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Apr 26

Lord, I thank you for your mercy. You see every single thing that has transpired between my Mate and I and the people here at this RV park. I cannot even go into details because it is packed with things that only Mates and our awesome Shepherd could ever know. Please help me to give it all to you — again and again and again, as many times as it takes to heal. Lord, you know how much it HURTS to shake the dust of this place off my feet. You know the blow my confidence has taken, and I am simply amazed that I find myself able to work on my new site at ALL. Still I ask you to help me heal quickly and grow past this wound, this painful disappointment. Help me to forgive, even more than I already have. Help me not to carry any amount of bitterness or resentment, but to walk FREE and put my energies into things that actually matter. Help me to accept all these things I cannot change, and focus on the things I can. Amen.

 
1 Peter 2:19-25 ERV

One of you might have to suffer even when you have done nothing wrong. If you think of God and bear the pain, this pleases God. 
But if you are punished for doing wrong, there is no reason to praise you for bearing that punishment. But if you suffer for doing good and you are patient, this pleases God. 
This is what you were chosen to do. Christ gave you an example to follow. He suffered for you. So you should do the same as he did: 
“He never sinned, and he never told a lie.” 
People insulted him, but he did not insult them back. He suffered, but he did not threaten anyone. No, he let God take care of him. God is the one who judges rightly. 
Christ carried our sins in his body on the cross. He did this so that we would stop living for sin and live for what is right. By his wounds you were healed. 
You were like sheep that went the wrong way. But now you have come back to the Shepherd and Protector of your lives. 

 

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