Monday: “The Lord is MY Shepherd” Psalm 23:1To me, that meant the Lord was at work for me. He knows me like no other and therefore knows exactly what I need for my child’s welfare, my job, my personal health. Every Monday in my planner, I would write The Lord is My Shepherd. He’s out there bringing in just the right client, the right mate, the perfect experience for that day and every day. My business flourishes because God has been so good as to usher wonderful people to my door where it becomes my job to minister to their financial needs. What a Partner I have—and so do you.
The Lord will provide for me. He feeds me and quiets my anxiety. He looks ahead and prepares the way. I have seen God’s supply coming to me daily. Always in the nick of time, when credit can only be given to God, my human need is met. What a perfect God, with His perfect timing and the perfect solution. I shall not want. Believe it—He has promised it.
Oh, did I need that promise that miserable day on Interstate 5, as well as today. The example that created the clearest picture for me is that of the tending shepherd. When the sheep would lie down in the damp grass, their thick wool would be so wet and heavy they would be unable to stand up again on their own. The shepherd would literally grab them by the wool on their back and gently lift them onto their feet. Can you relate as I did? The shepherd repeatedly lifted my heart out of the darkness and showed me new opportunities and new beginnings. He restored my soul.
The paths of righteousness were not necessarily my walkway at that time. We often look for love in all the wrong places, yet every Thursday for weeks on end I was reminded that I had a leader who
wanted to set me on the path of righteousness for HIS name’s sake.
The imagery of the staff of the shepherd demonstrates how God is truly there daily to protect me from the predators of lust, greed, fear, and vanity. Yet the staff is also used to prod, to keep me going and moving on with life. At first, depression and introspection were immobilizing. But then I was prodded to call a friend, read the Bible, volunteer, or play tennis with my son Greg. Such shepherding lifted my fear of failure, bankruptcy, and life without a soul mate. The Lord protected me. God’s protective rod and staff got me off my duff and moving in the right direction.
Saturday: “The Lord Will Heal Me” Psalm 23:5Physically, mentally and emotionally, God wants us to surrender our wounds and emotional sores. When the healing involves God, the results include miracles. The dark valley of depression holds the enemy of our soul. Each day I would visualize Him anointing me with the most precious oils of His love, prodding me with his staff, holding my right hand and drawing me out of the shadows of anger and fear to the comforting still waters and beautiful green pastures. He will mend my broken heart.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life. God is relentless. My life is full of miracles, little ones and big ones, because He never gave up on me. When problems present themselves, as they continue to do, I am moved to start looking for the Shepherd’s way.
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Devotion by Judy Garcia
"The Lord is my Shepherd, I shall not want."
Do You Know the Shepherd?
What do you do when hardships arrive,
When your world turns upside down?
Do you put on the mask that all is well
Or brave the tempest alone?
Do you face in silence those difficult times
Not wishing to complain?
Do you welcome support from those who care -
Or stand alone with the pain?
Each of us need connections in life,
To console us, or to urge us on -
To quiet the soul, or lift us up,
For renewal when the heart is down.
Feeling lost or forsaken? Go to the Shepherd.
He comforts, provides and restores.
Trust Him, He knows the story of your life -
And you are the one He adores!
Have faith in Him, He forgives and reforms,
His plan is to make you whole.
When your shepherd is the Lord, you will find -
"It is well with Your Soul!"
May the Lord bestow His rishest blessings upon you and yours this happy and Holy Easter season.
Judy and Raul 2017
Christmas Devotion - Hope for EVERY DAY of the year!
Our encouragement today is that the Holy Spirit stands ready to do a magical miracle in your Christmas. Jesus said he had to go to the Father so that we might receive the Holy Spirit here on earth. Wow! How important that must be for our lives if He had to die so that we would be saved and filled with POWER in our lives. Right now would be a great time to claim that power for ourselves – in the middle of the busyness and demands of the season, STOP! Find a quiet place and be still. ASK for the true JOY, HOPE, and PEACE to fill you through His SPIRIT. Claim it as done! Stand and walk with a fresh filling of HIS LOVE. You may have to repeat this several times (a day??), but do it. Christmas proclaims the birth of our savior; a savior from grief, discouragement, depression, anger. HE IS THE REASON we can CELEBRATE this Holy time.
Blessing to you our friends,