The Valley


Those of us who live on the East Coast of the United States are getting a weather treat today.  It is in the mid 60’s and a perfect running day for someone like me.  I really felt God encouraging me to push myself today.  It was wonderful to stretch beyond my limit physically.

As I sat by the lake for a rest, I felt the Holy Spirit whisper “He restores my soul”.  Many of you may instantly recognize this as being a passage from the 23rd Psalm.  I have to admit that this is not one of my favorite Psalms as it reminds me of funerals.  My Husband, however, absolutely loved the 23rd Psalm.  It brought him such comfort.

Psalm 23 Amplified Bible (AMP)

Psalm 23
A Psalm of David.

1 The Lord is my Shepherd [to feed, guide, and shield me], I shall not lack.
2 He makes me lie down in [fresh, tender] green pastures; He leads me beside the still and restful waters.
3 He refreshes and restores my life (my self); He leads me in the paths of righteousness [uprightness and right standing with Him—not for my earning it, but] for His name’s sake.
4 Yes, though I walk through the [deep, sunless] valley of the shadow of death, I will fear or dread no evil, for You are with me; Your rod [to protect] and Your staff [to guide], they comfort me.
5 You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with [a]oil; my [brimming] cup runs over.
6 Surely or only goodness, mercy, and unfailing love shall follow me all the days of my life, and through the length of my days the house of the Lord [and His presence] shall be my dwelling place.

David wrote that psalm and my hubby very much had a heart like David’s.  He had no problem worshiping, dancing and leaping before the Lord.  He didn’t care who was looking, he only cared about what His God thought of him.  He brought me out of my comfort zone a lot over our 25 years of marriage.

As I sat there watching the geese glide over the pond with such an ease and rest, I was reminded of how important is is for me to be at peace and rest as I grieve my loss.  I can get out and run for my body’s sake, but I can not run from the grieving process.  If I do, it will just wreck my health physically and emotionally.

As a counselor who has facilitated a grief recovery group in the past, I have seen people fight against their grief and lose.  It may feel counter-intuitive, but if you are grieving a loss today (death, divorce, broken dream), it will be better if you to just run to it instead of running away from it.  I encourage you to not believe the lie that it’s better to just get busy and stay busy.  You will only have to deal with it later when you least expect it.  It’s like forcing an over stuffed closet door shut and when you open it the next time, it all comes falling out at you.

Psalm 119:26

I have declared my ways and opened my griefs to You, and You listened to me; teach me Your statutes.

I encourage you to work your sorrows out with the Lord and get into a support group if you need the extra encouragement.  This time of year can be so hard for many who have lost loved ones during the Thanksgiving/Christmas season.

I have attached a link below for the a great grief recovery group nationwide.

Be blessed


  1. Another inspiring message. Psalm 23 has always been a favorite of mine and has seen me through many difficult times in my life. “The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want… He is all sufficient. When we lost our house to fire, He used this psalm to lead me step by step through that difficult time. Thanks for sharing your heart and divine wisdom.


  2. “He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters”. This has been a source of total calm and peace during my times of need. Thank you Donna for sharing your heart.


  3. I also find that psalm comforting. Donna’s words are true as I am someone who was too busy to handle my grief and years later it popped up. Thankfully God is faithful and saw me through every step of the way and I know Donna that He will show you His peace and comfort in the days ahead!


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