IDOK DEVOTION FOR WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 5, 2009
Pencils, Pens and Concrete
August 15, 2006
Proverbs 16 is about the plans of man and it is good to make plans. Have you ever said ‘I’ll pencil that in’? And by that we mean I’ll think about it and unless something else comes up, I’ll plan to do that. However, if we ‘ink in’ an event on such and such a date that means we intend to be there and participate. According to Proverbs 16, ‘inking’ in our plans without checking with Father is not wise. 3 Roll your works upon the Lord [commit and trust them wholly to Him; He will cause your thoughts to become agreeable to His will, and] so shall your plans be established and succeed.
We should always take our plans, our imaginings to Him before we set them in ‘concrete’. And when all of Proverbs 16 is said and done I found this to be comforting … maybe you will too. 33 The lot is cast into the lap, but the decision is wholly of the Lord [even the events that seem accidental are really ordered by Him].
And as it was with Adam even before he set wrong plans in ‘concrete’, so it is with us, Father is not surprised, nor is He scratching His Head wondering how He will get us out of this ‘fine mess’ we have created. No, even before we cast the lot, even before we poured the concrete that lays the foundation for faulty framing, HE has a Plan and ALL who will believe and receive will succeed.
I Peter 1 (KJV):
9 But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot:
20 Who verily was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you,
21 Who by Him do believe in God, that raised Him up from the dead, and gave Him glory; that your faith and hope might be in God.
Praise Reports and Prayer Requests
ABBA, I offer again a prayer prayed three years ago – You heard and You answered and yet today we can pray it fresh again. Today we have other names, and yet some may be the same. Father, thank You that it is set in concrete that if we will submit our plans to You, and will build only on the Foundation that You have laid, we will succeed. Thank You. And today we desire to build a day that will succeed … tell us Your Plan for this day and by Your Grace we will do it.
Again today we have our IDOK Troops on our hearts and we thank You for the things You have set in motion for them to benefit them, to keep them safe, to protect them and to make Yourself known to them in more depth than they now know. Again we ask You to bring them home to us safe and sound and more in love with You than when they deployed. And Father, there are young men and young women we know that have pain and they don’t function well and You know well what and who we mean and for them we ask that You take the instruments needed to cut away the rebellion, the hatred, the lies, and whatever else that is keeping these ones we love from becoming holy and godly in their day to day. And now we bring more names but these are more than names they are people we know, people we have never met but for them we intercede and we are grateful and praise You that we can for Jesus sake. Amen and amen. A SPECIFIC UNSPOKEN. Unspoken Requests – situations so close you can only speak to Father about. Dennis and Lisa. Jack. Melanie and Jay M. Susanne M. Alice T. Elaine W and Family. Joni and Todd. Roy and Julee. Glenn R and his family. Holly. Donald 2. Ed G. Debra B. Jon E. Katie B. Brian. Donald 1. Loyce McM. Marzelle. KC. Neolle T. Mary F. MH and J. Caleb and his family – Rob, Vaughn, Whitaker and Donoghue. Dora. Mattie. Jarrod. BETTY. Billie Joyce and family. Stack Family. Brenda and her family. Joshua A. Kim T and her parents. Martha McC. Tamra and Family. Rachel and family. Joe and Rose. Darlene’s Sister, Leona. Tammy B and Family. Jackie K. Brian T. Ricky M. Linda and Family. Joe. Michael H. Linda W. Debbie W. Mike and Vickie. Natalie. Jacqueline and Sons (River and Jackson). Sandra. Dot B. Julia O. Ann C. Stan and Jowanna and Family Mary. Shay and Emma’s Kids (orphanage in Zambia) Ministry. Susan D. Melissa and daughters. Jason A and his mother. Wayne B. Melinda H. Brennan and his family. Joshua. Mabel’s Aunt Lou. Heather and Brandon. Darlene and Torkel. W C and family. Maggie and Family. DeLois. Katelyn (B) J Lloyd and family. Janet and Steve. Bay and family. Bill and Judy. Doug. Larry and Claudia and family. Callie. Ruth. Cynthia. Allyson and Glyn and family. Brittney and Kersten and family. Sheila and Andy. Carrie and Rachel and Jacob and family. Chuck. Helen and Dan and family. Jen and Larry and family. Mollie and family. Andrew and Daughters. Mollie B.
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.
ABBA, I am removing this ‘posting’ for the Cleansing of America and leaving it with You.
IDOKs Military Families.
IDOKs Troops (foreign soil) – Ethan. Christopher. Raul. Robert. Billy. Buddy. Mark. Josh W. James. Bryan. Nick. Brant W. Christopher R. Joshua M. Brent. Justin G. Michael K. Bay N. T. Palin. Richard M. Bobby G. (added 12/16/08) Tommy T. Kyle N(3/09). Jessica D. (4/09) Sgt. Vince Barrientos (5/2009)
IDOK Troops leaving shortly for foreign soil: Brandon B.
Serving Stateside: Jonathan. Jasmine B. Shaun. Bay. Danny. Lee. George. Travis N. Hawk. Justin G. Tommy W.
Injured: Lukas S. (11/30/08)
Military at home, specifically those emotional-spirit wounds that only God and Time can heal – Adam M. Captain Tran. Josh. John L. Drew.
As I post this it is 85°F and clear in Al Asad, IQ (Airport) and the time there 6:11 AM AST on August 5, 2009.
A Special Note of Interest: One of our IDOK Prayer Requests is for a lovely Christian woman who is battling stage 4 cancer in at least three places in her body; medical bills are many and increasing; her husband is seeking to sell their 5th Wheel (camper) to address some of these expenses. If you or someone you know is interested in purchasing a camper, please let me know and I will send you a link to pictures of the camper. Thank you in advance.
Scripture passages retrieved from Biblegateway.com.
Kathie Whitestone Thompson
Follower of Christ. Wife, Mother, Grandmother, Great-Grandmother. Some call me a teacher. Some say I'm a prayer warrior. A few accredit me with some writing skills. Me? I say I'm a work in slow progress, looking for perfection in eternity and until then having all the holy fun I know how.