Graze: To feed on growing grasses.

The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not be in want. He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, he restores my soul.

-Ps. 23:1-6

Growing up on a farm, I used to watch the cows, sheep & horses graze in the pasture. Each morning we would open the gate to the barnyard and they knew there was freedom from that small pen they were in. They also knew there was nice green grass beyond the barnyard. Once the gate was open, look out because those animals wanted to get where the tall, green grass grew – the pasture! They would take off sometimes even running up the old fenced lane that went up over the hill through the cornfield to the lush green pasture on the other side of the farm. There they would graze for a while then lay down and rest for a while then graze some more. They did this all day long. Come evening we would go over to the pasture’s edge and call the cows – 'come boss, 'come boss. They would gather at the pasture gate. Sometimes we would have to go round up a few stragglers and when all were accounted for, we’d open the lane gate and back over the hill they would go to the barnyard for the night. The next morning was the same routine, day after day.
What a life, huh?!

Oh that we could just graze and rest in shady green pastures all day long! But we can rest and graze in God’s green pastures and restore our souls . . . The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not be in want. He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, he restores my soul. (Ps. 23:1) I believe God wants us to slow down and “rest” and “graze” and “feed” on His Word. Life throws so many things our way and we are so busy – busy doing good things. But are we running on empty a good share of the time? Are we feeling stretched to extreme? Are we content with who we are in God’s divine providence? Slow down and take some time to just leisurely graze, rest a while, then graze and feed on the good things God has provided for you. Graze, rest, and enjoy the “shady green pastures” of God’s abundant love, grace, and mercy.

Friday, April 30, 2010

Secretary Newsletter Signing!

Yesterday was such a busy day with getting the Sunday bulletin and worship folders typed, printed, folded and stuffed. I also had to put together the preschool application packets and finish up the May Timothy Times Newsletter. Believe me I kept both copy machines running a good share of the day. I am so thankful for the group of ladies that come in and assemble the newsletter after I finish gathering articles and information, typing and printing it! They are a real blessing and save me a couple of hours of work!

Now off to the post office this morning with two trays of newsletters to get in the mail so everyone at Timothy knows what is going on at the church next month!!! I just couldn't resist putting the Secretary Signing cartoon in my blog - that is how I feel sometimes after trying to get articles from the different church directors, nail down calendar dates & times, find other items of interest and announcements, etc. Whew - glad when it is finally done. Then, guess what? In two weeks I get to start all over again on the June newsletter collecting pertinent information, etc. . . . LOL!

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