I have had a tendency to run away from home way too often.

And God always keeps an eye out from His porch, waiting for me to return.

There are times I run because I don’t get what God has planned, and so I fill up at His table only when I hit exhaustion, and can’t run any further.

Other times I strike out on my own to try to maintain control over my life, before heading Home with my tail between my legs, humbled by the startling reality I faced – which reminded me again only He is in control.

Then there are the times when I am sick and tired of waiting for an answer, and I take off to lick my wounds & try to hide away on my own, even though I know that is the wrong place to be.

All the while, my spirit longs for Home.

My body longs for deep rest.

My mind longs for peace.

My emotions long to be still.

My heart? It yearns for Your love.


I have been keeping how I have been feeling about this current fall bottled deep within.

I hadn’t yet cried until yesterday afternoon.

Why? Because I have been trying to be brave in a situation where I have been praying for God’s justice, and discovered He may prefer for me to offer mercy & grace.

I was hoping to be made whole from someone other than Him.

Someone i respect pointed out that out, as well as that I need to be more aware of what’s going on around me, which hurt.

Because I have been trying to hold it all in, and barely managing with getting all my ‘have-tos’ completed as best I can.

Honestly, I felt slapped in the face with what was not intended to be received that way, but hit me hard through its delivery. It left me reeling for a few hours.

But family speaks truth even when it may hurt.

You see I normally try to be sensitive to the needs of those around me, for the most part. I realize I can’t always do that to the best of my ability at times, but God still wants me to listen for His cues and follow them. Whether it be an act of kindness, encouraging word or offering to help.

In trying to do more than I should be more quickly than I ought to, my sensitivity chip isn’t tuning in, as I struggle to keep it all together.

I had a few friends over for tea last night to catch up. All of us hit a rough patch of various degrees over the past two weeks. We heard one another out, hugged each other, offered comfort where we could, and are praying for each other. That was the other aspect of family I had been missing out on too.

After they left, I still had an ache I couldn’t wrap my thoughts around as I headed for bed. Heavy hearted and drained.

This morning, I awoke to hear God whisper: “I am enough for you. Come rest in me.”

With a jolt, I realized i had been living on my own again, this time without understanding I had even done so.

I am packing my bag for a permanent move Home.

No more flings with independence. No more long runs with futility.
No more sleepovers with sulking.

I am so thankful He is always with us, even when we can’t sense Him, for we are His, I am His beloved.

He will always welcome us home, and help us wash the laundry from the road we took to get back where we belong.

God’s beloved;
God’s permanent residence.
Encircled by God all day long,
within whom God is at home.

Deuteronomy 33:12 MSG


8 thoughts on “runaway, run the way Home

  1. Abby says:

    Oh Dear, I have been there. I try to do things myself, to keep my feelings bottled up until I simply can’t do it any more. I am so glad you are returning to him. Find rest in his arms, friend. He loves you so much.

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    1. Thanks Abby. I have found that He is the only true source of rest we can know in this world, and I intend on making sure I rest in His embrace & love every day. Appreciate the encouragement!


  2. The beauty of it is, even when you’re having a sleepover somewhere else, He is there. When we turn around, to return to Him, we bump into His outstretched arms.

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    1. Amen, Carolyn! God with us takes on such a different meaning when we take it absolutely literally as I believe He wants us all to! Bless you & thanks for stopping by!


  3. Until I read your post, I didn’t realize what a repeat runaway I’ve been. What a relief it is to come home. Glad you found your way back through the Father’s drawing, and blessed to read your words of encouragement and inspiration. Visiting today through #LiveFree Thursday.

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    1. I am go glad you were blessed, Janet. How wonderful our Father’s love & house are, that we can always come Home! Delighted to meet you! #LiveFreeThursday

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  4. Laura says:

    You are not alone! I share this struggle with you…sometimes wanting to do it all my way on my own. I have been that person that only turned to God when I had nothing else to turn to. My faith has matured over the last year, and I have been learning to turn to Him first rather than last. I am praying for peace as you navigate this difficult time.


    1. Thank you for sharing your heart, Laura. Appreciate the prayers! Glad you stopped by!


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