Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Thankful for a Psalm of My Own~

As long as I can remember, the words to the 23rd Psalms have been a part of my life. Having memorized this passage as a child, these words, though very familiar to me, were merely that...words. Until recently, that is.

After eighteen successful years in my career of choice, God began to lead me in a new direction. He had a plan. A Psalms 23 kind of plan. While circumstances in my life seemed out of my control, I now know they were never out of God's control.

My loving, Heavenly Father knew I would never venture away from all that was familiar and "safe"  on my own, so He allowed what had always been a comfortable and preferred environment to become a place of unrest and misery for me. Through each trial and each unpleasant experience, God was leading me away from an old, familiar place toward something new.

Thus began my journey with the Shepherd.

He led and I followed.

While the way wasn't always clear to see, the love and faithfulness of my Heavenly Father became clearer and clearer with each and every step. Now, I was no longer simply quoting the words of this psalm, but like David, living them.

The Lord is my Shepherd. I shall not want.

As we walked together, God was faithful to provide for my every need. After several years of searching and seeking, God led me to a new place of employment.

River Whale
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When a  friend asked if I like my new job, the words from my mouth surprised even me.

"I love my new job.


It is so peaceful and stress free.


 I find myself smiling, even laughing and actually enjoying my life. It's as though God led me to a place of rest and rejuvenation!"



He maketh me lie down in green pastures,
beside the still waters.
He restoreth my soul.


From this place of rest, I can look back over my life and see heartprints of God's love every step of the way. Through the ups and down, the highs and the lows, He IS there. Through the times of plenty and the times of need, He IS there. Through the times of laughter and yes, in the times of sorrow, He IS there. Through times of friendship and betrayal, He IS there.

Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evi: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me. Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.

My Cup Runneth Over
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Daily my loving Shepherd has led me through the valleys, over the mountain tops, and beside the still waters. Through this journey with Him, I have never been out of His care or without His love. Like David, I can rejoice in my God and I can rest in His guardianship. The Shepherd knows the way that is best.

Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.








11 comments:

  1. Hi neighbor...this is just beautiful...I just can say yes and amen through it all...
    blessings to you...

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  2. Hi Stacy - beautiful. I never thought about my journey with the Lord like that, but God's word is true, so my every journey should be as that psalm. You have opened my eyes to look at 'my journey' differently. thank you for linking up, I appreciate it.
    God bless
    Tracy

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  3. "From this place of rest..." Thank you for the reminder that it is a place of rest that we live from.

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  4. Thank you for this timely message! Lost my 10 year job that I loved in May and still waiting for the green pastures, but I do know that I still feel HIS presence in my home just as much or more than in my ministry job. He is so good!

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  5. This is so great! I can completely see how God has led me in new and scary places that I would never have gone on my own, as well. And like you, I've found these new places to be full of blessings that I might have missed if I had remained in my safe, familiar world. It's never easy, but it is so worth trusting God's guiding hand.

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  6. Praise God! I love how he always leads us to the right place at the right time. And I'm glad you love your job! Not many people can say that.

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  7. I love this post. Like you I'm also able to look back and see all the times God has been by my side, especially the times when I felt all alone. Thank you for such a lovely post and for visiting my blog. Blessings to you.

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  8. oh stacy, how encouraging to be reminded that he wants what's best for us. thank you sister.

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  9. smiles. i can look back and see those prints as well..especially where i thought i was alone....

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  10. That's a beautiful post - I love how God makes parts of the Bible real to us as we grow as a Christian, and it is an encouragement to hear your experience of it :)

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Thank you for leaving a "heartprint" of your own.