February 26th – Holly Draper

Hello friends

The last 18months have been what you could describe as a ‘season of transition’. I’ve had two job contracts, been to 6 weddings of peers, lost a friend and an uncle, gained a handful of new friends, learnt to drive, and on Monday I moved into house number 6, just in this time period. I’m not sharing this with you because I want you to feel sorry for me – there have been a many joy-filled moments in the last 18months too! – but to share a refection of this time.

Particularly in the moving of houses I’ve been trying to work out what a home is and what I need a home to be. A place to rest after a busy day at work? A place to feel safe in? A place maybe for relationships around the dinner table? A place to feel settled and steady? And I have felt these at a few of the places I have lived in, for which I am thankful. However the packing and unpacking of boxes limits these from going much deeper.

But that’s one of the many wonderful and kind things about our heavenly Father, isn’t it? Though the importance of a daily physical home shouldn’t been pushed aside, each of us has a home with God, not only waiting for us in heaven but, through His Holy Spirit, God makes a home within us. Those things I’ve been looking for in my earthly home, our Father God lavishes onto us. By making a home in him and him a home in us, we can find rest, feel safe, be in relationship with him and be settled and steady.

So I just want to urge you to press deeper into Him instead of striving to survive Allow yourself to be tenderly reminded through scripture, encouragements, prayer and testimonies, that our God is a grace-filled, compassionate, powerful God who can be relied on amidst the whirlwinds and transitions that life throwsat us. He is our anchor and the loving arms that hold us.

Mighty to Save“The Lord your God is with you, the Mighty Warrior who saves.  He will take great delight in you; in his love he will no longer rebuke you, but will rejoice over you with singing” Zephaniah 3:17

With love—Holly (Children’s Minister)