No matter what size our homes are, we need others in our lives. Choosing where we live is as important in that equation as choosing how we live. Finding a place that suits us, where we can connect with others, where others are willing to connect with us. For some, that’s a large city. For many, that’s a more rural setting. For me, it’s not only choosing rural over city dwelling, but also choosing a place where people are open to outsiders and new ideas.

Nine months ago I moved to a community I thought I could settle in. I moved into a small rental (600 sq ft) and began to explore the area. Over time I learned that I would rather, in this area, live in a large city than in a more rural community because the smaller communities are resistant to newcomers. The city welcomes them. City life isn’t for me. Yet here that’s where I would be happiest, because it is where I would feel most connected.

I’ve spent enough time in the area I’ll be moving to that I know people are more open and welcoming in rural areas there. I’ve missed that. It will be good to be “home.”


About thrugracealone

I'm a country girl raised city. I prefer open windows to AC, love a good thunderstorm, and enjoy hearing the owls and seeing lightning bugs. A bit old-fashioned, maybe, I can recognize many trees by name, resent elms and weeds, wish for a large garden and canning skills, and hope someday to downsize and get a few acres in the country. I am blessed with a terrific church, a good job, a sturdy house, two cats and a yard full of strawberries and mulberries in the right season. Some of my other favorite things to do are spoiling nieces and nephews, reading, swimming, biking, long walks, and blogging, of course. One of my favorite stories is creation. My abbreviated version goes like this: 1In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. 2Now the earth wasa formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters... And God moved... And God said... And it was very good. If God can speak to darkness, to an earth without form and void, and make something like this that we see everyday, and make it very good (and it was even better before the Fall!), He will surely make something wonderful out of the dark, void situations I sometimes find myself in. He has, and it's been very good. Two top posts: Can a Person Lose their Salvation? Baptism!

Posted on December 5, 2012, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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