Monday, March 23, 2009

The Lord Is My Shepherd

"The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not be in want." Psalm 23:1 (NIV)

"THE LORD is my Shepherd [to feed, guide, and shield me], I shall not lack." Psalm 23:1 (Amp)

"The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want. " Psalm 23:1 (KJV)

"The Lord is my shepherd;
I have all that I need." Psalm 23:1 (NLT)

"You, LORD, are my shepherd.

I will never be in need." Psalm 23:1 (CEV)

I love reading a simple verse in many different translations. For me, that usually reinforces what the verse is trying to say to me- and sometimes it brings out a whole different aspect that I didn't consider before. We've come to that time of year again where faith can sometimes clash with what I can physically see in front of me. Andy is on the verge of going back to work- the weather is warming up, the ground is softening, and we know that means that any day he can get that phone call- but any day can still be a few weeks from now, and when I look at the status of the checkbook, that day can't come soon enough. I have to remind myself that God always takes care of us. If I look back here on the blog to the same time the past two years I can read what God has already done for us, and if He's done it before, He'll certainly do it again.

I have to tell you though, this year there is something different in my spirit. Yes, I can look at the numbers, and I can look at the calendar, and I know that there are deadlines and due dates. In the past, all those things would add up and I would get stressed and filled with anxiety and overall, I have to say, at this time of year Andy and I are up to our necks in concern over our situation. This year though, I know that I know that I know that God comes through for us every time. The right opportunities will come along for Andy to make a few bucks just when we need them. And as a result, I'm not stressed about it- not in the least, which is an interesting place to be. But I've been keeping Psalm 23:1 close to my heart, and that really and truly helps. Each version that I read just bolsters the one I read before it. My particular favorite this morning is the Contemporary English Version, "You, Lord, are my shepherd, I will never be in need." Never be in need, I love reading that.

I have complete faith that the phone call will come exactly when God wants it to come. I am also incredibly thankful this morning for the peace that I have about the whole situation. We will rely on God's timing, for his timing is always perfect.

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