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May 21

Good morning, Father.
Thank you for your closeness, your intimate guidance, step-by-step through each of my days. Thank you for the mirrors yesterday, helping me see myself through others’ eyes, even though I do feel a little bit embarrased at being so very different, not quite fitting in this world, definitely too spiritually sensitive, or as one of my sisters once remarked, “[I am] too spiritually minded to be any earthly good.” I’m not so sure that is a BAD thing, but it does make me quite awkward and “unsuccessful” here. Father, I put all that into your loving hands. You made me a certain way, and I accept your will and purpose for me. Please help me to just be willing, to bravely make any changes that YOU require for me to be pleasing to YOU — even if it hurts. Prune away the things that make me more myself than you, faithful Shepherd. I am your little Acceptance With Joy! 😀

 
Hebrews 11:13-16 ERV

All these great people continued living with faith until they died. They did not get the things God promised his people. But they were happy just to see those promises coming far in the future. They accepted the fact that they were like visitors and strangers here on earth. 
When people accept something like that, they show they are waiting for a country that will be their own. 
If they were thinking about the country they had left, they could have gone back. 
But they were waiting for a better country—a heavenly country. So God is not ashamed to be called their God. And he has prepared a city for them. 

 
Isaiah 65:17-22 ERV

“I am creating a new heaven and a new earth. The troubles of the past will be forgotten. No one will remember them. 
My people will be happy and rejoice forever and ever because of what I will make. I will make a Jerusalem that is full of joy, and I will make her people happy. 
“Then I will rejoice with Jerusalem. I will be happy with my people. There will never again be crying and sadness in that city. 
In that city there will never be a baby who lives only a few days, and every older person will live for a long, long time. A person who lives 100 years will be called young. And whoever doesn’t live that long will be considered cursed. 
“In that city whoever builds a house will live there; whoever plants a vineyard will eat the grapes from that garden. 
Never again will one person build a house and another person live there. Never again will one person plant a garden and another eat the fruit from it. My people will live as long as the trees. My chosen people will get full use of whatever they make. 

 
Lord, I thank you that, unlike the “Avengers” and all the other “super heroes” and the vast majority of people that live on the earth today, I do not wonder IF I am “on the winning team”. I do not have to question the outcome, only the details of my own tiny path. I don’t even have to trust myself to stay on it, for I trust that YOU are guiding me every step of the way, and I accept your correction when I stray off your path for little me — even when it hurts. You have made it quite clear what WILL happen, through your Word. You have made your way simple, albeit not easy. I thank you for my simple sight, and my simple faith. Please show me how I can possibly use this gift to help others. I have no wisdom or strength or goodness within myself, but am completely dependent upon YOU to be those things for me, Lord — and to give them to others. Still, I am willing, Lord. I am your fool. 😉

 

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