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Soul Care

Good morning my friends. I love my life, I really do. I am surrounded by a wonderful husband, 6 adult children and 5 grandchildren. Now, please understand that neither their lives, nor mine are walking in all the purposes Jesus has for us yet; but we are growing in authentic love for each other, and most importantly, Jesus is showing me how to follow through with the direction I believe He gave me a year ago. These were the 2 things He laid upon my heart: “Represent My love to them, and be the safest person in their lives.”

That being said, in all honesty, I have been so tired lately that I feel I am not really walking well in what I believe the Lord has for me; and as is usual for me, my “unattended emotions” come to life in my dreams…Such was the case this morning.

I woke with this tormenting dream: In the great flurry of activity of a family reunion, I realized that I could not find my 5-year-old grandson who I was caring for. I asked my husband, but he had not seen him. I found a group of friends who were gathered and I wept with them crying out for this lost child, had they seen him?  They couldn’t help me either. Then I realized that I had actually left him on the beach the day before and he had been missing all night. How could I have let this happen, how could I have forgotten him?

When I woke I prayed for the meaning of this dream, I was heart exhausted and couldn’t get my mind off of my grandson. Then the Lord showed me, as with most dreams, that it was not to be taken literally. It wasn’t about my grandson.

The Lord spoke these words to me “soul care”.

My grandson represented the tender, vulnerable part of my life that I have for a while now neglected to care for…and that is, my own soul. So much to do, so many family responsibilities, that when I wake  I begin running. In my dream I had hoped someone else would have been looking after this precious one who depended on me for care and nurturing and protection. Neither my husband, nor my family members, nor my friends were able to do this.

Only I could care for my soul…and I must..

“Let the morning bring me word of Your unfailing love, for I have put my trust in You. Show me the way I should go, for to You I lift up my soul.” Psalm 143:8,9

My soul follows hard after You, early in the morning I will seek You, my soul thirsts for you…” Psalm 63

Friends, please know that I am not referring to a dutiful time each day to read the Bible and say prayers. What child (or soul ) would be nurtured by such obligatory care?  Our souls are worn and battered by this world that we are in. Psalm 23 shows us that on our own we do not even know how to care for them. We need to be led by our devoted Shepherd to green pastures and quiet waters so that our souls will be restored. Today I came to Jesus anew and said yes to His leading, “He restores my soul” . I am confident He is calling to you as well.

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