Encouragement For Everyone

Stick with the Shepherd.

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We are more than halfway through January already, how is it going?

For some of us, a new year comes with an imbalanced mix of  excitement and uncertainty.

What will the year bring?

Last year, I expected… but…

Will this year be different?

I thought I’d have achieved so and so by now…

I can’t believe I’m still…

Or still…?

What if the year ends and I’m still single…?

What if…?

I wish I could tell you, straight up, that all your dreams are coming true this year.

I wish I knew the same thing for myself for times when I have questions.

Well, I don’t but I’ve chosen to and I’m suggesting, that we trust the One who does.

Verse 1 of  the most likely familiar, Psalms 23, says;

The Lord is my Shepherd [to feed, guide, and shield me], I shall not lack. (emphasis added)

I like the three words used to describe the Shepherd here (AMPC version) and it helps to drive home the point of this post, on sticking with the Shepherd, the Lord God, Almighty, our Creator, who knew us even before we were born, knows everything about us, even the end from the beginning, surely He’s trustworthy.

I say, we stick with the Shepherd who knows what’s best for us, who FEEDS, GUIDES and SHIELDS us, ensuring that we lack not, as He leads us.

FEEDS; We are provided with what we need, PRESENTLY.

GUIDES; Some things we need, may require going through a PROCESS, He takes us through the process and we get what we need in due time.

SHIELDS; Some things we think we need  but we don’t have or get them because the Shepherd who knows better, knows that we don’t need them, so He shields us and sometimes when we think we’re being deprived or rejected, we’re actually being PROTECTED.

He sees the big picture that we do not see, He knows what we need better than we do, He feeds us and guides us to them as required and shields us as well, when necessary, because He also knows what we don’t need  (even when we think we need it), so why not stick with Him.

Trust God from the bottom of your heart; don’t try to figure out everything on your own.
Listen for God’s voice in everything you do, everywhere you go;  he’s the one who will keep you on track. – Proverbs 3: 5-6 MSG

Like a sheep, His sheep, that hears and listens to His voice, that follows Him, stick to the Shepherd, you’ll have what you need and what you need, you’ll have.

I hope to have a great year and I wish you same too.

Be encouraged.

 

 

 

 

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10 Bible verses to encourage you as you wait on God.

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Waiting, generally,  is  not something I particularly enjoy doing, from waiting in line to ‘waiting in life’ but I’m learning that whether or not I like it, I can’t make God hurry, so I might as well wait with a good attitude.

The Bible says in Acts 1:7, that timing is the Father’s business and I’ve learned to trust that He’s never late.

Today, I thought to share these 10 bible verses that have encouraged and still encourage me as I wait on God in different areas of my life, I hope they encourage you too.

And therefore the Lord [earnestly] waits [expecting, looking, and longing] to be gracious to you; and therefore He lifts Himself up, that He may have mercy on you and show loving-kindness to you. For the Lord is a God of justice. Blessed (happy, fortunate, to be envied) are all those who [earnestly] wait for Him, who expect and look and long for Him [for His victory, His favor, His love, His peace, His joy, and His matchless, unbroken companionship]! Isaiah 30:18

Do not [earnestly] remember the former things; neither consider the things of old. Behold, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs forth; do you not perceive and know it and will you not give heed to it? I will even make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert. Isaiah 43:18-19

Though it tarry, wait [earnestly] for it, because it will surely come; it will not be behindhand on its appointed day. Habakkuk 2:3b

 [What, what would have become of me] had I not believed that I would see the Lord’s goodness in the land of the living! Psalms 27:13

For I know that my Redeemer and Vindicator lives… Job 19:25

 My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the Rock and firm Strength of my heart and my Portion forever. Psalms 73:26

 [Most] blessed is the man who believes in, trusts in, and relies on the Lord, and whose hope and confidence the Lord is. Jeremiah 17:7

When everything was hopeless, Abraham believed anyway, deciding to live not on the basis of what he saw he couldn’t do but on what God said he would do. And so he was made father of a multitude of peoples. God himself said to him, “You’re going to have a big family, Abraham!” Romans 4:18

The Lord is good to those who wait hopefully and expectantly for Him, to those who seek Him [inquire of and for Him and require Him by right of necessity and on the authority of God’s word]. Lamentations 3:25

O my God, I trust, lean on, rely on, and am confident in You. Let me not be put to shame or [my hope in You] be disappointed; let not my enemies triumph over me. Psalms 25:2

Be encouraged.