how to build your nest…

Last week I wrote about my nest…
my safe place to land.

Life is hard
and flying through my days
often leaves me weary.

It’s then that I seek the softness of my nest
and the safety of my friends.
They are my respite and rest.
And, I am grateful.

My nest didn’t used to be a place for my rest.
Instead, it was a place of turmoil and guilt.

Much like the foolish man
Jesus describes in Matthew 7,
I had built my nest all wrong.

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A nest is built with boundaries.
Without strong walls and a sturdy floor, my nest wouldn’t exist. These things are what hold it together. Equally so, through heartache, I’ve learned I need strong boundaries. There have been seasons in my life when I have allowed other’s to tear down my nest in an effort to change me or to monopolize me. The safest nest I have found is one that is built on the boundaries of God’s love…therefore encourage one another and build each other up. 1 Thessalonians 5:11.

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A nest is softened with grace and love.
Without grace and love, a nest is hard and cold and it’s boundaries are unforgiving. The softness of grace and the gentleness of love are what make any nest comfortable and flexible… and inviting. My nest shows me love and grace in the times when I am least likely to be either lovable or gracious. When I am loved for who I am and accepted with a grace greater than I give, I am changed to be more like Him. And, a nest that makes me more like Him, is the best kind of place I can be. But we don’t need to write to you the importance of loving one another, for God Himself has taught you to love one another. 1 Thessalonians 4:9

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A nest is lonely alone.
I need alone time. I need time to be still before my God and to wait upon Him. I need my relationship with Him to be first and foremost in my life. However, my nest is not to replace that. Quite the opposite, in fact. My nest is an extension of my relationship with my God. And, He has created me to need others. It’s hard to be spurred on when I sit in my nest all alone. Let us consider how we may spur one another on to love and good works. Hebrews 10:24

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A nest is diverse.
I’ve heard it said, “if two people who are the same get married, one isn’t needed.” I think there is some truth to that in a nest of friends as well. Too much of a good thing can be a bad thing. Diversity challenges us to think differently and strengthens us to grow beyond ourselves. as iron sharpens iron, so a friend sharpens a friend. Proverbs 27:17

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In Matthew 7, Jesus goes on to describe
the wise man who built his home on solid ground.
His house withstood the wind and the storm
because it was built on rock.

When I wised up and built my nest
on the solid foundation of God’s love
and His Word, I realized that my nest
was a safer place for me to land.

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