John 1:9-14

John 1:9. “The true light that gives light to everyone was coming into the world. 10. He was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognize him. 11. He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him. 12. Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God— 13. children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God. 14. The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.”

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John 1:1-5

John 1:1. “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2. He was with God in the beginning. 3. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. 4. In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. 5. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.”

Malachi 3:7-12

Malachi 3:7. “Ever since the time of your ancestors you have turned away from my decrees and have not kept them. Return to me, and I will return to you,” says the Lord Almighty. “But you ask, ‘How are we to return?’ 8. “Will a mere mortal rob God? Yet you rob me. “But you ask, ‘How are we robbing you?’ “In tithes and offerings. 9. You are under a curse—your whole nation—because you are robbing me. 10. Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this,” says the Lord Almighty, “and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that there will not be room enough to store it. 11. I will prevent pests from devouring your crops, and the vines in your fields will not drop their fruit before it is ripe,” says the Lord Almighty. 12. “Then all the nations will call you blessed, for yours will be a delightful land,” says the Lord Almighty.”

Wise Advice about Talking

Tell Jesus your problems and He will understand and help.

Tell anyone else your problems and they will be disheartened and misunderstand them or use them against you and not help.

Releasing negative words to a person may make your burden lighter for a moment but make someone else’s heavier and return to you heavier also in time.

So telling only Jesus (in prayer) our problems is wisest because He loves us, understands, can bear the weight of them with ease, and can help.❤

Proverbs 4:13-19,23-27

Proverbs 4:13. “Hold on to instruction, do not let it go; guard it well, for it is your life. 14. Do not set foot on the path of the wicked or walk in the way of evildoers. 15. Avoid it, do not travel on it; turn from it and go on your way. 16. For they cannot rest until they do evil; they are robbed of sleep till they make someone stumble. 17. They eat the bread of wickedness and drink the wine of violence. 18. The path of the righteous is like the morning sun, shining ever brighter till the full light of day. 19. But the way of the wicked is like deep darkness; they do not know what makes them stumble. 23. Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it. 24. Keep your mouth free of perversity; keep corrupt talk far from your lips. 25. Let your eyes look straight ahead; fix your gaze directly before you. 26. Give careful thought to the paths for your feet and be steadfast in all your ways. 27. Do not turn to the right or the left; keep your foot from evil.”

Assurance/Psalm 23

Psalm 23:1. “The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing. 2. He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, 3. he refreshes my soul. He guides me along the right paths for his name’s sake. 4. Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. 5. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. 6. Surely your goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.”

My confidence in in God’s ability and live for me, not in my own abilities, which ebb and tide. I trust my Rock, my Shepherd.

A Good Man

I am married to a very good man. All good men and women are humans so none of us is perfect. I screw up all the time, despite my best efforts. And so does he. And while some people hold people to an impossible perfection expectation, I have no bent toward that particular sin and accept him as he is, with hope that he accepts me as I am too, “warts and all”, as the Brittish put it. And I believe sincerely that God can bond and unite two imperfect people and create from them someone better and more able to serve Him and others, and that common goal helps unify. It further helps that we are bonded by music. I believe all marrieds should have something in common to do together. And may God bless us all. ❤