Thursday, April 22, 2010
"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. He guides me in paths of righteousness for His name sake." Psalm 23:1~3
Daily restoration of the anxious, weary soul is a basic human need. We wander from God and from the paths of righteousness~from following Him beside the still waters~till we lose the way, lose our joy, and we lose the sound of His Voice. It happens to everyone, now and then...... But as we take the time to be quiet before Him and listen for His Voice, He has an amazing way of bringing us back into His way as He restores us and brings us back from wandering, just like straying sheep and He leads us and refreshes us in the light of His presence!
Once, we restored a home that had originally been built in 1877. The first time we saw it, we thought it had been frozen in time and only minor changes would be needed to restore it and to bring it back into all its original glory. But once we purchased it and began the work of restoration, it took more money and time than we had anticipated. It's because the outside looked so much better than the inside. Day after day, we worked on projects eventually bringing it back as a place of beauty. We loved it there, AFTER THE RESTORATION!!! When God knit us together in our mother's womb, He had an original design and so often, we have wandered from that path and plan and we don't always act or look the way He intended. He doesn't shame us though....... His grace calls us to trust Him fully and completely as He begins the process of making us into a vessel that He is more than able to SHINE through. His love is all about restoring us daily and eternally to live with Him right now and forever and forever!
It is my prayer that you are able to find time in your day to spend with the Lord. Your day will be a better day and you will find it amazing that a few minutes of quietness with Him will transform your life and I promise, because He promises in the Scriptures, that He will shine in your heart The Light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ!
The photograph above is of a little teapot that I found at an antique shop! Tea time is meant to relax us and slow us down a bit from the cares of the day........and hopefully, with God's blessing, restoring us to a path of joy!