Restore My Soul

 Sisterhood happens anywhere the Gospel lives. It is a way of life that flows rich out of Gospel blood, Gospel love and Gospel grace.

But sometimes we forget the Cross-message: You are enough in Me. And I am enough for you. Rest here.

We are restored by His love and we reclaim Our Identity. The Gospel leads us to reclaim our position in Him and we STAND.

Security.

Togetherness.

Authenticity.

Named Purpose.

Diversity.

Close your eyes for a moment and experience the word picture David has painted for the children of God that has comforted hearts for centuries and guided the bravest through vast stormy waters.

The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. (Satisfied – room for all)
He makes me lie down in green pastures.
He leads me beside still waters.[a]
He restores my soul.

Rest …
He leads me in paths of righteousness
for his name’s sake.

Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil, (perfect love casts out fear)

Reflect …
for you are with me;
your rod and your staff,
they comfort me.

You prepare a table before me
in the presence of my enemies;

David reflects, even in the presence of those who hate him, there is a feast prepared!
you anoint my head with oil;
my cup overflows.

Declare: I have more than enough. I refuse to live with a poverty mindset

Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me
all the days of my life,
and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord
forever.

Believe: I expect good things. I Hope in Him. I am replenished.

Living with a restored soul involves rest and reflection and results in replenishment.

The Gospel is a mighty fountain of Restoration. It has restored me…

My sweet grandma and I lie in her tiny hospital bed, eye to eye. Tears are spilling down her wrinkled cheeks. She knows goodbye is imminent. I don’t want her to leave me. We’ve recited it so many times … But in this helpless moment, hope is just beginning to flare – Hope is born in the darkest places…

And I say it out loud, “The Lord is my Shepherd…”

Her and I have said it so many times: On the gravel road during harvest time as the combines roar, before breakfast on the early morning after a sleepover, on the phone as I lay awake, sick, homesick and provinces away.

We’ve recited this so many times.

Now, I lay beside her and she is dying and in those moments of goodbye, I am stirred by a love message ringing loud. Her voice is too weak to join mine so I speak for both of us: “The Lord is My Shepherd … He restores my soul.” 

Her soul, mind heart and body; about to be fully restored.

Just as I am recognizing my own restored state,

Her new life in heaven.

Mine declared bold on earth.

Something about that moment releases me to rest in the love of God. To let Him be enough, and let me be nothing – Come as you are, He says. Empty vessel. Let Me Give Everything. You offer nothing. Only open your heart to receive my love.

If we do not have love, we have nothing. What about when we can’t feel it?

Bible Scholars say David was facing extreme anxiety while penning the famous Psalm. God had spoken great promises to David, but he’s stuck in the Desert.

We all have desert moments and anxious concerns … How will I pay these bills? Will I ever get a new job? Will I ever get married? Will my kids hate me forever? Will my circumstances ever change? Will I ever kick this addiction? Will I ever be able to tell anyone?

What do we do in those moments we have no strength to Rise, to STAND?

David feels like He cannot restore himself … He has forgotten His position.  

To reclaim His identity, David doesn’t say I AM. He points to who GOD IS, to him.

We cannot restore ourselves, and we mustn’t try. But we can reclaim.

God has already restored and will continue to restore, and we must reclaim.

Reclaiming is not about generating something new, building, creating or conjuring something up. Reclaiming is about recovering something lost. It is about restoring back to what was originally intended. In Eden.

“The Lord is my Shepherd.”

This reminding and restoring gives David the strength to Rise up and STAND.

When you find your identity in who God is, and you rest there, you are empowered to live Gospel Grace.

TO LIVE

Secure with the dogged refusal to believe the lie that you are not enough and you don’t have enough.

Together, standing in healthy, interdependent relationships – receiving grace from Calvary so you can give it lavishly.

Authentic so the whole world knows the Great Grace story is not for the perfect, it’s for those willing to receive it. To show up and be real. To be vulnerable. To be brave.

Named for purposes that are vast, creative and unique – trusting fully as you depend on God.

Inviting Diverse voices and perspectives to come sit at your table!

When David is restored, He shows others Who God is. This POSITION is the Great Commission.

David becomes the very fragrance of Jesus to thousands and thousands of hope-hungry men and women spanning centuries.

David’s words were the fragrance that filled that little hospital room as my grandma slipped from earth to glory.

As we are restored, we rise and stand, we become the fragrance of Christ for all to inhale.

… I remember my grandma’s withered hands. A pioneer’s daughter, a hard working mama, a Jesus-trusting woman. I remember how her hands reached to pull mine up in her final moments on earth – so that I could see love. So that I could Rise up and STAND.

Together, we are lifting one another to Rise up and STAND in position.

To live as restored, powerful people – at rest in Him.

 

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