5- Drink green tea and plenty of water.
Eat blueberries, wild Alaskan salmon, Broccoli, almonds & walnuts.
Good Morning! Have you read the Word lately just for the sheer joy of reading it? Have you allowed the Word to pour over you and comfort you; to just love on you today? Please do. I ask you to make a decision to give the Scriptures a place of priority, a place of honor, make them a royal treasure in your heart and allow them to govern your thoughts and deeds. I am poignantly aware these days how blessed I am to have and hold and read and BELIEVE the Bible. I am so grateful that it is not a dead book to me but a living one; so grateful that when I read it, I do believe it. And when I read it and heed it, God actually lives in and works His Life through me to others. What a gift! And yes, I do mean gift! It is a wondrous Gift from God that we BELIEVE the Scripture; a gift that I had taken for granted. I am grateful for His reminder that BELIEVING and HEEDING the Word is a priceless treasure!
So let me tell you what I read this morning in Luke 18. You may recall that beginning in verse 1 of 18, Jesus is telling a parable; He is giving a earthly example with a spiritual message. It’s the one about the woman who had a need and she pestered the Judge to defend and protect her from the one who was opposing her. But the Judge paid her no mind at first BUT she kept on and on until he determined he would do as she asked just so she would leave Him alone. No doubt you have heard it preached that we are to be just so when praying, to be just so persistent and that is so. But be very careful here. We do not want to get the wrong impression of Our Father. Some have you know! Our God is not one that we have to “pester” to get Him to do what we want Him to do. The parable is to encourage us by CONTRAST; if a man who has no regard, no respect for God or man, will be swayed to do what is asked of him simply by persistence, CAN YOU IMAGINE WHAT OUR LOVING FATHER WILL DO WHEN WE, HIS CHILDREN, CONSISTENLY COME TO HIM WITH OUR DESIRES AND CRIES OF OUR HEART?
Verses 8 and 9: And will not [Our Just] God defend and protect and avenge His elect (His Chosen Ones), who cry to Him day and night? Will He defer them and delay help on their behalf? I tell you, He will defend and protect and avenge them speedily. However, when the Son of Man comes, will He find [persistence in] faith on the earth?
Do you see that promise from Jesus Himself? Father is attentive to your every word and you can be assured that He will defend you, protect you and He will deal with all your adverse situations; He will not put your needs on the back burner and say I will get to it, when I get around to it. No! Even before you pray, even before you travail with that burden, He has the answer already in the works BUT if you want the FULL EFFECT, the full joy of the answer when it comes, KEEP ON PRAYING, not because He forgets or does not care BUT BECAUSE WE FORGET AND BECOME CARE-LESS unless we continue to pray. Is that good or what?!
Father, thank you that you hear every word of our hearts and minds; thank you that you know us perfectly and that you not only know us but that you care for us like a Good Shepherd cares for His Sheep. Thank you that we are Sheep of Your Pasture and we are well cared for; that there is food and water and shelter and protection in abundance in Your Pasture, My Lord. And I ask you to keep me praying; to keep me persistent, not because You need it BUT because I do. And Father, you know what is on my heart, you know exactly what is there and you know exactly what I desire, please keep me faithful in it until you have removed all the obstacles to faith and you give birth here on earth to what I know is Your desire as well because Your Word says so. And Father, no doubt in this circle of my email family there are sisters (and brothers) who have such prayers as well; keep us faithful so we will appreciate in fullness your answers when we receive them for Jesus sake. Amen and amen. Economic conditions, especially the effects it has upon the minds and hearts of people. Unspoken Requests – situations so close you can only speak to Father about. Jason A and his mother. Melinda H. Trisha. Patti’s Family. George. Brennan and his family. Joshua. Branson. The O’Brien family. Brooklyn. Families and communities hit by Gustav and Ike. Jacqueline and her boys, River and Jackson. Kim and her Fiancee. Jonathan. Mabel’s Aunt Lou. Heather and Brandon. Family from Olive Baptist. 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. 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 and Daughters. Lee. Sharron and family, Linda and family, Bev and Family, Mollie B.
Every IDOK and every IDOK son and daughter and grandchild.
Every IDOK Pastor and Family. Every IDOK church.
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: T. Palin. Rick M.
Serving Stateside: Jonathan. Jasmine B. Tommy T. Shaun. Bay. Danny. Lee. George.Travis N. Hawk.
Injured and brought State side: Anthony.
Hospitalized: Captain Tran
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.
The Peace of Israel.
Revival in America.
As I post this it is 95°F and haze in Balad, IQ & the time there is 3:48 PM AST on September 30, 2008
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