“there hath not failed one word”

A little over a year ago, when we moved from Mexico to Main St., God promised healing rain. It has come, in abundance, and the ways He’s taught us, shaped us, and given us rest are recorded there. And when I read in His Word a few days ago, I felt that Solomon’s sentiments echoed my own: “Blessed be the Lord, that hath given rest unto his people Israel, according to all that he promised: there hath not failed one word of all his good promise” (I Kings 8:56).

He has settled us here in our house on Main St. “Settled” on Earth is a somewhat relative term, but I often think of it as being a circumstance of peace and rest. Just as Heaven is a safe place, away from all possibility of fear and harm, our earthly homes should be a haven for our families – a place where God is always abiding with us. As a husband-and-wife team, we are slowly learning what it looks like to build up a house and raise up a family together, for the glory of God. There is a balance to find as we work to make our physical house a place we love to be, and to nurture a spiritual atmosphere in our home that will point our children to Christ.

In this chapter of I Kings, Solomon is dedicating and blessing the temple: a house he built of beautiful earthly things for the glory of God. In verse 13, we read these words of his to the Lord: “I have surely built thee an house to dwell in, a settled place for thee to abide in forever”. Those are words that I want to be able to say to the Lord! I want to invite Him into our home, our family, and our hearts and offer a place where He will feel comfortable and welcome.

And so here it is: pictures and stories of toddler-hood, house projects, cooking and baking, sewing, reading, and inspiration from the Word as we work to create a settled place.

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