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Jun 10

Hello, Father.
Thank you for hope, of the kind that is independent of circumstances. Thank you for fellowship with your Spirit, something I have enjoyed since I was such a small child who had more connection with nature and its Creator than with people and their world which seemed so cruel and dirty. Thank you for sunshine, and thank you for trees. Thank you for my imagination, being able to look at a nice shady resting place high in an oak tree, and so vividly imagine spending an afternoon there, that it actually seems to refresh me quite a bit. Thank you for the birds that are ever present, whether in the city or in the wilderness. Thank you for people, and for breathing your breath into us, giving us hope. Thank you for leading us, protecting us, nurturing us. Thank you for choosing us to know and to serve you. Amen.

 
1 Peter 3:1-7 ERV

In the same way, you wives should be willing to serve your husbands. Then, even those who have refused to accept God’s teaching will be persuaded to believe because of the way you live. You will not need to say anything. 
Your husbands will see the pure lives that you live with respect for God. 
It is not fancy hair, gold jewelry, or fine clothes that should make you beautiful. 
No, your beauty should come from inside you—the beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit. That beauty will never disappear. It is worth very much to God. 
It was the same with the holy women who lived long ago and followed God. They made themselves beautiful in that same way. They were willing to serve their husbands. 
I am talking about women like Sarah. She obeyed Abraham, her husband, and called him her master. And you women are true children of Sarah if you always do what is right and are not afraid. 
In the same way, you husbands should live with your wives in an understanding way, since they are weaker than you. You should show them respect, because God gives them the same blessing he gives you—the grace of true life. Do this so that nothing will stop your prayers from being heard. 

 
Lord, I thank you for empowering me to serve my husband and to continue to lose my own life in order to gain it. I thank you for helping me grow in wisdom, although sometimes I feel pretty darn foolish and garbage-like. Please continue your work in me, making me stronger and more firmly founded on the Rock. Thank you for strengthening me so diligently, and thank you for giving me Premier Pro and After Effects to learn video production, so I can believe in myself a bit more. Thank you for all the silent ones I’ve never met who read my words and perhaps gain some insight or encouragement through my struggles and triumphs. Please bless each of their hearts with peace. Thank you for hearing my pleas, oh righteous Shepherd.

 

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