A Sense of Home… in life and writing

Home. It means different things to different people. For some the word brings a building to mind, or perhaps a country. For others maybe it’s more abstract… a yearning for the place of a childhood long past.

For many more it’s a refuge from the demands of the world… somewhere to retreat at the end of the busy workday.

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That’s my house up there on the left in the ‘Google Earth’ screenshot. I admit it doesn’t look like much from this perspective – a blob in a clearing carved out of our two-and-a-quarter acres of woods and marsh – but it’s our little sanctuary.

Last week my hubby was in hospital, and after a “Code Blue” episode I recall a moment when I prayed, “Please let him come home.”  For me, home meant safely back within the security of our family unit. God could have interpreted that request quite differently. I’m very glad he didn’t ( ! ) and hubby is now here at home with us and recovering well.

We’ve lived in fourteen different places during our 50+ years of marriage – in an assortment of apartments, church manses, and houses that we’ve owned. Each one became our home.  People like to say, “Home is where your heart is,” or “Home is where you hang your hat.” Personally, I think home is anywhere that God is a welcomed presence within the family, as he is here.

For those of you who are writers, whether you’re writing Christian fiction or not, what part does home play in your stories? Is it just a generic backdrop or have you established a personal sense of home for your characters?


Jesus replied, “Anyone who loves me will obey my teaching.
My Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them.”

John 14:23 – NIV

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13 thoughts on “A Sense of Home… in life and writing

  1. Judith Robl says:

    So very glad hubby is home and recovering nicely. I remember praying as I followed an ambulance from our small local hospital to a larger regional facility after my husband’s heart attack. Praying that God will answer your prayers as he answered mine. Three weeks later, the cardiologist did another angiogram and showed us the results, exclaiming “Look at that perfect heart muscle. You’d never know he had a major heart attack three weeks ago.” I know he thought he was responsible for that outcome, but you and I know exactly who the great physician is.

    Home is the presence of God.

  2. christicorbett says:

    Home is a vital part of my novel, so much so that the title includes the word.

    My novel is called “Along the Way Home” and it is about a family and their trail guide’s adventures as they travel the 1843 Oregon Trail. All they want to do is get to their new home in Oregon Territory, but the trail is brutal and thwarts their efforts at each turn.

    I love this post!

    Christi Corbett

  3. I love your definition of home, Carol. And I’m so glad your husband is recovering. Praise God!

  4. So glad your husband is home… and glad to see your post. It’s kind of funny as I’ve been working on a post about home. I love your perspective on it.

  5. Praise God that your husband is home with you again!
    We’ve moved a lot in our married years, too. And I think home is wherever your family is.


  6. Sue Harrison says:

    I love this post, Carol, and as my husband and I are currently in the process of “Downsizing” from our dream home to a smaller apartment I needed to be reminded that home is where we are. Thank you.

  7. Jenn Hubbard says:

    Hope your husband continues to heal!

    Home was a very important concept in my first two books. My first MC was very rooted in the place where he lived: not so much his house, but the natural world outside, especially the river. That river will always be home to him.

    My second MC did not feel at home with himself. His mother had a beautiful, fancy house built, containing every comfort a person could want. But the MC had to find home within himself.

  8. joylene says:

    You’ve given me pause to think, Carol. It seems that for my characters home is where their loved ones live. My protagonist Brendell lives by herself, and I think she sees her house as a sanctuary.

    If it’s okay, I’m borrowing your idea for my post today. It made me realize something.

  9. Carol says:

    Thanks for dropping in to leave your responses and good wishes. I’m still not able to spend a lot of time online, but when I check in here it’s so nice to find your comments!

    Joylene, of course you may ‘borrow my idea’, if it’s given you one. 🙂

  10. Lovely post. So glad your husband is coming along and home with you! I have had some similar experiences and know the relief and the thankfulness.
    For both of my novels, home is central. The name of the home is the name of the novel. Grew up loving houses, still do and I can’t imagine writing any stories without a house/home as a central part of the plot.

  11. Darlene says:

    I am so pleased your dear husband is back home with you. I always say, “Home is where ever we are together” Your place looks peaceful Carol. Blessings to you and yours.

  12. pastordt says:

    My goodness, Carol!! I’ve been playing catch up all week long and just got to this! I am so sorry for your husband’s health scare, but relieved to know he is safely home with you, right where he belongs!! Blessings to you both as he continues to recover – and so do you!

  13. Katt says:

    First let me say I’m so happy your hubby is back home, recuperating in his “own” bed……Yes, the Lord could have interpreted your prayer differently, but we both know…..Jeremiah 29:11.
    I have a very simple sign hanging on the wall in the screen room. It says, “Bloom where God plants you.”
    Home has always been my sanctuary. A place I could go, close the door to the “noise” from the world. I’ve been blessed to have people, family come into that sanctuary with me. I think when I write, that feeling is so strong in my heart that I convey that feeling. Or maybe people conjure up what’s in their heart about what home really is.
    I really loved this blog…..it made me think.
    Hugs to you and your hubby. So happy he’s home. I’ll be praying for a speedy recovery.

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