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Be Still

“Be still and know that I am God.” I am challenged to take this call to stillness beyond the mountain top experiences and bring it to the busy valleys of life. I am slowly realizing that each breath, each encounter with people and Creation, is unique and needs to be treasured rather than avoided or endured. I pray that our loving Lord will bless and deepen our encounters, giving us rest and refreshment in the busyness we encounter each day.

 

Psalm 46:10, fall larch
Psalm 46:10, fall larch

Remaining what God created us to be

“My attitude toward sorrow and difficulty should not be to ask that they be prevented, but to ask that God protect me so that I may remain what He created me to be, in spite of all my fires of sorrow.”  Oswald Chambers

And for me personally, I need to remain “what God created me to be” when I get frustrated that what “I planned” does not happen.

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“Do we really want God to dwell within us?”

 

“Do we really want God to dwell within us, or are we only willing to ‘rent out’ space for a brief visit?  Our actions, our words, our silence, our fears all show the presence, or absence, of God in our lives.”
 
What kind of question is this?  Of course I do.  BUT, I need to constantly remind myself that life here on earth is not about me, but about God. I need to give Him my burdens; He is the one who is eternal , and within whom I dwell.

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An ancient message that still speaks today

I will lead blind Israel down a new path,
    guiding them along an unfamiliar way.
I will brighten the darkness before them
    and smooth out the road ahead of them.
Yes, I will indeed do these things;
    I will not forsake them.  Isaiah 42: 16

None of us really “see” well.  It is good to know that Lord is always there to brighten whatever darkness surrounds us, and to make our way smooth. Indeed, He will never forsake us!

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