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Dwelling w/Christ: Seeking, Gazing…Keeping Safe

Dwelling w/Christ: Seeking, Gazing...Keeping SafeOne thing I ask of the Lord, this is what I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the Lord and to see Him in His temple. For in the day of trouble he will keep me safe in His dwelling;  he will hide me in the shelter of His tabernacle and set me high upon a rock. (Psalm 27:4,5 NIV)


We’ve reached the end of another school year, leaving us tired. Teachers most definitely need a break, yet parenting calls a tall order. Reading this scripture last night when feeling completely spent, such a warm feeling wrapped around me, providing reassurance. Is there really anything more important than knowing we have an Almighty God who has called our sorry selves out of the mire and set our feet upon- not only solid ground- high upon a rock?

Summer Days

As my children are now all teenagers, I’ve gained wisdom to know, during young years- do not rush them. There is no schedule too demanding to be the parent, children need. Days are gone sending them into the yard or heading down to the park for a pick-up game of baseball. Can we ever watch Sandlot too many times? Good kids can make bad decisions. The bubble I lived in during teen years and even into college- I pray same around my children. I think back- someone had to pray this protection around me. We know the internet has many avenues of snatching our children’s minds. Proactive is key to setting boundaries and understanding expectation.


While visiting our college boy back in April, he and his friends showed how disciplined they were during dinner. Each placed their cell phone in the center of the table, stacking one on top of the other. Their conversation flowed, never a quiet moment. David and I sit amazed. Thinking proactive helps our children avoid pitfalls- it’s not as easy anymore…do as I say, not as I do. We need to be sitting examples for desired results we want to see in our children. They will not always be with us- what kind of adults are we raising? Today is not necessarily a check-list of summer activities, hopefully, it’s insightful to feel The Holy Spirit’s nudge to be dwelling in the Lord, proactive, not reactive. Trying to parent from behind is never good. Set boundaries, have set expectations- enforce them- this is a biggie. It takes great effort to enforce what we have to say. And…this can leave us tired.

I want…

In moments when tiredness pushes beyond limits, sit down with Psalm 27:4 and 5. If one thing to ask…Lord, I want to dwell in the house of the Lord all my days, gaze into his beauty, and know that in times of trouble, He will keep us safe.

Be encouraged!

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