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Apr 30

Hello, Lord.
Thank you for helping me past that agony last night. I don’t know what caused it, and I didn’t know I could have a physical sensation WORSE than pain. Please help me to not fear that suffering, but rather to focus on how you shortened it and made me able to endure it. Please give me wisdom to eat when and what I should to restore strength to my body, and please let our household rest inside your peace and protection today. Thank you, Shepherd.

Ephesians 2:1-10 ERV

In the past you were spiritually dead because of your sins and the things you did against God. 
Yes, in the past your lives were full of those sins. You lived the way the world lives, following the ruler of the evil powers over the earth. That same spirit is now working in those who refuse to obey God. 
In the past all of us lived like that, trying to please our sinful selves. We did all the things our bodies and minds wanted. Like everyone else in the world, we deserved to suffer God’s anger just because of the way we were. 
But God is rich in mercy, and he loved us very much. 
We were spiritually dead because of all we had done against him. But he gave us new life together with Christ. (You have been saved by God’s grace.) 
Yes, it is because we are a part of Christ Jesus that God raised us from death and seated us together with him in the heavenly places. 
God did this so that his kindness to us who belong to Christ Jesus would clearly show for all time to come the amazing richness of his grace. 
I mean that you have been saved by grace because you believed. You did not save yourselves; it was a gift from God. 
You are not saved by the things you have done, so there is nothing to boast about. 
God has made us what we are. In Christ Jesus, God made us new people so that we would spend our lives doing the good things he had already planned for us to do. 

Lord, I thank you for your merciful cleansing and leading your people forward in this life. I thank you how you have touched my life thus far, and I ask you to show me what good things you have planned for me to do. There are so many things I COULD do, both digitally and tangibly, that I often wonder if I am doing the RIGHT things for that day or that moment. Thank you for giving me a measure of freedom to choose my activities, but please also make it plain to me when you have something specific for me to learn or accomplish, as I know you will, Faithful Shepherd. Make me pleasing to you, and help me to heal up from this physical weakness. Amen.


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