Mirror Image

February 11, 2019 at 2:18 pm | Posted in Family, God is Enough, Relationships, Spiritual Battle | Leave a comment
By Juel A. Fitzgerald

“You look just like your father!” I have heard for years.  As I grow older, I see my mother looking back at me.  I often think about what in my character was handed down from my parents.

David’s story in I and II Samuel is interesting.  He was God’s anointed to be king of Israel.  Most of the time he was obedient and reliant on God.  God was with him when he slew Goliath and in many victorious battles.  However, David had a weakness, he refused to repent from – women.  David had several wives, concubines and children.

The bible lists 20 of his children in 2 Samuel 3:2-5, 2 Samuel 5:13-16, 2 Samuel 12:13-19 and I Chronicles 3:1-9 as follows:

Mother Child/Children
Michel No children
Ahinoam Ammon
Abigail Kileab (also known as Chileab or Daniel)
Maacah Absalom and Tamar
Haggith Adonijah
Abital Shephatiah
Eglah Ithream
Bathsheba Unnamed son, Shammua, Shobab, Nathan, Solomon
Concubines Ibhar, Elishua, Nepheg, Japhia, Elishama, Eliada, Eliphelet, Nogah

Only one of his daughters, Tamar, was listed in the bible.  With eight wives and an unspecified number of concubines, David had many children.

David did not follow God’s law to have only one wife (Genesis 2:24, Exodus 20:14, 17, Matthew 19:4-6).  Negative consequences in the family resulted from this disobedience – adultery, several murders, death, rape, lack of children discipline, death, and rebellion (2 Samuel 11-15, I Kings I).

David’s son Solomon became king over Israel and Judah.  Even though God gave Solomon wisdom, riches and honor as a king who had no equal (I Kings 3), he too, did not follow God’s law to have one wife.  David had eight wives and concubines; Solomon had 700 wives and 300 concubines.

King Solomon, however, loved many foreign women besides Pharaoh’s daughter—Moabites, Ammonites, Edomites, Sidonians and Hittites.  They were from nations about which the Lord had told the Israelites, “You must not intermarry with them, because they will surely turn your hearts after their gods.” Nevertheless, Solomon held fast to them in love. He had seven hundred wives of royal birth and three hundred concubines, and his wives led him astray.  As Solomon grew old, his wives turned his heart after other gods, and his heart was not fully devoted to the Lord his God, as the heart of David his father had been.  He followed Ashtoreth the goddess of the Sidonians, and Molek the detestable god of the Ammonites.  So Solomon did evil in the eyes of the Lord; he did not follow the Lord completely, as David his father had done.  On a hill east of Jerusalem, Solomon built a high place for Chemosh the detestable god of Moab, and for Molek the detestable god of the Ammonites.  He did the same for all his foreign wives, who burned incense and offered sacrifices to their gods. I Kings 11:1-8.

Following in his father’s footsteps with many wives pulled Solomon away from God as he worshipped and allowed idol worship which were forbidden by God.  He no longer had a heart for God.  The Lord was angry with his lifestyle and wanted to take his kingdom away.  However, God had a covenant with his father David, and it didn’t happen in his lifetime.  His son lost the kingdom and had rule over only one tribe instead of 12 because of God’s promises to David and for Jesus to be born.

Our children are a mirror image of our good and bad.  I can see my good and bad in my children.  What we are, tend to be amplified in them; they follow what we do and not what we say.  What example are we setting for our children and their children that is imitated and lived by?

(NIV)

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Schedule Change

January 29, 2019 at 6:48 pm | Posted in Change, God's Schedule | Leave a comment

By Juel A. Fitzgerald

Nothing went as planned.

  • Snow shoe class was cancelled because there was not enough snow, then was rescheduled for a few days later after the winter storm hit.
  • Planned swim and walk didn’t happen because recreation center was closed due to frigid temperatures.
  • Planned morning walks for three days cancelled because recreation center closed due to burst pipe.
  • Now recreation center and most schools are closed for two days due to Polar Vortex, I might walk in my house, at another fitness center or not at all; it depends on what God tells me to do instead.

Well made plans are always subject to change.  When that happens, it is great to go with the flow and listen to what God says needs to happen instead.  Anytime God changes the schedule, I thought he meant for me, it always turns out better than I thought.  Changed plans usually mean something better occurs or it’s a time of needed rest.  It is such a thrill when God makes all my plans and not me.  My plans would include more than I can handle.  When my schedule is more than it needs to be, than anxiety and stress jumps in – that is not fun!

Daily morning prayer about what the day’s schedule is to be makes life so much easier to deal with when God has the reigns on the clock and his hand on the movement of life.

“Now listen, you who say, ‘Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business and make money.’ Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow.  What is your life?  You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes.  Instead, you ought to say, ‘If it is the Lord’s will, we will live and do this or that.’”  James 4:13-15.

(NIV)

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Disposable

January 21, 2019 at 10:05 pm | Posted in God is Enough, God's Word | Leave a comment

By Juel A. Fitzgerald

Our city recently started to recycle.  Like many other cities we have two new plastic trash containers – one for garbage and one for recyclables – plastic, paper, cartons, metal cans, glass bottles, glass jars and plastic bottles.

My husband and I thought, we didn’t have much in recyclables. We thought our recycle container would not be put out every week.  Were we surprised!  Within the first week we discovered most of our trash IS recyclables and are bulky in size.  We often wondered how two people in a house could make so much trash, now we know.  We generally have almost two bags of trash a week.  Most of our trash are the items that take up a lot of space in our trash bag – recyclables: paper boxes, cartons, liquid plastic containers and other plastic stuff.  We thought since we rarely had metal cans or glass jars/bottles there will be little to recycle.  Some weeks we have more items in the recycle container than the trash one.  This helped us to see what we have thrown out as reusable was truly a waste!

This makes me wonder what we are wasting in our walk with God?  We live in a country where we have the freedom to worship God.  We need not fear being killed because of worshipping God publicly.  The bible is accessible in stores or online.  Yet, how often are the pages of this tool turned, applied and shared with others?  How often is this book left lying collecting dust, like family bibles that lay in living room for display only?  How often are bibles in hotel night stands are really read?  How many hotels have stopped having bibles?  How often do we ignore God’s voice which comes from those pages because we don’t open the book?

Every person God has created has at least one talent.  That talent is to be used for his glory.  Yet, how often are they put aside as unworthy, too small, too hard to do, unwanted, embarrassing, not cool, whatever excuse we come up with, not to use the precious God-given talent for his will.

Any time of day or night we can speak to God.  With our lips aloud or silently we can talk directly to him.  We call tell him of our issues.  We can cry and ask why.  We can plead for mercy and grace.  We can ask for whatever our needs are.  We can praise him.  Yet, prayer is something that is not always the first thing in our minds when we make daily decisions.  We go to others; we read books; we go online; we believe what we read in social media; but to pray, why do that?

God gave us a most precious gift, his son, Jesus.  He lived, died and arose for us so that we can live, die to sin and arise to be sanctified, transformed daily into being holy like him.  Yet, this gift is not always readily accepted, protected, cherished or shared.  With him we can do the impossible.  With him we can follow his ways and endure the dramas in life under his wing.  But, no we would rather figure it out ourselves, do it our way, or not act at all because it is too hard.

What are we throwing away in our walk with God, that is reusable, yet we throw it away as waste?

 “Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is.  Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit, speaking to one another with psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit. Sing and make music from your heart to the Lord, always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.”  Ephesians 5:15-20.

(NIV)

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The Consultation

January 14, 2019 at 8:51 pm | Posted in Advice Seeking, Fear, God is Enough, Spiritual Battle | Leave a comment

By Juel A. Fitzgerald

“Saul then said to his attendants, ‘Find me a woman who is a medium, so I may go and inquire of her.’ ‘There is one in Endor,’ they said.’ So Saul disguised himself, putting on other clothes, and at night he and two men went to the woman. ‘Consult a spirit for me,’ he said, ‘and bring up for me the one I name.” I Samuel 28:7-8.

Saul was the anointed king by God, a king the Israelites begged God to give them.  Over time Saul’s pride made him less reliant on God but on himself.  God soon anointed another, David, to replace him.  One day long after David slew Goliath, the Philistines assembled with the plan to attack Israel.  Saul was filled with terror when he found out.  He inquired of the Lord but heard nothing from the Lord.  So, he decided to see a medium to bring up the dead spirit of Samuel. Saul had previously removed all mediums and spiritists from the land.  The woman he contacted was afraid that by talking to this man; she could suffer grave consequences.  When she discovered it was Saul she screamed to the top of her voice, “Why have you deceived me? You are Saul!” I Samuel 28:12b. Saul assured her that she would not be harmed.

The spirit of Samuel was conjured up.  He had bad news for Saul, news he already knew; the kingdom would be taken from him and given to David because of his disobedience.  God is against all practices of witchcraft, sorcery, mediums, spiritists or any other occult practices that attempt to bring up the dead or predict the future.  Satan and his crew of devils are the sources of these type of activities.  In this case, God allowed a message through Samuel’s appearance.

Saul’s continued disobedience and lack of reliance on God, resulted in the death of his sons and himself.

When it appears God is silent, who/what do we run to for help?  Do we give up on Him and find our own way to remedy the situation?  Do we curse God and move away from Him?  Who is the true Lord of our life?  What needs to happen to make God our source of life eternal?

(NIV)

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The Scout Out

January 6, 2019 at 9:38 pm | Posted in Fear, Goals/Dreams, God is Enough, God's race | Leave a comment

It was a scout out experience to see if this was an event, I could take part in.  Being in a triathlon once is on my bucket list.  I volunteered in January 2015 at an indoor triathlon, Twilight Triathlon. This is a short race with 20 minutes in the pool, 20 minutes on the bike and 20 minutes on the track. I would be able to check off that dream and not invest in a better bike than what I already have since it is for one race.  I volunteered to count laps in the pool.  I wanted to see what that looked like; swimming is my weakest link.  I loved volunteering so much I signed up to volunteer the following year.  For four races I have volunteered at this event.

However, that nagging to do only one short triathlon remains in my head.  I know how to swim and am a certified scuba diver.  The truth of the matter is without my snorkel mask and fins, I am not as comfortable in the water as I am with my equipment.  I can swim laps for a long time back and forth with snorkel mask and fins, totally relaxed, swimming using various strokes.  I learned to swim as an adult in my late 40’s.  It took three different instructors to learn how to swim.

The bigger truth is, I am flat-out afraid that I can not do a mere twenty minutes without my cheat gear and in front of everyone at the event.  Fear of failing the first part of the race is really what has kept me from doing this race.  My God, however is not a God of fear.  This year he sent several people to convict me.

The first guy did the butterfly stroke for 10 minutes and front crawl to end the race.  I watched every stroke of his butterfly and told him so.  I love watching people swim to improve my skill in doing them.  That guy placed in the top three men for the event.

He sent a mother and daughter for me to count laps.  The daughter, 10 years old, was a member of a local swim team.  I watched them slide effortless through the water.  The 10-year-old finished only one lap behind her mother, who racked up a great number of laps in that 20 minutes.

He sent me two adult women who had recently learned how to swim in the Summer of 2018, less than a year ago.  They both swam with various strokes and completed the 20-minute requirement.  I told them repeatedly how impressed I was that they swam in a triathlon as new swimmers.  Here I have years in, yet was not in the race.  These two were the most convicting.

While I was learning to swim, I prayed a lot and knew God was not going to let me drown, otherwise he wouldn’t have had me in that class to begin with, if that was not where he wanted me to be.  I passed and years later passed to be a scuba diver. I swim as a snorkeler, not as a swimmer without snorkel and mask.  Sometimes I swim without the fins, but rarely without the snorkel and mask.

As soon as the registration for this triathlon opens, I am signing up.  I am going back to my original swim teacher to get a refresher and to learn other strokes so that I can be completely comfortable in the water without my crutches, not just for this race, but for the rest of my life.

I am thanking God in advance for how his glory will be in seen in the success I will have in overcoming this fear.

“‘If you do not stand firm in your faith, you will not stand at all.’” Isaiah 7:9b.

“See, he is puffed up; his desires are not upright – but the righteous will live by faith.” Habakkuk 2:4.

“But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.  Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself.  Each day has enough trouble of its own.”  Matthew 6:33-34.

“He replied, ‘Because you have so little faith.  I tell you the truth, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there’ and it will move.  Nothing will be impossible for you.” Matthew 17:20.

(NIV)

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The Unusual

December 28, 2018 at 8:12 am | Posted in Change, Death, Goals/Dreams, God is Enough, God's Schedule, Health | Leave a comment

By Juel A. Fitzgerald

365 days are almost over!  How is that 2018 is almost over?  It seems like it just started, yet 2019 looms on the horizon.

2018 was a strange year.  Many friends died unexpectedly.  My husband and I suffered through unplanned ailments for months that have altered our way of living.  Numerous trips to urgent care and the emergency room heaped up unplanned debt.  As a couple, we traveled to Washington, D.C./Virginia/Maryland and Virginia Beach; to travel only twice is rare.  On my birthday I was in an accident that totaled my car.

2018 was an amazing year. The one week in Virginia Beach was the most relaxing vacation we have had since Jamaica.  I traveled with my Dad to Chicago twice and back to Washington, D.C./Virginia/Maryland once.  None of these three trips were planned; they just happened.  I traveled with girlfriends to Orlando and Las Vegas. Without setting any mileage goals 868.34 miles were walked, before the year is done, 870 should be exceeded.  Even though this amount is lower than the 1,500 walked last year (2017) because of a goal for HOPE worldwide, 870 miles is huge. Our granddaughter graduated from high school and finished her first semester in college.  Our grandson started preschool in his school district and loves every minute there. My memoir was finished and is now in the editor’s hands.  No injuries happened when the car was totaled. Through a wrecked car, credit counseling and a consolidation, my credit card and installment loan debts will be paid off in 5 years and 8 years for student loans.

With the negatives, there were positives.  Each year has its negative, hope to never experience again situations and its positive, I wish we could do that again moments.  With these happenings we can see how God’s glory always shines through.  We are assured that no matter how bad it is, there is joy in the morning.

2018 was unusual, 2019 will be unusual.  Walking with God is never dull, boring or meaningless.  Walking with God is full of life, excitement and peace.  Through the struggles that will occur he is there guiding, comforting and teaching.  His way is perfect and purposeful.  May 2019 be a year we all see more of Him and less of us.

 “As it is written: ‘For your sake we face death all day long; we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.’ No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.  For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”  Romans 8:36-39

(NIV)

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Words that kill

December 13, 2018 at 5:47 pm | Posted in Death, Fear, Spiritual Battle | Leave a comment

“David went to Nob, to Ahimelek the priest. Ahimelek trembled when he met him, and asked, ‘Why are you alone? Why is no one with you?’”

“David answered Ahimelek the priest, ‘The king sent me on a mission and said to me, ‘No one is to know anything about the mission I am sending you on.’ As for my men, I have told them to meet me at a certain place. Now then, what do you have on hand? Give me five loaves of bread, or whatever you can find.’” I Samuel 21:1-3.

David was on the run.  Saul was looking for him with hopes of killing him.  Instead of relying on God’s protection from Saul, David told this priest a lie.  The priest believed him and gave him consecrated bread because he had compassion on him.  This bread was for the priests only, but it was more important to save David’s life than to obey religious rules.  Jesus mentioned this in Matthew 12:1-8 and Luke 6:1-5.

“David asked Ahimelek, ‘Don’t you have a spear or a sword here? I haven’t brought my sword or any other weapon, because the king’s mission was urgent.’”

“The priest replied, “The sword of Goliath the Philistine, whom you killed in the Valley of Elah, is here; it is wrapped in a cloth behind the ephod. If you want it, take it; there is no sword here but that one.’”

“David said, ‘There is none like it; give it to me.’” I Samuel 21:8-9.

David lied a second time to obtain a weapon.

David, the anointed one of God, human as he was, lied twice to a priest for his benefit.  He might have also thought if he didn’t tell Ahimelek the truth maybe he would protect the priest.  In any case, to lie for any reason is never acceptable in God’s eyes.

“But the cowardly, the unbelieving, the vile, the murderers, the sexually immoral, those who practice magic arts, the idolaters and all liars – their place will be in the fiery lake of burning sulfur.  This is the second death.”  Revelations 21:8.

When Saul learned that Ahimelek had helped David, he called for Ahimelek and his father’s entire family to him. He questioned the innocent Ahimelek. Saul was so angry he didn’t want to hear about his innocence. He had Doeg kill 85 priests, along with men, women, children, infants, cattle, donkeys, and sheep in the town of Nob.  Only Abiathar, Ahimelek’s son, escaped to tell David.  David was remorseful and took responsibility for the deaths; he took Abiathar in to keep him safe.

Two lies killed many.  Do we think first before we lie?  Are we concerned about how a lie, even a little “white” one will effect another?  How reliant are we on God when we are in dire situations?  Do we stretch or omit the truth so that something can go our way instead of waiting or relying on God to tell us what we need to do?  What consequences have we caused because of our untruths?

Let us be speakers of truth, even when it won’t go well for us.

(NIV)

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Christmas Shopping? Why?

December 5, 2018 at 6:36 pm | Posted in Christmas, God is Enough, Relationships | 1 Comment

By Juel A. Fitzgerald

Shopping of any kind is something I don’t like to do.  So, every year at Christmas time I am forced to shop.  When I was a full-time employee, I used to take a day off in the week early in December to shop and avoid the crowds.  I love it when I know what I am looking for.  I hate it when I don’t have a clue.

My husband is a black belt shopper.  His three sisters taught him how to shop for bargains.  He shops all year round for groceries and for gifts. For Christmas he will hold off buying a few gifts to shop intentionally on Christmas Eve.  He loves shopping on Christmas Eve!

With only 20 days left for Christmas the shopping is becoming more frenzied in the stores. “Have you started your shopping yet?” somehow slips into people’s conversation. Green eyes of envy turn towards those who claim they are done.  I was hoping to be done early this week, but my schedule changed that plan.  A few things were purchased, but not all.  I want to be done.

Receiving gifts is not my love language; this might be partly why I don’t like to shop. Sometimes someone who loves receiving gifts also loves giving gifts.  It is a thrill for me to give a gift that someone is obviously delighted in receiving.  However, gifting is not a top priority for me; I need reminders of those special occasions when they come to buy or make a gift.

I shop because of traditions that I was raised up with.  I shop because others expect gifts. I often wonder how different my shopping would be, if I shopped solely to be of service for Jesus.  What would that look like?  Maybe shop to feed someone in need.  Maybe shop for warm clothes for someone who lacks proper wear for the winter.  Maybe shop for someone who needs shoes to cover their feet.

When the Magi came to see Jesus, they came to worship him.  “When they saw the star, they were overjoyed.  On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshipped him.  Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts of gold and of incense and of myrrh.”  Matthew 2:10-11.  They came with gifts that represented gold for a king, incense for deity and myrrh for someone who was going to die.  All of these gifts were expensive and had value.  Soon after the Magi left Joseph and Mary had to leave their home with their toddler Jesus to escape to Egypt.  These gifts perhaps were used to financially make the trip.

When we give this Christmas, let us ponder on why we spend time shopping and who benefits from the gifts we bring.

(NIV)

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That time of year

November 26, 2018 at 6:31 pm | Posted in Body of Christ, Christmas, Death, Emotion, Family, Relationships | Leave a comment

By Juel A. Fitzgerald

Death happens every day.  According to World Death Rates for 2011, 105 people die every minute, that is almost two people every second.  Death is something not one human can escape.  Physically we will all die unless Jesus returns while we still have breath in our bodies.

Experiencing the ending of a loved one’s life is a part of living. The longer we live the more death we will see, feel and bear.  It is never easy.  Death comes with emotions that can be unplanned or ready for.  Even when we know death is imminent, when it happens, it doesn’t make it easier to say goodbye.  The loss is deep; the loss can take months and years to dwindle.

Grief involves five stages of grief.  Each person will go through those stages in various ways, everyone doesn’t grieve the same.  The stages of grief are: 1. Denial, 2. Anger, 3. Bargaining, 4. Depression and 5. Acceptance.  With any type of loss, such as a divorce or loss of a friendship, the same stages can exist because it is similar to a death.

During the months of late November to early January, death and walking through those stages are intensified.  Something about Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years makes grieving more difficult.  It provides a heightened opportunity for anniversary grieving when these holidays occur year after year.

My mom died on Christmas Eve, 2000.  She had been sick for years with various ailments.  God prepared me for when her time would come.  God also gave me support through the Body of Christ.  With that support, I was enabled to attend church on Christmas Eve hours after getting the news and the funeral service the following week, without regret. Passing through the stages of grief was quick.  I have not ever fallen into those reoccurring grief stages when Christmas Eve appears.  I can’t explain it.  I just know through God, I have been able to enjoy the thrill of Christmas in spite of the fact that my mom died so close to the holiday.  The gift I had planned to give her sits on my desk where I can see it, an angel holding a pink heart.

At this special time of year, let us pray for those who are suffering the loss of loved ones.  Let us pray that in spite of their loss, the survivor can see God in the midst of the pain through us and life circumstances.

“Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves. Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord.  Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. Share with the Lord’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality. Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn.”  Romans 12:9-15.

(NIV)

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Grateful

November 19, 2018 at 12:22 pm | Posted in God is Enough, God's Schedule, Health, Relationships, Thanks | 1 Comment

By Juel A. Fitzgerald

Thanksgiving is often a time we reflect on what we are grateful for.  Gratitude is something that need not wait until Thanksgiving morning/weekend to express thankfulness.  We can and should express this every day that we have breathe in our bodies.  Every day we have something to be thankful for.  No matter how grave our lives are, gratefulness should be a part of our existence.

Here is my short list for today:

Thank you, God, for the impromptu breakfast I just had with my niece, her two sons and my dad.  I love how you change my schedule every single day to meet yours, yet it gives me joy to have changes made on the fly.  It is not stressful or overwhelming when you have the hands on the steering wheel of my car.

Thank you, God, for any negativity in family situations.  With the drama I can see you.  You are the only one who can give me a positive outlook on the negative I want to see and be upset about.  With you I can endure and yet be joyful because I have a family that has drama, a family who loves in unusual ways.  You are the one who give me the gift of family.  There are so many out there who have no biological or adopted family and are alone.  May they find you and become part of your family.

Thank you, God, for the frustration of my respiratory issues, that the doctors still have yet to determine why I grasp for air yet have clear lungs and can do a half marathon.  Let the doctors discover what is really going on and what needs to happen.  Thank for you how I will be able to use this experience later for someone else’s benefit.

Thank you, God, for the early morning 2.81 mile walk with a group of Girl Trekkers at 6 a.m.  Thank you for the conversations and God led discussions while we walked in a neighborhood before sunrise.

Thank you, God, for the prayer time afterwards with a sister from my church at McDonald’s on the cellphone while I waited for my next car run.  Thank you for her heart and how you are enrichening both of our lives through Monday morning prayer time together.  Thank you for the deep friendship that is developing through time of prayer with you.

Thank you, God, for the opportunity to drive my granddaughter to college right after leaving McDonald’s.  Thank for these times I can speak with her and be a part of her early college days.

Thank you, God, for how you are watching over and healing my grandson while he is a little under the weather and I wasn’t able to put him on the bus because of that.  You are the great physician and I know you got this under control.

Thank you for this short moment so that I can write this devotional down of my morning.  You are the one who moves my fingers across the keyboard.  You are the one who comes up with stuff I had not planned on saying when this happens.  But your words, ways and timing are always best.

Thanks for this day and what you have planned for me this afternoon.  Everyday with you is full, exciting and never dull.  Thank you for pulling me out of the darkness that used to be the world I relished in and now you have placed me in your light.

Thanks for everything that happens in my life even when I don’t like it.  Thank you for your love, patience and forgiveness.

“Be joyful always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”  I Thessalonians 5:16-18.

(NIV)

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