Comfort and Strength

IDOK DEVOTION FOR Friday, February 29, 2008

February 29, 2008 – and we have an IDOK having a birthday today – she only has a birthday every four years 🙂 so as you pray, intercede for our sister, Julia. Father, thank You for giving life to Julia; Holy Spirit give her strength today to open every gift You have for her.
A Quote for today: In the end, I think this is what women truly desire: to know God and to stand tall in their faith, strong at the core, tender in heart. Ruth Senter. And to that I add a ‘hearty’ AMEN!
I am reading Psalm 146 today – and I am rejoicing in its comfort and strength as the eyes of my heart caress each word. I hope you have the same experience this morning.
Psalm 146
The Happiness of Those Whose Help Is the LORD
1 Praise the LORD!
Praise the LORD, O my soul!
2 While I live I will praise the LORD;

Notice I WILL — it’s a choice. It must be our choice today.
I will sing praises to my God while I have my being.
Now is the time to Praise Him.
3 Do not put your trust in princes,
Nor in a son of man, in whom there is no help.

Did you see that? We do not trust in ‘a’ son of man, in whom there is no help. We trust THE SON OF MAN, Jesus our Christ in Whom is ALL the help we need!! If He does not do it, it don’t need doing!!
4 His spirit departs, he returns to his earth;
In that very day his plans perish.

All other sons of man in the natural die and all their plans with them BUT in Christ Jesus — oh what a difference!
5 Happy is he who has the God of Jacob for his help,
Whose hope is in the LORD his God,
6 Who made heaven and earth,
The sea, and all that is in them;
Who keeps truth forever,

AMEN! AWESOME GOD! And HE keeps truth FOREVER; no other does that, only HE!
7 Who executes justice for the oppressed,
Who gives food to the hungry.
The LORD gives freedom to the prisoners.

Yes, food to the hungry. May today’s Psalm inspire us to HUNGER for Him – HE will surely feed us! And when He satisfies our hunger we are set FREE!
8 The LORD opens the eyes of the blind;
Oh yes LORD open the eyes of the blind — pray right now for someone you know and love who needs to see. Believe He is opening their eyes!
The LORD raises those who are bowed down;
The LORD loves the righteous.
9 The LORD watches over the strangers;

Doesn’t this delight you? He watches over the strangers; once we were a stranger and He watched over us and guided us safely to Himself. He is doing that for others too — keep on praying for them.
He relieves the fatherless and widow;
But the way of the wicked He turns upside down.
10 The LORD shall reign forever—
Your God, O Zion, to all generations.
Praise the LORD!
Amen and Amen. LORD GOD, YOU are AWESOME and by Your Grace and Mercy to us we Love You. Thank You for making this possible for us all.
An update on Barber’s Grandson: This link may help getting you there http://caringbridge.org/cb/viewHome.do I urge you to go on line and read his story. Little Grant’s condition is posted at “Caringbridge.com”,everyone can enter his name and keep updated. Is beginning to be too much to make so many phone calls. This is what she told me (Sybil) this time. He does have the line in his neck now and went through the surgery well,losing little blood which they were fearful that it might be a lot thus requiring a transfusion. He is doing dialysis right now at 4:30 P.M.on Thursday. Just how much of this he will do depends on how quickly the blood quits breaking down. He is not urinating on his own yet. She sounded very tired and I’m sure they all are. As most of us know from experience,hospitals stays are exhausting.
We are adding another IDOK Troop today, Bay N. He’s 22 and is scheduled to be leaving for Iraq in May. His Mom has asked us to pray for him. We receive this privilege of prayer as an honor.

Father, thank You. We are remembering Callie again this morning; she is so young and more chemo is more than a sad disappointment to her and her family – only You can give strength and comfort – Lord amaze them with Yourself we pray. And we pray for Little Grant that You will reverse the effects of this e-coli; that You will restore him completely and while You do that give peace and comfort and physical stamina to the family. We also come with these others; You know the need of each one and for these needs today we are depending upon You to provide. We pray for Bay, we pray for all our IDOK Troops asking that You protect them today; that not one of them be lost; that You protect them in mind and body and spirit; that You bring each of them home safe and sound at the appointed time. And today while they serve we pray for wisdom and discernment and for willing hearts to trust You and find pleasure in You Today. We pray for a successful conclusion to this war; we pray for Peace for Israel; for repentance for America; for the election of Your Choice for President – please continue to expose each candidate for who they are; and Father, I think above all revive Your Church; create a hunger for You in us that we will not stop until You Fill us up with Yourself. Keep us climbing all the way to Zion for Jesus sake. Amen and amen. Mr. Smith and family. Barber Grandsons. 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. Sharron and Tonya’s houses to sell.
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. Bay N.
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 71°F and haze in Al Asad, IQ & the time there is 4:50 PM AST – on February 29, 2008


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