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“Independence is a sign of immaturity…we were meant to live in community.” – Beth Moore.

IMG_2419That’s what jumped out at me during our Bible Study today. We just finished studying the first chapter of 1 Thessalonians, and it’s all relevant to the season of life we’re in right now. But those phrases express what I was pondering yesterday, as we rearranged our living room (again) and began to hang various artwork.

I thought back to freshmen year of college, and DTS, and all those other times when I arrived at a new place to live. The first minutes are intense as everyone “claims their territory.” Every man for himself – quick, pick the “best” bed and put your stuff on it.

Community living got much better after marriage. Now no matter where we go, I always have the same roommate, and we get along pretty well. We’ve already established who gets what side of the bed, and he lets me arrange the furniture and dishes however I want. Now we have a 3rd roommate who lives in our closet, but thinks she belongs in the middle of our bed.

I had a season as a single person, when I lived with a family, in their house. More recently one of my best friends lived with us, in my house. In both those situations, it’s clear whose house it is, and who gets to decide what goes where. But now we’re combining 3 homes into one house, and we’re not sure if the YWAM Bend office is in our house, or if the house is YWAM Bend and we all live on campus?

We are in the ultimate season of “living in community.”

Thankfully, we are beyond the “mine” season of selfish immaturity. Although I did chastise my husband for putting his left-overs on “my” shelf in the fridge. It’s not even like he was trying to eat my hypoallergenic food, because that would actually be a problem. So I guess I still need to grow up a bit myself, but everyone else seems quite mature, except Monkey, who thinks everyone’s food should be her’s.

IMG_2422Yesterday, there were 7 adults in the house discussing how to arrange the living room to make it look nice, and accommodate everyone’s “needs.” Duane’s favorite chair next to the fire, ME’s chair facing the fire, Zach’s spot by the coffee table, and my “desk” where I can see into the living room, kitchen, down the hallway and out on the porch, so I can watch Monkey as she roams the house.

IMG_2430We did it, with such grace and maturity, and now we have a lovely, functional living room, with beautiful art hanging on the walls.

Now our house was all ready to have friends over for dinner, and then end our day enjoying a lovely time of worship and prayer in our living room.

Becky is wife to Duane, mama to "Monkey-girl" and baby "Lioness" aka "PipSqueek." She is the administrative powerhouse for YWAM Bend and keeps our team grounded and organized. Her hope is to inspire and encourage other mamas in their journey to raise healthy, thriving families.
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