IDOK DEVOTION FOR MONDAY, AUGUST 3, 2009
This is an unusual week for me; Jerry is taking a stay home vacation this week and we have all kinds of plans that are not usually associated with vacation – taking care of home business that usually goes undone in work weeks and we may even throw in some fun stuff. Today was Homecoming at Satsuma First and we enjoyed the day; there were no PM services so we grabbed a burger at McDonalds and sat on the pier at Steele Creek to watch the sunset. I’m liking this stay at home vacation already. On this ‘staycation’ as my beloved has coined it, he and I have no intention of setting our quiet times aside but I think my ‘writing’ may be — well not much; we’ll see. And for today, Monday, I have pulled up an IDOK from 2006 to re-share with you today – for many of you it will be new. Actually, when I read it, it felt new to me. I hope it will bless you as it has me.
From August 16, 2006
Little Ones and Bad Dreams
Well, it’s Wednesday and Little One is still with us … sleeping just a few feet across the room here. She called out early this morning — Jerry heard her cry and I quickly came to find her sitting up in bed saying she had had a bad dream. I noticed she was holding my fuzzy blanket that had been in the den when we retired for the evening. That told me her bad dream had sent her searching. She was quiet in her searching, we did not hear her tiny steps up or down the hall. I snuggled in with her gently stroking her hair and she was soon fast asleep again.
You know what? We were once little girls (boys too) having bad dreams and we too went searching for comfort and maybe for awhile no family or friend heard our tiny steps, but God did. He was aware of every tear we cried, every wayward step we took and at just the right time, when we were fully ready, when we had cried out with a cry ready to be Comforted by HIM, He scooped us up, snuggled in with us and stroked our hearts with His Almighty Comfort.
Jerry and I heard our Little One’s cry and we were there to soothe away her fears — wonder if some of us may meet a ‘little one’ today living a bad dream, searching for comfort in all the wrong places? Maybe we can scoop them up and comfort them with the comfort wherein we have been comforted?
Just for the comfort of it read this: You may know the story, how Joseph’s brothers were a ‘bad dream’ to him, they sent him on a journey into ‘dreams’ but Father God had a plan and He Comforted Joseph and read what Joseph did — Genesis 50 (KJV):
20 But as for you, ye thought evil against me; but God meant it unto good, to bring to pass, as it is this day, to save much people alive.
21 Now therefore fear ye not: I will nourish you, and your little ones. And he comforted them, and spake kindly unto them.
Life brings bad dreams to all of us BUT GOD has a plan — to save much people alive. Our bad dreams and discomforts and hard struggles and hand to hand combat with the enemy of our souls, IF we will seek our COMFORT from ALL these things in God our Father, He WILL allow us to be His Instruments to save much people alive. That is so GOOD!!
And one more passage, this one surely fits us all whether we are NOW in need of comfort or have been comforted — 2 Corinthians 1 (Amplified Bible):
3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of sympathy (pity and mercy) and the God [Who is the Source] of every comfort (consolation and encouragement),
4 Who comforts (consoles and encourages) us in every trouble (calamity and affliction), so that we may also be able to comfort (console and encourage) those who are in any kind of trouble or distress, with the comfort (consolation and encouragement) with which we ourselves are comforted (consoled and encouraged) by God.
5 For just as Christ’s [own] sufferings fall to our lot [as they overflow upon His disciples, and we share and experience them] abundantly, so through Christ comfort (consolation and encouragement) is also [shared and experienced] abundantly by us.
Praise Reports and Prayer Requests
Father, these passages of Scripture are so full, so full of Your Heart for us, You have said so much more in these verses than I have even thought to elaborate upon so I am asking You Holy Spirit as our IDOKs read Your Word that You will turn LIGHTS on for them and they will see YOU and see and hear Your MESSAGE to them today and that they will gain strength and courage and they will feel and know You have spoken to them today. Thank You Father. And as many mornings before we have our IDOK Troops on our hearts and their families, those wives and sons and daughters and moms and dads left here on these shores have needs too for comfort and strength and maybe wives and children need grass cut or a power bill paid so we are asking that we Your people be sensitive to You and if You speak we will move to be Your Instrument of Provision. And for our Troops we ask as we ask each day that You Protect them, keep them safe and bring them home to us more in love with You than when they deployed. And not just our Troops but others we are bringing to Your Throne. These too have needs. Some are yet in rebellion against You and we ask for Your Mercy and Grace and Space for them to repent. Holy Spirit we ask You to woo them to repentance, however You see fit. And for others we desire to see them healed and restored and still others need jobs and we ask You to put them in the right place at the right time to get those jobs and then some just need to have holy fun today and we ask that to be so and some need all kinds of wisdom and helps today and Father, no doubt there are many needs I have not touch but we know You will and we thank You in Jesus Name. And ABBA to this today nearly three years since these words were prayed, I can only add Amen and amen. The list has changed some since then, some have experienced healing and restoration and some are now with You and no doubt You have done many, many wonderful things that we have already forgotten what they were. Today we say thank You. I ask that You bless this re-sharing today to make it fresh and new to encourage and empower our IDOKs to greater service in Your Name. We love You, Lord. Amen and amen.
As I post this it is 81°F and haze in Balad, IQ (Airport) and the time there 5:49 AM AST on August 3, 2009.