The last time I lived in an apartment was when I was in college. I remember apartments were big! They had formal dining rooms that were used to hold bikes and even motor bikes! Fast forward to Mike and my new living arrangements. Our apartment is advertised as "luxury living". As my pastor says, "that is a 50 cent word for" expensive and small. We do have a "bike barn" to keep our bikes in. We have trash valet. We have a hammock area, a large fireplace and wide screen television outside, Wilmington grills, a saltwater pool and an outdoor seating area. A big front porch on the clubhouse with rocking chairs and a social lounge with a coffee bar and several rooms with televisions and seating.
We were only able to get a one bedroom apartment. Mike checked with the girls first to make sure they were not wanting to come home! Mike laughs at me that I love this place so much! I love having most of my favorite things and I do not feel like I am drowning in stuff. I love my patio, complete with lights, like at home. It is so small that we can plug the vacuum cleaner into the kitchen island and go around the whole apartment! There was only one first floor apartment available when we needed it. Our patio faces the courtyard and I can hear the babbling water fountain. We have shrubs that give us privacy to people walking by. This is the only courtyard and I figured up the chances of us getting this particular view and it was slim to none. I know that was God, always taking care of us. I can still sit out in creation!
The definition of luxury is "the state of great comfort and extravagant living." Now, I will always believe I have had a great life and am very blessed, no matter what our financial status was. To some people I live an extravagant life, and so do you. To some people, we do not. But we ALL have the choice to live the best life! Not in a lazy sense but in a joyful sense. And we do not have to pay top dollar! Jesus has already paid that high price. 1 Corinthians 6: 20, "...you were bought at a price." Galatians 3: 13, 'Christ paid the price to free us..." Verse 14, "Christ paid the price..." It is a gift. We cannot earn it. Ephesians 2: 8, "For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God..."
This gift of salvation is free but it cost God the life of His Son. Jesus died on the cross for our sins. He paid for our salvation with His blood. Salvation is not ours until we accept it. Romans 10: 9, "If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved." When should you accept salvation? NOW! Have you thanked God today for His gift of salvation?
"It's not how big the house is, it's how happy the home is."