Dear Lord, this morning I am trying out this new form of Bible reading and recording. It is part of www.shereadstruth.com and I really think I am going to enjoy this manner of study - like an answer to prayer. So, thank You already.
Today I am heading to Evansville to go mission trip shopping with 2 of my girls. Emmajoy and I take off for Peru on July 12 and it will actually be very cold there. Like in the low 30's in the mornings, but only warm up to about 55-60. Wowsers. I am so excited for this expereince and pray, pray, pray for this to bring about a passion in Emmajoy that is obvious and real. I want her to be excited about something other than self, phone, and social media - as it is with most teens. Oh Lord, do it, please!
May we find some incredible deals and steals at the Goodwill and other places. Give us peace as we are shopping and not the 'wants' so much! I know that is a difficult task for me and so much more for my sometimes 'lost perspective' girlies. They forget too often our purpose for trips like this - shopping trips I am referring to. Jesus, be with us! I am hoping to find some better shorts for the girls as well. This short short stuff and tight as tight can be - no more!!!!
Lord thank you for the Words in 2 Peter 1:1-21. How incredible. The verse that stuck out to me was verse 3,
"His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness through our knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and goodness."
The first beautiful truth that I see, speaks to me loud and clear, is that God supplies what we need. It is by His divine power that we 1) live and 2) godly. I tell you what, but that makes me want to do a shout out right here and now. To know that there is nothing that I have to come up with on my own - yes!!!!!! It is all Him. Now I have to understand how to access that divine power, but to know that I dont have to come up with the power - Alrighty then!!! Yes Yes Yes!!!
Very rarely, Lord, do you just give and give and not require any participation on our part. If I never particiapted or engaged or followed through with anything concerning You I dont think I would ever have learned, and even if I did learn, I think it would be just a good thought like biology was long ago and not something that I ingested into knowledge!
The next beautiful truth Jesus, I must take upon myself to study and ingest, as I said earlier, to know your Word. If I want to live and be godly by this divine power afforded to me, I must have a knowledge of you - I must have a relatioship with you - I must have a longing love - I must have desire to know and be known by You - I must drink - I must close my eyes to see.
All of this is possible because, thank you Lord, You have called us by "your own glory and goodness". Verse 4 explains that we have 'great and precious promises' because of this glory and goodness of YOU - not ME!!! This very glory and goodness is what allows me to tap in to the "divine nature and escape the corruption in the world caused by evil desires". (I think it is important to note that it is our very own evil desires and those in the world that cause corruption - corruption just isn't there - we have a part in it.)
It all goes back to You, Lord. The divine power (Yours) is because of (Your) glory and goodness. By it we have promises and power and godliness and LIFE! Thank you thank you thank you!!! I love it!! I praise you, I thank you! Remember I do have a part - a participation - to KNOW YOU!
Lord, you are just too good to me. May I hold fast to the promise of why you brought us to Carmi and see more of it begin to unroll. May Your plans begin, continue and nothing stop it. May You connect us with the right ones You would have and see You glorified!! I see it, I see You already and cant wait to see more - may I close my eyes more often to see what You are doing!!! I love you!! Amen!