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Jan 11

Good morning, Lord!
Thank you for cheering my heart this morning, letting me wake up in a good mood, with hope and expectation. Thank you for my husband’s prayer for my peace this morning as he was leaving, and please honor my prayer for him, keeping him warm and not getting too chilled today. I am very glad there is no wind today — that helps! When my daughter and I volunteered at the horse place 2 mornings ago, the wind was the worst part. Cold and wind do not mix! Thank you, Lord, for teaching me so long ago that you see all environments the same, as you made each one special and individual, and you know about every rock and every feather on every bird. You can love every desert, arctic, and ocean habitat — because you “need nothing of it“. If we could only ever see that it is YOU who meets our every need, regardless of our what is surrounding us at any given moment, we could rest in peace and love and have no worries. I pray that you build that freedom into myself, my husband, and my four children, Lord. Grow each one of us in the intimate knowledge of you and your mighty power and faithful care! Thank you, Lord!

 
2 John 1:1,3-4 ERV

Greetings from the Elder. To the lady chosen by God and to her children. I truly love all of you. And I am not the only one. All those who know the truth love you in the same way.
Grace, mercy, and peace will be with us from God the Father and from his Son, Jesus Christ, as we live in truth and love.
I was very happy to learn about some of your children. I am happy that they are following the way of truth, just as the Father commanded us.

 
This is one of my cling-to verses. This clearly shows me that this woman’s children are blessed because of her faith, because SHE is chosen by God. Later it says SOME of her children are following truth — but yet it is ALL of her children who are blessed, it seems. And how are the blessed? They have peace, grace, and mercy. And they can live in truth and love. These things are part of these children’s heritage from their mother and her blessing from God. And why not? Doesn’t God in the Old Testament punish the sins of the father down to his children and grandchildren?

 
Exodus 34:7 ERV

He shows his faithful love to thousands of people. He forgives people for the wrong things they do, but he does not forget to punish guilty people. Not only will he punish the guilty people, but their children, their grandchildren, and their great-grandchildren will also suffer for the bad things these people do.

 
Exodus 34:7 KJV

Keeping mercy for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, and that will by no means clear the guilty; visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children, and upon the children’s children, unto the third and to the fourth generation

 
So if God is merciful and faithful and righteous and He punishes down through generations, why would He NOT bless and reward and give favor to the children of the faithful? I love it! 😀

    Thank you, Faithful One, for giving to me AND each one of my children:

  • GRACEcharis – good will, favor, merciful kindness
  • MERCYeleos – compassion, tenderness
  • PEACEeirene – quietness, rest, prosperity

 
And I have actually seen this working in other people’s lives as well. My neighbor across the street does some things that would get him kicked out of any church, and he loses his temper with his children at times, yet I can feel God’s favor working in his life — he seems “protected” and even singled out as somewhat of a leader amongst his local people. One evening, as I was on the front porch praying, I felt God showed me that the blessing upon this man comes from his grandmother. I got a little vision of a cheerful, loving elder lady who truly loves God and shines with His love and favor. I could see the reflection of this on my neighbor. It was cool. Ever since, I have prayed the verses in 2 John for my own children, knowing in faith that they, too, are shown mercy and will have God’s grace and peace in their lives. Thank you, Lord!

 

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