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Finding God's Secret Place: A Spiritual Journey

Finding God's Secret Place: A Spiritual Journey

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Finding God's Secret Place: A Spiritual Journey shares my odyssey toward peace and joy using Psalm 91 as my road map. This book was written to give other's a travel guide and directions on how to get there.
Finding God's Secret Place: A Spiritual Journey shares my odyssey toward peace and joy using Psalm 91 as my road map. This book was written to give other's a travel guide and directions on how to get there.

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Shadows are often associated with evil and death, even in the Bible.

Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will

fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort

me.” Psalm 23:4.

So, if death has a shadow, what is the shadow of the Almighty? First

of all, what is a shadow? The Merriam-Webster Online dictionary offers the

following definitions for the word “shadow”:

“1: partial darkness or obscurity within a part of space from which rays from a

source of light are cut off by an interposed opaque body

2: a reflected image

3: shelter from danger or observation

4 a: an imperfect and faint representation b: an imitation of something : COPY

5: the dark figure cast upon a surface by a body intercepting the rays from a source

of light

6: PHANTOM

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7, plural : DARK 1a

8: a shaded or darker portion of a picture

9: an attenuated form or a vestigial remnant

10 a: an inseparable companion or follower b: one (as a spy or detective) that

shadows

11: a small degree or portion : TRACE

12: a source of gloom or unhappiness

13 a: an area near an object : VICINITY b: pervasive and dominant influence14: a

state of ignominy or obscurity.”

Number five is the definition most often associated with the word,

although all of these definitions apply and are used by us. However,

remember, we are in the spiritual realm and in this instance definition

number three is the correct one. The shadow of the Almighty is “shelter

from danger and observation.” Obviously, God protects us from danger, but

why would he need to protect us from observation: to keep our enemies

from seeing our plans and giving them a chance to try to subvert them, both

in the physical and the spiritual. God’s shadow, therefore, is exact

opposition to the shadow of death, which hovers over a valley. God’s

shadow covers us in the high places where He lifts us. Remember Moses on

Mount Sinai? He had to go up high to commune with God. What Moses did

in the physical, we do in the spiritual every time we retreat to God’s secret

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place. Going there means going up higher into the spiritual realm, out of the

valleys.

Abiding under the shadow of the Almighty is “living high.” Abide

connotes “staying power,” “longevity,” permanence.” It means that once

you make the move to dwell in God’s secret place, you will abide there in

His shadow, under His protection forevermore. Think about that. Never

having to fear anything because you are firmly rooted in a place where you

are under 24-hour security with no access available for those who want to

harm you because they can’t even see you. That shadow protects from any

danger or from even being seen by the enemy. I’ve experienced that kind of

protection throughout my whole life; even when I had shunned God and

sought my answers in metaphysics and those books on the laws of attraction,

I was under his protection because “somebody prayed for me.” I told you

about my mother. Well, that is the praying-est woman I know!

Years ago, I did some superficial study of Buddhism, concentrating

mostly on Buddhist monks and how they conducted themselves. It takes a

Buddhist monk a lifetime to achieve peace and contentment through hours

of meditation, fasting, and prayer. I’d put my mother up against the Dalai

Lama himself when it comes to praying! My youngest brother was lost to

my family for twenty years due to drug addiction and my mother said at first

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she worried about him constantly until one night she went to the secret place

of the Most High and started to dwell there, abiding in the shadow of the

Almighty. She prayed for Joseph and let go of the fear and worry. My best

friend, now deceased, an ordained minister and psychologist, had the gift of

prophecy and told me a couple of years before she died in 2000, that Joseph

was off drugs, had a wife and two kids, and was working in construction she

believed because she saw a muscular man.

Well, a couple of years after she died, Joseph called my brother James

in Columbus and said he was in college and had just gotten his associates

degree and was working on a bachelor’s. He was also the father of two

children, a girl and a boy. I was on my way to California to visit my brother,

John, and while I was there, we drove to Reno, Nevada, to visit Joseph and

his family. I was so glad to see my brother alive and well. Just as Karen

prophesied, he was quite muscular, however, he didn’t work in construction.

He was a drug an alcohol counselor. Joseph and his family have since

moved to Columbus and live next door to my mother and my sister, D’Ebrar.

My mother’s prayers were answered. She continues to pray day and night

for our family and has shared with me that she’s always prayed for me, so I

know at those times when I was in danger, her prayers lifted me up high so

that I could abide under the shadow of the Almighty. What a God! He

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protected me even when I rejected Him. That’s why I love Him so much

now. He never once left me or forsook me, despite my forsaking Him in my

youth. I am only too happy to abide in His shadow now.

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