Cost Counting

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IDOK DEVOTION for Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Keep those prayers for Myers Bible School going. There is no doubt in my mind, men and women attend and give and do in VBS because they love children … They deserve our respect and our prayers.

One of the books Jerry and I came home with from the SCWC is entitled Faithfully Fit, written by Claire Cloninger and Laura Barr. I am only a few pages into the book but I already know it is not like any other ‘shed those pounds’ books I have thumbed through or partially read. I can see right now that appetite and surrender are both the problem and the solution.

Additionally, I have decided I have been praying the wrong prayers before meals. Certainly we are grateful for our meals, for the tables upon which they rest and for the hands that prepare them. And certainly we would like for the meat and the potatoes and the cheesecake to nourish our ‘temples’, but praying like that thus far has not made me Faithfully Fit. As I said, I have many pages to go to complete this book, but I already see a startling difference in it. It does not say START TODAY. It reminds me of the Lord when He said count the cost.

Luke 14 (NKJV): 28 For which of you, intending to build a tower, does not sit down first and count the cost, whether he has enough to finish it— 29 lest, after he has laid the foundation, and is not able to finish, all who see it begin to mock him, 30 saying, ‘This man began to build and was not able to finish’?

Cloninger and Barr suggest their readers take a week to pray and to gather certain materials before setting out on their recommended 40 day journey to becoming Faithfully Fit. I think I just might learn something this time! But back to my meal time prayer. I think I need to not only think before I eat but think before I pray that meal time blessing. The prayer I am working on is this: Lord, You know I have a problem with appetite and apparently with ‘surrender’ too. So before I consume this meal, I am asking for the strength to surrender my physical appetite to You. And I am asking that I be willing to allow You to satisfy all my hungers so I will not go looking for this food on my plate to comfort me in ways it is not designed to do.

And that’s as far as I have gotten. How about if we revisit this one day next week? I should have learned some more by then.

In the meantime, maybe a little cost counting in other areas would be a good thing. A little figuring here, a little figuring there, maybe a little time to ‘sleep on it’ (wait 24 hours) would give us time to Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need. Hebrews 4: 16 NKJV and decide just whose idea is this anyway! Notwithstanding, if you have affirmation and confirmation from Father that He has given you a green light on any project, then go for it – no more waiting! Otherwise, I think we would be wise to Pray and Wait.

Father, we continue to be grateful for doors of thought and ministry that You are opening to us and we continue to desire to be faithful to You. We ask You to guide us as we approach all projects, thoughts and ideas that come to our minds daily; help us choose wisely, help us wait according to wisdom and help us advance according to wisdom – grant to us this wisdom as You describe in James 1. And Father, as we call these names we commit their needs to You in Jesus name.
Melannie and family. W C. Taylor & family. Lori and family. Anita. Kathy. J Lloyd and family. Janet and Steve. Jennifer and Kevin. Cathy. Mitch and wife. Toy and family. John Thomas and Cole. Katelyn. Caleb and family. Bay and family. Jennifer B. John and Carolyn. Larry and Claudia and family. Jennifer L and family. Jeanette and Earl and family. Libby and family. Randy and Vivian and Chase. Chris. Callie. Madie. Ruth. Martha F and Bob. Rev and Mrs. Carpenter. Allyson and Glen and family and Kaitlyn. Brittney and Kersten and family. Marcia and Larry and family. Sharron and girls. Frankie and girls. Sheila and Andy. Carrie and Rachel and Jacob and family. Billy and Gina and boys. Lance and family. Grace and family. Tressa and Brad and family. Cindy K and family. Cindy L and family. Chuck. Windy and family. Helen and Dan and family. Jen and Larry and family. Chad and Brittany and family. Mollie and family. Jenny. Julia. Bobbie. Tj. Zack. Phillip. Jessica. Larry. Kayla. Trey. Jacob. Ashely. Lance. Christian. Cecil. Laura and family. Mary. Doris. Chassidy. Lisa M and Family. Every IDOK and every IDOK son and daughter and grandchild. Every IDOK Pastor and Family. Every IDOK church. Revival in America.
IDOKs Military Families.
IDOKs Troops – Tim. Lee. Mack. The 226. Shaun. Ethan. Tommy. Christopher. Raul. Troy. Desi. Robert. Billy. Brad. Josh. George. Jonathan. Buddy. Mark. Josh W. James. Bryan. Nick. Hawk. Tommy T. Brant W.
Injured and brought State side: Anthony. Hector
Military at home adjusting – Danny. Drew.
Civilian in Country – Mike.

Thank You for the good work our Troops are doing and we pray for more and more encouragement for them. Please protect our IDOK Troops today, keep them safe and whole in mind and body and spirit and bring them home to us safe and sound and more in love with You than when they deployed.

As I post this it is 84°F and mostly sunny in Baghdad, Iraq & the time there is 8:38 AM ADT- on June 20, 2007

James 1 (KJV): 4 But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.
5 If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.
6 But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed.


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