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 11, 2014

Good Things - Better Things - Best Things!

It has been said that "Attitude" is everything!!  Do you believe that?  It affects our total being - physically, mentally, and spiritually.  Attitude gives us hope in the positive, gives us faith when we are doubting, gives us strength when we are feeble, gives us truth when false is prevailing all around us, and attitude gives us a way of life that looks beyond the here and now. Beyond the obstacles and hard times to "Better Days" ahead!

These are all "Good Things" but what about "Better Things"?  Is that even possible?  I know we are all waiting for "better days".  But the key to better days is in the "waiting".  Maybe you are going through a tough time - job, finances, relationship, sickness, car trouble, family troubles, a death - the list of situations could go on and on. Truth is, hard times come to all of us. But if we can stand firm and exercise our "patience", our waiting, better days WILL come. Just remember "Good Things" come when we believe and "Better Things" come when we are patient and trust in the hope of each new day, each hour, each minute, and each second.

But wait just a minute, "Good" - "Better" - "Best" . . . who doesn't want the "best" of everything?  We all do!  This is the hard part.  The "Best Things" come to those who don't give up!  It's so easy to get discouraged, defeated, when things aren't going well or when we are down and out.  The test is on during these times. It was once said, "when you get to the end of your rope - tie a knot in the end and hold on tight!!"  That is just exactly what we have to do sometimes.  Tie a knot - hold on - believe - be patient - don't give up and last but not least - TRUST GOD!  He wants to give you not just the "Good Things" or the "Better Things". He wants to give you the "Best Things".  

Growing up in my church, I can still recall the words of a dear elderly lady that echoed throughout all of my growing-up years . . . "keep on keeping on!"  I can still hear the sound of her voice, filled with excitement and encouragement, as she testified to the many "Good Things", the "Better Things", and the "Best Things" yet to come . . . if I would just "keep on keeping on!"

So in the days ahead, just "keep on keeping on" believing, being patient and remember . . . never-ever give up.   

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