24 August 2012

mixtape for moving

To make moving house a more joyful experience, I decided to make a playlist to listen to as I packed and unpacked.  I thought I would share it with you here - perhaps you might enjoy the songs as they are or use them if you move home.  Enjoy!

1. Little Boxes - Walk Off The Earth
2. Pencil Full Of Lead - Paolo Nutini
3. Feels Like Home - Newton Faulkner
4. Middle of the Bed - Lucy Rose
5. Books From Boxes - Maximo Park
6. Drive - Incubus
7. My Doorbell - The White Stripes
8. There Is A Light That Never Goes Out - The Smiths
9. Walk This Way - Aerosmith
10. Home - Gabrielle Aplin
11. Cardboard Boxes - Loudon Wainwright III
12. Comin' Home - City and Colour
13. Grey Room - Damien Rice
14. To Build A Home - The Cinematic Orchestra

21 August 2012

Uprooting the Heart

They say home is where the heart is:
So what happens when you move? 

My silence of late on all my blogs has been down to a rather hectic summer of searching for jobs, and consequently a new place to live.  I was running out of money, running out of time, and running out of patience, when at the last minute the Lord provided me with a job and a home within the space of two days.  Praise God!

If you have ever moved home then you know how stressful it can be!  All the packing, then the cleaning, then stuffing car loads of boxes to all be unloaded and unpacked at the other end.  It took me a whole day to move, and I couldn't have done it without my friends who so kindly laboured alongside me!  I'm still unpacking 3 weeks later...

So aside from changing your address at every single place that you have some sort of membership and informing all your friends and family of where you are, there is a whole other process of convincing yourself of where 'home' is.  I haven't moved very far, I'm still in the same city but have left the lovely village of Beeston behind, but it's still rather strange to settle into a new place.  The roots of my heart have been removed from the familiar soil of my old place, and planted here on a fresh plot for me to adapt to.  

Thankfully I am quick to adapt as I have moved so often, but this isn't the case for everyone.  It comes to mind that Nottingham has a high student population as it is home to two universities and many colleges, students having come from all over the country, all over the world even.  A lot of them will be here for 3 years or more having still not embedded their roots, and I find that strange.  Is it healthy to have a loose heart flitting between different places?  Surely we cannot grow if we don't get stuck in.  I must be careful that I do not verge into idolatry of the home, as comforting as it may be it cannot and should not provide us with all the security we need.  But if we fail to commit ourselves wholeheartedly to the place in which we currently reside, then we are failing to be a true creature of the earth.

The foolish man built his house upon the sand and it came crashing down when a storm came.  He spent little time, little effort, little thought on building his 'home'.  The wise man built his house upon the rocks, and it stood firm against such tribulations.  He spent time, effort, thought, and built his home sturdily with great purpose and great investment.  If love is our intention, and we give our heart to our 'home', then we can remain safe and strong wherever we bury our roots, flourishing amidst the nourishment of a community.  

We were made to nest.
It's about time 'community' had it's revival.
Root the heart - for home is where the heart is.

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I was born and grew up in the city of Wolverhampton where I went to school and studied A-Levels. I lived in Walsall for the two years of my life before coming to university in Nottingham where I now live. I graduated in Summer 2012 with a degree in Theology, and currently study an MA in Systematic & Philosophical Theology. I enjoy contemporary dance, travelling, literature, live music, being a connoisseur of hot beverages and liberating the oppressed. I have written for 'The Mic' magazine and held the position of Editor for the Women's Network magazine, 'Artemis'. I wouldn't be anything without my God, the beautiful author of life. Any feedback on my blogs is much appreciated.