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Jan 22

Lord, I am really battling the shame monster this morning. Feel like everything I am, everything I do, is bad, wrong. The things I haven’t done creep up and bite me, drawing attention to projects I started and ignored. I wish there were two of me — I could really use some Fran nurturing right now! My Mate is too busy, too unstable himself, too irritable, too needy himself. I recognize that this is an attack from the enemy, and I am sure that you will see me through it safely. That doesn’t stop how bad it hurts and how crushing it feels right this moment. But it does give me HOPE. I know I will make it, and so will my Mate. We are your children, and you care for us faithfully.

Ephesians 6:12-16 ERV

Our fight is not against people on earth. We are fighting against the rulers and authorities and the powers of this world’s darkness. We are fighting against the spiritual powers of evil in the heavenly places. 
That is why you need to get God’s full armor. Then on the day of evil, you will be able to stand strong. And when you have finished the whole fight, you will still be standing. 
So stand strong with the belt of truth tied around your waist, and on your chest wear the protection of right living. 
On your feet wear the Good News of peace to help you stand strong. 
And also use the shield of faith with which you can stop all the burning arrows that come from the Evil One.

Psalm 103:8-22 ERV

The LORD is kind and merciful. He is patient and full of love. 
He does not always criticize.
He does not stay angry with us forever. 
We sinned against him, but he didn’t give us the punishment we deserved. 
His love for his followers is as high above us as heaven is above the earth. 
And he has taken our sins as far away from us as the east is from the west. 
The LORD is as kind to his followers as a father is to his children. 
He knows all about us. He knows we are made from dust. 
He knows our lives are short, that they are like grass. He knows we are like a little wildflower that grows so quickly, 
but when the hot wind blows, it dies. Soon, you cannot even see where the flower was. 
But the LORD has always loved his followers, and he will continue to love them forever and ever! He will be good to all their descendants, 
to those who are faithful to his agreement and who remember to obey his commands. 
The LORD set his throne up in heaven, and he rules over everything. 
Angels, praise the LORD! You angels are the powerful soldiers who obey his commands. You listen to him and obey his commands. 
Praise the LORD, all his armies. You are his servants, and you do what he wants. 
Everything the LORD has made should praise him throughout the world that he rules! My soul, praise the LORD! 


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