Day 123 | 20 July 2020
Exercise Group #2 – exercise #1 – Squat: Stand tall with your feet shoulder-to-hip-width apart. Hold your arms straight out in front of you at shoulder level and brace your core. This is your starting position. From here, push your hips back, and bend your knees to slowly lower your body int a squat, not letting your knees cave in as you do so. Pause, then push through your heels to slowly return to the starting position. That’s one rep. Aim for 10-15. To make it easier stand in front of a chair. Keeping your weight on your heels, bend your knees to slowly lower your body to the chair with control. As soon as your rear touches the seat, push through your heels to return to standing.
Prayers this morning for Sharon Richards who will be having surgery today.
As of Saturday, at 7:00 PM the COVID-19 cases in the county were at 200 with 91 in our battalion. This is cause for concern and most likely can be attributed to activity on the Lake and the Holiday activities.
An Affirmation - Be Not Afraid (Genesis 15:1; Exodus 14:13a; 1 Chronicles 28:20a; Matthew 1:20; 28:5, 10; Luke 1:30; 12:7, 32; Revelation 1:17-18)
“We believe that the word of the LORD came to Abram in a vision: "Do not be afraid, Abram, I am your shield; your reward shall be very great."
We believe that Moses said to the people, "Do not be afraid, stand firm, and see the deliverance that the LORD will accomplish for you today ...."
We believe David said to his son Solomon, "Be strong and of good courage, and act. Do not be afraid or dismayed; for the LORD God, my God, is with you."
We believe that an angel said to Joseph in a dream, "Do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife, for the child conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit," and to his betrothed, saying, "Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God."
We believe Jesus said to those who would hear, "Do not be afraid; you are of more value than many sparrows .... Do not be afraid, little flock, for it is your Father's good pleasure to give you the kingdom."
We believe that the angel said to the women, "Do not be afraid; I know that you are looking for Jesus who was crucified."
We believe that Jesus then said to them, "Do not be afraid; go and tell my brothers to go to Galilee; there they will see me."
We believe that Jesus said, "Do not be afraid; I am the first and the last, and the living one. I was dead, and see, I am alive forever and ever; and I have the keys of Death and of Hades."”
A Prayer for Worry and Fear
“We come to you, our God, in times of concern, worry and fear. The walls close in, and there is a sense of desperation in our despair. We do not know how to pray as we ought in these difficult times, so we come and ask for your reassurance. All knowing God, you know what is in our hearts and on our minds. You hold out your hands toward us for you know that we do worry, and we have fears even now as we are concerned about the future and what this pandemic is doing. Help us not to lose sight of who you are, and WHOSE we are. We know that Jesus told us to not be afraid, but we confess that fears do creep into our lives and we do worry. In your peace, grant us the ability to see new choices, think about new ways to keep the light in front of us, and find the reassurance we need. You are our help in times of trouble; send us your aid, we pray. Hear us now as we lift our concerns, worries and fears to you. [long silent prayer] Hear us as we offer our prayers and grant us your peace. Amen.
“Having faith means that we must stop worrying so much about what we don’t believe and learn to listen for whispers of the unprovable Infinite. . . In our hearts and minds, in the happenings of each day, in the hills and in the streets, in horror and happiness, God is there, and if we listen and do not turn away, we will hear God.” – Avery Brooke
Today: What or who causes you to worry and be afraid?