The Approach – Monday, February 2nd, 2019

Photo Courtesy of Edoardo Busti

My girls chatted with me for several hours tonight, filling me with stories about their weekend. I enjoyed every facial expression, gesture and detail of their recaps. We sat for nearly three hours in the upstairs hall. None of us wanted to leave the presence of the others.

Yes, the temperature in Rockford is 1 degree tonight with a minus 8 wind chill; there are 16 inches of snow on the ground, and I am wrapped in three layers plus a blanket as I write. But this is home. And home is where your family can sit in a hallway enjoying one another’s presence.

Scripture says, “In the shelter of Your presence you hide them . . .  in Your dwelling you keep them safe” (Psalm 31:20). For a Christian, home is God’s presence. We don’t have to wait for eternity, He is near now. And where the presence of the Lord is there is shelter, protection and safety.

The problem is many of us do not seek the presence of God through the Holy Spirit. We endure the cold of the world, instead of taking refuge in God. We race through this world, trying to find a place where we belong instead of settling at home in God’s presence to receive His comfort and security. We fail to come into God’s presence through Christ to embrace the love and joy and peace God offers through His Son.

God is home. Come in out of the cold of the world.


Denise Larson Cooper has a passion for Christ and sharing His Word. A wife and mother of two daughters, Denise currently works as a gymnastic coach.

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