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Psalm 134

IDOK DEVOTION FOR Wednesday, February 27, 2008

I finished my last homework session of Stepping Up (by Beth Moore). It’s been so good.
Our last Psalm in this study of the Psalms of Ascent is 134.
1 Now praise the LORD,
All you servants of the LORD
Who stand in the LORD’s house at night!
2 Lift up your hands in the holy place,
And praise the LORD!
3 May the LORD,
Maker of heaven and earth,
Bless you from Zion.

Verse 1. The time to praise the Lord is NOW. Beth said: “Don’t wait! Praise God the second you don’t feel like it! The second you feel defeated! ‘Now!’ Your tempter tempts you to praise God the least when you need to praise the most.”
So now. Today, we will praise. Now. Today, we will Bless The Lord. And according to verse 3, HE will bless us! One more quote from Beth: “The more we learn about God, the more we understand that the primary reason He asks us to surrender everything to Him is to make room to receive what He wants to give. Try as we may, we will never bring anything to God and leave empty handed unless we forget to take His gifts home. God’s nature is to give.”
I don’t know what you need to GIVE UP today to Bless the LORD but whatever it is – DO IT!

Some weeks ago we prayed for Mr. Smith (age 85); he did well but health issues have reoccurred and doctors have told the family it is a matter of time. Join me in praying for him and the family.
Father, we come on behalf of Mr. Smith and we ask for a peaceful transition him and for the family. It is our desire that You be glorified at this time in this situation; You know the needs of each and we pray Thy Will be done. We are continuing to pray for Jeremy and we are grateful for the improvements made so far and we ask You for more; we ask that You lift up this young man and give him renewed life. We pray too for these others, some grieving; some searching for Your Answers, some not; others ill and needing rest and restoration; young folks needing direction and a helping hand and we pray You will supply these; families in crisis both spiritually and materially; so many situations and we need Your help in every one of them and we are asking for Your help for each. And we are asking for our IDOK Troops too; for safety and protection with every step they take today; keep them safe physically, emotionally and spiritually. Guard the families at home, supply their needs, especially their greatest need – depending on You. And we pray for the sale of two houses – Tonya’s and Sharron’s. We pray for the successful conclusion of this war; for the Peace of Israel; for the Election of Your Choice for President; for the repentance of America and the revival of Your Church. Thank You for loving us; Thank You for blessing us so richly; help each of us today to line up with Your Will and Your Word and it is for Jesus Sake we ask. Amen and Amen. Mr. Smith and family. Renee’. Cathy’s friend and son. Jeremy H. Pastor’s Widow and four children. Martin Family. Odessa H. Margie & Duncan. A Caregiver for Baby Emily while her Mom works. Kearley Family. Kathy S. Glen Beck. Bev and family. Tonya and family. Rick Burgess and family. Lawson Family. Mrs. Dobbs. Dall T. Dylan. Marsha’s grand-baby. Kathy N. Kyle A. Joseph Toomey and Family. DeLois. Terri. Patsy B. Kim T. Kevin and the children. Lisa’s Mother. Katelyn (B). Janie B. Vickie. Lisa W. 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. 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. 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. Justin G.
IDOK Troops leaving shortly for foreign soil: Albert R III.
Serving Stateside: Jonathan. Jasmine B. Tommy T. Shaun. Bay. Danny. Tim. Lee. George.
Injured and brought State side: Anthony. Hector
Injured Stateside:
Hospitalized outside USA: Corpl. Light. Bradley T.
Military at home adjusting – Mack. The 226. Troy. Brad. Tommy. Desi. Edward J.
Civilian in Country – Mike. Lee.

As I post this it is 48°F and scattered clouds in Balad, IQ & the time there is 7:54 AM AST – on February 27, 2008

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IDOK DEVOTION FOR TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 26, 2008
Let me bleed on you a little bit today. As I have heard and watched presidential candidates, I have become more and more concerned and today I am seized with gut grief. So grieved that I have written a prayer. It’s a prayer voiced in desperation, frustration, even a deep sense of what can I do – I’m only one and one of little significance, at best, in the grand scheme of American outcry. I do not know the future of American…glad I don’t. More and more I am longing for the Day when Jesus will come and set up HIS Rule here; when He shall be King and the sin and corruption and blindness and foolishness will be silenced. Oh, what a day that will be – a thousand years of days!! But until then I must not loose hope, so I pray.
Revelation 20: 6 Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with Him a thousand years.
I have been ‘sitting’ on a letter I received a number of days ago via e-mail from a friend of a friend about six ‘generations’ removed. I do not personally know the author of this letter – I hope she will not mind an IDOK publishing of it. I think you need to know. And just this morning I received another article I think you need to read too; maybe that one I will share tomorrow.
Mon. Feb 11, 08
Dear Friends,
We are home. I am home with this flu that is going around. I had it before we left and got it again in Egypt. I have really been sick. Sure is a waste of time. Our trip was physically very hard. I lost 10 pounds and got sick. I am glad I went, but would not go back to Egypt. It is a dirty, ungodly country. The smog in Cairo Egypt was terrible. There are 17 million people in that city and they just throw their trash in the streets. The Nile River is polluted. I don’t know how such a people who built the pyramids regressed like they have. If the Arabs take over America, we will be a slum. And the noise pollution was terrible. They chant their Muslim prayers all day long. Our tour guide was a Christian, and he was a fine young man, but the Ungodliness of the population is everywhere. It was a real example of the difference of “light” vs “darkness.” Jesus is truly the Light!
Israel was clean and wonderful. We could eat the food and drink the water. They were kind and loved us. They may not believe in Jesus but you can tell that God is in that land. It snowed in Jerusalem while we were there and it was cold, but we still toured. The Sea of Galilee was stormy and we went out on a boat a short distance, but came back to shore. The Bible is absolutely true about the fact that you cannot be out on the Sea of Galilee in a boat without the danger of dying. We were amazed at the big waves and wind on that Sea or lake. The weather cleared in Israel at the end of the week and we went to the Temple Mount on a beautiful morning. We stood at the Golden Gate where Jesus will return. It is sealed because the Muslims are concerned He will return! They even have one of their graveyards outside the gate, thinking no King will come through a graveyard. But Jesus is coming! It shows the Muslim are concerned and may believe there is a possibility He will come. I stood and looked at that Gate, and was Very moved to think I was standing at the very place where Jesus will enter Jerusalem again!
We did go into Bethlehem. We had to let our Jewish guide out of the bus, and our Arab bus driver drove us through the security gate. That high wall that you have been hearing about on TV is there, dividing Palestine and Israel. We then got a Christian guide when we got into Bethlehem. I was there twice before, once in l980 and again in l999 and there is a stark difference in Bethlehem since the Arabs have taken it over. There were hardly any tourists. We ate in a cafe on the square where I ate before which was packed with tourists, but today it was vacant except for us. They have killed their tourist trade. The Christians in Bethlehem asked us to pray for them, because they had no income now. The Arab men on the manger square glared at us. We did not feel safe and clung together. There were beggar boys everywhere. They hate Americans and Israel!!!!
There is so much I could say about this trip. It has changed my life in some ways. I look at the lostness of the Arabs and the darkness. I look at Israel; that tiny country amidst such turmoil. If America does not continue to support, Israel I believe God will judge us severely as Americans. The Israeli soldiers were such fine young men and women. They are clean and disciplined and have great love for their land which is something that is missing in America among some of our youth. I rode back to Lubbock from Dallas on airline with an American Air Force career soldier. He said the Israeli pilots were the best in the world. They can fly planes like no one else!
Lastly, we were asked everywhere about the Presidential race in America. There was great interest. The Jews came up to us and asked us many questions. They said they do not want the Clintons again. They warned us that Obama is a Muslim, not a Christian. In Egypt, the Arabs said the same thing to us; they said Obama is Muslim and they are amazed that Americans would consider electing a Muslim President of America!!
I came home loving America even more! Our country is a “light on a hill.” Our streets are clean. There are no chants all day. People are kind and take their turn. People over there pushed into line and were rude. They have never heard of the Golden Rule. They will stomp all over you if they want to get in line. I can see now why Jesus’ words of loving your neighbor and doing unto others, what you would have them do unto you, were strange words to the lost. The Koreans were the worse about walking all over us or trying to. We take our Christian heritage for granted here in my opinion. We have sanctity of human life. In Egypt, the Arabs don’t have any hope so I can see why they would bomb people and commit suicide. They smoked cigarettes everywhere! I could not breathe in Egypt and I think that is why I came down with the flu again. The smog was so bad at the pyramids, I could tell I was getting sick. I would gag on the fumes.
We need to pray for America and this election every day.
God bless,

Father, You know the alarm, You know the gut grief that welled up in me when I saw that scene just now – that young man, a teenager – so taken in. I could it see on his face. Lord, forgive us as a Nation; have mercy on us; forgive us for being so blind and foolish; forgive us for forsaking the teaching of Your Word to our young. And I know as I record this prayer to You in print I am risking the disdain of some but I can only leave that to You. You know I want to tell somebody, anybody, everybody, but I cannot so I am asking You Father to wake up this Nation. Before it is too late show the true colors of all the Presidential Candidates. Wake up the People Lord. Open blinded eyes. Obama says he is no longer a Muslim; I do not for one moment believe he has forsaken the religion of his people. Father, I have seen first hand the radical transformation that happens to people who come from such darkness to the Light of Your Salvation. I don’t see that transformation in Obama – I see that he is still a Muslim; his words to the contrary are empty to me. Father, I am asking You to defeat this man from the Presidency of this Nation. I am asking You to defeat any and all candidates who are not Yours by Salvation in Jesus Christ alone. I pray Father that You will stir up Your Children and that You will bring Truth to the attention of every voter in America. Father, I am asking You to expose Your Enemies. Father, please forgive us; have mercy on us. Amen and amen. Renee’. The Barber Grandsons and others so ill. Cathy’s friend and son. Jeremy H. Pastor’s Widow and four children. Martin Family. Odessa H. Margie & Duncan. A Caregiver for Baby Emily while her Mom works. Kearley Family. Kathy S. Glen Beck. Bev and family. Tonya and family. Rick Burgess and family. Lawson Family. Mrs. Dobbs. Dall T. Dylan. Marsha’s grand-baby. Kathy N. Kyle A. Joseph Toomey and Family. DeLois. Terri. Patsy B. Kim T. Kevin and the children. Lisa’s Mother. Katelyn (B). Janie B. Vickie. Lisa W. 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. 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. 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. Justin G.
IDOK Troops leaving shortly for foreign soil: Albert R III.
Serving Stateside: Jonathan. Jasmine B. Tommy T. Shaun. Bay. Danny. Tim. Lee. George.
Injured and brought State side: Anthony. Hector
Injured Stateside:
Hospitalized outside USA: Corpl. Light. Bradley T.
Military at home adjusting – Mack. The 226. Troy. Brad. Tommy. Desi. Edward J.
Civilian in Country – Mike. Lee.

And Father in addition to the woes we feel for America we especially bring today our IDOK Troops and we pray for their protection in mind and body and spirit. Guard them Lord and encourage them; we are numb we hardly know what to ask – just love on them for us today. And the Peace of Israel is important to us, we love them Lord and we want for them what You want for them and we wait to see it come to be. We dare not forget these closer to home, You know each one listed above and we pray each will receive Your Best for them today. We commend this day to You Lord, whatever comes we confess You love us and we pray for strength to abide in Your Love.
As I post this it is 54°F and mostly cloudy in Al Asad, IQ & the time there is 4:15 PM AST – on February 26, 2008

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