Forever Shepherd

There’s a song I love that has these words:
“Forever God is faithful. Forever God is strong. Forever God is with us. Forever and ever. Forever.”

One thing I can tell you for sure today is: statements, words, songs like that give me great comfort and peace in the world that is my today. Were it not so, I’d be daily undone, with no place to go for solace, peace or rest.

That being said, there is no greater source of soul rest than truth, not just any old truth, but THE TRUTH of God’s Word. The following passage is one that the Lord has brought to mind countless times and has used to still my mind and silence fears, slow down myriad racing thoughts, etc.

“The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me to lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside the still waters. He restores my soul; He leads me in the paths of righteousness for His name’s sake. Yea, 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 runs over. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life; and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.”

Allow your ears to hear and permit your soul to receive what is tangibly imbedded in each Word. God is with you and He is with me. He alone is our truest peace no matter what we are going through, no matter how we are being tried. I am oh so glad that there is something tangible in this world which God so faithfully offers and delivers to all who will listen and hear:

“Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say, rejoice! Let your gentleness be known to all men. The Lord is at hand. Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”

And then, finally, if we will meditate on these things:
…“whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy…”

Dear sisters, we have a forever Shepherd who is committed to everything we need, to whatever our soul requires for feeding, caring, guidance and everything in between.

Stephanie Dale Paul

Stephanie serves as part of the Addiction Recovery Team at America’s Keswick as Director of Women of Character. She has been married for over 30 years to Sesky Paul who is a graduate of the Colony of Mercy. They have two grown children.
Her single focus in ministry at Keswick is to image Christ in grace and truth to wounded and hurting women, encouraging them to make Jesus the truest Lover of their soul and the One in whom all hope lies.


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