Our Apartment Adventure - The One Year Women's Friendship Devotional

Our Apartment Adventure

Lord, through all the generations you have been our home! Before the mountains were born, before you gave birth to the earth and the world, from beginning to end, you are God. Psalm 90:1-2

When my husband and I were in our late fifties, we moved to an apartment in Dallas, where he was doing consulting work with a building company. We spent weekends at our house four hours away in Oklahoma, but during the workweek, our Dallas apartment was home. Suddenly we were living in 750 square feet of space instead of 2,300 square feet. Instead of a yard, there was a small patio with space for a few pots of flowers. At a time when most people our age were stable and looking toward retirement, we were back and forth on Highway 35 in a very new environment.

Surrounded by twenty- and thirty-somethings I met in the exercise room and people from many cultures and backgrounds on pizza night, we never got bored. When we were in Dallas, we welcomed overnight guests, who slept on our blow-up bed covered with a fluffy down comforter, and offered simple meals prepared in the small kitchen. Mementos such as the hand-carved wooden giraffe and elephant from our ministry trip to Africa and sunny colors and windows made it feel like “home away from home,” but what helped most of all was the lesson the Lord taught me long ago: He—not a physical house or a specific arrangement of rooms—is our dwelling place, so we can be content in whatever abode we find ourselves, small or large, temporary or long term. Actually, whether we own our homes or rent, as we did this apartment, all the places we reside during our time on earth are temporary because heaven is our real home and eternal destination. That makes me even more grateful for the home God is making for us in heaven, for there we’ll never have to pack again! —CHERI

I dedicate my home to you, Lord. Whether it’s large or small, may it be a place filled with joy and peace and welcome for others and, most of all, for you.

Stop dreaming! Make the place where you live a place where you are expressing your own taste right now. But also start collecting some things which will continue to be used throughout life, and will be your familiar “things” that will give you continuity. —EDITH SCHAEFFER, AUTHOR AND SPEAKER

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The One Year Women's Friendship Devotional
By Cheri Fuller and Sandra P. Aldrich

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