Actually, it is the entire 23rd Psalm. (Click here to read Psalm 23:1-6 )
I love the way David expresses how God gives him everything he needs, even when he, himself, has no idea what to ask for. God is like that with all of us. He watches over us constantly and directs our paths if we are open to His leading and guidance.
I have finally grown to the point in my walk with Him, that I understand that on my own, without trusting Him to direct my paths, I very likely will mess up the plan. Oh, how many times in my life I have done this. I cannot say that it doesn’t still sometimes happen – that I think I know what is best and charge forward, full steam ahead, right into a great big mess. More often than I would care to admit. Luckily, it doesn’t take me quite as long to realize that I am heading in the wrong direction, and I can run back to Him to get back on track. Sometimes not before I have really created quite a mess!
The 23rd Psalm is a gentle reminder from my loving Father, that He only has my best interest at heart, and if I would only let Him, He will provide all that I need.
It would be great if you could leave a comment and share your favorite bible verse and tell us why.
This Week’s Guest Author
I met Sandra Brooks through the Jacksonville Regional Chamber of Commerce Professional Women’s Council (PWC) six or seven years ago. She is one of my “late in life friends” that I cherish dearly, and I am so blessed that God placed us together and that we just immediately “clicked”. Making close friends at this point in life is truly a treasured gift.
If you ask her, she’ll tell you that her life has been blessed beyond measure.
The eldest of three born in Chicago, her father quit high school to join the Navy and her mother immigrated as a teenager through Ellis Island from Poland in 1950 after WWII. When they married, they started fresh, their families unable to help them embark upon their new life together, and they worked hard to buy a home, raise their children, and send them off to college.
Sandra is grateful for her parents who, deprived by the Great Depression and WWII in their childhoods, took every opportunity to give Sandra adventures that exposed her to people, places, and perspectives she would not have normally encountered in the neighborhood.
By the time she reached high school, her interests and talents were apparent, and she is grateful for teachers and other mentors who encouraged her passion for science and communication. She launched her career while still in high school working for the neighborhood newspaper. In college, she studied science and contributed to student publications. After college, she joined a tech firm working in its marketing department, responsible for launching a journal focused on the technology her employer-provided and its implementation. Shortly thereafter a trade publication offered her an editor position and this move solidified her career path.
She quickly made a name for herself and began receiving inquiries from her readers regarding freelancing for them. Soon, she had enough clients to launch her own PR agency. Over the years that expanded to a full-service advertising agency that attracted clients worldwide mostly in the technology arena.
She’ll be the first one to tell you that she was lucky beyond measure for exceptional mentors, employees, and clients, all of whom contributed immeasurably to experiences she never imagined being possible.
She lived in several areas of the United States, finally settling in Jacksonville, Florida. Retired now, she actively pursues opportunities to pay it forward by volunteering with various organizations and supporting efforts to make this world a better place. She enjoys family time and three grandchildren, gardening, reading, and of course writing on various topics. She is currently working on a book about esophagus cancer which her dear husband is currently fighting because they were unable to find practical information in the public arena to guide them along this journey. She hopes this book, targeted for release at the end of 2018, is a useful, hopeful guide for others afflicted with this particular cancer.
Be sure to check out Sandra’s article tomorrow, On Friendship, and keep your eyes out for her book later in the year. (I will certainly be featuring it here on Praise, Gratitude & Joy the minute it is released.
Love to you all, and remember, with God, all things are possible, including forgiving and forgiveness and healing of broken hearts. If you do not know the way to this relationship with God, to total complete healing, forgiveness of your sins and a new life in Him, I invite you to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and just say “I want to know Jesus.” If you include your address, I will send you some literature on the steps on how to be saved and to living a beautiful new life with Him. I will also add you to my daily prayer list.
Have a blessed day. To His Glory!