This is Home

19 August 2013

It's divine providence that I get to spend this portion of my life in the city. For a long time I thought my life was on a completely different path and very far from what I dreamed, but it's not. The things that I dreamed for just came on God's timing instead of my own. In many areas of my life God has provided more than I could have dreamed of.

I've always seen my self living in the city but then I got married and made a home in Florida instead. Then one day a whirlwind picked me up and dropped me here. I absolutely love the hustle and bustle of city life. I love riding the subway, eating street food, and meeting up with friends in the park for frappucinos.

I love the honking of horns, the chatter of random people, and the solidarity that is shared among the city dwellers. Seeing the mixed crowd of tourist, party goers, and worker bees brings me joy.

Even though New York City gets a reputation for being noisy and busy there are small peaceful patches of heaven laced all throughout the city. The quiet and calm in the midst of chaos is a reminder that God is here.

This place does not have the relaxing vibe that Florida offers, nor is it sunny and hot year round. This is the place God has sent me to do His work. He knew that I would love it here, He knew that I would prosper here, sending me into the city was a kiss from God.

I never expected to leave my family or friends behind. I had become so settled in my life that I didn't see this move in our future. It was frightening and a huge adjustment but God has worked it all out. It didn't happen how or when I wanted it to but I am here now, I am loving it and this is home.

Are you loving where you are living? Are you living in the place of your birth or did some other event send you where you are? Tell me about your home in the comments below.

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  1. Ohhh Charity, I've been two times in NY City and I have to say I love it! It's my favorite place for vacation. Even I always dreamed to live there. I'm not living there right now, but I can share with you those thoughts. There is no better thing that to fall in love with the place where you live and find joy in every little detail of it. I love and enjoy Puerto Rico it's my home sweet home. Even if I moved someplace else, always will be my home. The place where it saw me grow the person I am right now. What can I say, the beaches, the weather, nature all around, family gathering every weekend and week days... Tourism call Puerto Rico the Island of Enchantment, also is it called Island of the Lamb. Enjoy where you live Charity and treasure those memories, God is with you no matter where you are. GBU, Tayrina

  2. I grow up in Thailand, mainly in Bangkok. Now I'm back "home" in Finland and I live in a small town called Joensuu. I moved here because of the university. I ended up marrying a guy who was born here and has never lived anywhere else. I miss the big city and the heat. But Joensuu is a good place to live but it can be a bit boring sometimes.

    I would looooooove to live in NYC! Been there 4 times and I always fell more deeply in love with the city!

  3. Wow! From Florida to NYC! That's is quite a change! I've only been to NYC twice. Two years ago I took my daughter and we saw Mary Poppins at the New Amsterdam Theatre. She was 7 at the time. She still talks about how busy the city was, all the things she saw, and how she can't wait to go back. I live in a small town in Central PA, where I grew up and I love it here. I have loved my trips to the city because it is SO different from my quiet home town. I'm a history buff so I also love all the history there!

  4. I pretty much recognize all of these pictures lol! I was born and raised in New York (Bronx to be exact) and moved out 2003 and kept going further and further north until I settled in Dutchess County - I still commute to Manhattan every day for work and my parents still live there so I don't exactly miss it but I LOVE living in the mid-Hudson Valley and hope I never have to leave it. If I had to move back to a city though, I would prefer to go somewhere else than back to NYC.

  5. Looking at your pictures and others of NYC just really amps me up to just go and experience it for myself. At this rate waiting on other people I may never get the chance and maybe it won't be so bad to travel by myself. Love the pictures.

  6. I didn't know you live in NYC! Nate and I are planning a trip there next May! You'll have to give us all sorts of tips on where to go and we may even have to meet. ;-)

  7. I wouldn't say I LOVE Reno, but it is slowly becoming my home. My husband and I have built so much together already here. This will definitely be the city where I have my first born, celebrate my marriage's first year, and just so many other firsts. Also, I think that we have found the church we were meant to be at, and that in itself makes me LOVE Reno. Now, to work on the exhaust/fried food smell that the city puts off. lol

  8. I have always wanted to visit NYC but never had a chance...your pics make me feel like I should go, like within a week haha!

  9. Love the pictures! I grew up in a suburb of Chicago, but now I live in Oklahoma. It's a big difference! I miss the hustle and bustle of the big city, and I love visiting my friends in Chicago, but I do really like the open country aspect of Oklahoma. It's definitely become home now.

  10. It's refreshing to come across someone who loves living in NYC!
    I grew up there and actually didn't like it much at all, but that's only because i'm a country girl at heart.
    Funny enough, God moved me from there into another area similar to where I grew up--
    The Bay Area in California.
    This side of the US fits my personality a bit more. It's got its city life, but it's not as fast paced and as hectic as NYC.
    My family still lives in NY, so I do go there a handful of times per year... but I never feel like its my home anymore.
    Now Cali is my home.
    And who knows, my husband and I may pack up our stuff, grab our toddler, and move somewhere else in the future.
    I'm not opposed to that kind of adventure!

    Just found your blog and really enjoyed reading this post!

  11. I was totally thinking you lived in FL ;) Good to know :)

  12. Growing up in NY for years now! It's an up & down relationship with NYC but more ups & love ;) It has its' many charms that's for sure!


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