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Apr 2

Good morning, Father.
Thank you for reminding me to list some things I am grateful for this morning, before I even got out of bed. Gratitude practice SURE helps set the day in a positive light, and it helps me be free and light and creative and cheerful — yay! 😀 Please help me to be kind to my grumpy Mate today, as he gets over the discomfort of this head cold that seems to be affecting most everyone around these parts. Help me as I turn our raw chicken breasts into some nice healing soup, for at least four of us here. Let it nourish our bodies and hearts as well. Amen.

 
Malachi 4:2 KJV

But unto you that fear my name shall the Sun of righteousness arise with healing in his wings; and ye shall go forth, and grow up as calves of the stall. 

 
Ezekiel 47:3-12 ERV

The man walked east with a tape measure in his hand. He measured 1000 cubits. Then he told me to walk through the water at that place. The water was only ankle deep. 
He measured another 1000 cubits. Then he told me to walk through the water at that place. There the water came up to my knees. Then he measured another 1000 cubits and told me to walk through the water at that place. There the water was waist deep. 
He measured another 1000 cubits, but there the water was too deep to cross. It had become a river. The water was deep enough to swim in. It was a river that was too deep to cross. 
Then the man said to me, “Son of man, did you pay close attention to the things you saw?” Then the man led me back along the side of the river. 
As I walked back along the side of the river, I saw many trees on both sides of the water. 
He said to me, “This water flows east, down to the Arabah Valley. 
This water flows into the Dead Sea so that the water in that sea becomes fresh and clean. There are many fish in this water, and all kinds of animals live where this river goes. 
You can see fishermen standing by the river all the way from En Gedi to En Eglaim. You can see them throwing their fishing nets and catching many kinds of fish. There are as many kinds of fish in the Dead Sea as there are in the Mediterranean Sea. 
But the swamps and small marshes will not become fresh. They will be left for salt. 
All kinds of fruit trees will grow on both sides of the river. Their leaves never will become dry and fall. The fruit will never stop growing on those trees. The trees will produce fruit every month, because the water for the trees comes from the Temple. The fruit from the trees will be for food, and their leaves will be for healing.” 

 
Lord, I thank you for the healing you provide for your people here and now. I ask you to bless our food and let it heal our bodies. I thank you for giving me things to look forward to, both in this timeframe and the one to come (Isaiah 65:17–>). I also thank you for giving me enough progress in my new website that I am encouraged, and look forward to keeping on building it more and more! Thank you for my first two public interactive, user-responsive wordsearch puzzles, one on dogs (to go with my online “dog breeds card deck“) and one on architecture terms to go with my “types of buildings card deck“). Help me to put the time in to build out those and a host of other fun topics, and please help me to figure out the little problems I am having, little design inconsistencies that are hidden somewhere in the master code. Help my perfectionist self to look beyond those issues and just continue to use what I have to make good things for people to use for years to come. Help me to remember “the Serenity Prayer” and not get too distracted by things I cannot change. Thank you, faithful Shepherd! Amen. 🙂

 

 

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