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The essence of home

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One's dwelling place is not really defined by the physical structure or the objects in it, by family upbringing, income, or the influence of friends. It is , instead, defined by one's spiritual concept of home. And it can be improved by first improving that concept.

For instance, beauty, order, and grace are integral elements of man's spiritual home. They are aspects of the immortal environment in which he, as God made him, lives and moves. When we increase our understanding of these qualities, and they become part of our lives, we will find ourselves able to take significant steps toward making for ourselves a truly beautiful, orderly, and graceful place to live.

The book of Proverbs states, "Through wisdom is an house builded; and by understanding it is established: and by knowledge shall the chambers be filled with all precious and pleasant riches." n1

n1 Proverbs 24:3, 4.

The apartment in which a friend of mine was living at one time was, in many ways, the result of prayer. It was an expression of the divine affluence that belongs to each of us if we will acknowledge God as the source of supply.

When looking for a place to live, she first considered the qualities of home that were important to her. Openness, spaciousness, and light were particularly meaningful at the time. So were safety and convenience. She realized these qualities were derived, first and foremost, from God, from His omnipresence, infinity, intelligence, and love. She knew that the more God's allness and infinitude were understood, and the more man's absolute inseparability from God as His expression was seen, the stronger would be the certainty of freedom and peace. Because God is eternal Love, a deep comprehension of this fact had to ensure reliable physical protection. Limitation did not have to be accepted.


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