Fri, 14 Jul 2017 17:05:37 GMT
Dear God, my Heavenly Father,
Because of my faith in Christ, I have been brought into this amazing place of undeserved privilege where I now stand.
Thank you for showing me these verses in your Word today. I feel bombarded by confusing behavior by those around me whom I looked up to as spiritual mentors.
Thank you that you lead me daily to Your Word, to honest prayer, and to other solid faithful Christian mentors who counter-balanced any spiritual misinformation in my head.
Thank you with all my heart for the Mathenys, whom you chose by your grace and providence, to lead me to salvation and be special mentors to me. I pray for blessings on their entire family, especially Valerie as she is getting prepared to deliver Max into the world, and for Joel and family that things will come together for them quickly and easily as they begin whatever work you have for them in Brazil. Bless them all with good health during the flu season there. Heal Randal's stomach of lingering problems. Give Vicki wisdom and energy as she ministers to the women there. I love this family, God, ev en though I don't really know them face to face as others whom I call friends. They are greater than that to me.
I praise you for listening to prayer after prayer as I have sought you with my whole heart from the moment you saved me. You are a good Father.
I have fallen off the path many times, but you have always picked me back up and let me start anew.
Because I know you are always here with me, I can rejoice when I run into problems and trials, for I know that they help me develop endurance. And endurance develops character, and character strengthens my confident hope of salvation.
I have not felt much like rejoicing on the outside lately, but I am rejoicing inside because I know I have eternal hope. And this hope will not lead to disappointment like I have recently known.
I know how dearly God loves me because he has given me the Holy Spirit to fill my heart with his love. The Spirit confirms that you are always with me and will be until the end of my life.
When I was utterly helpless, Christ came at just the right time and died for me, a helpless sinner. Now I have been made right in God’s sight by the blood of Christ, and there is no condemnation for me because I am now hidden in Him. Please keep me by your side and don't ever let go of my hand! I love you, God! ❤️
based on Romans 5:1-11, 8 NLT