He Refreshes My Soul

The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing.
    He makes me lie down in green pastures,
He leads me beside quiet waters,
     He refreshes my soul.
He guides me along the right paths
    for His name’s sake.

—Psalm 23:1-3

 

 

The Lord is the one who truly takes care of us.

 

He is the one that can calm us as we lie down to rest.

The quiet waters that give physical and spiritual renewal are His gift to us.

The Lord refreshes us from the weariness draped upon us.

He guides us to the paths that He knows are best.

 

The Lord is the one who truly takes care of us.

 

 

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Restore Us

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It has surely happened to you before.

Working at the computer, things just go from bad to worse.

Frustration builds as the attempts to fix a problem fail, one by one.

Finally, with all other options exhausted, the decision is made.

Start over.

Click on the “restore” button.

Things go back to the beginning, before the difficulties and mistakes began.

The restore button could be affectionately called the, “start over” or “second chance” button.

We are in need of spiritual restoration.

Without God, things have gone from bad to worse.

Our frustration has increased as our attempts to fix all our problems have failed, one by one.

At some point, with all other options exhausted, we may make the best decision we have ever made.

Start over.

This time, with God in charge.

This time, trusting Jesus as our Savior.

This time, allowing Him to handle our life situations.

This time, we are restored, AND forgiven.

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Restore us, O God;
    make your face shine on us,
    that we may be saved.

—Psalm 80:3

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For Everything

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I know people who are terribly frightened by frogs.

Not necessarily the poison ones, just regular frogs that hop around harmlessly and make croaking sounds at night.

Also, I have personally witnessed people becoming really upset when they see a roach.

There are others who are afraid of mice, spiders or snakes.

So, what about me?

Bees and wasps……

I am only afraid of them if they start coming around me in an aggressive sort of way.

I am fine with them sitting on a flower or buzzing by a bush.

Even though I am afraid of them, I realize their beauty.

Dragonflies don’t bother me at all.

That’s a good thing, because there are a great many populating the skies where I live.

I think they are beautiful, as well.

In the book of 1 Timothy, chapter 4, we find this statement:

“For everything God created is good, and nothing is to be rejected if it is received with thanksgiving, because it is consecrated by the word of God and prayer.”

This statement, in context, is about certain foods that were available and the abstaining of them by some people.

When I think about the first part of the scripture, though, I feel it applies to all God’s creation—everything God created is good.

When all things are restored and sin is no more, there will be not be fear of anything God has made.

Not frogs.

Not roaches.

Not mice.

Not spiders.

Not snakes.

Not even bees, wasps or dragonflies.

We will marvel and wonder at the beauty of everything that God has created, knowing that they are good.

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The Spirit clearly says that in later times some will abandon the faith and follow deceiving spirits and things taught by demons. Such teachings come through hypocritical liars, whose consciences have been seared as with a hot iron. They forbid people to marry and order them to abstain from certain foods, which God created to be received with thanksgiving by those who believe and who know the truth. For everything God created is good, and nothing is to be rejected if it is received with thanksgiving,  because it is consecrated by the word of God and prayer.

 If you point these things out to the brothers and sisters, you will be a good minister of Christ Jesus, nourished on the truths of the faith and of the good teaching that you have followed.

—1 Timothy 4:1-6

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