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Jul 7

Good morning, Father.
Thank you for helping me get more organized lately, so I can be more efficient and pace myself throughout the day, make progress on MANY things every day, and yet not get so burned out. Please continue to teach me and guide me and show me your path for my life. Amen! Father, I ask you to help me keep my mouth shut today, help me to not react to my husband’s harshness and to remember that MY words do not accomplish anything, only YOUR words are true and fruitful. Please help me to stay calm and let you be my shield, my defense, my refuge. I yield my self-protection to you and ask you to guard my heart and mind and to show me what I need to do as well, to stay right with you and with my tensed-up husband. Father, please take some of this burden from him, and help him be wise enough to give the rest to you, to look to you for his provision and protection and defense against his bosses. Thank you for your patience and lovingkindness with your imperfect children, Lord!

Proverbs 4:18-27 ERV

The path of those who live right is like the early morning light. It gets brighter and brighter until the full light of day.
But the path of the wicked is like a dark night. They trip and fall over what they cannot see.
My son, pay attention to what I say. Listen closely to my words.
Don’t let them out of your sight. Never stop thinking about them.
These words are the secret of life and health to all who discover them.
Above all, be careful what you think because your thoughts control your life.
Don’t bend the truth or say things that you know are not right.
Keep your eyes on the path, and look straight ahead.
Make sure you are going the right way, and nothing will make you fall.
Don’t go to the right or to the left, and you will stay away from evil.

Father, I KNOW I need help with my mouth. I know I can be quick to react when my “buttons” are pushed and I feel falsely accused — which happens a LOT when my husband stays home from work. This is a huge weakness in me, and I see that you ARE working with me on it, making me so much more stable, pruning away in that shady part of the garden. However, I also see from the verses above that what I REALLY need to do is guard my thoughts, my mind, my heart as well.

Matthew 15:17-20 ERV

Surely you know that all the food that enters the mouth goes into the stomach. Then it goes out of the body.
But the bad things people say with their mouth come from the way they think. And that’s what can make people wrong.
All these bad things begin in the mind: evil thoughts, murder, adultery, sexual sins, stealing, lying, and insulting people.
These are the things that make people wrong. Eating without washing their hands will never make people unacceptable to God.”

Father, I know that I have none of those obviously-evil things in my mind. I do not even have any desire to insult anyone. But I do tend to get defensive, and fight for what I believe is the truth, and try to make myself be heard and understood. But I do not NEED to be heard OR understood. Not even by my husband. Father, please help me to change my thinking. Help me to remember and cling to the fact that YOU are my defender, my master, my Shepherd. I do not need to defend myself. All I need to do is follow you, love you, and keep love in my heart for others. Help me to walk in your love this day, my Lord, and not be distracted by my own wounded self. I can trust you to not only see my wounds, but to care for them. My MOUTH cannot stop myself from being hurt, it can only make things worse, taking my life OUT of the Shepherd’s hands, and trying to fight the wolf with my own weak sheep-self. Haha! Lord, please help me to keep that silly picture in my mind’s eye, a sheep trying to fight a threat rather than letting the Shepherd do it. Perhaps that is the key that I need today, to unlock love in my life. Thank you, mighty Lord! 😀


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