A 13 YR. OLD TAKES FOUL SHOTS
Sometimes Dad would get a bit miffed at me after a snowfall. I only shoveled the part of the driveway where I played basketball. I learned early on in life that If you want to be good at something; you need to be immersed in repetition. Last year I asked God how He wanted me to read the Bible. I felt a strong urge to know the Word at a deeper level. The goal that I accomplished last year was to read the Bible cover to cover every 90 days. I finished my fourth reading just before Christmas. My new plan is reading the New Testament every 30 days along with reading the whole Bible in a year.
Repetition takes dedication and a persevering tenacity. There is good repetition and their is vain repetition. Through my immersion in the Bible, I've noticed a fairly rapid cycle of human behavior that repeats itself today. There are four points in the cycle.
- Man has a good relationship with God and communication is regular.
- Selfishness sets in and man loses communication.
- Bad things happen and man cries out to God.
- God calls man to repentance and some return and communicate with God again.
DAY 13 WORD
he said, “Be sure to obey all these commands that I have given you today. Repeat them to your children, so that they may faithfully obey all of God's teachings.
They sang the Lord's praises, repeating the refrain: “The Lord is good, and his love for Israel is eternal.” Everyone shouted with all their might, praising the Lord, because the work on the foundation of the Temple had been started.
Repeat these words in praise to the Lord, all you whom he has saved. He has rescued you from your enemies
What I am telling you in the dark you must repeat in broad daylight, and what you have heard in private you must announce from the housetops.
I repeat: it is much harder for a rich person to enter the Kingdom of God than for a camel to go through the eye of a needle.”
[ The True Righteousness ] In conclusion, my friends, be joyful in your union with the Lord. I don't mind repeating what I have written before, and you will be safer if I do so.
DAY 13 PRAYER
Your mercies are new each morning - a sunrise even after my darkest behaviors.
You repeat the Son-rise everyday.
You allow my heart to repeat heartbeats.
You allow the repeated infilling of my lungs with Your breath.
You show me your Son on the Cross with each season of nature.
You repeat the Fall of leaves as the fall of mankind.
You repeat the Winter as a cold place - distant from You.
You repeat the Spring as the great comeback and season of renewal.
You repeat the Summer as a celebration of grace.
Thank You God for Your repetitions of Love in the face of my vain repetitions.
In Jesus name.
DAY 13 DEEP THOUGHTS
- Do you recognize the leakage of God from your heart?
- What safeguards do you have to maintain communication with God?
- Are you well versed in the Word so that you can recognize God's communication?
- Your spirit requires a backbone of integrity. What does valor mean to you?