In You, I have my hiding place -- a place where I can run in and be safe; a place I can escape from the burdens and cares of this mortal life. I run into my hiding place when I need to rest. You refresh me there. I can collect my thoughts and renew my strength. I can just simply let my mind rest, emptied of all thoughts, just simply being.
In You, I have a secret place -- a place where the righteous run to just be with you; a place where the enemy cannot tread because he cannot find it. It only exists for the righteous. You show me mysteries in the secret place -- mysteries that help me to understand the purpose for which I have been created. In the secret place, You reveal Yourself to me. Each time I go the secret place, you reveal more about Yourself to me.
In You, I have a strong tower – a mighty fortress. I am surrounded by Your protection. You lift me to the highest part of the tower and show me safety in every direction. From my tower-top perspective, I can see the enemy advancing from every direction, but I cannot be harmed. You reveal the plan of the enemy, but then You show me Your mighty army surrounding the enemy, awaiting Your command to strike them down.
In You, I have redemption. I find forgiveness and mercy. Your grace washes over me, covering me in a radiantly pure garment. I see You and fall to my knees in awe, worshipping at your feet. My tears flow like a river straight to Your thrown where they mix with the crystal waters that flow out to wash every sin away into the Sea of Forgetfulness.
In You, I have peace. A peace that is Your very presence. A peace so powerful and all-consuming that no enemy can exist in Your presence. Your peace is a mighty weapon that scatters even the most formidable adversaries.
In You, I have love -- a love so pure and abundant that I am lavished in it like an expensive perfume, poured out upon all who will receive You as their king. Yours is an unconditional love that knows no boundaries. Your love wraps around every believer like a coat of many colors. Your love is stored up in plentiful portions waiting to be poured out upon and wrapped around each new believer as they open up their hearts to receive Your righteousness.
In You, I have newness of life. I strip away the layers of old flesh, painfully but willingly transforming myself into Your image. I submerge myself in Your living water, burying all that which keeps me from walking in the fullness of life You have for me. Each time I come up from the waters, I am transformed a little more.
In You, I live and breathe and have my being. Without You, I am nothing. Without You, all of my comings and goings are for nothing. Every time I take a breath, I am breathing in Your life and become who You have created me to become.
In You, I have purpose. I take each step forward trusting that You are ordering every footstep. I am confident that You are there with me, guiding me with Your light. The brilliance of that light dispels even the darkest hour of my life. You draw me nearer to You and lead me past all the obstacles and into Your arms.
In You, I have victory. I am an overcomer. I run into every battle as a warrior looking to defeat the adversary of all that is good, just, and right. Each battle propels me onward, running headlong into the midst of the tests and trials, emerging victorious, running into Your embrace as You laugh and lift my feet off the ground as You reassure me that I have a place with You for all eternity.
In You, I have heirship. You make even the most common sinners to become the sons and daughters of the Most High God. You sit at the right hand of the Father, daily making intercession for me. You are my Brother, my Father, the Lover of my soul, and my Lord!
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Your deep love for the Lord captures my heart so much,and inspired me to know Him more intimately. Thank you Joyce for allowing God to speak His message through you. You did it in a magnificent way. Love, Gloria
Joyce, this is absolutely beautiful! It will make everyone who reads this, hunger for their own secret place with the Lord if they have not as yet found one. Oh that everyone might have such depth as you. Love, Sharon
Joyce, Your words will bring so many to the Lord. There is such a need to be comforted, lifted up, cared for and LOVED...we are all seeking those 'safe' places where we will be accepted and loved. All who read your work will see that they can find this place in the arms of our Lord! Bless you for helping us find it! Love, Peggy
Oh Joyce this Anointed Writing is so Beautiful and Anointed from on High.I was so moved by Your Beautiful words of Love and Compassion for God!
May each soul who reads this receive the Blessing from on High.
I was Greatly Blessed and Encouraged,Thank You and May God continue to Bless you as you write for His Glory!
In Jesus Eternal Love,
Your Sister ,Dee:)