I was seeking that quiet place of peace this morning, but I couldn't find it. The peace that makes you feel like everything will be okay....that assurance in the heart that makes the soul, spirit and mind quiet down. I thought maybe I could find it if I layed down for a bit....I prayed, He heard. The 23rd Psalm came to my mind in the quiet, the one that always calms....
The Lord is my Shepherd,
How many times He has saved me from my own recklessness and stupidity. Kept me safe from wandering over the cliff in the dark, like a lost scared sheep.
I shall not want,
He has given me everything I could possibly want, all wrapped up in Him.
He maketh me to lay down in green pastures,
So many times I have felt scared, lost, alone, hopeless.
Then that peace that passes all understanding seeps into my soul, the dawn bringing hope again.
He leadeth me beside still waters.
Where I can drink my fill
He restoreth my soul.
So I can get up again and face life, even when I would rather get back in bed.
He leadeth me in the path of righteousness for His names sake.
Somehow I get the strength to do His will even when I want to do my own, sometimes His will is just to keep going
Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
Yes I have been there.....sick, deciding it would be better not to eat, how do I get back into the land of the living....Mom and Dad's anxious prayers, then a miracle healing....And then a few years later new husband suddenly gone; honeymoon not even over yet, gone to Heaven where I couldn't find him, couldn't talk to him, my life seemingly over.
I will fear no evil, for thou art with me.
You were with me then and now.
Thy rod and they staff they comfort me.
Disciplining me when I get out of line, and guiding me back to the safety of the fold, even going out of your way to look for me when I am out of Your sight.
Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup overfloweth.
You have made me royalty, a daughter of the King!
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.
From my first breath to my last, Your presence will never leave me, until I see You face to face in Heaven, where I will live with you for all eternity.
Keeping the gratitude list going....
31. The prayers of friends and family that keep me going.
32. Little niece has liked school this year and comes out smiling and happy.
33. Unwavering love
34. Eyes to read with
35. Having the money to pay bills
36. Iced tea with a bit of cranberry juice on a warm day
37. Homegrown tomatoes
38. September and relief from the heat is in sight, somewhere....(important in Arizona)
39. Good teachers and aides that care.
40. Always God, who knows me inside and out and still wants to be my Father.
Count your blessing with Ann here: