Saturday, January 23, 2010

Day 23 How Power Comes

"He that dwells in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty." – Psalm 91:1

I am so thankful for the way the Lord has blessed me with a deep desire to be in His presence. My time dwelling in that secret place – Bible and journal open, pen in hand and ready to hear from God -- have sustained me all of these years. It is in God's presence I find strength, power, joy and the rich life God has set before me.

Psalm 91 has become one of my favorites. The whole chapter is encouraging and has comforted me over and again.

Several years ago our home group had Fran Lance come and share with us. She supports an orphanage in Cambodia and is an amazing prayer warrior. She prayed for me that night and read the first part of Psalm 91. Fran encouraged me to continue to spend time with the Lord because he sees me in that dwelling place.

What was really cool about that prayer was that it was the first time I had ever met Fran and she had no idea that I spend time every morning in my Bible and in my journal (in my dwelling place). It was one of those kisses on the cheek from God where He used someone's words to bless my day as He reminded me that He understands my heart.

My dwelling place is usually our comfy family room. I sit in the recliner couch with the fireplace burning. Next to me is a stack of books and several pens. The books include a Kindle, my Bible and my daily journal (God Calling) and my prayer journal.

My prayer journal is a composition notebook like the ones used in English class. This is where I'm recording prayer requests and notes as I read through the One Year Book of Hope by Nancy Guthrie (a highly recommended book). I also use the Kindle to look up different translations of the Bible. My I-pod is nearby for music inspiration.

I cherish this time early in the morning. I sit on one couch and Steve is on the other. It is a wonderful way to start the day. It recharges my spiritual and emotional batteries. It is where the power to "do life" comes. I highly recommend this daily discipline. It is powerful!

I close this blog entry with the words to this favorite Psalm 91. I hope God uses these words penned thousands of years ago to bless your heart today.

Psalm 91

 1 He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High
       will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.

 2 I will say of the LORD, "He is my refuge and my fortress,
       my God, in whom I trust."

 3 Surely he will save you from the fowler's snare
       and from the deadly pestilence.

 4 He will cover you with his feathers,
       and under his wings you will find refuge;
       his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.

 5 You will not fear the terror of night,
       nor the arrow that flies by day,

 6 nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness,
       nor the plague that destroys at midday.

 7 A thousand may fall at your side,
       ten thousand at your right hand,
       but it will not come near you.

 8 You will only observe with your eyes
       and see the punishment of the wicked.

 9 If you make the Most High your dwelling—
       even the LORD, who is my refuge-

 10 then no harm will befall you,
       no disaster will come near your tent.

 11 For he will command his angels concerning you
       to guard you in all your ways;

 12 they will lift you up in their hands,
       so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.

 13 You will tread upon the lion and the cobra;
       you will trample the great lion and the serpent.

 14 "Because he loves me," says the LORD, "I will rescue him;
       I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name.

 15 He will call upon me, and I will answer him;
       I will be with him in trouble,
       I will deliver him and honor him.

 16 With long life will I satisfy him
       and show him my salvation."

God Bless Your Heart with a long and powerful life!

Gigi Devine Murfitt

The idea for this blog was taken from the January 23 entry in "God Calling" edited by A.J. Russell and published by Barbour Publishing.

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