Pause In His Presence Part 10

He SHALL Continue

His name shall endure forever; His name shall continue as long as the sun. And men shall be blessed in Him; All nations shall call Him blessed. Blessed be the Lord God, the God of Israel, Who only does wondrous things! And blessed be His glorious name forever! And let the whole earth be filled with His glory. Amen and Amen. — Psalm 72:17-19 NKJV

Something struck me when I read this today. It stopped me in my tracks, actually. It literally MADE me pause in His presence and really take in what I was reading.

His name SHALL endure forever.

His name SHALL continue as long as the sun. Men SHALL be blessed in Him. Nations SHALL call Him blessed. This isn’t a nice statement. This is a reality.

I don’t know about you, but I feel like I’ve skipped over these verses dozens of times.  I love vulnerability, so allow me a moment of raw honesty here.  There are times when I just want the juicy verses that point directly to my situation or what I’m praying into at that moment in time. Sometimes I read over scriptures such as “…let the whole earth be filled with HIs glory…” and I think thoughts to myself such as, “Yeah, yeah…the earth will be filled with Your glory.  But where is a verse to help me with my current need?”  It’s as if my eyes don’t see what’s right there in front of them.  I’m sure we’ve all done this.  

Reading this today, however, I felt so challenged as my eyes were opened! I’m always looking for scripture to declare over my circumstances…or to bring peace…or to give me direction…and yet everything I need to know is RIGHT HERE:  His name SHALL endure forever.  His name SHALL continue as long as the sun.  Men SHALL be blessed in Him.  Nations SHALL call Him blessed.

Hebrews says that the Word is living and active, sharper than a sword and able to discern between what is Spirit and what is soul (4:12).  We need scripture.  We need every single sentence, every single word.

The Bible is alive, and in it is LIFE.

Life isn’t found in just the few scriptures that speak to us at particular moments, but in every single portion that is written.

As I stopped to pause in His presence, my heart was so encouraged to read this truth!  The reality is that regardless of what things look like in the natural, the name of the Lord shall endure forever.  Nothing can change this – not pandemics, not job loss, not fear or government or chaos or riots – nothing at all can change the fact that His name shall endure “as long as the sun.”  

The next portion of scripture says that we SHALL be blessed!  I may not feel blessed.  I may not see blessings around me, and I may not be aware yet of how the blessings will come.  Yet the promise still stands, God’s people shall be BLESSED IN HIM! And He shall be called blessed by the nations. What a promise to hold to!

The Lord only does “wondrous things.” When we fix our thoughts on that, and allow ourselves to take in the LIFE found in this small passage of scripture, we can rest assured the truth is that the Lord shall continue to BE, and we can be confident in Him no matter what swirls around us.

He SHALL endure!

— Mandy Woodhouse

Pause In His Presence Part 9

Psalm 68:8-9! Oh my…I cannot stop meditating on this truth.  

This scripture has actually changed my perspective this week, and therefore changed the outcome of many things that occurred in my week.  I know it will bless you, as well.

“The earth shook; The heavens also dropped rain at the presence of God; Sinai itself was moved at the presence of God, the God of Israel. You, O God, sent a plentiful rain, Whereby You confirmed Your inheritance, when it was weary.” (NKJV)

What REALLY happens when we pause in His presence?

He does the IMPOSSIBLE!  

When His presence is around, the earth shakes.  Sometimes, a good shaking is what we need to wake us up and get us going.  The Bible says that “…all of creation will be shaken and removed, so that only unshakable things will remain” (Hebrews 12:27).  

When God’s presence is near, even in the shaking and quaking of His majesty, we find that what actually remains is every bit of Him in us.

When the presence of God comes near, droughts end!  What seems like dry, barren seasons become alive and teeming with pools and streams of living water.  Heavy rains of blessing and glory pour down upon those who learn to pause and be still with Him.  

Barrenness and drought have no place under the open Heaven that the presence of God brings.

The presence of God moves mountains!  The presence of God smashes roadblocks and moves things that seem immovable.  

His presence is where impossible things find possibility, and where hope can rise because nothing can stand in its way.

In His presence is where inheritance is found, and strength comes upon the weary.  It is where promise is remembered, and where plentiful life and growth occur.

There is truly no place like the presence of God.  May we learn to stop, pause in that place and breathe deeply of His amazing love.

— Mandy Woodhouse

Pause In His Presence Part 8

Come and hear, all you who fear God, And I will declare what He has done for my soul. I cried to Him with my mouth, And He was extolled with my tongue. If I regard iniquity in my heart, The Lord will not hear. But certainly God has heard me; He has attended to the voice of my prayer.

—Psalm 66:16-19 (NKJV)

If you’ve been following these blogs of mine, you’d know that I have been reading the Psalms and meditating on the promises found within them.  I felt at the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic that the world needed a few divine “Selah” moments – to pause in His presence and just take in and sense His heartbeat.  I feel like in light of everything else going on in the world right now, pausing in His presence has been the most needed and yet the most attacked of any tool that we have as born-again Christians.  The forces of darkness certainly are aware of the power that the children of God find in that space..and they hate it.

I’ve been re-reading Psalm 27 a bit lately, and I have found such peace and strength in those words, especially during this time.  

The Word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword.  The Word cuts through to the heart of the issue every time, and it is such a weapon for believers (see Hebrews 4:12 and Ephesians 6:10-18).  I have declared certain scriptures in Psalm 27 daily, and I have felt such a wonderful shift in my thinking and emotions while reading and declaring.  Today, however, the Lord spoke to my heart and led me to read Psalm 66:16, and it was exactly what I needed and what I feel the Lord is in part wanting to say prophetically to His children at this time.

Verse 16 in the New King James Version is my favorite: “Come and hear, all you who fear God, And I will declare what He has done for my soul.”  What a significant piece of scripture in times such as these.

When the author of this Psalm used the word “declare,” what he was saying was that he was to recount or take into account (either as a scribe or verbally) a score or a record of all the good things that God has done (see Strong’s h5608).  When he mentions his “soul,” he’s not only talking about the mind, will and emotions but also, in a very wide sense, everything that makes up him as a man (Strong’s h5315).  

I believe that there is an invitation for all born-again Christians to not only come and listen to one another share a record of all of the good things that God has done for them, but I ALSO believe that this is a challenge to all born-again Christians to stand up – both in person and on social media – and DECLARE (recount) the absolute goodness of God in every area of our lives.  

I felt the Lord say that as we continue to extol Him with our tongues (verse 17), then our voices will indeed speak LOUDER than the evil currently found in the media.

The more we recount what the Lord has done for us and how Jesus has transformed us, the louder HOPE will become, and the Name of Jesus will actually DROWN OUT the voices of hate, negativity, godlessness and evil that so permeates social media in this season!

In the midst of being daily bombarded with darkness, what if we set ourselves upon this: To continue to pause in His presence and allow Him to remind us of all that He has done.  I believe that the Holy Spirit will awaken our remembrance to all that Jesus is done for us, and that He will begin to use our stories to roar over the voices of the enemy.  

Holy Spirit, I ask that You would bring to our remembrance everything that You have done for us. I ask You to help everyone reading this, including myself, to be able to clearly and boldly articulate the goodness of God and how You have transformed our souls. Thank you for the ability to pause in Your presence and breathe deeply of your love. Amen.

— Mandy Woodhouse

Pause In His Presence Part 7

“When my heart is overwhelmed, lead me to the rock that is higher than I…” – Psalm 61:2

Go Up Higher!

I have always loved this verse in Psalm 61.  How often does my heart feel overwhelmed in this crazy, beautiful world?  Do I always go straight to that high place, or do I often wallow in my feelings and struggle to see clearly?  It’s been a long, hard journey, but I think I’ve finally learned to climb up into the lap of the Father when I feel that tormenting sense of anxiety that overwhelms me.

In reading this verse this week, I was reminded of a dream that I had a few years back while I was in a season of feeling incredibly overwhelmed.  In the dream there was a great warrior who had won many victories.  He finished one battle and then rested for a time, and yet when it was time for him to move along again, he found himself up against quite a large, dark forest.

The forest was thick and the foliage allowed for very little light to seep through, and even the look of it caused the warrior a bit of angst and weariness.  The warrior had no idea how he would ever get through that thick, overwhelmingly dense forest – but he knew that it was something that he had to do.

Soon in the dream, the warrior took a step back, only to find that to his back was a very high rock, nearly as high as a mountain.  The warrior thought that at least if he climbed the rock, he could find a safer place to rest until he gained the courage to enter and go through the dark paths that lay ahead.  So, he began to climb, higher and higher, and what happened next was amazing.

The warrior climbed to the top of the rock, and found himself seated in a spot that allowed him to see from a much higher perspective.  From the high rock, he could see that the sun was actually rising, and the colors were glorious and warmed his heart.  He could see that the forest was much smaller than he had observed from the ground, and that there was actually a path that ran right through the middle of all the tress and it was more well-lit than he previously thought.  He could see that there was nothing sinister in the forest, and that a river with refreshing water was just past the tree line toward the back.  

Up high, in the glow of the morning sun, the warrior was able to gather strength and courage to continue his journey and eventually make his way confidently through the forest path.

Wow…what a picture!  I think of this dream often, especially when I read Psalm 61:2.  The Bible calls us “more than conquerors” (Romans 8:37), so when we find ourselves face-to-face with a perspective that seems to overwhelm us and make us feel the opposite of who we truly are, we can turn to our Lord and our Rock and climb up high into His lap!

We can stop, pause in His Presence, and know that His perspective is actually much different than ours.

Up high, we can regain our confidence, regain our peace, and move forward with great courage because we know that the Lord has lit up paths in the darkness for us.

Therefore, when my heart is overwhelmed, I will climb up high and rest – in confidence – with my loving Father who is in charge of the whole landscape.

— Mandy Woodhouse

Pause In His Presence Part 6

Psalm 34:1-3

Do You Hear the Continual Praise?

I will bless the Lord at all times; his praise shall continually be in my mouth. My soul makes its boast in the Lord; let the humble hear and be glad. Oh, magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt his name together!

A friend of mine mentioned a scripture to me this week that I have not ever paid much attention to. Mark 4:24 says that what a person listens to will be multiplied back to them.  My interpretation is that whatever I am hearing on a regular basis will manifest in my own life.  In other words, if I’m listening to things that cause fear, and if I don’t take those thoughts captive immediately and put truth and lovely things into my hearing, fear will show itself in my own world.  

That was a sobering thought for me.

It made me also think of Romans 10:17, that faith comes by hearing. It’s actually a regular practice in my life to listen to only things that will edify my soul and Spirit, and will draw me closer to God’s Presence.

Whether it be music, or the kinds of news articles I read, or even the kinds of conversation that I have, I am always trying to keep my “hearing” something that reproduces faith in my life, so that I am not multiplying back to myself things that aren’t in line with God’s truth.

Enter Psalm 34:1: “I will bless the Lord at all times; his praise shall continually be in my mouth.” In light of Mark 4:24 and Romans 10:17, what would life look like if I was continually praising the Lord?

If faith comes by hearing, and what I hear is magnified in my own life, what kind of power would “blessing the Lord at all times” actually hold? How much more awesome would my life look?  How would I see God, and myself, differently if all that was being multiplied in my life was His Praises?

The next verse says to let my soul boast in the Lord.  The Hebrew meaning of that word soul is the mind, will, passions, desires, emotions.  When all of these things boast in the Lord alone, those who are in a poor and needy position will also “hear” and will have the faithfulness of God magnified in their own lives.  

What a beautiful thought that what we hear and declare affects how someone else may hear and see God!

I feel a challenge from the Holy Spirit for us to Pause in His Presence this week, and really be aware of what is coming out of our mouths. How can we change the atmosphere around us if we were continually praising the Lord? How would faith be multiplied to others in our world if we were at all times boasting on the goodness of God?

Pausing in the Presence of God to love on Him and allow Him to pour out His love upon us is the only way to remember who He is, and therefore be able to boast upon Him from the depths of our souls. Let’s do it together, and as verse 3 says, “let us exalt His name together!”

— Mandy Woodhouse

Pause In His Presence Part 5

Hearts Entwined

For how could anyone be disgraced when he has entwined his heart with you? But they will all be defeated and ashamed when they harm the innocent. – Psalm 25:3, TPT

I’ve been chewing on this verse for a few days now.  The imagery of a heart entwined with the Father’s is breathtaking.  This really comes alive to me in the Passion Translation, but I like the English Standard Version of the first part as well:  “…none who wait for you shall be put to shame…”  

It may be just me, but I tend to see verses pop out at me from the page. I know that this is the Holy Spirit wanting to speak, so I grab a hold of the verse and rip it apart.  I read it in several translations, look at the original Greek or Hebrew meaning, read all the context around it, and then I ask the Lord how I can apply it to my life.  Usually, because of how I am wired, I then turn it into an encouragement for others.  But this particular verse was different for me.  I could not move past these two translations, and I could not move past the very first part of the verse.

“…none who wait for you shall be put to shame…”  

The Hebrew meaning of the word “wait” here actually means to “bind together,” or to entwine (Strong’s h6960).  I believe the Passion Translation so beautifully translated it from the Father’s love.  To have our hearts entwined with His is not just a nice concept; it is a REALITY for every daughter or son of the Most High.

I don’t know who may be dealing with shame or disgrace right now, but even as I type this I feel the Father’s heartbeat for you.  I feel Him longing to wash the shame off of you, to remove the disgrace from your shoulders.  As a child of God, you are NOT a person who carries shame or disgrace, but you are a new creation in Christ (2 Corinthians 5:17) and there is now therefore no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus (Romans 8:1).  

Any sense of shame a child of God feels is an external feeling brought by the accuser of the brethren (Revelation 12:10).  

Regardless of whether or not you actually did make a poor choice, it’s no longer you that lives but Christ IN you (Galatians 2:20) and you therefore only acted out of character because you believed a lie.  Repentance and embracing truth again is all that’s needed.  

And yet the devil is like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour (1 Peter 5:8), and we are not unaware of his schemes (2 Corinthians 2:11).  Especially to keep us in bondage.

I believe the key to overcoming the voice of the accuser in our lives is to Pause in His Presence, and allow our hearts to be entwined with His.

The ESV says that when we wait for Him, we are not put to shame. When our hearts are entwined with His, we feel His heartbeat for us.  We come to know His absolute approval of us, and we are convicted of the higher calling that He has created us for. He reminds us of our righteousness, by faith, in Him, and that we have no need to fear as His perfect love casts out all fear (1 John 4:18).  

So who would be disgraced, whose heart is entwined with His?  He will certainly never disgrace you.

If you are fighting off shame or disgrace today, take the pressure off yourself.  Pause in His Presence, and bind your heart to His.  Allow His love and truth to wash over you as the shame and disgrace fall off.

You are SO loved.

— Mandy Woodhouse

Pause In His Presence Part 4

Goodness is CHASING YOU DOWN!

Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord forever. – Psalm 23:6

Have you ever woken up and faced a spirit of dread? Have you ever had days where you just don’t want to get out of bed, and you feel like everything is just TOO hard? We’ve all had days like these, and although we know that we have great victory in Jesus, and the authority to see things shift in the heavenlies… sometimes, it can feel like it’s all too much at once to handle.

Praise God these are just feelings and often not our reality.

The reality about every one of our circumstances is found here in Psalm 23:6:  Surely, goodness and mercy shall follow us all the days of our lives!  

The Word says that there may be weapons formed against us, but they will not prosper (Isaiah 54:17). So although there may be weapons being formed against us, at the same time we have goodness and mercy chasing us down as well.

Goodness here is the Strong’s h2896, which means everything that would be beautiful, pleasant, excellent, agreeable, etc. Mercy is the Strong’s h2617, which means kindness, faithfulness, favor. What David is saying here is that beauty, kindness and favor are the things that shall follow us all the days of our lives, not dread and despair and feelings of being overwhelmed.

And if that wasn’t encouragement enough – the word follow makes me the most excited. It’s the Strong’s h7291, which does not point to something distant that follows behind you like a little shadow. It implies something that is alive that is chasing after [you] with hostile intent. God’s beauty, His kindness, His favor chase after us with hostile intent!

What a testimony to His great love!

For those who may feel discouraged or battling a spirit of dread today, be reminded that the Father’s “goodness and mercy” far outweigh the devil’s little demons of dread and discouragement.  I speak over you today that His goodness and mercy will CHASE YOU DOWN, and will overtake you in a glorious way.

Spirit of dread, BE BROKEN NOW over the reader, IN THE NAME OF JESUS!  That we may dwell in the house of the Lord forever, knowing that His great love has chased us down.

— Mandy Woodhouse

Pause in His Presence, Part 3

“Take Him All In”

I have been meditating on Psalm 4:6-8 the past few days.  Here’s what it says in the ESV:

There are many who say, ‘Who will show us some good? Lift up the light of your face upon us, O Lord!’ You have put more joy in my heart than they have when their grain and wine abound. In peace I will both lie down and sleep; for you alone, O Lord, make me dwell in safety.”

The number of times that I have read through the Psalms and skipped over this verse is innumerable. Last week, however, something really caught my eye when I was reading it. In other translations, verse six asks the question, “Who will show us better times…” If I’m honest, I think that’s the part that caught my attention because of the day that I was having. Being in quarantine, my job is shifting, my internet wasn’t working, I was having issues with a friend – and the list goes on. I’m sure you know those days! Of course my thought process was similar to David’s in Psalm 4:6 here: “When will things get better? Come on God, and shine Your face upon me so that I can have joy and peace again!”

Being the teacher that I am, I looked up the Hebrew meaning of the words “light” and “face.”  You can check out the details in the Strong’s concordance for yourself, but the meanings of these two words really touched me.  “Light” in this context actually means an illumination, much like at daybreak.  The word “face” is my favorite.  It has a variety of applications, but ultimately it refers to a countenance or a presence that is before, behind, beside, and all around.  WOW.

There’s so much to chew on there!

The Lord showed me two things that I wanted to share. First of all, He reminded me that His presence truly does illuminate our lives and surround us, but we have to take it in. I was sitting in the sunshine while reading this passage, and the Holy Spirit told me to stop, look up at the sun, and just soak it all in.

There are so many times that we know that the sun is shining on us, but we stay focused on our work, our thoughts, or questions (ie. “Who will show us better times?”) and we forget to just Pause in His Presence and allow the sunshine to really reach us and affect us. I had to choose to take it all in for a moment, and allow the sunshine to penetrate my skin and make me feel a sense of normalcy again.

The second thing that He showed me is that as verses seven and eight suggest, when we do take Him in, acknowledging that His glorious presence is before, behind, beside and all around us, His promise is that we will remember our joy. We will have peace and rest again, and feel a sense of safety in His presence.

I suppose the moral of the story for me was this: Even when asking the hard questions – the why’s and when’s and how’s – I have to stop and choose to look at His face. I have to accept that His presence is all around me, just waiting for me to soak Him all in. I have to Pause in His Presence, where I will find my joy, peace, rest and safety.

Lord, prove them wrong when they say, ‘God can’t help you!’ Let the light of your radiant face break through and shine upon us! The intense pleasure you give me surpasses the gladness of harvest time, even more than when the harvesters gaze upon their ripened grain and when their new wine overflows. Now, because of you, Lord, I will lie down in peace and sleep comes at once, for no matter what happens, I will live unafraid!” – The Passion Translation

—Mandy Woodhouse

Pause In His Presence Part 2

Psalm 3:3-4…

But you, O Lord, are a shield about me, my glory, and the lifter of my head. I cried aloud to the Lord, and he answered me from his holy hill. Selah (ESV)

But in the depths of my heart I truly know that you, Yahweh, have become my Shield; You take me and surround me with yourself. Your glory covers me continually. You lift high my head when I bow low in shame. I have cried out to you, Yahweh, from your holy presence. You send me a Father’s help.
Pause in his presence (TPT)

But You, O Lord, are a shield for me, My glory [and my honor], and the One who lifts my head.
With my voice I was crying to the Lord, And He answered me from His holy mountain. Selah. (AMP)

The Lord stopped me in my tracks this morning as I read this Psalm.  I felt the urge to read it in several different translations, and could not help myself in sharing them all with you as well!  Sometimes reading something over and over, in different “tones,” helps make the truth sink deeper into our hearts.  

It definitely went deeper into my own heart this morning as I hope it does yours.

The truth is, I didn’t want to read anything this morning (how embarrassing). If you read last week’s blog, you’d know it was from Psalm 1 and about not neglecting reading our Bibles, especially during this season.  I talked about marinating on the Word and allowing our roots to go deep and therefore bear much fruit, even in dry seasons.  More than anything, it was an encouragement to dig deep and continue to pause in His Presence during this time in history.

Now as most of you probably understand all-too-well, the devil is a PUNK, and within days of submitting that little blog I found myself stuck in a cycle of busy activity, interruptions and distractions almost daily that kept me from digging as deeply into my Bible as I had been.  When things like that happen, our response should always be to pick ourselves up, shake off the distraction and guilt, and then carry on as if we had never skipped a beat.  

But oh, the accuser of the brethren is ready and waiting to pounce with lies and accusation to make us feel bad about whatever it is that we momentarily slipped over.  Half the time what we experience is purely an attack from the enemy, who twists things and makes us feel like a hypocrite and like it’s all our own fault.  What a jerk.

So here I am this morning, still in isolation, with a few blogs to write and a handful of little tasks to accomplish today.  I’m still sipping my morning coffee when I felt the tug toward my Bible.  I haven’t actually marinated in it for a few days, so I felt a sense of almost guilt in grabbing my Bible and opening it.  But I know that there is no condemnation for me (Romans 8:1) and I can come boldly to His throne (Hebrews 4:16), so I turned to this Psalm and began to allow His Presence to wash over me.  After all, I have VICTORY over every attack (Psalm 34:19).  So I CHOSE to grab my Bible and read Psalm 3.

Here’s what He showed me, that I think will really encourage you:  HE IS THE LIFTER OF OUR HEADS!  Even when I feel like I don’t deserve His Presence, even when I feel under attack or when I’m wrestling with external feelings of being a “hypocrite” or whatever the lies may be…HE is a shield around me and HE is the one who lifts my head.

Being the teaching nerd that I am, I looked up a few of these words in the original Hebrew language. The word shield is the Strong’s h4043, the word magen or meginnah, which literally means a scaly hide of crocodile skin which was used as protection and defense.

The Lord is our defense…even when we “feel” that we don’t deserve it!  And the word lifter (He is the “lifter of our head”) is the Strong’s h7311, the word rum, which means to be lifted up and set on high; to be exalted; to mount up and rise up.  

Take a look at how The Passion Translation says it: You lift high my head when I bow low in shame. He lifts us up and sets us on high. He exalts us with His love. He causes us to rise up, even when we are bowing low in shame. The imagery here is outstanding! I can almost imagine sitting at His feet, unable to make eye-contact while he gently and lovingly takes a finger and lifts my chin up toward His, making me look deeply into His eyes of pure love and full acceptance.

I feel like THIS is how He answers me from His holy hill.  His response to those who belong to Him is always LOVE and lifting our eyes beyond the shame.  It’s just Who He is.

If I needed another reason to dig deep into the Word today (and every day!) it would be this.  Because when I do, He lifts my head.  He surrounds me with glory and honor.  He protects me and answers me with His Presence, and with “a Father’s help,” and in the midst of all this He breaks off the shame and guilt that the devil has tried to place on my shoulders.  

He is so good.

Pause in His Presence.

—Mandy Woodhouse

Pause In His Presence

Taking Time to Pause in His Presence – Part 1: Psalm 1:2-3

“…but his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night. He is like a tree planted by streams of water that yields its fruit in its season, and its leaf does not wither. In all that he does, he prospers.” (Psalm 1:2-3, ESV)

His pleasure and passion is remaining true to the Word of “I Am,” meditating day and night in the true revelation of light. He will be standing firm like a flourishing tree planted by God’s design, deeply rooted by the brooks of bliss, bearing fruit in every season of his life. He is never dry, never fainting, ever blessed, ever prosperous.” (Psalm 1:2-3, TPT)

While reading through the Psalms today, I felt a challenge in my Spirit regarding verse 2 of chapter 1. The thought of spending day and night meditating on the Word of God is a provoking thought. It’s one thing to read a devotional or start my day with a bit of a memory verse, but to literally marinate constantly on passages of scripture can be a little more confronting. It actually made me stop and ponder: What thoughts am I actually dwelling on during the day? What am I putting into my mind? Especially in this crazy, chaotic time in history – why wouldn’t I want to marinate day and night in TRUTH and HOPE and PROMISE?

The Lord then began to flood my mind with truth about the Word.

The Word of God is living and active, able to divide between soul and spirit (Hebrews 4:12).

The Word of God cleanses and washes (Ephesians 5:6). The Word of God heals (Psalm 107:20). The Word is a sword that is used for tearing down strongholds (2 Corinthians 10:4). The Word is a shield (Proverbs 30:5; Psalm 18:30). The Word of God is like a fire, and a hammer that shatters a rock (Jeremiah 23:29).

The Word of God is beautiful, pure, holy, lovely, admirable, excellent, praise-worthy (Philippians 4:8).  

It is everything we need.  

We can pause in His Presence and marinate on His truths found in the Word. No wonder the enemy hates us spending time in our Bibles.

The Lord then encouraged me with verse 3.  He gently reminded me that when I do marinate on scripture, I am deeply rooted by the brooks of bliss, bearing fruit in every season of life! When the Word of God begins to take root in our lives, the roots go deep.  We begin to bear fruit, even in what appears to be the dry seasons.

When I am marinating on the Word above anything else, my fruit is healthy and prosperous. I have unending supply of living water, and I can stand firm even in the storms.

This is an amazing privilege of a child of God.

If you haven’t taken time to Pause in His Presence today, why don’t you let your roots sink deep and marinate in the Word of God for awhile.  You can drink from the brooks of bliss while bearing fruit and growing greener and healthier.

May your delight be in His Word today and find your soul and mind prosperous and full of peace!

~ Mandy Woodhouse