Whichever "heart home" we have is where we dwell constantly. It is where our mind lingers. It is what we think about when we first awake and when we are attempting to sleep..... It is the place of the heart, our "home" where our thoughts, words and actions spawn from. This home is not able to be touched, or seen with the eyes, yet it is more real than our own tangible house.
Even a millionaire with a large and elaborate mansion can be suffering from a broken home of the heart. One can despair amongst the finest of riches and activities.
That is why it is so important that we take care to examine the home of our heart. Is it a positive place, or one haunted by fear, negativity or regret? Is it a little dusty? Maybe there are things that need to be replaced. Is it moldy underneath the sink? Possibly an infestation of insects that someone brought in your house unwarranted and unbeknown to you. Did something terrible happen in a room that now is barred up with steel so thick, and a lock that you don't even know the combination to? Maybe you have focused so much on the exterior decorating and the living room where others are invited that you haven't had time to fix your secret places, where you sleep at night, what you are eating, the attic of memories. Maybe the busyness of your job, school, family or activities distract you from spending any time on your house. Or maybe no one is welcome even in the door of your heart home because of what hurtful people have done in the past.
All of us fit into at least one of these or many of these scenarios at different seasons of our life. Life happens and it is hard to keep up our physical houses let alone the one of our hearts! But our true selves, our heart or spirit is the most important thing in our lives. Our heart/spirit is eternal,
God asks us to examine our hearts. As a Christian, we can do that with even more clarity and precision, empowered by the Holy Spirit. Every day we are to pursue God and ask Him to show us our hearts and what needs to be put in order. We can rely on Him to help us make our hearts a more welcoming place for ourselves and for the Holy Spirit. We are not just to have a cold, dark and dreary house... But a warm, welcoming peaceful joyful home. We want to be at rest, not full of torment. We want to be able to invite others to take part of that peace and rest when they get around us. When others talk to us we want them to be refreshed and rejuvenated, as if they came to our home and reclined on our sofa with a warm cup of hot chocolate or green tea. We want to make our heart home a safe place for others to share their hearts, a refuge and haven for the hurting and the broken. Most of all we want the Holy Spirit to be our most honored and welcomed, permanent resident.
Out of a whole healthy heart, wholeness touches the rest of our lives. Our relationships are deep, trusting and meaningful; our responses to crisis is with confidence in God. We are internally strong because our perspective is healthy and because the environment of our heart is positive, yet truthful. We have built a strong fortress, not to keep others out, but to be a safe shelter for family, friends and all who we come in contact with. We are externally strong from eating well, exercising because we value longevity. We are active and engaged, excited about life and not fearful of what may come in the future.
This is a healthy home of the heart. This is wholeness. I encourage you as well as myself, to take care of your heart, take care of your home. If you need to heal, don't run from it; embrace it. By doing so you will create a future full of peace, love and joy for yourself and others.