Last Thursday I flew to Montana, without any notion of what God might do with my time away from home. It ended up being a precious time of friendship and learning and laughter and slowly savored meals.
Of crisp air, bold mountains, blue skies and even double rainbows.
God’s fingerprints covered the entire weekend.
It was a God-gifted pause–
That allowed time for reflecting and refocusing and refreshment.
About a month ago, our church family committed to a 30 Day challenge of writing out God’s Word.
And the focus was–
This past weekend was a marker that affirmed everything He has been pressing into my heart through the Abide Challenge.
My friend Tricia led us to God’s Word each morning and Psalm 23 was where we rested.
The Lord is my shepherd;
I have all that I need.
2 He lets me rest in green meadows;
he leads me beside peaceful streams.
3 He renews my strength.
He guides me along right paths,
bringing honor to his name.
4 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.
5 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.
6 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
I have all that I need.
In Him, no matter the season, I have all that I need in God.
Even when life feels hectic and hurried.
Even when plans are interrupted or the weight weighs heavy.
Even when fears start to creep in.
Even when sorrow overwhelms.
Even when scarcity appears to rule,
And there doesn’t seem to be enough energy or money or strength or ability or time or…
I can choose to cling to God’s very own words.
Cease striving, and know that I am God. ~Ps. 46:10
Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. ~Matthew 11:28
My soul finds rest in God alone; my salvation comes from him. ~Ps. 62:1
Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you; not as the world gives, do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, nor let it be fearful. ~John 14:27
For me, there is something really powerful about the process of slowing down.
My time in Montana was a call to slow.
As was penning out each passage last month.
And I know many of you joined us in the Abide Challenge, so as promised, I wanted to share with you the next set of verses that we are committed to writing out.
You can download them from our church here.
And you can read about the heart behind this challenge and also find the first set of verses in this post from last month.
May God teach us what it is to trust Him with our needs and to really believe that,
In Him, we have all that we need.
That He is who we need.
I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing. ~John 15:5