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Proverbs 19-20; 2 Corinthians 3

I started the new school year’s teaching gig yesterday: a class of 9th and 10th graders, medieval history and literature. One of the first things I did was administer a test on what they remembered from Chapter One’s reading assignment, but on the flip side of the paper was a get-to-know-you questionnaire. I’ve asked these questions in other classes too: using one word, how would you describe yourself, how would your friends describe you, how would your mom describe you, how would you like to be known?

I’m not sure that people really give this tremendous thought, but we’ll all be known for something.

Are we beginning to praise ourselves again? Are we like others, who need to bring you letters of recommendation, or who ask you to write such letters on their behalf? Surely not! The only letter of recommendation we need is you yourselves. Your lives are a letter written in our hearts; everyone can read it and recognize our good work among you. Clearly, you are a letter from Christ showing the result of our ministry among you. This “letter” is written not with pen and ink, but with the Spirit of the living God. It is carved not on tablets of stone, but on human hearts. 2 Corinthians 3:1-3, NLT.

What kind of mark does my life leave upon another’s heart?

I don’t ask myself this question to number my shortcomings, but to number my days.

Even children are known by the way they act, whether their conduct is pure, and whether it is right. Proverbs 20:11, NLT.

Numbering my days to live intentionally, wholeheartedly.

Ears to hear and eyes to see, both are gifts from the Lord. Proverbs 20:12, NLT.

Today’s reading is filled with insight on mockers, chattering gossips, the lazy, the fools, a quarrelsome wife and her dripping nagging … as well as wisdom, self-control, and friendship.

Many will say they are loyal friends, but who can find one who is truly reliable? Proverbs 20:6, NLT.

Chapter One’s history reading was a gripping account of the battle at Milvian Bridge, and Constantine left an impression with readers, all of us using words to describe him–because we’ll all be remembered in some way … whether in a history book or in a heart.

16 But whenever someone turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away. 17 For the Lord is the Spirit, and wherever the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. 18 So all of us who have had that veil removed can see and reflect the glory of the Lord. And the Lord—who is the Spirit—makes us more and more like him as we are changed into his glorious image. 2 Corinthians 3:16-18, NLT.

Lord, may I always keep my eyes fixed on you.

Courtney (66books365)

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Genesis 43, Mark 13, Job 9, Romans 13

Tick, tick, tick…10 and 9, 8 and 7, 6 and 5 and 4 call upon the Savior while you may; 3 and 2 coming through the clouds in bright array, the countdown’s getting lower every day!

Heavenly Father I come before you today to receive my daily dose of you and to ask you to not let me allow the clock to get down any lower before I take the right steps of obedience towards you.  I also lift up a prayer and blessing upon  our Nation and the leaders you have placed within it. I pray for guidance in their decision making and that they look to you for help and answers and not to themselves.  May I choose to obey and respect them as you commanded me too in Romans 13.  Thank you for being the ultimate authority in my life and for being available to speak to and praise your name 24/7.

I thank you for the overwhelming lessons scattered throughout these passages on your love and your commands to me to share that love to each person that I come into contact with. I ask for a humble heart combined with this love and that I may be a forgiving person to those who have brought me pain and frustration just as Joseph loved and forgave his brothers in Genesis 43 for the wrong they had done to him.  Life is too short to hold a grudge, dear Lord, so please take my present anger and cast it as far as the East is to the West!

Your word is filled with promises and reminders that this world is not my final home and as you tell me in Mark 13 “No one knows the day or hour when you will return” so my prayer  is that I continue to keep short accounts with you and if my faith is tested, such as Job’s was that I would not assume that you were out to destroy me and I would not begin wallowing in self pity, but rather that I would see the trial you have placed before me through your eyes and not mine, and I will stay faithful and at peace that you are strengthening and purifying me and using me as a testimony to others.

In Romans 13:14 you tell me to let the Lord Jesus Christ take control of me and it’s evident from these scriptures today that you desire for me to redress myself in clean righteous clothing, just as you reclothed Joseph in splendor after his dirty and blood stained jacket was shed, so, I give you my dirty laundry Lord and  full reign over my life and I ask for guidance and wisdom in honoring and glorifying your name and serving you.

Thank you again Father for making your word so readily available to me and for offering free salvation and love for all who will receive it! I pray this in your awesome precious name. Amen.

Erica (guest on 66 Books)

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