The Climb

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Grander earth has quaked before
Moved by the sound of His voice
Seas that are shaken and stirred
Can be calmed and broken for my regard

Through it all, through it all
My eyes are on You
Through it all, through it all
It is well with me

Far be it from me to not believe
Even when my eyes can’t see

And this mountain that’s in front of me
Will be thrown into the midst of the sea

So let go my soul and trust in Him
The waves and wind still know His name

It is well with my soul

Whatever that mountain looks like just let God help you overcome it. Let Him help you move it, climb it, not fear it; but enjoy the journey over, around and through.

I’m reaching that point of letting my soul let go and completely trust in Him.

I have been letting this song wash over me for a couple of weeks. (See SongSundays from earlier this month for the video of the song here: https://restoredministriesblog.wordpress.com/2015/01/11/all-is-well/

The timing of finding it couldn’t be more perfect for me as I am in the midst of radically changing my eating habits to restore my immune system, help control food allergies, chronic hives and angioedema.
Well, this craziness has had me reaching; literally crying out to God, to strengthen me as I embark on more life change. He’s already walked me through numerous trials and triumphs, addiction, sorrow, lack of inner peace, desiring love and attention from everyone and everything but Him, and a rocky marriage. He’s walked me through, and clear to the other side in many ways enjoying places of peace, rest, restoration and hope that I am always desiring to share with others. So I had to ask myself once again. Do you trust Him, fully trust Him? Do you believe what His Word says when He says He lives in You? His Power dwells within you?
I finally got my revelation Sunday night as I combed through and studied His Word and journaled pages and pages of His love for me.

I’ve decided, “It is well with my soul.” Let’s dig in God. I desire to trust you with all of me. One of the missing links was making the decision to accept I needed to change this area. Then I reached out to God, crying out, willing to surrender. Seeking Him at every turn. Being vulnerable and getting prayer and encouragement from family and friends.

I’m ready God. Let’s go. I am ready to climb this mountain.

“Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you. But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind.” ~James‬ ‭1‬:‭2-6‬ NIV

– Stephanie Wanic
God’s Beauty Secrets

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Journey with the Shepherd Psalm 23

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On one of my first trips to Italy years ago I discovered this man on one of my morning walks to see the summer countryside filled with blooming sunflowers.
He was a real shepherd walking his little herd of sheep down a winding road in the little Tuscan town of Farneta. Italy. I immediately thought of Psalm 23 and was excited to know that shepherds still exist and tend to their flocks faithfully.

I had never met a shepherd before!!!

Fast forward to now and explore with me the excitement of anticipation of Where is God taking me on this journey into the fields of Psalm 23 mediation?

Mediating has gotten a bad rap from some other sources. That’s a whole other discussion!!

The Bible says:

Joshua 1:8

This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success.”

Psalm 1:2

But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.”

That’s just two verses, there are many more on the topic of meditating on the Word of God.

Definition Station:

med·i·tate
ˈmedəˌtāt/
verb

think deeply or focus one’s mind for a period of time, in silence or with the aid of chanting, for religious or spiritual purposes or as a method of relaxation.
think deeply or carefully about (something).
“he went off to meditate on the new idea”
synonyms: contemplate, think, consider, ponder, muse, reflect, deliberate, ruminate, chew the cud, brood, mull something over; More
plan mentally; consider.
“they had suffered severely, and they began to meditate retreat”

So basically I have been chewing my cud without smacking on Psalm 23.
No chanting, criss cross applesauce legs or incense

JUST

Reading over
and over
and over
again the 23rd Psalm of the Bible.

Writing notes
Looking up definitions,
Greek and Hebrew
Investigate sheep and shepherd stuff
Journaling thoughts
Listen, pause and ponder

I’m parked here until I am asked to move my rod or staff.

Most of us know about Psalm 23. Some of us may have even memorized it years ago in Sunday School.
We may have heard it recited at a funeral, read it on a plaque on a wall or recall quotes from this particular psalm.

Fun Facts:

(Who needs an encyclopedia when you have Wikipedia!)

-Orthodox Christians typically include this Psalm in the prayers of preparation for receiving the Eucharist.

-Psalm 23 is traditionally sung by Jews in Hebrew at the third Shabbat meal on Saturday afternoon. It is also sung during the Yizkor service. Sephardic and some Hassidic Jews also sing during Friday afternoon services and as part of the Sabbath night and day meals. It is read at a cemetery funeral service instead of the traditional prayer during Jewish holidays.

-The 23rd Psalm has been fully or partially quoted in the popular media 24 times starting in 1951 with the David and Bathseba film to now the year 2015.

-The most widely recognized version of the psalm in English today is the King James Bible (1611).

Refresher, for those who couldn’t recall the psalm.

Psalm 23

23 The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.

2 He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.

3 He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.

4 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.

5 Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.

6 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’m not sure why I’m camping out here for an extended holiday.
I am anticipating that God will lead me into some deep personal revelations.
I believe He is “making me lie down in these green pastures” for a reason.

Anyone else want to travel with me to the pasture and hang with sheep?

I’m gong to read this Psalm every day for a week and listen for the Good Shepherd’s voice to reveal to the sheep (me) the hidden treasures waiting in the fields to be discovered.

I will get
Baaa Baaack
with you next week! 🐑

Light On,
Kelley Allison
John1:4-5

The Thankful Challenge

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This time of year Facebook gets filled with people doing the Thankful Challenge. Each day for November people will post something they are Thankful for.

I have never done this challenge myself because I have made this practice a lifestyle change for me the last several years.
(oh how I wish my diet and exercise were as consistent!)

I read the book “1000 Gifts” by Ann Voskamp a few years back. I also saw a quote or post about what if we were only given today what we were Thankful for yesterday. I was out with my kiddos on a walk ( I recall this moment so vividly in my memories) I asked my twins to name 10 things they were Thankful for. It seemed so easy but instead it was hard. We could name a few but getting to 10 proved more challenging. At first we thought they had to be really big things but then we started listing … Thank You God for nice weather, and for time together, and for our health, and for this walk, and for good shoes, and sunshine, and birds…. We kept listing on and on things big and small we were Thankful for. So that year for Christmas I bought us all spiral notebooks and new pens. We started listing our Daily 10 Thankful’s into our journals. When we are away from home we do it in the car or wherever we are. We go around listing our Thankful’s. I am not quite sure how or when it happened but our family atmosphere shifted. Our hearts began to expand and we could recognize all the wonderful things big and small that we are so blessed with each day. I have filled almost 4 journals now. I keep listing them each day. I challenge you to get yourself, your children, your friends and love ones, a journal. Start your own practice of Thankfulness. It will enlarge your heart and transform your life. ~ XXOO Michelle Bollom

Giving thanks always for all things to God and the Father, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ; ~ Ephesians 5:20 WBT

O give thanks to the Lord, for He is good; for His mercy and loving-kindness endure forever! ~ Psalm 118:1 AMP

And let the peace that comes from Christ rule in your hearts. For as members of one body you are called to live in peace. And always be thankful.~ Colossians 3:15 NLT

Will You Answer His Call?

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I have been reading the Jesus Calling Devotional by Sarah Young for over a year now and I’m always amazed how each day it seems to speak to me and my specific situations. This week, I decided to make a special place in my bedroom — my prayer corner, where I can sit quietly and truly begin to absorb fully the message of these daily devotions. I find that it’s a great way to begin my quiet time and always leads to prayer and journaling. I have so many things to be grateful for and when I write them down it just seems to remind me how blessed I am and also reveals some new insight that I wasn’t even aware of and helps me to get clarity and understanding.

This message below, dated November 9th, from Jesus Calling seemed to speak to me louder than usual:

“Sit quietly with Me, letting all your fears and worries bubble up to the surface of your consciousness. There, in the Light of My Presence, the bubbles pop and disappear. However, some fears surface over and over again, especially fear of the future. You tend to project yourself mentally into the next day, week, month, year, decade; and you visualize yourself coping badly in those times. What you are seeing is a false image, because it doesn’t include Me. Those gloomy times that you imagine will not come to pass, since My Presence will be with you at all times.
When a future-oriented worry assails you, capture it and disarm it by suffusing the Light of My Presence into that mental image. Say to yourself, “Jesus will be with me then and there. With His help, I can cope!” Then, come home to the present moment, where you can enjoy Peace in My Presence.”

Then Jesus said to his disciples: “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat; or about your body, what you will wear. Life is more than food, and the body more than clothes. Consider the ravens: They do not sow or reap, they have no storeroom or barn; yet God feeds them. And how much more valuable you are than birds! Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?”
—Luke 12:22–26

“Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.”
—Deuteronomy 31:6

We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.
—2 Corinthians 10:5

I am always amazed that the message is exactly where I am. How do they know? The Lord is always right and He always amazes me with His perfect timing.

I love this message as it is saying everything I am feeling right now.
As I journaled I wrote:

Lord I give it all to you — specifically my dear son, I’m letting go and releasing him to Your wonderful awesome and totally amazing care. I know he is in the best of hands and You will mold him into the man You created him to be, Lord You knit him together in my womb and know every hair on his head, and I lovingly give him back over to You; I release all the iniquities, all of the condemnation, all of the negative thoughts that I have had in the past, those I currently have and pray that I do not carry them any longer into the future. I will speak positive, strong, life-giving thoughts towards him as I know the plans You have for him are to prosper and not to harm him and to give him hope and a future. Lord I speak Jeremiah 29:11 over him and know that You are in control of the situation completely. I trust You and know that You will love and guide him and impart Your wisdom, grace and compassion to him, in Jesus name. Amen.

As I sit in my prayer corner in my room, I am comforted to know every day, every hour, every minute that Jesus, You are with me. I can sit and talk with You and share all my concerns and worries and leave them in Your loving, capable hands. Lord help me to remember to talk with You continuously and to always consult You first when I have anger, uneasiness, condemnation or just need a friend. Help me learn to turn to You first before opening my mouth and saying anything. Give me the discernment I need and the words to say the right thing. Help me to listen better and talk less. Give me ears to hear and eyes to see the other side of the story. My goal is to show love and compassion to everyone I meet!

I encourage you to find your own special prayer corner and to set aside a time each day and begin to read, pray and journal. It will truly transform your life and deepen your walk.

-In Christ & Love
Deb Hicks