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Sep 21

Good morning, Father.
Thank you for getting me up bright and early to use the internet. Thank you for helping me get a good night of sleep, and thank you that the bad dream I had was ONLY just a dream! I am truly grateful for my Mate, my children, my extended family, and my lovely friends in many states. I am grateful for my little home on wheels, and the wonderfully comfie bed to share with my Mate, climbing up next to him in our little loft, heehee! I am grateful for my work, and all the projects I have to devote my time to, along with all the daily little carings I do for my peeps. I am grateful for my health, in mind and body and spirit and heart! Lord, I give you my time, my mind, my hands, my mouth, my ability to create and build and grow. I ask you to lead me in your will for little me this day, help me to accomplish what you would have me to, and to let go of the nonsense things that would only just distract me from your will. Please be near each of my beloved peeps who are struggling today, especially my sister who really needs a big hug of encouragement from you, our faithful Shepherd. Amen.

 
1 Peter 1:2-8 ERV

God planned long ago to choose you and to make you his holy people, which is the Spirit’s work. God wanted you to obey him and to be made clean by the blood sacrifice of Jesus Christ. I pray that you will enjoy more and more of God’s grace and peace. 
Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. God has great mercy, and because of his mercy he gave us a new life. This new life brings us a living hope through Jesus Christ’s resurrection from death. 
Now we wait to receive the blessings God has for his children. These blessings are kept for you in heaven. They cannot be ruined or be destroyed or lose their beauty. 
God’s power protects you through your faith, and it keeps you safe until your salvation comes. That salvation is ready to be given to you at the end of time. 
I know the thought of that is exciting, even if you must suffer through different kinds of troubles for a short time now. 
These troubles test your faith and prove that it is pure. And such faith is worth more than gold. Gold can be proved to be pure by fire, but gold will ruin. When your faith is proven to be pure, the result will be praise and glory and honor when Jesus Christ comes. 
You have not seen Christ, but still you love him. You can’t see him now, but you believe in him. You are filled with a wonderful and heavenly joy that cannot be explained.

 
Lord, I thank you that it is your Spirit — not our own selves — that makes us holy and acceptable to you. I thank you that you have provided your Son as the sacrifice to make us holy and accepted by you. I thank you for the Spirit’s ongoing intercession for us, well after we have accepted your provision for us. I thank you for your ongoing daily care and guidance and protection and provision as our faithful Shepherd, comforting and leading us through your Spirit and your Word. Thank you for your amazing mercy, Lord God! 😀

 

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