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  1. I love this psalm ❣️ it’s my go to when I can’t sleep or wake up yet again.. but usually I don’t finish it. I’m asleep before I get to the the middle of the psalm. If I get through it I do it again with images of Gods actions. Reading it or saying it backwards has the same impact. What a beautiful God we serve and yes as you so well said it.., always forgiving me and releasing me from my prison

  2. Thank you for this, Evi! The next time I have an unforgiving spirit about something, I will try this technique.

  3. Evi, thank you for your boldness & courage. I reckon God just worked through your words to unlock the prison I was in. Thank you Jesus!

  4. One of my most favorite verse in the Book of Psalm. This verse has helped me through trials where Jesus speaks to my heart that I am not alone. He walks with us through our journey of life , revealing Himself that He never leaves us nor abandon us to do life alone. He promises are true. He is the good shepherd and He knows us better than we will ever know ourselves.

  5. How interesting that you mention Catherine Marshall. I have read most of her books and consider them timeless. So, I ran upstairs to find my copy on a dusty shelf. Just this morning in my prayer journal, I asked the Lord to release me from anger and lack of hope. In my journal I wrote down everything that I could think of at the moment that I was hurt by, fearing, clinging to, allowing myself to hold onto to in order to keep me in a prison of fear, resentment, and frustration. I realized that sometimes the prison we create is done to allow us to numb ourselves so we can use the pain to avoid freedom. As I have said before, sometimes we “love our pain”. If we are stuck in it, we do not have to reach out to Him for the peace He promises. I suddenly felt such a release. The Holy Spirit was stirring down into my soul, and I could feel it. The “key” to the locked chains was provided at that moment to shift my heart. I do describe it as being emotionless as I entered into the experience, and then, the deliverance occurred. Thank you for providing solace and balm this morning as I read these words, and recall how God helped me start my day. I stepped into a sense of Light and Love that I had been unresponsive to. Thank you! Amen

  6. Evi,

    Love this Psalm. I see images of a shepherd being gentle with His sheep. Leading them to water & giving them rest. Also I see God who is with us in our darkest moments. His rod & staff comforting us. We were never meant to do this life alone. We need Jesus.

    Blessings 🙂

  7. I needed this for an ongoing situation in my life. Thank you for this. 🙂