Trunks and Hearts

IDOK DEVOTION FOR Wednesday, December 12, 2007

I suppose I could be accused of ‘jumping the gun’ but nevertheless these are my thoughts today. My Journey Magazine (LifeWay Resource) for today is entitled ‘The Trunk’ and the jest of it is a woman went Christmas shopping with a list and a certain number of $$ to spend. As she was leaving the store, she contemplated the countenance of her husband when he discovered she spent more than they had agreed so she decided she would load the trunk with those gifts above and beyond the $$ and the list and she would not tell him about them until later when the credit card bills had been paid. This dishonesty was not fitting well and later when she sat down to pray, Journey, said: … I was churning on the inside. What other issues did the Lord want me to face? I asked Him to help me unpack not only the trunk of my car,but also those areas in my life where I had been stashing things because I didn’t want to deal with them. I asked Him to give me a pure heart and the grace and the strength to live with honesty and integrity before Him.
So as we approach the end of the year maybe we should consider cleaning out our trunks. And on the heels of that thought came ‘right here at Christmas, I have enough to think about already!’ And my next thought was — ‘what better Christmas gift can we give to Jesus than a clean trunk (heart)’?
Psalm 15:
1 LORD, who may abide in Your tabernacle?
Who may dwell in Your holy hill?

2 He who walks uprightly,
And works righteousness,
And speaks the truth in his heart;

Psalm 51:
6 Behold, You desire truth in the inward parts,
And in the hidden part You will make me to know wisdom.

7 Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean;
Wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.
Prayer Time:
Jennifer D has to go back to work and infant Emily Grace needs someone to care for her while Momma is at work – someone to pray over her and sing songs about Jesus to her while she plays and sleeps. Pray that Father will lead a godly woman to Jennifer here in the Chickasaw, Saraland area to take care of Emily Grace while Jennifer works. Jennifer is hoping to avoid a Day Care if at all possible.
The antibiotics for Dylan are still not working – He is so very ill. Please continue to pray.
Father, Your Word says suffer the little children to come unto You and forbid them not – we are bringing Dylan to You this morning and we are asking that You lay You Hands upon him and rebuke the infection and restore this little boy to health again. Lord, he is so sick, please heal him, please today cause him to make marked improvement, even to the surprise of the doctors. Lord, turn the corner toward healing for Dylan today please.
And for Emily Grace, bring to light someone to care for Emily Grace, someone to stand in the gap while Jennifer is at the office.
And for Marsha’s grand-baby yet in the womb, Lord please heal this baby too. Please bring her heart and body functions to proper operation. And Father in all these cases bring peace of mind and heart to each mom and dad and grandma and grandpa.
And our IDOK Troops protect them today; keep them safe in mind and body and spirit. Holy Spirit console them and encourage them to believe You are there and You love them and that we do too and we are grateful for their service to this Nation. And Lord, bring each of them home safe and sound at the appointed time. And we pray for a successful conclusion to this war and we pray for Your Choice to be elected to the Office of President for this Nation. We pray for the Peace of Israel and the Repentance of America and the Revival of Your Church.
And we pray for these, we are not privy to all their troubles and needs, hurts and wants; but You are Father and we pray that each heart will be enabled to receive from You all that You desire to do for each of them. And we pray for ourselves, for each and every IDOK – Lord, for Yourself, for Your Glory, help us to begin Today to clean out our trunks. Amen and amen.
The Peace of Israel Dylan. Marsha’s grand-baby. A care-giver for Emily Grace. Mark, Margie & Duncan. Kathy N. Kyle A. Jason, Vicki, Sharron and other family members. Joseph Toomey and Family. Wheeler Family. Mary Ann. Mr. Nash. DeLois. Terri. Leah O. Patsy B. Kim T. Krystee. Rachel B. Kevin and the children. Lisa’s Mother. Janie B. W.C. & Family . Vickie. Lisa W. John Thomas. Cole. Taylor & family. Anita. J Lloyd and family. Janet and Steve. Cathy. Toy and family. Katelyn. Caleb and family. Bay and family. Jennifer B. John and Carolyn. Larry and Claudia and family. Jeanette and Earl and family. Libby and family. Callie. Madie. Ruth. Martha F and Bob. Rev and Mrs. Carpenter. Allyson and Glen and family and Kaitlyn. Brittney and Kersten 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. Chuck. Jessie L. Windy and Jared and families. 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. Candance. Laura and family John and Sandy. Bill and Judy. Adam & 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 – Ethan. Christopher. Raul. Robert. Billy. Josh. George. Buddy. Mark. Josh W. James. Bryan. Nick. Hawk. Brant W. Lyndon A. Christopher R. Travis N. Joshua M.
IDOK Troops leaving shortly for foreign soil: Justin G. Albert R III.
Serving Stateside: Jonathan. Jasmine B. Tommy T. Shaun. Bay. Danny. Tim. Lee.
Injured and brought State side: Anthony. Hector
Injured Stateside: Edward J.
Hospitalized outside USA: Corpl. Light
Military at home adjusting – Mack. The 226. Troy. Drew. Brad. Tommy. Desi.
Civilian in Country – Mike. Lee.

As I post this it is 68°F and partly cloudy in Al Asad, Iraq & the time there is 4:37 PM AST – on December 12, 2007