He Restores My Soul

Photo by Ryan, Early this morning, View from kitchen

Hello Everyone and God bless you all!  Christmas break ended for us yesterday and my wife and kids are back to school this week.  It was a very blessed 18 days off and we are very thankful for the time we had together.  I didn’t write yesterday due to issues with Celiac.  I didn’t think I was going to write today either, but the Lord has been giving me strength and helping me through the pain.  Like I said in my last post regarding my 8 year anniversary with Celiac, sometimes I still have hard days as I fight this disease.  The Lord is blessing me with some much needed rest, so I would just like to share a few photos and a few verses from God’s Word today.  Enjoy!

That photo above is what I saw when I looked through our kitchen window this morning.  It was encouraging to see the whole family of deer out there.  I decided to go down into the backyard and say hello, which they didn’t seem to mind.  The open space behind our house is pretty big and they feel safe out there.  We live within city limits, so there is no hunting out here and the deer have become very comfortable around people.




Now you can see how long and wide the open space is.  If you read my post regarding the amazing experience with the F-22 Raptor, now you can see how he flew from the top of the open space down to right behind our house.  He was hovering just on the other side of the sidewalk about 15 feet up.  It was awesome!

The deer left this morning, but they came back this afternoon.  I stepped out on the deck to take these photos around 12:30 p.m. Mountain Time.  It is a gorgeous 60 degrees today and we are all loving it, me and the deer!  The photo below shows the view I had when I saw the F-22.  It was hovering in the spot right between our big pine tree on the left and the maple tree to its right, just on the other side of the sidewalk.  If you look in the distance at the rim of the big gulch we are in, you can see the wide open flying space that pilots have up here.  He just swooped around and came right into our open space like it was nothing.




As I sat in the sun and enjoyed the peaceful presence of the deer, I thought of Psalm 23 and how the Lord gives us rest.  He takes care of us and restores us daily.  We all need that!  We all need the goodness and love of the Lord to lift us up and sustain us through our trials.  I am so thankful that He sees our pain and He takes time to comfort us.  He truly makes us lie down in green pastures and His love restores our souls!

“The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not be

in want.

He makes me lie down in green


he leads me beside quiet waters,

he restores my soul.

He guides me in paths of righteousness

for his name’s sake.

Even though I walk

through the valley of the shadow of


I will fear no evil,

for you are with me;

your rod and your staff,

they comfort me.

You prepare a table before me

in the presence of my enemies.

You anoint my head with oil;

my cup overflows.

Surely goodness and love will follow me

all the days of my life,

and I will dwell in the house of the



Psalm 23:1-6

No matter what suffering we are fighting down here in the valley of the shadow of death, we have everything we need in Jesus!  He will lead us and guide us and our cups will overflow out of His abundant grace and love!  His comfort gives us strength and we press on with our Lord and Savior knowing we will be with Him forever!  May His loving comfort be with all who are suffering today!  Jesus loves you and you are not alone!

“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”

Jesus speaking in John 3:16

Grace and peace to you all!



Author: Ryan Callahan

Hello, and welcome to my site! I am an independent Christian author (One Man's Very Strange Supernatural Life), blogger, and evangelist for Jesus. My main goal with this blog is to help people come to know Jesus, help people understand the Bible, and to minister to a lost and hurting world. This site is about hope, new beginnings, grace, mercy, forgiveness, and love! I'm glad you are here, God bless you! Copyright © 2023 Ryan Callahan. All rights reserved.

53 thoughts on “He Restores My Soul”

  1. Thank you, Ryan, for your encouraging message. We all need to stop more and take in the day God gives us and thank Him. I’m sorry you aren’t feeling well today! I hope the rest you had, in what looks like a serene one with the deer family and a beautiful, warm day, helped to make you feel better as the day went on. I pray you are feeling no pain by now, and will have pain-free days starting tomorrow, Ry. Your photos are so much fun to look at. Thanks for sharing them!

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    1. Yeah, it’s always fun to watch them. They do pretty well despite the mountain lions, bears, bobcats, and coyotes. All those critters are roaming around out here too. 🙂 God bless!


      1. That is incredible! Please Lord, pour rain all over the fires, amen! I remember the mountain fires we had here several years ago and we had smoke and even ash falling on our home. It was awful.

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  2. I hope you feel better soon, Ryan, though I know it’s an ongoing condition. The photos are fabulous. You have a beautiful outlook from your home, especially to be in such close contact with the deer. Animals and nature is so uplifting.

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  3. What a beautiful view to witness from your home. And Amen! I heard this week the idea that God is in the “present” moment – not that He isn’t in all things, but that when we can get out of our heads, our worries, and our regrets and just be – that He is found in the quiet. Your post reminds me of this ❤️

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