November 14, 2017 Ezekiel 20,21; Psalm 111; Mark 8:1-21

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I Still Believe | Joni Tyner

S~ Fear of the Lord is the foundation of true wisdom. All who obey his commandments will grow in wisdom.  Psalm 111:10 (NLT)

O~ foundation: an underlining basis for something.  The starting point.  Our foundation starts with fearing (revering the Lord) and obedience.  This is how we gain wisdom.

A/P~ Dear Lord, this morning I pour out my heart to You!  You are the creator of the earth.  Absolutely everything in existence passes through Your fingers.  There is NOTHING that surprises You.  I believe You are the giver of all good gifts and my heart’s cry is to worship You and to live a live that gives You glory.  Please breathe fresh hope into my weary bones and help me to have a new desire to obey You in every area of my life. I desire to be a woman of God that is wise– I want to grow and not stay the same.  Thank you for Your faithfulness.  I love  You!! Thank you for staying by my side when I am so prone to wander.      I.Still.Believe.

I have a thick head! | Deanna George

S~ He said to them, ” Do you still not understand?” Mark 8:11 (NIV)

O~ Jesus is speaking to his disciples when he hears them talking about forgetting to bring bread with them on the boat.

A~ What does it take to get in my thick head all that Jesus is capable of? The disciples just saw Jesus provide food for 4,000 with only seven loaves, and they still worried. Why is it so easy for me allow guilt/worry to override the fact that Jesus wants me: my failures, my insecurities, and my heart. I have placed a lot of guilt on myself for not making quiet time a priority while I try to get two businesses off the ground, run a household, have an extended guest, and maintain a marriage. I know in my heart that God would be my source of strength, but my mind says it just another thing on my to-do list. It’s a vicious cycle that plays in my head throughout the day. I need to fight the mental battle and just do it. It doesn’t need to be pretty. I just need to lay my heart, my mind, and my body before Jesus everyday. I need to believe what I already know: Jesus loves me and wants me no matter my mental state.

P~ Lord Jesus, I’m sorry! I love you and miss you. I know it’s in my power to converse with you daily. I’m sorry that I allow guilt to prevent me from meeting with you. Thank you for meeting me today ~ where I am at ~ with what I needed to hear. Please keep knocking on my thick skull.

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