Bette's Box of Blessings - The Lord Is My Shepherd

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Our theme verse this month is the first verse of a very familiar passage, the 23rd Psalm:

The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want.

Most scholars believe that David wrote this when he was king, and most likely in the later years of his reign.  He was painting a picture that people of his time would understand, that of a shepherd.  He was also painting a picture that he was very familiar with since he himself was a shepherd in his early years.  He knew that a shepherd was everything to the flock: protector, provider, leader.

He also knew that the shepherd owned the flock.  So by saying “The Lord is my shepherd” he was saying that the Lord owned him.  He was also implicitly saying that he would follow the Lord and submit to His will.  King David was making a very personal statement.

In this short verse David is also saying that because of the Lord being his shepherd, all his needs are taken care of.  He wants for nothing; the Lord is all he needs.  At this point in his life, King David was saying this based on his experience.

My goal for this month’s Box of Blessings is that you will also say, “The Lord is my shepherd, He is all I need.”  This month’s Box has a variety of resources that will help you say that and know that.  You will not only know God better and grow in your faith, but also have resources that are great for sharing your faith.

So here’s what’s in this month’s Box of Blessings:

In Tony Evan’s book, God Himself, Dr. Evans takes you on a journey through God’s attributes.  You will find your heart encouraged and your worship enriched as you learn about the beautiful nature of our God…the source of all goodness and life.  Here is a quote from the chapter on God’s goodness:  “One of the fundamental reasons we are not passionate Christians is that we are not grateful Christians.  We go around all day as though this stuff ought to be the way it is…The only cure for that is to get a firm grip on the goodness of God.  The psalmists knew where their blessings came from.”

What better picture is there of the goodness of God than the picture of the Lord as our shepherd.  This is why I have included an adorable flower pick with our theme verse on it, “The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want.”  Gifting alert!  The card it is attached to is printed on the back for easy gifting.

“Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.”  (Psalm 23:4)  Even when we are in the valley, we can be grateful.  The CD, Canyon, by Ellie Holcomb has a song on it titled Paradox that has these lyrics:

Now I’m in a valley, looking up

You have never felt so close

Canyons all around me, stars above

Meet me in the depths below

Where the lost is found

Where the broken is crowned

Where souls rise up from the ground

You got me in the valley looking up

“Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil;  my cup runneth over.”  (Psalm 23:5)  Do you sometimes question what it means for your cup to “runneth over?”  If you do or know someone who does, then you are going to love My Cup Runneth Over – Everyday Blessings & Devotions for Women.  This delightful devotional has 108 devotions that remind you of life’s abundant blessings.  And it has a ribbon bookmark!

The Giant Bible Word Games Collection is a treasure trove of more than 200 puzzles for anyone interested in learning more about the men and women of God’s Word.  Not only will it provide hours of entertainment, but it’s also a fun and easy way to learn about scores of important Bible characters.

Enclosed are six Christian greeting cards: 2 birthday, 1 anniversary, 1 thank you, and 2 encouragement cards.  I especially love the card with the succulent plants on the front that says, “Taking care of others is the gift of yourself wrapped in genuine love.” 

 As you read Dr. Evans book and think about the attributes of God, or are listening to the worship CD and singing about the times you are in the valley, or maybe sending an encouragement card to a friend, may your belief be strengthened and may others see, that He truly is your shepherd and that you truly are His.