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October 2020

We Are The Very Children of God

John 1: 12-13 “But as many as received Him to them gave He the power to become the sons of God, even to those that believe on His name, 13. who were born not of the will of the flesh, nor the will of man, but of God.” In addition to these words it is written in John 3, while Jesus is speaking to Nicodemus, the pharisee, vs.3 “Truly, truly I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot enter the kingdom of God.” … vs. 6. “That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born the Spirit is spirit.”

This is what we understand to be the introduction into the ‘New Covenant,’ which is all things spiritual in our relationship to God , in contrast with the Law which is all things flesh in our relationship to God. To be born of the Spirit is to have the seed of God in you, which produces not fleshy things, but after its own kind, Spiritual things. This seed then like all seeds planted, has to be fed, watered, and cared for in order to mature and produce its fruit.

Colossians 1.25-29 Paul writes to the church at Colossae, ” Of this church, His body, I was made a minister, according to the stewardship from God bestowed upon me for your benefit, so that I might fully carry out the preaching of the word of God, (Which is much more than just evangelism, but starts there) 26. which is, this this mystery which has been hidden from past ages and generations, but has manifested to His saints, 27. to whom Jehovah willed to make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles, which is Christ in you the Hope of Glory. 28. We proclaim Him, admonishing every man, and teaching every man, with all wisdom, so that we may present Him mature, complete in Christ. 29. For this purpose also I labor, striving according to His power which mightily works within me.”

When we accept the truth of God’s salvation for us, which entails confession of sins, repentance of sins, understanding Jesus is LORD, and committing to follow Jesus, we are born again, and have the seed of Jehovah in us. This seed wants to grow and reproduce spiritual results, but like the parable Jesus taught on the Sower, Mark 4:3- 8, some seed fell on rocky ground and some fell among the thorns where the cares of this world choked it and rendered it unproductive. Therefore it is up to us, the believer, who has the very seed of God in us to protect, water, and nurture the seed into maturity, so that it can reproduce. This process of maturing the seed is what Paul was obsessed with, what he labored for. It’s only natural for this to be our desire also, and is accomplished only through diligent study of the Word of God, prayer, and listening to good teachers of the Scripture who have the same desire as Paul.

2 Timothy 2:15 “Study to show yourself approved, be diligent to present yourself approved to Jehovah as a workman who does not need to be ashamed, accurately handling the Scriptures.” (It’s spiritual, not of human origin or desire}

1 Thessalonians 4.9 ” Now as to the love of the brethren, we have no need for anyone to write to you, for you are taught by Jehovah to love one another.” ( It’s a God inspired teaching, man cannot do it)

John 14: 12 “Truly I say to you, he who believes in Me, the work that I do , he will do also, and greater works than these he will do, because I go to the Father. 13. Whatever you ask in My name, that I will do, so that the Father will be glorified in the Son. 14. If you ask anything in My name, I will do it. 15. If you love me, you will keep My commandments.”

2 Peter 1:5 “…In your faith supply, ( in context here the implication is, it has to be up to us alone to add to our faith) moral excellence, knowledge, self control, perseverance, godliness, brotherly kindness, and love.”

All these scriptures represent a goal for us to attain to. It is up to us to desire them. It’s spiritual, and God wants us to get there, to be complete.

Karl

Flesh versus Spirit

Psalms 97

2 Kings 17:7-20

John 6:25-35

2 Kings 17:7-20 Why did Israel fall away from Jehovah? They had brought with them from Egypt idols of the gods of Egypt. Though they were warned to not bring them, they brought them, they never stopped worshipping these false idols, they never fully embraced the Living God, Jehovah, even though they saw His mighty hand and saving acts throughout their many years out slavery. They loved their sinful ways and traditions of the past too much to fully give them up. These idols were kept in secret just in case they wanted to return to them, and they did from time to time, even to the point of child sacrifice. This is why Jehovah rejected them occasionally, yet always He had a remnant that followed Him.

Palms 97 Jehovah is in complete control as He reigns over the universe. You should have seen the creation, an absolute wonder to behold. Even now, fire goes before Him, as on Mt. Sanai when He descended to give Israel His commandments. That mountain melted like wax before Him. Anyone who worships false idols, or vain philosophies that are the imagination of man should be ashamed. The purity of light is for those who worship Jehovah, those who are pure and righteous. Worship, praise and thanks belong to Jehovah.

John6: 25-35 After the feeding of the five thousand with Barley loaves and fish, Jesus walks across the water to the other side. Those who followed the disciples in boats wondered how He got there. Jesus, who sometimes ponders the blindness of the people who couldn’t even see the spiritual reality of the miracle He had just shown them yesterday, says “you just want more bread, you followed Me because I fed you, try to understand the spiritual side of these signs. Seek eternity through me, desire Spiritual food. The followers then said, “Well, show us a sign, our fathers ate Manna from heaven.” Jesus responded, “Moses gave you bread, manna, but it is God who gives you the true bread from heaven.” They said, “give us then this bread, always.” Jesus said “I am the bread of life, he who comes to me will not hunger, and he who believes in me will not thirst.” (Reminiscent of Isaiah 55.1)

Mankind tends to see only the physical side of life, while there are spiritual activities going on around us all the time. Israel never let go of their past habits and objects of worship from Egypt, even to their own destruction. It was so ingrained in their psyche that only the physical world existed, in spite of the obvious existence of Jehovah. Their world existed in the physical realm of sun, moon, earth, weather, and gods that governed them through superstitions and sacrifices. Looking around at the vastness and complexity of creation, it alone tells of intelligent design, and a creator. Then there is the testimony of eyewitnesses of the Spiritual workings of Jehovah to bring about this great salvation, and yet so many that were in the presence of so great a display of abject power over the powers of the physical realm. It’s a surety that the spirit world coincides with the physical.

No man comes to the Father without the Holy Spirit’s intervention, revealing the truth of the existence of the spirit world, and the need for so great a salvation as presented to us through Jesus Christ. John 16:8 tells the work of the Holy Spirit in revealing sin, righteousness, and judgement.

Paul writes extensively to the gentile church explaining the new covenant through Jesus Christ which moves obedience to Jehovah from the flesh, to a spiritual response, where we are born again spiritually, and understand spiritually, and worship in spirit. Galatians 3.3 Paul asks the Galation church, “Are you so foolish? Having begun by the Spirit are you now being perfected in the flesh?”

Never forget that we worship Jehovah in Spirit and in truth. It’s from the heart, and from the soul. We don’t always completely understand all things spiritual, and that is alright, but we are, each one of us who believes, being changed, bit by bit, into the image of Jesus.

Karl

The LORD Reigns!

Psalm 97

Review & Remarks: “The LORD reigns:” (v. 1), even to those living on islands testify to His inescapability, His universal command of all … His control is cosmic (clouds, darkness, fire, lightening) and historical (righteousness, justice, foundations), His glory is apparent (vv. 1-6) … RE: Apparent. Anything “apparent” is to those so inclined … From an R&D perspective, real progress – some call these “breakthroughs,” is made in any field of interest when a prepared mind encounters a new fact(s) … So it is with the things of God … It always pays to be prepared … Idols, carved images, and gods are all scorned (vv. 7-9) … This passage is an admission of their reality and their unfortunate importance in some lives (cp. Gen. 31:19, Lev. 26:1, 2 Kings 23:24, Jer. 50:38, Hos. 4:12, Acts 14:1, 1 Cor. 10:28) … Those paying attention to God encounter His love, His preservation, His deliverance, His light, and His gladness, and are better for it (vv. 10-12) … Those who “love the LORD” logically “hate evil.” … The reality of the former assures the reality of the later.

The BEST… Yet To Come!

     

(Picture by James Bulka – Lockport IL – Aug 1, 2020)

Today’s Readings:  click here  –  Psalm 106:1-6, 19-23; Exodus 24:9-11; James 4:4-10 (to open the scripture links – hover over, right click, open hyperlink)

As described in our Exodus passage today, I feel many of us can relate to the noble elders of Israel who experienced a glimpse of God’s glory.  It says ‘there they saw the God of Israel.’  What exactly they saw it does not say, but it WAS something so magnificent and wondrous, that there was no doubt  that it certainly was God himself.  I imagine them with their eyes wide open, not knowing what was coming next, then from the vast of the mountain side God flashed a breathtaking seascape with water so crystal blue and a horizon so lightening bright  just like that. Completely unexplainable, but yet so real.

With our own eyes wide open, moment after moment we witness our mighty God all around us in the magnificent and splendor of the earth, honorable and faithful believers, and countless blessings and miracles.  This astounding beauty of God allows us to put all the wealth of this world under our feet and in our hearts.  Thus, as believers, we see the face of Jesus Christ with far clearer discoveries of the glorious justice and holiness of God.  

I don’t know about you, but when I hear skeptical grumbles and moans from doubters that they don’t see God, so therefore he must not exist, I think…’How can he NOT exist? Look around. The beauty of the earth alone is a shear sign of our amazing and wonderful creator.’  I know I see HIM all around me every day and when those dark and dreary days cloud my vision, a little prayer is all I need, asking God to reveal himself to me in whatever way, shape or form He sees fit,  and He does, every time! We just have to believe and be willing to see with our own eyes what He puts before us, and know beyond any doubt that He is GOOD, all the time!

Looking at today’s scripture in James, it has significant actions and behaviors to point out and address. ‘Friendship with the world’, what does that actually mean?  I see similarities to the scriptures that tell us to ‘be IN the world, but not OF the world  (1 John 2:15-16; Romans 12:2) as one seeking pleasure at the expense of others or at the expense of obeying and pleasing God. The unsettling and evil ways of the world that keep us from pleasing and obeying God is sinful; Gods good pleasurable riches and blessings are good and we should seek those with great effort.  Living IN the world, we are here doing God’s work to better His kingdom and grow closer to Him through Jesus.  Being OF the world puts us at total risk and unrest to a sinful life and unpleasing to God.  It places blinders on us and leads us in ways and directions that our lives become contorted and filled with sin and lies as we grow father from God and faith so disguised we no longer recognize it.

With our world in such chaos and malicious intent these days, it is now more than ever that we must stand firm in who we are in Christ and live accordingly, keeping temptation, sin and doubt at bay.  It makes me wonder how some people sleep at night with such hate and wickedness within them. What do they see when they look in the mirror?   What does their heart look like from the inside out.? Do they know they are loved and are a child of God? Do they care? Why not? Do they like evil lurking around and within everywhere?  Do they notice their sinful greed, hate and self-destruction?  Our human nature falls victim to all of these sinful pleasures and desires of the flesh,  and it takes  extraordinary undefinable strength to push aside all that and do our best to live an intentional life worth of serving God and His kingdom. With God and Satan at constant war, we know who wins in the end, but that does not change the fact that nothing would please Satan more than to use every enticing tactic to challenge us to indulge and turn our face from God.  The cure for such evil is to let Jesus in, and make room for humility to cultivate our hearts, wiping clean our slate of sin, pride, and self-centeredness.  James gives us 5 ways to grow closer to God, to recognize that our worth comes solely from Him, and satisfies us with persistent ‘Staying Power Faith’:

  • Humble yourselves before God; yield to His authority and will, commit your life to Him and His control and be willing to follow Jesus who is our conduit to God our Father. (4:7)
  • Resist the Devil; he does exist. Don’t allow him entice and tempt you, that’s his one and only goal to win you over. (4:7)
  • Wash your hands…and purify your hearts; live a pure life, pleasing to God. Be cleansed from sin; replace your appeal to sin with a desire to experience God’s goodness and abundant and unconditional love. (4:8)
  • Let there be sorrow and deep grief for your sins; Confess your sins to God, and repent; turn and change your ways with heartfelt sorrow. (4:9)
  • Humble yourselves before the Lord; He will lift you in honor, and is able and willing to bless you according to His will and in His timing. (4:10).

Let God’s power, favor and guidance fill our very soul, encompassing our worth and dignity, despite human sin and shortcomings, and the rest is ‘THE BEST… YET TO COME!’

Here are a few songs that relate to today’s post for your spiritual listening pleasure!

‘Who You Are To Me’ by Chris Tomlin

  ‘Chain Breaker’ by Zach Williams

‘Love God Love People’ by Danny Gokey

‘Keep Me In The Moment’ by Jeremy camp  

Prayer:  Lord, how grateful I am that you have unveiled my eyes to see you in everything around me and within me.  It brings such peace. Help me Lord, to stay strong and firm in faith and in your love, to not wander and lose my way, or fall into the sinful traps of this world. My solitary purpose is to love you because You first loved me. O, how grateful I am. I lift this prayer in Jesus’ name. Amen.

Kris

Harmony

Psalms 119: 49-56

Deuteronomy 5: 22-6: 3

2 Corinthians 5: 17-21

Psalms 119:49-56 This passage is the writers response to YHWH as a reminder of His promises to Israel and by extension to we who are believers in Jesus Christ. He says: It is my established Habit and way of life to remember Your name, Oh Jehovah, even in the middle of the night. All my defenses are relaxed and I am most vulnerable then, to all my memories, and the attacks on my weaknesses and fears. Vengeance creeps in, hatred knocks on my door, fears that I can overcome in the strength of daylight haunt me in the night. Death looms large in the darkness, lust and covetousness is pronounced in the wee hours of sleep, and temptations of the flesh appear more appealing in the weakness of my solitude. But Your ordinances, Your law, Your statutes, Your precepts are my stronghold, my strength, my stay, as I have engulfed myself in them. Jehovah, You are my God!

Deuteronomy 5:22 – 6:3 This book, written by Moses, is a remembrance of Jehovahs working in the Exodus with Israel, it’s main theme “Remember.” By way of reminder Moses recalls the day that Jehovah shouted His commandments down from Mt. Horeb/ Sanai to His people, amidst fire and smoke that seemed to consume the entire Mountain. The book of Hebrews 12.18- 21 described the event as “a mountain… a blazing fire, and to darkness and gloom and whirlwind, and to a blast of a trumpet and sound of words which sound was such that those who heard begged that further word would be spoken to them. For they could not bear the command, “If even a beast touches the mountain, it will be stoned.” And so terrible was the sight that Moses said, “I am full of fear and trembling.” Moses then reminded the nation that Jehovah was their God, and that He had prepared a covenant, and a land for them to possess. He would be their God and they would be careful to observe all His Commandments.

2 Corinthians 5:17-21 Through Jesus the Christ, Jehovah has completed salvation for Israel and all mankind. This salvation is also known as God’s Righteousness/saving acts, imputed to all who believe. Miraculously we can be changed, and empowered to actually keep the commandments of God, by the indwelling of the Holy Spirit. Romans 8.3 “For what the Law could not do, weak as it was in the flesh, God did: sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and as an offering for sin, He condemned sin in the flesh, so that the requirements of the Law might be fulfilled in us, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit.” In Corinth the church was struggling with sin in the weakness of their flesh and Paul called them to be reconciled to Jehovah, to be brought back into harmony with Him. When we sin we are of tune with God, no matter the trivialness of the sin and we need harmony with God. Paul considered himself an ambassador for Christ, actually begging this church to come back into harmony with God, so that they could be the apex of righteousness, the pinnacle of God’s saving acts.

We can, through scripture, only grasp a sliver of the magnitude of the workings of Jehovah through the ages, to bring about so great a salvation to us. Through our own daily lives we have an opportunity to be a part of His workings, by attentive observance of the Holy Spirit within us, leading us into divine appointments with other people. Some appointments are for salvation, some are for encouragement, some are for help, some are for bearing others burdens, someone who will listen. All for the Glory of Jesus Christ, in John 16:14 Jesus is talking about the role of the Holy Spirit and says, “He will glorify Me, for He will take of mine and disclose it to you.”

Be aware, be on guard, be in tune.

Karl

The Decalogue

Deuteronomy 5

Review & Remarks: This section closely but not exactly parallels Exodus 20 … Moses, the mediator between YHWH and Israel, announces the making of a covenant at Horeb (vv. 1-2) … This covenant is understood to be current, not something made and disregarded as “in the past” (vv. 3-5) … To begin, a reminder to Israel regarding their experience in Egypt and how they were saved from it (v. 6) … The Commandments are as follows…

Commandment #1 (vv. 7-10): No other gods, only me … Carved gods were common in Canaan (cp. Jud. 1:3-4, 1 Kings 12:28) … No idols, including that of the LORD. No image of Him does Him justice (cp. Deut. 4:12) … “A jealous God, visiting the iniquity…” (v. 9) expresses emotionally His feelings towards our turning away (cp. Josh 24:19) … This being the first commandment sets the tone for the rest, its priority is #1.

Commandment #2 (v. 11): No taking the LORD’s name in vane … This is out of respect … There is something to God’s power when we site His name … Or cite His word as authoritative.

Commandment #3 (vv. 12-15): Observe and keep the Sabbath … Stop all work for one day a week, done as a family unit (v. 14), as an observance of the enslavement and liberation from Egypt (v. 15) … Presently, how would our attitude change individually and as a society if, for one day a week, everything stopped and we were confronted with nothing at all for that day?

Commandment #4 (v. 16): Honor your parents … The motivation is “long days” and “that it may go well with you in your land” … We are advised the same elsewhere (Prov. 1:8, 6:20, 10:1, 23:22) … Responsible parents look after their kids, and the kids do likewise … The family is to be a cohesive unit.

Commandment #5 (v. 17): Do no murder … This excludes capitol punishment (Deut. 21:18-21, 22:20-27) and wars (Deut. 20:10-20) … Jesus equated anger and hatred to murder (Matt. 5:21-26).

Commandment #6 (v. 18): Do not commit adultery … This law protects the purity of marriage and the honesty of the covenant between husband and wife.

Commandment #7 (v. 19): Do not steal … This includes stealing a person or kidnapping (Ex. 20:16) and its other forms (cp. Ex. 22:1-9) … No exceptions to this rule, i.e. as retribution for some past ill, are mentioned.

Commandment #8 (v. 20): Do not lie … YHWH hates false witnesses (Ex. 23:1-8) … Our words should always be honest and trustworthy.

Commandment #9 (v. 21a): Do not covet your neighbors wife … this seems the same as #6 … The difference is the “covet” bit, the desire for her. Desire or passion always precedes an ill.

Commandment #10 (v. 21b): Do not covet anything else of your neighbors … This seems the same as #7 .. Again, the “covet” bit has to do with the desire to steal.

What follows (vv. 22-33) is Moses explanation of His receipt of the above on two stone tablets (v. 22), Israel fears God (vv. 23-26). Because of this, the LORD decides to work through Moses with the exception of this decalogue (vv. 22, 28-33). God is aware of our frailties towards Him, so he normally speaks to us through others, being preached to is the most common example.

Day After Day…Glory!

The sun breaks through gilded clouds as it rises at the start of a new day. Lens flare from sunbeams

 Psalm 19; Exodus 23:14-19; Philippians 2:14-18; 3:1-4a

Day after day the glory of God shines forth from the Creation as we read in Psalm 19. The heavens, skies, stars, and sun speak of the wonder of God. The will of God revealed in the scriptures (that is the law, the precepts, the commands) is perfect and should be treasured and taken to heart. For the Lord is our Rock and Redeemer.

God is to be celebrated. The saving love of God for his people in key events is to be remembered and acknowledged through Annual Festivals and Celebrations. We see three Festivals mentioned in Exodus 23. We live in light of the New Testament and so we celebrate the Birth of Jesus Christ. We also celebrate the Death and Resurrection of Jesus as well as His Promised return. We remember and celebrate our Redeemer too.

Finally, Paul reminds the Philippian Church to “shine” among their society for Christ Jesus “like the stars in the sky as [they] hold firmly to the word of life.”

These passages remind us of the Glory of God and how we can be channels of God’s glory and let our lives shine for Christ.

Note To Self

Happy October!

Today’s Readings:  click here  –  Psalm 19; Exodus 23:1-9; Colossians 2:16-23 to open the scripture links – hover over, right click, open hyperlink)

I came across this admirably scripted post that seemed to fit effortlessly with todays scripture readings.  All three selected passages today seem to burst with strong and encouraging reminders that guide, direct, correct, shape, and transform us in our everyday life as a child of God and a servant of Christ Jesus.

As I read the post, I felt my head shaking in agreement and sensing the similarities we find in scripture, like in today’s selected passages, as being a clear, creative and straight forward accord of how we are to live a life in pursuit of love, peace, happiness, and joy that aligns with God’s plan for each of us. Often and usually unintentionally, we let our life and hearts get crowded and clouded with things that don’t matter and believe untruths that start to take root and open the gateway for stress, fear, doubt and anxiety to take over, and we slowly begin to fall apart.  Our broken self lies in pieces before us and we live frozen in time trying to figure out how we got there and how to put our self back together. That is why it is so important to let God’s word, truth and love flow wildly through our veins, keeping us alive and focused on Him, so that His great and mighty plan for us can continue the journey with a legacy survived.

I added some scripture to confirm the plain and simple truths told here.   It just goes to show you, that one can google anything and find scripture fitting for any topic or situation. That is reassuring!

I’m titling this ‘Dear Self’

No matter how good you are to some people, they will turn their backs on you. Don’t take it personally. Just keep being good to people, but guard your heart a bit. (Matthew 5:38-40)

You’re the villain in someone’s story. And that’s ok. Everyone has their truth. Stick to yours and don’t try to defend yourself. Your actions speak much louder than your words ever will. (James 2:14-18)  

No matter how nice your (FB) pictures are, or how important the things you post appear…some people just won’t hit the like button. Because it’s you. And the first thing people do when they are feeling a certain way about you, is stop liking anything you post. Post anyway. Share your pictures. And, your stories. They put a smile on someone’s face.  (Psalm 139:14-16, 1 Samuel 16:7)

Not everyone has the same heart as you. (This one, many struggle with on a daily basis.) Just because you will do it for them, doesn’t mean they will do it for you. And, it’s unfair to both of you to expect that.  (Luke 6:31, Matthew 7:12)

You will be excluded. And, it will hurt. A lot. You’ll never understand why. But, you will remember the pain of being left out, and you will make sure to include everyone so no one has to feel the way that you did.  (Romans 12:14-21)

Your kids (or future kids) will be excluded. And trust me, that hurts even more. But, it’s a great teachable opportunity. Don’t miss it.  (1 Timothy 4:12)

When you put good out into the world, good comes back. Call it karma, or whatever you want… but, it’s true. If you are kind, kindness will flood your doorsteps. (Galatians 6:9-10)

You can’t be liked by everyone. No matter how hard you try. Some people just won’t like you. Sometimes it’s from personal experience, sometimes it’s from what others have told them. Once you accept that, life gets a lot easier. (Colossians 3:23-24)

Friends come and go, unfortunately. That’s life. Sometimes friendships you thought would last forever, end abruptly and you’re left wondering why. Stop wondering. You’re never going to feel satisfied with any answer they give you. Own your part in it, learn from it, and then close that door.  That chapter has ended. Allow a new one to begin.  (Ephesians 4:31-32)

A simple text just to see how someone is doing, can mean the world. Just to know someone is thinking about you and cares, can turn a whole day around. Send the text.  (Jeremiah 33:3, Hebrews 4:12)

No one owes you anything.  (Romans 13:8-10)

Forgive even if you don’t get an apology. You can’t begin to heal while you’re still holding on to the hurt. Let it hurt for a moment. Forgive, and let it go. (Ephesians 4:26-27)

You’re going to be too much for some people. Too loud. Too opinionated. Too talkative. Those people will never get you. Find the ones who do… and love them hard! (Romans 12:9-11)

People are going to talk about you. Give them good material. (Ephesians 5:1)

Extend grace to those who need it. We all struggle sometimes. (1 Peter 4:10)  

Be a light. Don’t let anyone dull your shine. You never know who may be looking to you for a little bit of joy. Be that joy.  (Matthew 5:15-16)

Life is tough. It’s messy. And it’s ugly at times.  But, it’s also so beautiful. And exciting. And full of adventure. Chase them all!  (Philippians 4:6-7)

Go outside.

Go on a hike.

Swim in the ocean.

Try a new restaurant.

Go somewhere you’ve never been.

Look at the stars.

Take the pictures.

Watch the sunset. 

Take the trip.

Use the fine china.

Buy the shoes.

Eat the cake (or the tacos!)

(Ecclesiastes 3:1-6)

And, most importantly Seek God. Pray without ceasing. Love deeply. Learn to love yourself, and forgive yourself for not being perfect.  (Philippians 4:8)  

Perfect is boring!  (Psalm 139:14, Ephesians 2:10)

Here are a few songs that relate to todays post for your spiritual listening pleasure!

‘Dear Younger Me’ by Mercy Me

‘Live Like That’ by Sidewalk Prophets

‘New Wine’ by HIllsong Worship

Prayer:  Lord, I am grateful for daily reminders that turn me around, stand me upright, set me sight toward you, fill my heart, and tell me I am loved, I am a Child of God, I was made on purpose for a purpose, I am enough.  Because I can do all things through Christ Jesus who loves me and gives me strength, I seek to be the best version of me today and every day.

Kris

(resources;  Taylor Evans Hendrix/September 23, 2020 FB post)

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