Good morning y’all! Happy Monday. Sorry I missed my post Saturday. I woke up late, and then my wife and I were running non-stop until the end of the evening. We triple booked our day: baby shower, wedding, and work costume party. We experienced all the gamuts of living: the celebration of new life, the celebration of one life, and the celebration where all that can sometimes begin, with fellowship and fun. Our kids spent the weekend at their great Grandmother’s, which is about a two hour drive from where we live. I ran the kids over there Friday night, which gave me nearly 4 hours of driving. I put on Ms. Kari Jobe‘s album, The Blessing, which is exactly what the album is called, a blessing. Hands down, her greatest work to date. These are songs every contemporary church will be covering in the near future. The album has one of the longest total running times of any Christian work I have ever sampled. At just over two-hours of Ms. Jobe calling out to Jesus and God, it was the perfect soundtrack to drive through God’s country, the back-roads across southeast Georgia. Listen to the song below to see a perfect example of her powerful lyrics, voice, and music.
24”He himself bore our sins” in his body on the cross, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; “by his wounds you have been healed.” 25For “you were like sheep going astray,” but now you have returned to the Shepherd and Overseer of your souls. (1 Peter 2:24, 25)
In 2020, there was constant social media banter about who was a “sheep” for following the most popular hot button issue that was going on in the moment. Then many wanted to be known as the “sheepdogs” keeping the sheep safe from the enemy. What I love about Jesus is that He is the Good Shepherd who controls both the sheep and the sheepdogs. So no matter how tough you think you are as a “sheepdog” just always keep in mind that the Shepherd is always watching His flock and His protectors. Never forget that Jesus, Himself, told the parable of the 99 sheep. He’ll turn the world upside down for one single lost sheep. He did it for you, He’ll do it again, and again, and again.
Reading plan: 2 Peter 2:13-22
Deeper reading plan: Amos 5:1-17
Prayer and meditation: Pray for our country. Pray for love to conquer all. Pray for peace and common sense to infect the minds of Americans. Pray for our country to come together for the glory of God and the name of Christ. Pray for revival that is permanent and world changing.
Fitness challenge: Day 56-56 reps each:
- Hand-release Push-up
- Jumping squat
- Leg lifts
Run: Monday-resistance running day. Whatever you used last week, get after it again. This week, perform 12 sprints with whatever resistance you can come up with, add a half mile warm-up and cool-down