Psalm 23 Mug Challenge- Week 3…. Before, Behind, Beside

Hi, friends! Welcome to the Psalm 23 Mug challenge, where I encourage you to spend time with your Shepherd from the first sip to the last of your morning coffee (or whatever you drink!) Here you will find prompts from Psalm 23 to pray through.  Feel free to jump in any week, or you can start from the beginning here.

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 He leads me in paths of righteousness for His names sake.

Psalm 23:3b


For those who have walked the path of righteous living know what a sweet fulfilling road it can be.  You watch God meet your needs with great care when you submit yourself to walking in His ways.  However, there are two things that a leader controls that a follower does not:

Direction and Pace

I admit I have not always been happy with the latter.  Can you relate? I can look back on the seasons of my life marked with bitterness and discontentment because God was not allowing things to happen faster.

Having a job but wanting a career.
Dating but wanting to be engaged.
Engaged but wanting to be married.
Married  but wanting babies.
Having babies but …FOR THE LOVE…will they ever be done with diapers!?!?!  (See what I mean?)

But I have learned that in wanting to go ahead of what God has for me, I am not only missing out on the joy and blessing of today, I am missing something perhaps much much more important:

The flock


With each season of life God surrounds us with a particular group of people to go on this journey with. While the Shepherd does not change, our circle of influence certainly does.  There are 3 groups of people I would like you to reflect on as you complete your challenge today.

  • Those who walk before you: People who have traveled a similar path and come out of a trial or stage declaring “God is good.”
  • Those who walk beside you: People who are on the same life stage as you, struggling with the same challenges that you are.
  • Those who walk behind you: People who are looking to your for advice and encouragement as they struggle with challenges that you have already faced.

For every sip you take, thank God for the people that He has put on your life path, even when it seems a certain season in your life is taking longer than you would like. Thank Him for the people that have gone through trials before you to help guide and encourage you. Thank Him for the people that He has put beside you to experience similar trials. Pray for those who will follow behind you and look to your for advice and encouragement when they go through a trial you have already gone through.

Pray for God to reveal ways that you can engage with and encourage one or more of your particular flock members this week.  This, friends, is righteous living for His name’s sake:

Being content with the direction and pace of your life,

and loving those God has surrounded you with along the way.

 

Here is one of my favorite hymns to listen to today before you start your day.  Praying you will have peace trusting in Jesus, friend.

 

Blessings,

Megan


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Psalm 23 Mug Challenge- Week 2…. Trust and Rest 

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 He makes me to lie down in green pastures. 

He leads me beside the still waters.

He restores my soul. 

Psalm 23:2-3a


I’ve recently rescued three ewes from the meat market auction house and welcomed them to my homestead.  These three-year-olds had come from a very large farm where they were not handled much by their owner.  Their fleeces were so long-overdue for a shearing that they had been rubbing their backs on trees and fencing to remove it themselves, leaving wool-less patches of sore red bald spots.

I have never met sheep that were so skittish.  As much I wanted to restore them to health, every time I would come close to them, they would jump up from a resting position, wide-eyed, stiff-legged, and in flight mode.  They would huddle together, anxious to see when the others would bolt and they could follow.

I was wracked with guilt when I would catch them in the barn trying to find relief from the heat of their fleeces, and my mere presence would ensue panic.

So I gave them space.  I fed my other three by hand so they could see I am one who could be trusted.  I sat in the barn and just talked, letting my presence and my voice wash over them until it became normal that I was there.  It was then I learned this lesson:

There is no restoration without rest.

There is no rest without trust.

There is no trust without a consistent history of provision.

There is no Psalm 23:2 without a foundation of Psalm 23:1.

There is no savoring God’s goodness

until we have acquired the taste for His Greatness.

Last week, I had you pray through the first verse of Psalm 23, listing all the ways God has met your needs.  Still, so many of us feel unable to experience the blissful exhale that comes from standing the the shadow of the shepherd.  Why?  Might I suggest that anxiety, worry, and despair all come from the inability to trust in the One who has already proven Himself faithful in so many circumstances of your life.

Today with your mug in hand, as you take each sip, I challenge you to start each sentence with the words, “I trust you with ______________________.”

Let The Good Shepherd remove any anxieties and insecurities that are burdensome and not allowing you to experience joy and rest in His presence.  Otherwise, dear friend, it’s like you’re trying to pick away at your own dirty fleece one chunk at a time and wondering why you are finding no relief.

When your cup is empty, I pray that your joy may be full.  Please consider listening to this song.  It is one of my all time favorites, and the second verse spoke volumes to me during today’s challenge!

Blessings,

Megan



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Psalm 23 Mug Challenge: Week 1…. The Full Cup 

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 Good morning, friends!

Welcome to Day 1 of the Psalm23 Mug challenge! 

I wanted a way to invite and encourage you to have some deliberate and intimate time with your Shepherd as you begin your morning routine with coffee or tea.  Every week, I’ll be sharing ideas and prompts to pray for and meditate on based on Psalm 23.

These will begin on July 17th, 2017 and will be posted for 8 consecutive weeks, but I’ll be sure to leave these up as a reference if anyone would like to join afterwards.  Feel free to hop in at any time! I hope and pray this will be a blessing to you as you commit to spending time with the Good Shepherd for at least as long as it takes for you to complete your last sip. 🙂


A psalm of David, a shepherd boy.  

The Lord is my shepherd, I have all that I need.” Psalm 23:1


The work of a shepherd is to meet the needs of his flock.

  • He gives them nourishment, by either bringing it to them or by leading them to places where they can easily find it.
  • He quenches their thirst by providing a clean water source ready and available at any time they should need it.
  • He gives them shelter from rain, wind, and snow.
  • He safeguards them from predators, poisonous plants, pitfalls, and situations that could be harmful to them.
  • He removes the burden of their fleeces once a year when the heat becomes unbearable.  He takes that fleece, washes away all impurities, and makes something beautiful and useful out of it.
  • He surrounds them with other sheep who make them feel safe.
  • He pays close attention to those who have lambs, making sure they have all they need to nourish and care for their young.

 

For every sip you take, thank your Shepherd for one way He has provided for you in the ways listed above.  Take your time. Savor each thought as you drink, reflecting on the goodness of the One who made you, knows you, loves you, and meets your every need.

  • Your physical needs
  • Your spiritual needs
  • Your emotional needs
  • Your relational needs

Then pray for ways that He is looking to use YOU to fulfill other’s needs. Ask that He will fill you up when your cup feels empty so you can give generously to all those He is asking you to.

And as you reach the bottom of your cup, please consider listening to this song.  I hope the resonating truths will be with you long after the caffeine’s effects have subsided.


Blessings, sweet friends.

-Megan


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The Psalm 23 Mug Challenge

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I have been blessed and honored to have this little corner of the internet where color, wool, sheep, shepherding, and community collide.  I love that I get to share little squares of my life with you- be it a post about pretty felt balls, my workshop, or facts about sheep. Behind every image is a passion for bringing quality and colorful wooly products to homes across the world.
Yes, they make a room more cozy, welcoming, and fun, but the underlying pencil lines that you do not see is the love for sheep and the product that they give us.  And even more so, is a love for my Good Shepherd who gives me grace, peace, and a passion to give others meaningful encounters with Him.
I love going out to my pastures when the light is golden yellow and the night air is still cool and sitting quietly beside my little flock.  I wish you could sit with me, and we could listen as our Shepherd speaks to our hearts about how much He loves us and the truth He whispers to us in Psalm 23.
 
That is why I created this little challenge so  we can go on a journey together through this beautiful Psalm.  And maybe you can even invite others to do the same!
Each week I will be posting a specific conversation we can sit down and have with our Shepherd based on a verse from this passage.
Why is it called the mug challenge?  Because that’s how long it will take you- from the time you take your first sip until your coffee cup is empty.  About 10 minutes.
(And yes, I understand if, like me, you never get to have sips in a row.  That you have to warm up your coffee 47 times before you get to the bottom.  This challenge is going to require you to sit down and enjoy a warm beverage from start to finish one time a week.)
Are you up for it?????
Here’s the challenge!
1- Pick a mug that you love.  One that makes you smile.  One that invites your hands to really hold it.  You know the one?  Fill it with something hot or cold.  It just has to be something that you enjoy!
2- This is a hard one.  Remove as many distractions as possible.
Have kids?  Invite them to do this with you!
3- I am going to be giving you prompts about what to pray for.  For each sip, you’re going to name one thought or one sentence.  (Because I too have trouble focusing and maybe if we make this simple and align it with something we are already doing, we can actually sit quietly with our Shepherd for 10 whole minutes straight.)
Each challenge will be posted to my Instagram and Facebook page each Monday morning. (Starting Monday July 16th). Feel free to start at the beginning or hop in whenever you want!
If you’ve completed the challenge for the week, please share a photo of your mug with the hashtag #psalm23mugchallenge or screenshot and share one of my photos to encourage others to come along on our journey.
Who’s up for it?
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