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Jan 30

Hello, Lord!
It seems strange to be writing this so late in the day. Thank you for blessing us so much: awesome times with my husband last night and this morning, plus peaceful and productive time at the horse place with my daughter today. Please help me to get a little time alone, so I can recuperate from all the socialization. You know me, Lord, how I get so drained out just being around people for too long — even my own family. I know you made me a true introvert for some reason, and I know you will take care of me and provide for my needs. Thank you, Father!

2 Peter 2:5-11 ERV

And God punished the evil people who lived long ago. He brought a flood to the world that was full of people who were against God. But he saved Noah and seven other people with him. Noah was a man who told people about living right.
God also punished the evil cities of Sodom and Gomorrah. He burned them until there was nothing left but ashes. He used those cities as an example of what will happen to people who are against God.
But he saved Lot, a good man who lived there. Lot was greatly troubled by the morally bad lives of those evil people.
This good man lived with those evil people every day, and his good heart was hurt by the evil things he saw and heard.
So you see that the Lord God knows how to save those who are devoted to him. He will save them when troubles come. And the Lord will hold evil people to punish them on the day of judgment.
That punishment is for those who are always doing the evil that their sinful selves want to do. It is for those who hate the Lord’s authority. These false teachers do whatever they want, and they are so proud of themselves. They are not afraid even to say bad things against the glorious ones.
The angels are much stronger and more powerful than these beings. But even the angels don’t accuse them and say bad things about them to the Lord.

I find it interesting that the Greek words used for “his good heart was hurt” above basically mean “tortured his innocent breath“. I feel like that sometimes myself. I think we probably all have different “evils” that we find personally repulsive beyond all other evils. I don’t mean those things we find particularly irritating (which often indicates something we ourselves are guilty of), but rather those things that just break our little hearts. For me, I can’t stand to see women berating either their husbands or their children, knocking them down and discouraging them with words. Sometimes it seems like the modern “norm” is for a woman to be bossy and controlling and to call even her own family members bad names in order to get them to “comply”, and I’ll be the first to admit that I have called BOTH of my husbands “B–CH!” (female dog) before in the height of extreme emotions. I am not proud of this. It is hurtful and uncalled for. 🙁

Lord, please teach my tongue to know the law of kindness. My goal is to be cheerful and light at all times. This means I NEED to keep my eyes on you and not look to defend myself against offensive remarks and commands. You know how difficult that is, but I know how faithful you are! 😀 Lord, I thank you that I never once berated my own children, never even raised my voice in anger to them. I thank you that they were such good children and never pushed me beyond what I was able to endure and still be kind. I pray that you teach my heart to do the same with my husband, and with anyone else who pushes me to my limits of tolerance. I thank you for all the supremely awesome qualities my husband has, enough to always, always gain my respect back, so we can remain at peace with each other. Please let us have a good evening together. Thank you, Lord!


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