(Paraphrase of Psalms 23)
Jesus is my Keeper; I’ll be content
as He leads me day by day
to pleasant places
to be renewed in him
along life’s pathway.
Although I often stumble through
many trials and snares,
I’ll not be dismayed
by the evil doer
as Jesus calms my fears.
How my Lord continues to
keep sustaining me
with daily showers of his
blessings with love,
mercy, and peace.
Now I know that without a doubt,
His goodness will stay with me
all the days of my
until heaven’s gates I see.
Somewhere in this day is an unhurried
moment in which to sit beneath God’s
and be showered by his love with
droplets of his mercy and never-ending
Somewhere in this day, God sits
patently and waits for me to
draw closer to his gracious throne;
where I can sit in quiet fellowship
with him alone in a restful, silent place.
Somewhere in this day as I
meander and journey along,
I will hear him in the quiet birdsong
underneath the wintry sunshine’s
I then realize he is gently reminding me
that he is much nearer than I think.
And he will reveal himself again
somewhere in this day.
Thankful for a glorious new day;
Thankful for the sun and the rain.
Thankful for the blue sky and the clouds;
Also, when the sun rises and gently goes down.
Thankful for the mountains, the meadows,
And the hills covered with emerald jeweled forests.
Also for the rippling lakes and rumbling oceans where
In the grain-sifting sand, my feet can sink and rest.
Thankful for the twittering birds of the air
and for butterflies fluttering here and there.
Thankful for close friends and family;
Thankful for the holidays when we meet
And the lifetime of cherished memories.
Thankful for their encouragement and their words
And the sweet moments locked forever in my heart.
Thankful for God, our Heavenly Father
Who reigns above forever and ever
And who so did love man
That he authored a lasting plan
To save us from our sins and from
Our many worldly and selfish whims.
Thankful for how God gives life purpose
For each new day with his mission; his focus.
Thankful for Jesus, His Son, and my Savior
And the hope he gives for an eternal future.
Thankful for the Lord who is always listening
And generously showers us with his blessings.
Thankful for the night when I can rest and sleep
Knowing Jesus is lovingly watching over me.
“And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts to which indeed
you were called… And be thankful.”
Colossians 3:15 (Holy Bible ESV)
Together once again with family and many friends.
House is aflutter with enticing aromas, clanging pans, and laughter.
Abundant home baked delights camouflage the table from sight.
Nature adds the wintry cold and a pristine layer of fresh snow.
Kittens, dogs, and children happily scamper through the hectic kitchen.
Sounds of boos and cheers from a televised game fill the atmosphere.
Grandparents, aunts, and uncles attend with young and smiling cousins.
Intrigued and famished family members finally around the table gather.
Vibrant and lively celebration of peace, joy, and prayerful thanksgiving.
Invited and included too are the dear friends loved by you.
Never neglecting or forgetting God’s numerous blessings.
Gathered and united in love while watched by the Lord from above.
Slowly breathe in the fragrance
Of sweet peace in quiet stillness,
The spring scent of a lilac bush, and the
blossoms of new leaves in the forest.
Slowly breathe in the pungent
Aroma of the misty air
Stirred by the shower of rain
In the storm with white lightning glare.
Slowly breathe in the sunlit
Dawn of a fresh new day
Permeated with rays of hope
Chasing doubt and darkness away.
Slowly breathe in the wonder of
God’s never-ending love
Surrounding you in a soft blanket
Sprinkled sun drops of blessings from above.
Slowly breathe in…
Revered Poet Emily Dickenson once wrote,
“How do I love Thee? Let me count the ways.”
Well Lord Most High, how do I love you?
Let me lift your name in thankful praise.
How I so love you in the morning
When the sky is sea-blue and sun is brightly shining.
I also love you through the long and winding day
And when I am confused and don’t where I am going,
You ever so gently lead me the way.
I also love you even as the rain is softly strumming;
For I know there may be a rainbow later today.
I love you too when the sun is softly setting;
Although it hides below the horizon,
You promise never to leave but always stay.
I still remember Lord, how by grace you sent your
Son Jesus even though I kept on sinning.
And you let him die to atone for my wicked ways.
Finally, Lord, I love you through the deep night when
I am restless, weeping, or so vividly dreaming;
With love, you keep silent watch until once again, I wake.