Last Summer a few members of my family joined some friends of ours to spend 4th of July weekend at their “farm”.
This generous couple had invited me, Mike and our daughter Julianna, along with another couple and their son, to come and spend a few days in what she called her “little slice of heaven” located in the North Georgia Mountains. After my friend told me the EXACT location of her little country paradise a few planets in my world collided and I KNEW the visit would be life changing for our family. Little did I know just how BIG of a life changing weekend it would be.
The timing worked out for all of us and before we knew it we were a caravan winding up the rolling hills of north Georgia and back down into a little valley surrounded by what I can only describe as a “Georgia Garden of Eden”. The rolling hills, mountain streams, grazing horses, summer wildflowers and never ending sky gulped our hearts up from the moment we set our eyes upon it.
On our first morning there, I woke up very early, grabbed my steaming cup of coffee, journal and Bible and curled up on a swing on my friends wrap around porch.
My study on that day was in some of the very scriptures of Psalms that you and I are in today. I dragged my old journal out of safe keeping this morning to remember my exact entry. I can’t share ALL that I wrote on those pages quite yet but I hope to over the next few weeks. It’s a pretty cool story!!
Here is part of what my journal entry was on Saturday morning June 30, 2012:
“I am sitting on a swing in paradise Lord. I know this is Holy Ground. What you have made happen here is something ONLY a sovereign, mighty God–ALL KNOWING; ALL SEEING–could have done. You amaze me Lord, you know every heart, you know every moment of every day before it comes to be. Thank you My Jesus for blessing me, you are so good to me, MORE THAN ENOUGH for me, always more than I can hope or imagine”
As I sat in that swing that day I can remember thinking, “I wonder if my friend, who LIVES here, is actually AWARE of the awesome beauty that surrounds her every day? I wonder, when you LIVE in such splendor, do you begin to take it for granted? Do you even notice the glory of the hills and the flock of baby deer who trot across the back lot while you are doing your morning Bible study?”
Today, I am sitting smack in the middle of some details that, if it is God’s plan and all comes together, may result in me having my very own porch and swing looking out at that very same mountain range every morning.
What I am thinking right now, is just what I was thinking that day almost a year ago—I want us to be very sure that we don’t let these words of Psalm 139 roll in and out of our focus. I don’t want to get so familiar with God’s Word that it looses is splendor.
I want to remember verse Psalm 139:6–Understanding God’s love and personal attention to us should always be “too wonderful, to lofty to grasp”.
I want us to LAND on each promise and feel Gods breath on our cheek as He speaks His promise into our ear. I want us to truly see it fresh and new. I want to see these words with a fresh heart; fresh eyes; fresh experience. My journal entry is one year old. God’s Word is ageless; timeless; eternal and VERY PERSONAL.
He delights in stirring HIS WORDS up in us.
Please, find some time this week–early morning, midnight hour, to sit in a sweet spot on the grass under a shade tree; sink your lawn chair into the sand or roll back and forth in a rocker and LISTEN to God utter the words of Psalm 139 into your heart.
Here is some journal help from Born to Bloom, Psalm 139:9
1) What is going on in your life today that you need God to help you with?
Do you need peace? provision? direction?
ASK GOD FOR WHAT YOU NEED!! Record it! You may just come back one year later like I am doing right now, and seeing God say YES!! No matter what answer you come back to, this much I know, if you have hooked onto His heart, you will see his hand!
2) What is your favorite place ot enjoy God’s presence?
Talk to God about where you love to SEE Him!
Where is YOUR “Wings of the Dawn” today?
1 Oh Lord, you have searched me and you know me.
2 You know when I sit and when I rise. You perceive my thoughts from afar.
3 You discern my going out and my lying down; you are familiar with all of my ways.
4 Before a words is on my tongue you know it completely, O Lord.
5 You hem me in behind and before; you have laid your hand upon me.
6 Such knowledge is too wonderful for me, too lofty for me to attain.
7 Where can I go from your spirit? Where can I flee from your presence?
8 If I go to the heavens you are there; If I make my bed in the depths you are there.
9 If I rise on the wings of th dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea,
10 even there your hand will guide me, your right hand will hold me fast.
11 If I say “surely the darkness will hide and the light become night around me”,
12 even the darkness will not be dark to you; the night will shine like the day, for darkness is as light to you.
If your Born to Bloom Summer Sizzle timing has followed my mine, we have focused on 4 verses each week for the past 2 weeks and starting today with week 3 (verses 9-12). If you are marching to your own drummer and on a whole different timeline–YEAH!! I am just blessed to have you in our same scripture home today!
I would love to hear how you are liking your little book!!