Inis has been at Lighthouse for 5 years. She is divorced and has two children - Ron (and wife, Helen) and our own, Pastor Kenny (and wife, Lynn)! God has blessed her with 4 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren.
Psalm 23 helped me during a period when I wanted to isolate myself from everyone, to become invisible or vanish, until I heard a testimony from someone that had once raised sheep in Australia. She spoke about her favorite sheep, Isaiah, and why he was special. She told about how when she entered the gate, Isaiah would come bounding across the pasture to her and what a joy it was to have his trust as she gave him her full attention, including a treat, a rubdown and scratching behind his ears.
She also spoke of another sheep that stood apart, in the far corner of the pasture. He refused to come near her or the other sheep. She grieved about his fear of her but he continued to reject her attempts to show him a shepherd's love. His actions indicated he didn't have a shepherd.
Later, I would read Psalm 23 with thoughts of Isaiah and imagine myself in a green pasture with still waters and Jesus coming toward me. I imagined myself running to Him and being comforted. Psalm 23 helped me to see Jesus as my Good Shepherd. I see that my peace rests in Him and He desires to care for me just as Isaiah's owner cared for him. His grief is deep when I refuse His help and try to live independent of His care. As I trust in Jesus, my damaged emotions continue to heal and the past is becoming just that....the past.
Father, in the name of Jesus, I thank you for your patience when I fail so many times to represent Jesus as I should. I thank you for your Word that keeps me in faith, hope and love as I believe your promises. I thank you that you continue to restore my soul. If there is someone I can help by sharing my pain of divorce and adornment, help me to be willing to share the any ways you continue to lead me safely to a place of freedom. I am learning that it is your desire that we come to you just as we are because you have a plan for each of us to live free of doubt, worry fear and unbelief. Amen.
Published on Friday, August 9, 2019 @ 6:39 AM CDT
Thank you for such a great reminder that God wants us to come to Him. When I finished reading your entry, I immediately thought of Jesus words, "Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. (Matthew 11:28) and "Come, everyone who thirsts, come to the waters; and he who has no money, come, buy and eat! Come, buy wine and milk without money and without price (Isaiah 55:1)" Freely, we may come to Him.
Posted on Fri, Aug 9, 2019 @ 6:29 AM CST
Inis, as I pray for you this morning, my heart is deeply touched, by your devotional. We choose which direction our path may take, but, God orders our steps. As we surround ourselves with the Word and friends who love us, Comfort and Joy are ever present in the air we breathe, bringing life to our bones, a smile to our face and a thankful attitude to our God. Thank you for sharing. May God give you a sweet spirit of contentment.
Posted on Fri, Aug 9, 2019 @ 7:30 AM CST
Thank you so much for sharing your journey Inis. You are so loved not only by our Lord Jesus, but also by your Lighthouse family!??
Posted on Fri, Aug 9, 2019 @ 8:24 AM CST
I too was the sheep in the corner, ashamed and afraid. Because of the things I had been taught about God, I thought if I came to him, he would punish me and hurt me even more if I drew near. This church really helped me break through those false ideas and beliefs. God wants to redeem all those broken places. Thank you for this reminder and story about the lady you met.
Posted on Sat, Aug 10, 2019 @ 8:13 AM CST