The Secret Place

Numbers 6:24-26

He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High
Shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.

I will say of the LORD, “He is my refuge and my fortress;
My God, in Him I will trust.” (NKJV)
Psalm 91:1-2

“He Will Deliver You”

Surely He shall deliver you from the snare of the fowler
And from the perilous pestilence.
He shall cover you with His feathers,
And under His wings you shall take refuge; (NKJV)
Psalm 91:3-4a

“His Truth….Your Shield”

His truth shall be your shield and buckler.
You shall not be afraid of the terror by night,
Nor of the arrow that flies by day,
Nor of the pestilence that walks in the darkness,
Nor  of the destruction that  lays waste at noonday. (NKJV)
Psalm 91:4b-6

“A Thousand May Fall”

A thousand may fall at your side,
And ten thousand at your right hand;
But  it shall not come near you.
Only with your eyes shall you look,
And see the reward of the wicked. (NKJV)
Psalm 91:7-8

“The LORD….Your Dwelling Place”

Because you have made the LORD, who is my refuge,
Even the Most High, your dwelling place,
No evil shall befall you,
Nor shall any plague come near your dwelling;

For He shall give His angels charge over you,
To keep you in all your ways.
In their hands they shall bear you up,
Lest you dash your foot against a stone.

You shall tread upon the lion and the cobra,
The young lion and the serpent you shall trample underfoot. (NKJV)
Psalm 91:9-13

“His Love”

Because he has set his love upon Me, therefore I will deliver him;
I will set him on high, because he has known My name.
He shall call upon Me, and I will answer him;
will be with him in trouble;
I will deliver him and honor him.

With long life I will satisfy him,
And show him My salvation. (NKJV)
Psalm 91:14-16

The Secret Place: Deliverance, Truth, Shelter, Love!

Richest blessings to you!
Number 6:24-26

Time: In Daily Doses

Time Daily

Basic human needs haven’t changed with the passing of time, even though times have changed. Peace and quiet are still equally necessary today as they were from the very beginning. But how do we achieve peace now, when navigating through this increasingly noisy life is so challenging? This has become a popular and frequent question. Fortunately, we do have an answer, and it’s revealed in God’s Word, including Isaiah 9:6 and Ephesians 2:14 in which Jesus Christ is referred to as the “Prince of Peace”.

In addition, Hebrews 2:10, speaks of Jesus as the “Captain”, “…from whom are all things and by whom are all things…” (Italics mine.)  Jesus can be trusted to carry us through each day. The secret for us is to rely on Him, as we take “one day at a time”, aka, “Today”. We do not know what tomorrow will bring, or if tomorrow will even come. In truth, today is all we are given…Time in daily doses.

Matthew 6:34 tells us that sufficient for the “day” is its own trouble. And on the flip side of that is the reminder in Lamentations 3:22-23, that the Lord’s mercy and compassion are “…new every morning…” So, with that in mind, living life “one day at a time” makes much sense. And, if we desire to be fruitful and flourish and be the best God has designed us to be, as Bach’s works can attest, it will also require that a measure of peace and quiet be a part of our today. Challenging no doubt, but essential, nonetheless.

“Today well lived makes every yesterday a dream of happiness and every tomorrow a vision of hope…” -Francis Gray

Blessings to you!
Numbers 6:24-25

A Day Like No Other…

A Day Like No Other

Have you ever deliberately begun your day before the crack of dawn? It can be a very refreshing experience, one that is ever so peaceful and quiet. The newness of the morning, the freshness of a new day, hold endless possibilities if we truly stop and reflect upon the potential of what each day affords.

True, there are many demands and responsibilities that dictate our daily schedules, yet within the infancy of the morning is the opportunity to chart our course for today. It’s also a good time to reflect on Proverbs 16:9 which tell us that man makes his plans, but the Lord directs his steps, guiding us in the choices we make that define our day. The secret to success rests in listening to that “still small voice…” of the Lord. (1 Kings 19:12-15)

Granted, we do live in a very “busy” age, which has made it even more challenging for us to rest and retreat. Contrasting our day to the day of Johann Sebastian Bach, for example,🙂can be an enlightening and revealing exercise. In a YouTube video (w/ English subtitles), pianist András Schiff “explains Bach”.  Schiff shares that essential to Bach’s success, was his need for “peace and quiet”. It was within the peace and quiet that Bach’s creativity flourished. He managed to achieve a level of peace and quiet, in his day, even amidst his family responsibilities, which included his many children. Schiff goes on to say that if Bach were living in our day and age, it would have been impossible for him to create and produce the magnificent music that he did!

Sobering insights, to say the least, causing me to pause, wonder, and reflect upon “how far” we’ve come, today. Yet, that same need for peace and quiet still exists for us, centuries later, reminding me of that “still small voice” referenced in 1 Kings, as well as Psalm 46:10 which admonishes us to “Be still…”

Beginning the day in the Lord’s presence, and guided by His leading, is challenging at best, yet satisfying at most.

“….His compassions are new every morning….” Lamentations 3:22-23

Blessings to you!
Numbers 6:24-25

Sound Bites and Tweets

Sound Bites and Tweets

What goes around comes around.

Ever since the time of the Tower of Babel (Genesis 11:1-9), man has attempted to enhance and broaden his means of communication. And we need not go far to see the same holds true in this “Information Age” in which we live, today. With the exponential increase of information available to us (both for good and for bad), technology has produced a new means of communicating not seen, before, by mankind. Yet, the goal remains the same.

In this age of information overload, we’ve cleverly devised a way to streamline our input of knowledge and news, with “sound bites” and “tweets”. As a result, we’ve become accustomed to short and concise bits of information to fuel our minds and hearts. This idea is not new, however, because as wise King Solomon wrote, millennia ago: “…there is nothing new under the sun.” (Ecclesiastes 1:9).

Already fitting well into this category of brevity, the Bible has always offered short and concise bits of information, (in this case, wisdom), found in such books as the Psalms and PROVERBS. Both books are fairly easy, yet rich, reads and can be broken down pretty systematically into short and concise bits. For example: In one month you can read all of the 150 Psalms, reading 2-5 a day. Or you may find reading Proverbs to be even easier: one chapter per day, just like vitamins, providing us with a daily dose of spiritual nourishment to help us along each day.

In our world of sound bites and tweets and short messages of all kinds, Psalms and Proverbs fit right in. Both of these books, provide a wealth of short, rich, and wise reading that you might like to consider including in your daily routine.

Blessings to you!
Numbers 6:24-25

Out of the “Heart” of Babes

Out of the Heart of Babes

As the story goes…

She was a very young child, with a very tender heart. While many children, early on, have “imaginary” friends, her Friend was different.  He was real!  Oh, she couldn’t actually see her Friend, but she could rest in Him.

Amidst the challenges in her home life, the little girl found comfort and solace in her Friend’s presence. She would go to Him, talk to Him, and find peace in His arms. His name…?? Jesus!

As time went on and the young girl grew older she saw, in God’s Word, truth about things she had already experienced from as long as she could remember:

In Mark 10:14, she read that Jesus loves the little children: “…Let the little children come to Me, and do not forbid them; for of such is the kingdom of God.” “That’s true”, she said, having experienced His open arms, herself.

In Deut 31:6, 8, Joshua 1:5, and Psalm 37:25, the truth was repeatedly confirmed that “…He will never leave you nor forsake you”. “That’s true, as well”, she said.  She never felt forsaken or abandoned, even in the hardest of times, because He was always there for her.

In James 4:8, she saw written that if you “Draw near to Him, He will draw near to you.” “So true, too”, she said, as she worked, daily, on doing the same.

The story of this young child reverberates even to us today, to all generations, no matter how young or how old we may be. To desire to

“see” Him as He really is
from a tender and childlike perspective;
to enter into His heavenly realm,
leaving behind our grown-up objectives

helps us all to experience the fullness of Jesus’ words in Mark 10:15 and Luke 18:17, where He tells us “Assuredly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God as a little child will by no means enter it.

May that be our prayer, and our practice.

Blessings to you!
Numbers 6:24-25

New Beginnings: 2017

It has been one year, and more, since my last post.  Much has occurred during that time, the most significant of which was the lengthy illness, (and my involvement as one of the caregivers), followed by the homegoing of my dear sister just one year ago, on 12/31/15.  The grieving process has been just that….a process.  Yet, as one year of “firsts” is now over, I venture out and resume posting on this blog, GodsWordToUs.

As with most things in life, change is inevitable. I say “most” because of one exception:  GOD NEVER CHANGES, nor does HIS HOLY WORD.  For that I am most, most grateful!!  As I, now, resume sharing what God laid on my heart many years ago, I pray for wisdom, direction and guidance in proceeding on this journey, which I expect will include change, as well.  It is simply God and me, at this point in this venture, a partnership that stretches me in more ways than I realize, emphasizing my need, and the truth of John 15:5, “I am the vine, you are the branches.  He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for “without Me you can do nothing.” (NKJV) (Italics, mine). Truly it is a 99.99…% to …0.00* % partnership. (99.99…% God to ..0.00*% me.)

So, as I embark anew, I am reminded of a phrase by a former pastor of mine regarding his skiing success.  It went something like this:  Although my skill did not reflect much talent, I mastered getting up better than anyone else! 😊

Now, as I brush off my dusty knees, I would like to begin this new phase of the website, GodsWordToUs, by sharing a poem my sister was inspired to write during the early stages of her illness, four years ago.  She graciously gave me her permission, then, to share her poem, wanting to be “open to how the Lord would use it for His glory.”

My sister’s child-like faith, trust, and intimacy with Our Lord has been an inspiration to all of us, then, and now.  My prayer is that it will draw you closer to Him, as well.

Blessings to you.

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Shadow of His Wings, (cont’d)

 The heavens declare the glory of God....  Psalm 19:1

You are worthy, Lord
You are worthy, Lord
Of all praise, all glory, and all honor.
You are worthy, Lord
You are worthy, Lord
You are worthy to be adored.

For in the shadow of Your wings I will rejoice
In the shadow of Your wings my soul is satisfied
In the shadow of Your wings I sing for joy
There my soul desires to follow close to You.

Adapted from Psalm 63 -© 2011 DM

Shadow of His Wings

The LORD bless you and keep you; the LORD make His face shine upon you, and be gracious to you; the LORD lift up His countenance upon you, and give you peace.   Numbers 6:24-26

When the challenges of life seem overwhelming
When faced with overcoming drains my soul
It is there my burdened heart seeks out Your refuge
As I run beneath Your wings to be consoled.

For in the shadow of Your wings I will rejoice
In the shadow of Your wings my soul is satisfied
In the shadow of Your wings I sing for joy
There my soul desires to follow close to You.

Adapted from Psalm 63 -© 2011 DM