~Protect~ ~Protect~

five minute friday

Discretion will protect you, understanding will guard you. ~Proverbs 2:11

I peeked in to the fmfparty around four am this morning tucking away the word protect. My mind scattered a thousand ways, reminding me of the many firework displays taking place this particular holiday weekend. I read our fearless leader, Kate Motaung’s post, thinking of the many times I pray the same scriptures (Psalm 91) of protection over my own family.

Letting go the words I began to tap them out. My first thought was of our nation and the fearless who serve and protect us. Of my own beautiful niece serving in the Coast Guard.

I think of the mighty hand of God covering me and mine with protection. How I survived the past few weeks leaning into Him, trusting his protection no matter the outcome.

I think of the times I have turned away depending on my own self and the awful wreck of me I became. How much better I am running to Him for shelter, refuge and protection.

Where we are as a nation, a people, as we have stepped out from under His covering. Turned from His wisdom. Denied His ways. Often denying Him.

The tears He must cry on our behalf. How much better we would be, if we would only cry out to Him.

I turn to the mundane of everyday and the things that protect me here. A good man, a faithful dog, a cane, the medic alert button hanging around my neck. In the big picture, they are seemingly the little things, yet they protect and comfort.

 How thankful I am for the many ways God protects. How I long for all to seek and find. Experience Him and His protection.

If you only look at us, you might well miss the brightness. We carry this precious Message around in the unadorned clay pots of our ordinary lives. That’s to prevent anyone from confusing God’s incomparable power with us. As it is, there’s not much chance of that. You know for yourselves that we’re not much to look at. We’ve been surrounded and battered by troubles, but we know that God knows what to do; we’ve been spiritually terrorized, but God hasn’t left our side; we’ve been thrown down, but we haven’t been broken.

2Corinthians 2:7~9 ~The Message

Gifts of Grace

Tammy Mashburn

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