THE LORD IS MY SHEPHERD

Good morning everyone. It has been awhile since I have written on my blog. Life sometimes gets hectic, but all is good with me and I hope it is with you also! Lately, my husband has been preaching a series of sermons on the Twenty-third Psalm. It has been so refreshing to reflect on the unconditional love and protection of my Shepherd, the Lord Jesus Christ.

Life is full of surprises, hard decisions, difficult relationships, health problems, family concerns, etc. You get the picture! I realize again today, that God directs us and guides us through those circumstances; just like the shepherd uses his rod to keep his sheep on track. Our job is to just follow Him! It is to our benefit not to resist His nudging because He knows where the green pastures are. He is leading us to still, quiet waters in order to restore our soul.

What does it mean to restore something? To restore an old car, one has to take it apart, examine which parts need to be replaced and which ones can just be polished up. That process is difficult and tedious, but oh so necessary in the restoring process. To leave even one old rusty part, would affect the whole restoration!

As I think about that, I am so grateful that God is “restoring” my soul! He is making me more and more like Jesus. He is polishing up my rusty traits. So many times, He does that by surrounding me with people who have the spiritual gifts that I need. I learn from my precious friends that have the gifts of mercy and serving. They inspire me in those areas.

Sometimes He needs to totally remove habits and traits that are keeping me from being like Jesus. That is a painful process, but oh the sweetness of resting in His green pastures and quiet waters afterwards!

The Psalmist says the “He” is the one that restores my soul. How awesome is that! I don’t have the ability to restore myself, but He does. It reminds me of a verse in Mark 1:17 when Jesus tells Simon and Andrew to follow Him, and He will make them fishers of me. Their job was to follow Jesus. His job was to make them fishers of men. It is my responsibility is to stay close to my Shepherd; to follow Him. Oh that I would stay close to Jesus and willing consent to all of His transformation in my life.

Reflect with me today on this glorious truth: The Lord is my shepherd! Follow Him today as He leads you to green pastures and quiet waters. Allow Him to restore your soul!

Blessings!

Julie

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AMAZING BIBLE VERSES TO CALM YOUR FEARS AND ANXIETIES

 

 

“…MORE PRECIOUS THAN GOLD…”        

   Scripture tells us in 1 Peter 1:6-7, “In this you greatly rejoice, even though now for a little while, if necessary you have been distressed by various trials, that the proof of your faith being more precious than gold which is perishable, even though tested by fire, may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ…”

 

Did you get that?  Our faith and the proof of our faith is MORE PRECIOUS THAN GOLD!  Gold is refined and purified by fire.   God uses trials and storms of life to purify us.   As a result of these trials and storms, our faith becomes MORE precious than gold.  This is not just an empty faith.   It is a faith in the living God, through the person of Jesus Christ.

There are so many wonderful Bible verses that gives us comfort and strength.  God alone is our refuge in times of trouble.

I hope you will draw strength, as I have, from these beautiful Bible verses describing God’s love, His strength, and His peace.

 

” …A FAITHFUL CREATOR…”

“Therefore, let those also who suffer according to the will of God

entrust their souls to a faithful Creator in doing what is right.”

1 Peter 4:19

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“DO NOT FEAR…”  

Isaiah 41:10 tells us,

“Do not fear, for I am with you;  Do not anxiously look about you, for I am your God.

I will strengthen you, surely I will help you,

Surely I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

“…I WILL NOT BE SHAKEN…” 

“I have set the LORD always before me;  because He is at my right hand I will not be shaken.”  Psalm 17:8

 

 

 

 

‘”..A STRONG TOWER…”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“…MY COVENANT OF PEACE WILL NOT BE SHAKEN…”

“For the mountains may be removed and the hills may shake, But My lovingkindness will not be removed from you,

And My covenant of peace will not be shaken,” says the LORD who has compassion on you.  Isaiah 54:10

 

 

 

 

 

 

“…THE LORD HIMSELF…”

“Now may the Lord of peace Himself give you peace at all times in every way.  The Lord be with you all.”    2 Thessalonians 3:16

I can’t think of a better verse to end with.  The Lord Jesus, Himself gives us peace.  He doesn’t send it by another person.  He doesn’t just flood us with an abstract emotion.  Peace is not a package we open up .  Jesus is the LORD of peace!  He is the very essence of peace.  He Himself gives us peace.  He comes down from Heaven and fills us with Himself.

Exodus 3: 7b-8 tells us, “…for I am aware of their sufferings,  So I have come down to deliver them from the power of the Egyptians…”

I love that imagery!  God told Moses, concerning the Israelites who were in bondage to Egypt, that He was aware of their sufferings.  Not only was He aware, He was “COMING DOWN” to deliver them.

Dear friends, our God sees our every trial.  He Himself COMES DOWN to care for us, to walk us through our trials, to give us courage and strength, to give us HIMSELF.

Until next time…    may the Lord of peace Himself give you peace at all times in every way.

Blessings,
Julie

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