A place of refuge

baby being held ~ safety file image

When the world wants too much from us and we have nothing left to give, when we are weary of waiting and hoping for change, when shame and pain have haunted our nights and days, when we long for a place of refuge and a person we can fully trust ~ to whom can we turn?

Only God can provide all the safety, healing, comfort and reassurance we need. We can crawl into His presence and be held fast.

Allow Abba Father to pour His unconditional love out on us. Be held. Be calmed. Be loved beyond all measure.

His arms are our sheltering place.

His heart is our home.

His love is our lasting comfort.

His joy is our strength.

His promises our hope.

His word our light and guide.

Friend, if you are hurting right now, if the world has wearied you, if you need a reliable person to trust and turn to then come, come to God and be helped.

He has been revealing to me lately that healing is a process, a gradual unfurling to God’s love, a continual learning from His word, a daily leaning on His mercy and grace and a laying down of all that keeps us captive to shame and disgrace.

Come and receive the sustenance your soul longs for. He is waiting to receive you as soon as you are willing to believe and turn to Him.

 ‘Safety’

Held fast in the circle

of Your embrace,

my weary head

falls to rest on

shoulders of strength.

Feeling my heartbeat

slow and steady

to match Your own.

Sense my breath

gulping deep,

drinking hard

the very air

You breathe.

There is no

condemnation here,

no fear, no pain

I can let go

tears and years

of struggle, of shame,

of hurt and fears

And asking questions

with no answers.

I can let go

deep-bone weariness,

weakness, sickness,

for they cannot abide

in Your presence.

For now it is just

You and me together

And I feel safe until

the material

world intrudes again.

©JoyLenton2014 

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Jennifer  ~ Tell His Story

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10 thoughts on “A place of refuge

    • Keren, I am deeply grateful to have been the vehicle through which God has spoken to your heart. Thank you for letting me know. May you continue to feel safe in God’s loving embrace as you relinquish all hurt and pain to Him, and rest in His ability to take care of all your needs. Blessings in abundance. 🙂 Xx

  1. Powerful, true words, Joy: healing is a process, a gradual unfurling to God’s love, a continual learning from His word, a daily leaning on His mercy and grace and a laying down of all that keeps us captive to shame and disgrace. And I love the poem. We have kindred hearts, my friend…

    • Hi Sheila. It’s good to see you here. Thank you for your kind encouragement. I’m so pleased to have ‘met’ you on the blogosphere and found a kindred spirit through the words you share. Have a blessed weekend, my friend. 🙂

  2. So beautiful and peaceful, Joy. No condemnation resting in the arms of Jesus. I love the poem and how you describe healing as a process and “a daily leaning on His mercy and grace and a laying down of all that keeps us captive to shame and disgrace.” Amen! Thank you, Joy, for these words of comfort today. Hugs!

    • Trudy, I often see far more from the poetry God gives me when I re-read it, and mainly because others draw out things they observe which have helped and encouraged them. In my own eyes they so often seem like a meagre offering, but God takes, breaks and makes them manna for others to feed on. May He continue to do so with your wonderful words too, my friend. He speaks so powerfully through you! Hugs and blessings. xox 🙂

    • Hi Kathy. It’s lovely to see you here again! Thank you for your sweet encouragement. May your weary soul find solace and strength as you rest yourself in the Lord. Bless you, dear friend. xox 🙂

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