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Donny, this morning I read these words in a devotion that I believe applies to your prayer walk in our "Decision Making" you spoke of. "A good decision you make today, however small, may set you on a path to accomplish something very important. A bad decision, seemingly minor, can lead to serious failure for loss in the future." In my own life I've made decisions over the years in the flesh and didn't seek the guidance or the will of God. Those decisions didn't always turn out so good, but not so bad either. When I did let God guide me and set the path, almost always those decisions turned out the way they were supposed to.
To be perfectly honest, right now, I'm trying to literally keep my head above water. I'm mentally exhausted from my job. Not from my faith. I want to make sure that is known. My faith is ever so strong, but the job situation has caused me to be mentally exhausted by the end of the day. We've undergone quite a few changes at work, and one last week hit the team of six of us pretty hard. So I'm not in this by myself. God is always there. There are five others besides myself in the same boat, but it has caused an increase in our work load. If it were up to me in the "flesh" I would love to walk out the door. But through daily scripture and daily prayer from myself and others in the community, God will guide me through all decisions I know. I'm honestly doing my best as my responsibility as God guides me to be there for others, but right now, I'm so grateful for the outpouring of prayerful support within this community.
I don't have one specific local friend that holds me accountable, but you, these prayer walks, God, my faith, and this community all do. That's what I appreciate. My responsibility is first to obey God, trust Him, and have the faith that He will guide me through this. I've been through similar situations such as this before, but it gets to the point at my age, when is enough, enough? Right now, I do not have a clear conscious or guidance to make such a bold decision, so I feel it's best to stay the course and trust God that He will guide me through this. The bit praise in all this is I believe the team I work with, most of them have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. We can talk about that with one another, so honestly I'm eternally grateful to them and to God that I have that. Change in life and the job is inevitable, but I'm doing everything I can to trust God through this. I am mentally tired at the end of the day, but each morning, I'm praying and I am in God's word. I will not let Satan take that or my faith away from me. That I do know. Some things may have to be set aside temporarily, but not my faith and trust in Jesus Christ. Thank you for letting me share. My responsibility is to obey God first, and let Him guide me to whatever and wherever that is. Donny, thanks again for #51. May God bless you, and thank you again for your prayers.
That feeling you described of the light in the trees and the bird songs is my very favorite way to start the day. Creation is so amazing and inspiring. I'm not one to hold onto "things" tightly so I don't have trouble giving what I have to others. I would say where I struggle more is with my time. I tend to be pretty fiercely protective of my "me" time so even though I love being a helper, I might at times hesitate to drop everything to go lend a hand. I'm convicted that it's easier for me to throw money at something than to show up and do something concrete to make a situation for someone better. I do think we're called to be our brothers' keepers. God put us in relationship and Jesus showed us what that is supposed to look like. If I want to be more like Jesus, I need to not be selfish with my resources OR my time. I know what God wants and I just need to be willing to be obedient when he puts opportunities to help a brother or sister in front of me, not when it's convenient for me, but when he wants me to go. Beautiful spot today, Donny. Thanks for sharing it and your great questions with us.
Thank you Donny for taking us along with you on this beautiful walk in a gorgeous setting. I could smell the spring air! For me the subject of giving and helping others became clear in my early years of being on the receiving end of gifts, support and help from many caring people. For me once I put the fear, reservation and apprehension of giving money, time or energy aside and replaced it with trust and the promise that God would take care of me the opportunities to help others appeared before me. Throughout my ever increasing years God has taken care of my needs, not left me wanting and placed opportunities in my path that blessed me in my giving. It is much like other parts of my prayer life, ask and the way will be shown. God has a way of pointing me in the right direction, even in times when looking at my finances or comfort zones that my human nature wants to put up the STOP sign. Lol. Thank you for your inspiration and prayer walks that help me realize how blessed I am. Blessings on your continued journey. Psalm 37:3-5 is my husband’s favorite on this subject.
Donny once again your prayer walk it home with me and had me crying cause for one about the beauty that GOD has made when my son was small he would see the sun coming up or just different things and he would ask how people don't believe in God? I just told him I don't know cause when we look around every day we see what GOD has made 🙏❤️ next responsibility my adopted dad didn't have to do what he did for me and my son but his thing was he always looked out for the under dog so now that he is gone I try and do that 🙏🙏 at work I have helped people pay for different things cause they didn't have enough money but I still need your prayer or help me understand why every time I think money wise I am getting ahead something else comes up now it's my truck more money on top of what I already owe I know that he says about us working and Lord knows I do that got that from my dad as well and I don't like asking for help 🙏 please let me know what you think and of course please please keep praying for me Donny your prayer walks help me and bless me in so many ways 🙏 Thanks again for what you do and for all your prayers 🙏🙏❤️❤️
Morning, Donny ~ I have been feeling guilty lately. My Step-Nephew Daniel Klopp, who was a devoted Christian missionary, passed away recently from a disease he acquired while being “responsible” for hundreds of youth in Las Lomas, Peru. He was only 47 and had given up his wife & children, his comfortable life in the US to start two non-profits – Voices4Peru and Truth in Christ Ministries -- to serve impoverished kids in Peru. He often reached out to me and asked for money to fund his pre-school and his youth soccer team there. Many times I contributed, but there were others that I thought, “Is this guy nuts?!” I lead a life of service, but is it enough? I would never be as committed as Danny. ~ Jan xoxo
It’s so sweet to trust in Jesus. It’s so sweet to hear your prayer walk in the morning. What I loved about this was I listened to Pastor Steven Furtick this morning about whose standards am I trying to live up to and follow? Then you followed with who am I responsible to and for. How blessed it is that God spoke in unison through both of you. I try to search out God’s heart for me in the morning as to what He requires today. I’m responsible for my brother and I’m to search the scripture for His standards not the world or its standards. Just like Micah 6:8 says God has shown me what I’m to do which is to love Him and show mercy and walk humbly. I don’t own anything all I have is God’s and I will give it to give God the glory.
Unfortunately, unable to play the video. Praying for everyone in Alberta who are affected by the wild fires. Stay safe. 🙏🙏
Most interesting and appropriate questions. This is difficult to answer so quickly. However, Jesus said keep the commandments and feed my sheep. In this crazy period of history so many need help, but will they accept it? One can only try and see.
What the world needs now is God, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit. I really enjoyed the "thinking walk." Thanks, Donnie Mac
Responsibility; when I think of responsibility I think of my kids and at times that scares me. It definitely keeps me seeking God cause many days I feel like a failure in that area. But I also know a lot of times that is satan putting thoughts in my head and I have to reject them. Because when I go to God and His Word He tells me I’m doing good.
When I think of other people: and selling everything; I’m not sure. I wanna say I would; cause I think it’s very cool how they took care of each other; like you mentioned, selling everything to help each other.
I love the beautiful places you find to do these prayer walks at. I’ve always wanted to visit Canada; not sure I ever will so in a way I get to see it through the prayer walks.