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The Sea of Forgetfulness

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Good morning, my friend!  Good morning, Father!  
“He has sent me to provide for all those who grieve in Zion, to give them crowns instead of ashes, the oil of joy instead of tears of grief, and clothes of praise instead of a spirit of weakness. They will be called Oaks of Righteousness, the Plantings of the LORD, so that he might display his glory.”- Isaiah 61:3(GW)
Lord, I lift my friend You.  Here in the wee hours of the morning, we seek You.  Bless their eyes to see the countless tiny miracles that You sprinkle throughout their day.  Help them to relish the unexpected joys and kindnesses mixed with opportunities to be the hands and feet of Jesus.  Help them to not focus so intently on their responsibilities that they overlook their purpose, or to be so dedicated to a task that they resent or ignore the interruptions that so often hold the seed of miracles.  
Give them Your heart to love selflessly, live generously and forgive quickly.  Satisfy them in Your presence, wiping away tears…

By The Power Of The Spirit

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Good morning, my friend!  Good morning, Father!  
“For the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh but have divine power to destroy strongholds. We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ,” - 2 Corinthians 10:4-5
Lord, today we bring to you our distractions and disappointments.  So many come by way of the enemy for the purpose of getting us off track and stagnating our progress.  Today we purpose to examine our thoughts to determine in believing those things if we are in agreement and partnering with You, or if we are saying “ Yes and amen” to the lies of the deceiver bent on our destruction.  Father, the enemy is devious and crafty.  Within the dung of his lies, he often weaves a glittering thread of truth that causes us to receive the entire dropping as truth.  Reveal the lies of the enemy for what they are, that we can know the truth and be free (John 8:32).  
Lord, I bring my friend before You.  …

A Spoonful of Sugar: Encouragement For Mamas

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SPOONFUL OF SUGAR 
“May the LORD now show you kindness and faithfulness, and I too will show you the same favor because you have done this.” - 2 Samuel 2:6
Kids break things.  If we were all completely honest, we would admit that they can also yell, scream, makes messes and absolutely melt our hearts.  Those adorable, little rascals can bring out both the best and worst in us.
I am a stepmom.  Getting married so late in life didn’t afford me the opportunity of biological children of my own.  The Lord still blessed me, however.  Instead of giving birth to children from my body, I gave birth to them from my heart.  These four offspring of my heart have grown up into lovely adults that I am proud to call mine.
It wasn’t always easy, however.  I was recounting to my eldest daughter this week how when she and her brother were young, I would often hear, the screaming associated with roughhousing that had gone a bit too far and the characteristic crash of a broken lamp, coming from upstairs.  I …

The Sifting

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Good morning, my friend!  Good morning, Father!
“Simon, Simon, behold, Satan asked to have you, that he might sift you as wheat:” - Luke 22:31
Lord, in this verse the word “you” is plural.  Satan wasn’t just asking to merely sift Simon Peter like wheat, but to sift all of the disciples, including us.  There is a lot of shaking going on all around us.  Things are shaking that we never would have imagined would even budge.  The enemy is intending to use circumstances in our lives to shake us up.  He wants to shake us violently, so our wheat (grace) becomes buried and the chaff (sin) lands on top, so our lives look like only chaff.
Father, we know that the enemy is not allowed to touch even one hair on our heads without permission.  If You allow us to be sifted, You promise to work all things together for the good when we love You and are called, according to Your purposes (Rom 8:28).  So, while it is unpleasant and often painful, the shaking will be for our good, if we hold on and trust Yo…

The Lion and The Apple

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Good morning, my friend!  Good morning, Father!
“Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.” - 1 Peter 5:8.
Lord, the tension in high in our world.  We grow weary and look for an opportunity for a reprieve from the battle.  Weariness serves to make us more likely to make foolish decisions and fall prey to schemes of the enemy that target our death and destruction.  The enemy isn’t our old pal who spars with us and will similarly take a break when we do.  No, he looks for even subtle signs that we are weakening, so he can move in for the kill.
Father, I lift my friend.  In the intensity of the battle, I ask that You would help them to keep their eyes precisely where they should be.  “Turn my eyes from looking at worthless things; and give me life in your ways.” - Psalm 119:37.  Commercials work so well, because the same images appear before our eyes, causing desire.  Father, teach them to keep their eyes firmly fixed o…

Consider The Log

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CONFESSION: Good morning, my friend!  Good morning, Father!
“Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.” - Colossians 3:12
Lord, no matter where we go on this little, blue planet, every single person is broken.  For some of us our brokenness is glaring and easily seen at a great distance.  For others, it is hidden, until the magnitude of our brokenness becomes so great that it breaks through on the surface of our lives, to the surprise of all around.  When we are faced with the sins of others, the tendency is to compare their sins with ours.  The sins of other can make us feel “better than,” “less than,” angry, hurt or concerned.  With that judgment comes a temptation to give up on others, that in our estimation are broken beyond repair.
Father, my heart is broken for the countless times we sinners, saved by grace, have deemed another struggling sinner beyond hope.  Many times we may have looked…

Flip The Peephole!

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Good morning, my friend!  Good morning, Father!
“Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” - Matthew 6:34
Lord, anxiety is a common struggle.  We look at circumstances and don’t see a way out.  We consider the future and feel a heavy weight.  We can’t see what the future holds, but we sit for the second and third showing of the terrifying movie that plays in our heads - the possible scenarios for how things will play out.  Interestingly, the movie in our heads rarely has a happy ending.  We convince ourselves that it is okay to mull these negative things over for hours on end, feeling somehow that it is responsible to do so.  In actuality, we have no clue how things will play out.  We are pre-visiting a traumatizing situation that may or may not ever come, without the grace You will provide at the time of actual need.
Lord, You remind me that, “without faith it is impossible to please God” - Hebrews 11:6a (NIV), …