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Mar 28

Good morning, Lord.
I am low on hope today, and I wonder just how much it is due to incessant rain and being trapped inside a tiny popup camper for three days straight. I thought it was going well enough when I went to bed last night, but while trying to wake myself this morning, I found my mood gloomy indeed. Still, I am very grateful that all my stuffs are dry enough, that I have enough to eat, and enough toilet paper and other supplies, so that I did not run out during the rainstorms. I am grateful that I have a tiny bit of money in the bank, although I seriously do fear it will not be enough to pay the few bills and get the few things we actually need. It will have to be enough, or else we will just go without. Thank you, Father, that we truly do have everything we NEED.

 
1 Peter 1:13-22 ERV

So prepare your minds for service. With complete self-control put all your hope in the grace that will be yours when Jesus Christ comes. 
In the past you did not have the understanding you have now, so you did the evil things you wanted to do. But now you are children of God, so you should obey him and not live the way you did before. 
Be holy in everything you do, just as God is holy. He is the one who chose you. 
In the Scriptures God says, “Be holy, because I am holy.” 
You pray to God and call him Father, but he will judge everyone the same way—by what they do. So while you are visiting here on earth, you should live with respect for God. 
You know that in the past the way you were living was useless. It was a way of life you learned from those who lived before you. But you were saved from that way of living. You were bought, but not with things that ruin like gold or silver. 
You were bought with the precious blood of Christ’s death. He was a pure and perfect sacrificial Lamb. 
Christ was chosen before the world was made, but he was shown to the world in these last times for you. 
You believe in God through Christ. God is the one who raised him from death and gave honor to him. So your faith and your hope are in God. 
You have made yourselves pure by obeying the truth. Now you can have true love for your brothers and sisters. So love each other deeply—with all your heart. 

 
Lord, help me to rest my HOPE upon you rather than upon the things I see around me — or the lack thereof. Help me to find something to work on that encourages me rather than further discouraging me. Amen.

 

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