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Hey there, I'm Sunny Shell, a wretch saved by God's grace through faith in Jesus Christ the Lord. I'm married to the most incredible man on earth, who loves Jesus more than he loves me, and we have two precious adult sons.

The compassionately endures me through my metabolic disease (since 2004) that enables me to be more prayerful and careful about commitments I make and helps me to make the best use of my short time here on earth.

If you want to know more about me, click HERE.

WFW - He Makes Me New!



He restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness for His name's sake.
~ Psalm 23:3


One of the things I love most about God and His word is that He never gets old! He makes all things new, just like He's making me new every day!

Like many of you, I've read Psalm 23 in its entirety, probably about a hundred fifty million times (as you know by now, I like using LARGE numbers ). But today, God showed me something new that I had never seen. Before today, I've always looked at this particular verse as looking to God for rest, my hiding place, my source of comfort when I am weary, discouraged or afraid.

As I meditated on this Scripture today, I realized I didn't fully understand what the word restore means. This is what I found on Dictionary.com:

restore v.
1) to bring back into existence, use, or the like; reestablish: to restore order. 2) to bring back to a former, original, or normal condition, as a building, statue, or painting. 3) to bring back to a state of health, soundness, or vigor. 4) to put back to a former place, or to a former position, rank, etc.: to restore the king to his throne. 5) to give back; make return or restitution of (anything taken away or lost).


God alone is my Savior. He alone can and will make me new in Christ and give me life. I was once dead and useless. But now, I am whole, alive and created to be one of God's ministers of reconciliation (2 Corinthians 5:18-20)....just like all of you! ♥

I realize now that Psalm 23 is not about personal comfort, but about our eternal salvation. In Psalm 23, God is telling us that He alone is the Good Shepherd, who will feed us Bread from Heaven (Jesus Christ), allow us to drink from the from the Living Water (the Holy Spirit) and will restore our souls, by saving us and making our spirits that were once dead in sin, alive in Christ Jesus. And why has He done all this? Because we are good people? Because we do nice things for each other? No, because of His righteousness and for His name's sake (Deuteronomy 9:5).


For those of you who are visual, come back tomorrow. I'll have a picture to demonstrate how we are made in God's image; we'll talk more about what that really means and why it's possible for us to be alive in Christ, and dead to our flesh.

for more inspiration from God's word today please visit Amydeanne at:

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9 comments:

  1. Beautiful post, dear Sunny! Such great truths and wisdom here. Very encouraging words as I feel Christ's return is so close at hand! Happy Word-Filled Wednesday!

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  2. Wow. He restores us. Not just for any old reason, but for HIS Names sake. SO cool! Thanks for this!!
    Huggles!

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  3. Look at you makin those images all COOL!!:)

    I loved what you shared here!
    RESTORATION...neat business to be in huh??
    love you girl!
    lori

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  4. I always love to hear what you have to say about a Scripture. I'll be back to hear the rest. :) Great WFW! Rebecca

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  5. I loved and need all those great thoughts on restore.

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  6. I'm soooooooo with you, girl. That is a beautiful photo and an insightful observation. God is working in the hearts of His people. Amen.

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  7. well done! Hugs my sweet friend!

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  8. I always love to hear what you have to say about a Scripture. I'll be back to hear the rest. :) Great WFW! Rebecca

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