Dwell Deep

This morning’s devotional, from Springs in the Valley, was an excellent reminder. It actually reminded me of one thing I try to ask the Lord of each morning – that I would abide in HIS presence that day. The reason I have learned to make that a daily petition of mine is two-fold:

1. That I will have JOY that day –

“Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence is fulness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore.”

‭‭Psalms‬ ‭16:11‬

2. That I will have STRENGTH for that day –

“…the joy of the Lord is your strength.”

‭‭Nehemiah‬ ‭8:10‬ ‭

No one is exempt from trials – NO ONE. But, each of us, as Christians, have a choice of where we will dwell. Whether trial or sunshine, if we are abiding in HIS presence, God’s Word promises us JOY – FULNESS of JOY!

And, HIS joy (not happiness based on circumstances)…true inner JOY from the Lord is the source of our strength for whatever we may face each day.

I am reminded of a quote from a dear, soldier of the cross – Br Sammy Allen:

“Happiness comes from happenings; JOY comes from within.”

My friend, where are you dwelling today? Where have you chosen to abide? It is a choice that each of us make every day. When we choose to dwell anywhere but the presence of the Lord, we are forfeiting the JOY He promises and therefore the STRENGTH we so desperately need each day.

Friend, dig deep into God’s Word. Stay longer on your knees. Fill your heart with Psalms, Hymns and Spiritual songs. Avoid dwelling in the muck and mire of negative thoughts, negative friends, negative news and yes, negative social media.

Friend, choose to dwell in His presence today. Choose JOY. Choose STRENGTH.

Knock Hard!

The following devotional, from Spurgeon’s Morning & Evening, was a huge blessing and encouragement to me this morning!

Not long after reading the devotional, I received the following via text:

My voice shalt thou hear in the morning, O LORD; in the morning will I direct my prayer unto thee, and will look up.” Psalm 5:3 (note in margin – expect an answer!)

How very, very thankful I am to the Lord for that double reminder – He’s such a loving, personal God! ❤️

Thanksgiving 🍁

We had a good day yesterday! Nanna got to spend a lot of snuggle time with this lil princess 💗

Big brother just enjoyed playing and cheesing for pics 😁

Here’s a satisfied customer! 😁

After dinner, Branson went with his aunties to take a Thanksgiving dinner to our neighbor…

We thank the Lord for a wonderful Thanksgiving! There is certainly so much for which to be thankful!

International Sunday Pictures!

I love International Sunday! How exciting to hear the testimonies of salvation from different national pastors as well as how God is using them in their part of the world! We were also privileged to hear from three American missionaries and the burden the Lord has given them for the foreign field – what a blessing!

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