in the words of carrie underwood …. “this is our temporary home”.


in the past three months i have had more temporary homes than you can imagine.

in rome my home was an apartment

in croatia my home was a huge house shared with 25 people.

in greece my home was 2 different hotel rooms.

in spain my home was a youth hostel.

in morocco my home was a hotel room.

in senegal my home was a ship.

in brazil my home was a roof top condo.

and in between each of these my home has been a ship, that 599 of my best friends live on.

….all of these temporary homes hold memories that i will have forever.



but have you ever thought bigger picture?

that this world is actually just our temporary home.

this world is not our home, but just a stop on where we’re going.

every place is just a stop on this grand adventure…

and our destination is our dad’s house….

who just happens to be the GOD OF THE UNIVERSE.

… guess that’s kind of cool!

the amazing thing about the fact that this world is our temporary home is that

pain is temporary,

hurt is temporary,

fear is temporary,

evil things of this world are temporary,

our problems are temporary,

but jesus ISN’T and his love ISN’T.



wherever you go, jesus has been before.

he knows all your “stops”

he knows all your “temporary homes”.

and he’s already preparing your permanent home upstairs with him.

he is your home among all of the temporary ones.

run home to him.

in everything, everyday, anytime. he is home and he is always home.



so just remember,

don’t take life too serious.

keep perspective.

know this isn’t where we are meant to be.

but there is so much more in store.



so, happy day after thanksgiving …. we have so much to be thankful for !!


  • Shirley mccollum

    November 27, 2015 at 4:36 pm Reply

    M R. You are amazing. I just love,love love to read your blogs. Hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving. We all have so much to be thankful for. Hurry home. I miss you. Cannot wait until Christmas. xXXOOO

  • Jessie

    November 27, 2015 at 7:58 pm Reply

    Mralph I love your website! Cute cute

  • Caitlin Cooner

    February 19, 2016 at 11:28 am Reply

    Thank you so much for saying this! I was having a pretty bad day and you just made it better! Thank you so much for giving me a little inspiration and helping me grow closer to God.

  • Melty Edling

    February 19, 2016 at 10:33 pm Reply

    Melty catching up with your thought provoking blog and very moved! Thanks for pointing us to Jesus!?

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