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Jul 7

Well, my earthly father would be 89 years old today, if he were still alive. And HIS father, my namesake — Frank Bachman (I was born Fran Bachman) — died 42 years ago today, on 7-7-77. Lord God, you seem to like writing special little quirks of timing and such into the story you are writing for our lives, haha. Like having two females in my family — one sister and one niece — choose the SAME day to get married (this past June 29th) — when each of them have been with their men for many years and could have picked any number of days to get married. They didn’t even KNOW about the other’s wedding until it was over. I didn’t know it was my sister’s wedding day until I saw she was live on Facebook, lol. So I watched her get married, knowing it was only 2 hours until our niece was getting married. That was pretty cool, Lord. 🙂

Psalm 147 ERV

Praise the LORD because he is good. Sing praises to our God. It is good and pleasant to praise him. 
The LORD rebuilds Jerusalem. He brings back the Israelites who were taken as prisoners. 
He heals their broken hearts and bandages their wounds. 
He counts the stars and knows each of them by name. 
Our Lord is great and powerful. There is no limit to what he knows. 

The LORD supports the humble, but he shames the wicked. 
Give thanks to the LORD. Praise our God with harps. 
He fills the sky with clouds. He sends rain to the earth. He makes the grass grow on the mountains. 
He gives food to the animals. He feeds the young birds that cry out. 
War horses and powerful soldiers are not what he cares about. 
The LORD enjoys people who worship him and trust in his faithful love. 

Jerusalem, praise the LORD! Zion, praise your God! 
He makes your gates strong, and he blesses the people in your city. 
He brought peace to your country, so you have plenty of grain for food. 
He gives a command to the earth, and it quickly obeys. 
He makes the snow fall until the ground is as white as wool. He makes sleet blow through the air like dust. 
He makes hail fall like rocks from the sky. No one can stand the cold he sends. 
Then he gives another command, and warm air begins to blow. The ice melts, and water begins to flow. 
He gave his commands to Jacob. He gave his laws and rules to Israel. 
He did not do this for any other nation. He did not teach his laws to other people. Praise the LORD!

Father, I thank you for caring for even our puny little human struggles. There are so many mighty and majestic things in your creation… and yet you CARE about how I feel this morning, this day. You provide for my simple human needs, even those of my heart. Please help me to be encouraged by your awesome power, and not fret about my little disappointments and discouragements. Help me to keep my eyes on the “big picture” and focus only on the things I CAN change. Help me to nurture an attitude of gratitude this day, and ignore the distractions of my mind and body. Amen.


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