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.
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.
Monday, March 28, 2011
Great Things - Small Ways
Here's a little "MONDAY MOTIVATOR"
1. Show kindness.
2. When someone asks for your love – give it.
3. Talk less and listen more.
4. Practice the art of patience every day.
5. Accept everyone for who they are; reject no one for who they are.
6. Leave an unexpected note of love, encouragement or appreciation.
7. Say, “thank you.”
8. When someone needs you, give your attention right away; don’t wait.
9. Honor boundaries and expect your boundaries to be honored, too.
10. Help your neighbors through their weeds.
11. Let those around you know you believe in them.
12. Let them know you respect them.
13. Don’t use your words as a weapon.
14. Show your children how to smile, relax and enjoy life.
15. Never do anything you wouldn’t want others & God to know.
16. Keep your word.
17. Be fully present when in the presence of others.
18. Share your wisdom when asked.
19. Create a safe place for your family to live.
20. Let go of grudges and live with a forgiving heart.
21. Show respect to everyone you encounter.
22. Give your shoulder for someone to grasp so they can take a leap of faith. 23. Find ways to serve every day. 24. Love your neighbor as you love yourself. 25. Let your corner of the world see the goodness and God in you.
We can do no great things, only small things with great love.
Hi, there! I'm Diana and I grew up on a little Iowa farm. I have so many memories of those "farm-fresh" days! I live in the city now so I guess that makes me a "city-farm-girl" but my heart is still in the country! As I "graze through life" I always look back to the many life lessons that I learned first hand from life on the farm.
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