“…He refreshes my soul.”
The March Lion is on the roar this day before St. Patrick’s. Stalking and strutting my neighborhood like a huge cat with bravado air. Whipping and snapping his tail round. Knocking off branches… clattering a decorative metal piece off my porch with a bang.
Blustering of tornado-speed winds with a rushing-rivers sound, and jingle-jangling constantly, anxiously, through wind chimes.
Making me feel like hunkering down, cocooning within.
But, sitting as with steaming cuppa between my hands, I take a pause that refreshes. Not with a cola drink famous for that saying… but with the King who reminds me He is my Shepherd who refreshes my soul. And hunkering down is not what He calls.
Like the March Lion, so many voices of anger and hateful words have been roaring round our world lately. Snarky, insidious whispering lies and threatening of depression settling in. Be afraid. You’re never going to come out of this. Things are black and getting blacker. Ha! What makes you think peace and safety can win????
“Lord,” we plead, “When will You answer?”
“The answer is there when you stop pronouncing the fear!” comes the Voice above all voices as I listen for His. “Sweep out these lying thoughts before they turn into your words!” He explains. “Then you will be ready to receive the refreshing you are crying out for. The refreshing I already won for you… 2,000 years ago.
“I will to refresh you for more than a pause. I will to bring restoration that returns what the locust has stolen from you…and double. Puts you on a new and green pasture path. Lavishes my Blessings on you at My table set before your enemies. Drives the snake out of the land of your living here and now…
“It was finished and already belongs to my own. But my people perish for lack of understanding…
“Let Me refresh your spirit with Victorious inheritance in My Righteousness. You are not meant to sit back and take the enemy’s strikes. Raise up My Sword [Word]! Hold up My shield of FAITH! Not in trying to muster up believing… but in taking on MY GOD FAITH and laying claim to it as your own! Say My Word to the enemy – ‘I stand in the Lord’s righteousness, I have the God-faith. Because of Jesus living in me, you have no rights over me and mine!’
“My refreshing enables you to walk in shoes of Peace, fasten my Belt of Truth, put on My Righteousness…and take the battle with My Banner held high, the words of My Psalmist Songs on your lips…”
Ah… March will go out like THE Lamb… comes a thought, whispery of Easter promise, round the edges of this moment.
And the image of Irish Eyes smiling on this eve of a day celebrated for remembrance of one who drove out the snakes from Emerald Isle… it speaks to me today of the Lord’s refreshing to keep our cups ever-flowing with light and joy from within. Streams of living water that shine from the windows of our soul… and remind us He has driven out the snake who has no power over those who stand-made-righteous in the Lord’s Righteousness…
Blessings to you today… blessings of walks along His lovely green pastures… of feasting at His table… of above and beyond restoration for all you’ve lost at the enemy’s hand! And may His Words rise up on your tongue and sing of His Victorious Right Hand like sunshine upon your shoulder!
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