My Shepherd

The Lord is my Shepherd, I shall not be in want.  He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside the still 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 death, 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 mercy will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.

Today my soul was restored and it brought me to one of my favorite passages.  Psalm 23 is something I memorized as a child.  I have always loved it even though I hadn’t really thought about the words in a while.  But today some dear friends came and they restored my soul.  Prayer and worship among friends is always sweet, but somehow it was deeper than sweet this time.  I shall not want…I will lie down in green pastures…I will walk beside still waters (no coincidence that is my email address).  I feel fresh and ready for the next thing that may come into my life.  I am at peace and restored.  Some fears were faced, some released, some healing received.  I will chew over this day for a while to come but right now I am resting in the afterglow of peace that remains.

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6 thoughts on “My Shepherd

  1. Simple and pure expressions of those called along side to lift you up, fight for you, and help carry you through. I witnessed such sweetness in your home yesterday. It was genuine, and highly motivated, not self motivated. My eyes watched a sweet scene, a scene that will only grow in it’s sweetness for you.

  2. Michelle, I admire you tremendously. Hang in there and let God’s love and peace carry you through!! I will lift you up in my prayers tonight and the nights to come. God Bless You

  3. Praise the Lord for His refreshing spirit of worship and praise. HE is our Abba Daddy, the El Shaddai and the El Roi of the the universe and no one can touch us like HE can. Praise be to HIM alone.

    kjordan

  4. Kim Jordan, I so appreciate your encouragement. I am waviering in my strength at the moment…the wound vac has sucked it out of me. The pain is great and I can’t do it much longer. Pray that I won’t have too. 🙂 Michelle

  5. It breaks my heart to see the hurt in your eyes and the tears that come when you talk about the pain your children are coping with watching your “journey” …I know William, in particular, has had such a hard time of it… you know God is in control of and completely aware of the pain your babies are facing…I know that doesn’t give your “mamma’s heart” much peace when you have to watch it and try to comfort them… but truly…this will make help them what God has already destined them to become…I feel such a heaviness about this particular thing in your life and I promise to keep it in the forefront of my prayer…I love you so much…as soooo many people do…we won’t forget to lift your babies up during all of this…(Please…Please….journal your pain…there’s a reason for your having to deal with so much of it…please write about it.)……try not to look at the water……much Love to you Sweet One

  6. Ah girl, I am so sorry that there is more complication with this incision. As we read, it takes courage to read this, thank you for having courage to share the truth of this awful ordeal. There is nothing at all I can possibly say that will take a moment of pain away when they deal with that incision. May God fill you with a new level of strength to cope with. A strength to make it through this part of it. I pray you will find favor with the doctors and that they will find a more humane way of dealing with this.

    I believe your children will be stronger from all of this. I believe that your whole family, tho you are all struggling with this very unexpected challenge, will rise up and be stronger than you know from this. The fire seems to be reaching out to others. This will drive them all to the God you have taught them about. your Journey drives us all to God, michelle. It is a place where they will have to grab hold of him for strength and peace. I teach this to Caitlin all the time, she cannot hang on my coat tails, her circumstances are moving her towards reaching out for God.
    What the devil means for bad, God is going to use for good, and He will strengthen each and every one of you.
    These are momentary places you are all in, this is a season, it is not forever. Just today, that is all you have to make it through, is just today, Monday. From your chair God can minister to you. I will pray for you all in a new light. I love you, I believe in the strength of your spirit, I believe in all that you have invested into your children’s spirits. I totally believe in Bill’s ability to watch over you all. I will fight for you in prayer.
    Jess

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