Posts Tagged ‘sanctuary’

When we’re asked a question, we can often give elaborate answers which really tell the questioner nothing. So for the following questions I’m looking for single word answers only :

 

  1. What’s your biggest regret?
  2. What do you want to change about you?
  3. Have you forgiven those who have hurt you in the past?
  4. Do you pray daily?
  5. Where is your sanctuary?

Whatever your answers, did you answer honestly or did you give the answers you think you should be giving?

If you didn’t answer honestly, can I suggest you try again, but this time be honest with yourself, because if you are, you might get an insight into the ares of your life you need to change.

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Are you looking for simple ways to encourage your heart and nourish your soul?

In the last while I’ve given you some ideas which will hopefully inspire you to implement them in your own life, and over the coming weeks I’ll share some others with you.

So here’s today’s suggestion:

Create an environment of peace

Your home should be a sanctuary of peace, somewhere where you feel safe and secure, and can just be yourself no matter how you feel on the inside. It should be a haven full of love, laughter, and the peace of God.

It should be a refuge from the rest of the world for you and your family but also a place of encouragement and hospitality to others. So make sure you decorate and organize your home in a way you like so that it’s true beauty touches all your senses, and emanates true love.

Let your home be your sanctuary.

 

home full of love and peace

In Monday’s blog post Safe Environment, I asked whether you had a safe environment, and yesterday in Sanctuary I told you about our sanctuary at Bellshill Salvation Army..

A sanctuary is a sacred or holy place and is one in which God is present. So as God protects and loves us, doesn’t it equate that a sanctuary is also a safe environment?

Is your “safe” environment also your sanctuary?

If your “safe” environment is one in which God does not exist, let God in, He can make your safe environment a sanctuary in which you can find peace in His presence.

I hope you are blessed by this beautiful song by Sydney Staff Songsters of the Salvation Army entitled In This Sanctuary:

Bellshill SA worship hall

 

What is a sanctuary?

Here is the dictionary definition of a sanctuary:

  1. a sacred or holy place.
  2. an especially holy place in a temple or church.
  3. the part of a church around the altar; the chancel.
  4. a church or other sacred place where fugitives were formerly entitled to immunity from arrest.

Since we moved into our new hall (Bellshill Salvation Army) at the beginning of April, I’ve heard it described by several people as a sanctuary

Bellshill SA worship hall

Can you see why?

The illuminated cross at the front of our new worship hall grabs your attention as soon as you enter the hall for the first time. Having sat in the congregation, rather than in my seat in the band, recently, I found my attention constantly drawn to the cross.

Some my question why we have no Salvation Army crest at the front of our hall, however, I for one prefer it as it is. We know what the building is, we know it’s a Salvation Army hall. However I think we must be constantly reminded of the cross, and what as Christians it stands for…after all if there hadn’t been a cross, and there wouldn’t have been a Salvation Army, and their wouldn’t have been a Bellshill Salvation Army hall to worship in!