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|Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.
Psalms 23:4 ESV|
Psalm 23 is a popular Psalm that describes God as our shepherd. The job of the shepherd was first and foremost to keep and protect their sheep. They led their sheep to food and water, and the sheep were dependent upon their shepherd. Shepherds protected the sheep from wild animals and would even risk their lives for the sheep. Jesus is called the Good Shepherd (John 10:11).
When we think of being protected by the shepherd we often think of green pastures and flowing rivers. We know from our Christian walk though, that life isn’t always like that. In our lifetime there will be times Jesus LEADS us through valleys as the beginning of Psalm 23:4 describes. Our paths to these green pastures aren’t always safe.
While we are in these valleys and feel as though Jesus is not there, we can be comforted with no need to fear. We do not fear because we know the Good Shepherd is leading us and will protect us with his rod and staff. As you go through these valleys remember that the Good Shepherd has already laid down his life for you and is leading you to greener pastures.
Many times, to arrive in a good place, we must travel through the bad.
For anyone in need of prayers...if you’re feeling isolated or lonely...if you’re in need of healing...if you want to grow closer to Our Lady...if sin is weighing you down and causing you pain but you don’t know what to do or where to go with it...if you need a friend to talk to...if you you are troubled with worries and or doubt...if you struggle with the Sacrament of Reconciliation or with priests who are less than good and holy...he’s your saint. Pray for his intercession, he will be there for you and offer your petitions straight to Jesus. Yesterday was his feast day and I have to honor him with this post because I love this great saint so much. He suffered so much in his life, enduring the literal torments of the devil, the pain of the stigmata, as well as isolation from others who did not understand him or refused to see that he was a man of God. Yet, he was a man of great hope and never ceased living a life of deep prayer and love for God. I love Padre Pio, don’t you?! St. Padre Pio, pray for us! .
The Lord is my light and my salvation— so why should I be afraid? The Lord is my fortress, protecting me from danger, so why should I tremble? When evil people come to devour me, when my enemies and foes attack me, they will stumble and fall. Though a mighty army surrounds me, my heart will not be afraid. Even if I am attacked, I will remain confident. The one thing I ask of the Lord — the thing I seek most— is to live in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, delighting in the Lord ’s perfections and meditating in his Temple. For he will conceal me there when troubles come; he will hide me in his sanctuary. He will place me out of reach on a high rock. Then I will hold my head high above my enemies who surround me. At his sanctuary I will offer sacrifices with shouts of joy, singing and praising the Lord with music. Hear me as I pray, O Lord . Be merciful and answer me! My heart has heard you say, “Come and talk with me.” And my heart responds, “ Lord , I am coming.” Do not turn your back on me. Do not reject your servant in anger. You have always been my helper. Don’t leave me now; don’t abandon me, O God of my salvation! Even if my father and mother abandon me, the Lord will hold me close. Teach me how to live, O Lord . Lead me along the right path, for my enemies are waiting for me. Do not let me fall into their hands. For they accuse me of things I’ve never done; with every breath they threaten me with violence. Yet I am confident I will see the Lord ’s goodness while I am here in the land of the living. Wait patiently for the Lord . Be brave and courageous. Yes, wait patiently for the Lord .
Psalms 27:1-14 NLT
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In difficult seasons we feel like we’ve done something wrong. When there’s a problem, the human tendency is to blame others or ourselves.
The truth is that we are incapable of making everything right; something we grow to accept as mothers. We cannot do everything, but it does not mean we’ve done something wrong. It’s simply the truth of being HUMAN.
Is there something you are incapable of doing? It’s not a sin. It’s a human limitation. Let’s not let the devil accuse us or let ourselves accuse others.
In the meantime, as mothers, the most graceful thing we can do is to wait & believe that God is working through our limitations . For when the time is right, things will fall in place. ☕️
Today we are starting a week of “blast from the past” devotions from our previous studies. Today is from Day 11 of our Miracles Study. It is over Mark 4:35-41, Jesus calming the stormy seas.
Can you image experiencing this miracle? To literally see a great wall of waves break into nothingness. To watch as giant winds vanish instantly. To witness chaos change into peace.
Though this is without a doubt a supernatural occurrence, the miraculous transformation of this storm reaches far beyond our God’s sovereignty over nature. In fact, the focus of this miracle is not the physical storm at all.
Instead, we find a great focus upon His relationship and work with the disciples. Though He speaks to the winds and the waves, I believe the real discourse is to every one of the followers in the boats. We know this as true because of Jesus’ final questions about their “little faith.”
Within each of them was the doubts of whether this journey was worth it. If leaving behind their lives was the right decision. Perhaps their friends told them of how crazy it sounded. Perhaps they heard over and over: “You will get yourself killed!” And here was the moment it was going to happen.
What we can quickly overlook when reading the gospels is how human these disciples are. Like us, they lack confidence. Like us, they struggle with doubt. Like us, they waver when tempted. And like us, they break under pressure.
But today’s miracle reveals to us two great principles: The utter cost of a disciple and the unshakable care of Jesus.
We discover the cost of a disciple right at the beginning of the passage: “When evening had come, He said to them, “Let us go across to the other side.” And leaving the crowd behind, they took Him with them in the boat, just as He was. Other boats were with Him…”
Notice the wording of these verses?
This particular day, Jesus spent time teaching and preaching to hundreds who surrounded Him. Overtime, He began accruing a large following – described by the gospel writers as “the crowd.” Where He went in the city, they followed. When He healed, they watched. When He spoke, they listened. (CONTINUED IN COMMENTS BELOW 👇🏼)
We are so excited to welcome Heidi Fuller as an Ambassador author! Heidi's book "Paths to Answered Prayer: Trusting God's Heart When You Don't Understand His Plan" releases 8/1/2019. ⠀
Despite years of faithful pleas for deliverance, God led Heidi on a path filled with heartache and much loss. Infertility, miscarriage, and adoption failures seemed to be the only results of her daily pleadings with God. With a broken and confused heart, Heidi sought to discover the real purpose of her prayers.⠀
Her personal study of the Scripture led her to discover the gift of peace that accompanies a contrite heart. She learned that in the waiting God is still working and that in pain He is still present. She found a Savior who is sufficient and an Ear that is always open. She unveiled the heart of a kind and compassionate Father who delights in doing good. Incomprehensible good. Heavenly good. Eternal good.⠀
Heidi's path to answered prayer concludes with the miraculous reminder of God's ability and might. The reminder that submission yields greatest satisfaction and that grace always accompanies a higher good. This inspirational journey will encourage even the faintest heart with a renewed confidence in a God who indeed hears and answers prayer. ⠀
“When the disciples saw him walking on top of the water, they were terrified and screamed, “A ghost!” Then Jesus said, “Be BRAVE and DONT BE AFRAID! I am here!””
“Come and join me,” Jesus replied. So Peter stepped out onto the water and began to walk toward Jesus. But when he realized how high the waves were, he became frightened and started to sink. “Save me, Lord!” he cried out. Jesus immediately stretched out his hand and lifted him up and said, “What little faith you have! Why would you let doubt win?” Matthew 14:29-31
First of all... I’m NOT walking on water in this photo 😝lol. Just trying to set a visual.
This story never ceases to amaze me. Can you imagine being a disciple and witness man walking on water?! Jesus says COME JOIN ME - Holy, perfect and strong - And we’re like ummm ok but are you sure cause this water looks deep!?!
What steps of FAITH do you need to take this week? What do you need to TRUST Him with? What fears are keeping you from walking on water?!
Just know that Peter KNEW he was in trouble without the Lord. When he cried “Help Me Lord!” the Bible says Jesus IMMEDIATELY pulled him up and saved him.
How long does it take some of us to lay down our ego and ask for help?! To surrender control?! Why wait til we’re drowning?
Jesus said DONT BE AFRAID!!! BE BRAVE! I AM ALWAYS WITH YOU!
Beloved, He is with us! Whatever we face, we don’t face alone. DIVE IN to His Faithfulness. RUN to His arms for Protection! ❤️❤️❤️❤️
“Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God.” Colossians 3:16
Grow in intimacy with God by allowing the word of God dwell in our hearts and minds! Being filled with God's word can affect the way we react to those who offend us and how we respond to the needs of those around us. The word of God is ready and willing to dwell in us! Will we let His word dwell in us today? 📖
Where do you go when things get tough? What do you do when you’re under lots of pressure? How do you handle the crises of life?
Jesus tells us to run to Him. Trust Him and His ways. Get your strength and wisdom from Him. I see so many people who run to get a drink when they’re stressed out. They “vent” to their friends... but do they talk to the Lord about it? Do they ask for His guidance, help and wisdom the same way they ask their friend? Or do they just get mad at God and whine, asking Him “Why are you letting this happen to me?” Stuff happens to people every day, even Christians - especially to Christians. What are you going to do? The whole verse reads “But as for me, I will sing about your power. Each morning I will sing with joy about your unfailing love. For you have been my refuge, a place of safety when I am in distress.”
Psalms 59:16 NLT
Sing, pray, trust, repeat. #pray#faith#theywillknowusbyourlove#christianliving#discipleship#BEthechurch#onespiritonechurch#shalom#jesusislord#worship