And he will be a sanctuary; . . . –Isaiah 8:14, KJV
A sanctuary is a sacred place set apart for a holy purpose to commune with God in intimate fellowship. It is a place of worship to find rest for our souls (Matthew 11:28-29). Psalm 65:4 says, “We will be satisfied with the goodness of Thy house, Thy holy temple.” The Psalmist David prayed, “One thing I ask from the Lord, this only do I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to gaze on the beauty of the LORD and to seek him in his temple (Psalm 27:4). God calls each one of us to also seek the Lord, our Sanctuary, and strive to dwell in His holy presence. “Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and may find grace to help in our time of need” (Hebrews 4:16).
Father: Today I choose to praise you, not because I feel joyful, not because I feel victorious, not even because I feel warm and fuzzy all over. I choose to praise you because you are my Sanctuary, the righteous and holy God, and the place where I find rest, hope, mercy, grace, and an incredible display of love. May you be high and lifted up in my life! In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
BAKED PORK CHOPS
4-6 center cut thick pork chops
1-2 stalks celery, diced
4 ounces fresh or 1 small jar mushrooms, chopped
1 can cream of celery soup
1 can of cream of mushroom soup
½ cup milk
Spray a 9×13-inch baking dish and place pork chops on bottom. Mix all other ingredients in bowl and pour over top. Cover and bake at 350 degrees for 90 minutes; remove cover for last 15 minutes of cooking.