For the year 2012 my word was “Dwell.” To dwell means to reside, to abide, to rest, to shelter. It implies permanence.
How lovely is your dwelling place,Last January, I joked that I was hoping for a different word. Like Praise, Love, Joy, or even Eat! I wanted a word that I could find in Hobby Lobby on a box or a sign. Dwell is an old word, certainly not a word that is commonly used. And yet it became clear that it was exactly the word for me.
My soul yearns, even faints,
for the courts of the LORD;
my heart and my flesh cry out
for the living God.
Even the sparrow has found a home,
and the swallow a nest for herself,
where she may have her young—
a place near your altar,
LORD Almighty, my King and my God.
Blessed are those who dwell in your house;
they are ever praising you. ~ Psalm 84:1-4
In Jeremiah the citizens of Dedan were told to “dwell deep.” To dwell deep meant that they would be safe and secure. They would be protected.
In 2012 I wanted to:
Dwell in Christ.And I did.
Dwell in love.
Dwell in hope.
Dwell in grace.
Dwell in health.
Dwell in possibility.
Dwell was present with me throughout the year. In September, God even gave me a sign from Hobby Lobby! Sure it said “Abide” instead of “dwell,” but I knew what God meant. In 2012, He allowed me to dwell deep in the safety, shelter, and security of His blessed providence.
Tomorrow I will share my word for the year 2013.