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Apr 23

Good morning, Father!
Thank you so much for the awesome progress on myself yesterday! It was FUN to let loose and listen to music while repurposing old clothing to make new! It was encouraging to feel the strength of mine own body while I walked all over the nearby area yesterday, barely even noticing that I was carrying things home for the family — and later, dancing to the music and feeling my muscles growing even more toned. I so enjoy the body you gave me, Lord, even if it is one of my LEAST favorite blessings in this life, lol. Thank you for helping me appreciate it. That was surprising and cool of you. 😛

 
Philippians 3:1-8 ERV

And now, my brothers and sisters, be filled with joy in the Lord. It is no trouble for me to write the same things to you again. I want to be sure that you are prepared. 
Be careful of the dogs—those men whose work does only harm. They want to cut on everyone who isn’t circumcised. 
But we are the ones who have the true circumcision—we who worship God through his Spirit. We don’t trust in ourselves or anything we can do. We take pride only in Christ Jesus. 
Even if I am able to trust in myself, still I don’t do it. If anyone else thinks they have a reason to trust in themselves, they should know that I have a greater reason for doing so. 
I was circumcised on the eighth day after my birth. I am from the people of Israel and the tribe of Benjamin. I am a true Jew, and so were my parents. The law was very important to me. That is why I became a Pharisee. 
I was so eager to defend my religion that I persecuted the church. And no one could find fault with the way I obeyed the Law of Moses. 
At one time all these things were important to me. But because of Christ, I decided that they are worth nothing. 
Not only these things, but now I think that all things are worth nothing compared with the greatness of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. Because of Christ, I lost all these things, and now I know that they are all worthless trash. All I want now is Christ. 

 
Lord, please help us to let go of our distractions and fleshy desires, so that all we ever want is YOU, all we ever seek is to follow you, and be found IN you. Lead us forward as the faithful Shepherd you are, preparing the path before us and helping us to climb over all the obstacles in our way, still focused on you and your might. Lord, I lift my loved ones up to you and ask you to touch each of us this day with the healing strength of your presence. Show us each one special thing about yourself today, one way in which we can reflect you and give you glory. Amen.

 

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