Thank you for the 2 nice walks again yesterday, and thank you for helping me to make the best of these last days close to 70 degrees! Thank you for giving me something to do outside as the sun went down, and thank you for encouraging me in my art again. Father, I ask that you move my husband today, show him a stepping stone, and give him the motivation to do it. Help him to get past his discouragement into ACTION! I don’t know if it’s the same for everyone, but I know you have been teaching me how to just do something, anything, to get myself OUT of the blues — although my blues just don’t seem to ever last very long, anyways. Thank you for making me cheerful and optimistic, Father!
1 Peter 4:1-10 ERV
Christ suffered while he was in his body. So you should strengthen yourselves with the same kind of thinking Christ had. The one who accepts suffering in this life has clearly decided to stop sinning.
Strengthen yourselves so that you will live your lives here on earth doing what God wants, not the evil things that people want to do.
In the past you wasted too much time doing what those who don’t know God like to do. You were living immoral lives, doing the evil things you wanted to do. You were always getting drunk, having wild drinking parties, and doing shameful things in your worship of idols.
Now those “friends” think it is strange that you no longer join them in all the wild and wasteful things they do. And so they say bad things about you.
But they will have to face God to explain what they have done. He is the one who will soon judge everyone–those who are still living and those who have died.
Some were told the Good News before they died. They were criticized by others in their life here on earth. But it was God’s plan that they hear the Good News so that they could have a new life through the Spirit.
The time is near when all things will end. So keep your minds clear, and control yourselves. This will help you in your prayers.
Most important of all, love each other deeply, because love makes you willing to forgive many sins.
Open your homes to each other and share your food without complaining.
God has shown you his grace in many different ways. So be good servants and use whatever gift he has given you in a way that will best serve each other.
Lord, I want to spend my time doing the things that YOU would have me to do. I know of so many things that I THINK I need to do, that they could fill many, many days. And I THINK I know what I need to focus on today. But Lord, I invite you into my day, into my plans, into my productivity, into my time. I invite you to show me whatever I need to let go of, and what I truly DO need to focus on and pay attention to — according to YOUR plan for me. Thank you for your intimate care and patience, Shepherd. Amen!