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IDOK DEVOTION FOR THURSDAY, JULY 31, 2008


A quote to ponder: It is how we rise from a fall that determines our character.

Today the 31st of July lets read a portion of Psalm 31 in the New Living Translation
19 How great is the goodness
You have stored up for those who fear you.
You lavish it on those who come to you for protection,
Blessing them before the watching world.
20 You hide them in the shelter of Your presence,
Safe from those who conspire against them.
You shelter them in Your presence,
Far from accusing tongues.
21 Praise the Lord,
For He has shown me the wonders of His unfailing love.
He kept me safe when my city was under attack.
22 In panic I cried out,
“I am cut off from the Lord!”
But You heard my cry for mercy
And answered my call for help.
23 Love the Lord, all you godly ones!
For the Lord protects those who are loyal to Him,
But He harshly punishes the arrogant.
24 So be strong and courageous,
All you who put your hope in the Lord!
His unfailing love kept me safe when my city was under attack. These words we believe to be penned by David coming from the Mouth of God giving us insight into who David is and giving us hope in the promises of God our Father. Is your ‘city under attack’ today? Have you in panic cried out with similar words: ‘I am cut off from the Lord’? Take heart. He in mercy has heard your cry and He has answered your call for help. Even when our own city is besieged, even when the assault is bloody and long, He hides us in the SHELTER OF HIS PRESENCE.
Romans 8: 31 What then shall we say to [all] this? If God is for us, who [can be] against us? [Who can be our foe, if God is on our side?]
Father God, thank You for this Word today. And I pray Holy Spirit You will apply Your Word to the heart of each IDOK and each reader. I pray every soul reading this portion of Your Word today will hear Your Voice and will draw strength and peace and assurance of Your Love and Mercy for him or her. Thank You for another morning, another day to breath in and exhale out Your Love and Mercy in this world. Thank You for the protection, grace and mercy You have lavished upon our IDOK Troops and we pray for Your Gifts of Love to each of them again today. Wherever they are today we want them to know they are loved and they are safe in Your Presence. We commend to You each of these listed here. Thy Will be done for Danni A. Tye B. Joann. Sheri, Tyler, Hannah. Edie. Ann J. Bernie. Malpas Family. Darlene. Rachel. W C and family. Richard and Emma and family. 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. David & Allison. 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. And we continue to pray for 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. Bay N.
IDOK Troops leaving shortly for foreign soil: Albert R III.
Serving Stateside: Jonathan. Jasmine B. Tommy T. Shaun. Bay. Danny. Lee. George.Travis N. Hawk.
Injured and brought State side: Anthony. Hector
Hospitalized outside USA: Corpl. Light. Bradley T.
Military at home adjusting – Tim. Mack. The 226. Troy. Brad. Tommy. Desi. Edward J. Lyndon A. Jason G.
Civilian in Country – Lee.
Amen and amen.
As I post this it is 117°F and haze in Balad, IQ & the time there is 1:31 PM AST – on July 31, 2008
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Doubts, Deception and a Damaged Testimony

IDOK DEVOTION FOR WEDNESDAY, JULY 30, 2008

Proverbs 14:12 There is a way that seems right to a man, But its end is the way of death.
I am doing a little word study today. It began as I was reading some reference materials in my Bible regarding Church History. According to the material there are three branches of Christianity: Orthodox, Roman Catholic and Protestant.
Now for the word. Gnosticism; meaning: a religious orientation advocating gnosis as the way to release a person’s spiritual element; considered heresy by Christian churches. And gnosis? Intuitive knowledge of spiritual truths; said to have been possessed by ancient Gnostics. Intuition – instinctive knowing.
I Then compared Gnosticism with agnosticism. Agnostic meaning: One who believes that it is impossible to know whether there is a God. B. One who is skeptical about the existence of God but does not profess true atheism. 2. One who is doubtful or noncommittal about something.
From the referenced notes, it appeared the Christian Church was moving along well for about 100 years (give or take 33) after Jesus ascended back to Abba. Somewhere between 100 AD and 325 AD, folks began to think they needed to ‘clarify’ what God said about Himself as in the Trinity and the Deity of Jesus. Remember we read Gnosticism is intuitive knowing? It was this intuitive knowing that beguiled man to attempt to ‘explain’ God. So here we are in 2008 AD and man with his ‘intuitive knowing’ still has not figured out the TRINITY or the DEITY OF JESUS and is till trying to clarify God. Hummm.
This is my conclusion: Intuitive knowing rather than the witness of the Holy Spirit as confirmed by the Holy Scriptures is man’s first step on the road to doubt, leading to utter folly. (Gnostics – Agnostics, notice how similar). What does this mean to you and me since we have already accepted by Faith the Trinity and the Deity of Jesus? We have already passed from death unto life. We have already believed the Gospel. Even so, even now we must be cautious.
However mature we are in the faith, one decision based on how we ‘feel’ or how we ‘think’ rather than upon Faith in what The Holy Spirit has revealed to us in His Word is our initial step to doubt. And doubt left unchecked will lead to deception and a damaged testimony. I can tell you from personal experience it takes a long time to rebuild a damaged testimony. I remember well the decision I made more than a decade ago based upon what I ‘felt’ rather than what I KNEW was the revealed Word of God. I heard a song today (I think for the first time) and it fits well with this. I especially identify with the words heal the wound but leave the scar. My Jesus has done just that for me. The song is by Point of Grace – Heal The Wound.
Here’s a link for listening. Http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MRuACUFIdrU
I used to wish that I could rewrite history
I used to dream that each mistake could be erased
Then I could just pretend
I never knew the me back then
I used to pray that You would take this shame away
Hide all the evidence of who I’ve been
But it’s the memory of
The place You brought me from
That keeps me on my knees
And even though I’m free
Heal the wound but leave the scar
A reminder of how merciful You are
I am broken, torn apart
Take the pieces of this heart
And heal the wound but leave the scar
I have not lived a life that boasts of anything
I don’t take pride in what I bring
But I’ll build an altar with
The rubble that You’ve found me in
And every stone will sing
Of what You can redeem
Heal the wound but leave the scar
A reminder of how merciful You are
I am broken, torn apart
Take the pieces of this heart
And heal the wound but leave the scar
Don’t let me forget
Everything You’ve done for me
Don’t let me forget
The beauty in the suffering
Heal the wound but leave the scar
A reminder of how merciful You are
I am broken, torn apart
Take the pieces of this heart
And heal the wound but leave the scar

Let us heed our scars lest we inflict other wounds on ourselves and others.
Father, I was not sure where we were going with this when we began but I sure do like the way You brought it together. You do work all things out for our good. I love the way You brought the song to mind at just the right time as this IDOK was written. You are truly AWESOME. Thank You for healed wounds and merciful scars. And thank You that one day when we see You face to face we will not need our scars anymore. It will be so good to see You there. And for now we pray for wisdom, just as You have directed. Wisdom to recognize Your Will, wisdom to hear You as You reveal Your Word to us. And we pray again for these listed here. Thank You for what You have already done. It delighted me so when I heard that only four days from surgery Steve could hear muffled sounds. Thank You so much. We continue to trust You for a complete recovery of Steve’s hearing. And we continue to confess that Bernie is safely in Your Care as he takes each treatment and Linda too as she waits and gives care to Bernie. Thank You for the grace and protection You have given our IDOK Troops, day after day, year after year. Thank You. And we entrust each of them to You again today and we pray for them to rely upon You; to seek You for Wisdom and by faith receive it. And Abba I am still concerned about America. More and more concerned for the people who do not rely upon You but ‘think’ for themselves, going headlong to destruction. I only know to ask You for mercy; for grace and space to repent; for Holy Spirit conviction to be generously poured out upon this people. Abba, please forgive America. I pray too for my Christian brothers and sisters, especially those not sure how to honor You with their vote in November. Lord make them sure based upon Your Revealed Word to them. Father, let not Your people be deceived I pray. And I pray for Israel for Her Protection and Her Peace. I pray for Christians everywhere to love and care for Israel as You have called us to do. Thank You for IDOK; thank You for each of them, I am trusting You to meet their needs today for Jesus sake. Amen and amen. Danni A. Tye B. Joann. Sheri, Tyler, Hannah. Edie. Ann J. Bernie. Malpas Family. Darlene. Rachel. W C and family. Richard and Emma and family. 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. David & Allison. 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. Bay N.
IDOK Troops leaving shortly for foreign soil: Albert R III.
Serving Stateside: Jonathan. Jasmine B. Tommy T. Shaun. Bay. Danny. Lee. George.Travis N. Hawk.
Injured and brought State side: Anthony. Hector
Hospitalized outside USA: Corpl. Light. Bradley T.
Military at home adjusting – Tim. Mack. The 226. Troy. Brad. Tommy. Desi. Edward J. Lyndon A. Jason G.
Civilian in Country – Lee.

As I post this it is 84°F and partly cloudy in Al Asad, IQ & the time there is 5:24 AM AST – on July 30, 2008
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Prophet, Priest and King

IDOK DEVOTION FOR TUESDAY, JULY 29, 2008

An interesting quote to ponder: “People don’t do what is expected, they do what is inspected.”
First this morning, I opened an email that would have arrived around 9:00 PM last night had I been at the computer and it reads:
Kathie,
Can you please add Danni Ayer to the prayer list. She had scoliosis surgery last week, was doing very well for several days, then crashed yesterday and is now on the vent. Her mom writes below:
“Danni remains on the vent, and isn’t trying to breathe on her own. It is
Very scary… Physically, mentally, and emotionally exhausted. I don’t think I have any
Tears left. Next issue, can’t tell if the vent is properly placed, on the x-ray her
Rods are behind her windpipe, and it is difficult to see.
She just looks so tiny in that bed.”
Ellen

Thank you for such an urgent request. I believe she is around 9 years old.
May God Bless,
Kristi B

Abba, when it is a 9 year old, words are hard to form, there is just a quiet numbness. Mamas love their babies at every age but 9 is so hard to see them suffer. I am imagining the horror this Mama is feeling. Lord, You can do anything. You can comfort this Mama and You can restore breath to Danni. Please do that. Lord Jesus, touch Danni and restore her to her family.
I need a song this morning. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZAJYMK0dy8M&feature=related
This is a new one for me. I cannot recall that I have ever heard this one before. Please read the words prayerfully.
I Know that My Redeemer Lives
By: Samuel Medley
I know that my Redeemer lives!
What comfort this sweet sentence gives!
He lives, he lives, who once was dead;
He lives, my ever living head!
He lives triumphant from the grave;
He lives eternally to save;
He lives exalted, throned above;
He lives to rule his Church in love.
He lives to grant me rich supply;
He lives to guide me with his eye;
He lives to comfort me when faint;
He lives to hear my soul’s complaint.
He lives to silence all my fears;
He lives to wipe away my tears;
He lives to calm my troubled heart;
He lives all blessings to impart.
He lives to bless me with his love;
He lives to plead for me above;
He lives my hungry soul to feed;
He lives to help in time of need.
He lives, my kind, wise, heavenly friend;
He lives and loves me to the end;
He lives, and while he lives, I’ll sing;
He lives, my Prophet, Priest, and King!
He lives and grants me daily breath;
He lives, and I shall conquer death;
He lives my mansion to prepare;
He lives to bring me safely there.
He lives, all glory to his name!
He lives, my savior, still the same;
What joy this blest assurance gives:
I know that my Redeemer lives!
Hymn # 264 from Lutheran Worship
Author: attr. John Hatton
Tune: Duke Street 1st Published in: 1775

Prophet, Priest and King. Amen. He is!!
John 6: 13 Therefore they gathered them up, and filled twelve baskets with the fragments of the five barley loaves which were left over by those who had eaten. 14 Then those men, when they had seen the sign that Jesus did, said, “This is truly the Prophet who is to come into the world.”
Hebrews 4: 14 Seeing then that we have a great High Priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. 15 For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin. 16 Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.
Revelation 17:13 These are of one mind, and they will give their power and authority to the beast. 14 These will make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb will overcome them, for He is Lord of lords and King of kings; and those who are with Him are called, chosen, and faithful.”
Revelation 19: 15 Now out of His mouth goes a sharp sword, that with it He should strike the nations. And He Himself will rule them with a rod of iron. He Himself treads the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God. 16 And He has on His robe and on His thigh a name written: KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS.
I am blessed with verse 15 of Revelation 19 in a way this morning that I think is new for me, at least from this particular verse. These verses, I think, scare some folks and they would rather not read them. The setting is a future time and I think not too distant now. He Himself treads the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God. My Blessing here this morning is My Jesus has already tread that winepress for me and He squeezed every ‘drop’ of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God out of it FOR ME. There’s none left. ABBA has no wrath left for me; my sin debt is paid – Jesus paid it all (another GREAT SONG). And as this is true for me it is true for you; for all who have placed saving faith in Jesus, PROPHET, PRIEST and KING. SOON COMING AGAIN KING!
Abba Lord and King, thank You. You have been so good to me this morning. I came to the screen not knowing what to say and then to read about Danni, I surely had no words. Thank You Lord Jesus that You LIVE! You live to comfort, You live to give life, You live to give strength, You live and because You do, we do. Thank You. Thank You that You know all our petitions and all of them are answered already. Thank You Abba. Thank You. Danni A. Tye B. Joann. Sheri, Tyler, Hannah. Edie. Ann J. Bernie. Malpas Family. Darlene. Rachel. W C and family. Richard and Emma and family. 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. David & Allison. 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. Bay N.
IDOK Troops leaving shortly for foreign soil: Albert R III.
Serving Stateside: Jonathan. Jasmine B. Tommy T. Shaun. Bay. Danny. Lee. George.Travis N. Hawk.
Injured and brought State side: Anthony. Hector
Hospitalized outside USA: Corpl. Light. Bradley T.
Military at home adjusting – Tim. Mack. The 226. Troy. Brad. Tommy. Desi. Edward J. Lyndon A. Jason G.
Civilian in Country – Lee.

As I post this it is 102°F and clear in Al Asad, IQ & the time there is 1:33 PM AST – on July 29 , 2008
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Kept Women

IDOK DEVOTION FOR MONDAY, JULY 28, 2008


I played all weekend, even on Friday and you know what that means – late today. Oh am I late!!

Last night Jerry and I and some others were at Tillman’s Corner Baptist Church. Travis Cottrell was there in concert and Our Sweet Lord came for the worship!! Oh it was GOOD!! AND if that were not enough this coming weekend there will be two area churches hosting the Beth Moore Simulcast – Faith Family Fellowship in Spanish Fort and I believe Day Spring Baptist Church in West Mobile. I have my ticket for Faith Family. Any of you who want to meet me there, I am sure you can still get a ticket. Here’s a link for more information: http://www.faithfamilyonline.com/ And if that is not enough to get you interested here’s a YouTube. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ugnj7a7tA-I&feature=related

I opened an email this morning that said the sender was a ‘Kept Woman’. As I recall a ‘kept woman’ has had some less than favorable connotations over the years. However, this morning I think you will agree IDOKs are ‘kept woman’. But not just us women, there are some ‘kept men’ out there too. Read and see what I mean.
I Am a “Kept” Woman?
You see, there were a few times when I thought I would lose my mind,
But GOD kept me sane. (Isa. 26:3)
You will keep him in perfect peace, Whose mind is stayed on You, Because he trusts in You.
There were times when I thought I could go no longer,
But the LORD kept me moving. (Gen 28:15)
Behold, I am with you and will keep you wherever you go, and will bring you back to this land; for I will not leave you until I have done what I have spoken to you.”
At times, I’ve wanted to lash out at those whom I felt had done me wrong,
But the LORD kept my mouth shut.
(Psa. 13) http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=PS%2013;Matthew%206:25-34;&version=50;
Sometimes, I think the money just isn’t enough,
But GOD has helped me to keep the lights on, the water on, the car paid, the house paid, etc.., (Matt. 6:25 -34)

When I thought I would fall, HE kept me up.
When I thought I was weak, HE kept me strong! (I Pet. 5:7, Matt. 11:28-30)

7 casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.
28 Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29 Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”

And the lady said: I could go on and on and on, but I’m sure you hear me! I’m blessed to be “kept.”
Me too! You too? Enjoy your Monday; it will be Monday all day long. And all day long you will be kept!!
Abba, I am pushing me to get this in the mail, pushing myself to get it posted to The White Stone. I may not be the only one pushing herself/himself this morning; others may be doing it too. Help us rather to breathe in Your Peace and Your Pace. Lord, Your Pace is so perfect. Bless us with learning to walk in Your Steps, in Your Pace. Thank You for what You are doing in the lives of each of us. Thank You that we are Kept by You. Thank You for being the AWESOME God You are. Father, I pray for Joanne; today she buries the body of her son; she is grieving hard, Lord, and I pray she will find her comfort in You. Help us who stand along-side to be strength and support for her and not just today but for many days to come. I especially ask wisdom and strength for Bethany as she stands so near. Thank You for walking with Bernie and Linda; thank You for how well the treatments are progressing. Again we pray You will heal Bernie. And again we pray that Steve will hear perfectly well when the recovery days are passed. Take us this day, mold us and mature us for Your Glory. Comfort, give strength and keep safe our IDOK Troops and these listed here we entrust to You because we boldly declare You, Lord, do ALL things well. Amen and amen. Tye B. Joann. Sheri, Tyler, Hannah. Edie. Ann J. Bernie. Malpas Family. Darlene. Rachel. W C and family. Richard and Emma and family. 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. David & Allison. 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. Bay N.
IDOK Troops leaving shortly for foreign soil: Albert R III.
Serving Stateside: Jonathan. Jasmine B. Tommy T. Shaun. Bay. Danny. Lee. George.Travis N. Hawk.
Injured and brought State side: Anthony. Hector
Hospitalized outside USA: Corpl. Light. Bradley T.
Military at home adjusting – Tim. Mack. The 226. Troy. Brad. Tommy. Desi. Edward J. Lyndon A. Jason G.
Civilian in Country – Lee.

As I post this it is 100°F and clear in Al Asad, IQ & the time there is 4:25 PM AST – on July 28, 2008
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Fudge

IDOK DEVOTION FOR FRIDAY, JULY 25, 2008


I stepped on the scales this morning and immediately breathed an out loud sigh of relief, even delight. Had I lost weight? No. But I hadn’t gained any either!! Yes, there’s more to the story. Last week, I think it was, I stepped on the scales and there it was. A figure I had hoped not to see again. No, I am not going to tell you. But I will tell you this much. It is only 2 pounds less than when I delivered my Baby Girl, 30 something years ago. Anyway, lets move on to today’s observation. As I said when the scales read . . . I determined for the umpteenth time but this time once and for all (I pledge; you are my witnesses) that I would cut back and in time I would see that figure drop. And so in a few days, I was delighted with an almost 3 pound loss. Fluid, I am sure but hey, I’ll take it! Each day since the determination I have made choices: No, I will not eat that but I will eat this. And no, I will not eat that amount but I will eat this amount. And I am adjusting.
And then last night came an opportunity to meet with dear friends for supper. Oh what an opportunity to load up on calories – garlic bread sticks. Ymmm! I couldn’t resist. Could I? I mean how often do I get this chance? You know the mental rationalizing. Or do you? So, I didn’t and I did – resist that is. I had one small portion of one bread stick. And as the meal and sweet fellowship progressed, I made other choices; both in portion size and less calorie foods as opposed to higher calorie foods. With the evening complete and me not so sure I had done that well with my choices, we came home and in the quiet of the night before sleep a little gnawing thought began: ‘you’ll be up in the morning’. I awoke dreading the scale and entertained skipping it. Glad I didn’t! This is not my initial observation about which I intended to write but now that it has come to mind, here goes. Those things you are putting off because of dread – go ahead and do them. You may get a surprise. It may not be as bad as you have imagined.
Now back to the beginning; I breathed an out loud sigh of relief, even delight when the scale read the same as it had for two other mornings. And my next thought: Yeah!! I got by with last night! I can’t believe it! Thank You! Thank You! And on the heels of that came today’s observation. How often do we think because we got by with it last night, we have a license to ‘fudge’ today too? But, of course, we only think that way about ‘white’ sins. You know – eating stuff we don’t need, not exercising, squandering time, etc. I use these as examples because I have been repeatedly guilty of them. We apply the ‘fudge’ to these ‘lapses in judgment’ but not to the big, black, immoral sins, right? We shun the big, black immoral ones and that’s GREAT. Let’s keep shunning those! So I have determined for today, no ‘fudge’ – no fudging on food choices or food portions because I know fudging even a little today would certainly show up tomorrow. May I be blunt with a spiritual application? ‘Fudge’ thinking is CARNAL thinking. And you know what Father God says about carnal thinking.
Oh, I’ve got to tell you this! As I have been preparing this IDOK, Josh and Isabel have been playing here in my office and Josh just asked if he could have a Dr. Pepper and I said yes. He retrieved the Dr. Pepper from the kitchen and Isabel came with a bottle of water. She informed Josh that what he was drinking was not good for him (PLEASE bear in mind, they do not know the subject of this IDOK) and Josh dryly and promptly replied: “At least it doesn’t have any fat in it.” Is God AWESOME or what?! — Out of the mouth of babes – a perfect example of ‘fudging’. Shall we ‘watch’ that stuff in our lives for Jesus sake?
Romans 8: 6 For to be carnally minded is death, but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. 7 Because the carnal mind is enmity against God; for it is not subject to the law of God, nor indeed can be. 8 So then, those who are in the flesh cannot please God.
Galatians 6: 7 Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap. 8 For he who sows to his flesh will of the flesh reap corruption, but he who sows to the Spirit will of the Spirit reap everlasting life.
Abba, I love it when You do this! Thank You. You are AWESOME – no fudge! You are so much fun in Your Holiness. Thank You. Take this IDOK with its seriousness and its fun and use it to help and encourage each IDOK and each reader to see the joy of doing right and in time reap the benefits. Help us see fudging as the enemy of our souls that it is. And Father, help them not read into this a non-flexibility as to food portions and food choices because we know from Your Word You do give times of Feasting. Abba, we want to be balanced, holy servants. And we are counting on You Holy Spirit to bring us to maturity in this. Thank You for the blessing of no nausea that You have given Bernie. I ask You for continued blessings and healing for Bernie. I ask You for a successful surgery for Steve. And as I look over this list, some of these are long standing request, names that have been with us even years. Thank You for what You have done for them and for what You will yet do. And in these situations and circumstances or trials for which we are still waiting, give hope, give strength to wait on You; give courage to stay the course or see an alternate course as You will for them. Thank You for the continued protection You have given our IDOK Troops. Lord, You are AWESOME. Your Grace is more than amazing. Remind them today to trust You and fudge not. Continue to protect Israel and bring Her to Peace. Forgive America and Lord bring revival to us. Move us as Your children to speak and practice Your Ways. You know I am still concerned for America; for the evil, the stupidity, the sin and corruption that is daily broadcast. I ask You Abba for mercy. I ask You Holy Spirit for conviction, for grace and space to repent. And if You can use IDOK to help, please do. Again, I pled with You to show the ‘true colors’ of the presidential candidates and open the eyes of people to see and give them the courage to put away pride and change their minds for Jesus sake. Thank You for each IDOK. Bless them abundantly; call us all to worship, not just on Sunday but every moment. Amen and amen.
As I post this it is 85°F and clear in Al Asad, IQ & the time there is 6:17 AM AST – on July 25, 2008
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And no, I didn’t eat the candy after photographing it. I decided to re-wrap it, keep it on my desk and one day when I have ‘earned’ it, I’ll savor every bite! Hope you all have a GREAT weekend.

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