Family Church


By Fiona Dougan

“He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall remain stable and fixed under the shadow of the Almighty…” Psalm 91:1

The secret place! It’s a place that we have access to! Although we were once far away, through the blood of Jesus we have been brought near (Eph 2:13). God has broken down and completely abolished the hostile dividing wall that separated us from Him (Eph 2:14). It’s gone! There is no longer a place of separation. 

Not only does God want us to access the secret place but He also wants us to dwell thereYou see, only sons and daughters can dwell. As we currently adjust to a “new normal”, there is an invitation to dwell with Him. To rest deeply in His love, to permanently abide there. 

I love the story of Martha and Mary, you may be familiar with it! We hear about them in Luke Chapter 10. Martha and Mary were two sisters who welcomed Jesus into their home, as He travelled with His disciples. Martha was the older sister who opened the door for Jesus, she received Him into their home and yet she forgot to dwell with Him when he was there. She became overly occupied with the things that needed to be done and was distracted. These things were not bad! She was actually preparing a massive dinner for her guests to enjoy. But she forgot to take a moment to dwell with the one she had invited.

“And she had a sister named Mary, who seated herself at the Lord’s feet and was listening to His teaching.” (Luke 10:39)

Mary on the other hand recognised the opportunity to sit with Jesus and hear directly from Him. She chose to position herself in His presence, she chose to sit, she chose to dwell. Mary listened to His words and His words remained in her.

I pray that during this time, you will find moments to dwell with your father and listen to His words. There is life that He is speaking over you, lean in and listen. In His presence we can be restored, in His presence we can find a rest.

“Then, by constantly using your faith, the life of Christ will be released deep inside you, and the resting place of his love will become the very source and root of your life.” (Ephesians 3:17 TPT)

God is calling us to rest deeply in who He is! Fasten yourself securely in His love and rest in who your Father is. Believing that as we intentionally stay close to God and learn how to dwell with him, our lives will bear more richer and more excellent fruit.

With love,


Fiona is part of the Family Church Guildford team and leads the student ministry (Established Guildford) which celebrates every person to be ‘Called to community to be loved and to love’.

8th April 2020