God knows when He has my full attention…right after I get back in bed from emptying my bladder (a side effect of my second child’s entrance into the world).

I so wanted to fall back asleep this morning, it is cold here in North Carolina, in fact, my iPhone currently reads “22 degrees.” But as I slipped back into my warm bed I felt that familiar pull, almost hearing His voice audibly….”come spend time with me child.”

Whenever He calls me like this early in the morning, I know that it’s going to be good. I almost leapt from my bed to pour my first cup of coffee (thanks to an early morning call Palm had with the U.K. it was already brewed and waiting).

One thing that I have learned in my relationship with God, is that when He calls me, He has a plan and a purpose. It may be something as simple as a reminder of His love for me, or when He is showing off a bit, He. may give me a specific answer to an even more specific question. Friends, God is so attuned to our wants and our needs, we just need to make room and time to listen.

O Lord, you have searched me and known me! You know when I sit down and when I rise up; you discern my thoughts from afar. You search out my path and my lying down and are acquainted with all my ways. Even before a word is on my tongue, behold, O Lord, you know it altogether. You hem me in, behind and before, and lay your hand upon me. Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is high; I cannot attain it. Psalm 139

This prayer of David’s has become my prayer over the past month, I am being pushed, challenged and stretched professionally and He knows I need Him to hem me in, so that I may continue to abide in the shadow of the Almighty (Psalm 91).

This is one of my favorite word pictures in Scripture, because if I am abiding in His shadow, then the challenge before me is His challenge, His mission, His will for me. It is no longer about what I can do, but about what He will do, and is doing.

God please help me to remain in your shadow, in the way I parent, teach, counsel and love those around me.

Abiding today,



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Wife, Mom to two young girls, Counselor, Cook, Athlete, and Follower of Jesus

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