Wednesday, May 11, 2016

The Lord My Shepherd, My Refreshment

Refreshment comes in all sorts of forms. 

On a hot day, it is a cold glass of lemonade.  On a cold day, a fire in the fireplace warms our fingers, toes, and soul. 

There is also something refreshing about spring where all things are made new again.

I have been feeling the chill of a season of "winter" in my life for a while.  Relationships have been dying around me.  Places of belonging no longer welcoming us in. 

Winter displays nothing new in bloom, and a sense that nothing will ever bloom again.  No wonder it is called the "winter blues"!  Everything is dark, drab, and dreary. 

But then...spring!  Everything in sight is turning green and forming fresh, new blooms!

New beginnings...

New hopes...

New plans...

New relationships...

New life!

I do believe winter is necessary, even while painful.  Winter allows time to think on what seeds we want to plant and what we want to grow in the next season (of garden or life!).  It is a time of rest for the worker and the earth, so that they can be strong enough to be fruitful in the spring. 

And in that time, both rely on the Lord alone to get through the dark season and to have life again in the next.

The Lord said, "I will refresh the weary and satisfy the faint."  (Jeremiah 31:25)

In a season of winter, it is so easy to grow weary.  But He will refresh us if we call on Him!

For we know this:

The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing. 
He makes me lie down in green pastures, 
He leads me beside quiet waters, 
He refreshes my soul.
(Psalm 23:1-3)

Tell me in the comments:  

Have you experienced a season of winter in your life?  Do you see new blooms of spring now?  How may I refresh you?  For He tells us, "whoever refreshes others will be refreshed" (Proverbs 11:25)
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Tuesday, February 09, 2016

Get Back to the "Very Good"

God made light, sky and sea, and all the plants and animals that fill the earth.

And it was good.

Then it wasn't...because there was no suitable companion for man (Adam).

So God created Eve.

Out of Adam's ribs she came...and then all of God's creation was very good!

But we are back to a one-gender world again.

They tell us gals anything he can do, we can do better.
They tell us that we are equal, and that it means we should do what men do.
They tell us to walk, talk, dress, cut our hair, work, and men do.
They tell us we are strong like a man.
They tell us to speak up and speak out like a man.
They tell us we have a right. The right to be a man.

And it is NOT very good.

We were created in His image. But not in the same image as Adam.

We bring beauty to the garden where it did not yet exist.
We bring forth life! It was not possible without us!
We nurture and we love, both our men and our babies.
We help, because without our help, the grand purpose cannot be fulfilled.

We are not here to do what man does, but to do that which he can not do on his own.

Different mold.
Different purpose.

Denying the intended role and purpose given us by our Creator is to deny the Creator as God of our lives.

Let's embrace that role. Let's find value in His purpose for us!

Let's get back to the very good.

Because He says we are.