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My husband, Brett and I live in beautiful South Africa and have been blessed with the most precious family. We have 2 very beautiful and brave daughters, Tianna (15) and Angelee (12) and a very precious little boy called Zac who touched our hearts forever in his 1 day here on earth. We never would have imagined that we would have to live this side of Heaven without our sweet boy who was born with half a heart, but every day Jesus carries us through and is teaching us more than ever how to live, laugh and love fully. 3 years ago our faithful Great Restorer graciously blessed us once again with another son ... our beloved Gabriel ... a ray of sunshine in all our lives! "Love in Action" is our journey as a family to love the way Jesus is teaching us to love and live.

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12 April 2011

Overshadowed ... in a GOOD way =0)

Yesterday as I was driving home from dropping the girls off at school the mist was so thick that I couldn't see the usual landmarks around me. It reminded me of an experience I had in February this year where we drove right past massive sand dunes on a beach I'd been wanting to visit, but could not see them at all. I could hear the waves crashing on the beach, smell the sea sea air, even feel the soft beach sand in between my toes, but I could not see it even though I was looking straight at it. It was hidden. In this moment God began to speak to my heart.

In the book of Ephesians in the Bible, we read over and over the amazing promises that we have when we are "hidden in Christ Jesus". God expresses His heart so beautifully of why He calls us to become His children. We read about the kind of Father that He is ... how He adopts us into His family to lavish His grace, love, acceptance, forgiveness, freedom, and every spiritual blessing into our lives. I am always so humbled that this indescribable God who created the universe saves us and calls us into His family, not when we are perfect ... but when we are still held captive as slaves to our sins (see Ephesians 2:4+5). His love is what transforms and frees us, not His anger and disgust at our weakness and sinfulness. His grace is what moves our hearts to change. 
I share all of this to share the picture that God showed me through the mist. This amazing God, with all of His amazing promises spoken over us throughout the Bible is the very One who overshadows our lives completely with ALL that He is when we surrender our lives over to Him. We become so hidden in Him, that His attributes are revealed when people look at us. Try as hard as the enemies to our peace may try to steal from us, they cannot steal from us without going through God first! God Himself ... who is Love personified covers you with His love and fullness. 
Psalm 91:1-2 says "He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High, shall abide / rest in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, "He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust."
Today ... may you know that whatever you face, You can be overshadowed by the shadow of the ALMIGHTY One! Surrender your heart, situation, pain .... whatever it may be that has held you captive ... give it to the One who longs to overshadow your life with every good thing. 
All my love,
Janine xxx   

8 comments:

Debra said...

What a precious post!!! I am so happy being overshadowed because I know that the light that shines from me will be my Daddy's Heart and pray that others will be warmed by what they encounter! xx

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Dakotapam said...

Beautiful!

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EJN said...

In His shadow is always best. Thanks for the post Janine. Blessings in Christ Jesus on your day!
Jojo

melissa said...

Beautiful post and beautiful photos miss. Thanks for sharing =) xoxo

Susan S said...

Beautiful pictures! I appreciate the entire post. Thanks.

Jamie Rubeis said...

Very profound and an awesome reminder!

Those photos are beautiful too!

Melissa said...

I absolutely love this! It is so true! This is something that I struggle with. I try to hand everything over to him, yet I am still constantly worrying and wondering what I'm going to do about everything. I feel like I have to have some kind of control. But by doing that, I'm not trusting in Him. Thank you so much for sharing this. I really needed to read it. And thank you for your sweet comments on my blog. Prayers are much appreciated right now!

~xoxo~
Melissa
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