Friday, March 8, 2013

Five Minute Friday: Home

{Every Friday, the lovely Lisa-Jo Baker posts a prompt and lots of beautiful hearts write for 5 unedited, unscripted minutes... Join in with me?}

This week's prompt:
(to which I wrote while still groggy from sleep... I know, I know - no disclaimers, sorry!)


{Ben and a friend blowing bubbles last summer 
on the steps of our then-new-to-us "home" in Central Asia}


I woke up from my nap, checked for this Friday's prompt while we're still in Thailand with fast internet, waiting to go back to our current "home"... and the prompt was this word.  This cryptic, loaded, elusive word.  Home.  Home is a word that encompasses familiar, that wraps you around like a blanket, that hugs your heart.

Home is where the heart is.  And in this life of sojourning (whether, like us, you travel continents and live out of suitcases, or whether you've lived your whole life in one house - you are still a sojourner, you know.  We all are...) it's important to know where Home is.

For me, Home is Heaven.  Home is Jesus.  "Home" on this earth is where all the members of my new immediate family: my husband, my two sons, and my gorgeous baby daughter: are gathered in one place.  "Home" for me used to be where my parents live, but not any longer... and that's as it should be.  I'm creating a new "home", for my new family.  My children will say "home" is where we are - Mom and Dad - and that's as it should be.  But my Home?  My true Home?

Is just simply nowhere in this world.  With every year that passes, and every airplane flight we take, the world gets smaller.  And feels less and less like it fits around me.  Maybe when I'm 80, I'll just be so loose in my body that I'll just simply slip it off and float away... Home.

And that's when I'll see Him face to face for the first time, and my heart will know... Home is where my heart is, and my heart has been with Him since I was 6 years old.  He is my Home.  Every sojourning heart needs His Home-ness to truly feel like you belong.  He's calling you Home today.

Can you hear Him?


{I wrote a whole song about this... find it here!}


  1. Yes, yes I can hear him. I loved this post. I'm so glad my post linked up after yours because I sojourning is such a beautiful concept and calling for us believers. If this is how you write groggy, then I'm definitely checking our more of your posts. Thank you for reminding us the Home is with Jesus and his "home-ness" is where were truly belong.

  2. How lovely to meet a fellow wanderer.

  3. Carolyn, every time I read one of your posts, I am touched by the Spirit of Jesus in your heart and it brings me to tears. Thank you for being faithful and open. It ministers to my heart so deeply. I love you girl!