Starting the New Year off Right

Here we go, another school year is upon us – well, at least for those who go to school, have children in school or work in schools. That would involve a major portion of the population. So how do we get started with a positive mindset? How do we start off with an expectation of learning, growing, serving and keeping the Lord, lord of our lives?

This morning during my devotional I pondered that question. The Lord brought me to two chapters in Psalms, Ps. 23 and Ps. 24. For now let us take a look at Ps. 23.

The LORD is my shepherd;
I shall not want.
He makes me to lie down in green pastures;
He leads me beside the still waters.
He restores my soul;
He leads me in the paths of righteousness
For His name’s sake.
Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil;
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;
You anoint my head with oil;
My cup runs over.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me
All the days of my life;
And I will dwell in the house of the LORD
. (NKJV)

The great news is that our Shepherd, the Lord God Almighty, goes with us to school. If we give Him freedom to be Lord, He will faithfully lead us, comfort us, anoint us and be an ever-present blessing even in the presence of those who may come to harm us. He will even restore us after a tough day. Now this is VERY good news.

When times get tough during this school year, let us remember to be faithful to continually allow the Lord to be our Shepherd. For surely goodness and mercy shall follow us all the days of our
with the Lord as our Shepherd.

Have a GREAT school year.

Patricia L. Wenzel
WOC Graduate

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