Fortress of Refuge

Published on 08 March 2011 by in Encouragement

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Fortress of Refuge

Lets face it we tend to be forgetful and fearful people. Especially when feeling vulnerable and facing something that attempts to destroy us or someone we love! Psalm 45 gives great reminders about who God is especially in these kinds of times. God is present. He is strength. He is protection. He is a refuge and fortress, ready to help in times of trouble.

Do we experience Him in this way? What does it take to do so? Every fortress requires a water supply. He is both. A river brings joy to the city of our God, the sacred home of the Most High. God himself lives in that city; it cannot be destroyed.

Three times we are reminded that He IS with us. Three times we are reminded that He IS our fortress our refuge.

Perspective because God lives in us and protects us our encounter with lifes earthquakes hurricanes, storms, uproars or crumbles lest we forget, is our invitation, opportunity and call to Be silent, and know that I am God! We are to seek that stillness today and everyday – this is prayer.

May you and I know His help, strength, peace, presence, and protection so others will want to know Him too! God help us!

2011 Karen Braun

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Right Now AND Past, Present, Future

Published on 23 February 2011 by in Encouragement

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Right Now AND Past, Present, Future

I was reminded this week that AS our Eternal, Heavenly Father lovingly looks at us, He sees us not just in the right now moment but all at once – past, present and future… without a time frame as we know it.

This awareness can really help us approach Him about our here and now. It can also help us listen with perspective,  to cooperate for our greater joy and fulfilment. Remember, He purposed us in the first place to be the FOCUS of His love! We are HIS idea!!!

“Long before he laid down earth’s foundations, he had us in mind, had settled on us as the focus of his love, to be made whole and holy by his love. Long, long ago he decided to adopt us into his family through Jesus Christ. (What pleasure he took in planning this!) He wanted us to enter into the celebration of his lavish gift-giving by the hand of his beloved Son. Ephesians 4:1-6 (MSG).”

“Now that you have made me listen, I finally understand – you don’t require burnt offerings or sin offerings. Then I said, ‘Look, I have come. And this has been written about me in your scroll: I take joy in doing your will, my God, for your law is written on my heart’” Psalm 40:6b-8 (NLT).

God we desire to glorify you. You are the Beginning and the End and you really know what’s best anyway!

©2011 Karen Braun

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