Tag Archives: Shelter

Thwarted arrows

 “In the shelter of your presence you hide them … in your dwelling you keep them safe from accusing tongues.” Psalm 31:20

Where is the arrow

shot from enemy’s bow?

Where are the accusations

that have been thrown?

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They’ve been thwarted,

diverted from my path.

Dispersed, fallen,

and of strength — sapped.

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Keep me in your presence,

hidden in perfect love.

Safe from accusing tongues,

restored and ready to serve.

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He shuts out accusing voices. He stills the echo of negative words and constant criticism. He quiets the soul. In His presence I am hidden, tucked under his sheltering wings — out of sight and out of mind from those who would bring down.

 

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Come quickly

Psalm 40:13 “Be pleased, O Lord, to save me; O Lord, come quickly to help me.”*

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Be my song in the silent night

A candle—the dark to light.

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Be my anchor in waters deep

A stronghold for mountains steep.

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Be my shelter in swirling storms

A balm for pricks and thorns.

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Be my help—do come and save

Come quickly, Lord, with no delay.

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poem and photo by Patty Perkins

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One never need worry about being too needy before God. Plead that He come…and come quickly!

*The One Year Bible, February 24, NIV, Tyndale House Publishers, Wheaton, Illinois.

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Staid in the cleft

Exodus 33:22 “…I will put you in a cleft in the rock and cover you with my hand…”*

My son in the cleft, Barren River Lake, Kentucky

My son in the cleft, Barren River Lake, Kentucky

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Like a chick nestled under hen

or a child tucked snuggly in.

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Like chirping birds in a mud-packed nest

or hibernating bears at winter’s rest.

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Like a bee hidden in flower’s bloom

or a babe secured in mother’s womb.

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Like a climbing kid who’s found a safe spot

find me staid in the cleft of the rock.

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by Patty Perkins

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*The One Year Bible, February 11, NIV, copyright 1986, Tyndale House Publishers, Wheaton, Illinois.

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Of wings and walls

Bird - Duck - Mallard

Bird – Duck – Mallard (Photo credit: blmiers2)

Psalm 91:4 “He will cover you with his feathers and under his wings you will find refuge…” (NIV)*

Covered by feathers

nestled in his loving care

clasped under wing

refuge awaiting,

me there.

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The wall Papa built (photo by Patty Perkins)

Psalm 91:4 “…his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.” (NIV)*

He is full of faithful

a shield when arrows fly

a wall strong and stable

when behind it,

walketh I.

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by Patty Perkins

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Have a blessed weekend…under his wings and behind his walls.

*The One Year Bible, October 22, NIV, copyright 1986, Tyndale House Publishers, Wheaton, Illinois.

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Bookend love

Psalm 57:1 “Have mercy on me, O God, have mercy on me, for in you my soul takes refuge. I will take refuge in the shadow of your wings until the disaster has passed.” (NIV)*

Lions guarding the New York Public Library (photo by Patty Perkins)

Lions guarding the New York Public Library (photo by Patty Perkins)

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One

of his collection

i’m held in place

steadied by grace

bookended with

Love

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By Patty Perkins

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*The One Year Bible, September 13, New International Version, copyright 1986, Tyndale House Publishers, Wheaton, Illinois.

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Settled and Stayed

Psalm 91:1 “He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.” (NIV)*

Suitcase

Suitcase (Photo credit: audioeric)

A girl in a tattered coat and hat sat her suitcase down timidly. Shafts of light caught her eye and drew her gaze upward, through the windows of a vaulted ceiling. She let the brilliance soak in, warming her to the very core.

A lady’s greeting interrupted her thoughts. The lady took her coat, her hat, and pulled the heavy suitcase to the side. “You won’t be needing these anymore.”

The girl wasn’t sure she wanted to give up her stuff. All she wanted was to find shelter.

“Am I going to be staying here? I thought this was just a visit,” said the girl, nerves twisting inside. “Will I ever go back?”

“That’s up to you, honey,” replied the lady. “This is the shelter of God. Stay here and you’ll know rest.” Then the hostess leaned toward her with arms spread wide and whispered loud, “The whole shelter is covered with his shadow.”

The girl thought about her old house with its leaky roof and sagging porch. Though in dire need of repair, it was home. She missed it and wanted to return to the familiar. She wasn’t sure she could handle all this rest.

The hostess just smiled with twinkling eyes. She knew that once the girl stayed in the shelter of the Most High, she’d come to prefer it over any other place. She would grow to love the peace and enjoy the rest.

And though the hostess knew the girl would indeed leave the shelter from time to time, she knew she would always come back. The love of God is like that…always drawing back to his shelter. It’s the only place that truly satisfies the soul.

My soul finds rest

in the shelter of the Most High

Peace awaits those who stay

Rest is given those who abide

Settled and stayed

In the shadow that satisfies.

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by Patty Perkins

*The One Year Bible, New International Version, copyright 1986, Tyndale House Publishers, Wheaton, Illinois.


Arms Everlasting

Deuteronomy 33:12 “…Let the beloved of the Lord rest secure in him, for he shields him all day long, and the one the Lord loves rests between his shoulders.” (NIV)*

Deuteronomy 33:27 “The eternal God is your refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms…” (NIV)*

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American Robin Nest with Eggs (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

He is a place of protection. He is a shield, refuge, and resting place. Nestled there we are surrounded by his care. Looking up and out is scary if unaware that underneath are the everlasting arms. Like tree branches supporting a nest, so too his arms hold our very souls.

Securely nestled in his care

Held by everlasting arms.

Eternal love beats loud and strong

When close to God’s own heart.

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Sheltered from flaming arrows

A shield for weary souls.

Protected from enemy aim

When covered with God’s cloak.

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Undergirded by his strength

His beloved he’ll not forsake.

Held secure through circumstance

When clasped in God’s arms, safe.

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poem by Patty Perkins

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Deuteronomy 33 is the blessing Moses gave the Israelites. Verse 12 was directed toward Benjamin and verse 27 for Asher. These blessings show the character and heart of God toward those he loves…Oh, that I could grasp it!

*The One Year Bible, New International Version, copyright 1986, Tyndale House Publishers, Wheaton, Illinois.