Regarding Psalm 23.....
Jesus, my Shepherd, companion to my soul, tends the issues of my heart, and leaves me in want of nothing else as He is everything I NEED.
He makes me to rest in a pleasant place at home in Him.
He draws me close to Him again and again.
He refreshes my soul with anything that it needs to keep me on the path of what is right just, pure and holy, all for His glory!
Even though that path may lead through dark and miry days I need not fear sorrow, or grief, or what men may do to me. I need not fear the enemy.
For You, my Beloved, are with me!
Because of You I can walk through this life knowing you sustain and correct me and guide me with your eye and comfort me with the Comforter and hold me safe in Your everlasting arms.
Even now in the presence of those who vex, distress, afflict me and try to shut me up,
You prepare a feast in which You allow us to feed on the love of Your Word even now, and it brings me hope for the time we shall meet face to face.
You consecrate me, set me apart unto Yourself, and pour Yourself into me bringing comfort, gladness and hope to overflowing and satisfy my soul!
Being assured of these good things, You let me know in my heart that I am well favored, Your Beloved, and that You will never leave me or forsake me!
You my Jesus will pursue me relentlessly and watch over me in the highs and lows, through all the seasons of my life, surrounded by Your goodness and mercy. And my heart will forever be at home in You, abiding safely, and as Your Bride will one day never more go in or out!
Happy Birthday my Jesus, my Shepherd, my Bridegroom!
© Monika Hardy
Finding a treasure in the thrift store is a lovely hunt. Wandering through isle upon isle, digging through pile after pile, and searching through rack after rack, just to find that one item laid aside by another that will bring much joy to another. It may take some cleaning, and mending to restore it to its once original condition, but it’s worth it, as it will be of great use and be admired by the new owner.
Digging through the rooms of our hearts we may find things that have piled up, put aside but not dealt with. Purifying our souls with the power of the Holy Spirit by obeying God’s word can create a change in the disposition of the soul. Sanctification, being set apart unto God for His work, requires an active and continuous search of the fruit that is growing or rotting within in the soul. Should there be a deep root of bitterness within the heart it will affect the outward disposition. As believers our love for our brothers and sisters in Jesus should be unfeigned or sincere and without hypocrisy. True love flowing from the heart of God through His willing vessel cannot be faked. Fake shiny fruit hanging on a dead vine may look good, but it is imitation none the less and obvious to others.
Click on the link above to watch the movie trailer of the the newest film
"The Will" which our church has made.
Many of the scenes are filmed in gorgeous Coeur d' Alene, Idaho
and I even got a background part in the Ballroom scence
filmed at the beautiful Davenport Hotel in Spokane, Washington.
The film is based on a true story involving
redemption, sacrifice, unselfishness, and true love!
Times are hard on many, and life can seem to overwhelm us,
but through it all, we can trust God!
A wonderful message in movie form to share
with one and all at Christmas or anytime.
Some behind the scenes photos....
© Monika Hardy