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Feb 4

Good morning, Father!
Thank you for the good time with extended family last night, hanging out with my Mate’s “baby mama” and her two other children. Thank you that I feel absolutely no competition with her — probably less than any other female, in fact. Strange. But totally cool! 😀 Thank you that I sincerely like her and respect her and every one of her children. And thank you, more than anything else, that I got to spend a little more time with her teenage autistic son who never ceases to amaze me! Few things have touched me and moved me in this world like the way this teenage guy who almost never makes eye contact and stays off in his own little world — REMEMBERS me despite having only spent perhaps 5 hours total with him before last night. I had one visit with him at his house, over a year ago, when we really connected. He was hyper and we had to share a couch together, and I had such a profound sense of calm, no matter how hyper he got, sitting there doing this thing with my hands, rubbing them softly over one another in a slow, rhythmic pattern, over and over, even while looking around the room at the other people, and holding a lively conversation with them at times. This young man responded so well to that, he even hugged my legs in a brief show of affection! And he did it again last night. We had a friendly little encounter when I helped him get water, and several other little wordless acknowledgements along the way… and after I hugged his mom goodbye, he gave me this surprising little huggie-smootchie thingie, and got in the car. His mom saw it and was impressed. But what brought tears to my eyes — and still does — is how he sat in the car, rubbing his hands together in the same identical way that I had done over a year ago, sitting on the couch that day. I miss him already, and I pray that you give me more time with this amazing person somewhere in the future, Lord. Please protect him from this evil world, and protect his awesome mother and sister and his big brother, my stepson, heehee.

James 3:13-18 ERV

Are there any among you who are really wise and understanding? Then you should show your wisdom by living right. You should do what is good with humility. A wise person does not boast. 
If you are selfish and have bitter jealousy in your hearts, you have no reason to boast. Your boasting is a lie that hides the truth. 
That kind of “wisdom” does not come from God. That “wisdom” comes from the world. It is not spiritual. It is from the devil. 
Where there is jealousy and selfishness, there will be confusion and every kind of evil. 
But the wisdom that comes from God is like this: First, it is pure. It is also peaceful, gentle, and easy to please. This wisdom is always ready to help people who have trouble and to do good for others. This wisdom is always fair and honest. 
People who work for peace in a peaceful way get the blessings that come from right living. 


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