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Suddenly…

I was awakened, again.

It had been happening all night, but this time it wasn’t distant, it was loud and nearby.

It was a tree, falling and the branches hitting our bedroom window.

Last night was the second night in a row of freezing rain.

And the poor trees couldn’t handle the weight.

Power was lost during the night.

My husband didn’t sleep hardly at all due to the sounds of trees falling all around us.

This morning he and our son left to help move trees and branches from the roads.

Ordinarily, my husband wouldn’t have been able to cut down much as we no longer have a chainsaw.

But God…

Our son-in-law had left his in our garage just a few days ago.

So, my husband even has the tools needed to help.

I’m so thankful to the Lord for His provision.

Just yesterday I was saying to someone, “Only God knows what will happen tomorrow and I trust Him to provide for whatever that is.”

And He has.

Although, in floor heating won’t work, we have a propane topped stove, so I can still cook.

We have a propane fireplace, so it’s not too chilly.

The truck has gas in it, so my husband can drive.

We have a generator and plenty of gasoline.

Even the tree falling didn’t break the window.

Truly, we are so very well provided for.

And I know from experience that if something worse had occurred, God would have provided for that as well.

Because He is our provision.

Psalm 55:22 KJV — Cast thy burden upon the LORD, and he shall sustain thee: he shall never suffer the righteous to be moved.

He provided a way for our souls to be saved and has not neglected our daily needs.

It is of the Lord’s mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness. The Lord is my portion, saith my soul; therefore will I hope in him.
Lamentations 3:22‭-‬24 KJV
https://bible.com/bible/1/lam.3.22-24.KJV

Psalm 79:9 NKJV — Help us, O God of our salvation, For the glory of Your name; And deliver us, and provide atonement for our sins, For Your name’s sake!

The Lord is great and greatly to be praised, for His faithfulness and salvation is everlasting.

Psalm 145:3 NKJV — Great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised; And His greatness is unsearchable.

Dear Lord Jesus,

Thank You for providing so much for us each and every day. Thank You for walking with us and providing for all our needs. Lord, thank You for keeping us safe from the storm. Lord, may we never allow the things of this life shake our steadfast trust in You and Your salvation. Lord Jesus, You are amazing and we praise Your holy name. Thank You. Amen.

November 18

Today’s prayer:

The Lord tests the righteous, But the wicked and the one who loves violence His soul hates.
Psalms 11:5 NKJV

Dear Lord Jesus,
Thank You for Your Word. Lord, You understand what is best for us and You also see the schemes of the enemy. Lord, Your Word teaches us the ways of sin bring death, but Your sacrifice has brought us life everlasting. Thank You! Lord, we want to be obedient children, we want Your favor to rest upon us. Please help us to walk with You in integrity and truth. Please help us to be people who are honorable before You. Lord, please protect us from the evil one. Please place a hedge of protection around us. Guard our hearts and minds. Please show us any areas where we have strayed from Your path. Thank You so much for salvation. Please continue to reach those who have yet to know You. Please protect the innocent. Please provide for the widow and the orphan. Thank You for all Your ways. They are good! I love You, Jesus. Amen.

Over the mask

I was sitting where I was supposed to.

My mask in place.

Awaiting my turn with the nurse.

The other people were equally following the rules.

Some I’d seen before.

A few new faces as well.

Since September, I’ve been regularly seeing the receptionist and nurse.

I feel warmth for them both.

I’d stop and speak to them if we were to meet elsewhere.

(For those who know me you’d expect this.)

Yes, I’ve even hugged them in gratitude.

But not since the virus.

As I looked at the receptionist, I smiled.

She was more than 6ft away, but behind her mask, she was smiling too.

When my turn came, the nurse was also smiling, behind her mask.

After returning to my seat, I picked up my crocheting and began to wait while working.

I also prayed, as I felt led.

Due to the office size, everyone’s conversation is easily audible.

Although, I try to mind my own business, I hadn’t missed a young man who was relating the fact that his wife had developed allergies after the birth of their baby and how compassionate she was to him because of this.

His seat was to my left and I prayed for his wife, his allergies, their marriage, and their baby.

I noticed other people in the office.

Especially a white haired, short-statured lady in front of me.

She seemed rather frail, and my prayers for her included God ministering trust in Him to her.

It seems the elderly are suffering so much these days and it breaks my heart.

Not long before my time was up the young man to my left had reached the anticipated “good to go” from the nurse.

He quietly packed his things, including a shiny laptop which sent reflections of sunlight streaming into my face.

I knew it wasn’t anything, but an accidental happen-stance.

So, I bent my head closer to my work and continued to count stitches.

To my surprise his voice came next.

“Ma’am, I’m sorry if I bothered you with my laptop. I didn’t mean to get sun in your eyes. I hope you don’t mind?”

I looked up and smiled behind my mask.

I shook my head and replied.

“No, not at all. Just one of those things.”

His eyes looked a bit squinty, like he wasn’t sure.

“Well, I’m terribly sorry for bothering you.”

“You didn’t. Really it’s fine. Thank you for apologising, but it’s really fine.”

I was still smiling behind my mask.

Of course the young man had to keep his distance, so I can’t be certain, but he looked less concerned.

Infact, I think he was smiling behind his mask too.

That night I related to my husband my joy at running across a polite young man who cared for others.

Upon reflection of the whole visit, God revealed something.

I’m going to have to learn a new skill.

I’m going to need to read people’s eyes behind their masks.

I never thought time with the public would come to this.

But I know God wants me to remember those are people behind the masks.

People He loves dearly.

Whether I agree with these policies or not, I can continue to love others.

I can continue to stand fast in prayer for my fellow man, my country, and the world.

I can continue to be sure that my mask does not keep in the love that God wants to show to those around me.

So whether someone is hiding behind a cloth mask or a fake representation of themselves, I need to love and pray for them.

And of course there are many, many, many, people who have their protective gear on to protect those they are treating.

They too need prayer.

I’m also praying that God will help me, that my eyes will shine the warmth, love, and compassion that my smile can no longer communicate.

Although I’ve been guilty of saying, “I’m over the mask”, I’m trying to adjust my attitude to thinking about who is behind each mask I see.

And I’m praying for a renewed perspective.

Not to simply wait out the things which are uncomfortable, but instead to find the truths God has for me within it.

After all, nothing is permanent, except Jesus Christ and life with Him.

John 5:24 KJV — Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life.

Shepherd

All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on Him the iniquity of us all.
Isaiah 53:6

Anyone who has raised sheep can tell you they “stray” a good deal.

Many a time, as a youth, my frustration over the wandering of the flock would cost me hours of fence repair and regrouping the animals.

When a sheep is wandering outside the protection of the fence, they rarely understand their danger.

Instead it is when the shepherd or caretaker shows up that they seem to suddenly panic over their wandering and will bolt for places unknown.

They can literally run themselves to death or fall and cast themselves which also leads to death, if left in that position.

But did this state of alarm hit them as they wandered through the hole in their protection?

No.

It came when they were face to face with the one who put the protection in place.

The one who actually cares for them and understands all the dangers they do not.

Does this wayward sheep call to the shepherd, or follow them back to their safety?

No.

They bolt.

As fast as their short skinny legs will carry them.

They will blindly flee straight into a dead end and then once at the end will dash madly back and forth, back and forth, all because they left the safety of the fence.

The protection set around a grassy area, supplied with fresh water, and normally cover, all set up for their care.

Do you see yourself in the wayward sheep?

I certainly can see myself.

I can tell you that a good shepherd never ignores the wayward sheep.

Instead they follow and do whatever is necessary to return the sheep to the safety of the fence.

Jesus is our Good Shepherd.

And He laid down His life for the sheep!

All this knowledge helps me to better understand how I need to handle my walk with the Lord Jesus.

Not to be unaware of the protection He placed in my life through His Holy Word.

To learn not to panic when confronted with an area of my life where I have strayed, but to instead humbly confess and seek the security of the protection and the way back to it by following the Good Shepherd.

To realize I will never completely understand all that goes on, but I can always trust the Good Shepherd.

He really has my best at heart.

As a person who has raised these animals I can tell you, there is only one kind of sheep which does not follow the average behavior.

It’s the one which has been hand-raised.

Whether by illness or some sort of loss, the lamb was raised, not by another sheep, but by the Shepherd alone.

Those are the only ones who will come when they are called.

Will seek the Shepherd when lost.

The ones who will bleat pleadingly when the Shepherd comes into sight.

That’s the kind of sheep I want to be.

He’s still miraculous!

Sing praises to God, sing praises! Sing praises to our King, sing praises!
Psalms 47:6 NKJV

This is my heart’s cry this morning.

These past few days of busy activity have been wearing on me.

Which frankly I’ve found concerning since the Craft Fair is tomorrow.

However, I kept praying and turning my “worries” into trust.

Yesterday was rough.

My all day headache turned into a migraine.

I went to bed early only to wake up over and over due to the pain.

Finally, I got up to make a heat pack and eat some peanut butter.

I’ve found that protein has helped at times.

Well…it didn’t.

I ended up throwing up.

As my head was crushing and my stomach knotting my heart was crying out to God.

“How am I to drive tomorrow? What about the Craft Fair?”

My sweet patient husband got me a hot pack and water and found instill had one tablet of migraine medicine in the bottle. (I thought it was empty.)

I woke this morning migraine free!

Infact I’ve eaten and I’m about ready to make the three hour drive.

To top matters off of just how faithful God is He protected me all night.

As I was getting up this morning I found a sewing needle in my bed underneath me.

I’d washed all the bedding yesterday and had made the bed right before going to sleep so where it came from I’ve no idea.

But it didn’t hurt me once.

Not with all the times in and out of bed.

God is so good!

And I am so thankful.

Truly, He is miraculous!