He makes 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.
Quiet time with God…
I remember as a child how my mother would read this passage of scripture to me and my brothers (Psalms 23) almost every night before bedtime. She would say, “Make sure all of your homework is finished before supper so we can have our quiet time with God before bed.” I never will forget those words as a little girl growing up. I still envision her with her mother’s Bible on her lap as she read God’s Word to us, not skipping a verse. Hearing her soft voice has always comforted me back then and even today. In 1997, my mother was a little ill and I bought her a new KJV Rainbow our Study Bible. When she passed in 2002, that same Bible was the only item I brought home with me. I now use it every day, even when I write Inspirational Journeys. Each time I open it, I feel that she is with me. God knows I didn’t plan it that way because who knew, that in 1997, I would be here at The Cheraw Chronicle writing Inspirational Journeys? We never know where God will lead us or what turns in life’s road we will take. Just think about this week’s scripture for a moment. How wonderful it is to be lead to the still waters and green pastures by the Lord. How uplifting our spirit can be when God restores our soul! Who would ever think that the King of Kings and Lord of Lords would take the time to hold our hand and carry us over the troubled waters of life? The Psalmist in Psalm 23 is saying that the Lord is his Shepherd and that he will not fear evil. When we read the Word of God, we are spending quiet time with Him. We are connecting our hearts and minds to the One who holds everything in place, Jesus Christ. Studying the Word of God is essential in our walk of faith. This “quiet time” is a disconnection from the external distractions that draws us away from the things that really matter. The only thing that will last in this lifetime and holds true when all else fails is Jesus Christ. God’s Word is our strength, our comfort and our hope. Keep it close to your heart where it matters the most.
Inspirational Journeys is written by:
Charlotte K. Berger