In the last few days, actually almost a week; I have had the line in Psalm 23:4 replaying over, over and over in my mind: "Even though I walk through".
Of course there is more, however it is the word "through" which is screaming within me. I can't seem to let it go. And I am pretty sure GOD has laid it on my heart so heavily for a reason.
In the last month, there has been much sadness around me. I have seen many of those I love suffering because of the loss of loved ones. It's almost as if each day someone I know has been touched by death.
As crazy as it is, and even though I realize my own mortality, there is a "peace" I hold within.
I live in this world where death is a reality, troubles happen, and pain is felt (Valley of death), yet I do not fear! Why? Because GOD guides me through! And there is more! HIS rod and staff comfort me!
There is such immense peace in this. Think about it. All my life I have been instructed to live each day as it is my last. The undertone of this is that of a "have fun" love a lot and laugh even more! Enjoy each and every day to its full potential. I get this but there is more!
I am going to die. We all are. I do not mean to be morbid, however it the truth.
Yet I DO have a happy-ever-after! and frankly, it is available to us all.
Even though I walk "through" the valley of death; I fear not because the LORD comforts me.
I am comforted in knowing fully that this is not "it". This is a mere pass "through". There is that word again!
I am not haunted nor do I need to be afraid of anything, nope, notta! Not even death! That is some of the most freeing power there is!!
Sure I will live and love like each day is my last! However, not in selfish vain but for the gain of CHRIST!
Phillippians 1:21 tells me " Alive, I'm Christ's messenger; dead, I'm his bounty. Life versus even more life! I can't lose.(msg)
Because of CHRIST I am a never ending story! So..... yes, even though I walk THROUGH the valley of death, I shall not fear.... it is that simple! And I don't! I really don't fear! Why?
I have accepted CHRIST and the power of what HE did for me. and because of HIS fleshly death and subsequent rise from death..... I too will pass THROUGH the valley of death. And I will live on and on, eternally in paradise devoid of pain, sickness, evil, sadness - all replaced with joy everlasting! My bottom line: I will get THROUGH...
Thank YOU JESUS ❤
If GOD brings you to it then GOD WILL bring you through it! I hear this all the time! I have seen proof of it in my life over and over.
Yet, when I am left to make a decision, I use secular understandings to make the case. For instance, I was working for a solid business making very good money.
GOD was leading me away from it. My whole being shook with wanting to make the leap.
However, the logic swarmed me and I started to see things in a "what if" mindset and quickly became apprehensive. GOD placed in front of me my dream, yet my fears of what could happen clouded my perception.
I am a high school drop out... I will never make this kind of money again... I will lose everything....
That was in March of last year. I don't have the money I did, I had some struggles and road blocks BUT, I know that the LORD led me here and the LORD is not going to leave me hanging! There is HIS purpose for this and in that purpose - HE TELLS ME there is a plan not to harm me but to prosper me.
So, I can't look at the scary circumstances, the "what coulds" or the "what ifs".
I do keep my eyes on the LORD...
If GOD brings me to it, GOD WILL (without a doubt, without fear) (and wholly believing) bring me through it!
Man, the word "through" again screaming at me loud and clear!
Thank YOU JESUS ❤
Do you know how when you go on a vacation and no matter how wonderful it is, you cannot wait to get home?
For me.... the reason is, that it is my safe and comfy place!
That is how the LORD is for me. HE is my safe and comfy place. GOD gives me rest.
The world here swirls about, busy, busy, busy..... there are hurts, pain, activities, to-do-lists, sickness; the list goes on..... but my LORD is my happy place; my home, my comfy bed - my rest!
When I was a little girl (many, many years ago), and I would be with friends and take a fall, scrape my knee.... on my face, I would show bravery. I stood up brushed myself off and could even be found making a joke.
Then, after making some excuse, I hurried home, holding back my tears. I needed the comfort of my mom. She was my happy place - my comfort. I could safely cry my pain out and she would take care of me and make me feel better!
This is how the LORD is for us. No matter what is happening before us- there HE is waiting with open arms ready, willing and certainly able, to extend HIS arms of comfort.
Don't let those circumstances immerse you in hopelessness! They are temporary! Home is where the ...... (no, it is not) GOD is where the heart is!
Rest in the LORD and you will find comfort!
Thank YOU JESUS ❤
I am Deni, short for Denise. I grew up in a Jewish home, in a Jewish neighborhood and a Jewish family. In 3rd grade we moved. We moved to a mostly non-Jewish area.... that is where JESUS found me. I say found me because I yet had not acknowledged it, but would find out later.......by grace, HE HELD ME ALL ALONG, just a lil Jewish girl from Philly.