The Loft Week 2: The Place I Call Home

Welcome to Week 2 of

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You will find my Week Two post and the linky tool at the bottom, but first, may I remind you how The Loft Link-Up works?

The Loft is a place for conversation, community, networking, and Christian growth.

Each week we provide a topic to start the conversation.Then, Wednesday morning at 5am EST, the link goes live, and for 5 glorious days you can link up your post on that week’s topic. The linky will close at 5pm EST on Monday.

Each week’s gathering will be much like a group of friends sitting around a table at a coffee shop having a chat about a specific topic. So it will be at The Loft. Please make sure the post you link-up pertains to the chosen topic of the week. We’ll have fun topics, serious topics, practical, soul-ful, holiday, and so, so much more…we can’t wait to get started! This is not only a great way to connect with others, it’s also a fun and easy way to establish a writing habit. If you aren’t a blogger, you are welcome to join in by leaving your comments in the comment section.

Listening is a lost art. Especially in the blogosphere where everyone wants to be heard. At The Loft, we know that listening is rewarding and rich… surprisingly so. Please do not link and run. For every link you leave, please visit at least two other links.

To Participate:

1. Be creative. Feel free to use words, photos, video, audio, your family pet, whatever, to communicate on the weekly topic.

2. Listen twice as much. If you leave one link, visit two.

3. Be a community. Include #TheLoft graphic and/or hashtag in your post and social media so we can find each other.

4. Write like Jesus would write. We are a Christian link-up. Offensive or inappropriate posts will be deleted. No questions asked.

5. Be pertinent. Our heart is to build community and intimacy, and our means to do that is to build each link-up around a single topic. Please make sure your post is on topic.

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When you link up at The Loft, your link will appear on two blogs! We’d love for you to visit The Loft co-hosts and know who we are:

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Ruth

Today’s Topic: “The Place I Call Home” (tell us about the place you call home…either where you currently live or where you grew up. What makes the place you call home unique and special to you? Pictures are a great way to share!)

June 17th Topic: “Picture Prompt”: (take a look at the picture and use it as a prompt for today’s post. What thoughts come to mind when you look at it? What emotions does it enliven? Get those creative juices flowing and share your thoughts on the picture.)

Picture Prompt for Week 2 at The Loft Link-Up.
Picture Prompt for Week 3 at The Loft Link-Up.

I hope you will plan to join us each week at The Loft

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The Place I Call Home…

“Home Sweet Home”.

“Home Is Where The Heart Is”.

“There Is No Place Like Like Home”.


I have a habit of referring to the place I grew up as the place I call home. In many ways, it is home.

My family are there. My childhood memories are clustered there. The house I grew up in is there. Some of my friends are still there.

A little market town in East Anglia. In the county of Norfolk. Flat roads. Rural idyll. Peace and quiet. Virtually nothing to do when you are a teenager. I still call it home and occasionally get ‘homesick’ for that familiar place.

An old photo taken about 4 years ago with my cat Taffi and my wig (which didn't have a name). It was fun being a brunette.
An old photo taken about 4 years ago with my cat Taffi and my wig (which didn’t have a name). It was fun being a brunette.
Me with my wonderful Mum :)
Me with my wonderful Mum πŸ™‚
Home 'Sweet' Home. Ginger bread house made by my sister Zoe.
Home ‘Sweet’ Home. Ginger bread house made by my sister Zoe.

It is a place to relax and spend time with the people I love when I get an opportunity to visit. It’s hard to get too and it is hundreds of miles away from where I currently live. I do miss and appreciate the quietness of country life compared to the hustle and bustle of the city-shoppers in Exeter which where I reside now.


Not Quite Home – ExeterΒ 

Exeter is lovely. I am discovering it bit by bit. But it is not yet home.

It has lovely cycle paths, a quay, a beautiful cathedral, many shops, great public transport… I hope to explore it more over the coming months, but it just isn’t ‘home’ for me yet.

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A walk to the Quay in Exeter.
A walk to the Quay in Exeter.

Home for me is wherever my husband is…

Joel lives with me here in Exeter. Thus, I have found home. We have made our little flat a home; a comfortable place to reside from the busyness of life. Bit by bit we are building memories. Memories that stay with us and create that sense of being at home. Cuddling on the sofa watching our favourite television series. Cooking together in our small, but cosy kitchen. Spending time together. Relaxing. Happy. Home.

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We want our home to be a place of hospitality. Cooking meals for others. Inviting people over for coffee and sharing stories and encouragement. A place where our friends can be together and pray together. Our home is a place where the Lord is very much welcomed here. It is a place where we want others to meet with the Lord in fellowship together. We want our home to become a place of community for believers. We want those who do not believe in the risen Christ to encounter Him here because our home is filled with His love. This is what we hope for.


A Heavenly Dwelling Place

Our home(s) on this earth are just temporary. We long for what it eternal; our eternal home with the Lord of heaven and earth.

For we know that if the tent that is our earthly home is destroyed, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens. For in this tent we groan, longing to put on our heavenly dwelling, if indeed by putting it onΒ we may not be found naked. For while we are still in this tent, we groan, being burdenedβ€”not that we would be unclothed, but that we would be further clothed, so that what is mortal may be swallowed up by life. He who has prepared us for this very thing is God, who has given us the Spirit as a guarantee.

So we are always of good courage. We know that while we are at home in the body we are away from the Lord, for we walk by faith, not by sight. Yes, we are of good courage, and we would rather be away from the body and at home with the Lord. So whether we are at home or away, we make it our aim to please him. For we must all appear before the judgement seat of Christ, so that each one may receive what is due for what he has done in the body, whether good or evil. (2 Corinthians 5:1-10 ESV)

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Hi! It's nice to see you here! A little about me: I am a Christian who loves Jesus. I am blessed with a loving husband Joel and we have a baby on the way. My time is often spent writing, planning a meal around dessert, looking after the home, visiting others or having others visit me, laughing, reading a good book, seeing new places, going for walks in the country, dancing and singing to music, and preaching behind my ironing board with the bible open on it (it's the right height & nobody's watching, I hope).

16 thoughts on “The Loft Week 2: The Place I Call Home

  1. Ruth, I LOVE that you included so many places that are home to you in your post. The pictures give us a window into your life. I love your heart for hospitality and family. I feel I know you better now. So glad you linked up this post!! Bless you, friend.

  2. Ruth,
    What a beautiful post! As a person who has not strayed far from her home town, I can only imagine how difficult it was for you to move much farther away! I, too, am grateful that it is our loved ones that make a home! Thank you for the beautiful reminder from God’s Word that our earthly homes are just temporary!

    1. Thank you Anandhi! Yes, I pray that the love of Christ may be very evident in our home. Thank you for commenting and have a great week! πŸ™‚

  3. Ruth! My dear friend and sister in the Lord! What a wonderful place – a place called home in the heart and the place you’re making home in the heart. You are so blessed and I am so happy to see you over seas. I got married in Germany and made that home for five years. Trust me, God is going to make it special just. for. you. Coming to you from the Loft. Blessings Chris~

    1. Thank you for your words of encouragement this week and always Chris πŸ™‚ It is wonderful that Germany became a home for you in the 5 years that you were there! πŸ™‚ This gives me hope that Exeter could become the same! Blessings in Jesus πŸ™‚ Ruth xx

    1. Thank you so much for your words De Anna πŸ™‚ I feel very blessed to share my home with my husband! Have a truly wonderful week and thank you for taking the time to comment! πŸ™‚

  4. Hi, Ruth! πŸ™‚ I like how you included a variety of homes here. But most of all, I’m thankful for the reminder that this world is not our home – what hope that gives us!
    Jen

    1. Hi Jen! Thanks for your comment! I have to remind myself to focus on things above, and that includes my heavenly home. It keeps me grounded! πŸ™‚ Hope you are doing well my friend! πŸ™‚

  5. Ruth – your post is beautifully written. Your home is a LONG way from mine in middle Georgia, USA, but one day we may live near each other. You and I both wrote similar thoughts toward our forever, eternal homes. So thankful for that wonderful truth!

    1. Georgia, it is a wonderful truth that we have an eternal home with our Lord. It is comforting to know that He is with us daily. πŸ™‚ I would love to come to Georgia. I enjoy the teachings of Dr Charles Stanley! And fellow Loft co-host Leah is from there too! So many reasons to come visit! πŸ™‚ Blessings my friend!

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