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Refuge & Fortress

The above picture was taken at Ft. Stevens along the Oregon coast. I love visiting old forts. You can feel history oozing out of each bunker as you wander through them. I can imagine the men monitoring the ocean before them looking for signs of the enemy as they are sheltered within the thick walls of these buildings.

These bunkers will eventually crumble and fall because they are made of perishable materials. The shelter the Lord provides is imperishable. It’ll never crumble with age nor be able to be penetrated by the enemy. I pray today that you will read through this chapter in Psalms and soak in the truth of what the bible says about God and His protection.

Please read Psalm 91.


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Raging Storm

Life can be hard and I know most of us are going through some difficult times. We are walking through some deep waters with high waves crashing all around us. It reminds me of this verse and the day I took this picture 10 years ago. My husband and I were on the Oregon coast celebrating our anniversary. On this day we stood on the beach and watched the storm roll in.

I think of Peter who boldly asked the Lord to allow him to walk on the water during a storm. While his eyes were focused on Jesus he stayed on top of the water. But when he took his eyes off Jesus he started to focus on the raging storm and began to sink. “But when he saw the wind, he was afraid, and beginning to sink he cried out, ‘Lord, save me.’” What did Jesus do? “Jesus immediately reached out his hand and took hold of him” (Matthew 14:30-31).

We may be on the brink of a storm as we watch the storm clouds roll in or we may be in the middle of one with the waves crashing around us. One thing is certain, no matter how much the waves are tossing us, the Lord is right next to us. He will immediately reach out His hand to you and hold you whenever you need Him. You just need to keep your eyes focused on Him.

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It Is Well

I came across this song a few days ago and love it so much I thought I should share it with you. I love these lyrics:

“Far be it from me to not believe
Even when my eyes can’t see
And this mountain that’s in front of me
Will be thrown into the midst of the sea

Through it all, through it all
My eyes are on You
Through it all, through it all
It is well
Through it all, through it all
My eyes are on You
It is well, it is well”

“It Is Well” by Kristene DiMarco

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Bread Alone

“And he humbled you and let you hunger and fed you with manna, which you did not know, nor did your fathers know, that he might make you know that man does not live by bread alone, but man lives by every word that comes from the mouth of the Lord.” Deuteronomy 8:3

Whenever I come across this verse I think about how often I don’t live on the bread alone. The bread being the Word of God. I tend to sustain myself on not only God’s word but the words of others as I allow things to seep into my life. I’m a bit like the Israelites. I allow the Lord to guide me but often meander down different paths that aren’t good for me. In the case of the Israelites, their disobedience cost them the promised land. Their children were able to live in the land the Lord provided for them but the first generation wandered for 40 years until they were gone.

During their wanderings, the Lord provided them with food to sustain them. Food they didn’t have to work for other than to gather it up in the morning. This food was called Manna. Manna was a delicious white substance that resembled a seed of a plant of the eastern Mediterranean called coriander. It was very delicious and came at night appearing like dew in the morning. It sustained the Israelites until food was available.

While God provided them with manna in a supernatural way, we must rely on God for our spiritual feeding. Jesus did this while being tempted by Satan for 40 days. He fought back by quoting scripture, But he answered, ‘It is written,“‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God’” (Matthew 4:4).

My question to myself and you is this . . .  what are you feeding yourself with? Are you feeding yourself with the things of this world or from the things of God’s Word?

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Never Forget

“For the Lord your God is a merciful God. He will not leave you or destroy you or forget the covenant with your fathers that he swore to them.” Deuteronomy 4:31

I love this verse tucked away in this chapter because it think it embodies much of what our Lord is all about.

Our Lord God is a merciful God, “He saved us, not because of works done by us in righteousness, but according to his own mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewal of the Holy Spirit” (Titus 3:5). The definition of mercy is, “compassion or forgiveness shown toward someone whom it is within one’s power to punish or harm” (Dictionary.com).

Our Lord God will not leave us, “It is the Lord who goes before you. He will be with you; he will not leave you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed” (Deuteronomy 31:8).

Our Lord God will not forget his covenant with us. A covenant is an agreement or contract between two parties. In biblical times it was referred to two parties being bound together in an oath that couldn’t be broken. When God sent His Son, Jesus, He established a new covenant with us. A new covenant of salvation, forgiveness of sin and fellowship with Him.

I pray today that you will know how much the Lord God loves you. How He will never leave you and cares so much about you that He made a way for you to have a personal relationship with Him. If you don’t know what I’m talking about please take the time to go to the “Want to Know Jesus?” in the upper right hand corner of this blog. Read through the scripture passages to see what God did through Jesus.

If you already know Jesus I pray that this verse in Deuteronomy will give you a renewed sense of what He did for you.