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Finding Your Rest in the Shepherd – Psalm 23

Psalm 23 is one of my favorite Psalms!

Psalm 23 paints such a beautiful picture of the Shepherd. It has always been a favorite Scripture in the Bible for me. Knowing Jesus as My Shepherd , the One who restores my soul is something I come back to again & again.

As I’ve navigated this busy Christmas season I’ve been reminded again how easy it is to become weary and overwhelmed. It’s so easy to skip spending time with Jesus. He is the Good Shepherd of the sheep and the One who calls out to us in the midst of our busy, messy lives. It’s wisdom to come aside and spend time with Him, where He alone can restore our souls.

As mom’s we give and give, we serve and we sacrifice and sometimes we forget that we need to stop and be refreshed by Jesus. To take time to just ‘be’ and not to ‘do’.

Finding the Shepherd in the midst of our messy, busy season!

Life can be challenging and sometimes things come at us from left field. I remember when my 6 children were little and life was exhausting. I would put them all to bed at night and then draw aside and spend time with the LORD worshiping Him and soaking in His presence. It made all the difference to the point where my husband and children would tell me to go and pray if I was cranky because they recognized that I needed to spend time with God.

Although life was busy and messy and chaotic these were still some of the sweetest times with the LORD. I would tuck my little ones into bed and sit in my kitchen and sing worship songs. Sometimes I would fall asleep in between the wall and the fridge and my darling husband would come and wake me up for bed. It was in these times that I felt anchored and my faith roots began to drill down deep.

[bctt tweet=”I learned that the LORD is my Shepherd and the truth of Psalm 23 became very real in this season of my life.” username=”CarterSuzanne”]

 

Psalm 23 (NKJV)

The Lord is my shepherd;
I shall not want.
He makes me to lie down in green pastures;
He leads me beside the still waters.
He restores my soul;
He leads me in the paths of righteousness
For His name’s sake.

Yea, 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.

You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies;
You anoint my head with oil;
My cup runs over.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me
All the days of my life;
And I will dwell[a] in the house of the Lord
Forever.

 

Sheep knows the Shepherd.
The Good Shepherd calls His Sheep by name!

 

When I’m tired, stressed and overwhelmed I know I have to return to the place where I find strength and courage, the place where I find rest for my soul & where my Divine Shepherd can restore my soul!

 

A few things that help to remind me that Jesus is my Good Shepherd:

 

  1. Practicing His Presence, and by that I mean talking to Him throughout my day! 30 second heart exchanges where I tell Him I love Him, or I look to Him for His help & leadership.
  2. Being thankful! cultivating a heart of gratitude and contentment, so that I know what it is to be abased or to abound like the Apostle Paul in Philippians 4:12-13 (NKJV)I know how to be abased, and I know how to abound. Everywhere and in all things I have learned both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need.  I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”
  3. [bctt tweet=”Taking time to worship Him, in the car, in the shower,in my bed. Worshipping in the boring and the mundane. My work is my worship!” username=”CarterSuzanne”]

 

Resources:

I have put together a few resources from some of my favorite authors. Hopefully they will  help you find rest as you spend time with Jesus the Good Shepherd! Along with my Bible I have found that having a good devotional helps me to focus and spend time in the Word with a heart that is set not just to read but to encounter Him.

How amazing is it that as we come to the Bible, it is the only book where the Author is alive and the book reads us. As the Holy Spirit breathes upon the written word (The Logos) it becomes alive (Rhema) to us. As we encounter Jesus, ‘The Word of God’ we are changed into His Image, little by little & from one degree of Glory to another.

2 Corinthians 3:18 (NKJV) But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord.

‘Unshakable’

 

‘365 Devotions for finding Rest’

 

‘Trade your cares for Calm’

 

book by lisa Bevere
‘Be angry but don’t blow it’

 

Looking for something else? Check out more Bibles and resources at Church Source:

 

How do you enjoy spending time with Jesus, leave me a comment and let me know!

 

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About Suzanne

I am a wife, mother and creative. I love photoshop and mixing and matching old and new images. I love my husband Richard, he is my wingman of 28 years, my 6 kids and my dog Roxy.
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2 thoughts on “Finding Your Rest in the Shepherd – Psalm 23

  1. I remember in bible school as a kid they made us learn this whole passage and I memorized it for years before I knew what it really meant. My favorite part is “yea though I walk through the valley of death I will fear no evil for thou art with me”. I say that before a lot of stuff. New projects at work struggling raising the kids 5 seconds before stepping on the treadmill you name it. It gives me strength. Great post and great verses to draw from and God bless you wit the six kids. Not all heroes wear capes…

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