Answered prayers for my bride.

Surgery went great, she walked several times yesterday, and her recovery is going so well they plan to send her home this afternoon.  Janet has been overwhelmed with gratitude for the prayers of many folks.  She didn’t freak out going into the hospital yesterday morning, or in the prep for her surgery.  I can’t begin to tell you how comforted she was, what a difference it made, knowing so many were praying.  Thank You, Jesus, for moving many to pray!   🙂

Please pray for my bride tonight,

and tomorrow at 7am Eastern time when she goes under the knife for a hip replacement.  Routine surgery, but she’s traumatized by hospitals since childhood from seeing her daddy in the hospital after a heart attack at age 39, with tubes and wires coming out of him.  Janet’s concerned she won’t sleep tonight.  She needs an extra dose of grace from Jesus, and she’s asked me to recruit prayer for her.  Thanks.  I’ll report back Wednesday on how He answered.   🙂

I don’t enjoy Jesus,

 

I don’t enjoy Jesus,

just as He is, when He thwarts my plans/agenda for an easy, trouble-free life.  I enjoy Jesus when He gives me what I want, blesses my agenda.

And when I don’t enjoy Jesus, just as He is, I don’t enjoy others, just as they are, myself, just as I am, my circumstances just as they are.  And the pre-believers around me notice that I’m just like them, that Jesus makes no difference in my life.

–JudgeDave, who knows what’s best for himself and others, but lately has more moments of sanity/dependency as DumbSheepDave, because folks have been praying

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Having self-awareness and self-acceptance,

doesn’t mean I’m emotionally and spiritually healthy; it means I know who I am, and accept/enjoy all of me, including my emotional and spiritual dysfunction, just as Jesus accepts/enjoys me, dysfunction and all.  What keeps me from self-awareness and self-acceptance?  Pride. 

–ProudDave, needing prayer for fresh conviction of sin so he’s HumbleDave, not needing any performance/somebodiness of his own, free to be a loser, so he’s free to enjoy Jesus, others, himself, his circumstances, just as they are (please pray now)

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Helps me so much,

when I see the wickedness/evil of my independence, because otherwise, I tend to think of myself as not so bad, tend to be more focused on the weaknesses/sins of others, tend not to see my dissatisfaction with Jesus and His performance imputed to me, tend to not feel keenly the need for a SaviorShepherd, tend to not have a sense of having been forgiven much, and therefore tend to not love much — Jesus and others, especially pre-believers, and especially ones with values vastly different from my own.

Nicest, sweetest, kindest thing He ever does for us kids of His, is to freshly convict us of our sin of independence/wickedness/evil, so we are freshly overwhelmed by Jesus, experiencing the ecstasy of His unconditional love for the likes of us.

–ShepherdDave, needing prayer to return to his Shepherd and embrace being lowly DumbSheepDave (please pray now)

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Walt Kendall’s memorial live streamed Thurs @ 10:30 EDT

For those of you who have known beloved Walt Kendall, grace-junkie pastor of 56, who died yesterday of cancer, the worship/memorial service will be live streamed at the link below.    From Westminster Presybterian Church, Sumter SC.

Live Stream

–WeakDave, who is thrilled to be able to attend from far-off Philly, through cyberspace, cuz he expects it to be powerful

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Jesus delivers happiness,

but only to clueless sheep.   Jesus has nothing to offer other shepherds/independents, those who are wise in their own eyes, leaning on their own understanding.  In fact, Jesus frequently thwarts the attempts of His sheep who are shepherd-wannabes, trying to make their lives work, trying to find happiness, on their own.  Jesus created us to be happy as humble, clueless, lowly sheep, and to be miserable as shepherd-wannabes.

–ShepherdDave, needing prayer for fresh conviction of the sin of independence, so he returns to being DumbSheepDave, asking His Shepherd about everything, thanking Him for everything, especially the harrrd, so he’ll be happy as a clam, no matter the circumstances, so the other sheep will want His Shepherd too (please pray now)

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Following Jesus is impossible,

but it’s possible to try and follow His principles/teaching. There’s a vast, night-and-day difference between following Jesus, and trying to follow His principles. All earnest Christians I know, myself included, work hard at following His principles. And some nonChristians I know, really like some of His principles and try to follow them. But neither Christian or nonChristian trying to follow His principles, experience the abundant LIFE He promises to those who follow Him.

In order for me to follow Him, He must do a supernatural work in my life. A miracle. Each time His Spirit freshly convicts me of my sin of independence, of me trying to be lord/shepherd/CEO of my own life, it feels easy and natural to follow Him. The miracle of fresh conviction of the sin of independence, is what enables me, empowers me, motivates me, to follow Him. But it doesn’t last long usually, because the world, the flesh and the devil want me independent, leaning on my own understanding, being wise in my own eyes, as I attempt to captain my own soul, master my own fate. And I’m easily snookered into believing a lie, that happiness, abundant LIFE, can be found by my controlling/managing my life circumstances. I only experience abundant LIFE, when following Jesus.

How can I tell when I’m following Jesus, or trying to follow His principles? I know I’m following Jesus when I have a healthy indifference to all the things that charm me most, especially my primary areas of idolatry: relationships, ministry, investments, health, hobbies. I know I’m following Jesus, when my joy and peace have nothing to do with my circumstances, and this is easier to see, when my circumstances are really harrrd: when my idols are threatened. I know I’m following Jesus when I am asking Him about everything, and thanking Him about everything, because I don’t know what’s best for me and those I love, and so I don’t know what’s thankable and what’s not. I know I’m following Jesus when I’m freshly wowed by Him and His amazing love for such a failure as I, to the point where I hardly care about anything else.

What do I do when I realize I’m trying to follow His principles instead of following Him? I ask folks to pray for the Spirit to freshly convict me of my sin of independence, and I pray that way for myself.

–ShepherdDave, always needing prayer to be DumbSheepDave, freshly wowed by his Shepherd, curious and expectant to see what his Shepherd will do next, how his Shepherd will provide the abundant LIFE that deeply satisfies, so the pre-believers around him will be wowed by the Shepherd of DumbSheepDave, and want this same LIFE (please pray now)

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