Learn to Dwell – Depending on Grace
These words have been running through my head. I’ve encouraged them to run strong and hard through my weary brain. Scripture words learned and repeated through head and heart, stumbling over the lines, recalling slowly, surely.
He who dwells in the secret places of the Most High, who abides in the shelter of the Almighty, will say to the Lord, “My refuge and my fortress, my God in whom I trust…”
Only in my case I substitute the female for my own gender, relating the words specifically to me. She who dwells… The opening lines to Psalm 91, at once a cry for help and a reminder I am never alone. I dwell in refuge, abide in the fortress, sheltered by the Almighty.
Several bloggers I read regularly have the habit of choosing a word for each new year. Depending on their life experiences, the words for each one are different. No cookie cutter belief systems, but hard won, expanded-expanding faith, up looking and holding on to God people.
A failed perfectionist, I am guilty of overthinking almost everything including the choice of a word. I sent a quick question to God, just a casual thought, asking His choice of word for my year. If it was important to actually have a word for the year. I had not really expected to hear anything; I am managing.
God’s answer was instant. One word? Dwell. I need to learn to dwell.
to live as a permanent resident
to live or continue in a given condition or state: to dwell in happiness
to linger over, emphasize, or ponder in thought, speech, or writing
Honestly, I’m not sure I know what it means beyond the dictionary definition. I think I knew at one time, but I’ve been living lightly in the last several years. I’m accustomed to being the out-of-towner, an alien in the country of my birth. Now it is time to release, unpack, and settle in. I must learn to dwell.
It’s a little scary and I know I won’t be able to manage without help. Maybe it sounds silly to you, but my root system is a bit stressed. First, I’m trusting God to keep me from crashing into the dirt. Second? I need your prayers.
Do you have a God given word for this year? What can I pray for you?
“Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God.” Colossians 3:16
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