Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Picture-Perfect Pause

Happy Word-Filled Wednesday!


If you could paint a picture-perfect place to take a "selah," what would it look like? By "selah" I mean a place to stop and reflect on your faith walk.

For me, it would look much like this picture my friend Peter let me borrow, which serves as the background for this week's WFW.  


Truth be told, when I ponder a picture-perfect pause, it almost always has this sort of scene associated with it. To lay reclined against that grassy hill, looking out over the blue waters reading my Bible, praying with my eyes open wide would be the ultimate Selah experience for this visual worshipper.

But oh, what I truly desire--is picture-perfect fellowship with my Savior. Nothing compares to that scene. To lay reclined in His strong arms, looking out over whatever situation I need to face, having Him speak His Word to me as I seek Him with my heart's eyes open wide...THAT is the daily Selah experience for this visual worshipper. And it is a glorious one when I choose it.

I'm going to dive more into what "Selah" means in the days to come. I used to think it meant "to pause," but it is sooooo much more than that. I'm wondering if I were to "Selah" each and every one of the Scriptures I read today, what a difference it would make in my life. Something to ponder...

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Homesteader in Training said...

Something to ponder indeed my friend. I think that in each stage of life we have more or less time to truly Selah. When I can truly enter into that rest and praise I LOVE it!!!
Great post my friend and I Look forward to hearing more about Selah!
Hugs.
Kim

Joanne Sher said...

Just bbeeaaauuttifulll. Definitely looking forward to this "word study." And definitely a gorgeous "Selahesque" picture.

Beth in NC said...

That is beautiful Laura Lee! I love it. And yes, I could see myself resting in that beautiful spot as well.

Happy WFW!
Beth

Runner Mom said...

Hey, LauraLee!
I love your new look and the new title--selah! Awesome! My place or selah is either on a high mountain top overlooking other mountain ranges or on a trail run where the sun is filtering through the morning mist between the trees. I've actually made my running buddies stop for this!! I simply told them it was a God moment. I had to pray on the run though! No stopping!

Hugs,
susan

Joan said...

Like the change. Interesting study of the word "Selah."
Looking forward to reading more.
Happy WFW!
Blessings

Joyfull said...

The new look is beautiful! Selah - I was just reading on the power of this little word the other day. The picture is gorgeous, I could easily picture myself there. Have a blessed WFW!

Amydeanne said...

i love this Laura!

(and I added your button to my links page today too!)

Tracy said...

Beautiful WFW! Love that word...Selah. Due to a recent surgery, I'm finding myself in the midst of such a time. It's been such a gift.

Thank you for sharing this beautiful WFW with us today.

Blessings,
Tracy

Sit-N-Chat said...

Your friend has a pretty picture. God's earth is full of His Glory. I want to be part of the praise that
He deserves. I enjoyed this post.

Jennifer B

Laurie Ann said...

Lovely all the way around, LauraLee! I look so forward to Selah'ing this weekend. I wish I had a wide-open space and a picture perfect place like the one you shared to spend that time in. Oh, to be propped up on a hill with my Bible, my iPod with praise songs, and just to have the beauty of the Lord's earth surrounding me.

Happy WFW, my friend.

Susan said...

Hey Laura Lee,

Oh how beautiful!! I love your new blog!

I just read your post below, and will be praying for you as you enter a new "season" in your life.

You are truly such MAJOR blessing to so many out here.

Thanks for letting your light and love for Jesus shine so brightly.

I'll continue to check in on you.

Don't feel like you have to come back to visit me, I totally understand.

Blessings to you and your family.

Peggy said...

"Selah" LauraLee...blessings...this is the perfect scene & verse for PAUSE, PONDER & PRAISE Him and so creatively chosen & done making this a PICTURE PERFECT PAUSE!

Your words fill my day with His Presence! I came when I heard that you were changing and I loved it as your header opened on Monday but today I LOVE be awakened even more to this sheer beauty & new look!

You truly DO fill & anoint this place with His Praises! I will try
the "SELAH" in each and every WORD that flows from scripture into my heart! Thank you for such inspiration!

Perhaps you were part of my decision that I too have come to but for different reasons and perhaps some of the same (that's what my lengthy post today is about) much like yours on Monday!
I have not gotten into Facebook, My Space, etc. for much the same reason...not to be on line 24/7, it can consume you. I wish I was one of your 10-12 blogs, but maybe when I see you at the WFW after EASTER
we can encourage & pour into each other more...(lol)

I totally understand...and I don't even have kids,or a paying job just dogs...and MEXICO!

I pray that you will enJOY your PAUSE!

LisaShaw said...

The image and words -- absolutely beautiful!!

Selah does mean more than pause..so much more.

I love it when you said, picture perfect fellowship with my Savior. Awesome.

Melanie said...

Beautiful! I agree with you... when I picture many verses in the Bible, a scene similar to this ones comes to mind. What a comfort!

Dee Yoder said...

I can also imagine a similar scene, Laura. What a restful place to be! Thinking of you today and praying God's perfect peace in any storm that may be brewing near you or your family. Love you! I know you'll be held close in His arms in the coming days.

lori said...

BEAUTIFUL...My Selah...hmmmmm...
I envision a scene much like that but on a farm with hills and trees and a lake...
Perfect peace...pause...hmmmmm....I'm looking forward to your devotions on this....

I'm ready to pause and ponder and praise!

lovin it!
love you!
lori

Kym said...

Beautiful! I like the new digs too. Blessings.

Rebecca said...

This is a peaceful resting place indeed. What a perfect Scripture to pair with the picture.

alihsee said...

A beautiful picture - it would be nice to ponder there! Blessings to you this week!

Peter Stone said...

Hi Laura,
Now you are reading my mind!
I love to wait on Jesus and meditate on His eternal love for me, and picture myself as His child, snuggled against Him, just as my children snuggle against me when we watch a movie together.

Patty Wysong said...

Wonderful Laura! I'm so glad we can be resting in Him without having to get to some physical place of peace like in Peter's picture! So wonderful!
Huggles!

a woman found said...

LauraLee I love your new look. I love the word Selah. And I'm definitely a fellow ponderer!!!

hugs my friend,
sheila

Alexis said...

Wonderful words! And what a great looking blog!! It's SO bright and cheery, anyone would have a hard time leaving with a frown. I know I'm not :)