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2 Chronicles 29; Revelation 15; Zechariah 11; John 14

I chose the word “value” as my word for the year. I think of how my thoughts, perceptions, and actions were influenced by it. I noticed that even though I may value the same things as other people, our approaches to (and even definitions of) things/concepts valued were sometimes very different.

Last week, I read about a coming battle (2 Chronicles 20:13-17), and while the Lord fully intended to fight that battle, the warriors were still called to show up and hold their ground. I remember that today as I read Hezekiah admonishing the people:

11 My sons, do not neglect your duties any longer! The Lord has chosen you to stand in his presence, to minister to him, and to lead the people in worship and present offerings to him.” (2 Chronicles 29:11, NLT)

Then Hezekiah proceeds to call out the men by name. They all set to work with a common goal, and there was rejoicing because the work was completed so quickly.

Jesus tells the disciples,

15 “If you love me, obey my commandments. 16 And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate, who will never leave you. 17 He is the Holy Spirit, who leads into all truth. The world cannot receive him, because it isn’t looking for him and doesn’t recognize him. But you know him, because he lives with you now and later will be in you. 18 No, I will not abandon you as orphans—I will come to you. 19 Soon the world will no longer see me, but you will see me. Since I live, you also will live. 20 When I am raised to life again, you will know that I am in my Father, and you are in me, and I am in you. 21 Those who accept my commandments and obey them are the ones who love me. And because they love me, my Father will love them. And I will love them and reveal myself to each of them.” (John 14:15-21, NLT)

Lord, thank you for helping me to get clear on what I value. I sit with you now to get clear on my heart. Help me to push past the obstacles that hinder me from obedience and focus. Help me to live and love in action and in truth.

Courtney (66books365)

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Micah 5-7; Matthew 25

A forward focus of a new school year. Somewhere in the planning, a prompt to list goals as a teacher and as an individual. Words scratched out of note paper: organized/prepared; faithful/diligent; attitude/atmosphere; as well as discipline/self-control; surrender–prayer, interruptions, pace and expectations. These key words may only make sense to me, preliminary thoughts to be fully developed.

In Matthew 25, I read of preparation of the bridesmaids with their lamps and oil. All had lamps. All were waiting. All had oil. But some brought more oil to sustain themselves during the wait, and these women were called wise.

The parable of the three servants, each entrusted with a measure of treasure while the master was away. Each one received. And each one reacted–some by profitable action, and one by doing nothing. I think on plans and goals, action versus inaction. Not all plans are fruitful.

Jesus speaks about the final judgment.

34 “Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the Kingdom prepared for you from the creation of the world. 35 For I was hungry, and you fed me. I was thirsty, and you gave me a drink. I was a stranger, and you invited me into your home. 36 I was naked, and you gave me clothing. I was sick, and you cared for me. I was in prison, and you visited me.’ (Matthew 25:34-36, NLT)

All are made in God’s image. As I go forward in my planning and preparation, Lord help me to remember there’s a bigger scope and sequence. May I be ever mindful of the hearts being shaped alongside the minds.

No, O people, the Lord has told you what is good,
    and this is what he requires of you:
to do what is right, to love mercy,
    and to walk humbly with your God. (Micah 6:8, NLT)

Lord, as a new beginning unfolds, I want to walk closer with you. Please guide and guard my heart and thoughts.

Courtney (66books365)

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