He maketh me to lie down in green pastures:
he leadeth me beside the still waters.
He restoreth my soul:
He leadeth 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 thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.
Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies:
thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life:
and I will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever."
I love the 23rd Psalm. While we do not know when David wrote this psalm, I imagine young David all alone in the fields shepherding his father's sheep; his heart swollen in gratitude to God as he sees how God is his shepherd, caring for his every need.
This week as I mowed the lawn, I began to think about this psalm. It's recounting in our own lives not only brings contentedness, but induces praise! God has been so very good and kind to us.
I SHALL NOT WANT
We had shared with you a few months ago that my husband's wages had been reduced somewhat significantly. It was part of a company wide cut back that included laying off several employees. When the dust settled we were surprised to realize that none of the Christians in the shop had been laid off even though some of them were newer hires. Tom's employer is not a Christian.
HE LEADETH ME BESIDE STILL WATERS
After the initial shock of the news, I found myself quieted. Although we did not have any extra money in the budget to cut, it has always been God who has been our miraculous provider. He would certainly provide all that we needed.
HE RESTORETH MY SOUL
And provide He did. People began praying for us. Some saints that had won beef through a drawing gave a portion to us and filled our freezer! Our deacons, concerned with the price of fuel, gave us a gas card. And more. We not only felt provided for, we felt loved and refreshed.
MY CUP RUNNETH OVER
Well, I certainly could not fail to tell you how God has answered our prayers. After only a couple of months of significant leanness, Tom's employer decided to restore his wages to him in full. Let me type that one more time. Tom's employer decided to restore his wages to him in full.
When my husband told me that his employer had decided to return his pay I was shocked. I mean who gives a pay cut and then restores it? In this economy? God does. I waited to see the actual pay check to believe it. And it was true.
SURELY GOODNESS AND MERCY SHALL FOLLOW ME ALL THE DAYS OF MY LIFE
God holds the king's heart... and the employers heart. He can turn things any way He wishes.
Thank you so much for your prayers. And for the love out poured to us that has been used by God to preserve and encourage us through trial.
We are still praying for each of you that wrote to us by name. We would love to hear more about what God is doing in your lives.
"I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep. But he that is an hireling, and not the shepherd, whose own the sheep are not, seeth the wolf coming, and leaveth the sheep, and fleeth: and the wolf catcheth them, and scattereth the sheep. The hireling fleeth, because he is an hireling, and careth not for the sheep. I am the good shepherd, and know my sheep, and am known of mine." ~John 10:11-13
Blessings to you!
Photos: Easter Sunday. Uncle, Auntie and cousins pictured. Listening to Uncle Ted share from God's Word which was followed by a hands on Resurrection Egg lesson for the kids. The girls Easter dresses have been working for 3 years! We only needed to borrow cousin's for Sarah. Reminds me of the Israelites in the wilderness. It's amazing how things can stretch at times. : )