When life interrupts and the noise seems so loud, there is a place where I go. It brings immediate calm to me. It promises peace every time…and delivers.
There, in that place…When I am in need, I am provided for. When I am confused or bewildered, I can find clarity and resolution. When I am worn, I am surrounded with love and grace.
I get to rest, without fail. I get to dwell in what I call holy rejuvenation. This place that is my perfect ah is in the presence of the Almighty, my Good Shepherd. The LORD.
In all that The Good Shepherd is and with all that He does, I am both assured and confident that I can make it through anything.
P.M. Reflections/Questions to Consider:
1) What does it mean to be shepherded by the LORD?
2) What does Psalm 23 mean to you personally? (Challenge: Revisit the psalm and write it out in your own love language. Pray and listen.)
“My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me.”
A Remembrance Journal Entry|June 2016
It is in this moment that I realize…
My first breath of the day is a gift. Whom shall I praise?
The moment before I open my eyes upon fully waking is a treasure. Whom shall I honor?
The quiet stillness that greets me at first light is a blessing. Whom shall I thank?
The unique experiences that have been set for my day are indeed purposed. Whom shall I trust?
The challenges, obstacles and problems of yesterday, yesteryear, and tomorrow can be easily surrendered and resolved. Whom shall I believe?
Every moment is another opportunity to taste and see the majesty and goodness of my LORD. Whom shall I revere?
The beautiful rhythm that my heart is beating is centered at a most excellent foundation – the Most High. Whom shall I love?
Scripture Reflection: Psalm 145
“…the Sabbath would help them remember they were free. Free to say ‘no.’ Free to rest. Free to no longer be controlled by that which they were previously mastered. Free to enjoy their relationship with Yahweh.”
Thoughts… (My Reflections & Considerations)
The lessons I have learned over the last few weeks have been so interesting. They seem to repeat themselves. Over and over again, I have been reminded to make God my top priority. I have been encouraged to rest. I have been instructed to draw nearer to the LORD. I have been urged to decline those things which add to my stress and that subtract from my peace. At the end of the day, it all points back to the Sabbath margin or Sabbath principle (if you prefer). Behind that, there is only God.
There are two main ideas that I seem to be brought back to every time I try to simplify and get to the meat of the matter…on life, on Sabbath, on making room for the LORD.
1) Quiet time with the LORD brings back focus to what should have been the focus all along. Daily quiet time-rest breaks are critical if one is to be spiritually nourished and fortified. These moments are great opportunities to praise, to glorify, and to bless the Most High.
2) Despite the type of captivity one finds himself in, freedom can still be found. It comes by way of saying no in order to say yes. One must choose to say no to the extra fluff and stuff of life (the things which we tend to think of as important or that the world tries to push us into accepting as important) and say yes to more God (more time with Him, more service and works as unto Him, and more study on the entirety of who He is and who we are in Him.
Words… (Scriptural References and Study Points)
Answer the following question in as much detail as possible. What did Paul say no to in order to say yes to God?
Actions… (Life Application)
Say no to what you must in order to say yes to God.