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Psalm 121: 7 – 8

The Lord will protect you from all evil; He will keep your soul. The Lord will guard your going out and your coming in from this time forth and forever.

There is more than one level of protection. When we speak of the Lord guarding and protecting us, we often think of the physical protection and security of our bodies and homes. Anyone who thinks that is absolutely correct and each of us should lean into that promise. In these days of such great stress and challenge, it is important to have safeguards for your soul as well. That is why I encourage you to limit your exposure to television news. It is impactful to the soul and spirit. It is easier on your inner being to get your news from print media because it engages the intellect without stimulating the spirit as much. None the less, I believe God will lead many of us to limit other sorts of media as well. This is all about God’s wisdom and His protection of us so inquire of Him and listen to Him in your spirit.

I was fortunate to get to have a vacation away from home recently. Our rules were, no social media, no work discussion, and no politics. Rather than feeling isolated or out of the loop, it was refreshing. A friend of mine just had the experience too. She had a busy week and simply did not have time for social media or internet browsing. She wrote to me saying how refreshing it was.

We need to cooperate with God in protecting our souls. It is very important that we do not allow other people to use our spirits and souls as their dumping grounds. I would rather spend time with God and let Him make deposits to my spirit and soul. He feeds and restores us. It is easy to get wrapped up in the news right now with so much going on. The news can dominate our minds and time so completely that we have less time for God instead of more.

I want you to hear from God for yourself. I am not the Holy Spirit so I can only tell you how he is leading me. I can only give you what I believe God is giving me. I believe He wants us to press into Him and spend more time with Him right now rather than less. I think a good course for myself, and maybe you too, is to have my time with Him before I turn on the TV, social media or other outlets. For my own protection and edification, I have stopped social media for now. I am journaling more and trying to spend more time quietly listening to the voice of the Lord. Today is Monday. It is a good time to go before the Lord and ask Him how to structure your day and week. Let’s both jump out at the beginning of the week to get our priorities set with a Word from God. You know, He will speak with you just as clearly as He speaks to anyone. And, one Word from God can not only change your day, but your whole life. Apply to Him today for His wisdom on protecting your soul. And, be blessed!

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