This post was written by Cherie Hurt. To read more from Cherie, visit her blog Waiting on Wildflowers.

Dwell_ Guest Blog Post

“One thing I ask from the LORD, this only do I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to gaze on the beauty of the LORD and to seek him in his temple. -Psalm 27:4

If you take a look at the meaning of dwell in a Biblical sense it means to direct attention to or to abide in. In Psalm 27:4, it refers to dwell as living in the house of the Lord and directing your attention to the beauty of the most high king! Rather than dwell in the Lord as He commands, too often I find myself dwelling on something that pulls me away from His house. Goodness, I don’t know about you, but I think it’s time we redefine what ‘to dwell’ means in our own lives.

If you were to ask my husband to define my habits of worrying, he would most certainly refer to me as a dweller. I have this less than desirable quality of reflecting on a moment or situation of distaste for days, if not weeks. It shows in the wrinkles under my eyes, it invites sleeplessness at night, and it wrecks my heart to its core. I can be sitting in the middle of a movie and before I know it, my mind has wandered to last week’s unfavorable conversation with a friend. And just like that, I’ve lost time with my sweet husband because I was reflecting on something of the past – something that has passed.

What if we as women decided to reflect on the here and now of today, to no longer sink back into the mistakes of yesterday but to run towards the freedom of the present− right where God is waiting for us. What freedom would we find when we decide that dwelling on something just wasn’t worth the time we could be spending dwelling in the Lord.

“Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.”  -Psalm 91:1

This week, I pray that we will abide in the Lord and His mighty presence. That we will let the fullness of the true definition of dwelling take place, and that we would learn to let go of the things that have long passed.