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, August 5, 2011

Wish You Could Reboot?

Don't you wish when life is bad and things just don't compute, that all we really had to do was stop and hit reboot?

Things would all turn out OK, life could be so sweet. If we had those special keys: Ctrl, Alt, and Delete.

Your boss is mad, your bills not paid, your wife, well she's just mute. Just stop and hit those wonderful keys that make it all reboot.

You'd like to have another job but you fear living in the street? You solve it all and start a new: Ctrl, Alt, and Delete.

Turn to your Bible and “reboot” in God’s word . . .

“In all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us.” –Romans 8:37

Remember, safety is not found in the absence of danger, but in the presence of God. This quote by Fitzhugh is so true, "Though danger lurks on every side, in Christ our Lord we will abide; Our God is strong, our hope is sure - In Him alone we are secure!"  "Why are you cast down, O my soul? . . . Hope in God, for I shall yet praise Him."   -Psalm 42:5  Hope for the Christian is a certainty - because its basis is Christ. 

"My sheep I know, they are My own, I leave them not in trials alone; I will be with them to the end, their Hope, their Joy, their dearest Friend."  -Unknown
There is ALWAYS "Hope" in God!

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