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  1. Nonnie says:

    I can’t say “AMEN” loud enough. Beautiful!
    Praying for you and yours, Michael.

  2. Michael says:

    Thank you, my faithful friend.

  3. nomans says:

    Thank you friend for this beautiful word spoken in perfect timing.

  4. Michael says:

    Much love to you my sister..

  5. covered says:

    Michael, indeed one of your best! Funny how we sort of already knew it but need to be reminded. I love the way you reminded us. Thank you Michael. I wish you were feeling better.

  6. Bob Sweat says:

    The gravatar is for nomans. 🙂

  7. Paul Lytton says:

    In my opinion, I look at this slightly different.

    “…… Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.” (Matthew 6:34 ESV) goes deeper, showing that we need to focus on the “now” and not just “today”.

    I “was” alive yesterday, I “will be” alive tomorrow (hopefully), I “am” alive today (but the day is not over yet).

    Eternal life, via grace, is not an everlasting “day” it is an everlasting “now”.

    God bless you,
    Paul

  8. Michael says:

    Covered,
    It’s one of the most difficult disciplines of the Christian life…I wrote to remind myself of it’s necessity. 🙂

    Blessings on you.

  9. Michael says:

    Bob,

    I needed it more. 🙂
    I’m glad you’re still here…and I’m off to work.

  10. Michael says:

    Paul,

    Point well taken. 🙂

  11. Another Voice says:

    My battle with living for the day only is knowing when the future requires today’s decisions and when it does not. If an important and/or unpleasant event awaits me in a month, what do I need to be doing today (if anything) in preparation for that event – so as to have a positive outcome.

    This is a real battle for me. Obviously, Jesus is not promoting procrastination. Something I am quite prone towards…

  12. Silent follower says:

    Thank you, Michael. The bottom of the barrel seems a liitle more tolerable today because of your insight and suffering.
    – a silent follower.

  13. Em says:

    from what he posts for us i see a Michael that bears so many burdens of others that grind him down – as they would any of us – i can only watch, wonder and pray, in sadness and ignorance, the prayer that Sister Xenia prays – God have mercy – for Lord, You are a God of mercy and You are our God because we have seen Your character – You are God and You are worthy to be – send us more wisdom and strength and increase in Faith to go through – glorify Your salvation in us

  14. Paige says:

    I’ve mentioned before that my meditation verse (just noticed there is only one letter dif between meditation and medication) 🙂 Is Nahum 1:7 “The Lord is good. He is a stronghold in TIMES OF TROUBLE. He KNOWS those who are His” The ‘times of trouble’ are more the norm than times of ease and bliss, IMO…. The last 15 years of my life have been one storm after another…. loss after loss. I’m not in a storm at this moment. I can say, truly, God IS in the storms accomplishing His good purposes. Hindsight is so much easier than the blind terror of dark times.The Lord is good….a stronghold in times of trouble..He knows those who are His….. my mantra.

  15. Chile says:

    AV, my posts won’t post on the other thread.

  16. Sinner n Saint says:

    Trials…indeed

    I am a deeply wounded man…my pain runs deep. This blog was started to help ppl who have been abused by pastors. I was here in the early days attempting to comfort the broken. Now I’m the one with a story to tell. I may need to start a blog for pastors who have been abused by the ppl they loved and made tremendous sacrifices for.

    For the past 15 yrs I’ve given everything I have for the sake of the “church”, and I have nothing to show for it but pain, debt, and a long list of ppl who hate me.

    I’m taking a break from telling others about his mercy so that I can realize it for myself.

  17. Nonnie says:

    Oh SnS, I pray that you will, indeed, realise God’s love and grace for yourself. I don’t know your story, but I know He does, and I truly believe God will honour a man who is giving himself away for the sake of Christ. You may sow in tears, but you will reap in joy. He promises that. Praying for you, dear brother in Christ.

  18. jlo says:

    SnS, Praying for you.

  19. Em says:

    SnS – i wish you knew my grandfather’s story … Grandpa was a minister during the Holiness movement in the first part of the last century – i wrote a book centered on him for my extended family and, while reading the whole thing might be tedious and off topic for you, you might be encouraged by reading the preview that is on the Lulu dot com website – especially the last couple pages “Converging Streams” is the title to search for – God absolutely knows what it has cost you to serve His son and God is faithful

  20. pslady says:

    Michael, I pray for you in your trials….I’m just a little voice among many! I do try to live by His grace everyday & not worry about tomorrow (doesn’t always work, though I’m striving). I lost your blog for some time & am so happy to have found it again under your name. I missed your words more than i can say…so happy to be able to “read” you again.

  21. Nonnie says:

    Welcome back Psladay!!!

  22. Xenia says:

    Lord, have mercy.

  23. victorious says:

    Sinner and Saint. My story too. It has not ended; it has only intensified inside household doors. Yet Christ remains within those walls of suffering too; so if I have to fill up some of His afflictions within my body, I will.

    Yet, there are blessings in the midst of it all. I am thankful that I have I offspring that are really sharing in my gospel and are owning their own stewardship in the Kingdom.

    Praying for you.

  24. victorious says:

    Michael, praying for you too. Thanks for being a living epistle who articulates quite well, with a blessed anointing I might add.

  25. victorious says:

    Em. I am going to look up your book. Thank you.

  26. Em says:

    Vic, i hope the last part of the preview is encouraging to anyone in the ministry particularly if they’re feeling they’ve failed… most of the book is just family history, tho my grandparents had quite a life

  27. Sinner n Saint says:

    Thank you for the kind words all…Vic, I appreciate your empathy friend.

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