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Psalm 23

This entry is part 3 of 6 in the series A Psalm of David

 

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The LORD is my shepherd;
I have everything I need.
He lets me rest in green meadows;
he leads me beside peaceful streams.
He renews my strength.
He guides me along right paths,
bringing honor to his name.

Even when I walk
through the dark valley of death,
I will not be afraid,
for you are close beside me.
Your rod and your staff
protect and comfort me.

You prepare a feast for me
in the presence of my enemies.
You welcome me as a guest,
anointing my head with oil.
My cup overflows with blessings.
Surely your goodness and unfailing love will pursue me
all the days of my life,
and I will live in the house of the LORD
forever.

WHERE ARE WE GOING?

In George Macdonald’s The Marquis of Lossie, a hunchback child moans constantly, “I dinna ken whaur I cam frae, and I dinna ken whaur I’m gaein’ till!” (I don’t know where I came from. I don’t know where I’m going to,”)

Omar Khayyam echoed the same sentiment when he said, “I come like water, and like wind I go! . . . I know not whither, willy-nilly blowing.”

The German philosopher Immanuel Kant devoted himself to resolving three questions: (1) What am I? (2) Whence came I? (3) Whither go I? But after a long life of research and analysis, the three questions remained unanswered for Kant.

Sadly, most people today don’t know where they are going either. They follow whatever seems right to them at the time. Some enjoy their journey and never questions their final destination. Others change directions constantly but never find the “right paths.”

Fortunately, we do not need to wander in the wilderness. Instead, God gives direction to those who seek him, guiding us along right paths.

As you travel physical paths today, take time to thank and praise God for guiding you spiritually and for helping you make wise decisions that bring “honor to his name.”

 

 

 

 
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Posted by on August 22, 2015 in A Psalm of David, psalm 23

 

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I’ve been nominated for the Liebster Award

The Liebster Award
I am humbled and honored to be nominated for the LIEBSTER AWARD by 2 wonderful bloggers,
Scribbles & Musings and MLou’s Photography Blog.

RECOMMENDED BLOGS TO CHECK OUT:

Scribbles and Musings  a wonderful person who has a big heart for animals and who also runs a pet sitting business. If you have some questions about your pets, this is the perfect person to consult with.

MLou’s Photography Blog  a retired Animal Control Officer who loves photography and the outdoors. She writes about her outdoor adventures and posts personal snapshots along the way. 

RULES FOR THE LIEBSTER AWARD:

Once you are nominated,

  • Make a post thanking and linking the person who nominated you.
  • Include a Liebster Award sticker in the post too.
  • Nominate 5-10 other bloggers who you feel are worthy of this award. Let them know they have been nominated by commenting on one of their posts. You can also nominate the person who nominated you.
  • Ensure all of these bloggers have less than 200 followers.
  • Answer the eleven questions asked to you by the person who nominated you, and make eleven questions of your own for your nominees or you may use the same questions.
  • Lastly, COPY these rules in the post.

SCRIBBLES AND MUSINGS  questions for me:

1. If you could meet one famous person, who would it be?
I would like to meet Dr. Charles Stanley, founder of In Touch Ministries and New York Times best-selling author.

2. If you could time-travel, what time period would you like to visit?
I have always wanted to travel the time period of my father’s parents and experience the life that they had.

3. What would your ideal day consist of?
My ideal day would be to finish all the things that I have scheduled for that particular day though it rarely happens for I get off track with a lot of things sometimes –  but who doesn’t, right?

4. What is the simplest thing that makes you smile?
The simplest thing that makes me smile are the unexpected little things that my hubby does for me. An example was a time when he picked some flowers in our garden for me to bring to work.

5. How many times have you fallen in love?
Three times – once in college, the other in graduate school and last is my husband – the irreplaceable one

6. What would be your dream job?
My dream job would be to work in a place where the Lord has reserved for me and fulfill all His intentions in that workplace.

7. Who do you look up to or who inspires you?
My parents have always been and will always be an inspiration to me.

8. What is your favorite season and why?
My favorite season is fall for I get to wear my boots and enjoy the scenery of nature.

9. What book(s) can you read over and over again?
My Bible is definitely on the top list that I want to read over and over again. All other Christian books are secondary.

10. Android or iPhone … which goes nicely with PC or Mac?
I have an Android phone and tablet and it works well with my PC. I have never owned a Mac though I would like to have one.

11. What is your all time favorite food?
Korean food is my all time favorite esp. kimchi.


MLOU’S PHOTOGRAPHY BLOG questions for me:
There are 11 questions but some are similar to the questions above.

1. What’s the very first thing you would do if you won the lottery?
If I win the lottery, my husband and I will set up a foundation and save the principal amount but use the interest to help fund the different missionaries and ministries around us.

2. If you had a chance to live in outerspace would you go?
I don’t think so.

3. Where would you like to retire?
I haven’t made up my mind yet but I’m sure I’ll find someplace once I’m close to retirement.

4. Do you have a favorite hobby?
I have a lot of hobbies but my favorite is cooking.

MY NOMINEES ARE THE FOLLOWING BLOGGERS IN NO PARTICULAR ORDER:

Old Folks at Homestead

Life: An unpredictable journey

University Life

Marianne @ Along the Side of the Road

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MY QUESTIONS FOR THE NOMINEES:

1. What made you decide to create a blog?
2. If you could have a do-over with you life, what would it be and why?
3. Who is your favorite hero?
4. What’s your long-term goal for your blog?
5. What is the vacation place that you are eager to go to?
6. Who is your favorite author?
7. What is the book that you can relate to and mostly speaks to you?
8. Is Jesus Christ the Savior of your life?
9. What is your favorite hobby?
10. What’s your goal in life?
11. What interests you the most?

I’m thankful to all my readers and subscribers and I hope I’m able to bring some new insight and inspiration to your life in one way or the other as you all have been in mine.

 
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Posted by on August 14, 2015 in Liebster Award

 

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Psalm 23

  This entry is part 2 of 6 in the series A Psalm of David                

     In this series, we will be looking at how the Lord guides and protect us from danger and fears of any kind. In God’s Word, the sheep here is a parallel and is actually referring to us. When we are down or weary, it is God who keeps us safe and gives us rest as exemplified in verse 2 (the text that is in bold and in italics). We may not see it in our natural eyes, but God holds us in His mighty arms and uplifts us from any harmful circumstances so that we may not fall beyond our limit and capacity of handling the situation.


The LORD is  my shepherd;

a874ffab8c81f4af5a1efe4a2b0206d4I have everything I need.
He lets me rest in green meadows;
he leads me beside peaceful streams.
He renews my strength.
He guides me along right paths,
bringing honor to his name.

Even when I walk
through the dark valley of death,
I will not be afraid,
for you are close beside me.
Your rod and  your staff
protect and comfort me.

You prepare a feast for me
in the presence of my enemies.
You welcome me as a guest,
anointing my head with oil.
My cup overflows with blessings.
Surely your goodness and unfailing love will pursue me
all the days of my life,
and I will live in the house of the LORD
forever.

TIPS FROM A SHEEPHERDER

In A Shepherd Looks at Psalm 23, Philip Keller shares his experiences in raising sheep. He discovered  rather quickly that “sheep do not just take care of themselves … They require, more than any other class of livestock, endless attention and meticulous care.”

He also found that sheep do not rest or lie down unless they are free from fear, free from tension with other sheep, free of flies or other pests, and free from hunger. Keller then points out how the Lord delivers us from fear (2 Timothy 1:7), tensions (Philippians 4:6-7), irritations of daily life (John 14:27), and spiritual hunger (John 6:35).

Regarding peaceful streams, Keller says there are three ways sheep quench their thirst: (1) licking up the morning dew; (2) drinking water drawn from deep wells; or (3) drinking from flowing streams. Once again there are parallels to the Christian life. The morning dew reminds us of our need for spiritual drink as we start each day; the deep wells remind us of what God supplies to deepen our spiritual life; and the flowing streams remind us of the work of the Holy Spirit (see John 7:39) to lead us into truth.

Let us look to our great Shepherd to provide for us and lead us where we need to go.

 
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Posted by on August 8, 2015 in personal devotion

 

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My Story

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I’m the youngest of 4 kids and was educated in an exclusive school for girls run by the Benedictine Sisters where I spent my preparatory up to high school education. I finished a Degree of Doctor of Optometry and hold a Masters Degree in Public Administration. I was born in an influential family and being the youngest child, I was protected – way more protected and sheltered from the realities of life. As a result, I learned very little life skills but is somewhat balanced with scholarly knowledge.

I’m the granddaughter of a Christian minister and every Sunday was no ordinary day and mostly spent in going to the church and getting involved in religious activities. I was saved at 15 or 16 (can’t really remember) and my Christian life was more like a once-a-week Sunday affair and went on to live life like the rest of the world after the Sunday worship. Going to church was more like a habit and/or a responsibility – like having a check mark on the attendance sheet in the heavenly realm.

Even though I was raised in a Christian home where love, humility, and kindness was an everyday thing, I still felt a certain void in my life. I was on a roller-coaster ride wherein my good feelings were tied up to the excitement of the adventure with the activities that I was doing. Though I was a child of God, I never felt the power that was promised in His Word. I felt I was not steady and didn’t really have an anchor to rely on when bad circumstances went my way.

I then reevaluated my life and checked where I have gone wrong. I went to church, gave a tithe, served in the church but still, something was missing. It dawned on me one day as I listened to ministers that being a Christian is not just a once-or-twice-a-week affair where you spend an hour or two in the worship service. It is more of a relationship and light has finally shone through and found that this is what has been missing in my life through all these years –  My relationship.

My once-a-week affair then turned to a daily personal close relationship with God (reading the Bible, personal devotions, prayer) and now, I no longer have the empty void feeling that has been enveloping my life but is now replaced with joy, fulfillment, and satisfaction. Whenever I experience unpleasant circumstances, I am no longer moved for I know that everything that happens to me has a purpose and for my own benefit. Just like a tree, my roots have now gone deep and is anchored in God’s Word. He is no longer on the sideline but is involved in every area of my life.

My purpose for creating this blog is to help others know Jesus Christ and grow to be like Him. I want my readers to have an intimate relationship with God and carry out their divine purpose and the application of God’s Word to daily living.

 
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Posted by on August 6, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

Psalm 23 – A Psalm of David

Psalm 23 is a timeless piece that is mostly said and memorized by a lot of people in their time of distress and frustration. I want to share this with my readers so we can glean everything that we can and make it personal in our lives.

I will be posting a 6-part series of this Psalm which is taken from the One Year Book of Psalms by William J. Petersen and Randy Petersen.

Psalm 23 verse 1


The LORD is my shepherd;
I have everything I need.
He lets me rest in green meadows;
he leads me beside peaceful streams.
He renews my strength.
He guides me along right paths,
bringing honor to his name.




Even when I walk
through the dark valley of death,
I will not be afraid,
for you are close beside me.
Your rod and your staff
protect and comfort me.

You prepare a feast for me
in the presence of my enemies.
You welcome me as a guest,
anointing my head with oil.
My cup overflows with blessings.
Surely your goodness and unfailing love will pursue me
all the days of my life,
and I will live in the house of the LORD
forever.

All you need for eternity is packed into the first five words of Psalm 23:1:

The — He is the only God, as the first commandment says. He isn’t a Lord; he is the Lord.
Lord — This name emphasizes his amazing grace, love, and faithfulness to us.
Is — This present tense verb shows that God lives. He is the same today as he was yesterday.
My — God is not an abstract power. He wants to be your personal shepherd.
Shepherd — And what a shepherd! He loves and cares for his sheep, even dying for them.

A pastor visited a very sick child once and took him word by word through Psalm 23:1 to try and comfort him. With each word the child was taught to grasp a different finger, concluding with his thumb, which represented the word shepherd. The pastor didn’t really know at the time how much the child understood.

Shortly after the little boy died, the mother spoke to the pastor and said, “Just before he died, he held very tightly to his index finger, and he seemed to want to tell me something.”

The pastor knew that the boy had understood. He has been clutching his “my” finger. He knew that the Lord was his personal shepherd to guide him “through the dark valley of death.”

 
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Posted by on August 6, 2015 in Uncategorized