...at a place near Your altar

"Even the sparrow finds a home, and the swallow builds her nest and raises her young at a place near your altar, O Lord of Heaven’s Armies, my King and my God!...What joy for those whose strength comes from the Lord."
Psalm 84:3, 5

I read these verses today and thought to myself, "That's where I want to be, and that's where I want to lead my children. Better yet, that's where I want to raise them...at a place near Your altar, O Lord." It makes all the difference. I know I react differently to fussy children and chaos when I draw near to Him.

This little bird isn't just stopping by for a visit! She's building her nest there in order to do her work--to raise her young.

I'm going to ponder this and ask the Lord to show me what this should look like in my home.

Just what this tired mommy needed to read today!

"I listen carefully to what God the Lord is saying, for he speaks peace to his faithful people."
Psalm 85:6

photo: Allposters.com


Anonymous said...

Jenny, thanks for sharing these verses. They are very telling of where we should all be.

I have taken a couple of your readings now and used them for P.E.O., a women's educational group in which I am the "chaplain," sharing passages from the bible at the beginning of each meeting.

Do you have a particular devotional that you get your scripture suggestions from, or are the ones you post usually suggested by your church as part of the sermon or bible study?

Sweet Annabelle said...

I loved this - Thank you. I never noticed that part of the verse

Mod Girl said...

Oh Jenny, *thank you* for sharing these challenging and encouraging scriptures and thoughts. Yes, I want to be at His altar, too! What a beautiful picture... one that I will remember often as I go about the business and busyness of the day.

Diane said...

From one tired mommy to another, thank you! Just what I needed to hear today :)

Jenny said...

Happiest Mommies~

I've been using Kay Arthur's Inductive Bible Study Series. Right now I'm reading through the Psalms. The verses I've posted here are just a few that have "popped out" at me during my quiet time.

Mod Girl said...

Yes, Jenny, Boo and I reading aloud thru the Little House series. We both LOVE it. I haven't read the series since I was a child; it is truly delightful. Boo is as captivated with Laura and Mary as I am.

Rebekah said...

I'm going to ponder this too. Thank you for sharing your heart. I adore that picture!

thehomespunheart said...

I love all of Psalm 84 - and wonder what that looks like for my home as well. Beautiful photo you have to go with!

Have a great day!

Carrie at dumptrucksandteacups said...

Thank you for sharing... it was a balm for my soul today.


Pamela said...

What lucky children to have a Mommy so centered and devoted to where her heart, mind, and spirit should be. Thank you for a reminder of where I need to be.

~nanashouse~ said...

A blue jay happened upon my front door wreath this morning. Bella (our dog) and I listened. The blue jay didn't know that the eggs on my Easter wreath are actually lightly painted styrofoam eggs! We heard the scratching, listened and then calmed down. It was so sweet to have this close interaction between me, my dog and an unknown blue jay. Thank you Jesus.

~nanashouse~ said...

LOVE, LOVE, LOVE your new look :-)

Danielle said...

"at a place near your altar" isn't that just an amazing thought! Thanks for sharing it!