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Dec 13

Good morning, Father!
Thank you for helping me to NOT cough, so my throat can heal — yay! Thank you for teaching me about cough drops and the difference between pectin and menthol, and the difference between congestion and whatever-this-is that I’ve been fighting off. Thank you for teaching me about my own body this time, so that some time in the future I may be able to use this understanding to help whomever is in my care. Thank you for helping me touch a few lives through art and websites where my art is posted, using creativity and creative expression as a mutual interest to meet people and encourage them. Thank you for helping me make some small difference. And thank you for continuing to teach me, and guide me, and sustain me, Lord. Amen! 😀

 
Psalm 147:1-11 ERV

Praise the LORD because he is good. Sing praises to our God. It is good and pleasant to praise him.
The LORD rebuilds Jerusalem. He brings back the Israelites who were taken as prisoners.
He heals their broken hearts and bandages their wounds.
He counts the stars and knows each of them by name.
Our Lord is great and powerful. There is no limit to what he knows.
The LORD supports the humble, but he shames the wicked.
Give thanks to the LORD. Praise our God with harps.
He fills the sky with clouds. He sends rain to the earth. He makes the grass grow on the mountains.
He gives food to the animals. He feeds the young birds that cry out.
War horses and powerful soldiers are not what he cares about.
The LORD enjoys people who worship him and trust in his faithful love.

 
Lord, I thank you for the awesome world you have created. I thank you for the wondrous place you are preparing for your children. I thank you for showing me how fragile my life is yesterday, how easily it can be taken away. I thank you for giving me more time here, more opportunities to help others, including my own family — my husband and my children. Although I feel I have failed them in many ways — mostly but not entirely financially — I know that you are a God of restoration rather than retribution, to those who seek you and follow you. Please restore me financially as well as in all other ways, my Lord. Help me to help others. Give me something to give. Show me how to love more, and fear less. Amen.

 

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