His invitation

Promised presence, caring peace

My soul is rested

One thing

I’m asking God for one thing, only one thing: To live with him in his house my whole life long. I’ll contemplate his beauty; I’ll study at his feet. That’s the only quiet, secure place in a noisy world, The perfect getaway, far from the buzz of traffic. Psalm 27:4-5

In this beautiful setting of glorious light and intimate care, I find all my wants and wishes evaporate leaving only one request. To stay with him, where all is quiet and secure, and learn. The traffic buzz is gone – all I hear is him.

Fireplace

I wish all this could happen now but the request can. It’s part of being still through silence, cultivating serenity through solitude…through intimacy with my Lord. Yes, this can happen now.

Lord, why do I allow the things of this world to choke out our intimacy together. I must choose to be still and silent for you to do your beautiful work.

A fireplace chat

God, I love living with you; your house glows with your glory. Psalm 26:8

Cabin in snow

For me, there is nothing like a snowy evening at home. All is quiet, serene – so unlike the normal world. A fire in the fireplace, beautiful music – all refreshes my soul. I don’t need to be anyone in particular – nothing to accomplish. Just all there.

I think my Lord loves those times, too. He waits for me to settle down into his arms. We sit by the fire he has made. Everything is cared for.

Lord, thank you for your intimacy. Forgive me for flying by these invitations.

More to the story

We give thanks to you, O God; we give thanks, for your name is near. We recount your wondrous deeds. (Ps 75:1)

I have learned that I don’t know everything, anytime. Much more is being done by God than I realize. What I see and understand is never the entire picture. My Lord is fashioning a plan, a story. He is aligning situations, redeeming the past, creating a beautiful future. He does not need my help or ideas.

Therefore, I give thanks…his name is near, marking what he is doing. And, when I don’t think progress is being made, he leaves me with wonderful memories of his faithfulness in the past.

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Entangled wonders

Life, detail, plans, alignment

Gripped, held, thank you, Lord

I have no doubts you are weaving a beautiful picture with every circumstance and moment. My challenge is to thank you during the process. Looking back, your ways are wonderful. Looking forward, I have only hope in you. Thank you, Lord.

 

Living thanks

I will give to the Lord the thanks due to his righteousness, and I will sing praise to the name of the Lord, the Most High. (Ps 7:17)

This is the first time the word thank appears in the psalms. Behind it is a deeper understanding than just saying thanks. It is being a person of gratitude. This person lives out 1 Thessalonians 5:18, “give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”

Simply said, circumstances can only lead me to give thanks. Living with gratitude approaches all circumstances with “Thank you, Lord.”

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Gracious Lord, Savior

In all, I give thanks to you

With all, heart rested

Lord, you have never made it difficult to thank you. Through wonderful times, you have been with me. Through the uncertainties, you have led me. Through need, you have provided. Thank you, Lord.

Valley walking

Psalm 23 is one of those psalms that keeps showing me truths every time I read it. After reading it again, I see this vital lesson opening before me:

I dare not separate walking in green pastures, sitting near still waters, enjoying times of restoration and receiving goodness and mercy every day from walking in valleys.

Mountaintop perspective is not found in this psalm. It is walking with him through the valleys that these blessings are found. He is unceasingly ahead and with me; therefore, no valley causes me to fear. He leads me to my valley walks where I find comforting and healing. From the valley, I look up and see grandeur; things look bigger from the valley. The vision of my Shepherd-Lord is most intimately sharper in valleys. I am small, he is grand!

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Into the valley

Blessing, renewing, living

I am His alone

Lord, you lead me in righteous ways – you lead me into valleys. I am so cared for by you. I love that truth that I need never fear. Keep me from trying to escape the valleys. Help me accept the abundance you offer.

My precious resource

I love Psalm 19; it’s one of most marked psalms in my Bible. The focus on God’s Word is wonderful.

What is the Word like? (19:7–9)

How much do I appreciate the Word? (19:10, 11)

How do I apply the Word? (19:12–14)

Do I need my soul to live again? Do I need wisdom? Do I need a heart that rejoices? These are the rewards of the living Word in my heart and life. And all of the Word’s work is right, pure and sure.

More to be desired are they than gold, even much fine gold; sweeter also than honey and drippings of the honeycomb. (Psalm 19:10)

 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly… (Colossians 3:16)

 

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The Word of Christ lives
Patiently transforming me
Into His likeness

 

Lord, help me to let the Word do its work in my life. Remind me where to find my resources for every day and challenge.