IDOK DEVOTION FOR MONDAY, JANUARY 21, 2008
And as we made our customary stop at Priester’s, I saw a quote by Will Rogers – I like it a lot: Don’t let yesterday use up too much of today. I think it is sound advice. Don’t you?
I am still enjoying a recently learned activity: knitting. And as with many of my activities sooner or later they render an IDOK. Every knitter has a first project. Some knitters hold on to their first handiwork for the memories and others when they notice their stitches have become prettier choose to unravel the first project and use the yarn again. However, in the unraveling process one may encounter knots. Some of these knots are released with very little effort but others may be tight and jumbled. And so the knitter picks and pulls, twists and turns for what seems like an eternity and still the yarn is knotted. Finally she picks up the scissors and cuts her losses.
I think this can happen with people too. Some of us have yesterdays that are snarled, twisted, AND knotted, and we so much want to make something new and different of them. So we work and work to loosen the knots, hoping the ‘yarn’ will lend itself to a new and prettier, more useful ‘garment’. But alas we determine to give up and it’s hard, really hard – but we do.
I think with knitting and with life the key is knowing when you have worked enough and it’s time to cut off that stubborn knot and move on.
The amazing thing with life is even when you don’t judge it just right Father somehow works it all out in the Masterpiece that He is knitting — YOU.
2 Corinthians 5:
17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!
28 And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.
So if you have wrestled with a knot too long already, don’t worry. Just ask Father for the scissors and cut your losses! And when you do, stand back and see what HE and you together can create! Or should I say knit?
Remember, Don’t let yesterday use up too much of today — in life or knitting.
We have some prayer requests:
Kathie, just wanted to send you this update on Janie. (Janie has started a 9 month program, including chemo. She needs our prayers.)
Also, put the Rick Burgess family on our prayer list — he’s Rick of Rick and Bubba. His 3-year-old drowned yesterday (Saturday)
Father, I can only imagine the grief the Burgess family is feeling right now and there is no doubt in my mind that You are with them in this tragic loss. This is too hard for any mortal to bear – only You can hold them up in this and it is for this that we pray. We also pray for Janie as she begins this 9 month regiment, grant wisdom and skill to the medical teams and patience and hope for the family. The doctors intend for this to heal Janie and we pray it will be so. We pray too for Tressa and Brad, Lindsay, Karah and Haley – this is a troubled family Lord and have been for a long time now. Lord, only You know what needs to be here and so it is for Your Will that we pray. And Father, we pray for the others here too whether it be illness or disease, debts and un-employment or under-employment, broken hearts, troubled souls and minds, lack of purpose, direction and ambition, incarceration, and more; we pray for Your Presence to be known with each. Father, I don’t have one doubt that You care and You have the answer and You are willing to do what is right and best for each one and so it is for this we pray. And as for more times that we know we come with our IDOK Troops praying for their protection of mind and body and spirit; asking too that You bring each one home to family and friends, safe and sound and that You help families keep it together and enable them to lean hard on You while their soldier is away. And we pray for the Peace of Israel and Father please help America’s leaders to steer away from participating in something stupid like encouraging Israel to give up any part of the land You gave them. And we pray for the Repentance of America and the Election of Your choice for President and for the revival of Your Church, especially this writer, Lord. Thank You Father. We love you. Amen and Amen. Rick Burgess and family. Lawson Family. Mrs. Dobbs. Charles and Renee’. Dall T. Dylan. Mark, Margie & Duncan. Marsha’s grand-baby. Kathy N. Kyle A. Jason, Vicki. Joseph Toomey and Family. DeLois. Terri. Patsy B. Kim T. Krystee. Rachel B. Kevin and the children. Lisa’s Mother. Katelyn (B). Janie B. Vickie. Lisa W. John Thomas. Cole. Anita. J Lloyd and family. Janet and Steve. Cathy. Toy and family. Caleb and family. Bay and family. Jennifer B. John and Carolyn. Larry and Claudia and family. Taylor & family. Jeanette and Earl and family. Libby and family. Callie. Madie. Ruth. Cynthia. Martha F and Bob. Allyson and Glen and family. 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. Brad, Lindsay, Karah and Haley. 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. Julia. Bobbie. Tj. Zack. Phillip. Jessica. Larry. Kayla. Trey. Jacob. Ashely. Lance. Candance. Laura and family. John and Sandy. Bill and Judy. Adam & Family. Tiffany & Makayla. Andrew.
Every IDOK and every IDOK son and daughter and grandchild.
Every IDOK Pastor and Family.
Every IDOK church.
The Peace of Israel
Revival in America.
IDOKs Military Families.
IDOKs Troops (foreign soil) – Ethan. Christopher. Raul. Robert. Billy. Josh. Buddy. Mark. Josh W. James. Bryan. Nick. Hawk. Brant W. Lyndon A. Christopher R. Travis N. Joshua M. Brent. Drew.
IDOK Troops leaving shortly for foreign soil: Albert R III. Justin G.
Serving Stateside: Jonathan. Jasmine B. Tommy T. Shaun. Bay. Danny. Tim. Lee. George.
Injured and brought State side: Anthony. Hector
Injured Stateside: Edward J.
Hospitalized outside USA: Corpl. Light
Military at home adjusting – Mack. The 226. Troy. Brad. Tommy. Desi.
Civilian in Country – Mike. Lee.
As I post this it is 35°F and partly cloudy in Al Asad, Iraq & the time there is 7:14 AM AST- on January 21, 2008
HIS MINISTRY TO YOU