Psalm 16:5-7

LORD, you alone are my portion and my cup;
   you make my lot secure.
The boundary lines have fallen for me in pleasant places;
   surely I have a delightful inheritance.
I will praise the LORD, who counsels me;
   even at night my heart instructs me.

This is has been one of those semesters where I have allowed the boundary lines in my life to be crossed time and time again, setting me and/or my family up for some stressful moments and decisions.

I love that God, as our Shepherd, understands that we need fences to protect us……

to keep us within His will….

to keep us from being overly anxious, stressed, exhausted, and frazzled.

When we choose to step across that boundary line that takes us out of “pleasant places,” we are setting ourselves up for difficult days.

Just like children need boundaries, so do we.

If you find yourself today feeling burned out, overwhelmed, irritable, depressed, stressed, or a multitude of other negative emotions, take a good look at your life and ask, “Have I crossed any lines that have taken me out of the pleasant places God desires for me and my family?”

If so, consider today how you can move yourself back into the safety and love of the boundaries God desires for you.

Allow Him to be your portion and your cup.

Go to Him for counsel, and He will instruct you…

even in the night.