Something caught my eye today.

The famous well-known Psalm 23.

Even when the way goes through Death Valley,
I’m not afraid when you walk at my side.
Your trusty shepherd’s crook makes me feel secure.

Psalm 23:4

Through the Valley of Death.

Not “around” it.

Osteen’s message about “happiness” still rings in my mind because Sam once again reminded me of it last night (he has just read the article)… As well as the words of my Bible professor who did not believe devil exists and told us that the main goal in life is to be happy (he seems to have chosen a wrong religion…)

I have mentioned this quote already in my blog posts, but it still remains valid…

What a terrible thing it is for children to see death, you say. We have it all wrong. If you make a child terrified of death, he won’t embrace it so easily. And death must be embraced if you wish to follow Christ. Listen to His teaching. ‘Unless you become like a child… and unless you take up your cross daily, you cannot enter the kingdom of heaven.’ One is not valuable without the other.

The Dance of the Dead, 1959, Janjic Jovic (Ted Dekker’s When Heaven Weeps)

Death is, as ironic as it may sound, a part of life and avoiding the topic is silly. Of course, no one wants to lose loved ones or friends, one’s own life or even pets… but it happens. There are death valleys in every person’s life and not one.

But there’s a promise.

Even though we will have to walk (or are walking at the moment) through the dark and scary valley…

Even though we will have to face tough times in this life…

Even though there will be battles for us and enemies whose desire will be to harm us…

He will be close.

It was a wonderful and full of hope reminder for me and I hope it will be a blessing to you, whatever you’re going through right now.

Do you have anything I can pray for?

  • I blogged about that silly Osteen quote and philosophy recently. http://billgrandi.ovcf.org/wordpress/?p=11506 You say it well though Zee. Only someone living in the lap of luxury could honestly believe that garbage they are spewing. As for prayer: yeah. you know about my daughters.

    • I remember you did. That’s actually where I originally found out about it. Your blog (as well as a few other blogging friends) is one of the very few Christian sources that I read…

      Your daughters as well as you and Jo are in my prayers.

  • Yes, yes, yes Zee, please pray for me as I prepare for a ladies retreat in Oct. I have ask myself in the light of all that is going on in the world if this was last time to speak before women what would I want to share. Sound pretty heavy but it has really been freeing for me to think this way. I don’t want to waste a word, or minutes the Lord gives me. I want to wake up prepared for battle knowing the enemy of my soul wants me to just stay in bed and forget spreading the gospel. Even as I type these worlds news flashes in my mind of some of what is going on in your country. I pray for you and Sam and ask my ladies prayer group to pray for you two personally. Also for Caleb and his family as they minister in the Ukraine. I am giving each lady a courage pendant at the retreat, my last session is on courage. We need it to stand against the false teaching that is spilling out on the airwaves, fb, tv, magazines…it sickens me. I cant’ help do they not understand what is going on all over the world and even in our country. Baffles me.

    • Will do, Betty! Virtual hugs flying your way! Hope God provides you with courage and wisdom to speak what needs to be said. Every morning as I put on the pendant, I think of you 🙂

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