Sunday, February 4, 2018

Abide

©2018 Chantelle Henderson


I can't believe I am writing my first blog for 2018.  As you can see the entire website got a makeover which I am very pleased with.  I hope everyone's year is going so good so far.

As is customary for me, I have my word of the year.  I felt the Lord gave it to me in the middle of last year but it was that still small whisper that my word for 2018 is ABIDE.  First, let's look at the definition for the word, "ABIDE".

According to Merriam-Webster Dictionary

abide

verb  \ ə-ˈbīd \

To bear patiently
Endure without yielding
To wait for
To accept without objection
To remain stable or fixed
To continue in a place

I found the words that would require me to abide, especially when I want to take things into my own hands and leave the covering, protection, and guidance of The Father behind and venture out on my own.  Lysa TerKeurst, wrote the following in her book, "Uninvited" - "Jesus doesn't participate in the rat race.  He's into the slower rhythms of life, like abiding, delighting, and dwelling-all words that require us to trust Him with our place and our pace."  Once I started researching the word and it's meaning, I surrendered all of my preconceived ideas of what "abiding" meant.  As always, I must endure  the good, the not-so-good, and the in between while on this new journey of abiding in Him through it all.  Abiding is where that supernatural peace and the ability to rest through my fears, doubts, and hard places collide with the grace and mercy of the Lord.  Through it all I pray and strive to abide-this new word that is stretching me and allowing me to grow in wisdom as it pertains to its meaning.  Like a newborn, I am learning to crawl, and pray that eventually I will walk, and then run in my pursuit of abiding.  This is only the beginning.  What I've learned so far is that in order for me to abide, dwell, remain, be steadfast, and trusting demands the revelation and perspective that He's a loving, merciful, just, and sovereign God.

The Words of Psalm 91:1  is where I am pitching my tent at the beginning of this whole abiding thing.

"He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will abide in the shadow of the almighty.  I will say to the Lord, my refuge and my fortress, My God, in whom I trust.

Here is my own list that I felt compelled to write about where abiding in Him is my only hope.  Your "In the ________" may look differently than mine.  I encourage you to make your own declarations.

In the silence
I will abide.

In the mourning
I will abide.

In the uncertainty
I will abide.

In the battle
I will abide.

In the raging storm
I will abide.

In the brokenness
I will abide.

In the valley
I will abide.

In the pain
I will abide.

In the lonliness
I will abide.

In the fear
I will abide.

In the loss
I will abide.

In the joy
I will abide.

In the blessings
I will abide.

In the laughter
I will abide.

In the dancing
I will abide.

In the freedom
I will abide.

On the mountaintop
I will abide.

In the victory
I will abide.

In the abundance
I will abide.

In the truth
I will abide.

In the peace
I will abide.

~ CH

At the very bottom is a picture of my "ABIDE" Giving Key Bracelet and Necklace.  They are treasures that constantly remind me that to abide in Him is the best place I could ever be found regardless of the cares of this worlds.





So Remember:

💗Bear Patiently
💙Endure Without Yielding
💚Wait For
💛Accept Without Objection
💜Remain Stable And Fixed
💗Continue In A place

Because Of Christ,



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