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Jul 12

God, please grant me the serentity to accept the things I cannot change.
You ALWAYS give me the courage to at least be willing to change the things I can — to hand them over to you, to hold them up in the Light of your Truth. To let YOU touch me, change me, grow me, mold me.
And I am in need of MUCH wisdom, including the wisdom to recognize when I’m stressing over something I cannot change, and when I am holding onto things that I can change.
Thank you for hearing me, and thank you for the awesome people who will ever pray this prayer with me, as I pray that you give these same awesome gifts to them! 😀

James 1:5-12 ERV

Do any of you need wisdom? Ask God for it. He is generous and enjoys giving to everyone. So he will give you wisdom.
But when you ask God, you must believe. Don’t doubt him. Whoever doubts is like a wave in the sea that is blown up and down by the wind.
People like that are thinking two different things at the same time. They can never decide what to do. So they should not think they will receive anything from the Lord.
Believers who are poor should be glad that God considers them so important.
Believers who are rich should be glad when bad things happen that humble them. Their riches won’t keep them from disappearing as quickly as wildflowers.
As the sun rises and gets hotter, its heat dries up the plants, and the flowers fall off. The flowers that were so beautiful are now dead. That’s how it is with the rich. While they are still making plans for their business, they will die.
Great blessings belong to those who are tempted and remain faithful! After they have proved their faith, God will give them the reward of eternal life. God promised this to all people who love him.

Father, I thank you for sustaining me through these difficult days. I thank you for giving me my art, for it is about the only thing in my life that I can see real progress in. It is the only obvious success — even though it still does not make me money, so I still do not have a car, or contacts that are not old and blurry, or a pair of eyeglasses to wear instead… Ok, enough said. I thank you anyways, because the art touches my heart, warms me like nature does. Thank you. I really do have everything I need. And thank you for increasing my awareness that if I do not have any particular thing, it means I do not actually need it — because my faithful Shepherd provides for ALL my needs. Amen!

Lord, I lift my husband up to you and ask you to be near him, strengthen his heart, and renew his spirit. Draw him to your Word, show him your heart, and sustain him. Thank you for granting whatever we ask, so I’d rather see my husband be joyful and walking hand in hand with you, having HOPE, than to have for myself a working car or a working printer or contacts or decent clothes. I’d give away my old raggedy clothes and contacts, if it would help my poor, weary husband to be happier. **sigh**


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