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Day 640

Thursday, September 3, 2020 -


Today I am fervently lifting up Kathie in prayer, as once again she is having to undergo surgery on her mouth, due to something that did not work out right in the previous surgery in July. I am in the dark about the purpose of this surgery or what went wrong previously but I believe one of the implants came loose.


I just emailed Kathie about how much God cares for us and loves us, as he demonstrated in a minor yet very evident way to me this morning. It was just after 10 o’clock when they called us to go to the chow hall to pick up our lunch. Since the Covid-19 lockdown, most men have been wearing their athletic footwear rather than the uncomfortable boots which we are mandated to wear when uniform is required outside of the dorms, which is 6:00 AM until 4:00 PM Monday through Friday. But during the past several months since we’ve been doing the “grab and go” lunches, the guards have not checked for soft shoe passes. I hate wearing my boots, as they hurt my feet so badly. So since they seem to be lenient, I have not been wearing them.


Today, however, when I was about to put on my walking shoes, the Lord spoke to me in my spirit saying, “wear your boots.” Reluctantly I listen to His prodding in my spirit and wore my boots. Wouldn’t you know it, I turned the corner to enter the chow hall and they were turning everyone away not wearing their boots who didn’t have a soft shoe pass. I silently rejoice in the Lord, praising Him and thanking Him for providing me a warning to comply with the rules today. Nobody was getting write-ups, but it reminded me that God really does love and care for me, even in the little things. Everything we must go through, even the hardships, it’s for our own benefit and His purpose. As soon as I ate my lunch I shared this with Kathie as I thought it would be an encouragement for her on this most difficult of days when she’s probably in a lot of pain. I am reminded of the words of 1 Peter 5:6-7; “Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you at the proper time, casting all your anxieties upon Him, because He cares for you.“


God reminded me that regardless of the discomfort, I should always wear my boots when mandated. I have no idea how many of these guards know I am a Christian or that I am here because I am a Christian. But, I would not want to do anything to hurt or destroy my Christian witness.

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