Why hello there! :) It’s currently Sunday night and I leave for camp tomorrow morning. At a very ungodly hour in the morning, might I add. Since I’ll be gone all week (because I get to go to the whole thing!!!), I thought I would go ahead and write some posts to publish while I’m gone.

While I was in the hospital, and since I’ve been home, there have been a few chapters of the Bible that have really helped me. Specific verses have spoken to me more than others, and they’ve helped me through. I’ve been wanting to share them with you, and now seems like a good time.

I’m going to break it up into chapters, and then I’ll just put the verses that stood out to me most throughout this whole journey. By the way, I’m using the NIV version of the Bible.

So. Here is the first one.

Psalm 23

The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not be in want.

Okay, let’s just stop right there. “I shall not be in want.” Uhm, okay…so I’m not supposed to want anything. I’m supposed to be content. Easy.

Except that it’s really hard. I truly had an easy time of it during the whole brain tumor journey. It’s strange to me, because I would have expected to want more and be more needy. But I think it made me realize that I already have so much that I can handle a brain tumor, without complaining about other things.

He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, he restores my soul. He guides me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake. Even 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. 

He did this for me. He gave me peace so that I could rest in Him through it all. I wasn’t worried or scared, and that makes NO sense at all based on who I normally am. I should have been freaking out. But I wasn’t. I felt at complete peace, at rest, and like everything was going to be just fine. I walked through the valley, and I wasn’t scared. He comforted me like no one else could.

You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. 

Not enemies, per se. But He has prepared a table full of good things and my cup overflowed. It still overflows.

Surely goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever.

Yes. Just yes.

~Come back tomorrow to read my favorite verses from Psalm 24~