't be here one day.Great post!

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  14. I love your acsending to the clouds comment,
    thanks for the giggle before I head off to bed:0)

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  15. Beautifully written... and straight from so many hearts, I'm sure. I used to be afraid because like you, I was so content with my cozy life. Although I am content, there is no fear. Where there is Christ, fear cannot reside.

    If you have 4 minutes, check out this link ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HSq8LyCdtgk&feature=related ) to Sara Grove's song "Going Home." It has spoken to me over the last few months... and your words reminded me of it.

    Blessings.

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  16. Love the picture in this post... :-) So simple but so nice!

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