27 August 2017

Thoughts

I'm sure that I'm not the only one who has had a "mas o menos" day today.  Usually, I do my best to make the days go as smoothly as possible ... but sometimes ... there is a force that won't be reckoned with, and it's out to do some damage.  


Mean people at Walmart.  Mean drivers.  People that are texting and driving.  Kids that won't listen.  Ugly overcast weather.  People giving me the 'death stare'.  

It's true-- you can manage yourself, but it's not that easy to infuse positivity into the minds of others.

When days like today happen, I sink in to the wonderful words of Psalm 91 ... some of the most calming words to me.

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Psalm 91

1 Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High
    will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.
2 I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress,
    my God, in whom I trust.”
3 Surely he will save you
    from the fowler’s snare
    and from the deadly pestilence.
4 He will cover you with his feathers,
    and under his wings you will find refuge;
    his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.
5 You will not fear the terror of night,
    nor the arrow that flies by day,
6 nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness,
    nor the plague that destroys at midday.
7 A thousand may fall at your side,
    ten thousand at your right hand,
    but it will not come near you.
8 You will only observe with your eyes
    and see the punishment of the wicked.
9 If you say, “The Lord is my refuge,”
    and you make the Most High your dwelling,
10 no harm will overtake you,
    no disaster will come near your tent.
11 For he will command his angels concerning you
    to guard you in all your ways;
12 they will lift you up in their hands,
    so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.
13 You will tread on the lion and the cobra;
    you will trample the great lion and the serpent.
14 “Because he loves me,” says the Lord, “I will rescue him;
    I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name.
15 He will call on me, and I will answer him;
    I will be with him in trouble,
    I will deliver him and honor him.
16 With long life I will satisfy him
    and show him my salvation.”

4 comments:

TJackson86 said...

This Psalm is a very comforting one. Another one that comes to mind reminds us that no matter what we've done in our lives, our Father is always there. No matter the sin, we can take comfort in knowing that because of the Son's sacrifice, God loves us and wants us to have a relationship with him. How lucky we are to have such a forgiving, understanding, and loving Father, who is willing to forgive us no matter what.

Those mean people at Wal-Mart, or should I say those who simply haven't experienced the love and comfort of Jesus, should read the 23rd Psalm:

23 The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.

2 He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.

3 He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake.

4 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.

5 Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.

6 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.

Great Post, Melissa. God is good.

Love you.

Melissa Jackson said...

@TJackson86 ... Love you, too. Thanks for your kind words. It means a lot to me. <3

Darlene said...

I did read both Psalms and couldn't agree more with them. I try to combat peoples negativity with kindness. Instead of getting mad back, know that they are hurting somewhere within. Forgive them. Give them a good example by your own behavior. And that is contagious. If we all did that the world would be a better place. I strive to do that.

love you melissa
love, mom

Melissa Jackson said...

@Darlene ... Mom, that is so true. I really needed to hear that today! Love you, too.