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.

Monday, July 18, 2011

You Are A Living Collection Of Seeds

"Most people have no idea about what a Seed really is. Showing up at work on a Seed. Showing up ahead of time is another Seed. You see, anything that you can do to make life easier for your boss or anyone a Seed. Millions have never used 10% of the Seed stored within them. You see, mowing the grass for your church is a Seed. Babysitting for a struggling single parent is a Seed. You are a "Living  Collection of Seeds" a museum of powerful, tiny golden passionate beginnings." 

What a great quote that is from Dr. Mike Murdock!  Stop and think about your assortment of seeds - how can you use them today?  I challenge you to open up your package of seeds and start planting them. Don't wait for the perfect little garden spot to plant them - just start planting and watch those seeds begin to take root and bloom. I have always loved that old saying, "Bloom Where You Are Planted" - Look around your and let's start planting today, ok?

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