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Dec 21

Father, there are so many things to thank you for, that I only hope I can remember them all…! Thank you so much for leading me gently into the new capability and mindset of doing my work from my phone and from my Kindle. Thank you for helping me find the right apps to use, and thank you for helping me figure out things like how to highlight text using my finger on a touch screen. That may be intuitive and “old news” to some people, but I sure find it tricky! 😛 Thank you for the tender moments this morning, just you and me, taking a shower at 5am and spending hours alone with you, Lord. That was so refreshing! 😀 Thank you for your mercy in giving me the right words to use with my husband this morning, and thank you so much for pointing out my own weakness that I could confess and address, so that he could be receptive to what I asked for both of us to do TOGETHER, for the sake of hope and growth and better communication. Thank you for your awesome mercy and care, Lord God. I trust you completely.

Hebrews 12:1-8 ERV

We have all these great people around us as examples. Their lives tell us what faith means. So we, too, should run the race that is before us and never quit. We should remove from our lives anything that would slow us down and the sin that so often makes us fall.
We must never stop looking to Jesus. He is the leader of our faith, and he is the one who makes our faith complete. He suffered death on a cross. But he accepted the shame of the cross as if it were nothing because of the joy he could see waiting for him. And now he is sitting at the right side of God’s throne.
Think about Jesus. He patiently endured the angry insults that sinful people were shouting at him. Think about him so that you won’t get discouraged and stop trying.
You are struggling against sin, but you have not had to give up your life for the cause.
You are children of God, and he speaks words of comfort to you. You have forgotten these words: “My child, don’t think the Lord’s discipline is worth nothing, and don’t stop trying when he corrects you.
The Lord disciplines everyone he loves; he punishes everyone he accepts as a child.”
So accept sufferings like a father’s discipline. God does these things to you like a father correcting his children. You know that all children are disciplined by their fathers.
So, if you never receive the discipline that every child must have, you are not true children and don’t really belong to God.

Lord, I thank you again for Hannah Hurnard and the lessons she teaches so eloquently through the allegory Hinds Feet. Perhaps some people do not like that particular style of writing, but it speaks to me so wonderfully. Thank you, Lord! Thank you for all the little ways you help me throughout each day — gentle breeze against my cheek, thrill at some new animal species or seeing/hearing a new bird in my yard, delight over some brilliant color or color combination, gratitude for warm water and warm socks and sunshine and sleep. Thank you for my dear friend in New York, and please touch her in some special way today, over time replacing all the lonely hurting places in her heart with your love and reassuring touch. Thank you for nurturing our faith, Father. Thank you for guiding us faithfully, Shepherd. Amen.


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