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The Lord Is My Shepherd......

Updated on April 18, 2012

As I reflect on my life, I look back at how I made careless decisions in my life. I missed many opportunities to have a life of complete fulfilment. I used my good fortune that the good lord gave me and wasted it, for I thought my good fortune would continue on forever. What was I thinking my lord, how silly it really seems, as I look back. I had been blessed with a good woman, I had been blessed with good health, and I had been blessed with good fortune, that when I lunged forward, took chances, I always seemed to come out with right ending.

For so long i thought it was me, oh lord, I thought It was because of my decisions that this was happening to me. My eyes were blind to the fact that it was you my lord. My ears would not hear you telling me to listen. My ego would only not accept that it wasn't me. My mind refused to use the logic that tried to reason with my ego, which had taken over.

My lord,how hard you must have tried to stop me from destoying my life . How hard you must have tried to keep me from falling off the high ledge I had taken myself to and looked down, you must have cried when you seen me treat the ones I love with such disdain. You had to have been disgusted when I degraded my wife, who stuck by me after all I put her through. You, my lord, were the one who gave her the strength to endure. You, my lord were the one who gave her the wisdom seek out her family in order to help me . You, and only you were the one that opened my eyes before I pulled the trigger, that would have ended what I thought was a life wasted. there are no words to describe how you have turned my life around. this is my way of saying, THANK YOU!!!

~Psalms 23:1-6~

The LORD is my Shepherd, I shall not want.
He makes me lie down in green pastures,
He leads me beside quiet waters, He restores my soul.
He guides me in paths of righteousness for His name's sake.
Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil, for You are with me;
Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.
You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies.
You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.
Surely goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life,
And I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever.
Amen.



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    • cleaner3 profile image
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      cleaner3 5 years ago from Pueblo, Colorado

      raci , thank you for reading. you are a great teacher

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      raciniwa 5 years ago from Naga City, Cebu

      it's one of my favorite lines from the Psalm too Michael...and i even teach that to my students...

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      cleaner3 5 years ago from Pueblo, Colorado

      Angel. thank you for the commentts. god bless you, my little angel

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      Angelme566 5 years ago

      Michael , life got always ups and down..we are even luckier if it really an upside down mode , to some who are shall we say " not so lucky " ,they experienced mostly all down in their life , seems being up is not in their book ..that's why so shameful that we keep on complaining little life's discomfort.We need to be grateful to God to whatever we have including problems that makes a stronger. To everything , God has a reason and He knows whats all best to us. God Loves you Sir !

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      cleaner3 5 years ago from Pueblo, Colorado

      debbie, thanks for the visit. Yes i find my writing keeps my mind off of the negative thoughts a person has who battles drug addiction everyday. it is hard but the lord is by my side constantly helping.

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      Debbie Pinkston 5 years ago from Pereira, Colombia and NW Arkansas

      Writing is usually very therapeutic, especially when we're facing something difficult. I recommend journaling to my clients frequently. Focusing our minds on One who is greater than us, who sees more than us, and who wants our good is what gives us hope in times of need.

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      cleaner3 5 years ago from Pueblo, Colorado

      Blossom, my lovely. yes he brought me back into the fold and that is good. Thanks for the visit Blossom.

      Love ya.

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 5 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      A lovely poem. We're not always good, obedient sheep, as we like to rebel and go our own way. Just as well the Shepherd is there to guide us back to safety. Voted up and beautiful.

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      cleaner3 5 years ago from Pueblo, Colorado

      Bobbi, thank you for such an uplifting comment. Your love and beauty are only exceeded by the strong faith within.

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      cleaner3 5 years ago from Pueblo, Colorado

      Ruby, thank you for yoursupport and the very kind comment. I am glad to know that I have many friends here on the pages.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 5 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Heart touching Michael. You were not alone. We all have traveled that path, only to find a better way with God's help. Thank you..Happiness to you and yours..

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      PurvisBobbi44 5 years ago from Florida

      A message from the soul Michael, and when we think we can go no further on our journey of life—he will carry us.

      He has given you great talent, now you need to forgive yourself and find a happy enduring life for such a good man as yourself.

      Your Hub Friend,

      Bobbi

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      cleaner3 5 years ago from Pueblo, Colorado

      Caroline, Glad you drooped by and left a comment. God Bless you . you have always been there for me.

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      Caroline Marie 5 years ago from Close to Heaven

      Great hub Michael. Be proud of what you have accomplished. We all have to learn lessons to be who we are today. Thanks for sharing.

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      cleaner3 5 years ago from Pueblo, Colorado

      Thank you Jackie, You say the words and it does mean something, devotion and faith. Thanks for the comment.

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      Jackie Lynnley 5 years ago from The Beautiful South

      As a child and even young adult that verse always scared me. It usually meant a funeral. I never dreamed I would one day finally hear the words and love them. Beautiful write.

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      cleaner3 5 years ago from Pueblo, Colorado

      @ debbie, thank you for your kind words. i just felt that I had to write iot during one of my down moments and neede to give myself a pick me up.

      @ teaches, thank you for your support and your comments.

      thanks for your kind thoughts.

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      Psalms 23 has been a comfort to so many of us and will continue to provide guidance through those deep valleys of life. Your story is touching and moving. I am glad that you found truth and peace through this Psalm. God bless you and your family.

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      Debbie Pinkston 5 years ago from Pereira, Colombia and NW Arkansas

      Everything we experience is part of the journey. Thank you for your transparency.

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      cleaner3 5 years ago from Pueblo, Colorado

      @ Ann, thank you for reading. glad to see you.

      @ fibo, thanks for the comments and i hope someone see's it and they can believe that the lord is there.

      @ Katrine,thank you for your logical words that contain much truth and your expression of faith. it is appreciated.

      @Brandy, thank you for visiting my hub. and for your kind comments.

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      Brandym2012 5 years ago from PA

      Absolutely a beautiful poem. I do agree with KatrineDalMonte, as we go through life we will make mistakes and learn from them. Voted up! Great hub.

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      KatrineDalMonte 5 years ago

      Michael, we all reflect upon our life and past and there are always regrets and wishes that we perhaps could have done this or that differently. However every single experience and mistake along the way are part of our life-long growing. We can only truly appreciate anything after walking on those winding roads. What's important though is not how many times we fall but how we can get up and get going again. Whatever there may be that hurt you badly was there for a reason, and that is to bring you into what you are now. After the night comes another day, just like after the rain comes the sun, and that sun is there all the time, even on a cloudy day...Having faith and belief is healing to one's soul. Take care and keep smiling :-)

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      fibo777 5 years ago from UK

      May the Lord protect you and give back what enemy has stolen from you. Have courage He is ever with you. Thanks for opening your heart and encourages everybody who might be going the same path you had gone.

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      anndavis25 5 years ago from Clearwater, Fl.

      A testimony for all of us. We have all come short. Our hearts have to come to a place of surrender. Not until then can your life be molded by the Master's hand.

      You are showing a different side, Michael. A deeper Michael. Up and beautiful. Your friend, Ann.