Here we are again! (My, these weeks fly by!)

It’s Five Minute Friday… where many of us set our timer and write for five minutes straight, unedited on a one-word prompt. We gather and share at Kate’s place, and encourage one another in our writing. It’s one of the most encouraging parts of my week! Give it a try… either on your own blog, in the comments section below my post, or on a scratch piece of paper at home. It’s a ton of fun!

This week’s word:

–DWELL–

 

Go.

dwellThe news these days puts me a bit on edge. Does it you, too?

It makes me want to hide away in my home. To dwell here for as long as I can without venturing out.

dwell ::  to live or stay as a permanent resident; reside

But living like that–hidden away–isn’t me, nor is it what I’m called to do. But I sure am tempted.

I was reminded this week, yes, bad things are happening all around us. But we don’t need to shrink back in fear, and we don’t have to worry and fret. (Easier said than done, I know!) When we take our shelter in God, we are safe.

Take a look:

Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. Psalm 91:1 NIV

Rest sounds pretty good right now, doesn’t it? When we reside in God’s shelter (His protection) we will find rest… without worry.

When the images on t.v. alarm us, and the headlines make us uncomfortable, we can take our concerns to straight to the One Who can handle them and Who can calm our racing hearts.

And just in case you’re like me and you need a little more assurance, take a moment to read Psalm 91 in its entirety. This is from the New Living Translation:

Psalm 91

Those who live in the shelter of the Most High
    will find rest in the shadow of the Almighty.
This I declare about the Lord:
He alone is my refuge, my place of safety;
    he is my God, and I trust him.
For he will rescue you from every trap
    and protect you from deadly disease.
He will cover you with his feathers.
    He will shelter you with his wings.
    His faithful promises are your armor and protection.
Do not be afraid of the terrors of the night,
    nor the arrow that flies in the day.
Do not dread the disease that stalks in darkness,
    nor the disaster that strikes at midday.
Though a thousand fall at your side,
    though ten thousand are dying around you,
    these evils will not touch you.
Just open your eyes,
    and see how the wicked are punished.

If you make the Lord your refuge,
    if you make the Most High your shelter,
10 no evil will conquer you;
    no plague will come near your home.
11 For he will order his angels
    to protect you wherever you go.
12 They will hold you up with their hands
    so you won’t even hurt your foot on a stone.
13 You will trample upon lions and cobras;
    you will crush fierce lions and serpents under your feet!

14 The Lord says, “I will rescue those who love me.
    I will protect those who trust in my name.
15 When they call on me, I will answer;
    I will be with them in trouble.
    I will rescue and honor them.
16 I will reward them with a long life
    and give them my salvation.”

Dwell in His safety, my friend. I will meet you there.

Stop.

 

Much love today,

Julie

 

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