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Oct 19

Good morning, Father!
Thank you for providing your Word and your Spirit, both of which help us make it through this life, growing and becoming more like you, more aligned to your way and your truth and your will! It is awesome how you continue to give me new little plumblines (new to ME), concepts I can constantly compare my thinking and behavior to, throughout the day. I really like this one you gave me this morning when I couldn’t sleep, and it seems like it can go very, very far indeed!
Whenever I feel I lack anything, whenever I feel there is something I am really needing, I can work my way through something like the following dialogue in my head:
What do I FEEL I am lacking? What makes this moment FEEL imperfect?
I feel a bit lonely, perhaps needing a little reassurrance that I am GOOD, loved, special.
Or, I feel COLD or worried about being cold or uncomfortable in the coming weeks or months!
GOD is my SOURCE of comfort, of warmth, of strength, of worth or value — of everything GOOD.
I already have what I need. Thank you, Lord, for giving me worth, comfort, peace, strength…

Well, like many things, it sounded much more awesome in my head, in my spirit, as I worked through some discomfort in the early hours of this morning, turning crabby self-pity into gratitude and an opportunity to fellowship with our faithful Shepherd who truly does provide ALL our needs!
It never ceases to amaze me how after only a few minutes of practiced faith and gratitude, the goodness of God has transported me out of whatever level of misery I’ve been struggling with, out into the Light of joy once again! :O>

Psalm 16 ERV

A miktam of David. Protect me, God, because I depend on you. 
Some of you have said to the LORD, “You are my Lord. Every good thing I have comes from you.” 
But you have also said about the gods of this land, “They are my powerful gods. They are the ones who make me happy.” 
But those who worship other gods will have many troubles. I will not share in the gifts of blood they offer to their idols. I will not even say their names. 
LORD, you give me all that I need. You support me. You give me my share. 
My share is wonderful. My inheritance is very beautiful. 
I praise the LORD because he taught me well. Even at night he put his instructions deep inside my mind. 
I always remember that the LORD is with me. He is here, close by my side, so nothing can defeat me. 
So my heart and soul will be very happy. Even my body will live in safety, 
because you will not leave me in the place of death. You will not let your faithful one rot in the grave. 
You will teach me the right way to live. Just being with you will bring complete happiness. Being at your right side will make me happy forever. 

I thought about copying and pasting verses from my favorite Bible book, James, this morning — about how EVERY GOOD gift comes from God. I thought about pasting in verses that mention that ALL OUR NEEDS are met in Him. But when I read Psalm 16, it describes so accurately how I feel about our faithful Shepherd, and I felt such joy and delight reading it, that I just went with that instead, lol. 😀
Lord, help me to ALWAYS look to YOU for my help instead of to the “gods” (distractions!) of this world such as money or authority or even my own strengths — so that I can always have your gentle, loving care, protection, and provision. I trust you completely, my Lord. Amen.


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