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Jul 13

Lord, please help all the peeps who are obsessed with or intimidated by the number 13 today. Please also give a special hug to my nephew, whose birthday is today. I no longer have a way to contact him and wish him a happy birthday, since he has left Facebook. My heart goes out to him, and I ask you to be near him and don’t let him get sucked into the bitterness that is too often upon today’s youth. Please help him keep his heart warm and his spirit free. Amen, thank you Lord! 🙂

 
James 1:22-27 ERV

Do what God’s teaching says; don’t just listen and do nothing. When you only sit and listen, you are fooling yourselves. 
Hearing God’s teaching and doing nothing is like looking at your face in the mirror 
and doing nothing about what you saw. You go away and immediately forget how bad you looked. 
But when you look into God’s perfect law that sets people free, pay attention to it. If you do what it says, you will have God’s blessing. Never just listen to his teaching and forget what you heard. 
You might think you are a very religious person. But if your tongue is out of control, you are fooling yourself. Your careless talk makes your offerings to God worthless. 
The worship that God wants is this: caring for orphans or widows who need help and keeping yourself free from the world’s evil influence. This is the kind of worship that God accepts as pure and good.

 
Lord, I thank you for every ounce of freedom you have blessed me with — both the eternal and the temporal kinds. I thank you for the promise of freedom for my children, and I ask you to also bless those close to my heart with your awesome freedom. Help each one of us to choose you — today, tomorrow, and forever. Give us wisdom and courage to seek to do your will, in your timing — rather than serving only ourselves in this world. THANK YOU Lord for BEING our freedom for us!!

 

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