Psalm 23-Satisfied

“…I shall not want.” – Psalm 23:1b NKJV

“Contentment should be the hallmark of the man or woman who has put his or her affairs in the hands of God. This especially applies in our affluent age. But the outstanding paradox is the intense fever of discontent among people who are ever speaking of security.”

– W. Phillip Keller, “A Shepherd Looks at Psalm 23”

“You have a God who hears, the power of love behind you, the Holy Spirit within you, and all of heaven ahead of you. If you have the Shepherd, you have grace for every sin, direction for every turn, a candle for every corner, and an anchor for every storm. You have everything you need.”

– Max Lucado, “Traveling Light”

Can you declare today that your heart is truly satisfied with God’s provisions? His care is complete…

Psalm 23-My Shepherd

“The Lord is my shepherd…” – Psalm 23:1a NKJV

“When David, who was a warrior, minstrel, and ambassador for God, searched for an illustration of God, he remembered his days as a shepherd. He remembered how he lavished attention on the sheep day and night…and the way he cared for them reminded him of the way God cares for us. David rejoiced to say, ‘The Lord is my shepherd,’ and in so doing he proudly implied, ‘I am his sheep.’”

– Max Lucado, “Traveling Light”

“‘The Lord is my shepherd’…implies a profound yet practical working relationship between a human being and his Maker. It links a lump of clay to divine destiny-it means a mere mortal becomes the cherished object of divine diligence.”

– W. Phillip Keller, “A Shepherd Looks at Psalm 23”

An Old-Fashioned Love of the Red, White and Blue

With an old-fashioned love of the red, white and blue,

Soldiers raise their right hand for the job they’re to do.

Then loved ones at home say goodbye with a sigh,

For they know that the price of the oath can be high.

The days can bring loneliness and far-away places,

Even fighting for peace in some dark unknown spaces.

 And if for freedom they give up their life,

We should forego the endless political strife;

And honor a love of the red, white and blue,

That went into the fire and proved to be true.

The Lord’s Day 5-28-17

But the salvation of the righteous is from the Lord; He is their strength in the time of trouble. And the Lord shall help them and deliver them from the wicked, and save them, because they trust in Him.” – Psalm 37:39-40 NKJV

From where do you draw your strength today? In Him there is help, deliverance, and salvation for those who trust in His mighty name. May you walk in that confidence today.

The Return of Mommy Guilt

Dear Moms,

Sunday was your day. There was honor and recognition; and as it should be, we celebrated you. By now though, it’s back to the work, worry, and wishing for more time in the day before collapsing on the couch or bed. And with the celebration over, that pesky thing called “mommy guilt” may be returning. Over the years in ministry, I’ve heard moms talk about various feelings of guilt associated with motherhood, and if that’s happening to you, please consider a few thoughts today:

  • There really is only one of you – Contrary to popular belief, there were no extra hours added to the clock when you brought your first “bundle of joy” home. The daily limit of 24 hours forces us all to make choices. The cyclical nature of a day is a creation of God, and is for our benefit. Make your decisions based on the right priorities before the Lord, then choose not to worry over the rest. Once you do, don’t let circumstances or people cause you to second-guess your choices.
  • Don’t give up on discipline – Being consistent with discipline can cause all kinds of anxiety. The fear of being the “mean parent”, or the threat of the “silent treatment” from a teen can bring a strong temptation to give in. And yes, the same kid that gave you a sweet card on Sunday, can also be the one defying you today. Proper discipline is born from a heart of love. The Bible teaches that the Lord corrects us because He loves us, and wants the best for us (Proverbs 3:12). Please don’t give in, (they really will be better off for it).
  • Leave the results to the Lord – There is a natural inclination to feel responsible for the “end-result” of our parenting choices; but the truth is, we’re responsible for the parenting, not the end-result. Our job is to teach, model, and reinforce the truth. There is a point where our children must own their faith, and own their choices. Our culture doesn’t teach personal responsibility anymore, but those of us in the family of God must because it’s a biblical principle. Yes, continue to love your kids and invest in them, but trust the Lord and leave the results to Him.

Moms, thank you for holding our families, our churches and our society together. You’re often the unsung hero behind many personal stories. Please don’t let guilt rob you of joy today, and please keep doing what you’re doing!

Furnished

The Lord’s plans and provision for us often include people we may not know. For example, consider the moment when Jesus gave instructions about the Passover:

“Go into the city, and a man will meet you…then he will show you a large upper room, furnished and prepared; there make ready.” Mark 14:13-15 NKJV

Obviously, Jesus had arranged for the room, but the disciples had no idea. The Bible gives no information on the mystery man who met them, but the special Passover now called “The Last Supper”, involved a central, anonymous figure. How many times is that the case with us?

The passage starts with the disciples wondering why there hadn’t been any discussion and plans regarding Passover. However, Jesus was making plans the whole time, but they just didn’t know it. In our life, the solution to things we’re praying for may involve people we don’t know, or places we’ve never been; but He knows them, and He’s been there already. “He will show you a large upper room furnished and prepared…”

Wisdom 23.17

“Don’t let your heart envy sinners; instead always fear the LORD. For then you will have a future, and your hope will never fade.” – Proverbs 23:17-18 HCSB

There’s a variety of old sayings about “the grass looking greener on the others side” because the eye constantly looking for “greener pasture” never finds satisfaction. Sin promises everything, but ultimately only delivers regret.

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