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For me, there’s one book of the Bible that always draws me back.

Reading a passage from Psalms, I find myself breathing more slowly and reflexively relaxing.

Maybe it should have been named Calms?

Because that’s how I feel when I read this passage from Psalm 62:

Yes, my soul, find rest in God;
my hope comes from him.

It starts with “Yes,” so it’s an affirmation.  It’s a direct command to your own soul, so it’s positive self-talk.

My hope comes from him.

It’s a reminder that it’s not what’s in front of you, but Who’s behind you that matters.

The Lord is my shepherd.  I shall not want.

The King James version of the 23rd Psalm is the one I learned growing up, and it still makes me feel centered and serene.

He maketh me to lie down in green pastures.  He leadeth me beside still waters.

In through the nose.  Out through the mouth.

He restoreth my soul.

It’s as if you’ll find your whole life somewhere in Psalms.

Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path…

When I read this passage from Psalms 119, I feel like I’m powering-up and decompressing at the same time.  Building strength and releasing stress.

The book of Psalms is like a daily shot of Vitamin B:  Be calm.  Be where you are.  Be strong in the Lord.  Be at peace wherever you go.  Believe.  Just be.

Have a Mary Little Christmas

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