Wednesday, June 19, 2019
Ephesians 6:14-16 – So stand strong with the belt of truth
tied around your waist, and on your chest wear the protection of right
living. On your feet wear the Good News of peace to help you stand strong.
And also use the shield of faith with which you can stop all the burning
arrows that come from the Evil One. (ERV)
In the early days of
the Internet, there was a handwritten letter in my mailbox. I hadn't
seen anyone put it there, but I opened it without much thought. Then, like
an icy deluge, its words poured over me, accusing, condemning, judging
— and anonymous! Talk about "the burning arrows that come from
the Evil One"!
My picture had recently been in the local
paper with a small blurb about something that I'd helped with in the
community. The letter said that I had no friends, that at the pool where I
exercised, everyone hated me and thought that I was a fool. It went on in
detail, like the bullying and abuse that we sometimes hear about on social
media. There was a day when I might have believed the things in this letter
and let it make me think that my life was useless. But with God in my life,
I was assured that it had meaning and purpose, and due to God's grace,
I had nothing on my conscience to worry about. I began to pray for the
unknown writer of the letter, that their hand be stayed from ever writing
another to anyone else.
Such a letter could destroy a
person's life. It was then that I remembered the saying, Sunlight is
the best disinfectant. I went down to a print shop and made seventy
copies. Then I went to the pool, from which the writer had told me to stay
away, and handed out that letter. People were horrified, and the reaction
at the pool was entirely supportive. Later, sitting talking in the sauna
with others, their wholehearted acceptance had moved so far along that
jokes were even starting up. By then, my making the whole thing public had
relegated those accusations to the unimportant size that they really were
— a mere blip. Yet, I had heard about some shy, lonely souls taking
their own life when sent just such a letter. God was in it. Later, someone
from the office told me that only one person had complained, saying that I
was a disruption, "Probably because handwriting can be traced,"
she said. "The person seemed pretty nervous."
we do when the storms of life get so personal? Living the Christian life
has been described as Pray, trust God, clean house, and help others.
Someone said that *Faith is spelled, A.C.T.I.O.N. We have faith only when
we act on it." May such a living faith be ours today.
Isaiah 33:21 – The Lord will be our Mighty One. He will be
like a wide river of protection that no enemy can cross, that no enemy ship
can sail upon. (NLT)
Prayer: Dear Father, You impart
wisdom from heaven to us when we ask. Help us to act on it when it is
given. Thank You especially for the breastplate of righteousness, which can
handle all the darts that the enemy might throw. Help us to stand. Amen.
Rose DeShaw <email@example.com>
Kingston, Ontario, Canada
Today's Verse: John 3:5
– Jesus answered, "Very truly I tell you, no one can enter the
kingdom of God unless they are born of water and the Spirit." (NIV)
Today's Bible Readings:
One-Year* Scripture Passage: 1 Kings 14-18
Two-Year* Scripture Passages: Esther 2; 2 Timothy 2:14-26
Canadian Bible Society Daily Bible Reading: Joshua 22:13-34
Jesus promised, "If two of you agree on earth about anything you
ask, it will be done for you by my Father in heaven." (Matthew 18:19
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Prayers for Healing posted by Grammy on 6/18/2019
I fell last week and am still quite sore. Prayers for healing appreciated.
Praising God still. It could have been much worse. Blessings, Cass
Husband's back posted by GMM on 6/18/2019
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My dear husband, who seldom has health issues, had a mole surgically
removed 1 week ago today. The sutures did not take, and now he has an open
wound on his back waiting for a skin graft. Home care will come to look
after wound in the interim. Skin graft is scheduled and I am to leave on a
mission trip shortly after. Please pray for healing hands, compassion for
all. Also prayl that God will direct me in the right path to choose in
regards to mission trip or staying home beside my husband.
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