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As many of you know, we’ve been enjoying some fun Bible memory verses activities for grandparents and their grandchildren over the last few weeks – with Family Friday being the primary post, Word-Filled Wednesday being an accompanying photo, and even the occasional Sunday devotional and Tuesday Sweet Shot getting in on the action. We’ll be continuing with most of that til we finish with our kids version of the Biblical definition of Love from 1 Corinthians 13: 4-8 and 13, with one big exception – Sunday, where I’m starting a whole new series for the next several Sundays.
There are so many joys associated with the Sandwich Generation issues of caring for elderly parents and helping with grandkids. As with all of life, though, there are plenty of sorrows and trust me, I’ve had my fair share. As a widow of over ten years, I still miss my dear husband of over 26 years of marriage, even though I know he is safely home in heaven, along with my sweet dad, and several other much loved relatives and friends including a few sweet little babies I look forward to meeting in heaven someday. Life is never easy! I personally consider it just about impossible apart for God and His wonderful love and comfort.
Recently in my life – on and off the internet – my heart has been touched by so many who are hurting from loss, illness, discouragement, caregiving frustrations, and more. My words feel like sawdust, but God’s inspirational and encouraging Bible verses of comfort have always been my mainstay in life and I love sharing them. Some, in particular, have been of special comfort to me since the time when my husband died. I want to share them with you, one at a time, with the hope and prayer that you will find them to be as comforting of Bible verses as they have been for me. And if you are currently in a sweet spot of peace, perhaps you will want to save them for future times for yourselves or other loved ones when they “walk through the valley of the shadow of death.”
And that is the perfect place for us to start, with the precious words for Psalm 23:
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 the 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.
You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies ; You have anointed my head with oil ;
My cup overflows.
Surely goodness and lovingkindness will follow me all the days of my life, And I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever.
This precious gift in the Bible, Psalm 23, has always been such a treasured blessing to me and my entire family. But a few years ago, God helped me to take a new look at Psalm 23 as I was reading a book about it (I’m afraid I don’t remember what the book was – if anyone recognizes this, I’d love to be reminded. 🙂 ). Notice that when you get to the bold words, Psalm 23: 4, it¹s also getting to the toughest times for David. And at that point, he changes from talking about God in the third person (He, His) and starts referring to God in the first person, ultra-personal and up close (You, Your). I believe it was Alice Gray who pointed out that it is in the darkest of nights that the stars shine the brightest. It is, truly, in our darkest moments that God is closest to us. I love that fact so much! And I love that this Psalm shows this so wonderfully.
I found that Don Moen, whose songs I love, has written and recorded a lovely song, appropriately titled, Psalm 23. I downloaded the mp3 so I could share this lovely praise hymn with you in a Smilebox ecard:
My prayer is that each of us in the never-aging Baby Boomers Generation, caring for elderly parents and dealing with issues easy and difficult will be blessed by this wonderful Psalm 23 and this lovely and encouraging praise and worship music, “The Lord is my Shepherd” hymn song.
For more inspirational Bible verses and delightful praise and worship music and hymn songs, visit Spiritual Sunday. Also, check out I Owe It All To Him for some sweet inspiration on setting up places for quiet times with the Lord. And to get updates of the upcoming Sunday devotionals full of comforting and encouraging Bible verses and praise and worship music, along with all the other resources here at SandwichINK, just for you…
Encouraging Bible Verses of Comfort from Psalm 23 for the Baby Boomers Generation via SandwichINK.com http://tinyurl.com/2ctqe78
Thank you so much for visiting the prayer blog…and I love yours! You are more than welcome to link yours to the link event so everyone can come and visit you. (It runs through 9 tonight.)
Tomorrow I am spotlighting a wonderful artist who does art with the elderly at a nursing home…it is a neat story, so I hope you’ll have a chance to come read it…
I am in the “sandwich” generation too….What a wonderful idea for a blog!
Hugs and blessings,
This was so beautiful and timely for me. I shared it on Facebook as I hope many will come and visit you and read this. After all, I am a Baby Boomer too.
I participated in a Christian Group Writing Project with Faithful Bloggers. It was based on Psalm 23 and we each chose a verse. I chose verse 5 and published my post today. I wish I had told you about it as this post of yours is so good. Maybe next group writing project?
Blessings and love,
The 23rd Psalm has always been a blessing and comfort to me. It is wonderful to know that our Good Shepherd, Jesus Christ, is with us always – even in those dark times.
I’m also a Baby Boomer (happily so) and I like your line “never aging Baby Boomers”. I think there is something about our generation that will never grow old (even though the calendar says otherwise).
Blessings & Joy,
Thanks for sharing this. Psalm 23 is so powerul and so comforting. It has always helped me especially in dark times. I had forgotten the bit about the change in the pronoun–thanks for reminding me.
ps. I once knew someone with your name—not sure if both names were spelled the same. She lived at Myrtle Beach area.
I couldn’t get the video to open but great scriptures…it amazes me what some people are dealing with…ie raising kids and caring for aging parents….this is a great post that encourages.
What a neat post. Thanks so much for sharing about that awesome Psalm. Yes,..my mom is in her last weeks or months with her cancer battle. She has battled a long time…and I am trying to help my dad whenever I can. It is a difficult thing to watch. God’s grace is sufficient. I know that on the hard days, truly He carries us, just like a shepherd and a weak sheep.
Thank you and God bless for your encouragement…
Hi Julie, Thank you. I’m so sorry to hear about your mom and am praying for all of you. God’s blessings be on you!
Hi Sarah, Thank you. I’m sorry the Smilebox ecard didn’t work for you and appreciate you letting me know. I did give it a try and it worked for me. The joys of technology, I’m afraid – not everything is fully compatible. Have a blessed week!
Hi NannyKim, Thank you. No relatives in Myrtle Beach that I know. I have discovered that Swain is a very popular name 🙂 Have a blessed week.
Hi Joan, Thank you. And I’m SOOOO with you on the never-aging Baby Boomers Generation. We’re just having to much fun and staying too busy to get that old!!! 🙂 🙂 🙂
Hi Debbie, Thank you so much! Sounds like fun! 🙂
Hi Cindy, Thanks for stopping by and the sweet invite. Have a blessed week as well! 🙂 🙂 🙂
I am so happy that you linked to my site so that visitors can find your blog…it is wonderful! Wishing you a blessed week…I want to thank you for the valuable work you do…it is so inspiring.
Hi Cindy, Thank you – and thanks for the invite. I’m enjoying visiting other sites too 🙂 🙂 🙂
Hi Whidbey Woman, thank you – you and your family are in my prayers! 🙂
The Smilebox video is precious. Thank you for sharing your thoughts and faith with us.
Wonderful, encouraging post! Happy Spiritual Sunday!
Hi Charlotte, thanks for popping in and for another encouraging Spiritual Sunday 🙂
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Your writing is so inspirational to me.
Thank you Faye 🙂
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This is a good verse to ponder on.
Thank-you for sharing this today.
Hi Ginger, Thank you – and thanks for all yours and Charlotte’s hard work in providing Spiritual Sunday each week. We appreciate it and YOU! 🙂
Thank you for the encouraging bible verses!
I’m in the middle of the “sandwich” myself right now, so I’ve enjoyed your blog postings very much:)
Hi Charlotte, Thank you 🙂 🙂 🙂
Good morning, Kaye,
It is wonderful to see that you linked this up!! I was so surprised and thrilled! I hope that you are having a blessed week and I thank you for your inspiration to everyone and words of encouragement and strength.
I made a Bible marker yesterday and posted it on my blog…You’re welcome to come and copy it…(It’s the one with the little bird on it.)
Hugs and blessings,
Blessings Kaye… Just wanted to tell you how blessed and delighted I was to come here, read this but mostly the SMILE that filled my heart as I watched your Smilebox of that beautiful song of Don Moen on Psalm 23… the most beautiful comforting Psalm and the creative flow of the Living Water… with the precious images of the sheep. It truly delighted my soul today! Thank You! I love Don Moen & Psalm 23 too!
You may remember me from Word Filled Weds. My regular blogs are “amazing Grace…Mazes, Messes, Miracles” and “Missions” but I am on 2 team blogs… I put “The Lighthouse of Prayer” for my website link here… the other is “The Power of Your Love”.
Thank you for all you shared in this post of COMFORT! I’ve been away from blogging for a while now so just getting back slowly into the swing of things.
Thanks for linking this song up to my Sunday Song Post. It was certainly a very calming post-one that I needed to read after my very busy week!
Hi Peggy – thank you so much! And yes I have definitely enjoyed reading your amazing Grace…Mazes, Messes, Miracles” site for Word-filled Wednesday. How fun to get to see you here as well. Isn’t God doing such wonderful and amazing things all over! I’m looking forward to checking out these other sites in just a bit! Have a blessed and fun week back in the bloggy world. 🙂
Hi Cindy, Thank you! And how sweet – I will definitely be by to enjoy that bookmark! Have a wonderful week!
Hi Natasha, Thank you. I enjoyed your music post as well. A delightful way to spend a Sunday moment. 🙂
I love your post, Kaye. That video and song by Don Moen was beautiful. I love his music. I was singing the Psalm 23 music that I wrote, and it comforted me, thinking about my little old lady cat that is missing. I have a bad feeling that some hawks may have gotten her. But she is in God’s hands. Blessings ~
Oh Cathy, I’m so sorry to hear about your poor kitty cat! I know how hard that must be, but what a wonderful attitude you are taking. Praying with you for her – and you! 🙂
That is so true!! When we are having our hardest time is when we are closest to Him! It’s like that song ‘For those who wait’ by Fireflight…..
The pressure makes us stronger,
the struggle makes us hunger
the hard lessons makes the difference
and the differences makes it worth it.
In the past 2 weeks I have been so close to Him as I am trying to find some comfort. Losing someone is always hard and I am doing my best to listen to His words of comfort
Hi, I am so sorry to hear about your loss and know how you are feeling. You are in my prayers and in His heart and hands!!!!! God bless you and hug you close!
it’s strange how out of our pain comes strength for others. praying God touches you in a special way. Stay strong in Him.
Hi Sarah, Thank you!
I appreciate your Christian encouragement and sharing it with me. Have a wonderful week. sunny19
Thanks Sunny! 🙂