Dancing in the Light

I John 1:7 "If we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ, His Son, cleanses us from all sin."

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Location: North Platte, Nebraska, United States

I am a christian wife, mother and grandmother. I am a licensed Social worker and a licensed Christian counselor. I am most proud of the relationships I have with God, my family and friends all over the world. I have been blessed beyond my dreams.

Tuesday, November 06, 2007

HOME

Thank you for your prayers and well-wishes over the past three weeks. They have been hectic to say the least! We are now back at home in Nebraska, and although our house is littered with boxes, some packed and others empty, and although we have been running around starting checking accounts, getting phones and email service, changing addresses for utilities and greeting old friends, we are happy and at peace.
Transitions are never easy, either physically or emotionally. However, when decisions are right, when there is no doubt that this is what the Holy Father wants for you, when you are met with the love and support and prayers of those who love you most, the transition time becomes less harried and hasseled. It transforms into a time of peace and renewal.
We will miss our friends and church family in Spearman. I will miss being close to three of my grandchildren, but I have to tell you that being "home" feels really, really good! I remember when I was a young married woman. I remember going home to mom's for the holidays. Home was where I could be who I really was, knowing I would be loved and accepted no matter what. Home was where one could be inundated with comfort and overwhelmed with love. Home is where you can take off your shoes, run around in your jammies, tease your family and know that you all still love each other. Home is where people are genuinely concerned for you and your well-being. Home is where you can walk in the door and finish the conversation that you started a few months ago. Home is where you can kiss your mom and sit on your dad's lap. Home is where you can pick on your brother, cry with your sister and listen to grandma's stories one more time, as if it were the very first time. Home is where the heart is!
When I began thinking about the concept of "home". I started to realize that the struggle to not make our "home" in this world is a huge struggle. In the book of Philippians, the author apostle, makes it clear that he is looking forward to being "at home" in heaven. The writer of Hebrews reminds us that we are aliens and strangers here in this world and that our real home is one of an eternal nature. We are sojourners, journeying through life on earth, our course set on heaven above, with our Bridegroom and our Father.
And so, I struggle with the feelings of being "home". I have been praying and meditating about this. My thoughts wandered to the Old Testament, to the children of Israel, taken into captivity again and again, as a result of their own actions! I recall in Jeremiah, God's people are once again in captivity, being held by the Babylonians. God, through the prophet, Jeremiah, instructs them to build their houses and settle down, to plant gardens and eat the produce, to marry and to seek peace and prosperity. God reminds them to not forget His word and to remember that He has plans for them. His plan is to rescue them, to restore them and to bring them home. I wonder if perhaps that is the mindset we are to have here on earth. Perhaps it is our duty to settle down, plant gardens and marry. Perhaps we are to seek peace and prosperity, all the while remembering His words to us and keeping in mind that HE has a plan for US--that plan involves a new home, where we can live with Him forever and ever--rescued and renewed. Perhaps this home should be the one that our heart is set on---after all, home IS where the heart is!

Peace
Neva

20 Comments:

Blogger Kathy said...

Welcome back to this, your blog-home, Neva!

I'm sure you have more to write after "Jeremiah" - but couldn't wait for you to finish your thought....just had to welcome you back home. You've been missed.

Love ya' G/F!

Kathy

9:28 AM  
Anonymous Tim Archer said...

Father, may peace reside in the Cooper home.

Have a great day. May God bless your new ministry.

Grace and peace,
Tim

9:42 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am so glad to see a new post from you! I have missed my daily dose of Dancing in the Light! So pleased that things are working out for you and that you are back home.

Love
Pat

9:43 AM  
Anonymous carol said...

Welcome home!
I agree with your thoughts! We are to make a home here without being at home here, if that makes sense at all!
You sound very happy and I know the church and community there will be very blessed.

Carol

10:23 AM  
Blogger jel said...

WooHoo!
Neva's home!!!!!

Great to see ya !


have missed ya!

huggs

10:36 AM  
Blogger preacherman said...

Neva,
God bless you sister.
You have been such a blessing to my life in the short time that I have know you. I pray that God's blessing flow over your life like you have never know or experienced before. God bless you so much sister.

10:41 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

glad you are back.
God bless you

brian

11:55 AM  
Anonymous Georgian Peach said...

Yes, we missed you and are glad you are at home.

Georgia

1:52 PM  
Anonymous lisa said...

Yay! Welcome back to blog-land, Neva! I've missed you so much, both here & through emailing. I hope you are adjusting well.

It's funny, as I was reading the first part of your post, I was thinking about how often you used the word "home" and my mind drifted off to how easy it is to attach ourselves to a home here ... then your mind went on the same track. It's always an honor to think like you. (o;

Love you!

3:10 PM  
Blogger Monalea said...

Welcome home!

Love you 2-3-6,

Monalea

5:00 PM  
Anonymous NB said...

Glad you're back!

5:53 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Being productive in God's kingdom is what is important, finding an area where we can be useful is often a difficult task. I join with others in saying I missed your blogs and am confident you will be a blessing wherever you are.

Carlos

5:56 PM  
Blogger Keith said...

Welcome back, Neva. You are so right. I can't wait until I get "home".

6:07 PM  
Blogger Stacie said...

I am so greatful that you and Dirt Boy are so happy. I talk to you more now than I did when you were here. Well maybe not, but Glenn thinks I do... I am so excited to see Nebraska and meet your friends.
Love Ya Bunches

8:47 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I saw a comment or heard it once that said no matter where I am, God is still there. He was with you in Spearman and is with you in North Platte and will use you in both places.
Blessings, dear friend
Rachel
Welcome back

9:11 PM  
Blogger AncientWanderer said...

neva-
Don't worry too much about finding a place to store that tent. It needs to be somewhere when the soul goes home.

I know the feeling well. It is a comfortable feeling like an old sweat shirt when I cross the state line into Texas.

10:30 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have an undeniable peace of feeling 'home' in our new location. If this feels so right with all that we have been going through then I can only image how Home will feel.
Sista Kathy

11:33 PM  
Blogger Mommysmart said...

Yeah! I'm glad to see you back here in bloggie world, too. Welcome home!

7:19 AM  
Blogger Helen said...

Thanks for sharing that great post, Neva.

Praying that you'll find you feel like home at your new place very soon.

This week I cleaned out the very last things out of my parents house and this home is gone now forever. I can hardly describe the feeling of giving the key back to my Dad, so he can give it to the new owner.

Earthly home is so very fragile. Heavenly home is not - thank God!

6:17 AM  
Anonymous Danielkzjf said...

Yes, we missed you and are glad you are at home. Georgia

4:12 AM  

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