I did a little personalizing (with a little help from my friend)…
Ephesians 3:14-21 Living Bible (TLB)
When I realized the wisdom and scope of His plan, I fell down on my knees and prayed to the Father of all the great family of God—some of them already in heaven and some down here on earth, that out of his glorious, unlimited resources He will give me the mighty inner strengthening of His Holy Spirit. And I pray that Christ will be more and more at home in my heart, living within me as I trust in Him. May my roots go down deep into the soil of God’s marvelous love; and may I be able to feel and understand, as all God’s children should, how long, how wide, how deep, and how high His love really is; and to experience this love for myself, though it is so great that I will never see the end of it or fully know or understand it. And so at last I will be filled up with God himself.
Seems like along time ago, when someone would ask me, “how are you doing, I would quickly answer great!” (like Tony the tiger) Because a positive response helps influence the day of another person. (Dale Carnegie) Slowly my “great” response became, “fine”, became “good”, became “OK”, became silence. This week, with some help, I realized I have a choice, stay “silent” or look for OK, better, good, fine, great, and maybe even “excellent”. I’m moving forward.
In my quiet time yesterday… (Jesus speaking)
“Give your entire attention to what God is doing right now, and don’t get worked up about what may or may not happen tomorrow. God will help you deal with whatever hard things come up when the time comes.” Matthew 6:34 The Message (MSG)
Test me. And oh yah, and my new battle cry… “God Rules”.
Friday marked 3 months since my wife died. After 37 years, needless to say, nothing will ever be the same. But for now I have kept everything the same. If you walked into the house, you would never know she was gone. I did the blame game. And God was at the top of my list. I prayed every day for healing. Many times I yelled, “where are you God?” I recently got back to the fellowship of church. I think I’m hearing God’s voice again. I got an Apple Watch and every once in a while it tells me to breath… I have substituted PRAY. I know I need to develop a two way conversation. My word for the day…
I know how to get along and live humbly (in difficult times), and I also know how to enjoy abundance and live in prosperity. In any and every circumstance I have learned the secret (of facing life), whether well-fed or going hungry, whether having an abundance or being in need. I can do all things (which He has called me to do) through Him who strengthens and empowers me (to fulfill His purpose—I am self-sufficient in Christ’s sufficiency; I am ready for anything and equal to anything through Him who infuses me with inner strength and confident peace). Nevertheless, it was right of you to share (with me) in my difficulties.
The writings of Paul, Philippians 4:12-14 Amplified Bible (AMP)
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Psalm 103:1-2 New Living Translation (NLT)
A psalm of David.
Let all that I am praise the Lord;
with my whole heart, I will praise his holy name.
Let all that I am praise the Lord;
may I never forget the good things he does for me.
I got up at 5 o’clock last Friday morning. Yeh, AM. Decided to check out the Men’s Bible Study at Hope/Ankeny at 6:15. It was still dark when I left, next thing you know the leaves will be turning. Fellowship is something God says we all need. Coffee is the common denominator. After a piece of Casey’s breakfast pizza and coffee, we talked about what Martin Luther nailed to the door. 95 things. I’ve tried to read them… Bottom line to me was, “how do the people in my life know what I stand on? ”
Psalm 13 Living Bible (TLB)
How long will you forget me, Lord? Forever? How long will you look the other way when I am in need?
Thanks guys for today. What did I learn. Fellowship is important. (Casey’s Breakfast pizza is the best.)
God I heard your voice. And I know it is important to listen, but more important to hear. Stand up straight. God Rules! I’ll be back. Ready for a name tag.