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by Bob and Debby Gass

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‘He restores my soul…’ Psalm 23:3 NIV

When life overwhelms us we usually look for one of two things. We may look for somebody with all the answers. The trouble is, when you look to someone for that which only God can provide, you set that person up to fail and yourself up to be disappointed. Alternatively, we may look for somewhere with fewer problems. Paul Harvey wrote, ‘After Hurricane Andrew devastated South Florida, Patricia Christy vowed she was going to leave on the first plane. She was determined to get as far away from the horror of hurricane damage as she possibly could and have a restful vacation.’ Harvey said, ‘I just heard from Patricia Christy. She was standing in line for fresh water on the Hawaiian Island Kauai, having just gone through Hurricane Iniki!’ Sheep get anxious when storms come, predators roar, or they’re forced to move to unfamiliar territory. How do they handle such times? By moving closer to the shepherd! Have you lost your peace of mind today? Read the following Scriptures; they’ll help you move closer to your Shepherd: ‘But let all those rejoice who put their trust in You; let them ever shout for joy, because You defend them…’ (Psalm 5:11 NKJV) ‘The eternal God is your refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms…’ (Deuteronomy 33:27 NIV) ‘You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You.’ (Isaiah 26:3 NKJV) ‘The Lord is good, a stronghold in the day of trouble; and He knows those who trust in Him.’ (Nahum 1:7 NKJV) For ‘The Lord remembers us and will bless us…’ (Psalm 115:12 NIV)

SoulFood: Habakkuk 1-3, John 5:1-15, Ps 15, Pr 24:7

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