Random Reflections

T.G.I.F

We had a good night at club last night. A few new children to the group which was great. Despite the rain, we had 10 youth come out to help. Way to go, y’all. I love you and appreciate you.

My devotional thought from yesterday was very timely for me. Later on in the day I had an unpleasant situation that could have really bothered me. But the Holy Spirit had prepared me for it earlier in the day when I read that pleasing others can be a snare. How wonderful and freeing it is to put my trust in the Lord and to know that I am safe there. That feels incredibly good and comforting.

Today I am working in the office before heading out with some friends to Truman Lake for the weekend. It should be nice weather and plenty of lake time for skiing, tubing and being lazy in the Lord.

Today’s Proverbs is Prov. 30. I was really drawn to v. 8 this time. It says

Keep falsehood and lies far from me; give me neither poverty nor riches, but give me only my daily bread.

The first part is important to me – that the Lord helps me to be a honest person who is committed to truth but that He also helps me to surround myself with people of integrity and honesty as well. But the second part is really something that I’ve been craving for in my life and want to commit myself to – living a life of simplicity. I do not want to have a lot of stuff. It because burdensome and makes me forget to be faithful for the Lord’s provisions. At the same time, I need to live faithfully in the knowledge that God will always provide for my basic needs, not wants. God did not intend for us to be imprisoned by possessions or the need for money; He wants to liberate us from the love of stuff so that we will trust fully in Him.

My prayer for today is that the Lord will deepen my faith and my reliance on Him alone. Lord, give me only my daily bread and help me to entrust the next day to You.

I’ll post again when I return from our lake trip. Have an awesome weekend!

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