Day 292

Every morning I get up at 6 and head straight for the armchair in the living room.  I pray there, I read there, and once my son Gus wakes up I cuddle there.  He knows where to find me.  A few nights ago I was putting him to bed and he was so excited about going out to town the next day.  He wanted to make sure I packed his favorite shirt and he wanted to know what time we were leaving.  He asked, “mom, when you are done reading your Bible and you get out of your chair, then are we going to leave?”

It made me happy to know that he knows that I start everyday with God, in my chair, no matter what.

Matthew 6:6 But you, when you pray, go into your room, and when you have shut your door, pray to your Father who is in the secret place; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly.

My chair is my secret place.  Although it’s not a secret to my family, and it’s not in a room that has a door I can shut, it is where I go to pray and be alone with God.  Everyone needs a secret place.  Pastor Jimmy Evans reminded me why in his message last week at church.

Psalm 91:1 He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High Shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.

Psalm 91 is one of the most popular chapters in the Bible, because it is all about something that every human desires, protection.  My nephew was in the Navy and got deployed to Afghanistan in 2008.  My grandpa told him to read Psalm 91 everyday while he was there so he kept a small Bible in his back pocket so he would always have those powerful promises handy.  Promises like God is our refuge, our place of safety.  He rescues us from traps and diseases.  He gives us shelter under His wings.   10,000 fall at this side and 1,000 on the other side, but no evil can befall us or come near us.

God promises us the best security system in the universe, but to activate it we have to be secret place dwellers, not regular church attenders, not pastors, not rich, not poor, just secret place dwellers.

It makes me happy to know that Gus knows about my secret place, but it makes me even happier to know that God knows about my secret place.  Jesus Himself said that His father sees me in secret, and rewards me openly.

Protection is a promise and a reward for those who spend time with God daily, for those who tell God from their secret place that He is their refuge and their fortress.  For those who look to Him and Him alone for security.

Turn your car, your armchair, your closet, your bathroom, wherever into your secret place and be sure to visit it everyday.

  1. The Father sees us in our “secret place.”
  2. God rewards us openly.
  3. When we dwell in the secret place we are promised protection.
  4. My nephew was protected while in Afghanistan.
  5. Psalm 91.  So much goodness in such a short chapter!
  6. Gus know about my secret place.
  7. My armchair.
  8. Josh let me sleep in this morning.
  9. Woke up to Josh folding lots of laundry!
  10. Snuggling up with Beau and watching some “Backyardigans” this morning.
  11. Nice morning at the park with the kiddos.
  12. Totally relaxing afternoon watching Duck Dynasty, napping, and searching for baby’s middle name.
  13. Swim suit shopping for the kids.  Beau has the best bathing suit body ever!
  14. Found Gus $5 trunks at H&M.
  15. The maternity section at H&M Grapevine is BIG.
  16. Got to meet up with the whole Hall family for dinner tonight!
  17. Yummy taco’s at Fuzzy’s.
  18. Beau shared her strawberry ice cream with me for dessert.
  19. Beau in a tank top.
  20. We discovered Josh does a really, really good Stich from “Lilo & Stitch” voice.
  21. The kids were laughing so hard listening to “Stich” say whatever they told him to say.
  22. I was laughing so hard listening to the kids laugh so hard.
  23. Got ahold of the most ticklish little spot on Gus’ neck tonight before bed.  I love having a little buddy to tickle until he can’t stand it anymore.
  24. Started an old, new show with Josh tonight.  X-Files.  It was fun!
  25. Sharing with Gus about the veterans in our family.  Proud of my grandpas and niece and nephew!
  26. One of my FB friends went to help in Moore, OK today and posted this, “Encountered nothing but joy & love in Moore today. Amidst destruction, something beautiful is happening here.”  Love that!
  27. Seeing pictures of the men & women from Guts church in their servolution shirts serving in Moore.  Pastor Bill Sheer has such a huge heart for OK!  That church knows how to be Jesus to the community!

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