Sacred Ground

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I recently visited a place where I had a powerful encounter with God seven years ago.

It had always been one of my favorite psalms, but when a friend challenged me to consider the truth it contained for myself, I wrestled with God.

Every single moment you are thinking of me!
How precious and wonderful to consider
that you cherish me constantly in your every thought!
O God, your desires toward me are more
than the grains of sand on every shore!
When I awake each morning, you’re still with me.

Psalm 139:17-18 (TPT)

It can be easy to believe that God’s amazing love, attention, and purposes are for everyone else, but what about for me? What about for you?

I picked up a handful of the warm sand and let it sift through my fingers.

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“Really?

Really, God?

You think about me?

You love me?”

And with tears rolling down my face, I looked up and saw what is pictured above. The water was gently flowing through the rock wall towards the beach where I sat.

And God spoke to my heart.

“Jenny, the walls you have built up inside your heart are coming down, and I am going to pour so much love into you. You will not be able to contain it.”

That moment alone with God on that little beach was one of those pivotal life moments for me. It was a holy moment with the One who loves me most. Out of my lament to know Him better, He spoke and deepened His presence in my life. That encounter gave me momentum and encouragement to keep walking my faith journey.

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Last week, as I stared out over the water where the Lord clearly spoke to me about His immeasurable love, memories of that momentous day filled my heart with such joy all over again.

Have you ever experienced His presence in a personally powerful way?

Like Moses when he came upon the burning bush, that place is sacred ground to me. It’s truly a special place where I have met with, and heard from, the One who loves me in spite of myself.

Do you have a meaningful place where you like to go where you find it easier to hear from God? Let me encourage you to revisit that sacred place. If you can’t physically do so, take some time to remember that place and that holy moment. Because when you take the time to meet with God, you can expect Him to come and minister to your heart. He draws near to us when we draw near to Him. He rewards those who diligently seek Him. May His glory fill the temple… of your heart.

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