My soul


Casting Crowns – Oh My Soul


The soul is the deepest part of myself. It is the part that needs to be reached in order for wholeness to be received. I rarely have access to my soul, but occasionally when I am very quiet, my soul will show up. In my practice of Christian disciplines, I find that one of their main functions is to allow my soul to come out from its secret place, to be then recognized and ultimately restored. The restoration of the soul is fundamental to our redemption.

He restores my soul.
He leads me in paths of righteousness[b]
for his name’s sake. – Psalm 23:3  ESV

The “path of righteousness” intrigues me for I think they are all here in this Psalm as a path of discipleship. First there is the green grass and quiet waters which provide refreshment. Secondly, there is the valley of the shadow of death. Thirdly, the path that leads to a table full of all sorts of good things for me even though my enemies surround me. The last destination is where discipleship always ends – the house of the Lord or for me today, being in His presence.

You see, that is where I find refreshment that matters. All power and glory in the universe belong to God. He knows everything. Rest leads to trust and trust leads to peace. Peaceful rest is the open door to hearing God and discerning His will.




Heal and Save


Carman – Saved, Delivered & Healed


These are strong biblical words – heal and save. We think of healing most often when we think of our medical profession, however God’s healing can go far deeper. “Save” means more than heal. Jeremiah prays a great prayer as he cried to God for healing and salvation.

Heal me, O Lord, and I shall be healed;
save me, and I shall be saved,
for you are my praise. – Jeremiah 17:14  ESV

When it comes to my soul, let me say that I find myself in a healthy place, a place filled with hope. I whisper Jesus’ name and Help comes before His name is even breathed out. The other thing I have come to expect is that when He comes to Help – it is all-sufficient – I find myself healed and saved all at the same time.