Psalm 23 Amplified Bible .

1 The Lord is my Shepherd [to feed, guide, and shield me], I shall not lack.

2 He makes me lie down in [fresh, tender] green pastures; He leads me beside the still and restful waters.

3 He refreshes and restores my life (my self); He leads me in the paths of righteousness [uprightness and right standing with Him—not for my earning it, but] for His name’s sake.

4 Yes, though I walk through the [deep, sunless] valley of the shadow of death, I will fear or dread no evil, for You are with me; Your rod [to protect] and Your staff [to guide], they comfort me.

5 You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with; my [brimming] cup runs over.

6 Surely or only goodness, mercy, and unfailing love shall follow me all the days of my life, and through the length of my days the house of the Lord [and His presence] shall be my dwelling place.

It’s so funny how one day God’s message to me is so clear and the next I am struggling to find words (or plan).  I was thinking about how I don’t know what to write about today which took me to a something I heard someone saying earlier about being in the church where you are supposed to be.  At the time I thought of how often I have felt sure that I am right where God has called me to be.  I don’t know why, I’m not making a great impact or doing a ‘mighty work’ but it’s always felt like home, like I belong and until the Lord tells me to move on I’m there.  

Other decisions and choices are not so easy.  During those times when I’m not sure what to do I find that there are two things that help me.  First I find a passage that ‘speaks’ to me such as Psalm 23, reminding me/us that “The Lord is our shepherd” and that He leads, guides and protects us even when we are in the presence of our enemies.  The second thing I do is I remind myself of what the last thingwas that I felt the Lord led me to do and decide if I am actually doing that.  If I haven’t done what the Lord showed me I have to decide to do it and go forward.  If I am doing the last thing the Lord showed me, I just keep doing it until He leads me to the next thing.

Doing these two things sounds pretty simple but it can be difficult.  If we aren’t doing that last thing there is usually (a good reason in our mind) that we haven’t done what the Lord told us to.  so we have to work through that.

If we are doing the last thing the Lord told us  we need to continue and that can be hard also because it takes faith and patience to continue especially if you aren’t seeing the results(fruit) of your work.

Don’t give up.  He never gives up on us.  Just keep trusting Him, following His direction and staying in the Word.  There’s always MORE to come.


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