Psalm 23 💜 My Shepherd

Read Psalm 23

Jesus with his lambs, in a field with mountains and stream

I love this Psalm. It paints yet another picture of our wonderful Creator. He shepherds us and cares for us more than we could ever imagine. His grace is without limit. “I have all that I need.”

There is so much richness to this psalm, I could probably write a whole series of reflections on different sections. Take some time today to read through this a couple time if you can. How is it speaking to your heart? How do you see God a little differently when you see him as your Shepherd?

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Luke 15:11-32 💚 God’s Embrace

Read Luke 15:11-32

prodigal son

We’re on a quest together during the Discovering the Bible Challenge to read the Bible looking for clues and messages from God. Our first mission is to recognize God’s majesty and grace. In today’s passage I see this coming through God’s love and compassion.

I have always loved this story that Jesus told to help illustrate God’s love and desire to be in relationship with us. We don’t have to be perfect to be loved by God. He loves us all, even those who go “missing.”

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Psalm 19:1-6 💗 Indescribable

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Orion constellation

“The heavens proclaim the glory of God.” That is really all we need to read today of this psalm. Imagine the majesty of the heavens and all the unexplored wonders. It’s hard enough for us to try and understand what happens here on earth or even within our own bodies. I’m especially aware of that as I would now be what some people would classify as “over the hill.” I relish in the experience and wisdom I have gained in my life. But, my body is starting to feel a few more aches and pains than when I was younger!

Whatever season of life we may find ourselves in, we can be thankful we have found God. We have so much to learn about him, whether we’ve been following him our whole life or for just the last 5 minutes! Each day is a new adventure, a new opportunity to learn, grow, and be blessed.

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Genesis 1:1-2:4 💜 In the Beginning…

Read Genesis 1:1-2:4

the world and clouds being held in two hands with a starry night sky in the background

We have probably all read the creation story a gazillion times. This time, read it through the lens of our week’s theme which is “Our Majestic and Gracious God.” Wrapping our heads around what God did for us by giving us life, companionship, provision, and beauty to enjoy is so basic we often forget how precious.

What speaks to you in today’s reading? I love how it starts, “In the beginning God…” Everything that comes from the beginning starts with God. God is the creator of all things, the artist of his own masterpiece. Similarly, in the Gospel of John, we read in Chapter 1, “In the beginning the Word already existed. The Word was with God, and the Word was God.”

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Psalm 8 💚 I Am God’s Creation

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Famous rendering of God's hand reaching out in creation

As we embark on our “Discovering the Bible Challenge,” we’ll focus first on Our Majestic and Gracious God. Each reading has been carefully selected for our Bible adventure together. I probably didn’t need to even tell you what the “theme” of the week is. What does our psalm speak to your heart about God’s character?

For me, I am comforted in knowing I was not created and then left to fend on my own. We all know this world to be a dark, cruel place underneath all the beauty and glorious display of God’s hand. There is peace knowing God created me to be in relationship with him. His instruction is available for all his children.

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