Morning Encouragement for 12/29/2022

Good morning,

As the year 2022 comes to a close, I want to wish each of you a Happy and prosperous New Year 2023. Many of you have been afflicted this year; honestly, this year has been abysmal at best and horrific at worst. When you read the verse “praise the Lord in all afflictions …”, it may be like ice water to the veins or fingernails scratching the chalkboard, and rightly so.  Praising the Lord doesn’t restore a loved one that died nor does it make your horrific situation like a “silk purse”. Praising the Lord diverts our pain and sorrow to the Lord who can keep us no matter what we are going through. Keeping the faith is much harder than scripture or sermons can ever detail. If “keeping the faith” and “praising the Lord” comes easy for you, you may never have faced your worst fears or watched your kingdom being decimated like the disciples felt that fateful day on Calvary. I want to encourage you today that no matter what you are facing or the depth of pain you are feeling that you are never ever alone. The cindered mess that lays at your feet is not the end of your story, it is the beginning of something unbelievable. For many of you, and prayerfully me too, 2023 will be the year that redefines your ministry and puts the puzzle that you have looked at for countless years together to see what the Lord has done in your life. I covet your prayers people and I want to hear from you so that we can encourage each other through the trials.

Verses: Psalms 147, Hebrews 12, James 1:2, Joshua 1.

Famous Quote: “Believe you can and you are halfway there” – Theodore Roosevelt.

Father,

You have so much in mind for your children which transcends what see, hear and feel. You never give us a play-by-play account of what is to occur, you simply put out your hand and say, “Child take my hand”. Equally, you never tell us why you are doing things or why the path we are taking seems wrong you simply say, “Child take my hand”. You do not tell us what will happen tomorrow, next week, next month, or next year you simply say, “Child take my hand”. So with trembly knees and nerves on edge, I put my hand in yours that you will lead me in the pathway that I will walk. I pray that you will bless my readers and those following my website and keep them throughout the year. Please help me today to not become discouraged because of the bad news or the pressures of a corrupt government. I pray for my family that you will keep each of them. I pray that you will continue to shake the world and its elected leaders so that they may be silenced before you. I pray for the military, law enforcement, and EMT communities that you will be with every one of them and bring them safely home. I pray over our politicians that you will continue to shake them to their core with the message of the Ephod so that they fully understand whom they serve. I pray for the city of Stacy, the state of Minnesota, and the USA may your Spirit fall fresh upon us. I pray for the truckers who carry supplies to our communities. I thank you for healing our land with rain that refreshes the land and the storms that shake the heart of mankind. I pray for those who need a special touch from you today. Finally, I pray that my words will always be an encouragement to all who read these words in Jesus’ name I pray. May your peace be upon my family, city, state, nation, and world. Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O LORD, my rock and my redeemer (Psalms 19:14).

IHS
MK

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