Nesting as a Kingdom Homebody
There is no doubt that I have been feeling a resurgence of a “NESTING” for my children, my house, my days of peaceful homebody-life… I’m not pregnant but that NESTING feeling was real then, and real now, 19 yrs later… HOME is where you raise your brood, excursions are where you teach your brood, vacation is where you escape, HOME is where you long to linger… NESTING…
My active day yesterday was ultimately focused back on my nest. I moved carloads of stuff out, moved only a $mall carload of IKEA furniture $tuff back in, and caulked holes in a damp corner of the house to keep the bugs out… today will be home NESTING by rearranging furniture, lives, hopes, bugs… (the bugs have plenty of room outside, not IN my house… 1AM is not my favorite time to catch pincher bugs…)
Home, is not an oasis but a lily pad… we are all getting ready to jump, but surveying the scene… Earthly home, it is a temporary dwelling in which to raise kids and live in whatever comfort you can find and afford… home can give peace beyond measure… home gives best sleeping potential… even the cat is sleeping… Home is where I thank the Lord that I circled my wagons to be home.
Yesterday, within the breaks of carloads of moving stuff, a favorite scriptural song and sight and saying resurged again and again to calling out to me: birds chirping and daylilies blooming… birds were noisy in their nest, reminding me that the Lord will take care of me and my brood. Daylilies were grand in their blooms, reminding me that even how intensely beautiful they are, they will fade, so how much more will the Lord bloom us, clothe us, feed us, prosper us… and intensely I am reminded to stop focus on temporary things so much as to miss the point that our KINGDOM home is where GOD HAS BEEN NESTING FOR OUR ETERNAL LIFE. oh, yes, we can be a KINGDOM HOMEBODY here on earth… “on earth as it is in Heaven”
There’s a great deal of teaching in Matthew 6, Jesus came to SAVE, and He longed to teach… the amazing thing about being at home is being gifted the quiet peace to read and learn and live… Jesus pours out Kingdom NESTING teaching in Matthew 6, it is a teaching for a lifetime of learning…
Jesus circled wagons with His life to surround and complete God’s circle of Home.
Today is an open day, an open opportunity, and an opportunity to rest so that with the Holy Spirit’s Help we can start to work on the rest. Keep working the walk Jesus is leading, prepare for His next Step for your life. Soak in today, as today (and everyday) the Lord thinks about living Home in His Kingdom NEST with His children, ETERNALLY…
ENJOY EVERYDAY: Be a Homebody for the Kingdom…
Matthew 6 (the second half, NKJV)
6 Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? 27 Which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature?
28 “So why do you worry about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; 29 and yet I say to you that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. 30 Now if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will He not much more clothe you, O you of little faith?
31 “Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. 33 But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.
Matthew 6 (the first half, NKJV)
Do Good to Please God
6 “Take heed that you do not do your charitable deeds before men, to be seen by them. Otherwise you have no reward from your Father in heaven. 2 Therefore, when you do a charitable deed, do not sound a trumpet before you as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may have glory from men. Assuredly, I say to you, they have their reward. 3 But when you do a charitable deed, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, 4 that your charitable deed may be in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will Himself reward you openly.
The Model Prayer
5 “And when you pray, you shall not be like the hypocrites. For they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the corners of the streets, that they may be seen by men. Assuredly, I say to you, they have their reward. 6 But you, when you pray, go into your room, and when you have shut your door, pray to your Father who is in the secret place; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly. 7 And when you pray, do not use vain repetitions as the heathen do. For they think that they will be heard for their many words.
8 “Therefore do not be like them. For your Father knows the things you have need of before you ask Him. 9 In this manner, therefore, pray:
Our Father in heaven,
Hallowed be Your name.
10 Your kingdom come.
Your will be done
On earth as it is in heaven.
11 Give us this day our daily bread.
12 And forgive us our debts,
As we forgive our debtors.
13 And do not lead us into temptation,
But deliver us from the evil one.
For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.
14 “For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. 15 But if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.
Fasting to Be Seen Only by God
16 “Moreover, when you fast, do not be like the hypocrites, with a sad countenance. For they disfigure their faces that they may appear to men to be fasting. Assuredly, I say to you, they have their reward. 17 But you, when you fast, anoint your head and wash your face, 18 so that you do not appear to men to be fasting, but to your Father who is in the secret place; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly.
Lay Up Treasures in Heaven
19 “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal; 20 but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. 21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
The Lamp of the Body
22 “The lamp of the body is the eye. If therefore your eye is good, your whole body will be full of light. 23 But if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in you is darkness, how great is that darkness!
You Cannot Serve God and Riches
24 “No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be loyal to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon (riches)