Day 17 of 47 for Lent Plan

God, I have been enjoying the bible reading plan You have been walking me through. I’m sorry to be so late getting them on, but with Your help we’ll get them on little by little.
No rush. Just convalescing with You, and following Your lead in sharing with others.
YouVersion (a bible app You have blessed me with)
is doing a plan called Lent: Remembering the Life of Jesus.

Day 17 of 47 for Lent Plan – “Miracle: Jesus Walks On Water”
Reading: Matthew 14:22-33, Mark 6:45-52 KJV

Further Study

  • According to these two passages, it appeared that the boat that held the disciples was being tossed by the waves for a long time. Why do you think Jesus waited to go out to them until just before dawn?
    – So no one else would see Him walking on the water??
  • What did the disciples feel when they saw Jesus walking on the water?
    – Troubled, fear
  • What did Peter do that made Him begin to sink?
    fear

Reflect

  • Worship: Write down one attribute of God and worship Him for who He is.
    – Patient. Thank You for being patient with us, even in our doubts and disobedience.
  • Prayer: Pray for your extended family members.
  • Remembrance: Think of a time when you felt like you were sinking. Write about how God worked in your life.
    – Lord, You have me thinking on my health. Particularly, after Mom passed, and I had become so immobile. I couldn’t sit without pain, stand without pain. I couldn’t even tolerate a pillow against my back. It was hard to sit because just to have my back against the chair was so painful. And I was so sleep deprived. My doctors referred to it as being clinically sleep deprived because even with all the strong medicines they were giving me for muscles, nerves, pain, anxiety, and more they did not do anything to make me sleep. They tried, but the only way I could tell was my body would get so much worse as if to retaliate for lack of sleep. I could literally feel it in my brain.
    I thought for sure I was getting ready to die with my health so bad, only getting worse, and the doctors would only focus on my weight, I agree it wasn’t helpful, but whatever was going on with my health was causing the weight gain. I thought I was sinking. I thought it was hopeless.
    Yet, You! (But God! 🙂 ) had different plans. You knew I had genuine issues. Day by day, You sent me help. You sent me compassion. You sent me support (emotionally, physically, and mentally). You sent healing in some areas (AND I WILL TAKE ANY! Praise Your Holy Name!). That first nerve block to my lumbar helped me to go straight home, lay on my side, and SLEEP for 5 solid hours with no pain! ONLY YOU! Thank You, God, for Dr. Buzz! Thank You for Blake! Thank You for SEPT! Thank You for Brett! Thank You for Samantha, Melanie, Jasmine, Kari, and everyone with CarePartners! THANK YOU! ❤
  • Self-Examination: Do you find yourself spiritual doubts? If so, voice those to God and ask Him for some courage.
    Lord, I do struggle with doubting if I doubt. I know You and Your word are 100% true, reliable, faithful, and one of the most essential things we need that You have provided. Satan comes at me, past negative experiences come at me, enemies come at me, life comes at me, ALL trying to tell me otherwise. I praise You for the courage You give, and pray for more courage. All the courage You know I need.
    Philippians 4:13 says ”
    I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.” 

    Tis So Sweet To Trust In Jesus
    Trust and Obey
    Only Trust Him
    I love these hymns!! ❤

A Kind Act

  • Help someone with a task at work, school, or home.

 

Choose Life

“I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live: that thou mayest love the Lord thy God, and that thou mayest obey his voice, and that thou mayest cleave unto him: for he is thy life, and the length of thy days: that thou mayest dwell in the land which the Lord sware unto thy fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, to give them.” – Deuteronomy 30:19-20 KJV

This is the verse you have given me, Lord, for this year ahead. Weeks ago I began asking if there was anything you wanted me to focus on, making sure to be careful not to make promises I cannot keep or that you were not asking of me. You lovingly taught me the value of not making resolutions, and the peace of following you instead of the world the first year you led me not to make one, and not to let the world make me feeling guilty.

You brought to mind things that happened through the year, and how this battle for my health was following your instruction to fight! At least you would know I was trying to do all you asked of me. Even if I lost the fight… I would go down obeying. Now you are saying CHOOSE LIFE. You used Caralyn’s broadcast to confirm it with Deuteronomy 30:19, and explained why with verse 20.

Choose Life… not just to live… but to love you… to obey you… to cleave to you… because YOU are my life… and the length of my days.

So…. by your grace… in your strength… according to your will… I will choose to live…
to love… to obey… to cleave… to my life… which is all you!

Some things you have encouraged me to use as a source of strength and Motivation are:

  1. Writing down the bible word for word as you lead.
    (I was so motivated I already began in December.)
  2. Continue to fight for my health. (Philippians 4:13)
  3. Lovely A’s Walking the Walk, and blogging it as you give it.
  4. Blogging (both blogs)
  5. Writing poetry
  6. Color Therapy (You gave me plenty of materials for Christmas!)
  7. Music (You use Hayley to make it enjoyable! ❤ )

None of these are in specific order. And there may be some I have forgotten, or that you will add along the way. But whatever the journey has ahead you have assured me…

“I will instruct thee and teach thee in the way which thou shalt go:
I will guide thee with mine eye.” – Psalm 32:8 KJV

Gifts 2017 #13 Strength

Christmas Countdown: Strength is a GIFT. Just when you think God can’t use you, or you feel like you’re not going to make it, or you simply want to give up, He surprises you with amazing strength… ALL His of course! To God be the glory!

“I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.”
– Philippians 4:13 KJV

Gifts 2017 #6 Patience

Christmas Countdown: Patience is a GIFT: If anyone knows patience, it is the Lord. He is patient with me, despite repeated disappointment. If anyone can give patience, it is the Lord. By his grace, I can do all things through Christ! He doesn’t give up on me which helps me not to give up. Praise his Holy and Patient name! ❤