“The Lord is my shepherd; I have everything I need…He gives me new strength.
He guides me in the right paths, as he has promised.” (Psalms 23: 1, 3, Good News Translation)
God’s shepherding presence is our assurance, our calm, our reliance. Begin your days in this conscious awareness, like the Psalmist did. The recognition of abundance—needs already met, paths established and guidance at hand—is our best point of departure.
When we begin with want, with lack, we see only that belief. That attitude of scarcity is the lens through which we view life and its possibilities. But our Shepherd is good, loving, and always caring for us. Our Shepherd is God, and God has no lack of Love, of goodness, of opportunities. And He is also Truth. God has kept His word as His nature requires and has already supplied us with enough. As we recognize and claim this, we will see that we truly have everything we need.
When we attempt to be our own shepherds, to feel that we must create and maintain all and know and be everything at all times, things can feel challenging. But we can easily and naturally gain new strength and fresh views by yielding that control over every little detail of life. We can choose to gratefully lean on God and His Love to show us our pastures already lush with everything we need and more.
Our Shepherd has promised and provided us with His Love. This ever-present Love is tangibly, precisely, and timely, the very substance of all we may seem to need, already abundant and right and at hand.
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