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Jan 13

Good morning, Father!
Thank you so much for all the good fellowship in the early hours of this day, thank you for laughter and gentle understandings. Thank you for working on me and on my family, Lord. Thank you for your awesome care and growth! Lord, I feel so content and lacking nothing, but I still ask that you provide enough money for rent, so we do not get evicted. Thank you for providing what I needed to pay the super-overdue internet bill, so I can continue to work from home. Thank you for giving me stamina and a supreme love of learning, making it easy and even FUN to work at all hours of the day — even waking up at 3am to write the beginning of my next piece, lol. I am very encouraged, and I trust you completely, Lord. Please comfort and encourage my husband’s heart, draw him ever closer to you during this time that he is struggling, Oh Lord. Amen!

 
1 Peter 3:10-22 ERV

The Scriptures say, “If you want to enjoy true life and have only good days, then avoid saying anything hurtful, and never let a lie come out of your mouth.
Stop doing what is wrong, and do good. Look for peace, and do all you can to help people live peacefully.
The Lord watches over those who do what is right, and he listens to their prayers.
But he is against those who do evil.”
If you are always trying to do good, no one can really harm you.
But you may suffer for doing right. If that happens, you have God’s blessing. “Don’t be afraid of the people who make you suffer; don’t be worried.
But keep the Lord Christ holy in your hearts. Always be ready to answer everyone who asks you to explain about the hope you have.
But answer them in a gentle way with respect. Keep your conscience clear. Then people will see the good way you live as followers of Christ, and those who say bad things about you will be ashamed of what they said.
It is better to suffer for doing good than for doing wrong. Yes, it is better if that is what God wants.
Christ himself suffered when he died for you, and with that one death he paid for your sins. He was not guilty, but he died for people who are guilty. He did this to bring all of you to God. In his physical form he was killed, but he was made alive by the Spirit.
And by the Spirit he went and preached to the spirits in prison.
Those were the spirits who refused to obey God long ago in the time of Noah. God was waiting patiently for people while Noah was building the big boat. And only a few–eight in all–were saved in the boat through the floodwater.
And that water is like baptism, which now saves you. Baptism is not the washing of dirt from the body. It is asking God for a clean conscience. It saves you because Jesus Christ was raised from death.
Now he has gone into heaven. He is at God’s right side and rules over angels, authorities, and powers.

 
Lord, you know all, you see all, and I trust you. Please strengthen the heart of my husband, encourage him and help him to accept the peace that comes of a clean conscience, from acknowledging Jesus and from realizing that what has already been accomplished is ENOUGH. We forget, Lord. It’s not that we humans do not value what Christ did for us, it is that we think we should do something ourselves, something to earn it, or at least something that WE can be proud of. But that’s a trap. It keeps our hearts HERE, and our eyes on ourselves. Help us, Holy Spirit, to instead put our hearts and minds on you, and only desire to please you, not ourselves, and not our fellow humans. We need your mercy and grace to guide us, Shepherd. Amen.

 

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