A Psalm for Dark Days

The Valley of the Shadow of Death, 1866
Sir Joseph Noel Paton
You fill me,
every waking hour-
 I am yours.
 Though I stumble and falter
You stand strong.
Your right hand does hold me.
Oh, Lord, though I walk through the valley of death,
and darkness surrounds me-
You are there.
You are my ever present help in times of trouble.
I walk with eyes fixed on You.
Lord, my eyes will not 
depart from your
steady gaze,
in this current haze-
and though hell itself rises up,
to crush me-
You stand strong,
and take the blows.
You shield me.
When I think I can’t go on,
You carry me,
lay me down 
and stroke my hair
with gentle hand.
With you, I persevere.
While I sleep
You nurture my soul
and make me whole.
I am content knowing you are near 
as close as breath,
and in death 
I will not fear.
Even now
You are here.
With you I remain-
You stand strong.
* I am a fan of religious art throughout all time- and this is my favorite painting. It ministers to me beyond words. I have a very small copy I cut out from an art book many years ago. I hope someday to own my own framed print. When I wrote this poem early this morning, this image came to my mind again. 
Linking with dVerse for Open Link Night. Amen. With Smiles. 

Take Ten for Better Health Today!

Do you have ten minutes today for better health?

Just. Ten. Minutes.
Is all it takes for you to feel healthier TODAY
is ten minutes.
Are you worth ten minutes? 

In ten minutes you could complete a mini circuit of five exercises twice.
In ten minutes you could stretch your hips, thighs, lower back, shoulders,neck, lower legs and chest. Basically your whole body!
In ten minutes you could take a brisk walk outside in your neighborhood.
In ten minutes you could go through Joseph Pilates’ first 10 exercises for the mat.
In ten minutes you could practice Deep Breathing exercises that will help you relieve stress and
feel refreshed and relaxed.You can even do this seated at your desk.
In ten minutes you could do a few rounds of Sun Salutations or of  “stretches” sequenced in a flow that is fun and feels good to you!
In ten minutes you could could do this great At Home Equipment Free Workout (my favorite kind) from ACE. OK, you might have to break this into a few ten minute segments, but you could work up to this wonderful routine!

It will take you just TEN minutes 
to make a difference in your health today.
Are you ready?
Well, what are you waiting for?

Let’s take Ten!

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