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  • Writer's picture~Kimberly Oden

Sometimes We Just Need to Build a Fort with God

I have a dear friend & mentor whom I love. She always seems to have a ready exhortation or encouragement on her lips. Most recently she said something that made me smile. I was sharing the various trials we are traversing & she said,

✨Well, Kimberly, sometimes we all just need to take a break & build a fort with God✨

It was so simple & childlike. A visual from my childhood surfaced of sheets hung over chairs & tables. Inside the little safe haven, I’d have some snacks & pretend that I was on some secret getaway 🤗

There are moments in life when we can take a sabbatical of sorts to build a fort with God, but what about the times when the clock keeps ticking & we physically or financially cannot get away?

This morning, as I began to read 2 Corinthians 8, I chuckled because it began with this:

“But thank God!”

Why the chuckle? Because yesterday our AC unit came to a screeching halt- I literally heard the high pitched squeal all the way in the house. We had just cooked something in the oven, so it was warm & becoming warmer by the minute.

I wanted to wail, “Aw, come on, now!” But a tiny voice whispered one thing:

Give thanks.

I didn’t really want to, but I did. I thanked God for anything & everything I could see in our home.

I thanked Him for the fans

I thanked Him for cold water

I thanked Him that it was almost dark so it would be cool soon

As I prayed, a song began to play in the kitchen titled, of all things, “I Thank God”.🎉

He picked me up,

He turned me around

Placed my feet on solid ground

I thank the Master,

I thank the Savior

Oh, I thank God

Isn’t God funny sometimes? The idea of building a stifling sheet-covered fort was the last thing I wanted, but in the moment of hard, He met me in my pretend tent of thanksgiving. He let a song begin to play that gave rhythm & words to my secret inside getaway with God.

Psalm 50 promises that giving thanks is a sacrifice that truly honors God! If we keep to His path, He promises to rescue us.💕

Building a fort with God might be a nap, a walk, an actual get away from home, but it can also be a “build a fort in my heart moment”, where we stick to His path simply by giving thanks.

I thank God!

Song of Solomon 1:1-4:16

2 Corinthians 8:16-24

Psalm 50:1-23

Proverbs 22:22-23



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