five minute friday {home}

e547a2f1792d9131f46fa3bf82378265Welcome to five minute Friday to where us bloggers are given a word prompt every Friday and write for just 5 minutes simply for the joy of writing.

No editing or backtracking. No need to be perfect. Just words freely flowing from my heart to yours.

Today’s Five minute Friday word is {Home}

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8 years ago I moved to Georgia from my home state New Hampshire to relocate for my husbands company.

At first I thought it was the end of the world; moving away from a place I have been all my life. I was home-sick for months and didn’t know how I could live a life outside anything I was used to.

What I didn’t realize when moving away from home – is that I would find a whole new life outside of the bubble life I lived in. I always thought that NH was my home, but in real, home is where you are happy; where you find peace and healing.

Being in NH my whole life around my family, I wasn’t able to get outside of the life I had, in order to see the life I could live.

When I moved down here to Georgia I lost weight from the heart condition that caused me to gain weight. I got fit and worked out with a personal trainer and became very involved in weight lifting and making fitness a part of my life – something I never did back in NH.

I then moved into the emotional healing and found my wonderful therapist to where I would find healing in so many ways I never thought possible. Therapy has changed my life on so many levels, and I have found a therapist that God has chosen to walk this path with – and here I am 6 years and still healing on this amazing path.

I met some new friends; people I thought I could never become close to because I thought my family back home was the only friends I could possibly have.

I found my church home and became Catholic; something I have wanted to do since I was a little girl but was too stuck in life I had in the bubble to make that happen.

My husband and I bought a home and we convalidated our 21 years of marriage in the catholic church.

What I have come to learn in these 8 years  – This is where my home is – right here, right now in the place of healing, love, connection, friends, and GOD.

Yes I have family up north, yes I am from New Hampshire and that is where my roots are, but HOME doesn’t necessarily mean a place you have been your whole life, it’s about where you find yourself – that is where Home is.

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For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Jeremiah 29:11

8 comments

  1. hi KarenBeth, i’m your neighbor. i had trouble with the thingy that was supposed to crop my photo and next thing you know, i had NO photo:(

    thanks for your post today. no, i wasn’t sexually abused as a child. i was very fortunate on that score. but i agree that home is where the heart is. hopefully that is where we live…now.

    blessings on you as you continue to grow and heal.

  2. This is so encouraging to me! On the verge of moving from Washington to Connecticut. (Washington being my home state where both my husband and my families live) Also I am on a journey of healing myself. Counseling is good and tortureous for me…but that is a story unto itself!

  3. God may lead us down different paths in life, and call us to leave our comfortable surroundings, but home truly is where there is love, friendship and healing. Thankful you have found that place.

  4. Having moved around myself I know how you feel. Sometimes God has to remove us from where we are to show us something better. To give us healing we may not have been aware we needed. Thank you for sharing your story :)

  5. I couldn’t have said it better than this:
    “home is…..in the place of healing, love, connection, friends, and GOD”.

    I’ve moved so much through my whole life. That was difficult in many ways but it had some good lessons. One being to show me that home is in the places where I find/create safety and love with other people that are my chosen family.

    Blessings to you.

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