Guided In Love

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, NIV)

The Lord is my shepherd. I will always have everything I need. He gives me green pastures to lie in. He leads me by calm pools of water. He restores my strength. He leads me on right paths to show that He is good. – (Psalm 23:1-3, ERV)

The Eternal is my shepherd, He cares for me always. He provides me rest in rich, green fields beside streams of refreshing water. He soothes my fears; He makes me whole again, steering me off worn, hard paths to roads where truth and righteousness echo His Name. – (Psalm 23:1-3, VOICE)

 

Yesterday was such an incredibly strange day. I felt a bit lost, and quite uncertain as to what I actually was meant to do. After beginning my day with God, I went to the grocery store with my “youngest” boy, and was thankful to find restocked shelves. Upon our return, I sat and pondered and prayed a bit, to determine what to do next. Following the lead of some of my school district colleagues, I constructed a message to my students and families, providing suggested activities and drawing prompts for the coming week, as well as conveying my care for their well-being. Upon completing some other household tasks, I determined to at least begin tackling my grading pile. Just as I completed the final class for the first project that needed grading, my best friend messaged me to go take a walk out in the sunshine. For me, this was exactly what my heart needed, as our walk took us down a steep staircase to the Puget Sound, where we took in the view and soaked up some sunshine, before embracing the challenge of tackling the stairs back up to the road. In Him, I do indeed, have everything I need. He is granting me rest and refreshing my soul. Walking near the waves, comforts me, as I am reminded of His power and strength. Despite what we see, He will lead us on the right path, and show us that He is good. May we ever remember that even in the most uncertain of times, God cares for us; always. He provides, calms, comforts, restores, and leads, demonstrating His unending goodness to all who seek Him.

 

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I choose seek Your face;

Lead me and guide me,

In Your loving grace.

Show me the planned paths,

That I’m meant to take;

Help me to love well,

Forgive my mistakes.

The comfort You give,

Help me to give too;

Rest and refreshment,

Grace that makes us new.

 

Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that You lead us beside still waters and bring us to spaces of comfort and rest. Thank You that You strengthen and restore us so that we can go forth and follow the path that You prepare for us to love others well. Forgive us for not embracing the rest You provide, or for not following where You lead. Teach us to trust You more, so that we would receive all that You offer and go wherever You call. Show us how to love those around us tangibly in ways that make Your heart known and Your provision shown. May many come into a lasting relationship with You. Be glorified O God, as we trust You, our shepherd, to lead and guide us each step of every day. Amen.

 

© Shannon Elizabeth Grabrick and Revelations in Writing, May 2011 – present

 

Truly my soul finds rest in God; my salvation comes from Him. – Psalm 62:1

Beside Still Waters

Lord, You are my Shepherd,

image by Trisha Wilkerson

image by Trisha Wilkerson

never shall I fear.

Nor shall I be in want,

as I know You’re near.

By the hand You guide me,

beside waters, still.

When my cup is empty,

You lovingly fill.

You guide me the right way,

the path in Your Name.

The place full of promise,

for all who proclaim.

Despite shadow walking,

through valleys of death,

no evil shall I fear –

for You will protect.

Oh Your rod and Your staff,

bring comfort to me,

for they guide and protect,

keep me close to Thee.

You prepare me a place,

despite ill intent.

You anoint me with oil,

abundance is sent.

Your goodness and Your love,

always by my side.

My hope is eternal,

in me You reside.

(Responding to Psalm 23)

Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that like David, we can cry out to You in complete honesty, and You will hear our cry.  Thank You that in You, the fear will fade away, as we find Your presence is our ever-present protection and place of peace.  Forgive us for allowing fear a foothold, and grant us courage and strength to completely depend on You.  Thank You that You lead us beside still waters, those sweet spaces of rest, even in the midst of the storms.  Teach us to cling to You, our Comforter and Conqueror, and help us to allow You to do the leading.  May we listen well to Your lead, and may many come to know You as a result of our obedience.  Amen.

© Shannon Elizabeth Moreno and Revelations in Writing, May 2011 – present