Many years ago the teacher of our Young Marrieds Sunday School Class would regularly remind us to practice the presence of God. His admonition became a goal for me. I have remembered it often over the years and more often in the past few years. Psalm 105:4 says, “Seek the Lord and his strength, seek his presence continually.” I can’t say that I am aware of his presence continually, but I am confident He is there whether I am aware of it or not.Read More
So this week I combined two words for which I had been asking the Lord to show me His insight. These words are Father and Sojourn. What I heard from Him was the reminder that
He, my Father, is with me wherever I go.
So when my sojourn is to a place I don’t understand, a difficult place in life, I just need to be patient and do what He asks me to do, remembering that this is a temporary place, and it too shall pass.
This is just what the Israelites did with Joshua when they came across a block in their path. They were told to circle the huge wall of Jericho for six days, and that He, God, would deliver them from this difficult place. They obeyed God's strange request to circle the wall for six days straight and waited for Him to move. Nothing appeared to happen for six days, but then on the seventh day a miracle happened and the walls came tumbling down. Oh, what a reward they received for their simple obedience and trust in The Father.
I want that too God! Thank You, Father, for reminding me that you are always with me and that sojourns are temporary.
~ Meet Dana Charbonneau ~
Dana Charbonneau has been married for 33 years to Edward. They have three wonderful grown children, and just recently their third grandchild was born. Dana was a special ed teacher for many years and now enjoys substituting in special education classes. Having moved 15 times in her life, she now especially enjoys sharing life with friends and family around the country.
My sojourn into codependency lasted much longer than Naomi’s stay in Moab. But in similar ways, I heard of God’s work in lives. Although co-dependency offered a “safe place” for me to hide and find value and favor, it wasn’t a place of true freedom.Read More