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.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Honey Graham Oh's Cereal

This morning I poured my bowl of cereal, poured the milk on it, and started eating.  I was taking a bite of my Honey Graham Oh's reading the cereal box when the cereal advertising caught my eye.  Putting down my spoon, I picked up the cereal box and began reading about Honey Graham Oh's.  I learned all about them!!! Amazing what you can learn from a cereal box!!  Here's what it said . . .

    Honey Graham Oh's . . . Good Things in the Middle! 
Oh, What a Cereal!

Why have an ordinary cereal when you can have
one with good things in the middle? 
Try Honey Graham Oh's!
Every bite blends the great taste of graham and
real golden honey for a delicious start to the morning. 
Honey Graham Oh's also have
9 essential
vitamins and minerals.
Enjoy every spoonful!

As I finished reading the entire box, I picked up my spoon and started to finish my "Oh's" - with the good things in the middle!  Staring at the cereal box, I began to think.  (Watch out when I begin to think!!!!!)  LOL!!  I decided to just re-word the cereal box advertisement in my mind with a little different "twist" for my own life as I started my morning. Here's what I was thinking . . .

God's Word, the Bible . . . Good Things in the Middle! Oh, what a life!

Why have an ordinary life when you can have
one with good things in the middle? . . . Try God's Word! 
Every day blends the great taste of God's love and merciful Grace for a delicious start to the morning.
God's Word also has
9 essential
vitamins and minerals . . .
love, joy, peace, patience,
kindness, goodness, faithfulness,
gentleness and self control. 
Enjoy every spoonful of!

"But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, long-suffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there
is not law." 
Galatians 5:22

The Message translation says it this way . . .

"But what happens when we live God's way? He brings gifts into our lives, much the same way that fruit appears in an orchard - things like affection for others, exuberance about life, serenity. We develop a willingness to stick with things, a sense of compassion in the heart, and a conviction that a basic holiness permeates things and people. We find ourselves involved in loyal commitiments, not needing to force our way in life, able to marshal and direct our energies wisely."

Oh What a Life!
Start your morning right!

P.S. Do not skip your breakfast - it's the most important meal of the day!

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