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We live much of life amid unique choices. Joy is anchored in The One beyond our life.
#1001439 added January 5, 2021 at 1:54am
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My Help Comes from There
The Lord Alone can be my Guard
to keep my every way.
With Hands so strong, yet ever scarred,
He's with me every day.

"I lift my eyes unto the hills.
My help will come from there.
My help comes from the Lord, Who fills
the Earth and my sins bear.

"He made the heaven and the earth.
My foot shall no one lift.
His blood was shed for my new birth,
my greatest lifelong Gift.

"He will not let my foot be moved.
No sleep will He e'er need.
He keepeth Israel, His Love.
No slumber He will heed.

"The Lord, thy Keeper, life as long.
The Lord will shade thy strength.
The Lord will give thy daily song,
and victory at length.

"The sun won't harm you in the day.
The moon won't harm at night.
The Lord preserves in each display
from evil by his might.

"All evil tries your death to be,
but He preserves your soul.
The way of life is made for thee,
and e'er you shall be whole.

"The Lord preserves thy going out.
Thy coming in as well.
From this time forth, your life about
forevermore to tell."


"1 I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills,
from whence cometh my help.

2 My help cometh from the Lord,
which made heaven and earth.

3 He will not suffer thy foot to be moved:
he that keepeth thee will not slumber.

4 Behold, he that keepeth Israel
shall neither slumber nor sleep.

5 The Lord is thy keeper:
the Lord is thy shade upon thy right hand.

6 The sun shall not smite thee by day,
nor the moon by night.

7 The Lord shall preserve thee from all evil:
he shall preserve thy soul.

8 The Lord shall preserve thy going out and thy coming in
from this time forth, and even for evermore.
(Psalm 121, KJV)


The Abrahamic Covenant:

"2And I will make of thee a great nation,
and I will bless thee, and make thy name great;
and thou shalt be a blessing:

3And I will bless them that bless thee,
and curse him that curseth thee:
and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.
(Genesis 12:2-3, KJV)


"I will make thee a nation great
to bless thee and thy name.
Thy blessings will upon thy pate
know rest and you the same.

"I will bless them, that bless thee true,
and curse the vilest tongue,
that spews his venom all on you.
My wrath on him full wrung.

"And in thee all the souls of Earth,
their families shall be blest.
For you are mine, of lasting worth.
I'll bring you through each test."


As I move forward into this new year of 2021, I am keenly aware, that I am feeling the residual effects of the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual challenge, that was the old year of 2020. I am quite sure the intensity of the challenges we all experienced in the past twelve months was due to the relentlessness of the challenges.

After all, when I trained for marathons, back in my late twenties, I had to give my body recovery days. I couldn't run 15 miles a day every day for three months, and be fit for running the marathon, although some runners could do that quite handily. My regimen called for me to run 3-5 miles on Day #1, take the day off, run 3-5 miles on Day #3, take the day off, run 15 miles on the weekend, and take a day off to end the week.

As I think back on that regimen, I would have done better to run a graduated schedule like that for the first month, then increase my mileage totals for the three training days, and even increase to four or five days a week. Stretching my memory I do seem to recall some 20 mile days as I approached the day of the marathon.

Bottom Line: The body, the mind, the emotions, and the spirit can all do intense things for a season, but there comes a time for rest and recovery. Sadly, 2020 didn't give us much opportunity for that. There is great Hope and there is a great need for 2021 to be a time of rest and recovery. Please, join me in prayer, that the Lord would give us four more years of Grace, and a time of restorative rest as those days begin on January 20, 2021.

By the Grace of God, 2021 will be The Year of Rest and Restored Hope.

Blessings, All.

Happy New Year!

by Jay O'Toole
on January 4th, 2021

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