Friday, August 7, 2015


Hiding could seem like a negative action. It can mean to conceal oneself. to keep from being seen, found, or observed. It is interesting to note, that in Gen. 3:8-10, Adam and Eve hid themselves because of guilt and consciousness of sin. God asked them, " WHERE ART THOU?"  But God knew exactly where they were and why!  The lesson it teaches us is that WE NEED TO LOCATE OURSELVES and where we are really at!                                                                                          

Interesting word, LOCATE: To determine or specify the position of!  Funny, POSITIONING myself was to be my WORD for 2015!  The circumstances I have had to go through since last fall into this nearly end of this year has been a process beyond words! Maybe you are going through unusual circumstances right now! What has kept my mind in perfect peace, is the fact, that we can (go in hiding) to a certain degree-to seek refuge in God and from Him alone!              

Ps. 27:5  "For in the time of TROUBLE, HE shall (hide me) in His pavilion: in the secret of His tabernacle shall He (hide me): He shall set me upon a rock."                                                                                           

Maybe you can relate to a time of being overwhelmed and need to be reminded of Jesus' words  in Mt. 11:28-30,

"Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on (religion)?  COME TO ME!  Get away with Me and you will RECOVER  (your life!) I will show you HOW to take a (REAL REST!) Walk with Me and work with Me! Watch how I do it!  Learn the unforced rhythms of grace! I won't lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with Me and you'll learn to live freely and lightly!" (Message).                                                                         

What I have found is that hiding in God is a good thing! I have learned so much through the good and the bad! The best lessons have been because of mistakes, weaknesses, vulnerableness,  and many flounderings!  I now can say as Job said, "I have heard of Thee by the hearing of the ear: but now my eyes seeth Thee!" (Job 52:5)                                                              

When we hide in our God, in the shelter of His wings, in His everlasting arms, we can regain strength, stability, and healing of our innermost wounds.  David said in Ps. 51:6, "Behold, Thou desirest TRUTH in the inward parts: and in the (HIDDEN PART) THOU shalt make me to know wisdom!".
In all actuality, so much is hidden from us!  You might be like me, having experienced a lot of hard things to deal with in life.  But now, looking back, it took all that to shape me into what God ALREADY SEES ME AS!                                                                        

God is such an expert in drawing out the small details of our lives; those hidden/buried issues we'd rather leave alone! If you are like me, I'd rather not rock the boat, or have to go back to that pain or to the root of the problem that only God sees!                                                                                          

I personally feel that there is a time God allows us to hide!  Not calculated in days, weeks, or even months; but a SET TIME; whatever it takes for us to be restored, renewed & rejuvenated. Then, like a mother bird, He rustles the nest and makes us get out on our own again. I just think He says, "ENOUGH HIDING! TIME TO THRIVE!"                                    

Now thriving is also a process of blooming, growing and flourishing; a condition of health and vigor. Natural health as well as spiritual health. In ROM. 12:11, Paul exhorts us to be "FERVENT IN SPIRIT" "keeping fueled and aflamed!" (Message).
I am no expert!  I am in the process of learning how to thrive at this wonderful age; knowing more days behind me than before me! But, IN THE MEANTIME, I would like to share the journey, hoping to inspire & encourage!

Thank you for coming by!


  1. Oh, Helen, my friend!!! I am sooooo glad you decided to "share the journey, hoping to inspire & encourage"; for that is just what you are doing! I loved reading your post and look forward to reading more...I loved the Message version of Matt. 11 and am writing that in my "Gifts" journal for today's gift, "3 Gifts in His Word"!!!

    Thank you for sharing!!

  2. Helen I love your blog and what you posted is beautiful. Have a blessed day my friend ~Shannan

    1. Thankyou dear Shannon! I'm finding my new normal! So excited!

  3. You know ... its funny because I plan to write a blog for the first time in 2 months or so ... I myself feel I have been hiding, but hiding from my writing .. I plan to write this weekend and can't wait .. your blog looks beautiful and I look forward to seeing what else comes your way through the blog :)

  4. I think it is soooooo funny that we "4 Friends" have shared Helen's blog TODAY, Jan. 11, 2016; and both Karen and I have replied. And, I was planning to write a reply encouraging you, Helen; and tell you how much I loved your post, and the Matt. 11 Message scripture!! AND I feel the same way as I did when I first read is a beautiful blog; a beautiful post...and you are on your way!!!

    Thank you, Helen, for sharing your heart and soul with us!!!