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I write this article at a time when in
the UK, the housing situation situation is bleak for those who are in the benefits system
due to illness.
* Council houses were sold off without being replaced.
* Landlords often refuse to take those on benefits.
* Housing benefit rarely covers the rent.
When I was on housing benefit the council included a letter telling us to reach out to friends and family for help with rent.
And yet, in the UK, friends and family do not expect to help in any consistent financial way. They are led to believe that the State is providing sufficiently.
If you are living with chronic illness such as ME/CFS and do not have a secure or suitable home, my heart goes out to you.
(Well for whatever reason, even if not chronic illness!)
I write this article as someone who developed a chronic illness at a young age (ME/CFS) and was without secure accommodation for the next 24 years. I have been moved on three times when landlords wished to live once more in their own property.
On a brighter note, I have also had two major housing miracles.
One housing miracle led me, when I was bedbound, to move from
London to live near Swindon in the beautiful Wiltshire countryside.
I am continuallly grateful.
The second was that I received the words "I have a house".
I was sitting in the back of someone's car at the time and called out, 'ooh, I have a house'.
Six months later I had a house!
Speaking bible verses into my life and claiming their reality for me, was part of both those miracles.
The following three bible verses were particularly important for me.
I repeated them over and over!
All the more so at the times when finding a suitable home felt SO unlikely.
I dwell in a peaceful place, a sure habitation, Isaiah 32
I enlarge the place of my tent, Isaiah 54
You set my feet in a spacious place, Psalm 31
The complete bible verses of the above are included below.
THIS ARTICLE IS CURRENTLY DEDICATED TO THE
WE SEE THEM FINDING SAFE PLACES TO STAY.
WE SEE MIRACLES OF SAFETY FOR THOSE STILL IN UKRAINE.
In any of the following situations these are powerful prayers.
“You have not given me into the hands of
but have set my feet in a spacious place.”
(Psalm 31, NIV Bible prayer for housing)
“They confronted me in the day of my disaster,
but the Lord was my support.
He brought me out into a spacious place;
he rescued me because he delighted in me.”
(Psalm 18, NIV Bible housing verse)
You set my feet in a spacious place.
You rescue me.
You let me know of your delight in me.
Thank you. Amen.
“Enlarge the place of thy tent,
and let them stretch forth the curtains of thine habitations:
lengthen thy cords,
and strengthen thy stakes;
For thou shalt break forth on the right hand
and on the left;
and thy seed shall inherit the Gentiles,
and make the desolate cities to be inhabited.”
(Isaiah 54:2-4, KJV Bible prayer for housing)
I enlarge the place of my tent.
I take up space in my world.
I bring through into this world your Spirit.
Any desolation I have found in the world is replaced with your Joy.
Any desolation I feel when alone with myself is replaced with your Joy.
“my people shall dwell
in a peaceable habitation,
and in sure dwellings,
and in quiet resting places”
(Isaiah 32:18, KJV Bible prayer for housing)
I dwell in a peaceful home.
I have secure accommodation.
I have a quiet place to rest.
I am at peace with my thoughts and feelings.
I am at peace with my past.
Let it be so.
“How beautiful are your tents, O
your dwelling-places, O Israel!
“Like valleys they spread out,
like gardens beside a river,
like aloes planted by the Lord,
like cedars beside the waters.
Water will flow from their buckets;
their seed will have abundant water.”
(Numbers 24:5-7, NIV)
I do love the way the Bible associates God with nature.
I affirm the beauty of your dwelling,
and so I claim it as my own.
I affirm the beauty of your dwelling,
and so I claim it for someone
or the ones I think of now.
I will not be persuaded by what my senses tell me of the situation.
I walk by faith not sight.
How beautiful are your dwelling-places!
I call this beauty into my life/their life.
“Lord, you have
assigned me my portion and my cup;
you have made my lot secure.
The boundary lines have fallen for me in pleasant places;
surely I have a delightful inheritance.”
(Psalm 16, NIV bible prayer for housing)
“The name of the Lord is a strong tower;
the righteous run into it and are safe.”
(Proverbs 18:10, bible verse)
We remember that we are not on our own
We call on Your mighty strength to sustain us.
In this moment we take refuge in You.
You are our strong tower.
“Yahweh Sabaoth says this:…
I will provide a place for my people Israel;
I will plant them there
and they shall dwell in that place and never be disturbed again;”
(2 Samuel 7:8-10, Jerusalem)
“… the Most High does not live in
houses made by human hands.
As the prophet says:
“‘Heaven is my throne, and the earth is my footstool.
What kind of house will you build for me? says the Lord.
Or where will my resting place be?
Has not my hand made all these things?’
(Acts 7:48-50, quotes from Isaiah 66:1,2 NIV Bible )
We house God.
We let ourselves be a home for God.
We invite in Love.
We recognise that God is in this world to the extent that He/She/It is made welcome in each of us.
As we let ourselves be a home for God, we take God with us wherever we go and so we feel at home.
God, I house you.
I let myself be a home for you.
At a time when it is easy to focus on what I do not have and what I need from another,
I switch and remember what I have the power to give.
I give what I can give to you.
I give you a home.
My space is your space.
I give back to you what is yours.
You are welcome.
It's a mess but I choose to hear you say you want to come in anyway.
Please come in.
You are in this world to the extent that you are made welcome in each of us.
I make you welcome.
As I let myself be a home for you,
I take you with me wherever I go,
and so I feel at home.
As I let myself be a home for you, I become a channel through which you move in my life to lead me to a situation in which I have good reason to feel at home.
you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in
you, whom you have received from God?
You are not your own" (1 Corinthians 6:19, NIV)
“The LORD is my strength and song,
and he is become my salvation:
he is my God, and I will prepare him an habitation;”
(Exodus 15:2, KJV bible prayer for housing God)
I have been looking to myself or someone else to be my strength.
You are my strength.
You are my song.
You are my God.
I invite you in.
And a beautiful poem about spiritual housing of God by the mystic Catholic Christian, Julian of Norwich
“Lord, let not our souls be busy inns that have no room for thee or thine,
But quiet homes of prayer and praise, where thou mayest find fit company,
Where the needful cares of life are wisely ordered and put away,
And wide, sweet spaces kept for thee; where holy thoughts pass up and down
And fervent longings watch and wait thy coming.”
Julian of Norwich
author of Revelations of Divine Love,
Events that take place in our lives often have a counterpart in the spiritual journey.
A feeling of loneliness can be part of the spiritual journey.
So can the experience of homelessness or insecure accommodation.
It's OK to be homeless. (An example of releasing judgment - free ebook available)
When we cling to finding a home in the world, it can elude us.
When we accept this life as one in which we find our home in God, the world may shift and change so that here too we find a home.
We move to being in the world but not of the world.
“If they had been thinking of the country they
they would have had opportunity to return.
Instead, they were longing for a better country—
a heavenly one.
Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God,
for he has prepared a city for them.”
(Hebrews 11:15-16, NIV Bible verse on finding a spiritual home)
“By faith Abraham, when called to go to a place he would
later receive as his inheritance, obeyed and went,
even though he did not know where he was going.
By faith he made his home in the promised land
like a stranger in a foreign country;
he lived in tents, as did Isaac and Jacob,
who were heirs with him of the same promise.
For he was looking forward to the city with foundations, whose architect and builder is God.”
(Hebrews 11:8-10, NIV Bible verse prayer for housing)
“When Jesus saw the crowd around him, he gave orders to
cross to the other side of the lake.
Then a teacher of the law came to him and said,
“Teacher, I will follow you wherever you go.”
Jesus replied, "Foxes have dens and birds have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to lay his head."
(Matthew 8:18-20, NIV Bible verse on a sense of homelessness)
Dear Love itself,
I really need housing.
It seems that only if I have housing can I look after my health, my well-being and feel safe.
And yet, you alone are my rock.
I place my housing need in your hand.
(I place the housing need of the refugees in your hands.)
You alone are my home.
In you I trust.
The israelites were refugees.
They fled from the land of Egypt which held them as slaves.
“They will build houses and dwell in them;
they will plant vineyards and eat their fruit.
No longer will they build houses and others live in them,
or plant and others eat....
for they will be a people blessed by the Lord,
they and their descendants with them.”
(Isaiah 65:21-23, KJV)
“Some wandered in desert wastelands,
finding no way to a city where they could settle.
They were hungry and thirsty,
and their lives ebbed away.
Then they cried out to the Lord in their trouble,
and he delivered them from their distress.
He led them by a straight way
to a city where they could settle.
Let them give thanks to the Lord for his unfailing love
and his wonderful deeds for mankind,
for he satisfies the thirsty
and fills the hungry with good things.
He turned the desert into pools of water
and the parched ground into flowing springs;
there he brought the hungry to live,
and they founded a city where they could settle.
They sowed fields and planted vineyards
that yielded a fruitful harvest;
he blessed them, and their numbers greatly increased,
and he did not let their herds diminish.
(Psalm 107, NIV Bible prayer for housing refugees)
You could say that much of the Bible shares the wonderful message and invitation that we are at home in God.
Here are a few other examples featured on this spiritual website.
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