S: PLACES of REST
FC: PLACES of REST | Written & Photographed by Kathy Dunkin
1: New Living Translation | Psalm 23 & Jeremiah 17:7 - 8
2: The Lord is my Shepherd;
3: I have all that I need. | Food | Home | Clothes | Friends | Family | Relationship with God | Love
5: He lets me rest in green meadows; | There are times in life when everything can seem overwhelming. Even at those times, the Lord shows us meadows: green, comfortable, available, from Him.
6: He leads... me | At those times, He shows me what to do & where to go.
7: beside peaceful streams. | He leads me with gentleness & peace - internal peace which circumstances cannot steal.
8: He renews my strength.
9: Everyday He gives me whatever I need: strength to get up, peace to live by, hope to go on everyday.
10: He guides me along right paths,
11: bringing honor to His name. | He guides... He shows me the right way to go. All I have to do is watch, listen, and obey. Why? Because it honors Him, the one, true God.
12: Even when I walk through the darkest valley, I will not be afraid, for you are close beside me. Your rod and your staff protect and comfort me.
13: Close beside me... | Protects me... | Comforts me... | Darkest valley? Who knows what is the darkest place? I just know that I do not have to be afraid. I might be anxious about the unknown but I do know that God protects me, comforts me, and is with me constantly.
14: You prepare a feast for me in the presence of my enemies. You honor me by anointing my head with oil. My cup overflows with blessings. | So many blessings... Children, Siblings, Friends, Church, Home, Job, Doctors, Food, Beauty All Around, Relationship with God.
15: Look at the beauty... and place of rest.
16: Surely Your goodness and unfailing love will pursue me all the days of my life, | Pure, no strings attached, love
17: and I will live in the house of the Lord forever. | True, eternal peace
18: But blessed are those who trust in the Lord and have made the Lord their hope and confidence.
19: Trust... Trust the Lord... He gives hope throughout the valleys... He is faithful so I can trust with confidence.
20: They are like trees planted along a riverbank, with roots that reach deep into the water. | Thankfully, God has prepared me for this trial by showing Himself faithful in past trials. | Roots Reach Deep
21: Such trees are not bothered by the heat or worried by long months of drought. | Heat and Drought Do Not Stop Growth When the Lord is Invited in the Situation
22: Their leaves stay green, and they never stop producing fruit. | Green Leaves... Fruit... Producing... Never Stop... We don't sit down and give up when trials come. We must continue to move forward no matter what comes our way.
23: HE is faithful. If He has proven Himself faithful in the past, then there is always hope. | There is beauty even when there is a quick flowing river.
24: You prepare a feast for me in the presence of my enemies. You honor me by anointing my head with oil. My cup overflows with blessings. | Yes, and again:
25: LORD, You have prepared a feast here on Earth and in the future. Thank-YOU.
26: "Come to ME ... I will give you rest..."
27: Then Jesus said, “Come to Me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you. Let Me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light.” Mt 11:28 – 30 NLT