What’s Your Favorite Bad Feeling?

IDOK DEVOTION FOR MONDAY, MAY 19, 2008
Jacksonville, Florida is beautiful especially when the rain clouds move out and Luci Swindoll is as funny as ever and still right on point with her message. I was privileged this weekend to share the Women of Faith conference with two dear, dear sisters as traveling partners and with an arena of 9,000 sisters in Christ. We even heard from Max Lucado – so glad he was on the platform this time. It was a good weekend but the best part was getting home!
Back to Luci. She told us that God can help us with our favorite bad feeling. She shared with us that her personal favorite bad feeling was ‘cranky-ness’; that she did not want to be cranky but when people and things around her did not live up to her expectations she just couldn’t help herself — she was cranky. However, one day she decided to give God a chance to help her with her favorite bad feeling. She was scheduled for an obligatory trip, which she did not want to do and which included a ride to the airport, a plane ride, and a hotel stay, etc. – a plethora of opportunity for cranky-ness. So she began to pray for God to favor her trip with kind people willing to work with her for her comforts. And He did. Oh He just ‘showed out’ for her! People seemed to serve her with pleasure and accommodations at every hand exceeded her expectations. Soon Luci was ‘squealing with glee’. She was praising and giving Father ‘high fives’ and ‘God, You Rock’. As Luci meditated on Father’s Infinite Grace to her she began to realize that even if people had not been pleasant and she had not received preferential treatment and plush accommodations, God’s Grace to her was still Infinite and she could choose and be empowered by PRAISE to overcome her favorite bad feeling.
Psalm 28: 6 Blessed be the LORD,
Because He has heard the voice of my supplications!

7 The LORD is my strength and my shield;
My heart trusted in Him, and I am helped;
Therefore my heart greatly rejoices,
And with my song I will praise Him.

8 The LORD is their strength,
And He is the saving refuge of His anointed.
And I am giving you this one in The Message Bible for one particular phrase.
Psalm 81: 1-5 A song to our strong God! A shout to the God of Jacob!
Anthems from the choir, music from the band,
Sweet sounds from lute and harp,
Trumpets and trombones and horns:
it’s festival day, a feast to God!
A day decreed by God,
Solemnly ordered by the God of Jacob.
He commanded Joseph to keep this day
So we’d never forget what He did in Egypt.
I hear this most gentle whisper from One
I never guessed would speak to me:
The power to over come our favorite bad feeling comes in remembering what He has already done for us and knowing that He is not finished yet!
Philippians 1: 6 being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ;
An update on Janie:
We are back in Arkansas for her second stem cell transplant. She received her central line today and will start the chemo treatment tomorrow which will take place over a four day period. She will get her stem cell transplant on May 22nd. If everything goes smoothly, she should be able to go back home around June 9th. Pray that she will not have any infection or bad reaction to the chemo and stem cells. Pray that she will recovery quickly from the chemo treatment.
As to Patti Shelton, she will return to UAMS on May 20th. Pray that she will be strong enough to harvest more stem cells. They have only been able to harvest 1.5 million , so they need an additional 10.5 million. We continue to thank you for your support. I will keep you up to date on the progress of both Patti and Janie.

Father, Janie and Patti’s health is pressing this morning and we bring them first and we pray for chemo treatments and stem cells to be successful for these two dear sisters. We know You are Sovereign God and we are comforted in that and we know You can and You do, do all things well for all Your Children. Thank You. Thank You for Your Word and for Your Servants who deliver it to us. We pray that Women of Faith will continue to minister mightily for Your Glory.
Thank You for each IDOK and today as their days have already begun and may even be fast paced and hectic at this moment, I am praying for their weaknesses to be made perfect in Your Strength. Thank You for them and I know You are blessing them abundantly today in every way. And these listed here I know You are watching over them and caring for them in ways we can not even imagine. You are AWESOME God and we love You and more than anything else we ask that we love You more, that we love You so much we will invite You and entrust to You our favorite bad feelings.
We come entrusting too our IDOK Troops for more protection today and for strength for them to give You their favorite bad feelings too and for courage in mind and power in body and spirit to live and breathe successfully today.
We pray for America for space and grace to repent and for an awakening of who You are and who we are. We do not know how this presidential election is going to turn and our only encouragement and hope is YOU. Father, we are sorry for the corruption and the abominations that go on in this Nation and I am asking You Father to forgive and have mercy. I am asking You to bless us and favor us with conviction and I am asking You to turn the hearts of people away from their sins to repentance and faith in the ONLY Savior – You LORD JESUS CHRIST.
We pray for the Peace of Israel and for America to continue and become even more solid in standing with Israel. Amen and Amen.
Darlene. Rachel. Allison. Kinard Family. Alla Mae. W C and family. Richard and Emma and family. Oprah. Chris B. Maggie and Family. Josh. Donnie S. Renee’. Cathy’s friend and son. Odessa H. Kathy S. Glen Beck. Tonya and family. Dall T. Dylan. Marsha’s grand-baby. Kathy N. Kyle A. Joseph Toomey and Family. DeLois. Terri. Kim T. Kevin and the children. Lisa’s Mother. Katelyn (B). Janie B. Pattie S. 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 Glyn and family. Brittney and Kersten and family. Sharron and family. 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. Chuck. 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 and Baby. Laura and family. John and Sandy. Bill and Judy. Adam & Family. Andrew. Cindy, Sharron and Tonya’s houses to sell.
Unspoken Requests – situations so close you can only speak to Father about
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. Brant W. Christopher R. Joshua M. Brent. Drew. Justin G. Kyle N. Michael K. Sgt. Bozicevich.
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
Hospitalized outside USA: Corpl. Light. Bradley T.
Military at home adjusting – Mack. The 226. Troy. Brad. Tommy. Desi. Edward J.Travis N. Hawk. Lyndon A.
Civilian in Country – Lee.
As I post this it is 97°F and partly cloudy in Al Taji, IQ & the time there is 4:39 PM AST – on May 19, 2008
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