Monthly Archives: August 2008

Old Fishing Holes

IDOK DEVOTION FOR MONDAY, AUGUST 18, 2008

Prayer Updates from Kristi: Day 32 in Hospital “Last night I asked if Danni could go to sleep without Bipap on room air and See what happens. She did not use Bipap at all last night, and only required About 1 litre of 02 for an hour or so!!! She looks great to me minus the Pic line.”
You can take EDIE off the prayer list as she is doing very well after Surgery (around 3 months ago now) and is home in Mississippi back to Herself.
Please Add Tory to the prayer list……Tory remains in hospital (day 11) with complications arising from her spinal Fusion surgery. Her wound is infected and breaking down in several spots, And she’s just so miserable. The doctors are not optimistic and just keep Saying ‘wait and see’…the waiting has us all stretched very thin! Please Pray for a recovery from this awful infection, so she can begin healing. Prayer seems to be all we’ve got right now; only God can convince her body To beat the bad guys in her and come on back home with us. Please pray for Her.

Abba, thank You for Edie’s recovery and thank You for Danni’s improved status and we continue to pray for complete recovery for Danni. And now we bring Tory in a similar state and we pray for recovery for her too. We pray for strength and peace for her family as they wait upon You. Lord, You told us to bring the children to You so we are and we trust Your Love to tenderly care for these little ones and moms and dads and grandmas and grandpas too.

I am continuing to read in John 21. And my first thought seems ‘out there’ but I’ll share it anyway. Look with me at verse 7 Therefore that disciple whom Jesus loved said to Peter, “It is the Lord!” Now when Simon Peter heard that it was the Lord, he put on his outer garment (for he had removed it), and plunged into the sea.
Without doing some research and even then I am not certain I could ascertain how many days post the Resurrection, Peter and the Boys went fishing; but nevertheless, they were fishing. Maybe Peter was trying to get on with his life and the Others decided to follow him. (Makes me think we should be careful where we go, others may follow.) They had all seen Jesus since His Resurrection, but I think they were clueless at that moment as to what the Resurrection was to mean to them for the rest of their earthly lives. So they did what came naturally. They went fishing. And going fishing in and of itself may not be bad. But IF going fishing represents going back to doing things the OLD way because the NEW way seems impossible or at best, unclear; then ‘fishing’ isn’t a good plan. BUT GOD is sovereign even over our sojourns back into OLD WAYS. And by now you may be saying, “Kathie, how did you get this from verse 7”? As I said it’s ‘out there’ and getting more out there, I think. Verse 7 says that Peter had taken off his outer garment while fishing. And maybe there are times when that is okay. We do need proper work attire, don’t we? But when he saw Jesus he put his garment back on and plunged into the sea to get to Jesus as fast as he could. So I am thinking verse 7 is a picture of restoration. A picture of starting again. And as you read the rest of Chapter 21, that is what happened with Peter. Jesus had come to where Peter was to ‘restore’ him. Work with me here, this is good I think. I hope. Recall with me that Peter denied the Lord prior to His crucifixion. Lets phrase that this way. Peter took off his ‘garment of praise’. Peter was scared. Too scared to praise the Lord. Too scared to even admit he was a disciple. So when I read verse 7 I thought you know when we go back to an old practice that is what we do in a way. We take off our ‘garment of praise’ and we practice our old ways of fear, doubt, griping, complaining, selfishness, etc. Etc. And while we are practicing our old ways, just as Peter and the Boys did not catch any fish, we are not catching any ‘fish’ for the Kingdom of God. But when we find ourselves or I should say when Jesus comes and finds us in our old fishing hole, if we will look up, focus on HIM, and put on again our ‘garment of praise’, we will be restored. We can then delve into deep water or maybe even ‘walk’ on it (I know that’s a different story) and begin again to fellowship with Jesus, catch a few fish and maybe even feed a few of His sheep. The point is if we keep on our garments of praise, we won’t go back to our same old fishing hole.
Abba, thank You for this lesson. Thank You for what You have done in these recent days and I ask You to continue to raise Yourself up in us. I pray for more and more insight into You and Your Ways, not just for the knowledge alone but so we can obey You more fully. Thank You for the events of this weekend. Some happy times and some bitter-sweet time. I pray for the Jackson Family as they and friends and family gather to celebrate the life and home-going of Mrs. Barbara. Thank You for the kindness and the love she so easily gave. Comfort ET and all the family as they wake up and breathe in this next little while. And we continue to read these names here. Thank You for the good news from Brittney. We are delighted with Your Grace to her in accomplishments and successes. We look for more good news, more steps in faith and more rewards for Brittney and others too. Thank You for protecting our IDOK Troops and Families. Thank You for Your Hand upon Your People. And we continue to pray for America, for grace and space to repent. I pray the interviews that took place in California will open eyes and minds before it is too late. Father, please forgive and save America. And Holy Spirit, revive and refresh Christian Churches to holy living both in voice and deed for Jesus sake. Amen and amen. Tory. Davison and Mosley Families. Danni A. Bernie. Darlene. Edie G. Rachel. W C and family. Maggie and Family. Dylan. Joseph Toomey and Family. DeLois. Terri. Kim T. Kevin and the children. Katelyn (B). Janie B. Pattie S. Vickie. J Lloyd and family. Janet and Steve. Cathy. Caleb and family. Bay and family. Jennifer B. John and Carolyn and Family. Larry and Claudia and family. Taylor & family. David & Allison. Jeanette and Earl and family. Callie. Madie. Ruth. Cynthia. Martha F and Bob. Allyson and Glyn and family. Brittney and Kersten 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 andFamily. Laura and family. John and Sandy. Bill and Judy. Andrew. Lee. Sharron and family, Linda and family, Bev and Family,
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:
Serving Stateside: Jonathan. Jasmine B. Tommy T. Shaun. Bay. Danny. Lee. George.Travis N. Hawk.
Injured and brought State side: Anthony.
Hospitalized outside USA:
Military at home adjusting – Tim. Mack. The 226. Troy. Brad. Tommy. Desi. Edward J. Lyndon A. Jason G.
Still praying but no recent update: Hector. Corpl. Light. Bradley T. Albert R III.
As I post this it is 82°F and clear in Balad, IQ & the time there is 6:12 AM AST – on August 18, 2008
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