Life & Serenity

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Praise God that we can lie down in His arms and rest and as work!

“He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters.” Ps 23:2 ESV

“Green” means there is life in those pastures. “Still” means there is serenity in those waters. So whatever we are doing for God, we can do so trusting that He will bring life out of our work, and that we can have peace as we do our work. How? We trust God to do His part, as we work with Him to do ours. There are simply some things you and I can never do, and that’s alright because we can trust that God will do what we cannot. I can put out these little videos every day, as a matter of fact I have been doing so for over 2 years now. But only God can stir people to watch and to share them, and moreover, to take my little messages to heart and learn from them. I do my part to study, write, record, edit, post …but then I must trust God to do His part, get the message out to those hungry enough to learn. As I lie down in these pastures filled with life and as I walk besides any waters that God is making still so they do not overwhelm me, I can do my part to trust and rest in Him. 

Life and serenity. These are two of the things which our Good Shepherd would love to give us. Will we choose to receive them from Him? If we do, all that is required are two things: a willing heart and an open mind. A willing heart, because He will not force us to follow Him. He will call to us, continually, but we must be willing to follow. And an open mind because the way God does things and the way we do are very often completely different. Once again, this is where Faith comes in. Sheep have to trust their shepherd, will we?

Join me in memorizing 52 verses this year:

January: 1- Jn 3:16; 2- 2Co 5:17; 3- Jas 2:26; 4- Eph 2:10

February: 5- Jn 10:10; 6- Ro 6:23; 7- Rev 21:4; 8- Php 4:13

March: 9- 1Pe 5:7; 10- Jn 8:32; 11- Dt 30:19; 12- Jn 3:30; 13- 2Chron 20:3

April: 14- 2Chron 20:12; 15- 2Chron 20:15b; 16- 2Chron 20:17 

May: 17- Ro 8:28; 18- 1Co 13:13; 19- Php 2:12; 20- Mt 5:4

June: 21- Lk 23:42; 22- Jas 4:7; 23- Pr 22:6; 24- Mt 5:3; 25- Jn 14:6

July: 26- Jas 2:19; 27- Dt 31:8; 28- Jn 14:15; 29- Jn 8:11

August: 30- Ro 8:1; 31- Pr 4:23; 32- Pr 18:21; 33- Ps 118:24; 34- 1Jn 4:4

35- Mt 16:24

36- Isa 53:6

37- Ps 23:1-2

<>< Peace, Diane