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Psalm 23 – The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing. 2 He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, 3 he refreshes my soul. He guides me along the right paths for his name’s sake. 4 Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. 5 You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. 6 Surely your goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.

pasture1There is but one way. And it isn’t always easy. People always talk about nto being able to see the forest for the trees. Every time I hear that, I envision myself back at Jacob’s Well, the place where found freedom in Christ and was set free from my bondage.

The house sits on a piece of property, flat, and grassy. Right next to and on the other side of the turtle pond sits a row of dense forest and tree canopies. The fog that sometimes comes up over the tree line makes the forest look like it is on fire, especially in the early morning or late afternoon as the sun sets. It’s so beautiful, but also awesome and mysterious. As I see myself standing there in the oppennes of the field, completely vulnerable and naked to the firmament above me, I ponder those trees. As I hear a dog barking through the trees, attempting to grab a snare a not so unsuspecting squirrel or other varmint with the obnoxious bark, I long to be just a flea on his fur in order to be able to see the forest for what it is.

pasture2What is on the other side? What does it really look like if only I were able to look past the trees? There is narrow gate. It is the only way to Christ and out of the billions of people who live on the planet, a very small remnant actually decide to take that small path into the woods to follow their Savior in to unchartered territory, following the Light of Salvation into realms unseen, into the darkness, into the fog.

The path can become overgrown, weeds can overtake the humbleness of it all. It can be choked off by the very life that sustains the rest of the earth. It’s up to ME to continue forward, allowing Christ to shine His Light on one step, then another. Before long, after the loss of everything, after walking alone, after countless vain attempts at taking the highway to destinations never intended for me, I chose the small path into the woods. All perspective changed in an instant and I stood before the Son of God in a beautiful meadow. Eternal life and love!

pasture3Do you have a woman in your life who needs help? Is she living a silent life of addiction? Is she broken in any way? Is she at the end of her rope? This is the place, annointed by God, that can help her find her way to Christ. She can be free, she can be redeemed, she will be loved and cared for like no other! This place SAVED MY LIFE. I was a dead woman walking until I found the beautiful people at Jacob’s Well. They showed me the way to TRUE freedom in Christ Jesus! Lives are restored, families are restored, blessings abound!

www.jacobswellrecoverycenter.com

You can read Psalm 21-24 and bask in the beautiful poetic musical prayers of those long ago at www.biblegateway.com. What a testimony to God’s favor and mercy upon us all! Join in the discussion by posting comments or questions below and let’s do this together!! #ReadtheBible #bgbg2 #BibleGateway #newbeginnings #Psalm

To further your reading, consider this from:

Matthew 10:39 – Whoever finds their life will lose it, and whoever loses their life for my sake will find it.

What is God’s best for us and do we believe that it exists? Are we holding onto things of this world as if it is ALL God has for us or are we willing to let go of everything we have and follow Him into unchartered territory? For many, this is a very frightening thing to even think about, but God’s best can not be revealed until we surrender ALL!

Related Scriptures: Matthew 7:13-14; John 12:25; Isaiah 40:11

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