Too Fantastic for Words

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Psalm 23:6a says, “and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.”

What fabulous news! Praise God! We will live with Him forever!

Jesus assures us in John 14:2-3, “My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am.”

Scripture teaches that these ‘many rooms’ are places Jesus prepares just for us. I am certain they are beautiful. I have often thought that mine has a rocking chair, and it is a beautiful shade of purple.

You see, I have three babies who went ahead of me, and I plan to rock them there. As you probably already guessed, purple is my favorite color. I bet its hue is fabulous in heaven.

What about you? What will your heavenly home look like? Imagine it as you go throughout your day.

All of us who are believers in Christ will be dwelling in our Father’s house in rooms too fantastic for words. Are you ready?

And there you go!

What is Following You?

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Psalm 23:6a says, “Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life…”

Imagine someone following you around. Someone who causes you to feel unsure about things. Perhaps even a stalker.

Now, imagine goodness and mercy following you all the days of your life. For those of us who are followers of Christ, this verse in Psalm 23 teaches that surely both goodness and mercy are following after us.

Let’s take a look at both of these words.

Goodness can be defined as genuineness and moral excellence.

Mercy is compassion or forgiveness shown toward someone when it is within the giver’s power to punish or harm.

Now, I don’t know about you, but I am certain God’s goodness and mercy are following me around. His genuineness and forgiveness, rather than His punishment, are mine to enjoy. Aren’t you glad God does not pour out His wrath on us but rather His goodness and mercy?

And there you go!

Truth Restores the Soul

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Psalm 23:3a says, “He restores my soul…”

Recently, I went away alone for a few days of fasting and prayer. Sometimes I need cleansing of both the soul and body. In my business, it is easy to lose focus on God and His perspective on things. But in the quietness of only God and me, I hear Him speak to my soul.

This time, He showed me I should think on what is true. Only what is true. Not what I make up or worry will happen. But only what I know is true or real right now. This truth is restoring to my soul.

It is easy to think my understanding of things is true, but actually only God’s understanding is the only complete truth. And the truth of the matter is, He wants me and you to know His plan - His will for us. And when we think on the truth, really meditate on it by reading and memorizing God’s Word, then our soul is restored. Praise God for His peace. The peace that is both mine and yours.

And there you go!

A Thrill Ride

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Psalm 23:2b says, “He leads me beside the still waters.”

Yes, He leads me to the still waters, but sometimes I think the rapids look so fun and inviting. The excitement seems enticing, and it is thrilling for sure, but like all thrill rides, the new wears off and they become ordinary. I begin to want more thrills.

When that happens I have misunderstood this verse about still waters. It is life in Him that is continually thrilling and sustaining. If I sit with Him beside the still waters, my heart’s longing to know and love Him more will be filled. I will not need to be more and more entertained. He is better than life’s thrills. He is better than any entertainers I know. He has the Words of life. Where else could we go for this Truth alone!

He asks of us today, “Will you come with Me beside the still waters? I am the Living Water, and I will give you rest.”

And there you go!

Taking Time to Rest

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Psalm 23:2b says, “He makes me to lie down in green pastures".

When writing this, I am resting in quietness in a screened-in patio in Florida. Outside is green grass and plant life of all kinds. The grass is prickly, not soft and smooth as some sodded yards in Missouri or for that matter, on the golf courses in Florida.

But I still feel like I am relaxing. Lying down in calmness with my Shepherd to guide me as I rest tranquilly. Without one care in the world.

My mind needs rest, and yet I hurry a lot. Not thinking on what is true, honorable, just, pure, lovely, of good report or what is of virtue or praiseworthy (Philippians 4:8). Instead, I think on what is imperative and urgent. And God just wants me to lie down in green pastures and let Him have all my cares. Depending on Him and not worrying about what is coming next.

What a difference it would make to a lost and dying world if they just saw us resting and confidently trusting in our good Shepherd, no matter what!

Now I am not saying let’s get lazy and not work. But let’s slow down and see what God truly has for us today! We might be missing life in the green pasture if we don’t take the time to lie down, allowing the Lord provide for our every need.

And there you go!

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