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Jan 14

Good morning, Lord!
Thank you for your care, and for strengthening my husband and myself and my children. Thank you for keeping us all safe and nurturing us, Father. Thank you, awesome Shepherd, for leading me gently each day, showing me where you would have me to walk, and how to do things your way. Thank you for giving me courage, hope, and joy. Thank you for peace in the house and peace inside me. Thank you, for the wonderful gift of learning, and my delight and enthusiasm for it! 😀

 
Psalm 19 ERV

To the director: A song of David. The heavens tell about the glory of God. The skies announce what his hands have made.
Each new day tells more of the story, and each night reveals more and more about God’s power.
You cannot hear them say anything. They don’t make any sound we can hear.
But their message goes throughout the world. Their teaching reaches the ends of the earth. The sun’s tent is set up in the heavens.
It comes out like a happy bridegroom from his bedroom. It begins its path across the sky like an athlete eager to run a race.
It starts at one end of the sky and runs all the way to the other end. Nothing can hide from its heat.
The LORD’S teachings are perfect. They give strength to his people. The LORD’S rules can be trusted. They help even the foolish become wise.
The LORD’S laws are right. They make people happy. The LORD’S commands are good. They show people the right way to live.
Learning respect for the LORD is good. It will last forever. The LORD’S judgments are right. They are completely fair.
His teachings are worth more than pure gold. They are sweeter than the best honey dripping from the honeycomb.
His teachings warn his servants, and good things come to those who obey them.

People cannot see their own mistakes, so don’t let me commit secret sins.
Don’t let me do what I know is wrong. Don’t let sin control me. If you help me, I can be pure and free from sin.
May my words and thoughts please you. LORD, you are my Rock–the one who rescues me.

 
Father, I thank you so much for helping me to completely quit drinking all alcohol last year, for it seems to be one of the keys to being productive and joyous and FREE! Still, I realize that it is really YOU, Lord, who has set me FREE, and who is filling me with YOUR goodness and mercy and Light! Despite all the negative things that surround me in this physical world, every day I have a measure of joy that I feel is spilling over into my work, my words, my art, my hands, and even coloring my eyesight, lol. For the first time in my life, I feel like I am protected with some kind of armor that goes with me, shielding me, wherever I go and whatever I do — and even whatever thoughts come into my head! Even if this sensation of safety were to dissipate this very day, Lord, I thank you for allowing me to taste of this sweet wine of your love and favor THIS day, this moment, and in this life. It is ENOUGH. Help me to continue to accept whatever comes of your hand and your will, Lord. I completely trust you. Amen.

 

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