Bless the Lord O my soul

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And forget none if His benefits.

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Who crowns each moment of my life with something of sweetness and love to remind me that He is good.  As the water reflects the sky and hills,  may my thoughts not become dull or weary with Your faithfulness O my God.

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You have planted so many abilities and unique talents in each one of us.  All of creation speaks to your heart to bless and see us thrive where we are planted.  Give me eyes and heart to recognize and affirm the giftings I see in myself and others. 

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I see flowers filled with busy bees gathering pollen to mix it up with other plants bearing flowers.  Without  this interchange where would be the fruit?  Where  would be the  honey? What is it that is helping my life accept and gain blessings and sweetness from others?  Could it be the activity of the Holy Spirit?  Yes.

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You lead me beside quiet waters to restore my soul.  I am grateful for times less busy, less demanding yet I haven’t appreciated when those times have been forced on me from illness or when my abilities are no longer needed.  I have felt sad, frustrated, sidelined, useless.  I forget you are not a silent observer.  You wept at Lazarus’ funeral even though you knew all along you would be calling him back to life from his tomb.  Easter is coming.  I need to daily rise from the ashes of my disappointments.  I know because You live, Jesus, I also live.  I live.  You came to turn my chaos  onto order; my self pity into purpose.  You are my Good Shepherd.

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As flowers strain to catch the sun rays and thrive when basking fully in its light, I ask for a constant infusion of Your Light in my thinking, my heart, my choices.  King David said “Better is one day in your courts than thousands elsewhere.  My heart and soul cries out for You, the Living God.  Your words are water to my soul.”

Guilt free rest: He restores my soul

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It is a gorgeous summerish Sunday afternoon in Southern California this first day in December 2013.  Our chimes are singing with the gentle caressing breezes and I am totally lacking ambition to be productive which, as it turns out,  fits in quite nicely with our pastor’s sermon this morning.  He spoke about God’s leading, sometimes in looking back we can say doubtless God led us all the way.  But,  according to the 23rd Psalm God is our GOOD SHEPHERD and He is always leading even when it doesn’ t feel like it.  Also, according to our pastor, God is ok with us experiencing pain if it serves His purposes of drawing us closer to bearing the image of His Son, Jesus.  So, what does all this have to do with my being ok with not accomplishing anything today?  I can rest guilt free because Psalm 23 says He leads me beside still waters to restore my soul.  When was the last time you relaxed so God could repair and restore your soul?
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