God is constantly orchestrating His goodness behind the scenes of my life, and especially at work. My job is with Missions Fest Vancouver and part of it is to sell Booths in the exhibition hall for the annual Christian missional conference. Anytime there is a booth cancellation, I pray for a fill–in; Within the hour I get a call from a new organization looking to purchase a booth – they take that recently opened booth. This has happened already a few times in the time leading up to the big event. It happens exactly like that. God is the Grand Orchestrator and a master of His own work, so he can teach me how to be the master of mine – by partnering with Him in faith.

I believe God shows us His power in the things that stress us out the most because He wants to let us experience true peace – despite circumstances. It's Him revealing His nature. Andy preached on “the discerning of spirits" last Sunday. One way I've learned to discern quicker, is by asking myself “does this feeling line up with the who God says He is?" For example, “I feel anxiety”. The immediate response, is to ask myself - what does God say about anxiety?

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things (Phil 4:6-8)”.

Thank-you God that you go ahead of me and turn my worries into victories. Thank-you that I get the privilege of leaning onto your strength while I am weak. You are full of grace, mercy and love. I want to be more in friendship with you in EVERY aspect of my life, so that your ways become a tangible atmosphere around me everywhere I go.

- by Emily Knauff

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The Good Shepherd

Psalm 23

God is my Fierce Protector and my Pastor.
I always have more than enough.
He provides a resting place for me
In His luxury-love.
His tracks take me to the quiet brooks of bliss,
The oasis of peace.
That's where He restores and revives my life.
He opens before me the pathways to God's pleasure,
Leading me along in His footsteps of righteousness,
So that I can bring honor to His name.
Lord, even when Your path takes me through
The valley of deepest darkness
You remain close to me and lead me through it all the way.
Because You are with me I have no fear of danger!
Your authority is my strength and peace.
The comfort of Your love takes away my fear.
I'll never be lonely for You are near.
You become my delicious feast
Even when my enemies dare to fight.
You anoint me with the fragrance of Your Holy Spirit,
You give me all I can drink of You until my heart overflows.
So why would I fear the future?
For your goodness and unfailing love
Will always be my companions every day;
Then afterward-when my life is through
I'll return to Your glorious presence
To be forever with You!

The Passion Translation