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Aug 30

Good morning, Father.
So much to do, so much to DO!! Thank you, Lord, for giving me so very much to occupy my time, from simply snuggling and spending time with my Mate, to creating all types of digital products and designs, to watching some of the awesome NEW Great Courses Plus videos, hopefully squeezed into my “free internet time” from 2am to 8am, but otherwise reserved for downloading and library time (which I haven’t had in a couple weeks, sadly). Faithful Shepherd, you see my heart and all the things I get excited about. You see my good intentions and my intense desire to do things YOUR way instead of my own, eventually to be found faithful at the end (my life’s goal!). I ask that you guide me, be the Mover of my Heart, direct me in the proper use of my time and energy and other resources. Remind me to seek you throughout each day, checking in with your Spirit for direction and support, as I often do but can always improve upon. Please help me to use ALL my resources wisely, including my time and energy and the little bit of income I currently have. Please help me to be open and honest and sincere and put my whole heart into everything I do — for YOU! Amen.

Romans 9:13-26 ERV

As the Scriptures say, “I loved Jacob, but I hated Esau.” 
So what does this mean? That God is not fair? We cannot say that. 
God said to Moses, “I will show mercy to anyone I want to show mercy to. I will show pity to anyone I choose.” 
So God will choose anyone he decides to show mercy to, and his choice does not depend on what people want or try to do. 
In the Scriptures God says to Pharaoh: “I made you king so that you could do this for me. I wanted to show my power through you. I wanted my name to be announced throughout the world.” 
So God shows mercy to those he wants to show mercy to and makes stubborn those he wants to make stubborn. 
So one of you will ask me, “If God controls what we do, why does he blame us for our sins?” 
Don’t ask that. You are only human and have no right to question God. A clay jar does not question the one who made it. It does not say, “Why did you make me like this?” 
The one who makes the jar can make anything he wants. He uses the same clay to make different things. He might make one thing for special purposes and another for daily use. 
It is the same way with what God has done. He wanted to show his anger and to let people see his power. But he patiently endured those he was angry with—people who were ready to be destroyed. 
He waited with patience so that he could make known the riches of his glory to the people he has chosen to receive his mercy. God has already prepared them to share his glory. 
We are those people, the ones God chose not only from the Jews but also from those who are not Jews. 
As the Scriptures say in the book of Hosea, “The people who are not mine— I will say they are my people. And the people I did not love— I will say they are the people I love.” 
And, “Where God said in the past, ‘You are not my people’— there they will be called children of the living God.” 

Father, I thank you for your awesome mercy in choosing me, showing me mercy, and likewise showing mercy to those whom I love. Humbly I would like to point out that you have also given a good deal of stubbornness to both myself and my Mate, LOL. This must bring you much humor, as you snicker at us silly humans striving against our own stubborn wills in order to serve you and do things your way. I suspect that you enjoy seeing people yield their wills to you, wisely choosing your way instead of our own foolish ones. And I would like to think that you, like us, derive a bit more enjoyment and satisfaction whenever a STRONG will is yielded, over a weak will or that of someone who is not confident in their own abilities, as we all are in some things at least. Lord, as my confidence in myself, in my Mate, and in our unique talents and skills increases, I ask that you also increase our willingness to submit to your will and seek out your direction. Help us to find a balance in our work and in our play, in our input and output, and in our actions based upon our own abilities (“Full speed ahead – I got this!!”) and those in which we are actively yielding to YOUR timing and direction (“Okay, but the Spirit is leading me to ___ right now.”). Thank you, faithful Shepherd — I KNOW I can count on you!!


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