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Shut My Mouth! | Kelley Deases
S~ He was oppressed and afflicted, yet he did not open his mouth; he was led like a lamb to the slaughter; and as a sheep before her shearers is silent, so he did not open his mouth. Isaiah 53:7 (NIV)
O~ One of the great joys of sitting down and opening God’s Word is learning more about who He is. Today God is showing me that one aspect of His character is silence and self-restraint. The Son demonstrated this time and time again when He chose not to answer his accusers, when He allowed himself to be taunted and tempted by Satan in the desert, and when He endured beatings and death in full submission to His Father’s plan rather than exercise His supernatural power to save Himself or lash out at the grave injustice being perpetrated.
A~ I have a lot to learn about not opening my mouth! When I feel the slightest bit bumped, I am quick to let everyone around me know I am not happy. Far too often my prayers of confession have to do with where I spoke first (or yelled first!) and thought in through later. (Sigh)
P~ Father, Teach me Your ways. Specifically this day soften my heart to give grace and not speak up every time I feel I have been wronged. Help me to bear it, knowing You have endured far worse from Your errant children, of which I am one.
Building on my foundation | guest post
S~ Though the mountains be shaken and the hills removed, yet My unfailing love for you will not be shaken nor My covenant of peace be removed,” says the Lord, who has compassion on you. Isaiah 54:10 (NIV)
O/A~ Isaiah was written 2700 years ago and it still counts in my life. My life will encounter things that shake me to the core and important things will be removed. God’s unfailing love for me won’t be shaken and His peace won’t be removed.
In this season after a tougher season; it’s more quiet, more peaceful, I’m not desperate for the chaos to stop. Honestly, it’s easy to get complacent and adopt the attitude of: I’ve got this life. Besides the beautiful rest, maybe God wants to grow my foundation of faith?
To reinforce and recognize in all the moments of my life: God’s unfailing love for me will NEVER be broken, His peace canNOT be removed, He has compassion on me. I truly am a treasure to the Creator of the universe.
I am behind in movies and just watched The Shack. Putting aside theological stuff and focusing on what the characters, who represented Father God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit said, I love this movie!
I am more loved that I will ever know. My God pursues me and will work all things out for my good.
P~ Father, if every person experienced Your love, Your True Love, would they decide that Jesus is Your Son and believe in His Name? In my heart of hearts, I believe this is true. Please make me an instrument of Your love!
Blessed! | Michelle Myers
S~ I looked, and there before me was a pale horse. Its rider was named death, and Hades was following close behind him. They were given power over a fourth of the earth to kill people by war, by starvation, by disease, and by the wild animals of the earth. Revelation 6:8 (NCV)
O~ War, starvation, disease all have been on TV. I am not sure about the killing of people by wild animals. I am sure that it is a real possibility in other places, where the surroundings are different.
A~ I go for long periods of time without watching any news, because it is too depressing. I sometimes feel so helpless in what I can do. The more I see signs of “the end times”, the more I begin to wonder if I am where I should be in my walk with Christ. On days that I feel like I have just completely missed the mark, this can really mess with my head and put me into “works” mode.
P~ Thank you Lord for the blessings you have given me and my family. I don’t worry about a rocket coming through the roof as my kids sit and watch TV. Our fridge and pantry in our heated/AC dwelling is fully stocked. I have access to some of the best health care in world, if I or someone in my family were to get sick, plus we have insurance to help us pay for it. Nor, do I live in fear of either of my two lazy, overweight cats attacking me. I may not always remember in the moment, or seem grateful for it, when my flesh doesn’t get what it wants, but I truly do know and appreciate the blessings you have given to me and my family. I also know that with those blessings comes a lot of responsibility.
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