I studied today once again how to order my private world. I don't want to stand before God at the end of my life with regret on how I spent my time, energy, money, etc. I have decided during this fast to develop a discipline how to spend my time. I no longer want to wake up thinking, "What will I do with my spare time today?". Planning every hour of my day is a must. If I won't carefully plan it out, someone else or some circumstance will plan it for me. God give me grace (supernatural enablement) to pursue this.
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Do we go down town DC again or take a several mile nature hike at Great Falls park in McLean, VA? As the majority of the group were Central European (Polish), they won the vote. Nature hike is was. Located just 15 miles from the Nation's capital, the Great Falls of the Potomac (so named by the first European colonists) is considered the most spectacular natural landmark in the DC metropolitan area. Here, the Potomac River builds up speed and force as it falls over a series of steep, jagged rocks and flows through a narrow gorge. Great Falls Park stretches along almost 2 miles of the Virginia side of the Potomac providing a series of trails and overlooks from which to view the falls and the gorge. Administered by the National Park Service, Great Falls Park also preserves the remains of the Potowmack Canal. The canal was initiated by George Washington as a way to link the upper Potomac and the Ohio River Valley to Washington and the Chesapeake. Great Falls Park offers numerous recreational activities: bird watching, climbing, fishing, hiking, horseback riding, kayaking, nature walks, and whitewater rafting.
Genuine fear of the Lord, and the repentant and careful life that it produces, leads to a growing confidence in God's love. Fear of the Lord and love of the Lord are not enemies, but friends. The gift of fear of the Lord prepares the way of the gift of love.