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Bless This House

Posted around lunch time by Jackina Stark

We’ve been spending quite a bit of time in Branson, Missouri, lately, watching the progress on the house we’re building on the acres my daughter Leanne and her husband so graciously offered us.

This bribe to get us down the hill from them is one we gladly accepted after we had mulled it over almost a year and after we envisioned life with our daughter, son-in-law and grandchildren up the hill and a field of cows and Taneycomo Lake behind us.

Saturday, while Leanne busied herself with one thing or another, and while the men put up fence and fed the cows, I went down to the house, which now has the framing done for the walk-out basement, ready for the main floor to be framed tomorrow.

I prayed over the house where we would probably spend the rest of our lives, and I wrote scriptures on the two x fours that would be supporting the floors of our bath/bedroom, entry, and study.

I began by writing one of Tony’s favorites: “And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God” (Micah 6:8).

Of course I had to write the sheep Audrey counts when she can not sleep. If you’ve read Tender Grace, you might recall the verses: ““Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you”; “I am with you always”; “I will fear no evil, for thou art with me” (KJV); “It is I; don’t be afraid.”

I wrote another passage I included in Tender Grace: “I am the resurrection and the life. Do you believe this.” “Yes, Lord. I believe.”

And I wrote a prayer I’ve taken from Jeremiah 33: 2-3. My dear friend Linda Campbell cross-stitched this passage on a pillow for me when I began to pursue novel writing. It sits on my desk, but it has become a prayer I offer almost daily, often several times a day. So I wrote where my study will be, “Teach me great and unsearchable things I do not know.”

I usually elaborate on it just a bit when I offer this prayer. “Teach me great and unsearchable things I do not know—about writing, about life, about your Word, and about you.” These things I want to know about are listed in emphatic order from important to most important.

I recommend these verses to you, for the Lord who formed the earth and established it has said, “Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know.”

What a great prayer! What might he show you if you only ask?