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Nov 19

Good morning, Father!
Thank you so much for your awesome love and care! Thank you for making it so that my husband was motivated to turn on the heat today, so that it can be warmer than 50-some degrees in the house, helping me to not be so distracted with cold. Please help him, Father. He and another person I truly care about are both really struggling and there doesn’t seem to be anything I can do about it. My cheerfulness does not cheer them, they will not be comforted or encouraged. So I just lift them both up to you, Father, and ask that you set your Word upon them, show them your mercy, and give their hearts hope and their minds peace. Strengthen them, Father, as only you can!

 
Proverbs 12:25 ERV

Worry takes away your joy, but a kind word makes you happy.

 
Proverbs 31:26-27 KJV

She openeth her mouth with wisdom; and in her tongue is the law of kindness.
She looketh well to the ways of her household, and eateth not the bread of idleness.

 
Father, please help me to speak only with love and kindness. Let me not do anything to make my husband’s burden even heavier. I keep trying to encourage him, but it just doesn’t seem to help. Please give me the right words to say, and stop up the words I WOULD have said, that would not work toward your purpose. You see my heart, Oh Lord, you know how delighted I am in your closeness, your comfort, your joy that sustains me even in these times of despairing circumstances. I desire for those I care about to know these comforts as well, Father. Show me how to do that.

 
Also, Father, help me not to “eat the bread of idleness”. Although I’ve always seen that verse to mean simply not being lazy, in general, today I see it a little bit different. Recently I have been eating more “fast food” — not from restaurants but from the grocery store. I still make my healthy soup and eat it, but for other meals I will sometimes eat a marked-down sandwich from the deli at Walmart, or heat and eat some pizza rolls (my weakness!!), or even a snack-size bag of Doritos along with my good-for-me nuts! I know this is not so good for me, and the only real reason I do it is because I am lazy. I don’t FEEL like chopping vegetables or cooking quinoa or baking with my gluten-free flours. Part of this has been due to the chill in the house — but I admit that MOST of it is just plain laziness. Father, I lift my lazy self up to you and ask you to show me the way OUT — help me to choose you and what YOU would have me to do, rather than just taking the easy way out. Thank you, Shepherd! I know for certain I can count on you to guide me and give me courage and strength. How wonderful to be your sheep! 😀

 

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