…not from my meager perspective;
but to enter into His heavenly realm,
blotting out my earthly objectives. © 2011 DM
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)
“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)
“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)
“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)
“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)
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;
I 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)
The Secret Place: Deliverance, Truth, Shelter, Love!
Richest blessings to you!
“In the beginning was The Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
He was with God in the beginning.
Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made.
In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind.
The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.” (NIV) John 1:1-5
So, Why Does That Matter?
“The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.” (NIV) John 1:14
Why is That Important?
“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” (NIV) John 3:16
Life, Grace, Truth, Love, and Eternal Life!
Blessings to you!
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!
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!
Preparing for a wedding has, in itself, become a big event today. In some cases, it’s become the event before “the” event. From creating “save the date” notifications, prior to actual wedding invitations; to searching for and reserving the desired venue and menu; to making arrangement for the honeymoon (and everything else in between), the list goes on and on. Much necessary thought, time and effort is invested in that “Big Day” that is meant to usher in a commitment that is designed to last a lifetime, here on earth.
There is another wedding that is to take place some time in the future. It’s the Marriage of the Lamb described in the Bible in Revelation, chapter 19, verses 7-9. Although we don’t know the date, that future wedding deserves as much, if not more, diligent preparation and attention. The Bible tells us that there will be a day when Jesus, the sacrificial Lamb who died for you and me, will come again to greet and meet His “Bride”, (the church, Acts 2:47; Ephesians 5:27), and she will be “caught up with Him in the air” always to be with Him. (1 Thessalonians 4:13-17).
Surely, preparing for that wedding would be quite different from the familiar here on earth. No need for invites, they’ve already been sent out (John 3:16-17); nor for venue or menu, it’s already been planned (Revelation 19:7-9); nor honeymoon arrangements, they’ve already been made. (John 14:2-3)
So, what preparation would be suitable for this event? Simply accepting the invitation, given to all of us in John 3:16-17: “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten son that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.”
Blessings to you!