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Job 28-30, Revelation 18

Success. How do you define it, measure it? According to Webster, success is:

  1. obsoleteoutcome, result
  2. degree or measure of succeeding
  3. favorable or desired outcome; also :  the attainment of wealth, favor, or eminence
  4. one that succeeds

As a parent of young children, I am often reflecting and evaluating my parenting goals and style. I look around at the culture and see the different measuring sticks for success. I read parenting articles or listen to interviews of parents on TV that say, “All I want for my children is for them to grow up to be happy and successful!” Success to Americans is healthy, wealthy and happy. It’s measured by GPA, SATs and which college they attend, by how much is in their retirement account, how big their house is and what’s parked in their driveway. It’s their job status and town they live in. To add to the stresses of success in our culture, we are now able to hide behind the mask of technology and be whoever we want to be on the outside. Facebook, Instagram, texting…..we can appear successful without actually being successful which only fuels the fire of depression and hurt as we measure our own lives based on what we see others portray.

The list of ways to measure success goes on and on but it’s rare to find someone in today’s culture who measures success by true wisdom. You rarely hear parents say, “All I want for my children is for them to be wise!” But the bible speaks to my heart reminding me that my measuring stick is not what the culture looks at but what God desires for us, wisdom. It is more valuable than all the things we work for, attain and succeed. It requires searching, seeking and waiting on the Lord.

12 “But where shall wisdom be found?
And where is the place of understanding?
13 Man does not know its worth,
and it is not found in the land of the living.
14 The deep says, ‘It is not in me,’
and the sea says, ‘It is not with me.’
15 It cannot be bought for gold,
and silver cannot be weighed as its price.
16 It cannot be valued in the gold of Ophir,
in precious onyx or sapphire.
17 Gold and glass cannot equal it,
nor can it be exchanged for jewels of fine gold.
18 No mention shall be made of coral or of crystal;
the price of wisdom is above pearls.
19 The topaz of Ethiopia cannot equal it,
nor can it be valued in pure gold.

23 “God understands the way to it,
and he knows its place.
24 For he looks to the ends of the earth
and sees everything under the heavens.
25 When he gave to the wind its weight
and apportioned the waters by measure,
26 when he made a decree for the rain
and a way for the lightning of the thunder,
27 then he saw it and declared it;
he established it, and searched it out.
28 And he said to man,
‘Behold, the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom,
and to turn away from evil is understanding.’” Job 28:12-28 ESV

One Day, all the measuring sticks of success will be thrown out the window and the things we thought were so valuable will be gone.

15 The merchants of these wares, who gained wealth from her, will stand far off, in fear of her torment, weeping and mourning aloud,

16 “Alas, alas, for the great city
that was clothed in fine linen,
in purple and scarlet,
adorned with gold,
with jewels, and with pearls!
17 For in a single hour all this wealth has been laid waste.” Revelation 18:15-17 ESV

Lord, who can grasp your infinite wisdom and fathom the depths of your love for us? I thank you Father that the goal for my children is not defined or measured by the people around me and that you give wisdom when I ask. Help me to remember to call on you day and night for my children that they would grow in wisdom and stature and favor with you all the days of their life and rely on your wisdom. Help me, Father, to teach my children how to use your measuring stick! Amen.

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Genesis 26, 27; Mark 10

One day some parents brought their children to Jesus so he could touch and bless them. But the disciples scolded the parents for bothering him. When Jesus saw what was happening, he was angry with his disciples. He said to them, “Let the children come to me. Don’t stop them! For the Kingdom of God belongs to those who are like these children. I tell you the truth, anyone who doesn’t receive the Kingdom of God like a child will never enter it.” Then he took the children in his arms and placed his hands on their heads and blessed them. Mark 10:13-16

One of the greatest aspects of being a parent is the ability to see everything fresh through my children’s eyes. Everything is new to them, even if they’ve seen it before. Everything is exciting, even when they’ve done it before.

Over the holidays, my parents and I decided to take my children for a drive to find Christmas lights in the nearby neighborhoods. We all loaded into the van after dinner and started driving looking for the decorated houses. It didn’t take long to find them, and the girls went crazy, oohing and aahing, squealing with joy at something as simple as lights in the darkness of the evening.

They do the same thing with Jesus. They love to hear Bible stories and sing songs about Jesus (amazingly I often hear my girls singing “You make me brave” at the top of their lungs when they are playing in their room). They accept who He is without questioning if He’s real. They accept everything He’s done without wondering whether or not they are worthy. They revel in His love. They dance with all their might in His presence. They accept every good thing He gives and expect nothing less than the best. They are princesses and prince(s), coheirs with Christ, and they don’t doubt that for a second. They don’t worry about what someone else might think about their relationship with their Heavenly Father, they don’t worry about ‘works’ they just jump into His arms, so to speak, and are blessed.

I remember times in my walk with God where I was like that little child, but more recently the cares of life have crept onto my shoulders and weighted me down; I became an adult trying to survive and my spirit has suffered for it. The responsibilities of ‘doing’ have taken over – because someone has to cook, clean, and wipe runny noses – and I have neglected simply ‘being’.

I watch my girls, especially on Sundays, dancing and waving flags and having fun, and while I really enjoy watching them expressing their love and freedom, I am also jealous to experience even a small piece of that again. A part of me wants to cast off the responsibility, the ‘Martha-like’ to-do list, the worry of ‘who is going to watch my kids’, and immerse myself like a little child in God’s presence, in Heaven on earth. And, a part of me is scared that I have forgotten how to enter in, how to let go, how to let my guard down enough to let the little girl escape her ‘duties’ and encounter joy.

I’m not sure what the answer is. I am not sure how to balance being an adult and being child-like. But I know that I want to be received into Jesus’ arms and be blessed just like a little child.

Yesappa, thank You for loving me. Thank you for blessing me with Your gift of grace. Will you give me wisdom for becoming like a little child before you? Will you meet me where I am and heal my spirit, heal my heart? Will You show me how to let go and let God? Thank You for showing me the way. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

 

Blessings – Julie, Sholavandan, India (written in the U.S.A.)

 

Unless otherwise indicated, all Scripture quotations are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright 1996, 2004, 2007 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.

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1 Kings 4&5; Ephesians 2; Ezekiel 35; Psalm 85

You lifted the cloud of guilt from your people, you put their sins far out of sight. You took back your sin-provoked threats, you cooled your hot, righteous anger. Help us again, God of our help; don’t hold a grudge against us forever.” Psalm 85:1-7 MSG

This week I had the privilege of sitting on a mentor mom panel for my MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) group. I have been in MOPS for 10 years, since my oldest was a baby. It was humbling to be giving advice to younger moms.“How do you show love to multiple children, so none of them feel left out?,” was one of the questions that was asked. While there’s a lot of ways I can show love to my kids, forgiveness was one of the words that came to mind. I am quick to ask for forgiveness from my kids when I mess up. And when they apologize to me, I don’t ever want them to question my love and wonder where they stand with me. I think about how I am sometimes left wondering if someone is still harboring a grudge against me. Or, do I have an unforgiving heart that has a become a stumbling block for me?

I am grateful that I never have to question God’s love for me., or have to wonder where I stand with Him. He accepts my apology and forgives me that second. It is gone from His mind…Will I ever fathom that?

When I come to HimHe embraces me fully.

It wasn’t long ago that you were mired in that old stagnant life of sin. You let the world, which doesn’t know the first thing about living, tell you how to live. You filled your lungs with polluted unbelief, and then exhaled disobedience. We all did it, all of us doing what we felt like doing, when we felt like doing it, all of us in the same boat. It’s a wonder God didn’t lose His temper and do away with the lot of us. Instead, immense in mercy and with incredible love, He embraced us. He took our sin-dead lives and made us alive in Christ.” Ephesians 2:1-5 MSG

Thank you Father that Your love for me never changes. Help me to remember that, so I don’t hold on to guilt, that never comes from You. I pray that I would be quick to ask for forgiveness and forgive others, knowing how much You forgave me. Amen.

Amy(amyctanner)

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Deuteronomy 16; Psalms 103; Isaiah 43; Revelation 13

He says, “Don’t be afraid, because I have saved you.

I have called you by name, and you are mine.

When you pass through the waters, I will be with you.

When you cross rivers, you will not drown.

When you walk through fire, you will not be burned,

nor will the flames hurt you. Isaiah 43: 1-2 (NCV)

Though there are certain things that I tend to worry about periodically, I have never really considered myself to be an anxious person.  When I became a believer, I really held onto Christ’s teachings about worry that can be found in Matthew 6. Pretty early on in my walk with Christ, I found I had choices to make that would really test my faith in God, and in His ability to care for me and keep me safe.

When it was just me, I had little problem keeping anxiety to a minimum. I regularly tried new things, met new people, and went on new adventures. Despite the ups and downs of life, I was rarely concerned with the potential misfortunes that could theoretically come my way. For the most part I wasn’t reckless, there just was very little in the way that made me fearful about taking risks.

And, then I had kids.

Having children makes everything scary seem a little more real, a little closer to home. When I hear of earthquakes and tsunamis and tornadoes and untamable fires…when I learn about shootings in schools and bombings at marathons…when I am told of accidents and illnesses that cheat life or see a wall filled with pictures of missing children…when I read on the web a constant barrage of bad news, often in the guise of prayer requests (my own included)…I am easily overwhelmed with the horrifying world I live in.

The enemy likes to taunt me with images in my minds eye, distressing imaginations of could-be dangers to my daughters. There have been times that I have been able to shrug off these torments by simply checking on my daughters, making sure they are still breathing, still alive. But at other times, when I let my guard down, I have unwittingly allowed myself to be provoked to the point of borderline panic causing me to lose control, lashing out with words of fear at the prospect of a plunge off the second-story porch or nearly mashing fingers to prevent little legs from darting into the road.

As I embrace my role as mother, I realize that I have to make a conscience choice each day to cast my cares at His feet (as cliché as that may sound) and enter into new stages of ‘letting go’. In order to keep my anxieties to a minimum, I must keep my focus on Christ and what He did for me and for my daughters on the cross at Calvary. The reality is that Jesus loves my girls way more than I will ever be able to.

All that I am, praise the Lord;

everything in me, praise his holy name.

My whole being, praise the Lord

and do not forget all his kindnesses.

He forgives all my sins

and heals all my diseases.

He saves my life from the grave

and loads me with love and mercy.

He satisfies me with good things

and makes me young again, like the eagle.

The Lord does what is right and fair

for all who are wronged by others.

Psalm 103:1-6 (NCV)

If I am feeling particularly uneasy about some aspect of life, whether it pertains to me, my daughters, or any other conceivable circumstance, when I focus on worshiping my Savior for being holy, for being good, it is so much easier to set aside my fears and keep my eyes on the future that has been promised (Jeremiah 29:11-14). In times of worry, I delve into the Psalms, taking comfort in David’s faith in God and being encouraged by his celebrations of the Father’s trustworthiness and constancy. When I put my whole heart into praising the Lord, there is no part of me that is free to be anxious and I am compelled to remember His kindness.

Yesappa, when fears and concerns creep into my daily life, help me focus on You instead of my anxiety. Remind me of Your everlasting love, Your never-ending mercy. Encourage me with Your Word. Strengthen me. Thank You for being my Rock and my Salvation. Thank You for having my back. And, Thank You for watching out for my babies. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Blessings – Julie, Vadipatti, India (written in the U.S.A.)

Scripture taken from the New Century Version®. Copyright © 2005 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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Ex. 28; John 7; Prov. 4; Gal. 3

20 My son, give attention to my words;
Incline your ear to my sayings.
21 Do not let them depart from your eyes;
Keep them in the midst of your heart;
22 For they are life to those who find them,
And health to all their flesh.
23 Keep your heart with all diligence,
For out of it spring the issues of life. Proverbs 4:20-23 NKJV

Solomon so eloquently wrote the thoughts that I as a parent want my children to listen to, understand, and live by.

I have two daughters both are good young adults, that is, they are not prone to getting into trouble. One seems to listen, understand and apply the life lessons we have attempted to teach them, while the other does not seek our advice, or seem to listen, or understand the lessons she has been shown. The difference in our relationships is night and day with the two, one seems to enjoy being in our company and seek advice while the other spends her time alone and sometimes seems annoyed that we want to be involved in her life. The future seems very bright for my daughter that seeks my consul but the foreseeable future for my other daughter seems that she will be learning things the hard way.

I feel like I have experienced both of these relationships with my heavenly Father. There have been times where I have sought to stay away from God’s presence and live by my instincts, in those times based on the feelings of isolation from my daughter, I can only imagine what God feels for me. I have also sought God’s involvement and  guidance and I feel that He must love it when I seek His wisdom.

Lord,

May I always seek your companionship and guidance in all aspects of my life, for it is only in you that I experience true life.

Amen.

Rob (guest on 66 Books)

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1 Kings 1, 1 Kings 2, John 18:19-40

Thus the kingdom was established in the hand of Solomon. 1 Kings 2:46

 Jesus answered, “My kingdom is not of this world. … “You say rightly that I am a king. For this cause I was born, and for this cause I have come into the world, that I should bear witness to the truth.” John 18:36

 

Two kingdoms belonging to one King, the Lord Jesus Christ.

Read at www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=1Kings1,2;%20John%2018:19-40&version=NKJV

1 Kings 1      As King David “was old”, his son “Adonijah …exalted himself, saying, “I will be king. …(And his father had not rebuked him at any time)…He was also very good-looking.”

             Adonijah sought to usurp his father’s kingdom and David’s personal maidservant (1). David had not corrected, discipled or chastened Adonijah, and his son disrespected him (2). Adonijah’s appearance may have distracted David from focusing on God’s eternal character development.  

              Lord God Almighty – I am a mother and I am in Your Kingdom. Alert me to not be distracted by: niceties, amenities, status quo, culture, good looks or talent in my children. Keep me attentive and aware of their heart/will bent and if they are seeking Your Kingdom and Righteousness, for if they do then You will give them all they need. (3) I seek Your wisdom in chastening them Lord Jesus. Manifest Yourself in my implementation of Your instructions, for Your good purposes and glory.

“Nathan the prophet came in” to remind King David of God’s Word. King David answered, “Assuredly Solomon…shall be king after me” (4) “Long live King Solomon!”

              Word of God, remind me keep the Main thing the Main thing: Your Kingdom by Your priorities. Lord Jesus, I am sorry for when I have gotten sidetracked by the “small” events. Every time I take my eyes off “the prize” in trade for what other people say and think (5), I contribute to people’s spiritual suffering and I suffer too. Jesus, I yearn for and cling to Your Word for my own chastening! Thank You Lord Jesus Christ. You are Faithful (7).  

1 Kings 2                  King David “charged Solomon his son, saying…keep the charge of the Lord your God… that the Lord may fulfill His word…Then Solomon sat on the throne of his father David; and his kingdom was firmly established.” Solomon proceeded to root out the evil in the kingdom without compromise, even against his own mother’s request (v.13-25) (14).  

               I worship You Lord God Almighty, for Who You are. May my heart delight in You (Psalm 37:4) paramountly so my life is fixed upon Your Kingdom ways for my own discernment of truth from lies. May God’s Word root out compromise, rationalization and excuses in me, and convict in order for me to confess, repent, worship and testify of You. (6) May “Your kingdom come. Your will be done On earth as it is in heaven.” Matthew 6:10

John 18:19-40    “when He had said these things, one of the officers who stood by struck Jesus with the palm of his hand” v.22

              Jesus spoke truth, and because people didn’t like the Truth, Jesus (the Truth) was struck and rejected. (v.23)  Give me a heart for Truth, Lord Jesus, and Your courageous love for it to be proclaimed throughout my life. (8)

“Peter then denied again; and immediately a rooster crowed.” V. 27

               How many times and ways have I rejected or denied You, Lord Jesus? Blatantly or unconsciously, by commission or omission, with my thoughts, actions, words, attitudes, patterns of behavior – ignoring the Truth, God’s Holy Word? And when You remind me, O Lord, do I bend the knee of my heart in submission and gratitude for Your showing me? Do I run to You for forgiveness, reconciliation and transforming sanctification? Do I forgive myself? Do I recall Your Words and live them so that Your Nature may take over my human nature? May it always be so! (9)

              Pilate said, “Are You the King of the Jews?”…Jesus answered, “You say rightly that I am a king. For this cause I was born, …that I should bear witness to the truth.” …Pilate said to Him, “What is truth?” And when he had said this, he went out again… said, “I find no fault in Him at all.”

            Oopps, walking away from the King of kings Who says He is Truth: You’d better ask Him questions. (10)

             How many times do I NOT ask Jesus questions? Do I pretend I know enough, am sufficient enough? Just go about “my” busy-ness without being mindful of what Pilate knew: Jesus had no fault! (11)

             And if I am a Chirst-ian, I am to “bear witness to the Truth”, to Lord Jesus Christ that is. (12)

            Father, thank You for sending Your Only Begotten Son Jesus to show and teach me Truth for me to be set free from the lies and deceptions that so easily ensnare me. May I ever more treasure the precious relationship I have with You because of Jesus’ Blood sacrifice, and come before Your throne of Grace to listen to Your Voice of Truth. (13)

1-  1 Kings 1:1-4, 1 Kings 2:13-25

2-   Hebrews 12:5-11

3- Matthew 6:31-34, 2 Chronicles 1:1-12, Philippians 4:19

4- 1 Chronicles 28:4-8

5- Genesis 15:1, Philippians 3:14, 1 Corinthians 9:24-25, Matthew 7:13-16, Luke 13:22-33, John 14:6

6- Matthew 16:21-23, Luke 4:8 , John 16:5-15

7- 1 John 1:9, Isaiah 1:18, 1 John 5:18, Revelation 19:11

8- John 15:18-27

9- Psalm 1, Psalm 34, Psalm 103

10- James 1:5, Psalm 33:4, Psalm 119:160, John 1:1-3,14, John 17:17, 1 Peter 1:23, John 15:3, Ephesians 5:26

11- Hebrews 4:14-16, Hebrews 2:10-18, James 1:12-16

12- Matthew 10:32-33, Revelation 12:11, 1 John 5:11, Romans 1:16

13- John 6:63, John 6:68, John 8:31-36, Hebrews 12:1, Hebrews 4:16, Philippians 1:6

14- Matthew 13:53-58, Matthew 12:46-50, Mark 3:31-35, Mark 10:26-31, Luke 8:19-21

Self directed life or Christ directed life?  http://www.campuscrusade.com/fourlawseng.htm and http://www.4laws.com/laws/languages.html

Crystal (PsalmThirty4)

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1 Chronicles 22, 1 Peter 3, Micah 1, Luke 10

Parenting – My son, “You will prosper, if you take care to fulfill the statutes and judgments with which the LORD charged Moses… Be strong and of good courage; do not fear … Indeed I have taken much trouble to prepare …  there is no limit. Arise and begin working, and the LORD be with you.” 1 Chronicles 22 

Marriage – Husbands, …dwell with them with understanding, giving honor to the wife…that your prayers may not be hindered.” 1 Peter 3

Rejoice! Jesus rejoiced in the Spirit and said, “I thank You, Father, Lord of heaven and earth…” Luke 10  

www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=1Chron.22;%201Pet.%203;%20Micah%201;%20Luke%2010&version=NKJV

1 Chronicles 22                Then David said, “This is the house of the LORD God, and this is the altar of burnt offering for Israel.” … Now David said, “Solomon my son is young and inexperienced, and the house to be built for the LORD must be exceedingly magnificent, famous and glorious throughout all countries. I will now make preparation for it.” So David made abundant preparations before his death. Then he called for his son Solomon, and charged him to build a house for the LORD God of Israel. And David said to Solomon: “…but the word of the LORD came to me, saying, …. Behold, a son shall be born to you, who shall be a man of rest; …

               He shall build a house for My name, and he shall be My son, and I will be his Father; and I will establish the throne of his kingdom over Israel forever.’  Now, my son, may the LORD be with you; and may you prosper, and build the house of the LORD your God, as He has said to you. Only may the LORD give you wisdom and understanding, and give you charge concerning Israel, that you may keep the law of the LORD your God. Then you will prosper, if you take care to fulfill the statutes and judgments with which the LORD charged Moses concerning Israel. Be strong and of good courage; do not fear nor be dismayed. Indeed I have taken much trouble to prepare …  there is no limit. Arise and begin working, and the LORD be with you.”

                 David also commanded all the leaders of Israel to help Solomon his son, saying,  “Now set your heart and your soul to seek the LORD your God. Therefore arise and build … for the name of the LORD.”

How is the temple of the Most High God within me? Clean and built well on the Foundation that never fails? Ephesians 2:20, 1 Corinthians 6:19

QuestionHave I inquired deeply of the Lord God Almighty what His Will is for each of my children? Matthew 7:7-12 Have a sought God’s answer, waited and implored until He answered? Have I responded to the Lord God Almighty in accordance to His Will? For what am I preparing for my children to accomplish now and after I’ve gone to heaven? How am I preparing, enabling and empowering my children to follow the Lord Jesus Christ in gratitude, passion and whole heartedness – by Jesus’ Holy Spirit and Word? What resources have I poured into my children and given to them physically to equip them to fulfill God’s Will for their specific lives and for God’s purpose and glory? What loss will I suffer if I am not a good steward of my children? 1 Corinthians 3:15, Romans 14:12  And how am I serving God with His Vision in my eyes and heart for my other close relatives, friends and siblings in Christ Jesus? What am I doing today for God’s goals?

Response – I have done much, repeatedly. But most importantly is earnestly living by the Holy Spirit and God’s Word and Praying in all manners for my children. Fasting, praying and being diligent to not let go of Jesus Christ’s priestly garment’s hem. And for many others, too.  Colossians 4:12, James 5:16, 1 Timothy 2:1,8, Ephesians 6:18, 1 Peter 4:7, Ephesians 1

 1 Peter 3               Wives” … may you have “chaste conduct accompanied by fear. May your adornment be  … the hidden person of the heart, with the incorruptible beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is very precious in the sight of God.”     “Husbands, …dwell with them with understanding, giving honor to the wife…that your prayers may not be hindered.”          Finally, all of you be of one mind, having compassion for one another; love as brothers, be tenderhearted, be courteous;… that you may inherit a blessing. …  For the eyes of the LORD are on the righteous, And His ears are open to their prayers; But the face of the LORD is against those who do evil.” …sanctify the Lord God in your hearts, and always be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you, with meekness and fear; For Christ also suffered once for sins, the just for the unjust, that He might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh but made alive by the Spirit,

                    Kindness, gentleness… the Fruit of the Holy Spirit, is needed in Every aspect of life, including sanctified marriage. (Galatians 5:22-25) Sharp repercussions are given by God if we do not live by the Holy Spirit. Prayers will be hindered and the Face of the LORD will be against us. (v.7,12)

              So what makes hearts so hard to not repent and be changed by the living Word? Why does pain continue so needlessly? Lord God, may my husband and I live Your Word for You. Please enable the impossible!! For Your purposes in our children’s lives and outsiders, and for Your glory alone! Amen.  Mark 10:27; Luke 18:27; Luke 18:29-30; John 15:7-8; John 15:16-17

Micah 1               Let the Lord GOD be a witness against you,  The Lord from His holy temple. For behold, the LORD is coming out of His place;  He will come down And tread on the high places of the earth. The mountains will melt under Him, And the valleys will split …All this is for the transgression of Jacob And for the sins of the house of Israel. …All her carved images shall be beaten to pieces,  And all her pay as a harlot shall be burned with the fire; …  For her wounds are incurable. …  But disaster came down from the LORD … For the transgressions of Israel were found in you.  

                  When will God’s people realize their offences and harlotry against the Lord God Almighty Who made them for His delight and glory? When will they awaken to the HONOR it is to be called into an intimate relationship by God? When will they repent and turn away from idolatry in loving the created rather than loving the Creator? When will they soften their hearts and mind to the One Who heals, restores and gives limitless Joy, Hope, Wisdom and Peace? When will True Worship of the Holy One replace titillation of the temporal? When will I and my family take God’s Word as TRUTH and live it by God’s Holy Spirit? Oooohhhh, the agony of watching evil being chosen by children? Oooohhhh no wonder God is called “Long Suffering”!! Your agony Oh God is far greater than mine!! Lord Jesus, please keep me on a short leash, close to You!! I want my Joy Full!! Matthew 23:37, 1 Corinthians 13:4-8; John 15:5-14

Luke 10                the Lord appointed seventy others … “The harvest truly is great, but the laborers are few; therefore pray

                  Lord God Almighty, send workers out today! Bring a harvest of souls in great numbers!! May the souls you save bear much fruit for another large harvest for You!! And continue the bounty until You return!!

                     May Your workers heal the sick and teach Your Word! Protect them from the enemy of their souls.  Please have them remember Your Words: “He who hears you hears Me, he who rejects you rejects Me, and he who rejects Me rejects Him who sent Me.”  (Do I equate this with my family members? Please Lord, may it be so.)  

And He said to them, “I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven…. rejoice because your names are written in heaven.” … In that hour Jesus rejoiced in the Spirit and said, “I thank You, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that You have hidden these things from the wise and prudent and revealed them to babes.

Can I not also REJOICE in the Holy Spirit GIVING THANKS to God?!! Happy ThanksGiving!!

He turned to His disciples and said privately, “Blessed are the eyes which see the things you see; for I tell you that many prophets and kings have desired to see what you see, and have not seen it, and to hear what you hear, and have not heard it.

                     What an HONOR to be called and used by the Lord Jesus Christ!! How can I not be acutely aware of this?!! Every day I rejoice the gospel for Jesus Christ made me His New Creature (2 Corinthians 5:17 ) !! 

“Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?” ‘You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength, and with all your mind,’ and ‘your neighbor as yourself.’ … which of these three do you think was neighbor … And he said, “He who showed mercy on him.” Then Jesus said to him, “Go and do likewise.”

                 I must be like “He who showed mercy.”  Lord God Almighty, You have abundantly blessed me in the Riches of Christ Jesus. All encompassing: spiritual, physical, mental, emotional and … Philippians 4:19. Please bring to my mind now when I have been selfish and short sighted. Please re-train me for Your Perspective and Ways so I will not sin again. Please forgive me Lord Jesus Christ. (Psalm 51). Increase my capacity to Love You on Your terms and by your Holy Spirit and Word. Thank You!!

“Mary, who also sat at Jesus’ feet and heard His word.” … And Jesus answered and said to her, “Martha, Martha, you are worried and troubled about many things. But one thing is needed, and Mary has chosen that good part, which will not be taken away from her.”

                 Worship is the most important thing I can give You Lord. To hear your Voice and do Your Will. John 10:27-30 Fill me Lord Jesus! Amen!!

Crystal (PsalmThirty4)

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