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Aug 17

Good morning, Father!
Hey, this is pretty cool, being up and already having two new blog posts done by 5:30 am (on ArtStudioIdeas and CreatorsHeart)! It sure surprised me that when I let my body lead, telling me when to get up without looking at any clock, that I actually was up before 4am. Now, I think I know what those middle-of-the-night worries are for — to get up and get some work done instead of laying in bed struggling with emotions! I remember my parents both got up before 6am every morning, read their Bibles and did whatever else, then went back to sleep for an hour or so before getting up for the day. Perhaps it’s genetic. It sure FEELS natural… thank you, Lord!

Matthew 14:25-31 ERV

Between three and six o’clock in the morning, Jesus’ followers were still in the boat. Jesus came to them. He was walking on the water.
When they saw him walking on the water, it scared them. “It’s a ghost!” they said, screaming in fear.
But Jesus quickly spoke to them. He said, “Don’t worry! It’s me! Don’t be afraid.”
Peter said, “Lord, if that is really you, tell me to come to you on the water.”
Jesus said, “Come, Peter.” Then Peter left the boat and walked on the water to Jesus.
But while Peter was walking on the water, he saw the wind and the waves. He was afraid and began sinking into the water. He shouted, “Lord, save me!”
Then Jesus caught Peter with his hand. He said, “Your faith is small. Why did you doubt?”

I posted these verses because as I write it is “between 3 and 6 in the morning” and like Peter, I get overly excited when I see my Lord, and I want to run to Him, even if there seems to be rough waters ahead. Like Peter, I struggle with doubt. I see the harshness and danger around me and feel myself sinking. But also like Peter, the Lord is right there, catching my hand, drawing me to Him, chiding me for my lack of faith. But He is THERE. He CARES. And that gives me HOPE. I think He rather likes it when we jump out of the boat in our enthusiasm. He knows we will immediately learn how much we truly need him. It is a humbling experience, and it brings us closer to Him. Thank you, Lord Jesus! 😀


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