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Reading is an immense gift,

but only if the words are assimilated,

Only when words

Are taken into the soul

Only when eaten, chewed, gnawed,

And received in unhurried delight

Eugene Peterson

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More grace

He gives more grace

when the burdens grow greater,

He sends more strength

when the labors increase;

To added affliction

He adds His mercies,

To multiplied trials

His multiplied peace.

When we have exhausted

our store of endurance,

When our strength has failed

And the day is half done,

When we reach the end

of our hoarded resources

Our Father’s full giving is only begun.

His love has no limit,

His grace has no measure,

His power no boundary

known unto men;

For out of His infinite riches in Jesus

He gives & gives & gives again.

─Annie Johnson Flint.

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What’s this collapse

We know all things work together

for good to them that love God.

Romans 8:28

We can be certain.

God sits in the ship when it rocks most.

God’s invisible hand is always

on the world’s rudder.

Wherever providence may drift,

our God steers it.

We look over the raging waters

We see the spirit of Jesus

treading the billows.

We hear His voice saying,

“It is I, be not afraid.”

We know God is always wise.

We are confident that there can be

no accidents,

We’re assured there are no mistakes;

We’re confident nothing occurs

which ought not to arise.

We can say, “If I should lose all I have,

it is better that I should lose than have,

if God so wills:

The worst calamity is the wisest

The kindest thing

that could happen to us

is that God ordains it.”

We know that all things

work together for good

to them that love God.”

This isn’t a theory, but a matter of fact.

Every event works out

God’s blessed results;

God rules all,

God governs wisely,

God brings good out of evil,

We pray,

‘Send me what You will, my God,

as long as it comes from You;

Only God can relieve our worries

God’s Omnipotence

has servants everywhere.

His method is sublime,

His heart is profoundly kind,

God never is before His time,

and never is behind.

Spurgeon adapted

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Mildew can attack our hearts

When we ask:

Give us this day our daily bread

We’re saying:

protect us from

The blasting & mildew!

Don’t damage our crops with hail!

Haggai 2:17

Hail is destructive to our standing crops,

Hail beats down the precious grain on the ground!

We’re grateful when the corn is spared a terrible a ruin!

There are dreaded mysterious destroyers

Our crops can be assaulted with smut, bunt, rust & mildew.

This turns the ear into a mass of soot,

These render it putrid,

This drys up the grain, in a manner so beyond all human

control that the farmer is compelled to cry,

“This is the finger of God.”

Innumerable minute fungi cause the mischief

It is only goodness of God,

That the rider on the black horse doesn’t

soon scatter famine over the land.

Infinite mercy spares our food.

There are active agents ready to destroy our harvest.

Pests of every kind lurk and loom

We should pray & pray,

“Give us this day our daily bread.”

The curse can engulf us;

we have constant need of God’s hand of blessing.

When blight & mildew come

they are chastisements from heaven.

We must learn to bear the rod

It is our Lord that has appointed it.

Spiritually, mildew is no uncommon evil.

When our work is most promising this blight appears.

We hoped for His grace,

But then this strange apathy,

or an abounding disillusionment,

or a cruel hardness of heart destroys!

Look for unconfessed sin in us,

Look for deficiency of sincerity

Look for empty decisions

Look for the disappointing of our desires.

We need renewed dependence on the Lord,

We need prayer that no blight would fall on us.

We need deliverance from pride

We need the Lord of the harvest to remove the damage.

Mildew can attack our own hearts.

It can shrivel our prayers & rot our expressions.

Only God can avert serious calamity.

We need Jesus Spirit to Shine!

He is our blessed Sun of Righteousness,

He only can drive the blights away.

We have to have His showers of blessing!

We need His grace & peace multiplied for us!

Adapted from Spurgeon

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Covid keeps creeping

This covid phenomena won’t go away.

Even though we had it had tests to prove we’re over it

And even have had tests showing we have antibodies

against it. Yet they won’t let us have the freedom of

a congratulatory you’re a victor badge.

Now Jill has a procedure scheduled at the hospital and what

do they want to do? Yep, that is right. Another psycho

Covid test. I feel like saying ok. The test is a week before

the procedure. What about any bugs that might crawl into

her body between the test and the surgery???

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Delight in God’s Word

But our delight is in God’s Word

We love God’s Word so intensely

that we want to think about every aspect of it constantly.

Psalms 1

As God’s words comes to us we drink His words in,

His voice in His word fills our heart with joy and happiness

because we belong to God.

Jer. 15:16

We Let the word of Christ dwell in us richly,

We allow His words teach us

We exhort each other with all wisdom,

We sing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs,

We let God fill our hearts with grace to God.

Col. 3:16

We commit ourselves wholeheartedly to God’s Word

He speaks to us from His word daily.

Deut. 6:6

We Fix these words of God into our mind and being,

We tie them as a reminder on our hands

We let them be symbols on our forehead.

Deut. 11:18

We find all our delight in Your Word;

We do not forget Your instructions.

Psalms 119:16

We delight in Your Words because we love them.

Psa. 119:47

Your Word is our delight,

We’ll never perish from affliction because Your word is our Joy.

Psa. 119:92

We will never forget Your Word, for by Your word You have revived us.
Psa. 119:93

We will meditate on Your Word Lord

We will focus on your ways in our (behavior).

Psa. 119:15

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Be strong in the Lord

God is strong, and he wants us to be strong in the Lord.

We take everything our Lord has set out for us to live out,

He’s provided well-made weapons of the best materials.

We put them to use so we will be able to stand up to everything the Devil throws our way.

This isn’t easy.

This isn’t something we do lightly.

We can’t be all cavalier

This is for keeps,

This is a life-or-death fight to the finish against the Devil and all his fallen angels.

We have to be prepared.

We’re up against far more than we can handle on our own.

We take all the help we can get,

We use every weapon God has issued,

We stand up on our feet.

We apply Truth,

We learn righteousness,

We learn peace with God and the peace of God,

We grow in faith,

We develop a deep understanding of our salvation

We Learn how to apply God’s word in every situation.

God’s Word is our indispensable weapon.

We pray continuously.

Prayer is our essential weapon in this ongoing warfare.

We Pray hard and long.

We Pray for our brothers and sisters.

We pray Keeping our eyes open to all the needs of others.

We keep praying persistently to Keep each other’s spirits up

We ask that no one falls behind or drops out.

We just can never do without prayer.

We Pray that we’ll know what to say

We pray that we’ll have the courage to say it at the right time

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a cyclical train wreck

Oh Lord, it happens too much.

I feel like a cyclical train wreck.

I’m in a culture that denies Your sovereignty

Everyone worships at the throne of the perpendicular pronoun, “I”.

“I” is everywhere in me!!!

help me to exemplify the greatness of You;

help me bow to You.

You have given me a life full of opportunities to serve

Please enabled me to live at full potential for Your glory.

I humble myself before “You” and acknowledge that

“I” could not breathe a breath,

‘I” couldn’t think a thought,

“I” couldn’t make a sound decisions,

“I” couldn’t press on to one iota of excellence without Your power.

You alone are the One “I” seek to please.

“Life’s a privilege!”

Make You my only intention.

Show me how to serve You and not To serve “I”.

Grant me grace and courage to give myself away to You

Let me sacrifice for others

Adapted from the prayers of a past senate Chaplin

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The lips of a fool

The words of a wise man’s mouth are gracious,

but the lips of a fool shall swallow him up.

Ecclesiastes 10:12

Medieval royal courts employed a jester, or fool, to entertain the monarch

These courtiers used tricks, jokes, and songs or recitations making fun of those in high position.

Because no one took the fool seriously, his words and actions were allowed

to slip past the court censors.

In the book of Proverbs, the fool had a moral, not a comic, dimension.

The fool is used more than thirty times in Proverbs as the opposite of the wise man or woman.

But the wise man fears God,

the fool did not.

the fool was the epitome of a person who was “right in his own eyes”

Proverbs 12:15

he was a person who failed to learn from experience.

Eventually, most people learn that barbs, sarcasm, arguments, put-downs,

and distasteful humor are not acceptable.

They get the message and change their speech.

But a fool doesn’t learn.

The fool continues sowing seeds of speech that produce a harvest of destruction:

“The lips of a fool shall swallow him up.”

Lord help us be wise and gracious in our speech.

Keep us from being consumed by the errors of a foolish tongue.

Show us how The heart is the metal of the bell, the tongue but is the clapper.

Adapted from George Swinnock

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“There is no comfort in anything apart from enjoying thee and being engaged in thy service;

Thou art All in all, and all enjoyments are what to me thou makest them, and no more.

I am well pleased with thy will, whatever it is, or should be in all respects,

And if thou bidst me decide for myself in any affair,

I would choose to refer all to thee,

for thou art infinitely wise and cannot do amiss, as I am in danger of doing.

I rejoice to think that all things are at thy disposal, and it delights me to leave them there.

Then prayer turns wholly into praise, and all I can do is to adore and bless thee.

What shall I give thee for all thy benefits?

I am in a strait betwixt two, knowing not what to do;

I long to make some return, but have nothing to offer, and can only rejoice that thou doest all,

that none in heaven or on earth shares thy honour;

I can of myself do nothing to glorify thy blessed name,

but I can through grace cheerfully surrender soul and body to thee,

I know that thou art the author and finisher of faith,

that the whole work of redemption is thine alone,

that every good work or thought found in me is the effect of thy power and grace,

that thy sole motive in working in me to will and to do is for thy good pleasure.

O God, it is amazing that men can talk so much about man’s creaturely power and goodness,

when, if thou didst not hold us back every moment, we should be devils incarnate.

This, by bitter experience, thou hast taught me concerning myself.”

Valley Of Vision

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