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Day 8 He Restores Me

 

Good Morning! Happy Monday!

I hope you had a great weekend! This morning, I got woke up a little slower than usual, but got my coffee and opened up to Psalms.

 

I would love to submit this- Please don't skim over Psalms 23. I love the absolute certainty that David is declaring here. His prayer is not based on a feeling or a good situation, it's purely based on what David knows as truth.

{Spiritual 5:}

 Let's unpack Psalm 23 and see what he is saying: 

The Lord is my shepherd; I lack nothing. (Psalm 23:1): The Father, He is my Caretaker, my Shepherd, my Overseer, my Guidance Counselor, my Sustainer, my Provider, my Best Friend,  and Giver of all things. With God comes fullness. There is no lack. 

He makes me lie down in green pastures.
He leads me beside still waters. (Psalm 23:2-3): 
He helps me to be still in His presence so that He can bring peace and restore my soul. The Lord provides strength for my weary heart and enables me to keep going.

He restores my soul.
He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake. (Psalm 23:4):
When nothing and no one else satisfies, when I feel the weight of life overcome me, He refreshes me and restores my soul. The Lord has given me the necessary tools to live a life that glorifies Him. I have His Word and the Holy Spirit who is my teacher and guide. The peace of my soul is connected to all that God already is. 

Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
    I will fear no evil,
for you are with me; (Psalm 23:4
:The Lord is near to me in my lowest times . Even though I may walk through dark times, I trust that God is with me even there. It is in those times where I press into Him, spending more time in His presence, letting Him love on me. When I am close to him, all the worldly cares fall off my shoulders. 

Your rod and your staff,
    they comfort me. (Psalm 23: 4b)The Lord’s banner is over my life brings protection and comfort. As long as I am walking in the ways of the Lord, his authority and protection abide with me. 

You prepare a table before me
    in the presence of my enemies; (Psalm 23:5a): When my enemies are against, God is right there beside me.  But if I feast/chew on His word, and learn to be still in His presence, it makes walking through those times much easier. Feasting on His word fills me up!

You anoint my head with oil; (Psalm 23:5b)The Lord anoints me and sets me apart for service to Him. I was reminded of Jesus and how he was anointed for burial. When I gave my life to Christ, I became dead to my old nature, and alive again in Him. My old nature has been buried with Christ, and my new nature has been made alive by the anointing and power of Jesus Christ. 

My cup overflows. (Psalm 23:5c): Knowing that if I were to lose everything and only left with the Father's goodness and love, that is more than enough for me.

Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me
    all the days of my life, (Psalm 23:6a): When my heart is tethered to the Father's heart, nothing can separate me from HIs love.

My hope is in You only, my heart is Yours. 

Grateful 5: COMPLETED! 

Song: Your Glory/ Nothing But the Blood- All Sons and Daughters

{Fitness 5}

 Here's my 20 minute living room workout: Repeat x3 

  • 15 jump squats
  • 5 pushups
  • 25 high knees
  • 10 burpees
  • 15 lunges
  • 5 pushups
  • 25 jump squats
  • 1 minute wall sit

 

DONE!

How does Psalm 23 speak to you? 

Many Blessings, 

Brit

'Makin Jesus Famous'

Romans 1:16 


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4 comments

  • Our opinion of ourselves is much lower than the level of our talents. In giving this statement, God led me to 1 Kings 18. God sent Elijah to King Ahab. There was a terrible drought due to the king and nation worshipping Baal. King Ahab had been searching for Elijah to have him pray for rain and end the drought. Wherever the king went, when he learned that Elijah was nowhere to be found, King Ahab would kill the messenger, so to speak!
    Obediah was over the palace of King Ahab so the king and Obediah worked together in an effort to find grass land for the king’s horses and mules since all the livestock were dying as a result of the drought. They divided the land into two sections, the king searching one area and Obediah searching the other. As Obediah went his way, he saw up ahead, none other than Elijah! When Elijah greeted him, he asked Obediah to go tell the king Elijah was there. This struck fear in Obediah because he was very well aware of the king’s history of killing those who were unable to locate Elijah. Obediah, after a great deal of reassuring, went to King Ahab and brought him to Elijah.
    Obadiah’s knowledge of King Ahab’s actions in the past greatly affected his opinion of his own ability to lead his king and nation into freedom from the drought that had been placed upon them due to their own disobedience. Once Obediah acted in obedience, he brought King Ahab into it position where God could reveal himself to him and the prophets of Baal and Asherah. As a result the king and the people believed God was and is the one true God.
    You and I have the same power the Prophet Elijah had in 1 Kings 18. Elijah is considered one of the greatest prophets even today and yet you and I have the same power and authority, we simply don’t realize that our opinions of ourselves prevent us from acting on the level of talent that we already possess. Just as God used fire and brimstone in the Old Testament He uses our lives today to show the world, our family, our coworkers, our friends and our neighbors, His power and the fact that He alone is God.

    Rebecca Hicks

  • I love the comfort of this passage- the gentle leading of the Shepherd who promises to meet all our needs!

    Day 8 done! Thanks, 30 minute HIIT workout, and praise music with my boys!

    Rachel

  • If we keep our focus on Him we can find comfort even in the toughest days. I forget to do this sometimes.

    Debbie Maples

  • I am loving this challenge! Even thought this is my first post to you this year; I have Kristen Schmucker’s series to read the Bible in a year. So we are starting from the beginning in Genesis about Redemption. This also came with a journal to write in. Finding my 5 thankfulness each day can be hard to write down without feeling materialistic or selfish. But working in the journal will be great to see the growth at the end of this journey. Spin class and Pilates are my go to workouts on 3 out of the 5 days so far. I will continue to work on the accountability of working out…. Thank you again Brit for encouraging and reminding us how wonderful it is when we find the time to listen to His word each day. Blessings to all, this new and glorious week.

    Courtney

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