The Safety of the Lord

I want to take a moment to thank the Lord for His grace, mercy and protection! 

Early this morning my husband and I heard some unfamiliar sounds coming from outside.  One thump.  Did something fall over?  A second thud, louder and distinct.  Is that a car door slamming?  No it can’t be…I called for him to come from the other room (he was giving our baby a bottle), and he said the noise was coming from below us.  Looking out the window yielded no views, so he went out on our porch and saw an individual attempting to break into our neighbor’s car.  He yelled for them to stop and the culprit fled. 

If you’ve had the misfortune of experiencing this type of situation, you’re all too familiar with the feelings of uneasiness and discomfort that follow.  A slew of negative “what if” questions attempt to flood your mind, and you’re unsettled because it happened too close to home.  I felt these emotions just moments ago, but I thank God that His Word reigns supreme in my heart!  As my husband alerted the neighbors and talked to the police, I said a prayer of thanksgiving for keeping us out of harms way.  Yes, a window was damaged, but no one was hurt, and for that I give all the glory, honor and praise to my Abba Father.  We are in His safety!!  Hallelujah!!!

Psalm 121:7 (NLT) The LORD keeps you from all harm and watches over your life.

Psalm 32:7 (KJV) You are my hiding place; you shall preserve me from trouble; you shall surround
me about with songs of deliverance. Selah.

Psalm 5:12 (NKJV) For You, O Lord, will bless the righteous; With favor You will surround him as with a shield.

Psalm 91 (NKJV) He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High Shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. 2 I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress; My God, in Him I will trust.”

3 Surely He shall deliver you from the snare of the fowlerAnd from the perilous pestilence. 4 He shall cover you with His feathers, And under His wings you shall take refuge; His truth shall be your shield and buckler. 5 You shall not be afraid of the terror by night, Nor of the arrow that flies by day, 6 Nor of the pestilence that walks in darkness, Nor of the destruction that lays waste at noonday.

7 A thousand may fall at your side, And ten thousand at your right hand; But it shall not come near you. 8 Only with your eyes shall you look, And see the reward of the wicked.

9 Because you have made the Lord, who is my refuge, Even the Most High, your dwelling place, 10 No evil shall befall you, Nor shall any plague come near your dwelling; 11 For He shall give His angels charge over you, To keep you in all your ways. 12 In their hands they shall bear you up, Lest you dash your foot against a stone. 13 You shall tread upon the lion and the cobra, The young lion and the serpent you shall trample underfoot.

14 “Because he has set his love upon Me, therefore I will deliver him; I will set him on high, because he has known My name. 15 He shall call upon Me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him and honor him. 16 With long life I will satisfy him, And show him My salvation.”

A Change in the Game

Change is uncomfortable.  I sometimes wonder why this always seems to be the case, but I guess we wouldn’t be able to recognize a difference if it felt like everything else.  It’s nice to be in a familiar place, but with familiarity often comes complacency.  It’s good to stretch ourselves out of our comfort zones, and this is often the first step toward living the life you’ve always dreamed of.

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Diving into Home

Many children are fearless.  They explore the world around them with unabashed wonder and amusement, with the hope of a new adventure around every corner.  They have not experienced enough in this life to warn them to count the costs before every decision is made, and their carefree spirit reminds us of what it was like to be young once.  I, however, was not this child.  For whatever reason I always found myself to be much too aware of the circumstances and I proceeded with caution in almost all that I did.  All except for when I was on the field playing softball.  From the age of 7 – 17 (and one year in college) softball was my life.  As a catcher I was accustomed to getting dirty, taking risks, calling plays and I loved it!  As a baserunner my speed made me prime for stealing bases and nothing gave me greater joy than a dirty uniform that served as the evidence that I dove head first into 2nd base, 3rd, or even home.  What’s the significance of this you ask?  Well anyone familiar with the sport knows that diving head first into home is often considered unsafe and unwise as a collision with the catcher and all of her gear could mean disaster.  Playing this position I knew this better than anyone, but it didn’t stop me.  Sliding feet first was safe but felt awkward.  I wanted to take charge of where I was going and see everything that was coming my way.  I wasn’t afraid of the scrapes or bruises because I knew the end result was well worth the temporary pain.  I wouldn’t have it any other way.Read More