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Jan 4

Good morning, Father.
Thank you for this brief time of internet access, and thank you for the amazing closeness and growth between my Mate and myself these last couple days. Please intervene in our situation, give us patience, wisdom, and courage to know and do your will. We do not know where we will be sleeping this night, but there are a few possibilities, and I pray that you put us somewhere that I can have full access to a convenient bathroom while I go through these difficult and often painful times of pre-menopause and digestive instability. Thank you for my health in all other things, and thank you for all the awesome people who have encouraged me this week. Amen.

Hebrews 12:3-14 ERV

Think about Jesus. He patiently endured the angry insults that sinful people were shouting at him. Think about him so that you won’t get discouraged and stop trying. 
You are struggling against sin, but you have not had to give up your life for the cause. 
You are children of God, and he speaks words of comfort to you. You have forgotten these words: “My child, don’t think the Lord’s discipline is worth nothing, and don’t stop trying when he corrects you. 
The Lord disciplines everyone he loves; he punishes everyone he accepts as a child.” 
So accept sufferings like a father’s discipline. God does these things to you like a father correcting his children. You know that all children are disciplined by their fathers. 
So, if you never receive the discipline that every child must have, you are not true children and don’t really belong to God. 
We have all had fathers here on earth who corrected us with discipline. And we respected them. So it is even more important that we accept discipline from the Father of our spirits. If we do this, we will have life. 
Our fathers on earth disciplined us for a short time in the way they thought was best. But God disciplines us to help us so that we can be holy like him. 
We don’t enjoy discipline when we get it. It is painful. But later, after we have learned our lesson from it, we will enjoy the peace that comes from doing what is right. 
You have become weak, so make yourselves strong again. 
Live in the right way so that you will be saved and your weakness will not cause you to be lost. 
Try to live in peace with everyone. And try to keep your lives free from sin. Anyone whose life is not holy will never see the Lord.


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