1 John 1-5

I grabbed coffee and my old, battered bible as I headed out to my porch swing this morning. It’s a cool 69 degrees but the humidity is 90%, so it made me feel damp and cold. Long sleeves and capris weren’t quite warm enough, but I stayed out there long enough to read and pray this morning.

There’s a heaviness hanging over our country, like a dark thunder cloud, with all the changes taking place. Mask requirements are everywhere now and cash is becoming obsolete. The progression of change and restriction is swift and rapidly evolving everyday. Not to mention the tension in our city streets still continues. I cannot say that I am not concerned. I am. And afraid. I’m afraid of tomorrow. And the next day. And the day after that.

Being fearful, though, is not conducive to being wise, so I turned to God. I opened my bible and began to read where it opened and that was 1 John 1. As soon as I began to read, I felt this was right where I needed to be today.

I continued reading through chapter 2 and on into 3. I read the 20th verse in chapter 3 and found a such a great peace that I stayed there for bit and thought. I reread the 19th verse through the 24th. All good. My morning treasure though is verse 20.

19 By this we shall know that we are of the truth and reassure our heart before him; 20 for whenever our heart condemns us, God is greater than our heart, and he knows everything. 21 Beloved, if our heart does not condemn us, we have confidence before God; 22 and whatever we ask we receive from him, because we keep his commandments and do what pleases him. 23 And this is his commandment, that we believe in the name of his Son Jesus Christ and love one another, just as he has commanded us. 24 Whoever keeps his commandments abides in God, and God in him. And by this we know that he abides in us, by the Spirit whom he has given us.

I suggest you read the whole book of 1 John. I did and I feel better.

I prayed for you this morning. I prayed for your health and safety. I prayed that your heart might heal from pain caused by another or from a life-changing event. I prayed that maybe you might find what is missing in your life, whether it be God, a solution to a problem, or a person who loves you.

Don’t go through these days alone. These are hard days and there are more ahead of us. Remember that God never intended for us to travel this life alone. That is not how we were designed from the very beginning. We are social creatures and depend on each other, mentally, spiritually, and physically. Love and appreciate your spouse. Cling to those who give you strength. Surround yourself with friends and family. Depression comes easier now than ever. Don’t let depression happen to you or your loved ones. Be a good observer and listen to what others are not saying. Let’s be there for each other.

God knows everything. Be grateful for that. ♥️

Andi

Photos: my battered bible; our lone sunflower, photo courtesy, Charlie

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