The Very Words

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide - Miracles - 2 Kings 6:12 - The Very Words - Growing As Disciples

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Miracles – 2 Kings 6:12 – The Very Words – Growing As Disciples

“None of us, my lord the king,” said one of his officers, “but Elisha, the prophet who is in Israel, tells the king of Israel the very words you speak in your bedroom.” 2 Kings 6:12 (NIV)  

I Need Your Help

I need your help. That’s good to hear. How do you need my help? I lack wisdom. How so? I need your insight and understanding. Why is that? Without your wisdom I am likely to make stupid mistakes and take large missteps. I don’t want to waste time and effort. I don’t want to wander through life. I don’t want to walk a crooked path from one futile thing to another. I’m not asking for your wisdom, insight and understanding for my benefit. Although, I do know that I will benefit greatly by receiving your wisdom, insight and understanding. Yes, you will. But, I’m asking for your wisdom, insight and understanding so that I can know and do your will. I want to go where you guide me. I want to do what you ask of me. That is very good.

You do have a ready source of my wisdom, insight and understanding that I have already made readily available to you. Yes, I know. You have given me your word. That is why I am meeting with you every day in your word. I so desperately want your wisdom, insight and understand. I can see that in you. What then, is your problem? What is your need? Sometimes, I am very slow to understand. Sometimes, I am very dense. That is a helpful admission on your part. It is a very good thing that you are admitting your need. It is a very good thing for you to know and acknowledge that you need my help. I will never turn you away when you ask for my help. You can never go wrong by coming to me to ask me for my help. You can never fail to benefit by meeting with me in prayer so you can hear from me. It is my joy and pleasure to give you the wisdom and insight and understanding that you will need as you love, follow and serve me. That is what I thought. That is what I believe. That is what I know. I can come to you and ask for your help. Yes, you can. Here I am now. Give me all the wisdom and insight and understanding I will need as I follow you today. That is my prayer. I will hear and answer that prayer. Thank you, Lord.

Lord, I do not know what I need to know. I don’t have all the wisdom, insight and understanding I need. Thank you, that you will give me the wisdom, insight and understanding I will need as I love, follow and serve you. I will rely on you. I will ask for your help. Amen

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Your Path Is A Reckless One

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Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Miracles – Numbers 22:32 – Your Path Is A Reckless One – Growing As Disciples

The angel of the LORD asked him, “Why have you beaten your donkey these three times? I have come here to oppose you because your path is a reckless one before me. Numbers 22:32 (NIV) 

Reckless Path 

What path will you walk in life? Where will you go? What will you do? How will you live? I think those questions have already been answered. How so? At one time I walked on a dark and dangerous, reckless path. I did what I wanted when I wanted. I lived for my own comfort and pleasure. I did what was right in my own eyes. I led my own life. I was the center of my own universe. Everything revolved around me. I didn’t want or need anything from anyone else. I was obstinate. I was stubborn. I was filled with pride. No one could tell me anything I did not want to hear. I followed my own counsel. That is a dark and dangerous, reckless path. How did walking on that path work out for you? Not well, at all. Tell me more. No one can live this life without becoming bruised and battered and broken. That is exactly what happened to me. I hit rock bottom. My life was a mess. I reached the end of my rope. I had no hope. So, I cried out to you. Yes, you did. What did I do for you? You pulled me up out of the muck and mire that was my life. You set me on firm ground. You turned my life around. You became my Savior and Lord. You forgave my sin and cleansed my unrighteousness. You set me on a new path of loving, following and serving you. Yes, I did all of this for you. I am now desiring to live a life that is pleasing to you. I want to live the life that you have called me to live. Yes, you do. I can see that. 

But, it’s time to take a little reality check. How so? Are you still trying to assert your rights? Must people live up to your expectations? Will you allow yourself to be mistreated? Will you overlook an offense? Do you need to right every wrong that has been committed against you? Before you answer, I want you to know that I do not expect you to live in an ongoing abusive situation. I am not calling you to allow your life to be under constant threat. But, know also, that I did not assert my rights. I suffered harm. I looked over offenses committed against me. Will you do what I did? Do you want to become like me as you follow me? Yes Lord, I want to become like you. I will do what you did. I will not continue to assert my rights. People must not live up to my expectations. I will overlook offenses committed against me. That is very good. Now, follow me. Yes Lord, I will. That is very good. 

Lord, thank you for taking me off a reckless and dangerous path. You rescued me. You turned my life around. You took me off a path that led to death. You put me on the path of life. You are my Savior and Lord. Guard and guide my life as I follow and serve you Amen

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Is Anything Too Hard For The Lord?

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Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Miracles – Genesis 18:13-14 – Is Anything Too Hard For The Lord? – Growing As Disciples

Then the LORD said to Abraham, “Why did Sarah laugh and say, ‘Will I really have a child, now that I am old?’ Is anything too hard for the LORD? I will return to you at the appointed time next year and Sarah will have a son.” Genesis 18:13-14 (NIV)

Too Hard

Is this too hard? Is what too hard? Is this too much to ask? Is what too much to ask? Spell it out, be specific. Don’t be vague in your prayers. How will you ever know If I have heard and answered your prayer if you do not ask me for specifics? Will you be satisfied with a vague answer to your vague prayer? No, I will not. That is lesson number one. Ask me for what you want and need. Give details. Be specific. Being specific and giving details is not new information to me. I know what you want and need before you ask me for it. Giving details and being specific is for you. When you give me details and are specific you will know when I have heard and answered your prayer. Giving details and being specific will also help you to not race through your prayer. That is lesson number two. I want you to linger in prayer with me. Don’t race into and out of prayer with me. Spend time in my presence. Prayer is a dialogue. That is lesson number three. I want to hear from you. You will want to hear from me. Expect to speak and listen when you enter into prayer with me. I didn’t think I would receive so many lessons in prayer today. We haven’t even gotten to your main questions yet. I forgot what those were. I will remind you. 

You asked me, if this was too hard? You asked me if this was too much to ask? Yes, I did. You have a hard and difficult request to ask of me. You are wondering if I will hear and answer your prayer. Yes, I do. Yes, I am. Let me ask you a question. I’m listening. What is too hard and too difficult for me? Can you name something that is too hard and too difficult for me? Well, come to think of it, I cannot. Is there any prayer that you can pray that is too difficult for me hear and answer? No, there is not. What have you just learned? I have just learned today’s lesson four. You are catching on. Let me hear you state this lesson once again. There is nothing too difficult or too hard for you to do for me. I can bring any prayer request to you. Yes, you can. Will you? Yes, I will. I will bring all my prayers to you. That will be very good.

Lord, I will not doubt you. My faith is in you. I believe nothing is too difficult for you to do in, for or through me. Grow my faith in you. Do your work in, for and through me. Use my life to bless a multitude of people in ways that will bring praise and glory to you. Amen

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Appeared To Him In Flames

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Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Miracles – Exodus 3:1-3 – Appeared To Him In Flames – Growing As Disciples

Now Moses was tending the flock of Jethro his father-in-law, the priest of Midian, and he led the flock to the far side of the desert and came to Horeb, the mountain of God. There the angel of the LORD appeared to him in flames of fire from within a bush. Moses saw that though the bush was on fire it did not burn up. So Moses thought, “I will go over and see this strange sight–why the bush does not burn up.” Exodus 3:1-3 (NIV)

Go Over

I’m too busy. My life is filled with frantic activity. I am rushing from one thing to another. I am out of breath. I am weary. I am worn out. I am discouraged and depressed. I am bouncing from one meaningless thing to another. What a crooked path I have walked. This is no way to live. I have no priorities. I have no plan. My life consists of checking off boxes on a never ending to do list. What a mess. Would I ever be able to hear you if you wanted to say something to me? Would I ever be able to see something that you wanted to show me? Is that a question? Yes, that is my question. You tell me. I doubt it. Me too.

You want to lead a different kind of life, I can see that. I can see your sighing. I can hear your groaning. It’s like you are running a treadmill that is going nowhere, without any end in sight. You want to hear from me. You want to see my activity. You want to live in an intimate relationship with me. You want your life to be guided and directed by me. You want to go where I guide you. You want to do what I ask of you. You want to stop walking a crooked path. You want your life to have meaning and purpose and direction. You want to live the life that I have called you to live. You want to live a life that is pleasing to me. Is that right? Yes, you have expressed exactly what I need and want. I want to know you. I want to live out your purposes and plan for my life. That’s good.

It’s time to stop running. It’s time to start listening. It’s time to focus your heart and mind and life on me. How can I begin to do that? You need turn aside from the noise and busyness of life. You need to go over to see what I want to show you. You need to go over to hear what I want to say to you. Go over? What does that mean? Where will I go? That is up to you. Set aside a special time and sacred place to meet with me. Draw near to me and I will draw near to you. Listen to me and I will speak to you. Focus your heart and mind and life on me and I will show you all that I want you to see. Do you understand? Yes, you want me to leave the noise and busyness of my daily life by going over to meet with you at our special time and place. That’s right. Will you do that? Yes Lord, I will. 

Lord, I have allowed my life to become far too busy. I’m sure that I have raced right by what you wanted me to see. I have not heard you above the noise of my busy life. Help me to slow down to see your activity. Help me to be quiet so that I can hear from you. Amen

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Guard Your Hearts And Your Minds

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Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Spiritual Warfare – Philippians 4:4-7 – Guard Your Hearts And Your Minds – Growing As Disciples

Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:4-7 (NIV)

Unexplainable Peace

You are a very gifted worrier. That doesn’t sound like a compliment. It’s not. You have the ability to worry about things from every angle. You can see problems long before they will become problems, if they ever will. Do you like to worry? No, not at all, worry stresses me out. Yes, I can see that it does. When would you like to make a commitment to stop worrying? I’d like to make that commitment right now, but I don’t know where or how to begin. Would you like my help? Yes, I would. That’s good because you will never be able to stop worrying by your own efforts.

Let’s start with a question. Go ahead. Who is in charge of your life? What do you mean by that? Who controls your future? Is it you or is it me? I’d like to say that it is you. You’re cautious with that answer. Yes. I am. Why is that? I think that my worrying is a pretty good sign that I think I’m in charge of my life and it’s destiny. Yes, it does. You have a choice. Of what? Who are you going to trust? Are you going to trust me or are you going to trust yourself? I want to place all my trust in you.

Trusting me will require a change in your thinking, attitudes and actions. I’m willing to change. I’m sure that I will need your help to change. Yes, you will. Lets talk about where you will need to change. What would you like to change about my thinking and attitudes? I want you to consider who I am and all that I have done for you. You have been given so much. Yes, I know. I have done so much for you. Yes, you have. What do you think will happen when you think deeply about all the blessings that you have received from me? I think that I will be filled with joy, gladness and thanksgiving. Yes, you will. As you give joy filled thanks and praise to me, what will you become more aware of? I will become more aware of your presence with me. Yes, you will. You will know that I am right by your side and ready to help you. With my help you won’t be tempted to take control and worry about your life.

Before something becomes a worry for you, I want you to do something. What’s that? When you start to have a concern about something I want you to turn that concern into a prayer. Can you do that? Yes, I can. Your past worries have been pretty specific haven’t they? Yes, they have been.  I want your prayers to be even more specific than your past worries have been. Why is that? I want you to know that I am hearing and answering your prayers. I also don’t want you to leave any room for worry. Give all the details to me. Do you know what will happen then? Yes, I think that I do. What’s that? I will have a peace from you that will defy all explanations. Yes, you will because your heart and mind will be guarded in Christ Jesus. For that I am eternally thankful.

Lord, thank you that I can bring to you in prayer anything that causes me anxiety. I know you are with me to help me through every difficulty in life. Thank you for loving-kindness. You give me joy and peace that is unexplainable! Amen

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Humble You And To Test You

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Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – God The Father- Deuteronomy 8:1-3 – Being Careful – Growing As Disciples

Be careful to follow every command I am giving you today, so that you may live and increase and may enter and possess the land that the LORD promised on oath to your forefathers. Remember how the LORD your God led you all the way in the desert these forty years, to humble you and to test you in order to know what was in your heart, whether or not you would keep his commands. He humbled you, causing you to hunger and then feeding you with manna, which neither you nor your fathers had known, to teach you that man does not live on bread alone but on every word that comes from the mouth of the LORD. Deuteronomy 8:1-3 (NIV)

Being Careful 

Are you being careful? Am I being careful in what way? Are you carefully hearing and following my word? I’m not sure. What would that mean? I am glad that you are asking me your question. Why is that? It is good for you to not assume that you are being careful. If you are to be careful you must be careful in two different ways. Not you have piqued my curiosity. That’s good.

First, you must be careful in hearing my word. That means you must know my word. You must listen to my word. You must make my word a priority in your life. You must take my word into your heart and mind and life. Do you know how you will take my word into your heart and mind and life? Yes, I do. I’m listening. I will meet daily with you in your word. I will read your word. I will study your word. I will meditate on and memorize your word. I will pray your word. I will speak your word. I will teach your word. I will grab a hold of your word so word will grab a hold of me. In every way, I will let your word dwell in me richly. Your word will be on my mind. Your word will be in my heart. Your word will come out of my mouth. These are the ways in which I will be careful to really hear your word and listen to all that you have to say to me. That will be very good.

Next, you must also be very careful in following my word. It will not be enough for you to carefully hear my word. Only hearing my word will not change your heart, transform your mind or guide your life. If you truly want my word to dwell in you richly you must put into practice all that I will teach you from my word. Will you follow my word? Will you obey my word? Will you put my word into practice? Yes Heavenly Father, I will. That will be very good. 

As you hear my word and put it into practice, I will bless your life. You will go where I guide you. You will do what I ask of you. You will humbly pass all the tests of life that lie ahead of you. You will be guarded and guided, strengthened and sustained by my word. That is what I want. That is what I will do. I will hear and follow your word. That will be very good.

Heavenly Father, you have my full attention. I’m leaning in to hear all you want to say to me. My heart and mind and life are committed to hearing and obeying your word. Guard and guide, strengthen and sustain my life my life by your word as I follow you. Amen

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He Who Began A Good Work In You

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Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – God The Father – Philippians 1:3-6 -Impatient – Growing As Disciples

I thank my God every time I remember you. In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now, being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus. Philippians 1:3-6 (NIV)  

Impatient

Why aren’t I making more progress? Why aren’t I advancing more quickly in my faith? Why aren’t I bolder? Why aren’t I stronger? Why am I not bearing more fruit for your kingdom and bringing more glory to your name? Why aren’t I shining more brightly for you in this dark world? You are impatient. Yes, I am impatient. There is no doubt about that. That’s not good. Why is that? Let’s talk about impatience. I’d like that.

What good has impatience brought into your life? How has being impatient helped you? I’m not sure that impatience has helped me in any way. What has happened to you when you have become impatient? I have been discouraged and depressed when I have allowed myself to become impatient. Impatience has probably hindered rather than helped your work to continue in and through me. Probably? No, certainly. How so? It is very hard to hear your voice when I am impatient. It is very difficult to know how you are guiding me when I am impatient. It is almost impossible to know what you are giving me to do for you when I am impatient. Impatience has often made me blind and deaf to your activity in and through my life. Yes, it has.

Why are you impatient? What are your expectations? How do you think I will be working in and through your life? I’m not sure what you are asking me. Will I change you all at once? Will I give you all I have for you all at one time? Will you be completely changed in an instant? No, not in this life. Your work in and through me will be gradual. Your work in and through me will occur day by day as I follow you. Why is that? You want me to live in an intimate relationship with you. I am molded and shaped and changed as I spend time with you in your presence. I am becoming more like you as I spend time with you. Now you see me in part and you are being changed in part each and every day as you live in an intimate relationship with me. One day you will see me in full, then you will be completely changed. I look forward to that day, with great anticipation. That’s good. 

For now, can you accept the work that I am doing in you? For now, can you accept the pace at which I am changing you? You know best. I want your plan. I want what you have for me when you have it for me. I don’t want to run ahead of you or lag behind you. I will be patient. I will welcome you to work in and through my life when, where, why and how you will. That will be very good.

Heavenly Father, thank you for making me a partner in sharing the Gospel. Thank you for continuing your good work in me, day by day as I follow you. Guide my prayers for all my fellow partners in the Gospel. Make us all fruitful for your kingdom and glory. Amen

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Will Fight For You

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Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – God The Father – Exodus 14:13-14 – He Will Fight For You – Growing As Disciples

Moses answered the people, “Do not be afraid. Stand firm and you will see the deliverance the LORD will bring you today. The Egyptians you see today you will never see again. The LORD will fight for you; you need only to be still.” Exodus 14:13-14 (NIV)

Be Still And Stand Firm

What do you mean by saying, “stand still?” Can’t you see everything that is swirling around me. I am in deep trouble. I need to do something. I need to take action. I can’t stand still. Why not? If I just stand still and do nothing I will be swamped by the conflict that is raging around me. Did I say do nothing? I thought so. Think again. What were my actual words? You said, stand firm and I will see the deliverance you will bring about today. Yes, I did. Does that sound like doing nothing to you? It did at first glance. It would be good for you to give my words far more attention than a passing glance. Consider deeply what I am saying to you. Take my word into your heart and mind and life. Hear my word. Put my word in practice. Will you do that? Yes Lord, I will. That will be very good.

So what did I tell you to do? You told me to stand firm. What does that mean? It means I should trust you. I should not allow my attention to be focused on the size and nature of my battle. I should not let my battle take the focus of my heart and mind and life off of you. I should not race around trying to cover every base and fight every battle. I should watch and wait and listen for your activity. I should allow you to fight for me. I don’t need to take every matter into my own hands. I don’t need to solve every one of my own problems. You will help me. You will fight for me. Yes, I will.

I want you to think differently about your battles in life. How so? In the past you have thought that it takes great faith to fully engage in all the battles that are before you. There is some truth in that. You have not been wrong in your thinking. Now however, I want you to see that it also takes great faith to be still and stand firm. Sometimes, it takes far more faith to be still and stand firm than it does to begin to engage in a battle. I get that, I understand. Now, I want you to learn to be still and stand firm. I want you to learn to wait for me to fight for you. I want you to allow me to fight for you. Will you do that? Yes Lord, I will. That will be very good.

Heavenly Father, I will stand firm and wait to see your deliverance in and through the battles I face in life. I believe that you will fight for me and put this battle I face in my rear view mirror, never to be seen or heard from again. Amen

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He Rewards

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Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – God The Father – Hebrews 11:6 – He Rewards – Growing As Disciples

And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him. Hebrews 11:6 (NIV)

Seek You Earnestly

That is what I want to do. That is what I am doing. That is what I will continue to do. What that? I will seek you earnestly with all my heart and mind and soul and strength. I have no stronger desire. I have no clearer aim. I have no higher priority. Why is that? You have put this fire within me. You have given me this desire. You have filled me with this passion. What is it you hope to gain? I hope to know and love and follow and serve you with all my heart and mind and soul and strength. I want to live in an intimate relationship with you. I want to hear your voice. I want to go where you guide me. I want to do what you ask of me. I want to live my life with and for you. I want to accomplish your purposes and fulfill your plans. I want to fully live the life that you have called me to live. That is very good.

I want to say a few more things. I’m listening. I am asking that you fan this flame of desire within me. I am asking that you cause me to burn white hot for you. I want you to set me on fire to serve you. Give me your boldness. Fill me with your power. Work in and through my life. Help me to shine brightly as your witness in the world. Help me to bear fruit for your kingdom and bring glory to your name. Make me able to accomplish your purposes and fulfill your plans. Open my eyes and ears. I want to see you. I want to hear you. Open my mouth. I want to speak for you. Use my life to the fullest. Don’t let anything go to waste. These are my thoughts. These are my prayers. I will hear and answer these thoughts and prayers of yours.

One more thing. What’s that? I want no more reward than to know that I have gone and done your will. I want no more reward than to hear you one day say, from heaven as we look back over my life, “Well done, good and faithful servant.”  Only you can make me faithful. Only you can cause me to be fruitful. Only you can make me able to know and do your will. Work in and through my life for your praise and honor and glory. Yes, I will. 

Heavenly Father, thank you for drawing me to yourself. It is you that has given me faith in you and your son Jesus Christ. Help me to continue to seek you with all my heart and mind and soul and strength so that I will know you and the life you want me to live. Amen

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Intended For Good

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide - God The Father - Genesis 50:19-21 - Intended It For Good - Growing As Disciples

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – God The Father – Genesis 50:19-21 – Intended It For Good – Growing As Disciples

But Joseph said to them, “Don’t be afraid. Am I in the place of God? You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives. So then, don’t be afraid. I will provide for you and your children.” And he reassured them and spoke kindly to them. Genesis 50:19-21 (NIV)

What Good Is This?

What good is this? What do you mean by asking what good is this? Well, I’m going through this trail. I did not want it. I did not bring it on myself. I did not cause it. I don’t think I deserved it. So, you’re saying that you don’t understand why you are going through this difficult trial. That’s it. That’s what I am saying. Let’s talk about that. I’d like that.

How often have you understood what good might come out of a difficult trial you were going through? Almost never, at least at the time, I have been going through a difficult trial. What has helped you to understand a difficult trial that you have gone through? Time, has helped me understand a difficult trial I have gone through. How so? I have had to look backwards in time to understand how you have used even difficult trials of mine to accomplish your purpose and fulfill your plans. Have you ever had a trial you thought that I would never be able to bring something good out of it? I have thought that, quite often, may be even, about most the trials I have gone through. That’s true.

I would like you to think differently about your trials. How so? I would like you to have faith that I will be able to bring good out of even the most difficult of your trails. I would like you to have faith to keep your heart and mind and life focused on me as you go through difficult trials. I would like you to trust that I will be with you to help you through even your most difficult of trials. I want you to hold on to me as I  hold on to you. Will you have faith? Will you have trust? Will you hold on to me as I hold on to you? Yes Lord, I will. That will be very good. 

There are a couple more things I want to clear up for you. What’s that? You live in a broken world. I experienced trials. You will experience trials. I experienced pain and suffering and loss. You will experience pain and suffering and loss. I will weep with you as weep. I will mourn with you as you mourn. But, I will be with you to comfort you. I will be with you to help you. I will be able to bring good even out of your darkest hours and most difficult trials. Do you believe what I am saying to you? Yes Lord, I believe. I know that you will be able to bring good out of even my most difficult trials. That’s very good. 

Heavenly Father, I have not usually understood your purposes and plans as I have gone through trials in life. Thank you for allowing me to see your hand at work as I have looked back. Continue your good work in me for your glory. Amen

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