Monday, January 9, 2012

{dwell} secure in 2012


verb (used without object)
1. to live or stay as a permanent resident; reside.
2. to live or continue in a given condition or state: to dwell in happiness.
3. to linger over, emphasize, or ponder in thought, speech, or writing (often followed by on or upon ): to dwell on a particular point in an argument.
se·cure (s-kyr)
adj. se·cur·er, se·cur·est
1. Free from danger or attack: a secure fortress.
2. Free from risk of loss; safe:
3. Free from the risk of being intercepted or listened to by unauthorized persons: Smile
4. Free from fear, anxiety, or doubt.
5. a. Not likely to fail or give way; stable: a secure stepladder.
b. Firmly fastened: a secure lock.
6. Reliable; dependable: secure investments.
7. Assured; certain:
sunset, souderton parade, around the house 014
My word(s) for 2012 is {dwell} secure.  At first, it was simply secure.  But as I was walking the other day, and praying about how to live in these days, the word ‘dwell’ so clearly came to mind.
Last year, my word was Home. And it was an amazing year of learning and clinging to the vision of Home that He gives.  Home is all about knowing whose I am and looking to all that is eternal with His eyes to see it the whole journey through. 
And so this year, with the biggest displacement yet to come in the form of an overseas move and adjustment of our whole family to this, secure is how I will dwell in the Home he has for me.
I love that ‘dwell’ is like living, but there is more of a centered understanding of what that living is.  It can even be defined as ‘living or continuing in a given condition or state.’  It is not a living that is jumbled or hurried or BUSY, but whole and full and blessedly simple. 
And secure, well, in this worry-racked world of all that teeters and totters and the fickle nature of opinion and mood, there is nothing quite so shocking as claiming an unshakable security.  But we know that in Christ this IS what we possess and out of this we are called to live. 
We have an incorruptible inheritance that is ours forever with Him.  And the best that we can know in this life is to dwell deeply in the reality of that promise and depth of commitment that comes unwavering and sure from Him.
For my part, I know what the huge displacement that is coming will do to any false security or pretension of who I really am.  Every confidence in myself, my abilities, my understanding is going to be stripped away and I will be left naked and raw and wondering who I am or if I have anything to offer the world.
So, to dwell secure in the midst of that will ONLY be possible through a vision of myself that is wholly His yet freely given as I claim every truth of who He says I am:
“The beloved of the LORD dwells in safety. {dwells secure}
The High God surrounds him all day long,
   and dwells between his shoulders.”
~Deuteronomy 33:12
“He will tend his flock like a shepherd;
he will gather the lambs in his arms;
he will carry them in his bosom,
   and gently lead those that are with young.”
~Isaiah 40:11
A beloved lamb tended by a Great Shepherd who holds me close to His heart ALWAYS…come what may this is where I dwell always and forever.  There is NO WHERE that could be more secure than here.
By His Grace, this year, may I {and you} learn to dwell all the more securely in Him and His abiding, sustaining truth that we might be healed and changed and overflow that sweetness and goodness to everyone we meet.
Thank you Lord:
  • That in You I am secure far beyond what ANYTHING ELSE can offer
  • That You call always for me to dwell in this security
  • That You promise to work this in me as I cling to You, Your truth
  • You are enough to rid me of all anxiety, worry, doubt, fear
  • For family
    • These days of precious time before we move
    • Great talks and time with my mother-in-love
    • Sons and buddies and brothers who are amazing daddies
    • Experiencing a great win together!
    • Son who asks a zillion questions
    • Daughter who wears bright pink happy shoes even over footy sleepers
  • For a friend who loves You so much and who is hurting so
  • For all that it is to love others in the good and bad
  • For a twin sister who now reads and loves Ann too & I think will start counting gifts too!
  • For how my beloved loves me in the good, bad and especially ugly
  • For always new friends made in this journey we are on
  • For chances to hear stories from so many as we enter homes and listen
  • For all that You continually remind of
  • and how You are ALWAYS working
  • For every promise Yes and Amen in Christ!
  • For all that is beautiful now, if I have but eyes to see and the Indestructible Beauty that is to forever come!


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