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Jul 22

Good morning, Father.
Thank you for the communication with my friend in New York yesterday. Please continue to heal her up, Lord. Give her the wisdom she needs to take care of her body and prevent this problem from happening again. Father, I ask that you also continue to increase my body-wisdom, show me more and more how to deal with these crazy hormones and their effects. Guide me and give me wisdom, endurance, and peace. Thank you for the prevailing calm I’ve had, just living moment to moment and not allowing myself to worry except when I wake up at 3-5am and it seems impossible NOT to worry. Please help me with that one, too, Lord. Last night was better than the night before, so I know it’s not something that HAS to be that way.

 
2 Corinthians 5:1-9 ERV

We know that our body–the tent we live in here on earth–will be destroyed. But when that happens, God will have a home for us to live in. It will not be the kind of home people build here. It will be a home in heaven that will continue forever.
But now we are tired of this body. We want God to give us our heavenly home.
It will clothe us and we will not be naked.
While we live in this tent, we have burdens and so we complain. I don’t mean that we want to remove this tent, but we want to be clothed with our heavenly home. Then this body that dies will be covered with life.
This is what God himself made us for. And he has given us the Spirit as the first payment to guarantee the life to come.
So we always have confidence. We know that while we live in this body, we are away from the Lord.
We live by what we believe will happen, not by what we can see.
So I say that we have confidence. And we really want to be away from this body and be at home with the Lord.
Our only goal is to always please the Lord, whether we are living here in this body or there with him.

 
Lord, I truly look forward to leaving this body behind some day! Sometimes it seems that if I did not have this physical flesh, I could be so much more FREE! But I know that freedom is found in YOU, and that you have given us each a body for a reason, and only for a season. Please help me endure, help me prosper, and help me become more and more pleasing to you, my Lord. Help me to not listen to my worries or the worries of others around me, talking about what can be seen. Help me to live instead by “what I believe will happen” — the things that you reveal to us in your Word, and through your Spirit. Help me to know your voice better all the time, and to obey it more readily, resisting my flesh and serving only you. Thank you, kind Shepherd!

 

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