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Jul 20

Good morning, Father.
Thank you for helping us sort out some of the internet problem, so that I could get back online and do my work. Thank you for this extremely busy week that seems like at least twice as long as it has actually been. Thank you for the fourteen or so hours that I got to talk to my Mate early in the week, and thank you for the HOPE that lives in my heart, joy that keeps me afloat. Thank you for making me just as I am, imperfections and all. And thank you for never giving up on me, and never letting me down, always strengthening me at key moments, and leading me HOME. I look forward to the days ahead because I know you will be with me and therefore it will be an adventure. Amen.

 
Deuteromony 28:49-62 ERV

“The LORD will bring a nation from far away to fight you. You will not understand their language. They will come quickly, like an eagle coming down from the sky. 
These people will be cruel. They will not care about old people or show mercy to young children. 
They will take your animals and the food you grow. They will take everything until they destroy you. They will not leave you any grain, wine, oil, cattle, sheep, or goats. They will take everything, until they destroy you. 
“That nation will surround and attack your cities. You think that the tall, strong walls around your cities will protect you. But those walls will fall down. The enemy will surround all your cities everywhere in the land the LORD your God is giving you. 
You will suffer very much. The enemy will surround your cities. They will not let you have any food. You will get very hungry. You will be so hungry that you will eat your own sons and daughters—you will eat the bodies of the children the LORD your God gave you. 
“Even the most kind and gentle man among you will become cruel. He will be cruel to his family, and he will be cruel to his wife he loves so much. And he will be cruel to his children who are still alive. 
He will have nothing left to eat, so he will eat his own children. And he will not share that meat with anyone—not even the other people in his own family. All these bad things will happen when your enemy comes to surround your cities and make you suffer. 
“Even the most kind and gentle woman among you will become cruel. She might be a lady so gentle and delicate that she never put her feet on the ground to walk anywhere. But she will become cruel to her husband she loves so much. And she will be cruel to her own son and daughter. 
She will hide and give birth to a baby. And she will eat the baby and everything that comes out of her body with it. All these bad things will happen when your enemy comes to surround your cities and make you suffer. 
“You must obey all the commands and teachings that are written in this book. And you must respect the wonderful and awesome name of the LORD your God. If you don’t obey, 
the LORD will punish you and your descendants with terrible diseases. He will cause you to suffer illnesses that have no cure. And you will find no relief for your misery! 
He will bring on you all the diseases you saw in Egypt that filled you with fear, and you will not be able to avoid them. 
The LORD will even bring troubles and diseases that are not written in this Book of Teachings. He will continue to do this until you are destroyed. 
You might have as many people as the stars in the sky. But only a few of you will be left, because you did not listen to the LORD your God.

 
Father, I do not know why your wrath was so strong in the early days of your nation Israel, but I am very grateful that you caused me to live in a time when Jesus’ sacrifice enabled us to be at peace with you. It hurts my heart to think of the striving between you and your beloved ones, and I pray that you forever chastise me and guide me, so that I hurt your heart as little as possible. Thank you for your awesome Mercy, oh Lord God Almighty. Please visit your mercy upon my Mate and each of my children and other beloved ones, as we each struggle forward in this life you have given to us. Please strengthen our hearts and minds and bodies and spirits. Cause us to know your Love in our lives, and help us to share it with others in a manner that makes you delighted to call us your own. Amen. Thank you, Lord Jesus. 🙂

 

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