Dwell

Let all that I am praise the Lord;
may I never forget the good things he does for me. (Psalm 103:2 NLT)

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Contemplating the meaning of dwell offers a sense of not only taking up residence, but also the desire to direct my attention toward something. In relationship with God, this means that I not only believe He is with me, but that He desires intimacy with me. God wants to have a continual conversation that deepens my love for Him, and enriches my experience of His love.

Brother Lawrence admitted that for four years he entertained doubts about his salvation, and often found his thoughts distracted in his attempts to cultivate his continual conversations with God.

For him to dwell in God’s presence, he maintained a humble attitude of dependence and eagerly confessed his negligence of God, as soon as he became aware of his lapse.

Brother Lawrence “resolved to make the love of GOD the end of all his actions.” His resolution to love God in all his activities was in essence his means for praising God with all his soul.

He not only loved God, but relied on God’s love.

Here’s what he had to say on this topic:

That in order to form a habit of conversing with GOD continually, and referring all we do to Him; we must first apply to Him with some diligence: but after a little care we should find His love inwardly excite us to it without any difficulty.

List the good things God does for you.

What does it look like for you to dwell in God’s presence?

For additional contemplation, I am linking some past blog posts on the topic of TEXTURE:

Texture Defined

Texture

More Texture

2 thoughts on “Dwell

  1. Love this colorful, creative collage and the admonintion to dwell, which is to abide…..as in the Vine. God is at home in us, and we should be in Him. I dwell when I pray. Our pastor said today that prayerlessness is sin (though many would not consider it in that light), and it is because when we don’t pray, or continuously converse as did Bro. L., then we are prideful, and state tacitly that we are not dependent upon God. I want to sink down into God and to deepen my dependence upon Him, just as I would rest on that lovely couch in your collage.

    Thank you Kel!
    On another note, what kind of paper are you using for your collages, and how do you display or collect/contain them?
    Love
    Lynni

    1. Lynni- This is my heart cry and I am discovering that this practice of daily collage so far has been a very creative, colorful and even meaningful way for me to focus on dwelling in God’s presence. Today’s collage was restful and simple…I didn’t add any paint or marks with pens or pencils…it seemed to be enough with just the images and the one word; dwell…for these collages I am using a two page spread in a 5×8 journal that I found at Marshalls…the brand is Miro…and has pages similar to a moleskine journal…I did glue two pages together to give the collage more stability. I am using a basic glue stick to paste the images down. Depending on the time I have each day, I will add paint or writing …but I tend to enjoy these pages where I just use magazine images and words. Thanks for sharing the journey with me dear one!

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