Leave It To God

Today is Sunday, July 15, 2018. Day 22,039.

35 days until S turns 25! She’s already talking about things she wants to do that day.

“You can no more win a war than you can win an earthquake.” ~ Jeannette Rankin, 1880-1973, The Quotations Page

The word for today is coeval, “of the same age, date, or duration; equally old.”

Yesterday was a great day. After the guy came to look at our toilet (I may not have mentioned that part), C went and picked up our Clicklist while I finished my devotional blog. After I got ready, C and I headed over to Weatherford to the Parker County Peach Festival. We walked around there for about an hour, having a small bowl of peach ice cream, picking up a t-shirt, several kinds of jam (including peach, of course), a small bag of coffee mix, and some actual peaches. It was hot, of course, but we had a good time. We almost connected with some folks that I work with, but they guy didn’t respond to my initial text (I texted him as soon as we got there) until we were about to the exit gate.

From there, we continued westward to Mineral Wells, where we shared some peaches with my mother, and then she took us out for lunch. We went to the Dairy Mart, where we had some great cheeseburgers. Well, C had a patty melt, which is a just cheeseburger on square Texas Toast. Then I went over to the Famous Water Company, where I picked up two cases of Crazy Water #4, some chocolate pecans, and a t-shirt.

After dropping mother off at her house, we headed back home, where I spent the rest of the afternoon preparing for this morning’s worship gathering at FBC Smithfield. I’m looking forward to leading again. We will be singing “Blessed Be Your Name” (Matt Redman), “Blessed Assurance” (the hymn), “Who Can Satisfy My Soul” (Dennis Jernigan), “Your Love Defends Me” (Matt Maher), “Amazing Grace (My Chains Are Gone)” (John Newton and Chris Tomlin), and “Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus” (the hymn).

This afternoon, we will be meeting seven other folks from our Exchange family at Lone Star Park for an afternoon of horse races. Good times.

Almost forgot the baseball recaps. The Red Sox won their game, 6-2, on a Xander Bogaerts walk-off grand slam home run! They are now 67-30 on the season, and remain 3.5 up in the AL East.

The Rangers lost to Orioles, 1-0. This makes their record 41-55, and they fall to 22 out in the AL West.

All Scriptures are from the ESV unless otherwise noted

Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path. 
I have sworn an oath and confirmed it, to keep your righteous rules. 
I am severely afflicted; give me life, O LORD, according to your word! 
Accept my freewill offerings of praise, O LORD, and teach me your rules. 
I hold my life in my hand continually, but I do not forget your law. 
The wicked have laid a snare for me, but I do not stray from your precepts. 
Your testimonies are my heritage forever, for they are the joy of my heart. 
I incline my heart to perform your statutes forever, to the end.

Psalm 119:105-112

Verse 105 is another popular memory verse. I learned it as a child, as, “Thy word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path.” Someone wrote that into a popular worship chorus a couple of decades ago. I like the imagery in the verse. God’s word lights my way; it shows me the way I should walk. Without it, I am walking in darkness.

I want to share Chuck Swindoll’s weekend reading in The Finishing Touch.

“Can’t seem to get where you want to go fast enough?
Leave it to God.
Worried about your kids?
Leave it to God.
Living in a place you’d rather not be?
Leave it to God.
Looks like you won’t graduate with honors?
Leave it to God.
No matter how hard you try, your life’s partner simply is not responding?
Leave it to God.
Found a lump and you see the doctor tomorrow?
Leave it to God.
You’ve said the right words to that friend who is lost, and you’ve been all you know to be, still, zip?
Leave it to God.
Haven’t got a date for the prom?
Leave it to God.
A mid-career change seems scary?
Leave it to God.
You did the job but someone else got the credit?
Leave it to God.
Getting older, alone?
Leave it to God.

Father, help us to leave all things in your hands, whether good or bad, favorable or unfavorable. Forgive us when we try to accomplish things on our own, without you.
Even so, come, Lord Jesus!

The LORD bless you and keep you; the LORD make his face to shine upon you and be gracious to you; the LORD lift up his countenance upon you and give you peace.

Grace and peace, friends.


Weeds Are Flowers, Too

Today is Saturday, July 14, 2018. Day 22,038.

36 days until S turns 25!

“Weeds are flowers too, once you get to know them.” ~ A.A. Milne, 1882-1956, BrainyQuote

The word for today is obviate, “to anticipate and prevent (something, such as a situation) or make (an action) unnecessary.”

Today, we are planning to go to Weatherford, in a little while, for the Parker County Peach Festival. I don’t know how long we will hang out there, because it’s July in Texas. But we plan to get some fresh peaches, maybe some peach ice cream, some jam, jelly, or peach butter, and maybe some cobbler or pie. Then we plan to take some peaches on over to Mineral Wells, to my mother. While in Mineral Wells, I will make a quick stop at the Famous Water Company to pick up some Crazy Water. We may also get lunch. Not quite sure about that.

The Red Sox lost a game to the Blue Jays, last night, 13-7. Their record is at 66-30. The Yankees lost, too, so they remain 3.5 up in the AL East. I’m not terrible upset about a loss, when they just rode a ten-game winning streak. The longer that streak goes, the more nervous you get about the next game, you know.

The Rangers beat the Orioles, 5-4. Their record is now 41-54. They are 21 games out in the AL West.

The All Star break is next week. Just for the record, I’m not a fan, and haven’t been for years. It’s totally meaningless. It doesn’t even determine home field advantage for the World Series any more (I’ve been championing changing that for years). And it disrupts the flow of the season, because all the teams take a week off. I just don’t like it. So there.

I’ll be leading worship at FBC Smithfield again, tomorrow. Then, after church, a group of us will be going to Lone Star Park again for the horse races. We have purchased two boxes, totaling ten seats, and invited a group of church friends. They’ll have to provide their own betting money.

All Scriptures are from the ESV unless otherwise noted

Oh how I love your law! It is my meditation all the day. 
Your commandment makes me wiser than my enemies, for it is ever with me. 
I have more understanding than all my teachers, for your testimonies are my meditation. 
I understand more than the aged, for I keep your precepts. 
I hold back my feet from every evil way, in order to keep your word. 
I do not turn aside from your rules, for you have taught me. 
How sweet are your words to my taste, sweeter than honey to my mouth! 
Through your precepts I get understanding; therefore I hate every false way.

Psalm 119:97-104

In this passage, understanding is linked to meditating on God’s word. And, I would surmise, not just understanding about God’s word, but understanding about life, itself. There is much wisdom in the words of Jesus, for example, on how to live life and interact with those around us. If we read and meditate on those words, our understanding of life will increase.

Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.
Philippians 2:3-4

There is a lot of power in these two small verses. What would the world look like if everyone did this? What would the world look like if I even did this?

We do so much in our lives out of “selfish ambition” and conceit. And, most of the time, if we are honest, we are looking out for our own interests, if not solely, at least much more than we look out for the interests of others. The political stuff that gets spewed on social media, from both “conservatives” and “liberals” proves the point, here. People, as a general rule, don’t care about the feelings/opinions of others when they post their own opinions. There is a great prevalence of “everyone who doesn’t agree with me is just stupid.” And this comes from a lot of “Christians.” It makes me very sad. And I believe it makes Jesus sad.

We are instructed, by Paul, in these verses to have humility and count others more significant than ourselves. I know how difficult this is, because I fail at it, daily. But I must try, and, if I am truly following Christ, I must get better at it all the time. Humility is hard. And be assured, if you think you are humble, you are not.

Father, even though I hesitate to pray this prayer, I need you to teach me humility. And when you do that, teach me more humility. I am so bad at it, but at least I’m aware of that. You have placed in my heart the desire to follow you, to follow Jesus more closely. Help me to meditate more on his words, that I might have more understanding of life. Help me to consider others as more significant than myself. Help me to look out for the interests of others, as well as my own. Help me to love my neighbor as myself, and to love my brothers and sisters in Christ in the same way that he has loved us.
Even so, come, Lord Jesus!

The LORD bless you and keep you; the LORD make his face to shine upon you and be gracious to you; the LORD lift up his countenance upon you and give you peace.

Grace and peace, friends.


Today is Friday, July 13, 2018. Friday the thirteenth, for those who suffer from friggatriskaidekaphobia. Day 22,037.

37 days until S turns 25!

“Between two evils, I always pick the one I never tried before.” ~ Mae West, 1892-1980, The Quotations Page

The word for today is vitiate, “to impair or weaken the effectiveness of.”

We finally made it back to the Y, again, last night. I had a good workout on the elliptical machine, first time I’ve gotten back on that one since I hurt my back. It felt pretty good.

Today is Friday, as noted above, so we will likely have to work late. But I need to be okay with it and not get so angry about it. It’s just life, and it is what God has given me and I need to be okay with it.

The Red Sox beat the Blue Jays, last night, 6-4, mostly thanks to a thirteen pitch at bat by Mookie Betts, which ended in a grand slam home run that fell on Landsowne Street. Also thanks to Justin Smoak for not catching the pop foul on the third pitch. 🙂 Anyway, the Sox are now 66-29, and remain 3.5 up in the AL East. They will continue their series tonight.

The Rangers did not play last night. They are fourteen games under .500, at 40-54, and 21 games out in the AL West.

The top three teams in MLB are Boston, Houston, and New York Yankees. Seattle is fourth, 7.5 games behind Boston. Everyone else is ten or more games behind. Baltimore continues to hold down the last/worst spot, 39.5 games behind. That is how far they are out in their division, as well. Almost forty games out before the All Star break. That may be a MLB record.

All Scriptures are from the ESV unless otherwise noted

Forever, O LORD, your word is firmly fixed in the heavens. 
Your faithfulness endures to all generations; you have established the earth, and it stands fast. 
By your appointment they stand this day, for all things are your servants. 
If your law had not been my delight, I would have perished in my affliction. 
I will never forget your precepts, for by them you have given me life. 
I am yours; save me, for I have sought your precepts. 
The wicked lie in wait to destroy me, but I consider your testimonies. 
I have seen a limit to all perfection, but your commandment is exceedingly broad.

Psalm 119:89-96

There is a great truth, here, in verse 92. “If your law had not been my delight, I would have perished in my affliction.” I can testify to this. Whether or not I can say I have been truly “afflicted,” is, of course, debatable. But I have gone through things, in my life, in which I surely would have fallen away, had the word of God not been my fortress. Some of those times were due to my own foolishness and sin, but the word of God still carried me through them and brought me back to the reality of his kingdom.

A friend loves at all times.
Proverbs 17:17
He who withholds kindness from a friend forsakes the fear of the Almighty.
Job 6:14
So whatever you wish that others would do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets.
Matthew 7:12

I don’t have much in the way of commentary on this. But I’ve heard an old saying; “The only way to have a friend is to be one.” I sometimes feel that I don’t have very many people that I can call “friend.” I have had one or two, maybe three “good friends” in my lifetime. Right now, I don’t feel like I have a “good friend.” But is that my fault? Maybe I have not fulfilled the qualifications of “friend.” Perhaps I have not “loved at all times.” Perhaps I have withheld kindness from a friend. And perhaps I have not done a good job of following the “Golden Rule.”

Don’t misunderstand. This is not a pity party. Just some introspection that I’m putting out here. I do have friends. I worship with a bunch of them. But I stand by the statement that, at this point in my life, other than my wife, I don’t feel that I have a “close friend.” Perhaps God will send me one. If he does, I’d better make sure I heed those verses above.

Father, I thank you for the good friends you have sent my way, through my life. Several of those, even though we are not close, these days, I still consider to be pretty good friends, and still have love for them. I pray, thought, that I might be a better friend to those around me. Teach me to do unto others as I would have them do unto me. Teach me to dwell in your kingdom and walk in the easy yoke of Jesus.
Even so, come, Lord Jesus!

The LORD bless you and keep you; the LORD make his face to shine upon you and be gracious to you; the LORD lift up his countenance upon you and give you peace.

Grace and peace, friends.

Follow the Leader; Or Don’t

Today is almost-Friday, July 12, 2018. Day 22,036.

38 days until S turns 25!

125 days until Fallout 76!

“A cynic is not merely one who reads bitter lessons from the past, he is one who is prematurely disappointed in the future.” ~ Sidney J. Harris, 1917-1986, The Quotations Page

The word for today is cerebrate, “to use the mind : think.”

The Red Sox completed a sweep of the Rangers, last night, beating them 4-2, as Chris Sale got his tenth win, and the Sox got their ninth consecutive win. They remain 3.5 up in the AL East. The Sox start a series with Toronto tonight. The Rangers get another Thursday off (I don’t know how they always manage to have Thursday off), and head to Baltimore for the weekend.

All Scriptures are from the ESV unless otherwise noted

My soul longs for your salvation; I hope in your word. 
My eyes long for your promise; I ask, “When will you comfort me?” 
For I have become like a wineskin in the smoke, yet I have not forgotten your statutes. 
How long must your servant endure? When will you judge those who persecute me? 
The insolent have dug pitfalls for me; they do not live according to your law. 
All your commandments are sure; they persecute me with falsehood; help me! 
They have almost made an end of me on earth, but I have not forsaken your precepts. 
In your steadfast love give me life, that I may keep the testimonies of your mouth.

Psalm 119:81-88

The Psalmist has a longing for the salvation and promises of God. How much do I long for his word? But in this passage, the Psalmist is seeking comfort in his persecutions.

But also note verse 88. “In your steadfast love give me life, that I may keep the testimonies of your mouth.” Even the ability to keep his commands is a gift from God. We are unable to follow him without the life that he gives us!

(From The Finishing Touch, Charles Swindoll)
Blind Spots

In today’s reading, Chuck Swindoll identifies six things for which we should be alert in leaders. This will help us avoid what he calls “follow-no-matter-what syndrome,” which is what causes situations like Jonestown and Waco.

1. Authoritarianism. When leaders begin to repress freedoms, becoming “inflexible, dictatorial, tyrannical, oppressive,” we should stop following them. A true leader should always have a servant’s heart and a teachable spirit. “Be especially wary of one who seems to have all the answers.”
2. Exclusiveness. Beware the “we-alone-are-right” mentality. This type of thinking is usually indicative of cult behavior, especially if they begin to forbid you contact with your other family members.
3. Greed. While this one should be obvious, many church congregations fall into the trap of following a money-hungry preacher. But God’s shepherds are not to be motivated by selfish gain.
4. Sensuality. Again, it should be obvious. When a pastor begins having inappropriate conduct with members of the opposite sex (or even same sex, in these days), we should be questioning his ability to lead.
5. Unaccountability. I’m not sure that’s really a word. But this is a big one. Perhaps it should be number two. When a leader refuses to be accountable to anyone else, he forfeits the right to be trusted. Beware the “I am God’s anointed, how dare you question me” mentality.
6. Rationalization. Wrongs are justified with a defensive spirit. Inappropriate actions are explained away. Swindoll calls this “accommodation theology.” If a leader begins going down this path, we need to follow a different leader and path.

One thing, I would add, though. If we see our pastors/leaders begin to follow any of these errant paths, I would highly recommend first trying to correct them. Not alone, mind you, but with a group of like-minded, godly people. If attempts at correction fail, leave. It is that simple. Refuse to follow a leader who exhibits any of these characteristics.

Father, give us wisdom as we decide who we will follow in your kingdom. Ultimately, we need to follow Jesus. But we always have leaders who, hopefully, will help us to do that better. I believe you have given our little body of believers such a leader. If we ever see any of these mentalities in our leaders, may we first try to correct, gently. If that fails, give us the wisdom to stop following and go elsewhere, always looking to Jesus as our ultimate leader.
Thank you for the life that you have given me that enables me to love your word and follow your precepts.
Even so, come, Lord Jesus!

Let your steadfast love, O LORD, be upon us, even as we hope in you. Psalm 33:22

Grace and peace, friends.

Your Hands Have Made Me

Today is Wednesday, July 11, 2018. Day 22,035.

39 days until S turns 25.

126 days until Fallout 76!

“Education is a progressive discovery of our own ignorance.” ~ Will Durant, 1885-1981, BrainyQuote

The word for today is solecism, “a nonstandard or ungrammatical usage.” For example, “They was going,” or, “I seen a car.”

We did not, in face, make it to the Y, last night. C got away from work late, yesterday evening, and had had a difficult day. Unfortunately, I did not feel like fighting to go, so we didn’t. We probably could have made it just fine. But we didn’t, and that’s okay. We’ll try again tonight.

The Red Sox beat the Rangers 8-4, last night, to improve their record to 64-29. The Yankees lost to . . . wait, what?? Haha! The Yankees lost to THE ORIOLES!! The worst team in baseball! The Sox are now 3.5 games up in the AL East, riding an eight game winning streak. That’s great, but we start getting nervous when the winning streak gets this far, because we all know that, eventually, our team will have to lose another game. I’m also not counting on the O’s to beat the Yankees again tonight. But you never know, do you?

All Scriptures are from the ESV unless otherwise noted

Your hands have made and fashioned me; give me understanding that I may learn your commandments. 
Those who fear you shall see me and rejoice, because I have hoped in your word. 
I know, O LORD, that your rules are righteous, and that in faithfulness you have afflicted me. 
Let your steadfast love comfort me according to your promise to your servant. 
Let your mercy come to me, that I may live; for your law is my delight. 
Let the insolent be put to shame, because they have wronged me with falsehood; as for me, I will meditate on your precepts. 
Let those who fear you turn to me, that they may know your testimonies. 
May my heart be blameless in your statutes, that I may not be put to shame!

Psalm 119:73-80

“Your hands have made and fashioned me.” This is one of the most important realizations that we can come to in our journey with God. We must acknowledge who he is to us, and he is, first of all, our creator. He has made us and fashioned us. Now, I have frequently looked to the skies and wondered aloud, “God, why did you make me this way??” So far, I have not received an answer. He doesn’t answer all the questions. Nevertheless, I continue to struggle to follow him and walk in his kingdom, following Jesus. This has brought peace to my life in waves that are indescribable.

I like verse 79, but I’m not sure I’m quite ready to pray that one. “Let those who fear you turn to me, that they may know your testimonies.”

Father, I thank you for the knowledge that your hands have made me and fashioned me. As Psalm 139 also tells me, I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Help me to reflect on this truth throughout this day, that I might glorify you in all I think, say, and do.
Even so, come, Lord Jesus!

Let your steadfast love, O LORD, be upon us, even as we hope in you. Psalm 33:22

Grace and peace, friends.

Better Than Gold and Silver

Today is Tuesday, July 10, 2018. Day 22,034.

40 days until S turns 25!

127 days until Fallout 76!

“It is our responsibilities, not ourselves, that we should take seriously.” ~ Peter Ustinov, 1921-2004, The Quotations Page

The word for today is makebate, “a person who causes contention or discord.”

Last night, we went to a small gathering of church people that occurs once a month, called “Cookies and Conversation.” It used to be called “Night of Conversation,” I suppose to go along with “Night of Worship.” But there were always cookies, so someone suggested changing the name. This was the first one we have been to. One of the main reasons we went was that we missed seeing everyone at our worship gathering on Sunday. We had a great time talking about forgiveness and what Jesus said about it. The springboard for the discussion was Jacob’s reading of Matthew 5:23-24, “So if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother has something against you, leave your gift there before the altar and go. First be reconciled to your brother, and then come and offer your gift.” It was a truly great discussion. The cookies weren’t bad, either.

I only have to give one score today, because the Red Sox are playing the Rangers, in Boston. The Red Sox won last night’s game, 5-0, improving their record to 63-29. The Yankees split a double header with the Orioles, so the Sox gain a half game, putting them 2.5 up in the AL East. The Rangers record is now 40-52, and they are 20.5 out in the AL West.

We plan to make it to the Y tonight, for a workout.

All Scriptures are from the ESV unless otherwise noted

You have dealt well with your servant, O LORD, according to your word. 
Teach me good judgment and knowledge, for I believe in your commandments. 
Before I was afflicted I went astray, but now I keep your word. 
You are good and do good; teach me your statutes. 
The insolent smear me with lies, but with my whole heart I keep your precepts; 
their heart is unfeeling like fat, but I delight in your law. 
It is good for me that I was afflicted, that I might learn your statutes. 
The law of your mouth is better to me than thousands of gold and silver pieces.

Psalm 119:65-72

There are several important things in this passage. First is verse 68. “You are good and do good; teach me your statutes.” One of the most important things that we can know about God is that he is good. One of my favorite messages that our pastor every preached included these three statements. “God is near. God is able. God is good.” If we can get those three truths deep into our souls, we will be set for life.

The second is verse 71. Here, the psalmist proclaims something that most of us would not dare to state. “It is good for me that I was afflicted.” What? Are you crazy?? But there is a reason. “It is good for me that I was afflicted, that I might learn your statutes.” While the statement, “Everything happens for a reason,” is quite overused, and a terrible thing to say to someone who has just experienced a tragedy, there is truth to it. When we are afflicted with whatever, there is a purpose behind it. That’s why we love Romans 8:28 so much. “And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.” “All things” includes afflictions. So when we go through “bad stuff,” we need to remember that God has a plan and purpose for us.

The third is verse 72. “The law of your mouth is better to me than thousands of gold and silver pieces.” Now, we might think that is easy for this Psalmist to say, as it very well might have been David, who was quite wealthy. Nevertheless, it is true. The word of God, and what it means to us as we meditate on it, is worth more than all the gold and silver in the world. We are rich if we know God’s word, even richer if we know him along with it.

Father, I do have a love for your word, but so often, when I read it, I hurry through it without grasping the depths of its meaning. Help me to slow down and “chew” when I read your word. You are good, Father! So very good! Thank you for being a “good good Father” to us. I will pray, along with the Psalmist, “teach me your statutes.” Teach me your way, that I may walk in your truth. And I will thank you when affliction comes to me, and look for the purpose, what you are trying to teach me. May your word be more valuable to me than thousands of gold pieces, Father.
Even so, come, Lord Jesus!

Let your steadfast love, O LORD, be upon us, even as we hope in you. Psalm 33:22

Grace and peace, friends.

When I Think On My Ways

Today is Monday, July 9, 2018. Day 22,033.

41 days until S Turns 25!

128 days until Fallout 76!

“Remember that as a teenager you are at the last stage of your life when you will be happy to hear that the phone is for you.” ~ Fran Lebowitz, The Quotations Page

The word for today is transmogrify, “to change or alter greatly and often with grotesque or humorous effect.” I was sure that Bill Watterson had invented that word, but find that it was used as early as 1671, by poet Aphra Behn.

The worship gathering, yesterday morning, went quite well, in my opinion. We arrived at FBC Smithfield at around 9:30, bot all the gear brought in and set up and had time to practice all the songs before the service began. I struggled a bit with “In Christ Alone,” which is kind of funny (it wasn’t at the moment) because that’s not one of the songs I was nervous about. Perhaps I should have been. The song I was most nervous about, “Great Is Thy Faithfulness,” went just fine. It seems that we were well-received and people seemed to enjoy the worship. Several people expressed great gratitude that I was there.

So, I will be going back, probably at least through the first Sunday in August, which is when the decision about the merger is supposed to happen. For me, it felt really good to be leading worship again. I realize I have had the privilege of playing, and occasionally leading, at The Exchange, but this was different. This was what I did for many years, and it felt good to be doing it again.

The Red Sox beat the Royals, completing a sweep, by the score of 7-4, to improve their record to 62-29. They remain two games up in the AL East.

The Rangers beat the Tigers 3-0, so their record is now 40-51, and the remain 20.5 out in the AL West.

The All Star game will be next Tuesday.

All Scriptures are from the ESV unless otherwise noted

The LORD is my portion; I promise to keep your words. 
I entreat your favor with all my heart; be gracious to me according to your promise. 
When I think on my ways, I turn my feet to your testimonies; 
I hasten and do not delay to keep your commandments. 
Though the cords of the wicked ensnare me, I do not forget your law. 
At midnight I rise to praise you, because of your righteous rules. 
I am a companion of all who fear you, of those who keep your precepts. 
The earth, O LORD, is full of your steadfast love; teach me your statutes!

Psalm 119:57-64

Verse 59 is an important verse. “When I think on my ways I turn my feet to your testimonies.” If we were to actually stop and think about the things we are about to do, it might have a drastic effect on our lives. A lot of times, at least in my experience, sin comes when I just run headlong into something, without stopping to thing, “Wait! What am I doing??” But if I stop, and think on my ways, it might lead me to turn my thoughts and feet in the direction of God’s word.

Father, I thank you for the Psalms. They have long been my favorite part of the Bible, and I find such great inspiration and comfort from them. Today, I pray that, should my heart be tempted to go after things which are not pleasing to you, that I would stop and consider my ways, and turn my feet to your testimonies. Teach me your way, that I may walk in your truth; unite my heart to fear your name.
Even so, come, Lord Jesus.

Let your steadfast love, O LORD, be upon us, even as we hope in you. Psalm 33:22

Grace and peace, friends.