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INTIMACY WITH GOD and "The Secret Place" (Psalm 91:1)

Please visit - "The Secret Place"

 "He who dwells in 'the secret place' of The Most High shall abide under the shadow of The Almighty" Psalm 91:1 NKJV

What does it mean to daydream about God ... to think of Him day and night ... to indulge in His Presence constantly ... to experience in reality God's love, His character and faithfulness; in what you thought was  just in your imagination?

Welcome to The Secret Place

The Secret Place is a place of abiding in the presence of God.  It is where we intentionally seek Him morning and night to commune with our Father in heaven for the purpose of knowing Him intimately.  For women it is the essence of experiencing true romance from God -- to be loved by Him exclusively.

The purpose of The Secret Place is to empower women of faith with the love of God through biblical mentoring using the standard and authority of the Word of God.  It is for women who desire an intimate relationship with the Lord through worship, the study of His Word and abiding in the The Secret Place (Psalm 91:1 NKJV).  It is shifting from a mediocre existence as a believer into a deepened and dynamic life as the Bride of Christ. 

•-        to mentor: to serve as a wise and trusted teacher or counselor    

Relationship, Women & Worship

 When God created Adam and Eve His greatest joy was fellowship with Him.  This meant living daily through intimate fellowship with the Father.  But when Satan brought sin into the world, this relationship was broken. 

Jesus Christ came to restore mankind to an intimate relationship with the Father through the Holy Spirit who now resides within us.  It seems this relationship should automatically make us feel close to God but what I have found, as in all relationships, is that it takes time, desire and commitment.  I learned my relationship with God has to be one which requires me to pursue His heart completely. 

As women we desire love more than any other thing in the world.  He created women unique and yes, as delicate individuals to love and to be loved.  A woman is gift wrapped with both inner and outer beauty, intricately made to be gentle and kind, smart and sensible, caring and industrious, wise and faithful.

 "A woman's heart should be so lost in God that a man needs to seek Him in order to find her."  Barbara Ries

It is God's desire that His daughters grasp His love and develop a life of confidence in Him as a result.  It is not His desire that women enter into abusive relationships, endure poverty and lack or miss out on the benefits that a life of freedom in Christ will bring.  He wants women to shift from victim mentality and powerlessness to victory and prosperity as they learn to abide in Him.

Quite simply this comes through studying His Word and an intense longing to be romanced by God.  It also comes by the expression of worship.  As created beings we were made for worship.  It's a song, a yielded life and an indescribable feeling of intimacy we find in The Secret Place.  As you begin to hear His heartbeat your life will become yielded to Christ Jesus with an uncompromised desire to pursue and to please Him. 

Faith - Love - Obedience

  - Mentoring - aka, spiritual mothering

Women long for a mother -- one given to love them unconditionally.  Many women lack this person and consequently are left to breeze through life alone. Spiritual mothers stand in the gap to teach and mentor the younger women through stages and seasons of their life.  Through mentoring women learn biblical truth and life principles based on faith, love and obedience with the goal of living a pure and holy life before God. 

Having a spiritual mother in your life will both bless and prosper your love walk with Him.  I am often asked, "How do I know God's love and yet not feel it?"  Well, the answer is simple.  Some of us have to be taught how to recognize God's love and then how to receive it.  It starts out with ‘self' but always ends with God. 

Being mentored will teach you to draw near to God.  It is not a complicated or analytical way of thinking. It's not a 10-step program nor does it require a college degree.  It can't be earned, bought or wished into our lives and it's nothing magical. God opens the door to everyone in relationship with Him to enter The Secret Place.

GBY!  Barbara :) 


- This biog is an extension of HOPE Ministry and "The Secret Place" -- if it has sown a blessing into your life please consider sowing back into the ministry at the website link below:

www.hope2007.org

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Comment balloon 14 commentsBARBARA RIES • May 17 2008 07:17PM

Comments

Thank you for this post...truly a blessing.  What a wonderful way to share with this community.

Again, many thanks  & you've been bookmarked!

Yvette Smith

Williamsburg's Preferred Realtor®

Posted by Yvette Smith, Realtor In Williamsburg VA, Homes for Sale (LONG & FOSTER) over 10 years ago

thank you, that touced my heart.

Posted by Visions Home Staging, Furnishings & Design, We See Your Homes Potiential (Visions Home Staging, Furnishings & Design ) over 10 years ago

Thank you Yvette and God bless you.  Barbara Ries/Lancaster, PA.

Posted by BARBARA RIES, Your Cool Agent in the Coolest Small Town, Lititz! (Berkshire Hathaway Homeservices Homesale Realty) over 10 years ago

God bless you Amber and thank you. Barbara Ries/Lancaster, PA.

Posted by BARBARA RIES, Your Cool Agent in the Coolest Small Town, Lititz! (Berkshire Hathaway Homeservices Homesale Realty) over 10 years ago

Barbara, It sounds to me as if the Lord is using you in a powerful way. God bless You

Posted by Hugh Krone, Realtor, Sussex County NJ (Weichert Referral Associates) over 10 years ago

Thank you Hugh and yes, the Lord set me out in ministry in 2004 for His plans and purposes to be accomplished.  I am grateful to The Father for every breath I take.  He is my all in all. God bless you.  Barbara Ries/Lancaster,PA.

Posted by BARBARA RIES, Your Cool Agent in the Coolest Small Town, Lititz! (Berkshire Hathaway Homeservices Homesale Realty) over 10 years ago

Hey Barbara,  great first blog.  You're right on track.  May the Lord continue to bless you.

I was so blessed to talk with you this morning.  Look forward to connecting again soon. In the mean time stop by my prayer network.

Ced

Posted by Cedric (Ced) Reynolds, (909) 263-4569 over 10 years ago

Thank you Ced -- many blessings to you.

Posted by BARBARA RIES, Your Cool Agent in the Coolest Small Town, Lititz! (Berkshire Hathaway Homeservices Homesale Realty) over 10 years ago

Great post Barbara!  Thank you for being obedient to your call.  Keep pressing towards the mark.  God Bless. - Bill

Posted by na na over 10 years ago

This is a wonderful blog and group idea.  Thanks for sharing and may God pour out blessing on you and all others who are blessed to read it!

Posted by Chuck Carstensen, Minnesota Real Estate Expert (RE/MAX Results) over 10 years ago

Hi Bill and thanks for the encouragement! I appreciate your visit and your post.  Barbara

Posted by BARBARA RIES, Your Cool Agent in the Coolest Small Town, Lititz! (Berkshire Hathaway Homeservices Homesale Realty) over 10 years ago

Hi Chuck:  Thanks for your post!  I receive those blessings with arms open wide! Barbara :)

Posted by BARBARA RIES, Your Cool Agent in the Coolest Small Town, Lititz! (Berkshire Hathaway Homeservices Homesale Realty) over 10 years ago

I really feel the need to find peace in my life.  I feel like I need to run to a quite place and cry at times.  I wear so many hats and everyone wants my time.  I start my day with quite time with God, but after that I feel tired of it all.  Your idea is wonderful

Thanks  kathy

Posted by Kathy Honeycutt, Realtor/ Neighborhood Specialist (Carolina Moon Realty LLC) over 10 years ago

Hi Kathy:  I completely understand.  We do wear many hats.  I found that when I intentionally sought out God by drawing near to Him in "The Secret Place" I found rest in the midst of the tears. 

 Your 'secret place' can be  your prayer closet, or a bedroom -- anywhere you close yourself off from the world to be alone with God. Be encouraged Kathy, He is there waiting for you.  At the end of your day if you can take some time get quiet before the Lord, (perhaps after your kids are in bed, if that applies) or as a single woman I like to put my headphones on with worship music.  You can read this blog "Addicted To Love" where I share how my day ends. 

If you want to learn more please visit this link and read my testimony.  Kathy, you are the apple of God's eye, His treasured possession and He loves you beyond measure.  Allow yourself the pleasure of His company and He will in return fill you with peace when you wait upon Him.

God bless you!  Barbara :)

www.hope2007.org

 

Posted by BARBARA RIES, Your Cool Agent in the Coolest Small Town, Lititz! (Berkshire Hathaway Homeservices Homesale Realty) over 10 years ago

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