Daughter of the King – We are made to abide!

Our heavenly Father revels in us. He loves to spend precious time with us. He loves it when we “abide” in Him. Psalm 91:1 “Whoever dwells in the shelter of the most high will rest in the shadow of the Almighty”. Just as Father God loves Jesus, Jesus also loves us and He says, “abide in my love” John 15:9.


The word abide in the old English means to await, remain, lodge, endure. In the Hebrew and the Greek, the word for abide is Yashabh, meaning to dwell and Meno, meaning to remain.  God loves it when we nestle tightly in Him. Just like a chick nestling under the protective wing of its mother.

Abiding in God gives our heavenly Father the space to speak to us about how precious we are to Him. The Bible says that God has engraved us on the palms of His hands -Isaiah 49:16. God has lavished such great love upon us that He calls us His children.  1 John 1:3. Our Father delights in you, He rejoices over you with singing – Zephaniah 3 v17. We are so incredibly precious to Him that He sings over our lives, a song, just for us. It’s like when we cuddle a baby and sing over them, maybe a nursery rhyme or a song. A baby steals our hearts, we nestle them in close and sing over them to calm or to bring joy. You’ve stolen God’s heart, He loves to bring you close, to sing over your life.

There are times in life where maybe we find it difficult to abide in God. Perhaps in difficult trials we are more inclined to phone a friend, have a coffee and share our deepest needs before we’ve abided with God, brought our trials to Him. God made us for community, He gives us relationships where we can be transparent with one another, encourage one another and build one another up, speak the truth and life of our Lord Jesus Christ into each other’s lives. He also longs for us to abide in Him. To have a personal relationship with Him. When we abide in Jesus we grow in intimacy with Him, allowing His character to rub off onto us, allowing Him to shape us, mould us and equip us by His Holy Spirit with supernatural tools for whatever lies ahead.  Abiding is a place to share our burdens with our heavenly Father and to place them in His hands.

The Bible says “Cast your cares on the Lord and He will sustain you; He will never let the righteous be shaken” – Psalm 52:22. “Cast your anxiety on him because He cares for you” 1 Peter 5:7.

Over the last year, through a painful trial, God has personally been teaching me more about abiding in Him. Going to Him first. It’s not been easy. I personally find it hard to sit, to wait, to remain. One thing I have learnt is that it is a choice. No matter how I feel it’s a choice to say “I’m going to show up. I’m going to make time to sit with my heavenly Father”. When I make this choice, despite how I feel I always come away feeling refreshed and my feelings catch up with the intentional choice that I’ve made to sit with Him.

jesus-holding-girlWhat I learn from spending time with God one to one then ripples out of me into the lives of others, encouraging others and building them up for His glory. By spending time with God first it allows Him to minister to others through me. We can only give to others who we are in relationship with in community what our Father has given to us. We can only give what we’ve got.

For me it’s helped by having a place and a time where I have that time to spend with God. There’s a chair where I always sit, my bible is next to it ready to go. If I take my bible out of the house I try and always put it back in the same spot so I’m ready. I’m a very visual person to. There’s a heart hanging on our window which is next to the chair where I sit. It reminds me of God’s love for me. It’s pretty much unintentionally lined up with a wooden cross on the house opposite which reminds me of Jesus’s great sacrifice for me. These things help me abide in God. What helps you?

I’m accepting the invitation from our heavenly Father. The invitation that says come, abide in my love, no matter what’s going on in your life…. come sit with me. I’m choosing to sit, wait, remain with our heavenly Father because He loves to be in relationship with me and pour into me His extravagant love and grace. As this wonderful song by Matt Redman says, “you walked this broken world first, you know our pain, but you show hope can rise up from the grace”. Will you accept the extravagant invitation from our Heavenly Father to come and “abide” to? I invite you to come on this journey with me.

“Abide in Me” by Matt Redman.

I have a home,

Eternal home
But for now I walk this broken world
You walked it first
You know our pain
But You show hope can rise again up from the grave

Abide with me
Abide with me
Don’t let me fall
And don’t let go
Walk with me
And never leave
Ever close God abide with me

There in the night
Before the cross
Before the nails
Alone You prayed
You met us in our suffering and bore our shame

O love that will not ever let me go
Love that will not ever let me go
You never let me go
Love that will not ever let me go

And up ahead
We’ll weep no more and sing for joy
Abide with me
We’ll weep no more and sing for joy
Abide with me

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