Little Houses … the Blessing

His divine power has given us everything needed for life and godliness – 2 Peter 1:3

It’s been a couple of weeks now since schools and businesses started shutting down. (Anybody getting claustrophobic yet?)

Well, one of my favorite, old, story-telling, country songs is Doug Stone’s “Love Grows Best in Little Houses.” It’s joyful perspective could be an anthem for this season of quarantining. Take a look at a few of the lyrics (and maybe watch and listen here):

A little white house, in the heart of town

On a little sad street, just a little run down

Be

A little white house, in the heart of town
On a little sad street, just a little run down
Became a home, for Bill and Sue
Two newlyweds, who did the best that they could do

And when they brush each other, passin’ in the hall
Sue would smile and say, “This place is pretty small”

“But you know, love grows best in little houses
With fewer walls to separate
Where you eat and sleep so close together
You can’t help but communicate
Oh, and if we had more room between us, think of all we’d miss
Love grows best, in houses just like this”

Today’s verse made me think of a sad headline I saw this week – “Can You Marriage Survive the Coronavirus?” Matt Villano describes the issue for many, “confined to small spaces … with little to no reprieve … balanc[ing] work … and personal life, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Throw young kids (or even teens) into the mix and it can be a recipe for disaster.”

Doug Stone’s song offers a different perspective. Keep following the story …

Before too long, Sue and Bill
Were makin’ plans, for Jack and Jill
Oh, happy day, when the news came in
But what to do, when they found out Sue was having twins

When they could not pass each other in the hall
Well, Sue would smile and say, “This place is really, really small”

“But you know, love grows best in little houses
With fewer walls to separate
Where you eat and sleep so close together
You can’t help but communicate
Oh, and if we had more room between us, think of all we’d miss
Love grows best, in houses just like this”

So, is your house growing a little small? Well, you don’t need just a song to provide a little perspective! What you really need – according to today’s verse – is [God’s] divine power [which] give[s] us everything needed for life and godliness.”

Too many of us – in too many different kinds of circumstances – rely on our own power or earthly solutions. This season is producing plenty of challenges in our world, from close-living to multiple reasons for anxiety. But God doesn’t want us to have to go it alone! The more we align our lives with his heart, his wisdom, his character, and his ways, the more we’ll discover the daily sustenance to endure … and thrive.

In the next verses in 2 Peter 1, the Apostle gives us a practical way to begin growing into this more power-filled life. He says, “[God]has given us … his precious and very great promises, so that through them you may escape from the corruption that is in the world … and … become participants of the divine nature. For this very reason, you must make every effort to support your faith with goodness, and goodness with knowledge, and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with endurance, and endurance with godliness, and godliness with mutual affection, and mutual affection with love.”

In our “Little Houses” song, how much “goodness” and “self-control” and “endurance” do you think it would have taken to spend a lifetime in a little house and get to the scriptural conclusion of “godliness” and “mutual affection” and “love”?! Here’s the conclusion of today’s song … 

That little white frame house still keeps them warm
Though it’s been thirty-two years, since the kids were born
And when they look back now, they hold each other tight
And whisper in each other’s ears, “You know you were right”

“Because love grows best in little houses
With fewer walls to separate
Where you eat and sleep so close together
You can’t help but communicate
Oh, and if we had more room between us, think of all we’d miss
Love grows best, in houses just like this
Yeah, love grows best, in houses just like this”

In Christ’s Love,

a guy who’s thankful

for love growing best

through the power

of God

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