Cement paths

Daniel 4:31 “The words were still on his lips when a voice came from heaven, ‘This is what is decreed for you, King Nebuchadnezzar: Your royal authority has been taken from you.'”*


Nebuchadnezzar looked with pride at the kingdom of Babylon, vocalizing that he had built it by his own power and majesty. The words were still on his lips when a voice came from heaven and Nebuchadnezzar lost his sanity—just as Daniel had predicted the year before. It took seven years of living like an animal before Nebuchadnezzar looked up to heaven and his sanity was restored.

Nebuchadnezzar’s story is sobering. It keeps me on the edge of my chair with a renewed awareness  of pride and of the words that stream from my mouth…this stream but a pouring-out of what’s in my heart.

Liquid thoughts

churn ’round & ’round,

sloshing against heart walls.

When words are poured,

life solidifies, paving

cement paths.


by Patty Perkins


May words from a heart bent upward be quick to acknowledge the God of heaven.

Psalm 19:14 (NIV) “May the words of my moth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, O Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer.”

*The One Year Bible, November 27, NIV, copyright 1986, Tyndale House Publishers, Wheaton, Illinois.

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About Patty Perkins

I'm Patty, writer of the devotional blog, Beside Quiet Waters. I love writing, reading and taking long walks with my camera. I've been married to my loving husband for 32 years and we have two grown sons. I am thankful for a place to spill ink, in hopes of encouraging others to find daily hope and inspiration in God's Word. View all posts by Patty Perkins

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