If you could be picked up and transported right out of your life right now- completely- just sucked up in the air and gently carried off- and then be placed somewhere safe, somewhere filled with people to listen to your hurts, to help attend to your needs, to help provide for you, to surround you with a beautiful environment, to lead you closer to God….a place that asks you to help place your own loving boundaries that will help you- for your protection- where would you be?
Could you have even found such a place on your own? A place to assist you in repairing your relationships just a tiny bit at a time? A place for deep soul soothing, for faith and confidence building, for instructional, educational growth….for forgiveness…a place to focus on you, and let the stress of your life be held at bay for a time….for just a time….
Have you dreamed of a place that would provide a comfortable bed, daily home cooked meals and a little order and safety in your world of emotional chaos and doubts?
A place to help you take time to think, to step back and learn from past hurts or mistakes and plan for the future….
A ‘time-out’ so to speak…A ‘greenhouse’ to grow stronger before you’re transplanted again….
Did Pastor Jerry Falwell know all of what his vision of helping young ladies in a crisis pregnancy would become? No, I’m not sure he saw all that it would be when he commandeered a group of willing Christians to start a maternity home for such young women. But the place mentioned above is what God has provided for many.
Once here at the Liberty Godparent Home, each young woman chooses how she responds. Some find it difficult to accept love, to trust, or to feel safe even here. Some are so used to criticizing and fault finding, so they spend their time in the beginning doing that very thing.
Some recognize immediately the haven that it can be and say, as a recent resident stated, “I’m just thankful to have a place to lay my head and not worry about my next meal right now.”
There are good days and bad days here at LGH. We laugh and enjoy a home filled with girls and staff that are all there for each other. We happily plan, conspire to bless, problem solve and pray. Every day has good in it.
But bad days are okay too. When a resident has a bad day, it means she is not feeling well physically. But that means there is a work in progress- that a child is being wonderfully created within her. The pain serves a greater purpose.
Bad days also mean that there are tears. But tears are okay. It means she’s able to feel what’s real to her heart. But the pain serves a greater purpose. She can find healing, direction, forgiveness or learn through it.
It’s also a bad day when she or other people she loves disagree or are not understood, but the good side is that she can learn and recover, rebound, re-communicate and then sometimes re-unite. The pain serves a greater purpose.
Christ left glory to come to us as incarnate God in man, to stand behind all others and be at the end of the line of humanity, to serve others and be of no account, to finally be beaten and killed. And we know His pain served a greater purpose. To provide remission of sins for all man, in order to grant eternal life.
One day He will pick us up from our lives, transport us to a place way grander than all we’ve known, and it will be perfect.
1 Corinthians 2:9
But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.
~Written by Jen, LGH House Manager