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Feb 14

Good morning, Lord!
I am so excited! Thank you so much for helping me create such an awesome, fresh new start, completely reorganizing both ALL my foodstuffs AND my art making area yesterday! Now I can make real good progress on both my health and my creativity — yay! šŸ˜€ I love it how you cover me on even the little things, Lord! Like how I found I did not need the two nesting metal shelves I was using in my good-for-me foods area, and how they worked out perfectly and even gave me a place to start, in redesigning my art desk. And just looking at all those wonderful Golden mediums — and having them all right there within reach — is so very inspiring to me! Then there are all the OTHER things I’ve been able to place within reach, and the ones out of reach but now easy to access, and the books I can easily find now, and the Kindle book I have on creating abstract art, which has got me looking forward to trying out some new styles that I feel drawn to…! For the first time, my FEAR seems dwarfed by my excitement — yipppeee! And then on top of all that my food is now organized and easy to find, with new recipes to try and lists of ingredients I have and ones to always keep on hand… And then there’s this awesome weather… Thank you, Lord, for all your tremendous blessings lately! My cup truly runneth over!!

 
Psalm 23 KJV

A Psalm of David. The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.
He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.
He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.
Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: 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.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever.

 
Thanks to the song “The Lord is My Shepherd” by Keith Green on his Ministry Years Volume 2 album which I had while homeless with my first husband (and therefore CLUNG to!), I have this entire Psalm memorized. Keith’s intonation is so beautiful — and the note range suits my own imperfect voice — that this is one of about 4 to 6 songs that I sing from memory, just for myself. It’s easy to remember the words when they are sung so beautifully (by Keith)! Anyways, I have the KJV version memorized, so just for fun, here’s the Easy Read Version. šŸ™‚

 
Psalm 23 ERV

A song of David. The LORD is my shepherd. I will always have everything I need.
He gives me green pastures to lie in. He leads me by calm pools of water.
He restores my strength. He leads me on right paths to show that he is good.
Even if I walk through a valley as dark as the grave, I will not be afraid of any danger, because you are with me. Your rod and staff comfort me.
You prepared a meal for me in front of my enemies. You welcomed me as an honored guest. My cup is full and spilling over.
Your goodness and mercy will be with me all my life, and I will live in the LORD’S house a long, long time.

 
Thank you, Lord, for making my cup (my heart!) be so full of your awesome blessings that I cannot hold any more, and I am dancing through life with a spring in my step and excitement in my heart! Thank you for making me simple, and purifying my heart so much that I can feel this joyful and elated and hopeful even though I live in a house where the toilet and shower are slowly falling through the floor and one wall is falling off the house, and my husband’s stuff clutters every room and walkway. Haha! None of that matters, that is just cosmetic, heehee! Thank you so much, Lord, for NOT making me vain and uptight, overly effected by what other’s might think, or what is “proper”! I enjoy the freedom of thought I have, unencumbered by other people’s expectations (mostly, anyways). Still I know that you are NOT finished with me yet, and I look forward to your blessings of cleanliness and tidiness and more space and more income so I can reach out and bless others with what I have! Lord, please show me how to bless others with what I ALREADY have — even if that is just my cheerful smile and contagious enthusiasm. Yet, I pray you show me some way to make my work and my art touch others, Father. I would be most honored if my creations somehow reflect Your Creation and Your Heart, and encourage people to seek YOU out, lighting a small fire in them to want to know you better. I consider this the ultimate goal I could have, the very best thing I could do in life. I lay it before you, at your feet, Lord. Use me. šŸ˜€

 

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