You Restore

The Lord is my Shepherd, I shall not be in want.


He makes me lie down in green pastures


He leads me beside quiet waters.


He restores my soul.


He guides me in the paths of righteousness


For His name’s sake.


Tonight, I could not help but find comfort in the words of Psalm 23:1-3.  So I thought I would share them with you, along side of some pictures that I found on my iPad from last summer’s Missions Trip to Costa Rica.

We visited Michael with our family this evening.  It was a bit harder of a visit, because he was storming while we were there.  And it’s not so much that it bothers us, it’s just that it’s hard to see Michael struggle.  We believe and have been told that storming is something that is healing and good in the long run.  But watching Michael go through it is hard because, well, because it just is.

But reading the words of Psalm 23, I find such comfort and it’s something that I just pray for Michael tonight.  We are reminded, that God is our Shepherd.  He’s responsible for us and he cares for us.  He meets all of our needs.

When it talks about how He makes us lie down in green pastures, to me is speaks of God knowing that we need rest and providing a beautiful place for it.

And when it talks about God leading us beside quiet waters, it reminds me that God is leading, and that my job is to trust and to follow.  Because then he will guide me to the paths that he has set before me.  For His name’s sake.  As someone who loves Jesus and who desires to follow Him, I know that in everything I do, God can be glorified.  And for me, this gives my life such purpose and strength.

And tonight, I will rest firmly in these truths.  I know that Michael needs prayer for his storming. I know that his family needs prayer for strength as they are with him, and bringing him comfort through these times.  So these are two things that we can pray for, knowing that God promises to lead and to provide and to restore.


*And I just wanted to add, a huge thank you for everyone who continues to follow Michael’s story and for everyone who is so faithful in praying for him and for his family.  I always read through the comments on Facebook (and know that many times Michael’s family is able to see them as well) and find such hope and encouragement in them and just wanted to take this moment to say “Thanks” for this.

Written by lauraherr8

I love Jesus, my Youth Pastor Husband and our two beautiful children. I'm a professional photographer and I love people, especially kids. My best days include time with my family, Hot Yoga and a Mint Chocolate Chip ice cream cone.


  1. Hi Laura.
    Your blog quite randomly came up as I was looking for a craft for our Vbs. I’ve spent ages reading through some of your blogs and the story of Michael. Amazing the way you, as a busy mom, make time every night to share how you’ve seen The Lord work each day for the encouragement of others. So often we’re so weighed down with chores and cares and needs that it’s so easy to waste the time at night. It’s a beautiful and encouraging site and I’m sure will inspire your children to follow the example of a praying mom faithful to ‘tell of His works.’
    Prayers from Scotland for Michael and his family and you and yours as well.

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