Pleasant Lines

The boundary lines have fallen for me in pleasant places; surely I have a delightful inheritance. Psalm 16:6a


This beach is only a short walk from where I am staying.


As I was on my daily walk today I was struck by the beauty all around me.

My last few months, well years actually, have been full of stresses, but at every turn Abba has placed me in physical places that make it hard to miss His handiwork and His attention to detail.

When my mom was dying and I closed out her house, I lived with a version of this view every morning:DSC_0363

When I traveled overseas for ‘work’ recently. (Quotes because I really love what I do.) I had a view like this everyday on my walk!20160204_003155_HDR

Abba knows how much it means to me to be outside, or at least be able to see outside. It is one of the easiest ways I connect with my Creator. I can proclaim with King David of old when he wrote Psalm 16:

Keep me safe, my God,
    for in you I take refuge.

I say to the Lord, “You are my Lord;
    apart from you I have no good thing.”
I say of the holy people who are in the land,
    “They are the noble ones in whom is all my delight.”
Those who run after other gods will suffer more and more.
    I will not pour out libations of blood to such gods
    or take up their names on my lips.

Lord, you alone are my portion and my cup;
    you make my lot secure.
The boundary lines have fallen for me in pleasant places;
    surely I have a delightful inheritance.
I will praise the Lord, who counsels me;
    even at night my heart instructs me.
I keep my eyes always on the Lord.
    With him at my right hand, I will not be shaken.

Therefore my heart is glad and my tongue rejoices;
    my body also will rest secure,
10 because you will not abandon me to the realm of the dead,
    nor will you let your faithful one see decay.
11 You make known to me the path of life;
    you will fill me with joy in your presence,
    with eternal pleasures at your right hand.

What speaks to your heart? How do you know you are secure in the Lord in spite of your circumstances? I would genuinely enjoy learning how Abba makes Himself know to you!

Andrea (Madden) Van Boven : I like to think I am a radical lover of Jesus, but I live in a house and pay bills and look like I fit in with respectable society, like most people. What goes on in my head and heart are hopefully the things that betray the look of "normal" that comes at first glance. I hope those things inside of me seep out to actions as well as words of hope and encouragement. I pray that these in turn will lead others to know the loving creator who knows us so intimately that he has a number for every hair on every head.

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