Monday, March 24, 2014

Preparing for Easter ~ Places of Blessings

[Lord, You have been our dwelling place in all generations…from everlasting to everlasting  Psalm 90:1-2  
During this season of reflection and renewal, join me, and let's explore God’s Presence, our dwelling place.  Are you dwelling in the presence of God? ~ Donna Howell Oswalt]

“And how blessed all those in whom You live, whose lives become roads You travel; They wind through lonesome valleys, come upon brooks, discover cool springs and pools brimming with rain! Psalm 84:5-6 MSG

This Psalm begins, “How lovely are Your dwelling places, O LORD!” Immediately we sense beauty and peace in the presence of God. In reading Psalm 84, the calm without chaos reveals the world’s busyness; the joy inside the praises draws us into His presence. Our spirits find blessing after blessing as we linger, as we pray, as we worship the Living God.

Our journey with Jesus is a pilgrimage that takes us to mountain tops of joy, through valleys of sorrow, around and through unmapped territory that challenges our faith. Experiences chase us through lush forests into barren deserts where joy meets sorrow, laughter greets tears, and celebrations complete difficulties. Along all these paths, we always discover places of blessing when God abides with us. Lord, Your Glory lights my path. Whether I feel as if I am drowning or dodging, dancing or drifting, how lovely are Your dwelling places! Count me alive in Christ. Traveling with You, I go from strength to strength. - dho

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