The Lord is My Shepherd

Psalm 23 says “The Lord is my Shepherd, I shall not want…”

A lady I know loves this psalm in The Living Bible, a paraphrased version, and published by Tyndale Publishers, copyrighted 1971:

“Because the LORD is my Shepherd, I have everything I need! He lets me rest in the meadow grass and leads me beside the quiet streams. He restores my failing health. He helps me do what honors him the most.

“Even when walking through the dark valley of death I will not be afraid, for you are close beside me, guarding, guiding all the way. You provide delicious food for me in the presence of my enemies. You have welcomed me as your guest; blessings overflow!

“Your goodness and unfailing kindness shall be with me all of my life, and afterwards I will live with you forever in your home.”

She asked her husband to memorize the psalm while he was in the nursing home. He did. When it was time for him to go home to heaven, he was so peaceful and content. She was delighted to be with him as he passed. They’d been married for seventy years at that point. Married young and he was in his nineties. So precious.

She enjoys telling marriage tips she’s learned over the years. “Wives are not helpmates, but helpmeets, made by God to be a help for our husbands.”

Besides the 23rd Psalm, that is one of her favorite Scriptural references found in the second chapter of Genesis. It always gets me thinking. 🙂

 

Time Management

I took a tape out of the library a couple of months ago. Not many people use a tape recorder any more, but I have one that still works, I think. It did a few months ago. So I listened to “Time Management for Dummies” by Jeffrey J. Mayer and another Dummies book on Finances. It was a two book audio version of the books. I keep reading books on finance because I have an idea for a finance book I want to write.

The book on Time Management gave me one idea I’ve latched onto. Make a Master List of everything you want to get done and work on the most important thing on the list first. That’s part of the suggestion. So tonight I worked on thinning out some of my papers. The idea is less clutter, more room for thought and peaceful surroundings.

Have a great day!

Easter – Resurrection Sunday

Hi! I wrote this for our church’s April newsletter. I’m copying it here because I love what Jesus did for everyone and because I’ve had a stomach bug three times in March and so I’m catching up on things as I carry on in life. God bless. I intend to share comments made on the blog on how to find the “right” spouse later this week.

Consider the love of God, which never fails. Romans 8:38,39 (KJV) says: “For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

I remember going to Catholic Church as a young girl seeing the Stations of the Cross, as they were called, miniature three dimensional carvings of the steps Jesus took on the way to the crucifixion – ending with His dead body being held by loved ones as they began to place him in a stone hewn resting place.

As I got older, on Good Friday at noon, I read the Bible’s account of Jesus’ betrayal and then His journey to the cross and to His death to my Mom. It was our tradition. I wasn’t born again yet, but the sacrifice Jesus made for my sin touched me deeply.

Resurrection means to be revived from death. After hearing that Jesus’ choice to endure the suffering and agony at Golgotha would enable me to be in a right relationship with God, I eventually understood salvation and asked Jesus to be my Lord and Savior!

He rose from the dead after three days in the tomb. My flesh came alive to the Spirit of God after many years of hearing His Word and many months of listening to an evangelical friend that didn’t give up on me. She prayed for me, she gave me nuggets of truth five school days of the week.

There are so many lies about Jesus – He’s not God, He’s just a prophet, a child of God like we are. Satan loves to deceive people; ensnare people with hurts, offenses, addictions; kill people with lies about suicide offering a peaceful alternative to this world.

Jesus said in John 10:10 (KJV), “The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it abundantly.”

It’s never too late to experience God’s love, His deliverance, His protection, His provision, His still small voice welcoming you to get to know Him better.