Ever since I was a little girl, I remember reading and memorizing Psalm 23.  I had no idea the impact it had on my life until I began to look back and reflect on all the times I know God was present in my life.

I was a child who went to church with a neighbor or family member when they took us.  I always thought of it as a fun time at Sunday school with the other kids.  Little did I know God was watering a seed my mom planted at an early age.  I was always drawn to the 23rd Psalm.  I didn’t know what the scripture meant back then.

1 John 2:14 The Word of God abides in you, and you have overcome…

Ephesians 6:17 The sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God

I now realize that this word not only impacted my life but many others around me.  I believe that God continues to use this word in my life as a spiritual weapon.  When I feel lost – He is my Shepherd! When I feel sad – He restores my soul! When I feel fear – I remember even in the valley I will fear no evil!  When I feel “less than” – He anoints my head with oil and my cup overflows!  When bad things happen – I remember surely goodness and mercy will follow me all the days of my life.  When I think of the end of my life time – I celebrate knowing I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever!

When my mom passed away, I had this scripture tattooed on my wrist.  This tattoo is a constant reminder of the amazing person my mom was and the impact that she made on my life by planting that little seed so long ago.  Every time I shake someone’s hand, I have the opportunity to spread the gospel and tell them the story of how blessed I am.

During the Christmas season, I pray you take a moment and reflect on your life and how blessed you are.  Please don’t let the word stay dormant like an un-watered seed.  Spread the word and watch it grow.


Diane Wood