The bloggers at Spiritual Journey Thursday
are writing about the spiritual focus of the community's
One Little Words. This week, we are
writing about Greg's word, DIVE.
Greg's word DIVE is an acronym that embraces four words: Dwell, Ignite, Venture, and Embody. There's much to love and ponder in this very active word, but I'm choosing to focus on dwell. Dwell is not a word that we use much today, but it is frequently used in scripture.
I love the journey that I've taken through scriptures that have the word dwell in them. I've chosen three to share today. One of my favorites is Isaiah 32:18, "And my people shall dwell in a peaceful habitation, and in sure dwellings, and in quiet resting places." Look at all the comforting words in this scripture: the Lord longs for us to be peaceful, sure, and to find quiet resting places. I'm trying to incorporate meditation into my morning devotional time, to bring stillness and focus to my distracted life. It's a fairly new practice for me, and I'm taking baby steps as I try to quiet my thoughts and dwell in the presence of God.
Another passage revisited this morning is Ephesians 3:16-17, "That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man; That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; . . . " As we are strengthened by his Spirit, we have the promise that Christ will dwell in our hearts through the exercise of faith.
And finally, this scripture from Colossians 3:16, "Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord." I love our Thursday journeys together and especially this exploration of our One Little Word(s) from a spiritual perspective. It's joyful to meet as a group of believers and share our thinking. A highlight for me is the music that is shared in the posts each week. When I looked at the definition for dwell, I noticed that abide is a synonym for dwell. I love this beautiful rendition of "Abide With Me" by The King's College Choir, with some verses that I've never heard before.