This is the briefest blog post I’ve ever done. A 1-minute read. 

I hope it resonates with you. 

I have a question.

Why do we skim over the 1st 5 words of Psalm 23?

Hear me out. No matter what you believe, this is worth thinking about. My life bears witness to this truth. If you can grasp it, it’ll mean a NIGHT-and-DAY DIFFERENCE in your life, I promise.

‘The Lord is my Shepherd…’

How awesome, how amazing, is that phrase!  The LORD — God of the Angel Armies, Creator of all things seen & unseen, the God of Israel, the great I Am, God above all gods, Lord of Lords, King of Kings — is MY SHEPHERD.

Wow . . .  Right?

Because I’ve handed over the reins of my entire life — all of me, my dreams, hopes, fears, desires, and all those I love & care about — to Almighty God, He guides me through every moment of life. He truly does.

In all my years as a Christian, Jesus has never failed me.  Never.  He has made a night-and-day difference in my life — and always EXCEEDED MY EXPECTATIONS.

I will never doubt His wisdom, His strength, His power, His goodness, His timing, His plans for me.

‘The LORD is my Shepherd; I shall not want.’

Because He leads me, I lack nothing.  I have everything I need at all times.

Perfect peace, no matter the circumstances.

It’s not too late to hand over the reins of your life to Jesus.  You’ll never regret it.

May your Christmas be a truly peaceful one, blessed beyond belief.  And may you truly know The Reason for The Season.  

Thank you for reading.  Ever since this epiphany popped into my mind, I’ve been excited to share it.  I hope it resonates with you in some way.

With Love,


P.S. If you haven’t yet read my story about finding my dad at nineteen, I’d love for you to pop over to that blog post when you have some time.

Until next time, may 2023 bring you Joy, Hope & Peace that transcends all understanding & expectations!

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  1. Mark Pile

    Amazing, Amen. Awesome, love this Blog. It truly is the truth. I too have given my whole life over to our Daddy God. He has never let me down.

    And Jesus, giving His life for mine, I am truly blessed to have Him as my Lord and Saviour.

    • Robert (Bobbles) Russell

      Absolutely on point ‘V’ .
      I can totally resonate with ‘The Lord is my Shepherd. During the time of my first marriage breakup and divorce, I went through a period of darkness.
      Although still living in the marital home before the divorce, I found myself in the garden one day and I could feel a dark cloud encasing me.
      I called out to Abba Father to help me.
      As true as I am sitting here writing this reply, I felt the arms of our Lord and Saviour wrap around my shoulders and He bent down and whispered in my ear, Robert! It is time to come home. The dark cloud went and I was in the kitchen singing and dancing with no worries.
      The song Reckless Love comes to mind, He truly left the ninety nine to look for ME.


      • Vanessa Stevenson

        Thank you, Bobbles! Wow, what a testimony. God is so good to us. Thank you for sharing. xx

  2. Sandy

    Thank you for this encouraging thought Vanessa! We really have to share the secret thoughts that God lays upon our hearts. There are many hurting lonely people over the festive season and need to understand the real reason for the season.. the truth of Jesus .. the hope and peace that lies in His name and that He indeed wants to be our Shepherd in all things and we will never want for anything from this world, but will crave a deeper understanding of the things of the Spirit! Thank you always for your encouraging blog.. may Our Father in Heaven guide you with His thoughts through 2023.

    • Vanessa Stevenson

      Sandy, thank YOU for your constant encouragement and beautiful words. God bless you! xx


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