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.
Ramona, dwelling in the moment when Jesus calls is so important. Sometimes, if I reflect long and deep enough in yoga, I can see the face of the Divine in front of me for a fleeting moment. The song you chose helps me quiet my nervous energy as I prepare for next week's PD sessions.ReplyDelete
I didn't even know that DIVE was an acronym. Somehow missed it. Love how dwell is such a prevalent word in the Bible. I plan to use meditation this Lent to dwell in the Spirit. Boys' Choirs are my favorite! Thanks!ReplyDelete
What beautiful words you've shared. I love how you clearly defined the word dwell. I envision God waiting for us to spend time with him, and the ability to shut out the noise of the world for this intentional time is so important. Thank you for sharing.ReplyDelete
This was my favorite line: "the Lord longs for us to be peaceful, sure, and to find quiet resting places." This is so reassuring. Even Jesus took the time to rest and pray - he sought quiet time with his Father. We SO need to do this, and yet, I find it really difficult. Our Thursday spiritual journeys, though, help A LOT. The sweet voices in the song you shared are so beautiful.ReplyDelete
"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." Ramona, I think you said it so well: we encourage and admonish each other through these Thursday Spiritual Journey posts. Even when I am too busy to write/comment, I enjoy reading the posts. It is good to know that we are not travelling alone on this journey!ReplyDelete
We all need to dwell more with the Lord. I did not get to write my post yet on Dwell, but still intend to. Thanks for sharing in the journey we are all taking together..ReplyDelete
This weekly journey with each other and now my journey through Lent has helped me so much to dwell in the house of the Lord. I still have much to learn but I am growing and that is what is important.ReplyDelete