Tuesday, January 31, 2012

OLW Blog Hop: Dwell

Welcome to the One Little Word February Blog Hop.

ONE day I hope to see the Atlanta Aquarium.
ONE day I want to own a boat I don’t have to paddle.
ONE  day I want to learn to knit.
I have ONE daughter, ONE daughter-in-law, and five sons.
My husband is my ONE and only.
ONE time when I was young I tried to build a nest for a bird.  
ONE day soon Anthony and Connor will be taller than me.
ONE thing I know for sure is that God loves me.
ONE reason we had three more children is because we enjoyed the first three so much.
ONE of my favorite Bible verses is Psalm 27:4  
ONE thing have I desired of the LORD, that will I seek; that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the LORD, and to enquire in his temple.
ONE Word to frame your year.

     This year the One Little Word that called to my heart was “dwell.”  Dwell means to remain; to live or continue; to linger over; to keep the attention directed; and to reside.  It is a special place of rest.  
         Have you ever had a special place?  A secure place where you could be alone with your thoughts.  Children often find such a place where they can rest safe from demands and pressures.  It can be a tree house nestled in the swaying branches of a sturdy tree.  It can be a quiet corner with a soft blanket and comfy chair.  When I was a teen, I would walk to the top of a mountain in our neighborhood where a power line had cut through the trees.  I could see far off into the distance.  The songs of the birds accompanied my thoughts.  It was always a solitary place.  I went there to think, to pray, to write, and to dream.  Some of you may have had just such a quiet spot to be alone.  We all need a special place now and then where we can quiet our thoughts and be alone with God.

How lovely is your dwelling place, 
    LORD Almighty! 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

     In the days of King David when this Psalm was written there was a very special secret place where a man could truly be alone with God.   The Ark of the Covenant was placed in the Holy of Holies in the Temple.   The Ark was graced by the Mercy Seat, located between the outstretched wings of the cherubim. The temple was the Old Testament center of God’s presence on earth.  This special place was also a haven for the birds that built their nests.  The birds could not be driven away.  Even the smallest, most insignificant sparrows had a home at God’s altar.  God’s very presence protected them.  They rested in the shadow of His wings.
     The psalmist envied the sparrows that lived in the house of God.  God provided for their every need.  They were fed by the crumbs that fell in the temple courts.  There were soft scraps of cloth and bits of straw for their nests.  They were sheltered from summer heat and winter storms.  They had a place to gather their little ones when the day was over and rest in safety.
       Like the sparrow I want to dwell in the Shadow of the Almighty. 

     What is YOUR One Little Word?
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Linking with:
ONE LITTLE WORD Feb 1, 2012 Blog Hop  Links will go live at 8:00 am PST 

Margie              http://xnomads.typepad.com
Sharyn            www.lavieenchic.com           
Jill                          http://jillconyers.com
Lynn                        www.crafty-creativity.blogspot.com
Jenn                        www.studiojenn.blogspot.com
Carmen            http://www.carmenpaulsorthner.com
Marilee            http://rose-brier.blogspot.com      
Kristina            http://hrinspirationfromthe403.blogspot.com/
Cindy            C            http://www.cynthiacrysdale.com
Kelly                        http://mindingmynest.com
Cheri                        http://cheriandrews.blogspot.com
Amanda            http://scrappnbee.blogspot.com
Cindy                        http://seriousplay.typepad.com
Brooke            www.everysnapshot.com
Naomi                        www.poeticaperture.com
Melissa            http://www.smudgetime.com
Karen                        http://breathenowsmile.blogspot.com
Melissa S            http://blog.mshanhun.com
Devon                        http://www.youhadmeatneurotic.com
*  You are here   Donna                         http://holimess.blogspot.com/
*  Go here next.  Dawn                        sunshineandcreativity.com
Katrina             www.katrinasimeck.com
Sam                        http://learncreatedo.wordpress.com
Monica             http://scrapinspired.com
Kimberlee              http://scrapsandsass.blogspot.com
Missus W            http://mrswookieswanderings.blogspot.com/
Kaylea                         http://www.myscrappylife.com
Nikki                        Www.inkyart.com.au
Erin                        http://erinsparkes.typepad.com/optimstic-fascination/
Jo                        www.curlyscrapbooker.blogspot.com
Coley                        http://coleybelle.blogspot.com/2012/01/focus-word-for-2012.html
Beth                        www.thesingularlyordinary.blogspot.com
Veronica            www.veronicanorris.typepad.com
Jamie                        http://jmpgirl.blogspot.com/
Lisa                   http://backtoallen.com/writers_blog
Jan                  http://mysimplelittlelife.typepad.com
Veronica            http://www.veronicanorris.typepad.com
Cate                        www.lifebehindthepurpledoor.com
Stephanie              www.scrapworthylives.com
Orange Gearle            http://orangegearle.blogspot.com
Tere                           http://terecontodomicorazon.blogspot.com/
Junelle                  http://yesandamenblog.blogspot.com/ 
Ruth                  http://suburbansahm.blogspot.com
Becky                  www.becky-handforth.blogspot.com

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