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Apr 6

Good morning, Lord.
Thank you for helping my Mate work on our diesel pickup truck, and thank you for the kind people who drove him to the parts store. Please be with him as he continues to work on it today, and please let your will be done for us, our vehicle, and our living quarters. Prepare us for the changes ahead, and help us to be humble and teachable and willing to do your will, in your timing. Grow our faith and our patience, Lord. Help us to understand ourselves and each other better. Refine us and make us better vessels, more able to help your people. Amen.

Psalm 41 ERV

To the director: A song of David. Those who help the poor succeed will get many blessings. When trouble comes, the LORD will save them.
The LORD will protect them and save their lives. He will bless them in this land. He will not let their enemies harm them. 
When they are sick in bed, the LORD will give them strength and make them well! 
I say, “LORD, be kind to me. I sinned against you, but forgive me and make me well.” 
My enemies say bad things about me. They ask, “When will he die and be forgotten?” 
If they come to see me, they don’t say what they are really thinking. They come to gather a little gossip and then go to spread their rumors. 
Those who hate me whisper about me. They think the worst about me. 
They say, “He did something wrong. That is why he is sick. He will never get well.” 
My best friend, the one I trusted, the one who ate with me—even he has turned against me. 
LORD, please be kind to me. Let me get up, and I will pay them back. 
Don’t let my enemy defeat me. Then I will know that you care for me. 
I was innocent and you supported me. You let me stand and serve you forever. 
Praise the LORD, the God of Israel. He always was, and he always will be. Amen and Amen! 

Lord, there are so many things I want to do, but it really only matters what efforts YOU support. And it really only matters if YOU consider me “a success”. There are hurtful, stinging words that still rattle around in my brain and discourage me, Lord. And this life dishes out plenty of other discouragements. Please help me overcome the things that would tear me down and bind me up. I put myself and my work and my relationships into your capable hands, Shepherd. I ask you to close the right doors and open the right doors, make your will manifest in my life. Don’t let me do anything to mess it up, and give me courage to do whatever you ask of me, Lord. Amen. 🙂


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