Reason to Trust #15 [Erica]

Erica SullivanAge: 33 // Favourite Food: Anything my Husband makes. // Dream Job: Teaching. // Current Season: Stay at-home-mom, loving my 3 and 5 year old, dreaming with my hubby, living in the greatest city–Austin, Texas. // Met Jesus: At 23 years old, in a church in West Virginia. // Favourite Verse: Romans 8:28- “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” // Instagram: @ericasullivantx

There are some really simple things I love about my parent’s house.  I know each time my family visits, there will be sweet bologna in the refrigerator, which is awesome because I never keep it in the fridge at my house.  I know my Mom will have a pair of slippers ready for me to wear because “the old floors get cold”, whether they’re hers, or a brand new pair she just thought I might need.

I also love how she will have every picture framed of my children I’ve sent since the last time we visited.  While all of mine are stored on digital media, she’s proudly showing off her beautiful grandkids and can’t help but display her love for her family. 

There’s no doubt when we arrive my Dad will be ready to serve us.  From having a fresh hankie in his back pocket to wipe runny noses, to running to the basement to get toys or any other thing we could possibly need, he barely sits, and when he does he falls asleep sitting up, because he works too hard and gives so much.

There’s truly no place like home.  I miss home.  Quite frankly, sometimes I get irritated with God for moving my family 1,500 miles away from home.

I’m thankful God always reminds me he’s in control, when my emotions question his plans.  While recently reading John 15:4 my heart was comforted by the simplicity of the invitation he offers us…

“Live in me. Make YOUR HOME in me just as I do in you.”

Wow, Jesus is alive in me!  He’s at HOME in me.  This beautiful thought gives me strength, and helps me fix my attention on Him rather than my worries and concerns about motherhood, ministry, or missing the ones I love most. 

My Mom knows I need slippers.  God knows the specific people I need to encourage me.  He knows I miss my family.   He knows how to supply my every need.  He even knows what I need before I even ask.  He reassures me of where my “home” is…it’s in Him.  My desire is to trust his will, and believe he will put the love he has for my family and me on display! 

Again, there’s no place like home, John 15:7-8 says,

“But if you make yourselves at home with me and my words are at home in you, you can be sure that whatever you ask will be listened to and acted upon.”

I want to truly LIVE in him.  Every time I pray, open his Word, or worship him I want to sense the precious feeling of being “at home” with him…comfortable, relaxed, knowing I’m being taken care of and my God is ready to listen and act.

My prayer for me, for you, for the ones you love the most is for us to REALLY live—despite our confusion, feelings of defeat, broken hearts or lack of trust, my desire is for us to remember he lives in us and we live in Him…Welcome Home, there’s no place like it.

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One thought on “Reason to Trust #15 [Erica]

  1. Izzy Doub says:

    Beautiful words, Erica! Love your genuine heart & though I know you share of the struggle & miles from home … You are clothed in strength & dignity! Thanks for sharing your heart! Love ya & miss ya while trusting God’s handiwork in & through you!

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