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Good morning, Lord.  Thank you for another day in the desert with you.  Sometimes I think about how many things need to be done to make everything happen.  It´s not just the crowdfunding campaign, Lord, it´s the entire ministry idea.  I am fascinated by what is happening and I would love to dedicate myself full time to doing it but there are practical considerations such as living indoors and eating everyday for me and my family.  I know that you want us to step out in faith to do the things that you have called us to, but there are sacrifices that my family has to make with me.

Teach me not to protect my family from the desert so much as to learn to walk in the desert with their protector and provider.  It´s a hard lesson to learn, that you are a practical God and that you love us enough to provide the everyday mana from heaven that we need.

Sometimes I like to say, and it´s true, that your grace is sufficient for me, your grace on the cross, your grace in giving me your Holy Spirit to guide me everyday, your grace in your pleasure, presence and anointing on my life.  That is enough for anyone, no matter if the situation and circumstances aren´t so great.  But you are teaching me that your grace also extends to your providence and protection.

Not always, of course.  At least in the sense that you do allow bad things to happen to your people but only and always for their good and for your glory and the furtherance of your purposes in this world to rescue people from their sins.  That is good enough for me.  But you, still, provide and protect in the meantime.  That is the normal thing to ask for and expect and when you, by exception, allow other things to happen, then I can go back to what matters most to me….your pleasure.

What you always surprise me with is that you like to give me pleasure as well.  You want to give me the desires of my heart so long as my heart belongs to you.  Lord, I expect nothing more than the joy of being your child, and, really, that is enough.  But I know that you are generous and kind and will continue to bless me and my family beyond what we can imagine or think.  Thank you, Lord, for being my Father. I belong to you.  In Jesus´name I pray.  Amen.

The Desert Warrior

The Adventure of Grace by Bert A. Amsing
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