July 29 already! Time is moving by so rapidly. Thank you, Lord, that our times are in your hands and that you move us along as is best, whether we feel good about it or not. Praise you that the measure is not our feelings but your perspective, which is Truth.
Praise you for your power with which you arrange and lead. You are my light and my salvation, the stronghold of my life. Whatever comes is a gift from you, an opportunity to live by faith, to respond with trust, to dwell in truth, to walk in the light.
I give you praise and honor because you are a strong, wise, gracious, firm and loving God, One who would allow a test like Job’s so that he might be a beacon of hope and wisdom to many, giving glory to you.
Lord, help us, help me to remember that each incident, each happening, each chance to react is an opportunity to be a grace receiver and a glory giver, offering the sacrifice of thanksgiving. Help me to remember that each is an opportunity to live in the unseen and eternal, rather than what is tangible and temporary.
An example is the nearly disastrous happening yesterday when the brakes on my tractor gave way and it careened backwards over a bank, ending up at a dangerous tilt. You enabled me to just step off the tractor as it went over the bank and walk away, avoiding any harm. You kept it from turning over and pinning me under it. You displayed your power, your protection and your provision.
In the light of your goodness, thank you now for this new day, for what you will allow or bring, for the uncertainties before us, for Barbara’s continuing dizziness, for the need to make difficult choices. Help me, Lord, to do what is best in each situation. Help me to speak into messy relationships with grace and gentleness, with wisdom and wit, with truth and tolerance, that you may be honored before men and angels.