Growing up it bothered me when I’d hear people say, “I stay there,” in reference to their home, opposed to saying, “I LIVE there.” I would often correct my friends, “Don’t you mean live there?” Most people use those two, live and stay, synonymously in this context. Yet, to me there is a significant difference between the two.
In my mind, “Stay” is temporary, and “Live” is permanent. I might “stay” over a friend’s house for several days, or I may “stay” at a hotel, while I am traveling. Wherever I stay, I know there is a definite ending to my time in that particular place, However, where I LIVE is more permanent, it’s where I reside, it’s home, where I belong, where I feel welcomed at all times.
I live in a place where God extravagantly lavishes His unconditional love upon me, and His amazing grace is an unlimited resource, which empowers me to do the things that I cannot do in my own strength. It’s a place of unwavering trust in God’s Timing, where I position myself in great expectation to see everything God has promised me become my truest reality.
I live in a place where I am at rest, toil-free because I know that what God has for me will never miss me. It’s a place of gratitude because I know that all of my needs are met, and I am well, mentally, physically and emotionally.
This place that I reside in is a place of liberty, where I am free to be exactly me, no one more, no one less because in this place, where the Spirit of the Lord lives, I know that I am enough. I know that I am living for an audience of One, and nobody else’s opinion matters….
This is where I live, and it’s a perfect place to live. The problem is sometimes I find my self making “reservations” to “Stay” in low-level temporary housing. Places like Fear, worry, limitation, or inadequacy. These are places where I find myself when I have drifted away from God’s standard of thinking, and become consumed by things that don’t really matter. I can’t deny the fact that there are times where I stay in these places too long. I wander along thinking I am not enough, thinking I am a failure, thinking I will never see the manifestation of God’s will in my life. Wandering, worrying and wavering….
The thing I love about God is when I turn to Him, He always reminds me that He has never left me. He reminds me that I can’t escape Him, He reminds me that NOTHING, no place, no thought-process, no fear, NO NOTHING, can permanently separate me from His Love! I can turn away from Him, but He will never turn away from me.
When I find myself staying in these places, the truth is, I am just a prayer away from getting back to “Home”, the place that I LIVE! In these moments, I need only deliberately turn toward God, receive His love, and when I receive His love in moments where I feel the most undeserving of it, Fear , worry, limitation, and thoughts of inadequacy dissolve under the power of His unconditional love for me. Every time I get “Home” I realize I am always just one decision from here.
How about you? Do you know where you LIVE versus where you may occasionally STAY? Are you one deliberate decision away from Home? My prayer for you is that you find yourself so consumed by the Perfect Love of God, that fear is afraid to bother you. I pray that you will not define yourself by the places that you may temporarily stay, that you would realize you are never abandoned by our Great God! I pray that you would know, that Home is always available to you. I speak love, joy, and peace over you! In the Name of Jesus!
Can anything ever separate us from Christ’s love? Does it mean he no longer loves us if we have trouble or calamity, or are persecuted, or hungry, or destitute, or in danger, or threatened with death?… No, despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loved us. (Romans 8:35-37)
There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment. But he who fears has not been made perfect in love. (I John 4:18)
That’s all for today! Until Next Time, Keep Your HOPE LIVING – Fully alert and ALIVE!