My Seven – Your Seven.

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IDOK DEVOTION FOR WEDNESDAY, MARCH 26, 2008

Romans 8: 28 And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.
Forced rest has enabled me to do some reflecting, especially today. I have been concerned about my spiritual development for some time now and I think Daddy God gave me something today. Since I need a Wednesday IDOK anyway, might as well give you what I got for me?Right?
I think my spiritual development is hindered because I let some physical things slide. My intention is always to only let it slide one time but most always the one time leads to another time and another and then before I know it a month has gone by. I’ll give you an example, probably more information than you want, but I think it will help prove my point. Years ago my dentist told me that flossing was not just important for me but imperative. I have a man-made tooth and it is made stationary in my mouth by a bridge connecting it to the two natural teeth on either side of it; however, there is the tiniest space beneath the tooth and the gum line. Because of that gap the dentist said: ‘you are to daily floss that space’. It takes about 60 seconds for not just that space but all my dental spaces; but am I faithful? No. And do I reap consequences? Of course. Do those consequences keep me flossing? Yep! For a little while. So what does that have to do with my spiritual development? MUCH! It’s called discipline! And a lack of discipline in any area is a spiritual matter. Let me give you another example. Not only do I have ‘spaces’ in my head (cute, huh?); I have a curvature of my spine which means my back needs special care — do I give it special care? Of course I do, as long as it hurts. And then what do I do when it begins to feel normal again for a couple weeks? You got it! I lapse. I skip a day of back exercises and then another and then another. Again, what does that have to do with spiritual development? Discipline! I’ll say it again: A lack of discipline in any area is a spiritual matter.
So as I was enduring my forced rest today I began thinking about all the stuff that was going undone and it occurred to me that stuff goes undone all the time – one of my nemeses – one of those things that screams at me: you need help. So I told myself there are just some things I must discipline myself to do every day, no exceptions, no lapses. I then began to list them and as it turns out there are SEVEN. Good number – the number of Perfection. However, with more contemplation other things tried to get on my list but I said No I think these 7 encompass it all. And when I do these 7 things it will solve all my problems and will deal with every issue in my life that needs attention. No I’m not kidding. I really believe it. These 7 things will develop me into the woman I want to be and the woman I believe Father wants me to be. Are you ready? Here they are, Daily:

1. On my face prayer
2. Read/study my Bible.
3. Floss my teeth
4. Drink lots of water
5. Do my back exercises
6. Make careful food choices
7. Keep/work my calendar.

That’s it. Just those seven daily disciplines are enough to change me – I’m sure of it! I think I’ll post them for awhile on my mirror. I may even make a chart and checked them off daily for awhile. I am told just 21 days of checking them off (doing them) and the pattern will be set. So what’s your SEVEN?
Father, You have been good to me today; You are good to me everyday! You are not finished with these 7 things, are You? Don’t let me be finished with them either. Thank You for the plans You have for me and I am certain You have plans for every woman, man or child that reads this IDOK wherever they are in the world – You have a plan for them. Not just any plan but Your Very Own Specially Designed Just For Them Plan. And I pray for those persons right now that as they are reading this that You Holy Spirit will convince them this is true and I pray You will plant a seed in each of them. I pray that seed will find fertile soil in their hearts and will take root, produce dreams and desires in them – Your Dreams and Desires for them. I pray we will become a people who cannot be satisfied with anything less than Radical Obedience and Radical Blessings. Lord, thank You for never giving up on us. Thank You for never giving up on these listed here. Some of these are scheduled to be traveling soon and Moms and G-Moms worry about that and so we are praying now for the ones traveling, the purposes for the travel and the ones concerned about these travels. We are boldly asking for traveling mercies, for protection, for Heavenly Favor upon these trips and purposes. Thank You Father.
We are boldly asking for Your Hedge of Protection around each IDOK Troop today and we thank You for all the years of protection You have already given them. We ask for more. We ask that each one of them come home safe and sound at the appointed time. We ask for a successful conclusion to this war and for the Peace of Israel and we pray for America for Her Repentance and we pray for the worlds’ children suffering physical abuse and spiritual darkness – send relief to them and if we can be a conduit Lord beyond prayer, move us we pray. Again, I ask You to bless this IDOK; use it to glorify Yourself and empower Your People for Jesus sake.

Maggie and Family. Josh. Donnie S. Smith and family. Renee’. Cathy’s friend and son. Jeremy H. Pastor’s Widow and four children. Martin Family. Odessa H. Margie & Duncan. Kearley Family. Kathy S. Glen Beck. Bev and family. Tonya and family. Rick Burgess and family. 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. 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. Cindy, 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 – Lee.

Jeremiah 29: 11 For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the LORD, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.
Deuteronomy 32: 43 “ Rejoice, O Gentiles, with His people; For He will avenge the blood of His servants, and render vengeance to His adversaries; He will provide atonement for His land and His people.”
44 So Moses came with Joshua the son of Nun and spoke all the words of this song in the hearing of the people.
45 Moses finished speaking all these words to all Israel,
46 and he said to them: “Set your hearts on all the words which I testify among you today, which you shall command your children to be careful to observe—all the words of this law.
47 For it is not a futile thing for you, because it is your life, and by this word you shall prolong your days in the land which you cross over the Jordan to possess.”

As I post this it is 70°F and mostly cloudy in Al Asad, IQ & the time there is 5:18 AM AST – on March 26, 2008
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