Our family has been uprooted often, and we consider ourselves nearly nomadic. We have lived in some lovely homes both in the U.S. and abroad. We’ve also lived in a neighbor’s unfinished basement, in apartments too small for us, and in fixer-uppers tainted by buyer’s remorse. Actually, most of our living quarters have been rented. But that’s OK. ALL earthly dwellings are temporary.
Our leaders have counseled us to treat our temporary dwellings as if they are permanent — by settling in, by making them houses of order, by creating beauty and harmony, and by improving our living spaces.
One thing we have done wherever we have settled is to dedicate our home. We never feel fully moved in until we do.
Here are some guidelines you can follow to dedicate your own living space. Some have changed over the years, as our leaders have received spiritual guidance for our circumstances.
1. No abode is too humble or too temporary that it can’t be dedicated.
I personally would dedicate a tent in a refugee camp, a cabin in a summer camp, an RV launching out on years of exploring in retirement, a college dorm room. I want the Lord’s spirit with me wherever I live.