There is a quote that says, “Home is Where the Heart is” but based on many relationships I’m seeing, I’m not sure where home is. Home is defined by Oxford Language, “as a place one lives, an institution for people needing professional care, or aimed toward with great accuracy”. What I’m seeing as the new definition of “home” is far different. Home has become the job, the casino, the bar, or the game. People are spending more and more time away from the place where they should dwell together as a family unit, and spending more time in places that often become hindrances instead of benefits.
Is our home and family time still important to our society? Are we valuing that time around the dinner table, movie night, or family talks? Is your marriage still filled with pillow talks, and date nights; or has the fire gone out? Today, I would that you take a moment and recognize where you’re spending your time, and what you’re doing with it. Our marriages are in trouble, our children are going astray, the family fabric is unraveling at an alarming rate – and we need to change that.
Now for some of you, you’re saying Valerie, I’d rather be away from the toxic living arrangement that I currently have – those places are my safe haven. I get that, but let me suggest to you that you find an alternative space where you’re able to experience safety, security, and peace away from outside stimulus. Find a place where you can heal.
Today, I’m making a conscious effort to make my home, “HOME” again, and I pray that each of you will do the same.