Complaining

Complaining can make us feel better by allowing us to vent and it can help us identify a problem area in our life, but that is about as far as it goes.    Additional action is going to be necessary and that can feel over whelming which is why some spend more time on the complaining part and less on the doing.   Anyway,  once you know what it is that is making you complain, formulate a plan of action. Don’t be afraid to ask for input from others, because the information and insight you get, the better your plan can be. Also, keep in mind that even if your plan won’t totally fix your issue, (but let’s hope it will)  it can be a boost to your spirits because you will be actually making an effort to turn something you complain about into something that makes you happy, or at least less prone to complain about.  🙂

The Meaning of Psalm 23

Psalm 23 is probably one of the most widely quoted verses of Old Testament Scripture.  Recently, I received this nice email that has explained what the Psalm means and I thought I would share it with you.  You, of course, are free to agree or disagree with the explanation, but hopefully, it will be of benefit to someone.  🙂

The Lord is my shepherd (Relationship)

(relationship: connection, bond, association, mutual dealing)

I shall not be in want (Supply)

(supply: to furnish what is lacking, to satisfy, to provide)

He makes me lie down in green pastures (Rest)

(rest: relief or freedom from what wearies, troubles or disturbs; a refreshing ease or quiet)

He leads me beside quiet waters (Refreshment)

(refreshment: to provide new vigor and energy by rest, food, etc, ; to revive, to be restorative.)

He restores my soul (Healing)

(healing: to mend, to cure, to gain health; to make whole and healthy; to be free from ailments).

He guides me in paths of righteousness (Guidance)

(guidance: leadership, direction, advice, supervised council)

For his names sake (Purpose)

(purpose: the reason for which something exists; an intended or desired result; end; aim; goal. )

Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death (Testing)

(testing: to determine the quality of something; the means by which the presence, quality, or genuineness of anything is determined; )

I will fear no evil (Protection)

(protection: to defend, shelter or guard from attack; )

For you are with me (Faithfulness)

(faithfulness: steady in allegiance or affection; loyal; constant;, reliable; true to one’s word.)

Your rod and your staff, they comfort me (Discipline)

(discipline: to train to act in accordance with a set of rules; to develop a set of skills; to improve or correct behavior by training.)

You prepare a table for me in the presence of my enemies (Hope)

(hope: a confident expectation; a trusting expectation of a favorable outcome).

You anoint my head with oil (Consecration)

(consecration: to dedicate to a sacred purpose; to set apart for a holy use.)

My cup overflows (Abundance)

(abundance: a great or plentiful amount; an overflowing or over sufficient amount).

Surely goodness and love will follow me for all of my days (Blessing)

(blessing: God’s favor to a person; God’s approval)

And I will dwell in the house of the Lord (Security)

(security: to be free from danger or injury; to be free from harm.)

Forever (Eternity)

(eternity: a limitless, time, without interruption.)