1/20/13

Psalm 23 - For Mothers


Psalm 23

All day long mothers deal with needs and wants.  Someone always wants something from you.  It may be a drink, a snack, a toy, attention, love, etc.  You are constantly giving of yourself, your energies, time, and resources.  Sitting in the hair salon one Saturday, you may read in a magazine about making time for yourself. You are torn.  You know that you have duties as a mother, but you really would like a week-long vacation on an island - population-1.  You have needs.  You have wants.  The magazine would say – take those wants!  Find something (or someone) to meet your needs!Look no further. The Lord gives you all your needs.  He gives you your wants as well (Psalm 37:4).  Read this familiar Psalm again from the eyes of a mother who has worn to the bone.

The Lord is my Shepherd; I shall not want.
 My needs are always met in God.  I need love.  I have it. I need acceptance. I have it.
He makes me to lie down in green pastures.
Sleep in peace.  God is watching over you.  Do not your head on the pillow with worry.
He leads me beside the still (quiet) waters.
Rest. Relax.  DO not let the troubles of your day follow you to bed at night.
He restores my soul;
Restore can mean repair.  Do you have hurts or brokenness?  Let God fix them.
He leads me in paths of righteousness for His name’s sake.
Worrying that you are being a good mother?  God will guide you. 
Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil.
Do not fear the evil of this world.  The unseen or seen evils.
For You are with me; Your rod and your staff, they comfort me.
The rod and staff represent the strength of our God.  Rest in His power!
You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies;
Your children may have daily needs, but God provides for your daily needs as well.
You anoint my head with oil; My cup runs over.
Even in your mistakes, God’s grace is more than enough.  It runs over.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life.
The path for you and your family maybe cloudy – but God knows the way.  His goodness and mercy are like wildflowers growing along the path of life. Abundant and ready to be picked!
And I will dwell in the house of the Lord – Forever.
We know where the path ends.  There is no fear in death. Heaven awaits.