Psalm 23:1-3 (NIV)
A psalm of David.
1 The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing.
2 He makes me lie down in green pastures,
he leads me beside quiet waters,
3 he refreshes my soul.
He guides me along the right paths
for his name’s sake.
MAKE THE DECISION ~
Allow your soul find rest in God alone
So many things change in our lives and we are left with thoughts. Thoughts that grow us or hinder us from pressing forward in life. There are times when I see an empty bench, I often sit down and just think. Looking around to see the sky, hearing the birds and resting. The scripture above states that he makes us lay down and restores my soul.
I was talking to a young mom and she connected my life to a young boy who went to heaven 3 years ago. He is my granddaughter's friend from preschool. A heart breaking story of a bad car accident. We are talking about two tiny people who are together now in Heaven. The wonder of life and death, plus the timing of God. So many unanswered questions and tears just pour. Yet, somehow we must know that God has a timing for each of us. It is the now, of moving forward that is hard.
I often think of the wooden bench outside my mom's assistant living place. She would sit there and wait for me to pick her up for an appointment, lunch or just sometime together. I sometimes drive by that street, just to see the bench. Memories come back and my mind is reminded of how she rest in Heaven. It is there that God can refresh my soul just knowing that she isn't in pain anymore and life moves forward for me.
Verse 3 above ~ God refreshes my soul. He guides me along the right paths in his name's sake.
I had thought Psalm 23 was only for a funeral and for the person who died. I didn't realize the depth of it's content. It is amazing and gives so much knowledge to rest in God. Let us remind ourselves that there is a season for all things too. When we are missing someone on earth, our soul sometimes searches for whys of it. Yet, the why of it belongs to God. I say that with tears in my eyes because it's not only the missing the one person but there are many people we miss in our lives. We will walk through dark times, but we know who is with us ~ GOD. I have found that not everyone understands our grieving process.
PSALM 23:4-6 (NIV)
Even when I walk
through the darkest valley,
I will not be afraid,
for you are close beside me.
Your rod and your staff
protect and comfort me.
5 You prepare a feast for me
in the presence of my enemies.
You honor me by anointing my head with oil.
My cup overflows with blessings.
6 Surely your goodness and unfailing love will pursue me
all the days of my life,
and I will live in the house of the Lord
MAKE A DECISION ~
TAKE CARE OF YOU
When I made the decision to follow God, I do my best to trust in all things. I am human and I need to remind myself to trust the lord with ALL my heart. It is a daily decision to keep my mind stayed on God and know that his plan words out. I may not always agree or understanding, but I trust God. When you trust someone, there is peace.
Verse 5 above speaks of blessings. Let us count all the blessings in our lives while taking a deep breathe of change. Some of us will face great things today and some will face hard things. Make a decision to take care of you. It is sometimes the hard things that grow us.
God connects lives for a purpose and I'm glad that you have chosen to read my blog. I do care and I do pray daily for the readers of my blog, your family and friends.