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07 May 2008

Horse Play
Horse Oil Painting by Laurie Justus Pace

22 x 28 inches


Okay, so I got up on the wrong side of the bed this morning. I am extremely grouchy. Funny because this is way NOT the norm for me.

We had birthday dinner with Morgan and Hillary last night. Morgan fixed a scrumptious dinner for Hillary's birthday and we ate until we were overstuffed! Chocolate birthday cake with ice cream finished it off. Terry and I drove home and once in bed fell into a deep slumber...and then... BAM. I woke startled and disoriented... He ran into the wall on his way to the bathroom at 3 a.m. I surfaced enough to realized I had a pounding headache and as I rolled over he hit the main light switch in the room trying to turn on the fan. That was even more painful. He finally landed in bed like a flip flopping fish and then reached up to pull on the fan cord to speed the fan up and ONE MORE TIME turned on the room light. I was groaning by then. Normally I am a good sport about things, but three times in two minutes was too much.

I got up and grabbed some Tylenol and climbed back into bed. I lay there reciting Psalm 23


The Lord is my shepherd,
I shall not want;
He makes me lie down in green pastures.
He leads me beside still waters;
He restores my soul.
He leads me in paths of righteousness
for His name's sake.

Even though I walk through the valley
of the shadow of death,
I fear no evil;
for You are with me;
Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.

Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me
all the days of my life;
and I shall dwell in the house of the
Lord forever.

Psalm 23

Normally that is not what I lay there and focus on. If I am awake in bed I am usually in meditation or praying for others. (Aunt Dorothy taught me to start with the letter A and pray for friends with the A names, then move to B and so on. I do this often but find I have to start at different places in the alphabet or I fall asleep before I get to everyone! Blessing to our Dorothy.)

The words of this psalm seem to weave through my being and the full weight of them sank deep within my soul. The Lord will always provide, and I shall not want. This is provide what I need....Not what I want. His way is not my way, but he will always provide what is needed for me today and tomorrow. I realized as the words penetrated my pained head that it was what I needed. "He maketh me lie down in green pastures, He leads me beside the still waters...." As you say this every bit of burden is left at the fence before you go into the pasture to rest....and before you stand before the Still Waters. He will restore you and he will restore me.

Rest in those thoughts today when your life is overburdened by work and worry. Leave it all at the fence and walk with Him. He will bring relief. My studio remains in silence this morning. I chose NOT to turn on the news or on my music. I have choruses of birds everywhere singing and to this I will paint. He has provided what I needed.


“Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus.” 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

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