Friday, November 20, 2015

Lovely is Your Dwelling Place | Five-Minute Friday

Halfway through November and we finally got our snow! Now it officially feels like the holiday season is near.

For today's Five-Minute Friday, our free-write word is "Dwell".

What's a "free write"? No editing, no over-thinking, no worrying about perfect grammar or punctuation. Just write!


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How lovely is Your dwelling place,
Lord Almighty!
My soul yearns, even faints,
for the courts of the Lord;
my heart and my flesh cry out
for the living God.
PSALM 84:1-2
I love these verses.

How lovely is Your dwelling place, Lord Almighty!

For much of my life I wasn't "dwelling" with the Lord. Until I surrendered my life to the Lord almost 5 years ago, I was just a dweller in the tents of the wicked (v. 10).

I can confidently say that even a "bad day" walking with the Lord is better than the best day of living without Him. 

Without the Lord, the weight of the world is on our shoulders and we are left drowning in its weight. Where we will spend eternity is uncertain. In this crumbling world, there is no hope without Him.

When we dwell with the Lord, He gives us a yoke that is easy and a burden that is light (Matthew 11:28-30). He is rest for our souls! He gives us hope no matter what terrible things happen here on earth and He is our eternal security. He is our loving Father and our Guide through life.
Better is one day in Your courts
than a thousand elsewhere;
I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God
than dwell in the tents of the wicked.
PSALM 84:10
Living in faith isn't always easy for me. My faith sometimes feels as high as a mountain top and, other times, I'm discouraged and struggling in a valley.

The biggest difference in my life now, dwelling with the Lord, is that I have unshakable hope. Whether I am on the mountain top or down in the valley, the Lord is there. He will never leave me. He strengthens me to persevere through the valleys of life and rejoices with me on the mountain top highs. I'm not alone anymore.

There is no place I would rather be.

Better is one day in Your courts than a thousand elsewhere...
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12 comments:

  1. I love that "unshakable HOPE". I've got it too! #fmfneighbor #43

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  2. That is the difference, isn't it Amy? Hope. Struggles, temptations and sorrow still come but we have hope, we have THE hope. Thanks for stopping by my little place of the blogosphere :)

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    1. Yes, that hope can get us through anything life throws at us!

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  3. Great post- the line about unshakable hope stood out to me too. Knowing God is with us makes such a difference.

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    1. I agree! If God is with us, who can be against us!

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  4. Beautiful words. Amen to this:
    "The biggest difference in my life now, dwelling with the Lord, is that I have unshakable hope." Thank you for turning us to Our Hope.

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  5. Very nice write. I love those verses too. :)

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  6. great verse! Hope is a beautiful thing. Nice reminder that we should never give up on hope :)

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    1. Hope is beautiful! Hope in the Lord can bring us through anything!

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