’21 Days to Change’ | Day 4

HAPPY FRIDAY!

Fridays — and weekends — can be challenging times for sticking with plans of change. It can be easy to allow ourselves to fall back into old, familiar patterns and habits.

So be strong! And courageous!!

No that there are others walking a similar path with you.

And as you’re out and about this weekend — and thinking about this change you’re in the midst of — I want you to look for an Oak tree.

Don’t worry if you don’t know what an Oak tree looks like… because this time of year they’re actually pretty easy to identify.

In the winter months, Oak trees go dormant — like most trees — but do not lose all of their leaves. In fact, Oak trees tend to retain a good percentage of their dead, crispy leaves… until spring… when the new buds — the signs of new life and change — push those dead leaves off the branch and to the ground.

So when you find that Oak… take note of those dead leaves… and begin to track your change and growth with the Oak in mind.

Here’s our scripture for the day:

From the Old Testament: Genesis 8:1-10:32

8:1 But God remembered Noah and all the wild animals and the livestock that were with him in the ark, and he sent a wind over the earth, and the waters receded. 2 Now the springs of the deep and the floodgates of the heavens had been closed, and the rain had stopped falling from the sky.3 The water receded steadily from the earth. At the end of the hundred and fifty days the water had gone down, 4 and on the seventeenth day of the seventh month the ark came to rest on the mountains of Ararat. 5 The waters continued to recede until the tenth month, and on the first day of the tenth month the tops of the mountains became visible. Keep reading…

From the New Testament: Matthew 4:12-25

4:12 When Jesus heard that John had been put in prison, he returned to Galilee. 13 Leaving Nazareth, he went and lived in Capernaum,  which was by the lake in the area of Zebulun and Naphtali– 14 to fulfill what was said through the prophet Isaiah: 15 “Land of Zebulun and land of Naphtali, the way to the sea, along the Jordan, Galilee of the Gentiles– 16 the people living in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of the shadow of death a light has dawned.”17 From that time on Jesus began to preach, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is near.” keep reading…

From the Psalms: Psalm 4

1 Answer me when I call to you, O my righteous God. Give me relief from my distress; be merciful to me and hear my prayer. 2 How long, O men, will you turn my glory into shame? How long will you love delusions and seek false gods ? “Selah” 3 Know that the LORD has set apart the godly for himself; the LORD will hear when I call to him. 4 In your anger do not sin; when you are on your beds,  search your hearts and be silent. “Selah” 5 Offer right sacrifices and trust in the LORD. 6Many are asking, “Who can show us any good?” Let the light of your face shine upon us, O LORD.7 You have filled my heart with greater joy than when their grain and new wine abound. 8 I will lie down and sleep in peace, for you alone, O LORD, make me dwell in safety.

From the Proverbs: Proverbs 1:20-23

20 Wisdom calls aloud in the street, she raises her voice in the public squares; 21 at the head of the noisy streets she cries out, in the gateways of the city she makes her speech: 22 “How long will you simple ones love your simple ways? How long will mockers delight in mockery and fools hate knowledge? 23 If you had responded to my rebuke, I would have poured out my heart to you and made my thoughts known to you.

And a prayer to close:

Our Father, which art in heaven,
Hallowed be thy Name.
Thy Kingdom come.
Thy will be done in earth,
As it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses,
As we forgive them that trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation,
But deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom,

The power, and the glory,

For ever and ever.

Amen.

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