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In just a few weeks, COVID-19 has transformed from a subject of very little concern to many people in my area to something that is totally disrupting the lives of most if not all.

There are so many things you may be dealing with personally that may be causing anxiety, but know that God can give you peace beyond all understanding. No matter how difficult or impossible your situation may seem right now, trust God. You’ll find it’s much easier to trust Him through any struggle and even the day to day mess when you’re spending time with Him in prayer and reading His word each day. If you aren’t already doing that, don’t hesitate; start now.

My health may fail, and my spirit may grow weak, but God remains the strength of my heart; He is mine forever. Psalm 73:26

But you are a shield around me, O Lord, my glory , and the one who lifts up my head. Psalm 3:3

Now may the Lord of peace Himself give you peace always in every way. The Lord be with you all. 2 Thessalonians 3:16

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Well it’s that time again. Time to reflect on the past year, time to consider behaviors and attitudes that need to be adjusted, and time to refocus on those things that are most important.

As a new year approaches, Psalm 91:1 seems to be standing out for me. He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.

What is this secret place? It is a place of constant communion or close fellowship with God. When we stay closely connected to Him, we will also reside under His shadow where we will find rest from the heat that often makes a situation seem unbearable. His shadow also provides a shade of protection and a refuge from the storm. It’s a place where we can find comfort, peace, and safety.

When I am far from God, not relying on Him or worshipping Him daily, then I am also far from the comfort of His shadow. That’s when I find myself sweating the small stuff and frustrated that the heat is so intense. I may feel desperate, begin to doubt God, and take matters into my own hands. What I need is to move back to that secret place and recommit to Him.

Whether your New Years’ Resolution is to do away with bad habits or to improve some aspect of yourself, the most important key is to habitually dwell in the secret place because doing it alone often leads to resolutions that are quickly tossed aside.

This year, before making any other resolution, make a new commitment to live in the shelter of the Most High,

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I took this photo tonight after we suddenly found ourselves in complete darkness. Fairly quickly, we were able to get light from a cell phone, so that we could light this old, oil burning lamp. How in the world did we ever find a flashlight, candles, or matches without our ever present cell phones?

As we sat in the dark, my attention was drawn to this lamp that my husband lit and placed on the mantle. I was reminded of Psalms 119:105 – Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light to my path. Then I recognized a new beauty cast by this light in the dark.

The HOME sign in the background reminds me that this world is not my home. The life that we work so hard for each day is only temporary.  I have a much better home that is yet to come with my heavenly Father who is the light of the world.

On the left, is an old metal cross that reminds me of Jesus and the price that He paid for my salvation, as well as yours.  Salvation that none of us deserves, but is available to all. The Lord is my light and my salvation – Psalms 27:1.

Beside the cross sits an unlit candle. (I’m not sure why my husband didn’t light this candle except that God had a lesson for me to see in this photo.)  That unlit candle reminds me that there are many who don’t know Jesus, and it is important for us to share the light of His love to those around us.

On the right hangs the letter “W” which normally represents our family name; tonight it symbolizes the world – a world that is living in darkness and needs the light of Jesus. In John 8:12, Jesus said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life” – John 8:12. 

Below that letter is a clock which of course represents time. It’s time for us to find peace and hope in the quiet, glow of His presence. It’s time to walk with Him and talk with Him. It’s time to do whatever He’s been calling you to do. And it’s time for us to take time to share His light with others.

Finally, on the left is a burlap sign which says, “Keep calm and pray”.  When your world seems overcome by the darkness, look to the only true Light in the dark, pray, and calmly let His light shine through you.

The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it – John 1:5. 

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