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Feb 21

Hello, Father.
Thank you so much for healing and hope. Thank you for ALL your awesome mercies, Lord! I would so much rather be broke and homeless and relying upon you for every tiny little thing, than to think myself secure due to my position, my income, my connections, or even my own “goodness”. I thank you for making me humble enough to realize that I truly do need you, and yet I actually DESERVE nothing from you. Thank you for having mercy upon me, Lord, and pruning unnecessary things out of my life and my heart, so that I can more freely serve you. Thank you for giving me faith, and teaching me to be faithful. You are awesome, Lord, and I trust you completely. Amen.

 
Romans 10:11-21 ERV

Yes, the Scriptures say, “Anyone who trusts in him will never be disappointed.” 
It says this because there is no difference between those who are Jews and those who are not. The same Lord is the Lord of all people. And he richly blesses everyone who looks to him for help. 
Yes, “everyone who trusts in the Lord will be saved.” 
But before people can pray to the Lord for help, they must believe in him. And before they can believe in the Lord, they must hear about him. And for anyone to hear about the Lord, someone must tell them. 
And before anyone can go and tell them, they must be sent. As the Scriptures say, “How wonderful it is to see someone coming to tell good news!” 
But not all the people accepted that good news. Isaiah said, “Lord, who believed what we told them?” 
So faith comes from hearing the Good News. And people hear the Good News when someone tells them about Christ. 
But I ask, “Did those people not hear the Good News?” Yes, they heard—as the Scriptures say, “Their voices went out all around the world. Their words went everywhere in the world.” 
Again I ask, “Did the people of Israel not understand?” Yes, they did understand. First, Moses says this for God: “I will use those who are not really a nation to make you jealous. I will use a nation that does not understand to make you angry.” 
Then Isaiah is bold enough to say this for God: “The people who were not looking for me— they are the ones who found me. I made myself known to those who did not ask for me.” 
But about the people of Israel God says, “All day long I stood ready to accept those people, but they are stubborn and refuse to obey me.” 

 
Lord, I give my crazy heart and my crazy situation to you. One moment, I feel I could be completely happy and content and even joyous, homeless and living under a bridge (again) having lost everything I have. But the next thing I know, I feel like a small child being compressed in a vice, and I don’t know if I will last another moment. And then I grow calm, and feel safe and protected by you again. Life is very changeable and uncertain right now, Lord. I ask for your peace, and I ask for your guidance and support. I trust you, Shepherd. Amen.

 

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