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I shall not want

” A song of David. The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He causes me to lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside still waters. He restores my soul; He leads me in paths of righteousness for His name’s sake. “

-Psalm 23

I shall not want.

What a bold statement.

The gospel is like a salve to my soul. My wandering heart is prone to search for all types of things to fill the hole in my heart. Last week it was a new pair of cute black Nike’s with a rose gold swoosh that would match my little girl’s pair. Seriously. In all seriousness I spent a good two hours pondering that purchase and deciding if I should buy them.

They came in the mail and sure, they are super cute and comfy and replaced my year old shoes that were falling apart.

But what if I spent time with the Lord that intently and that excitedly? Daily?

It is almost embarrassing to bare my soul in this way and to admit that little things bring me such rush of excitement. A Starbucks latte and stroll through Target after a rough, late morning drop off at school. One hot yoga class on an afternoon that is normally full of chaos, naptimes, and homework.

The truth is, I fully recognize my humanness and also selfishness. It is when I do fully turn to the Lord, tune out the world and my little (and big) problems, and focus on God rather than myself that I DO NOT WANT the things of this world as much as the things of God.

When I sit down with God and allow him to comfort me with his goodness, I truly can rest in everything. In His timing, in His goodness, and even in my deepest fears, for “God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.”

On my own I will not lie down in rest. I will wrestle and struggle against myself and the world in an attempt to fill my needs with things that will never fill my deepest need.

Yet God restores my soul. It is when I spend time with my maker that he changes my desires. He fills my heart with my deepest longings of love, worthiness, comfort, peace, joy, and life. I do not wonder about what I am missing out on when my eyes are fixed on the abundance of what I have.

Thank you Lord for this passage. Thank you that you do truly lead me beside still waters even in the chaos of this life. Thank you that YOU alone restore my soul. There is nothing I could do with my own bare hands that could come close to how you care for me. Thank you for taking a selfish and unrighteous lover of the world like me and make me righteous.

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  • Reply Edith

    Tiffany, you’re not alone. Little things excite me too but you’re right, we need to spend quality time with God to help us weed out the wrong desires that will bring disappointment and frustration down the line. May God bless you richly on your blogging journey and help you to touch lives to His own glory in Jesus’ name.

    February 8, 2019 at 11:22 pm
  • Reply Jennie Goutet

    I don’t tend to spend a lot of time pondering material possessions (I don’t think) but I spend a lot of time pondering my own glory as a writer – how this book will become a bestseller (I’m far from it) and what people will think, etc. So I get that embarrassment. Eventually you just want to shake it off and say no more – God gets the glory and he gets my time.

    February 9, 2019 at 1:38 am
  • Reply Tami Gaupp

    He is so good to us! Always ready to supply what we need- maybe not always what we want. But He is able to give us the desires of our hearts, even plant and water the ones He has given to us. The fact that He will restore our soul is no small thing! It’s incredible that He cares so much about the state we’re in that He would want to. Not only has He given us His Spirit to dwell with us, He also longs to heal and restore our emotions and everything that makes us who we are. Thank you so much for reminding me!! ♥️

    February 9, 2019 at 8:11 am
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