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Too Busy To Abide

Wanted to share some printables that I made for my home using the art of Helen Allingham, an English watercolor painter who lived during the Victorian era. Her scenes are domestic and soothing, cozy and inviting. They mostly depict cottage life and pastoral scenes. They make me want to step into the painting and stay.

In my own devotions, I’ve been meditating on God as our dwelling place.

We’re all busy, aren’t we? And slowing down is a choice.  I’ve had to say “no” to good things so that I can make room for the “best” things and honestly, every fall as Peter and I evaluate our commitments,  I have to make the choice all over again because I can’t afford to miss structured time, intentional times, with the Lord.

Psalm 90 “Lord, you have been our dwelling place in all generations.”

The words dwelling place conjure up images of relaxing, enjoying, reclining, and staying in one spot for a long time. In a world that is fast paced and glorifies the “busy”, we, by default, hesitate to abide. In fact, we’re too busy to abide. Abiding is for the lazy. Abiding is for the loafer. We’re Martha people with things to do and kids to raise and all.the.stuff. And yet God has called us to rest and refresh in Him.

I think it’s safe to say that most of us relate better to God as a refuge or a tower or a place that we dart in and out of in times of trials. When things get really bad, we reason, I know who I can count on: My Refuge. And when trouble comes, I know I always have the fall back: our Strong Tower. It’s like God is our default–plan B when we can’t handle life ourselves.

God wants to be our Dwelling Place.  Period. God never meant for us to live frantic lives independently of Him.

This is what I’m focusing on this week.

Anyway, I was very much blessed by a talk by Holly Stratton (SermonAudio) on Three Laws for Christian Women and I’ve made reminders for myself that you are free to print and enjoy.

The Law of our Mind: Christlike Humility

Helen Paterson Allingham 1

Phil 2: 6-8

Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men:And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.

The Law of the Mouth: Kindness

Proverbs 31:26 “She openeth her mouth with wisdom; and in her tongue is the law of kindness.”

painting 2

The Law of the Heart: Forgiveness

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Eph. 4:32

“And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.”


I hope you have a great week. Feel free to share what you’re learning, reading, or listening to in the comments.