Carrying What You Treasure Most
By Kristen Terrette
“From there he went on toward the hills east of Bethel and pitched his tent, with Bethel on the west and Ai on the east. There he built an altar to the Lord and called on the name of the Lord.” Genesis 12:8
We can count the land, wherever we step, as holy ground—a sacred place to commune with God.
I’m the bag-lady wherever I go. Whether it’s to the beach, the mountains, a swim meet, or a football practice, whether in a plane or car, I’m the woman with a purse and a book bag, along with a cooler for my snacks. My husband pokes fun at how I always take up both cup holders with my drinks and have to sit crisscross because the floorboard is full of bags and books and hopefully a pair of shoes tucked somewhere in the heap.
But among the mass of items I always have my Bible, journal, and devotional book. I don’t leave, for even a day trip, without them. Whether I’m reading a page aloud in the car or searching Bible verses poolside at a swim meet, I’m always prepared to fit worship and prayer into my day. I’ve been doing this so long it’s become a habit.
It was a routine for Abram, later named Abraham, too. Nearly every stop on his journey, he erected an altar where he could worship the Lord. Now, God is everywhere, so Abraham could’ve worshipped Him without the altar, but he chose to sacrifice his time and mark a physical spot as holy ground.
I’d like to think that’s what I do in my car, when I sit on the porch of a vacation rental, or in a beach chair. Offering God praise and worship prepares me for the day. No matter where Abraham found himself or what he encountered, I’m sure he felt invigorated and strengthened after time spent with God in his sacred place of worship.
No matter where you go, find a time and place to dwell with Jesus. Call upon His name and see how He prepares you for what’s ahead.
Kristen Terretteholds a Master's degree in Theological Studies and served as a Children's Ministry Director for five years. She cherishes her Southern roots and currently lives 45 minutes outside of Atlanta, GA. She’s following her dream by writing Christian fiction during the day and being a wife and mom come early afternoon when the family starts to arrive home. She’s serves on the Wholly Loved Ministries team, serves at her local church on the women's leadership team and writes for Crosswalk.com. To see her blog and novels, check out her website at www.kristenterrette.com.
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