Lord, I’ve been muddling through life without you.
I tested my abilities against yours.
And failed mightily. Repeatedly.
Thanks for grabbing onto me when I am at my worst,
And holding me close to your heart,
So I can become your best.
The doctor asked me not to drive until after some tests were completed. The tests were expected to take anywhere from two weeks to two months. It wasn’t the doctor’s fault, really. It is a government guideline, but that didn’t help my head much. I gave myself the Peter disease.
UGH!! Not drive? What was she thinking? How would I get to where I needed to go? How would I get to the grocery store or a doctor appointment? I’d have to beg the kids for a ride. I’d have to sell my home and go live in my kids’ basement. What about my car? What would I do with it?
In minutes, I’d worked myself into hysteria. Then I called friends and family and shared the disease. Some of them refused to take it on. They offered calm; they offered rides; they offered compassion… BUT I DIDN’T WANT ANY OF IT! I WANTED TO DRIVE MY OWN SELF IN MY OWN CAR!!!
But I had no choice, or so I thought.
I forgot to remember Peter, who forgot to remember Jesus
Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy-laden and overburdened, and I will cause you to rest. (Matthew 11:28a, AMP)
Prayer – Father, forgive us for forgetting, rePETERly, again and again, what you tell us. Amen
These verses warn us about people who ‘smooth-talk’ their way into our homes. Today, it’s done through more than just the door. TV, internet, or phone all can help us lose our way if we are not careful. (The July 11 devotional describes the smooth-talkers in depth.)
These are the kind of people who smooth-talk themselves into the homes of unstable and needy women and take advantage of them; women who, depressed by their sinfulness, take up with every new religious fad that calls itself “truth.” They get exploited every time and never really learn. These men are like those old Egyptian frauds Jannes and Jambres, who challenged Moses. They were rejects from the faith, twisted in their thinking, defying truth itself. But nothing will come of these latest impostors. Everyone will see through them, just as people saw through that Egyptian hoax. (2 Timothy 3:6-9, MSG)
Prayer – Lord, give us grace not to fall for these deceptive ideas and their carriers. Amen
Did you know that chickens will peck each other to death, if they get the opportunity? Canadian chickens are not fed hormones. There is no such thing as a factory farm. That term was created by non-farmers. It takes ten goats to give the same amount of milk as one cow. Male calves are raised with great care and only shipped to market as veal when they reach between 4-700 pounds.
Did you know that the $15.00 or so that we pay for a chicken dinner gives a farmer only a dollar?When food prices go up, the farmer’s share does not? Farmers need to eat, and so do we. They care about their animals and their crops. And if we want to keep eating, we need to care about farmers, farming, and the truth about both.
Then all the people of Judah took Uzziah, who was sixteen years old, and made him king in place of his father Amaziah… And he had farmers and vinedressers in the hills and in the fertile fields [of Carmel], for he loved farming. (2 Chronicles 26:1, 10b, AMP)
Prayer – God, we pray fine weather and good crops for all the farmers who provide our food on a daily basis. Amen
I’m a leader, you’re a leader, and they are leaders too. Ah you say, “Not me. I am at the bottom of the heap, accountable to everyone, leader of none. Not so. We are all leading someone somewhere and we hope it is just not astray.
Parents lead children through toilet training, driver’s education and college. Teachers lead students to passing grades. Friends and family share Christ with other friends and family. Neighbours invite other neighbours to church. Pastors lead their congregations toward holiness. And God is eager to lead us all.
Yes, You are my Rock and my Fortress; therefore for Your name’s sake lead me and guide me. (Psalm 31:3, AMP)
Of course, that implies that we will follow willingly.