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Aug 5

Hello, Father.
Thank you for getting my husband and my stepson over to visit my father-in-law and perhaps soon (or now) to my mother-in-law as well! Thank you for providing the time and circumstance for those visits, and please bless all peeps involved with peace and joy. Let the visiting be FUN and light and cheerful, and please protect them as they drive. Let the conversation and fellowship be plentiful and peaceful, even productive. Thank you for family, Lord! ūüėÄ

 
Zechariah 10 ERV

Pray to the LORD for rain in the springtime. The LORD will send the lightning and the rain will fall, and he will make the plants grow in each person’s field.¬†
People use their little statues and magic to learn what will happen in the future, but that is useless. They see visions and tell about their dreams, but it is nothing but worthless lies. So the people are like sheep wandering here and there crying for help, but there is no shepherd to lead them. 
The Lord says, “I am very angry with the shepherds. I made them responsible for what happens to my sheep.” (The people of Judah are his flock, and the LORD All-Powerful really does take care of his flock. He cares for them as a soldier cares for his beautiful war horse.)¬†
“The cornerstone, the tent peg, the war bow, and the advancing soldiers will all come from Judah together.¬†
They will defeat their enemy‚ÄĒit will be like soldiers marching through mud in the streets. They will fight, and since the LORD is with them, they will defeat even the enemy soldiers riding horses.¬†
I will make Judah’s family strong. I will help Joseph’s family win the war. I will bring them back safely and comfort them. It will be as if I never left them. I am the LORD their God, and I will help them.¬†
The people of Ephraim will be as happy as soldiers who have too much to drink. Their children will be rejoicing and they, too, will be happy. They will all have a happy time together with the LORD. 
“I will whistle for them and call them all together. I really will save them. There will be many people.¬†
Yes, I have been scattering my people throughout the nations. But in those faraway places, they will remember me. They and their children will survive, and they will come back. 
I will bring them back from Egypt and Assyria. I will bring them to the area of Gilead. And since there will not be enough room, I will also let them live in nearby Lebanon. 
They will go through a sea of troubles, but the waves will be stopped. Even the deepest waters of the Nile River will dry up. I will destroy Assyria’s pride and take away Egypt’s power.¬†
I, the LORD, will make my people strong, and they will live for me.” This is what the LORD said.¬†

 
Lord, I thank you for making your people strong. I thank you for faithfully bringing each one of us through each storm in our lives, stopping the waves and restoring peace in our lives. I thank you for giving us happy times together with our families. And I thank you for being our faithful Shepherd who always cares for his flock. Thank you for choosing us, Lord. Please help each one of your children grow closer to you. Help us to be found faithful to the end. Amen.

 

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