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Jul 18

Good morning, Lord.
Thank you for taking good care of my husband, keeping him out of the heat yesterday so he could recover a bit more. Please spare him the worst of the heat today, protect him, keep him safe and healthy. Please give him the wisdom and endurance to do his job, and please help me here at home to do mine. Lead us both on the path you have for us, and help us to hear your voice more and more clearly in our lives, guiding us, nurturing us. Thank you, Father, for letting me have a chance to communicate with my youngest son yesterday. Please show him how to feed his body, how to take care of himself so he doesn’t keep getting headaches. And Lord, I ask that you continue your work in him, bringing him to a place where he can come to know you. Touch him, Father, make him yours, open his heart and his mind and let him receive your Spirit. Amen, thank you Lord! 😀

Ephesians 1:16-23 ERV

I always pray to the great and glorious Father, the God of our Lord Jesus Christ. I pray that he will give you the Spirit, who will let you know truths about God and help you understand them, so that you will know him better.
I pray that God will open your minds to see his truth. Then you will know the hope that he has chosen us to have. You will know that the blessings God has promised his holy people are rich and glorious.
And you will know that God’s power is very great for us who believe. It is the same as the mighty power
he used to raise Christ from death and put him at his right side in the heavenly places.
He put Christ over all rulers, authorities, powers, and kings. He gave him authority over everything that has power in this world or in the next world.
God put everything under Christ’s power and made him head over everything for the church.
The church is Christ’s body. It is filled with him. He makes everything complete in every way.

It is very strange: the Easy Read Version does not HAVE an Ephesians 1:16! It skips from 1:15 to 1:17. But in comparing the King James and one other version, I realized that verse 16, which just says he always gives thanks and prays for them, is kinda included in verse 17 in the ERV. So I labeled it as such. Strange! I guess that’s just another reason to keep reading the King James along WITH this one, lol. I usually do anyways. But that’s because I enjoy WORDS so much — how they are used, interpreted… how they flow, or not. For the most part, I enjoy how the ERV flows. And I have the King James and Strongs and Naves and other resources to verify and explain what I read. I am so grateful to live in this modern era, where information is available 24/7, with a few clicks of the mouse. Thank you, Lord!


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