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Aug 12

Good morning, Father.
Thank you for getting me up before the sun and going for a three-mile walk! Thank you for the breeze, the pinky sunrise, the birds, and all those crazy Canadian geese! Thank you for making it so that I was back home for my husband to vent to about his work, and thank you for teaching me, more and more, how to keep my mouth shut and not take it quite so personally when he is disrespectful to me without even trying. I know he doesn’t mean to hurt my heart any more than I wish to hurt his. Thank you for preserving some precious things we have between us, even while others seem to be sitting on the enemy’s trophy shelf. I trust you, Lord. Show me how to not get in the way of your work in each of us, and in our relationship. I give these things to you. Amen.

 
Proverbs 24:10-16 ERV

If you are weak in times of trouble, that is real weakness.
If you see someone on their way to death or in danger of being killed, you must do something to save them.
You cannot say, “It’s none of my business.” The Lord knows everything, and he knows why you do things. He watches you, and he will pay you back for what you do.
My son, eat honey; it is good. Honey straight from the honeycomb is the sweetest.
In the same way, know that wisdom is good for you. Wisdom will give you something to hope for that will not disappoint you.
Don’t be like a criminal who makes plans to rob those who are good or take away their homes.
Good people might fall again and again, but they always get up. It is the wicked who are defeated by their troubles.

 
Lord, at times I feel myself growing faint. My weary heart wants to lay down and give up the ghost. I want to go HOME. But I do not wish to be weak. I desire instead to grow in wisdom! Help me to accept the things I cannot change, realizing that your strength is wise and not foolish enough to fret about such unchangeable things. Help me to focus instead on my relationship with you and things I CAN change, like my attitude and behavior. I can put my attention fully on you instead of feeling sorry for myself or trying to protect myself from sorrows. You and me together can turn those sorrows into joys, as I learn obedience through the things I suffer! Thank you, Father, for always being a source of HOPE, from the days when I was a lonely heartbroken child all the way through over four decades of your patient care and longsuffering. Thank you for always being here. You are so Faithful! 😀

 

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