Summary: R.E.L.A.X. - R – Realize God wants you to REST - E – Evaluate your CHOICES - L – Limit your Work - A – Adjust your VALUES - X - eXchange your pressure for God’s PEACE
Ps 23 Journey
- From calmness through a dark valley into renewed security
- Message of Ps. 23 – We are never alone
- The psalm is bracketed with the LORD
- Words that make-up the names of God?
• “Jehovah Raha”… Psalm 23:1
- “The Lord is my Shepherd”
• “Jehovah Jireh”… The Lord my Provider
- “I shall want”
• “Jehovah Shalom”… The Lord my Peace
- “He makes me to lie down in green pastures, He leads me beside the still water”
• “Jehovah Ropha”… The Lord my Healer
–“He restores my soul”
• “Jehovah Tsidkenu” … The Lord my Righteousness
- “He leads me in paths of righteousness”
• “Jehovah Shamma” …The Lord Ever Present
- “I will fear no evil, for You are with me”
• “Jehovah Nissi” … The Lord My Victory – Exodus 17
- “You prepare a table in the presence of my enemies”
A recent CNN pole said that 59% of all Americans would like to slow down and relax more.
What is God’s antidote for our stressed lives
- It’s found in Psalm 23 verse 2.
He makes me to lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside the still waters. Psalms 23:2 (NKJV)
The Rescuing Hug
"Rescuing Hug" photo—ran in both Life and Reader's Digest. In 1995, 19-year Nurse Gayle Kasparian unwittingly became involved in a case that melted hearts nationwide when she suggested putting two premature twin girls in the same incubator. Brielle and Kyrie Jackson were born 12 weeks early at a hospital in Worcester, Mass. Brielle weighed 2 pounds and was struggling with a battery of problems ranging from breathing issues and troubling blood-oxygen levels, to heart rate difficulties. Her sister, 2 pounds 3 ounces, was considered the stronger of the two.
When they were a little less than a month old, Brielle had a very difficult day, according to Kasparian. "She was frantic," the nurse recalled, saying that neither she nor the baby's parents could calm Brielle down as her condition worsened and she became increasingly stressed.
"To me, all I can tell you is that this baby was trying to tell me something. I just wasn't getting it." So Kasparian thought she'd try a technique she'd heard only a little about: co-bedding premature twins. After the mother gave permission, Kasparian put the two babies together in one incubator, hoping it would do some good.
The rest, as they say, is history.
"Oh, it was instant, it was so instantaneous that day, I thought my equipment was malfunctioning," Kasparian said. ". . . What happened to that baby, it was miraculous. Nothing else worked." Instantly, Brielle calmed down. The two frail babies nestled together. Brielle's breathing regulated to Kyrie's pace. Her blood oxygen levels improved. Her heart rate improved. Simply experiencing Kyrie's touch seemed to make Brielle stronger, Kasparian said.
"The difference is day and night," their mother Heidi Jackson told the Worcester Telegram & Gazette at the time. "She's just less stressed. She likes being with her sister. She's much more comfortable now."