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Topic: Concentration (07/24/08)
TITLE: As I Was Saying, Lord …
By Lynda Schultz
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That was some rainstorm in the night. I wonder how long it lasted? Must have been after three when it woke me up. I needed to go to the bathroom anyway. How odd that the water was off at that hour of the morning.
â€śWhat a beautiful morning, Lord. Thank you so much for the wonderful sunshine, for the birds that have come to feed this morning.â€ť
Looks like Iâ€™ll have to fill the bird feeder again. Those greedy doves clean it out so quickly. I wish they wouldnâ€™t toss the seed all over the balcony though.
â€śThank you for the beautiful flowers that are the delight of my moments here in your presence."
They are doing well. Iâ€™m just so pleased, though I think I have to cut back that hibiscus. Itâ€™s getting so wild looking. Iâ€™ve dulled the kitchen scissors on it so Iâ€™d better go and buy some gardening shears this week.
â€śFather, please bless the duties of this day.â€ť
I need to call Gail and find out when she is planning to go shopping so I can keep that block of time available. I hope it wonâ€™t be at the same time as the cable guys want to come to do their installation. It will be so good to have some variety on television for a change, not to mention the joy of not having to adjust the antenna every five minutes to get a decent signal. And I must remember to put something out to thaw for supper as soon as I am done here.
â€śOh, um, thank you, Lord, for blessing Julie and Rob and restoring their relationship. That testimony they gave yesterday morning about how You have been working in their lives was so neat.â€ť
Julie did look so good. She must have gone shopping while they were away on their holiday. That outfit the baby was wearing didnâ€™t come from any of the local shops, of that I am sure. Iâ€™ll bet she spent tons. They were holding hands during the sermon just like they had fallen in love all over again. I wonder if Sam and I need to go away for a while without the kids? It might do us some good. The break would be great.
â€śBless Sam today, Father. Help him to handle the stresses of work with grace and wisdom.â€ť
Iâ€™d like to wring the neck of that Gus who is always ragging on Sam about being a â€śgoodie-goodie.â€ť Sam comes home so stressed at night. I wonder if heâ€™s going to be late tonight again. Another phone call to make later on so that dinner doesnâ€™t get cold before he walks through the door.
â€śThe kids need you today, Lord. Michael has the exam that heâ€™s so worried about â€¦â€ť
Mind you, if heâ€™d have studied more, he might have less to worry about. Those friends of his are such a distraction. I am not sure I like him hanging around with that Jenn. I should find out a little more about that family.
â€ś â€¦ so help him remember what he studied, Lord. Help him stay calm as he writes. Thank you for both Michael and Lisa.â€ť
Lisa is growing so fast. I swear those new shoes are already pinching her toes, and I was so sure when I bought them that they would last until they were actually worn out this time.
â€śLord, this list of sick people just keeps growing. If I forget anyone, Iâ€™m thankful that You wonâ€™t. Give each of them courage as they face treatment. Give them strength to endure and, if itâ€™s your will, heal each of them. I ask this for Linda, Ginny, Alex, Norm, Deb, Grace, and Marilyn.â€ť
Brother, this cancer stuff is scary. Every one of these people has it, and in every different form conceivable. It must be awful. I wonder how Iâ€™d know if I had it? So far, so good, though.
â€śThank you for providing for us, Lord. You have been so good, and I am grateful. Help us to be generous with what we have so that we can be a blessing to others.â€ť
I really hate the way the pastor makes such a big deal of asking for the offering, complete with PowerPoint and a different Bible verse every Sunday.
â€śThanks for hearing my prayer. Amen.â€ť
Heaven sighed: â€śWas that what this was?â€ť
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