Basement Living

Monday, October 6, 2014
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Our farmhouse basement had a dirt floor and stone walls. I never thought of it as a cosy spot, and I spent as little time there as possible. It was great for cold storage of vegetables, canned fruit, and homemade pickles, but, trust me, I never wanted to actually make them down there.

Still, basements are sometimes useful. Some people do their wash down there, or build apartments in them, or create playrooms for the kids, but I hope that we all yearn for ground level and sunshine.

When we worship our own man-made gods, we are living in the basement. Don't tell me that you don't have any, because we all do. Our gods are anything that we put before the true, living Lord.

Basement living is the pits. Our God does not live there.

Psalm 115:3-8 – Our God is in heaven doing whatever he wants to do. Their gods are metal and wood, handmade in a basement shop: carved mouths that can't talk, painted eyes that can't see, tin ears that can't hear, molded noses that can't smell, hands that can't grasp, feet that can't walk or run, throats that never utter a sound. Those who make them have become just like them, have become just like the gods they trust. (MSG)

I invite you to come out into the Sonshine … by setting aside that which is not Him.

Prayer: Lord, we all coddle something or someone that is not You. Point it out to us, direct us into the Sonshine, and make us willing to go there. In Jesus' name, we pray. Amen.

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Sandycove Acres, Innisfil, Ontario, Canada

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  • PresbyCan Feedback says:


    Thanks for sharing Brenda.

    Good morning Brenda! This is a good read. Thanks for sharing.

    That was food for thought Sharon. Thanks for sharing. Blessings on your day today!

    Great advice, Brenda! I’m enjoying reading your devotionals again – hope you keep writing.


    God does use the “basements” places to reach down and give us a way back to Him. He also sends people into basements to help us out. Yes not a desirable place to be but thankfully a place that Jesus came for as a man.

    If a lot of us would take an inventory, I think we’d be surprised how many man-made gods we idol.
    Good thought for the day.
    Blessings in Christ.

    we had the same kind of basement and not only preserves lived down there, I always was a bit nervous about going down to get some jam but in the end it was worth the risk. You know, mice and other crawly things made their homes there, and how I detested the cobwebs. I definitely would not choose to live in our old basement, so I will always opt for the Son shine.
    Bless you my friend.

    Dear Brenda – Thanks for writing this. It made me do some research. I was just telling a friend of mine that while in the process of reading the Bible through, it amazed me how the Israelites insisted on making idols on the mountains; then, God then called them out on it: Deuteronomy 4:28 – And there you will serve gods, the work of man’s hands, wood and stone, which neither see nor hear nor eat nor smell. (NASB)

    Dear Brenda,
    My basement is appreciated by overnight guests. It can be bright in the daytime, or we can shut out the light for a sound sleep. And it is quiet down there.
    My grandparents had a basement like the one you describe. And it was not pleasant — not a spot to remind a person of the sunshine of our Lord’s love. My back doorstep is on the sunny side of the house and I bask in two kinds of Sunlight there while hanging wet laundry and removing the dry.
    Thank you for reminding us of the Lord who gave us HIs sunshine. I pray that he’ll keep us in it all of our days — even the cloudy ones.

    AMEN! Brenda;
    Thanks for writing to us.
    Here is a basement story for you. Recently, there was a work bee at my house to un-junk the basement. It was like the wind of The HOLY Spirit blew through and moved many years worth of clutter. A huge burden just melted from my shoulders.
    I am learning that at the time I need something, The LORD will provide and give me wisdom to see His supply. I do not have to save things in case “sometime” I might need them. Things held because of little trust in my Ever-Present, All-Powerful, All-Knowing Loving God get forgotten and become junk.
    I concluded, Jesus Saves, I live with His easy yoke and light burden.

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