Your Dwelling Place

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Your Dwelling Place

I work as a switchboard operator at a local hospital. There are many functions to being an operator, beyond just answering the phones. There are multiple lines, ringing in – outside lines, in-house lines, the doctor’s line, and the answering service line. That doesn’t include all of the alarms that could go off at any given time, requiring the operator to overhead page to get the correct teams to respond in order to save a patient’s life.

 

When I was a new operator, I have to admit – it was overwhelming to see everything in the office. It was very intimidating to think I would soon be responsible for all of that! However, five years later, I run the switchboard like a pro! I have so many phone numbers memorized that I rarely need to use the directories. When an emergency arises, I don’t even have to think about how I am to respond. It is automatic; I just spring into action. I have even trained others on this job. In fact, my skills recently led to a promotion.

 

Now, how did I get to be so good at what I do? It is because I am here every day. I am immersed in the job. I dwell here.

 

Colossians 3:16 tells us to let the word dwell in us richly. Notice this verse tells us to let the word dwell in us. Dictionary.com describes ‘dwell’ as to live or stay as a permanent resident, or to linger over, emphasize, or ponder in thought, speech, or writing. To do this, we must spend time in our bibles. Not just reading to get the ‘task’ done, but consciously reading, pondering, memorizing, and praying over what we are reading so that we can understand it and apply it to our lives.

 

Just as I dwell in my job, being immersed in it, we are to do this with the Word of God. Think of it like a foreign language. There are programs out there that teach you from an ‘immersion’ perspective. They don’t just teach you a few words each day. They put you in the culture where the language is spoken. The idea is that by being immersed in it, you will pick it up quicker and it will become a part of you.

 

Colossians 3:16 also admonishes us to teach and admonish others in all wisdom. We are incapable of properly doing this until we have been dwelling in the Word of God, and the Word of God begins to dwell in us!

 

I challenge you to take the time to dwell in God’s Word, seeing the changes He makes in you, and the wisdom He gives you.  It will cause an excitement and an expectancy in you! You won’t be able to wait until you can pick up His Word again! You will truly taste and see that the Lord is good!

 

What are you waiting for? Start dwelling in the Word of God!
© 2018, Stacy R. Miller

 

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Intimacy With God – David Wilkerson

This is a fabulous and sobering message.  One we all need to hear.

Are You Resting?

If you feel overwhelmed with the burdens of life, this message is for you!

Are You Stable?

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Are You Stable?

I had a lively discussion with my cousin regarding the issue of biblical illiteracy among those who claim to be Christians. It is so prevalent these days, and honestly, it breaks my heart. Those who choose not to study the bible are missing some of the greatest treasures in life! After all, Psalm 138:2 tells us that God has magnified His Word above all.

Colossians 1:21-23 tells us what happens when we continue in our faith. “And you, who once were alienated and hostile in mind, doing evil deeds, he has now reconciled in his body of flesh by his death, in order to present you holy and blameless and above reproach before him, if indeed you continue in the faith, stable and steadfast, not shifting from the hope of the gospel that you heard.” (ESV, bolded text done by me)

One thing I have noticed throughout the years is that there are many things in the natural realm, which can be applied to our spiritual lives. This portion of scripture is a good example of that.

For example, when a person has high blood pressure, they take medication on a daily basis. By doing so, they stand a better chance of keeping their blood pressure at a stable level. In our spiritual lives, if we read, study, and meditate on the Word of God on a daily basis, our spiritual lives will be stable. God’s Word is like medicine to our soul. When we neglect that daily Word, we tend to follow our emotions instead of God’s truth. We become weak, and less able to stand against temptation’s snares.

If you have been neglecting the Word, I challenge you to pick up your sword and start reading it again. You will be amazed at what the Lord wants to reveal to you, how He wants to encourage you, and show you His immense love for you!

© 2018, Stacy R. Miller

 

Proverbs 19:16

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As I was reading the Word this morning, I came across this scripture, which made me pause and think.
…He who despises the word will die.  Proverbs 19:16 RSV
When I despise something or someone, I try my best to avoid them/it.  If I neglect to read, study, and meditate on the Word of God, by my neglect, are my actions showing that, in reality, I despise His Word?

 

Renewing My Spirit

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Renewing my Spirit
I remember a video of music I used to play for my daughter when she was a toddler. One of them had the song, “Oh Be Careful Little Eyes.” It was such a simple little song, but it had such powerful truth to it! And that truth isn’t just for young children; it is for all of us!

I know that if I find myself ‘vegging’ on Netflix, my spirit will dry out very quickly. If I’m watching the news for very long, I become anxious and stressed out. There are times when I notice the effects of it on my sleep because I start having nightmares.

I have also noticed that if I spend too much time on social media, I begin to feel irritated, angry, and emotionally drained.

I have learned through the years to be very cautious in what I allow my eyes to see and my ears to hear. The difference is amazing! When I take a more positive approach by spending free time reading the Word or listening to praise music while going about my daily tasks, I feel joy and peace, which energizes me.
© 2017, Stacy R. Miller

What’s a Woman to Do?

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What’s a Woman to do?

You never read romantic poems or stories where it mentions anything about  cooking, doing the laundry, cleaning the toilet, or dusting the furniture.  We’ve all heard the term “the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach.”  There is an element of truth there.  If we aren’t careful to fix decent meals, then we may find that we are left to ourselves many evenings.  Maybe he’ll decide to go visit Mama.  After all, Mama cooked for him!

If you walked into the home of a woman whose house is so cluttered that you couldn’t walk across the floor without stepping on something, what would be your first impression?  Would it be respect for the lady of the house?  Would you be thinking about how you couldn’t wait to come back for another visit?  I should think not!  You would probably think the same thing that I would:  “GET ME OUTTA HERE!”

Why should our husbands be any different?  Why should he want to walk in a room where there should be a sign posted, with the warning “Enter at Your Own Risk”?

Please don’t think that I’m picking on those ladies who have preschoolers in the home.  I remember how hard it was to keep up with a busy toddler who wanted into everything.  Even with youngsters, you can start training them to pick up the toys about thirty minutes before Daddy is due home.

Keeping the house clean and orderly is a wonderful way to tell your husband that you appreciate and respect him.  Many of us go to great lengths to clean the house when we are expecting company.  Doesn’t the man of the house deserve the same honor?  Should he not be held in high esteem?  After all, he should be seen as much more important than company.  To help keep the home looking as if we are expecting company, we can do a little every day, then on the bigger cleaning days, the task doesn’t seem so overwhelming.

I met a woman years ago who had piles of clutter everywhere.  I’m talking about piles that were several inches high, and it FILLED the house.  In listening to this woman talk, I found that she was involved in various activities and ministries.  Through her conversation, you could easily tell that she felt that she was quite spiritual with all of her endeavors.  The sad thing is that she was being disobedient in the most important ministry which God gave her – being busy at home!  The one place where she should have concentrated her energies the most is the one that got the least attention!

In Titus 2:3-5, it never mentions that the older women should teach the younger women to be involved in various ministries outside the home.  What it does mention is that they are to train the ladies to love their husbands and children, and to be busy at home.  Don’t misunderstand my point here.  There is nothing wrong with being involved in ministry outside the home.  We should look for opportunities to minister to others, but it must start at home.  Our home is the one place on earth for which we are responsible.  Neglecting it to serve in other capacities may earn us the respect of outsiders, but we may lose the respect and admiration of those within our own household.  We may forfeit ever being able to see our children rise up and call us “blessed.”  We may forfeit ever hearing our husband praise us.  (Prov. 31:28)  I don’t want to risk losing the respect of my loved ones.  How about you?
© 2003, Stacy R Miller

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