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Dec 10

Good morning, Father!
Thank you for almost two full years on this blog, the first year without a single missed day, the second not quite that perfect, lol. Stll, despite missed days, I really think I have grown more these last two years than during any other time period of my life thus far, and I sincerely thank you for all the struggles and triumphs, ups and downs that have all been opportunities to learn and to grow. I thank you for humbling me and showing me over and over how very little I actually NEED, and how very MUCH I can actually take! I am still amazed at the ever-growing list of things you’ve helped me face, Lord, that were previously in the pile labeled “I can’t”. It has not all been fun, and much of it has been intensely uncomfortable, but it has all been worth it. Please continue your work in me, faithful Shepherd. I trust you completely.

 
Ephesians 2:8‭-‬10‭, ‬18‭-‬22 AMPC

For it is by free grace (God’s unmerited favor) that you are saved (delivered from judgment and made partakers of Christ’s salvation) through [your] faith. And this [salvation] is not of yourselves [of your own doing, it came not through your own striving], but it is the gift of God; Not because of works [not the fulfillment of the Law’s demands], lest any man should boast. [It is not the result of what anyone can possibly do, so no one can pride himself in it or take glory to himself.] For we are God’s [own] handiwork (His workmanship), recreated in Christ Jesus, [born anew] that we may do those good works which God predestined (planned beforehand) for us [taking paths which He prepared ahead of time], that we should walk in them [living the good life which He prearranged and made ready for us to live]. For it is through Him that we both [whether far off or near] now have an introduction (access) by one [Holy] Spirit to the Father [so that we are able to approach Him]. Therefore you are no longer outsiders (exiles, migrants, and aliens, excluded from the rights of citizens), but you now share citizenship with the saints (God’s own people, consecrated and set apart for Himself); and you belong to God’s [own] household. You are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets with Christ Jesus Himself the chief Cornerstone. In Him the whole structure is joined (bound, welded) together harmoniously, and it continues to rise (grow, increase) into a holy temple in the Lord [a sanctuary dedicated, consecrated, and sacred to the presence of the Lord]. In Him [and in fellowship with one another] you yourselves also are being built up [into this structure] with the rest, to form a fixed abode (dwelling place) of God in (by, through) the Spirit.

 

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