Morning Encouragement for 10/31/2022

Good morning,

There is a term in baseball called, “caught in a pickle”. This occurs when the runner is caught between the next base and the one that he was running from by two of the opposing team members. This term implies, “caught in a difficult position”. In life we also get caught in difficult positions where we are lost as to what to do next; in either choice, you will lose one thing or another. Consider the case of the early church in which the followers of Jesus were caught in the crossfire between Jesus and the Sanhedrin. If the people went towards the Sanhedrin and denied Jesus they would pay for it in the end. If the people chose to believe Jesus and deny the Sanhedrin they risk the chance of being excommunicated from the synagogue, from family, and friends. Either way, these people would lose. The thing is, we are not all that much better today at avoiding difficult positions than the people in the first century. We indeed have many more choices in spiritual worship places, and most certainly people stop talking to their families for years. At issue, though we lose that part of our life temporarily or permanently that we grew up with that as a part of our life of who we are. So which way to turn? We find the answer in Matthew, “come to me all who labor and are heavily laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” (Matthew 11:28 – 30).

Verses: Matthew 11:25 – 30, John 14:6-11, Isaiah 41:8-16, Psalms 121, Ecclesiastes 9

Famous Quote: “Hardships prepare ordinary people for an extraordinary destiny” – C.S. Lewis


You are the same G-d who led the people of Israel from one impossible situation to another and they survived although it looked like they wouldn’t make it. Mankind endures hardships all of their lives some they conquer others they falter. Yet, you love us through all of them. Help me to do what is right in your eyes and never back away. I do not blame people for falling on their swords nor for making a bad decision for good reasons, because I have been in the same place myself. From these “hardships”, come people that are humbled and pliable for your purposes. May I when I fall be the first to get back to my feet again and press on. 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 by 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).


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