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May 12

Hello, Father.
I’m feeling a little exhausted. Please help me make it through this day with all the family over, all the chatting and catching up. I don’t feel up to it, guess I haven’t had adequate “introvert time” nor adequate sleep lately. But I am so very grateful that my knee is doing better than expected — despite the fact that I almost knocked it back out of joint again just by pulling my foot up to see what was stuck in it… THANK YOU for protecting me EMOTIONALLY by not letting it go out of joint again!! And thank you for stengthening it enough to allow me to very carefully go for a walk in the woods, through the wetland area, and up the hill along the deer trail! Thank you for the opportunity to get so many visually interesting videos of my sister’s dog wandering through all the lush greenery. I truly wish my youngest son could be here to enjoy all the trees. I miss him, Lord. I miss all my kids, but especially the two sons I hardly ever get to spend time with. Still, I am supremely grateful to have such awesome children. Thank you for each one of them, Father. Please bless each one, give them peace and a daily allowance of joy as well. Thank you, faithful Shepherd. Amen.

Hebrews 12:1-3 ERV

We have all these great people around us as examples. Their lives tell us what faith means. So we, too, should run the race that is before us and never quit. We should remove from our lives anything that would slow us down and the sin that so often makes us fall. 
We must never stop looking to Jesus. He is the leader of our faith, and he is the one who makes our faith complete. He suffered death on a cross. But he accepted the shame of the cross as if it were nothing because of the joy he could see waiting for him. And now he is sitting at the right side of God’s throne. 
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. 



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