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In Surrender, Strength

In Surrender, Strength

When my children were young, and I was more than a little bit overwhelmed with being their mom, people used to say to me, “Enjoy it! It will be over before you know it.” On my worst days, the thought in the back of my head was, “Yeah? It can’t be over soon enough!” Of course I didn’t mean that, but in those early stages of motherhood I was often so exhausted and full of self-doubt that I had trouble accessing “enjoyment” in the moment. I got better at it and eventually found being a mom one of the most rewarding and enjoyable experiences of my life.

Now the “home phase” of parenting is over...

Our Dwelling Place

Our Dwelling Place

Psalm 91 is a favorite for many of us. In the second portion, the psalmist talks about making the Most High our dwelling place. If we do so, he promises us protection, at the hands of angels, from disaster and from those malevolent forces (here described as a lion and a cobra) that come against us. But how do we make God our dwelling place? In what sense will this make us "disaster-proof"? How will the angels lift us up? And what does the psalmist actually mean when he says we will trample on both the lion and the cobra? These questions intrigued me as I meditated on the passage recently ...