The Lord is my Shepherd: Sheep are stubborn, fearful, and crowd followers, like people. We need a shepherd to lead us. We must surrender our life and work to God.
Lord, you are my Shepherd. I place myself and my words under your authority.
I shall not want: God is all sufficient. When we trust God to provide for us, we can let go of the wants of ego. He redefines success.
Lord help me to want what you want for me and for my work.
He makes me lie down in green pastures: Writing is endless and the refreshment of rest and renewal is essential.
Help me find the balance of work and rest.
He leads me beside still waters: We know the difference between our own exertion and divine filling when the words flow like gentle waters.
Lead me to inspiration and fill me to overflowing with your words.
He restores my soul: We are strongest in the areas where we have been healed.
Restore my spirit, Lord. Heal me that I may heal others.
He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake: He provides that daily connection that guides us in the truth, as we write–for His glory, not ours.
Help me always to know the truth and to remember that I do my work for your glory, not mine.
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: We give deeply of ourselves and our experiences, making us vulnerable and easily hurt. We fear exposure and criticism and we receive it, but we don’t need to fear it.
Protect my heart, Lord. Help me to be bold in my work and not to fear criticism.
You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; you anoint my head with oil: God gives us provision in the midst of our problems and he continues to protect us.
Thank you for your provision. Anoint my head to protect me from the small things – the annoyances and thoughts that distract me.
My cup overflows: Every good gift comes from God–the good days, the letters and notes of encouragement from readers, the joy of seeing a life change because of the words He has provided.
Thank you, Lord, for this work and the abundance in life with you.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life. And I shall dwell in the house of the Lord forever: It is not for this world that we write. It is for eternity.
Lord, accept the offering of my words. Use them as you will. Lead me, provide for me, protect me. I will follow.
Betsy Duffey and Laurie Myers: The Writing Sisters