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Aug 23

Good morning, Lord!
Thank you for the peaceful comforting of my heart by your Holy Spirit early this morning, and thank you so much for the strong assurance that you’ve got my husband covered on his birthday! Please be with him everywhere he goes today, Lord. Give him a surprising measure of peace and joy and please give HIM an assurance that you are with him, caring for him, making things happen. Guide him in his forward path, and help him grow in YOU. Amen!

 
James 5:7-8 ERV

Brothers and sisters, be patient; the Lord will come. So be patient until that time. Look at the farmers. They have to be patient. They have to wait for their valuable crop to grow and produce a harvest. They wait patiently for the first rain and the last rain.
You must be patient too. Never stop hoping. The Lord is coming soon.

 
Ephesians 2:8-10 KJV

For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:
Not of works, lest any man should boast.
For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.

 
Lord, I thank you for the work you have given me to do, and I thank you for making me productive and able to concentrate even while there is so much change and unknown and upheaval all around me. Please help me today as I release the Spanish Trading Cards for my PrintableSpanish.com members, and please bless them in a special way. As I send them forth like little children I have raised, I ask that you bless these, my little creations, and make them fruitful for your glory. Amen! 😀

 

Aug 22

Hello, Father.
Thank you for the progress made last night, although it appears that it will be too little, too late. It appears that we will be kicked out of our home ASAP, and although this does not make me sad, it makes me worry. The biggest obstacle seems to be that I have no working car, so I cannot even transport my belongings to the nearest storage facility, which is only about a mile away. I could probably carry about 5 to 10 of my books at a time, when I have hundreds of books alone to transport. And no matter where we go, I will be stuck there, without transportation. At least until I can make enough income to get a car. And then there is the seemingly impossible task of finding some way for my daughter to be independent, especially if my husband and I need to live week-to-week in a hotel for a time. Father, PLEASE have mercy and provide for her! 😥

 
Lord, I have trusted you all this time, and I still do. I have done what you gave me to do, and have only in brief moments of anguish knowingly, stubbornly taken things into my own hands. I do not feel like these events are happening as punishment or consequence. In fact, I still feel your smile, your gentle loving heart toward me — and your patience with my shortsightedness. Father, help me to just trust you and keep taking things one moment at a time. Thank you for my work, my art, and my love of learning. The last one, more than anything else, is helping me keep my head up and not GIVE up.

 
Proverbs 1:1-7 ERV

These are the proverbs of Solomon, the son of David and king of Israel.
They will help you learn to be wise, to accept correction, and to understand wise sayings.
They will teach you to develop your mind in the right way. You will learn to do what is right and to be honest and fair.
These proverbs will make even those without education smart. They will teach young people what they need to know and how to use what they have learned.
Even the wise could become wiser by listening to these proverbs. They will gain understanding and learn to solve difficult problems.
These sayings will help you understand proverbs, stories with hidden meanings, words of the wise, and other difficult sayings.
Knowledge begins with fear and respect for the LORD, but stubborn fools hate wisdom and refuse to learn.

 
I truly love learning and almost resent it when I have to use some of my leisure time to do something that does NOT involve learning to some degree. Yet over the years I have learned that learning can happen in many ways. Even spending time in idle rest with family members, or watching a fiction movie or reading a fiction book, can yield insights and inspire interesting new questions. I also know very well how much learning can be had when we are forced out of our comfort zones, even to the point of homelessness or other forms of desperation. While I prefer the “safe” and “comfortable” learning of watching a Great Courses video or a nature documentary — or reading a good nonfiction book — I must love learning enough to let go of my reluctance and my comfort, and embrace whatever God brings into my life. Father, please help me to stay humble and teachable. Amen!

 

Aug 21

Hello, Father.
I feel so “off” today, and I am getting a bit frustrated with myself now. I write, erase, write, erase. My head feels funny. I know that my head has been stuffy, and it was even bad enough to take a sinus pill last night. So perhaps that’s the problem — I just have a little head cold, probably from all this rain and sudden change of weather lately. No biggie. I have my good SOUP! Still, I feel vulnerable and uneasy. Help me to rest in you, Lord. I trust you to take care of me, protect me, and show me how to use this day for your glory. Thank you, Shepherd!

 
Proverbs 18:10-17 ERV

The name of the LORD is like a strong tower. Those who do what is right can run to him for protection.
The rich think their wealth will protect them. They think it is a strong fortress.
A proud person will soon be ruined, but a humble person will be honored.
Let people finish speaking before you try to answer them. That way you will not embarrass yourself and look foolish.
A good attitude will support you when you are sick, but if you give up, nothing can help.
Wise people want to learn more, so they listen closely to gain knowledge.
Gifts can open many doors and help you meet important people.
The first person to speak always seems right until someone comes and asks the right questions.

 
I adore the first, last, and highlighted verses above! That last one always makes me chuckle, lol. The first one makes me feel safe, protected, provided for. And the highlighted one, of course, applies to me today. I feel a bit sick in body, but quite sick in heart, as things seem quite unstable at the moment. Lord, help me to remember that you are an immovable high tower that I can run to. Help me feel the stability of your care and protection. Help me to believe more in you than in the signs around me that life is unstable and the direction of change is unknown. All that I see is irrelevant in a way, because YOU are known, stable, reliable — and Faithful! 😀

 

Aug 20

Good morning, Lord!
Thank you so much for helping me sleep in just a bit today, to make up for this crazy last week! Even though I was up and moving by 8:30, I feel very much refreshed, as if I’d slept even later — thank you! Father, I thank you also for dealing with my fears, my irrational anxiety over driving my husband’s truck to Fort Worth in the dark through the massive construction. You know how I have feared to drive that big beast — or any of his other trucks — and now I must face it under dire circumstances. And you know how I haven’t driven ANY vehicle for four and a half months, since the inspection/registration ran out on my own car. Now I fear to drive at ALL, let alone THIS! Lord, I am asking you for a miracle. Either help me get my own car fixed ASAP — enough so it can pass inspection AND not overheat driving for an hour — OR help me get a different car ASAP — OR just help me make friends with my husband’s truck and all its issues AND the dark highway with all its construction chaos. Father, this feels much too big for me, and I give it to you. I know you will care for me, no matter what. You will make me able, and you will not give me more than I can handle. I thank you for being so very, very Faithful, my Lord!

 
Revelations 21:5-8 ERV

The one who was sitting on the throne said, “Look, I am making everything new!” Then he said, “Write this, because these words are true and can be trusted.”
The one on the throne said to me, “It is finished! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. I will give free water from the spring of the water of life to anyone who is thirsty.
All those who win the victory will receive all this. And I will be their God, and they will be my children.
But those who are cowards, those who refuse to believe, those who do terrible things, those who kill, those who sin sexually, those who do evil magic, those who worship idols, and those who tell lies–they will all have a place in the lake of burning sulfur. This is the second death.”

 
Father, I do NOT want to be a coward! Yes, I want to scream and run, or faint and play dead. I want to insist that I cannot possibly do this thing. But I know I CAN just trust you, and I pray you help me do so. I do not understand this fear and where it comes from. It seems silly when I look right at it. Yet it fills me with dread and wakes me up in the night. You know me better than I know myself, Lord Jesus. Save me from myself and my cowardice. Amen.

 

Aug 19

Good morning, Father!
Thank you for all the changes that are happening and fixing to happen, even though some of them are quite scary. But that is okay, because it is forcing me out of my comfort zone. Growth always seems to be a good thing, even when it has a cost. Thank you, Lord, for caring for us, strengthening us, encouraging us. Please help us become more and more faithful and pleasing to you, and help us grow more FREE to enjoy your creation. Amen! 😀

 
2 Peter 2:20-22 ERV

People can be made free from the evil in the world. They can be made free by knowing our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. But if they go back into those evil things and are controlled by them, then it is worse for them than it was before.
Yes, it would be better for them to have never known the right way. That would be better than to know the right way and then to turn away from the holy teaching that was given to them.
What they did is like these true sayings: “A dog vomits and goes back to what it threw up.” And, “After a pig is washed, it goes back and rolls in the mud again.”

 
Lord, I ask you to make us wiser than pigs and dogs. Help us not return to things YOU set us FREE from! Show us the way to walk according to your will and purpose, and show us the things to avoid that perhaps once seemed to be good things, but that actually held us back from the Life you set us free to enjoy! Father, I want to share your creation with my family again. I want to garden and explore new paths. I want to meet new people, even in new countries, and share the joy that you have set in my heart. I do not know what you have in store for us, but I do feel your Spirit moving, preparing us to move out of this place in YOUR perfect timing. Help me be brave, Lord God. Comfort me even when I leave my comfort zones. Show me how strong I can be in you. Thank you, Mighty Shepherd!

 

Aug 18

Hello, Father!
Thank you for the awesome healing and restoration and growth and learning in the last 30 hours or so! And whoever is reading this who has been praying for me and my family, thank YOU, too! 😀

 
Isaiah 58:8-11 ISV

“Then your light will break forth like the dawn, and your healing will spring up quickly; and your vindication will go before you, and the glory of the LORD will guard your back.
Then you’ll call, and the LORD will answer; you’ll cry for help, and he’ll respond, ‘Here I am.’ “If you do away with the yoke among you, and pointing fingers and malicious talk;
if you pour yourself out for the hungry and satisfy the needs of afflicted souls, then your light will rise in darkness, and your night will be like noonday.
And the LORD will guide you continuously, and satisfy your soul in parched places, and they will strengthen your bones; and you’ll be like a watered garden, like a spring of water, whose waters never fail.

 
I love the wording of this in the ISV (International Standard Version)! Especially the part about the glory of the Lord guarding our back. How cool is that?! And yet, there is so much OTHER goodness here as well… The Lord will guide us continuously, He will satisfy our souls and strengthen our bones. He will heal us and answer our call. And my favorite part… We will be like a watered garden. Of course. Thank you, Lord Jesus! 😀

 

Aug 17

Good morning, Father!
Hey, this is pretty cool, being up and already having two new blog posts done by 5:30 am (on ArtStudioIdeas and CreatorsHeart)! It sure surprised me that when I let my body lead, telling me when to get up without looking at any clock, that I actually was up before 4am. Now, I think I know what those middle-of-the-night worries are for — to get up and get some work done instead of laying in bed struggling with emotions! I remember my parents both got up before 6am every morning, read their Bibles and did whatever else, then went back to sleep for an hour or so before getting up for the day. Perhaps it’s genetic. It sure FEELS natural… thank you, Lord!

 
Matthew 14:25-31 ERV

Between three and six o’clock in the morning, Jesus’ followers were still in the boat. Jesus came to them. He was walking on the water.
When they saw him walking on the water, it scared them. “It’s a ghost!” they said, screaming in fear.
But Jesus quickly spoke to them. He said, “Don’t worry! It’s me! Don’t be afraid.”
Peter said, “Lord, if that is really you, tell me to come to you on the water.”
Jesus said, “Come, Peter.” Then Peter left the boat and walked on the water to Jesus.
But while Peter was walking on the water, he saw the wind and the waves. He was afraid and began sinking into the water. He shouted, “Lord, save me!”
Then Jesus caught Peter with his hand. He said, “Your faith is small. Why did you doubt?”

 
I posted these verses because as I write it is “between 3 and 6 in the morning” and like Peter, I get overly excited when I see my Lord, and I want to run to Him, even if there seems to be rough waters ahead. Like Peter, I struggle with doubt. I see the harshness and danger around me and feel myself sinking. But also like Peter, the Lord is right there, catching my hand, drawing me to Him, chiding me for my lack of faith. But He is THERE. He CARES. And that gives me HOPE. I think He rather likes it when we jump out of the boat in our enthusiasm. He knows we will immediately learn how much we truly need him. It is a humbling experience, and it brings us closer to Him. Thank you, Lord Jesus! 😀

 

Aug 16

Good morning, Father.
Thank you for a good night’s sleep and getting up and working pretty early today. Please help my heart not to fall off the edge of this cliff, Lord. I am doing my best to cling to you and not look back or down or even immediately ahead. I have hope for my more distant future, Lord, but none for the now or the near future, except for when I am alone with you. Otherwise, there is chaos and tension and confusion. I’m just trying to hang in there and remember that YOU are in charge, and you are Faithful. Thank you for being my Rock, Lord!

 
Matthew 7:21-27 ERV

“Not everyone who calls me Lord will enter God’s kingdom. The only people who will enter are those who do what my Father in heaven wants.
On that last Day many will call me Lord. They will say, ‘Lord, Lord, by the power of your name we spoke for God. And by your name we forced out demons and did many miracles.’
Then I will tell those people clearly, ‘Get away from me, you people who do wrong. I never knew you.’
“Whoever hears these teachings of mine and obeys them is like a wise man who built his house on rock.
It rained hard, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat against that house. But it did not fall because it was built on rock.
“Whoever hears these teachings of mine and does not obey them is like a foolish man who built his house on sand.
It rained hard, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat against that house. And it fell with a loud crash.”

 
Lord, it is difficult to concentrate with this pain in my heart. I do not wish to be this distracted. I desire instead to be stable in YOU! Please help me to lay my troubles at your feet and to know and obey your voice. Let me be found pleasing to you, Lord. Help me to see that YOU are in charge, so that I do not crumple under the enemy’s arrows. I look forward to resting in you, Lord. I look forward to peace and joy and progress. Help me find each of those things in you today, Father, for I know that you are just as close to me here today, as you will be in days ahead when I do not have so much suffering and struggle. Thank you for being so Faithful, my Lord! 😀

 

Aug 15

Lord, I feel my heart growing bitter and attempting to put up a big wall of self-preservation. It is scaring me. I am not going to make it if you do not intervene. I will become like those who do not know you, with an angry heart where love and peace cannot dwell. Please take whatever you want from me, to save me from myself. If you take my health, my art, my books, my eyesight — anything, Lord, I will still know with fervent certainty that you are being Faithful. I don’t even know if I am faithful or if I am just making things worse. Probably the latter. I just seem to be very, very ineffective. It is not my words that bring life and healing, but yours. And I can add no further action to the cross. Everything has been done; everything has been said. It is up to you, Lord, to change the times and make things happen. Help me be courageous and keep looking to you, moment to moment. Amen.

 
Matthew 18:2-10 ERV

Jesus called a little child to come to him. He stood the child in front of the followers.
Then he said, “The truth is, you must change your thinking and become like little children. If you don’t do this, you will never enter God’s kingdom.
The greatest person in God’s kingdom is the one who makes himself humble like this child.
“Whoever accepts a little child like this in my name is accepting me.
“If one of these little children believes in me, and someone causes that child to sin, it will be very bad for that person. It would be better for them to have a millstone tied around their neck and be drowned in the deep sea.
I feel sorry for the people in the world because of the things that make people sin. These things must happen, but it will be very bad for anyone who causes them to happen.
“If your hand or your foot makes you sin, cut it off and throw it away. It is better for you to lose part of your body and have eternal life than to have two hands and two feet and be thrown into the fire that burns forever.
If your eye makes you sin, take it out and throw it away. It is better for you to have only one eye and have eternal life than to have two eyes and be thrown into the fire of hell.
“Be careful. Don’t think these little children are not important. I tell you that these children have angels in heaven. And those angels are always with my Father in heaven.

 
Lord, I do much better as a Little One, blindly trusting you rather than trying to protect my “adult” self and my “adult” interests. Help me to remain humble, not judge or condemn or hedge myself in, withdrawing completely from my uncomfortable surroundings. Help me to remain supple and yield to your touch. Help me to prize love over dignity and to give out kindness rather than scorn. You are touching me in one of my most painful places, Lord. Having to pay for the bad choices of others. Therefore I ask that you replace my resentment with your grace and mercy. Let this suffering be used for your glory, just more fertilizer in the garden we are growing together, Oh Lord.

 

Aug 14

Good morning, Father.
Thank you for giving my husband time to vent while still making it short enough that my ears did not get overwhelmed. Please be with him today, and move him forward in your plan for his life. Bring him very close to you and reveal to him whatever he needs to see, hiding from him whatever needs to be hidden at this time, so that HE does not get overwhelmed! Please let your mercy and grace and love reign in this house, Lord. Help us all to trust you and to remember that you are Faithful and are caring for us. Thank you, awesome Shepherd! 😀

 
Psalm 46 ERV

To the director: A song from the Korah family. Use the alamoth. A song. God is our protection and source of strength. He is always ready to help us in times of trouble.
So we are not afraid when the earth quakes and the mountains fall into the sea.
We are not afraid when the seas become rough and dark and the mountains tremble. Selah
There is a river whose streams bring happiness to God’s city, to the holy city of God Most High.
God is in that city, so it will never be destroyed. He is there to help even before sunrise.
Nations will shake with fear and kingdoms will fall when God shouts and makes the earth move.
The LORD All-Powerful is with us. The God of Jacob is our place of safety. Selah
Look at the powerful things the LORD has done. See the awesome things he has done on earth.
He stops wars all over the world. He breaks the soldiers’ bows, shatters their spears, and burns their shields.
God says, “Stop fighting and know that I am God! I am the one who defeats the nations; I am the one who controls the world.”
The LORD All-Powerful is with us. The God of Jacob is our place of safety. Selah

 
Haha, I just posted this psalm less than a month ago, but I am seeing it from a different viewpoint today, and I just cannot talk myself out of posting it once again, lol. I have this picture in my mind’s eye of an earthquake so strong that the mountains crumble and fall into the sea. I compare that picture to the trial and loss I am suffering now in my own life and I realize, in that earth-shattering storm, I would stand to lose a LOT more! And yet, the psalmist reminds us that even in such extreme situations, there is still NO reason to fear. God is STILL in control. He is STILL with us, protecting us, and being our Strength. I believe it!! My whole life I have had circumstances where I have suffered horribly, and yet been able to smile and learn and have sincere JOY within minutes, or hours, or days — probably depending upon the extent of the damage and its distraction factor. Still, I have never been left alone to suffer alone other than during moments when I was resisting God myself. He does not resist us. He embraces us. Welcomes us. Protects us. Cares for us. God is Faithful. He CHOOSES to be so — isn’t that awesome?! 😀

 

Aug 13

Good morning, Father.
Thank you for this little bit of cooler weather we are having, along with some rain! I am really looking forward to moving back north some day, if your will allows it, and growing a garden — a real garden that doesn’t have to shut down for most of summer in the Texas heat. I long to walk again along streams in the damp forest, stepping over moss-covered logs and stands of multicolored fungi. I long to feel beech bark again, and hear nuthatches and chipmunks. I miss being greeted in early spring by my friends the skunk cabbages and marsh marigolds. I miss turning over logs and finding sallies and long spooky millipedes. Most of all, I miss sharing the delight of these things with you, my Lord — and with my children! Help me find some delight today, right where I am now, to share with you. Nature may come natural to me and feel like a home I gave up seemingly for nothing, but I know that home actually is wherever YOU are, Father. Help me to dwell in your contentment, far from regret. Amen!

 
Psalm 126 ERV

A song for going up to the Temple. It will be like a dream when the LORD comes back with the captives of Zion.
We will laugh and sing happy songs! Then the other nations will say, “The LORD did a great thing for Zion!”
Yes, we will be happy because the LORD did a great thing for us.
So, LORD, bring back the good times, like a desert stream filled again with flowing water.
Then those who were sad when they planted will be happy when they gather the harvest!
Those who cried as they carried the seeds will be happy when they bring in the crops!

 
Lord, it is getting difficult, and I am tempted to abandon the field before the harvest. I grow discouraged and faint and long for the cool comfort of home. I cannot even tell how I feel, besides tired and holding out hope for the future. But the present is scary, and I have few things that I can change myself. Pretty much JUST myself. I know that it is a tactic of the enemy to try to get your people to give up right before the breakthrough, forgetting that “weeping may endure for the night, but joy cometh in the morning” (Psalm 30:5). Help me to resist him, Lord. Cleanse me of my own expectations, so that I may be FREE to enjoy what you give me, Lord. YOU are ENOUGH! 😀

 

Aug 12

Good morning, Father.
Thank you for getting me up before the sun and going for a three-mile walk! Thank you for the breeze, the pinky sunrise, the birds, and all those crazy Canadian geese! Thank you for making it so that I was back home for my husband to vent to about his work, and thank you for teaching me, more and more, how to keep my mouth shut and not take it quite so personally when he is disrespectful to me without even trying. I know he doesn’t mean to hurt my heart any more than I wish to hurt his. Thank you for preserving some precious things we have between us, even while others seem to be sitting on the enemy’s trophy shelf. I trust you, Lord. Show me how to not get in the way of your work in each of us, and in our relationship. I give these things to you. Amen.

 
Proverbs 24:10-16 ERV

If you are weak in times of trouble, that is real weakness.
If you see someone on their way to death or in danger of being killed, you must do something to save them.
You cannot say, “It’s none of my business.” The Lord knows everything, and he knows why you do things. He watches you, and he will pay you back for what you do.
My son, eat honey; it is good. Honey straight from the honeycomb is the sweetest.
In the same way, know that wisdom is good for you. Wisdom will give you something to hope for that will not disappoint you.
Don’t be like a criminal who makes plans to rob those who are good or take away their homes.
Good people might fall again and again, but they always get up. It is the wicked who are defeated by their troubles.

 
Lord, at times I feel myself growing faint. My weary heart wants to lay down and give up the ghost. I want to go HOME. But I do not wish to be weak. I desire instead to grow in wisdom! Help me to accept the things I cannot change, realizing that your strength is wise and not foolish enough to fret about such unchangeable things. Help me to focus instead on my relationship with you and things I CAN change, like my attitude and behavior. I can put my attention fully on you instead of feeling sorry for myself or trying to protect myself from sorrows. You and me together can turn those sorrows into joys, as I learn obedience through the things I suffer! Thank you, Father, for always being a source of HOPE, from the days when I was a lonely heartbroken child all the way through over four decades of your patient care and longsuffering. Thank you for always being here. You are so Faithful! 😀

 

Aug 11

Good morning, Father.
I really don’t know how I am going to make it through this day — or even the next few months — but I know that the ONLY way to do it is to hang on tight to YOU! I’m tired, Lord. I want to go back to being oblivious, NOT knowing or being aware. Is it you or the enemy who has awoken these things in me? Father, I pray that you protect my heart and mind. Please do not let the enemy use these issues any more than he already has. Put your strength in me, cover my weakness, make me strong again. Thank you, Lord.

 
Lord, I thank you for the several months’ break I’ve had from dealing with these things. For the last couple months my Tiny Friend was alive, and up until this week, almost two months since he died, I have had a nice break from carrying this burden. Father, I do not wish to be aware. If I cannot change it, can’t do anything at all except show mercy and pray, then I really do not see any point in me even being aware. I have lost hope, and my heart is sick. Please remove the thorn so that I do not bleed to death.

 
James 1:3-4 ERV

You know that when your faith is tested, you learn to be patient in suffering.
If you let that patience work in you, the end result will be good. You will be mature and complete. You will be all that God wants you to be.

 
Matthew 24:12-13 ERV

There will so much more evil in the world that the love of most believers will grow cold.
But the one who remains faithful to the end will be saved.

 

Jesus, I really need you. Thank you for using these circumstances to remind he how very much I need you! Lord, I do not want my heart to grow cold. I desire to be patient in this suffering and to be found faithful to the end. Please help my heart stay warm, full of your love. Do not let the enemy rob me of the fruit you have been growing in me, Lord! Please protect our garden from destruction. Let me return to just doing what you have given me to do, and not be sidetracked by things I cannot change. Help me to continue to show mercy and love, and help me to remain patient and faithful. Thank you, Mighty Shepherd!

 

Aug 10

Lord, I really feel like I can’t take any more. I give you my heart, my broken, abused heart, and ask you to keep it safe in your hands until I can make it OUT of this sad place of despair and feeling trapped and so very low. If I can just be alone, in quiet, for a little while, I can feel your love and joy and peace again. Lord, I don’t have a car, so I cannot escape that way. And it is almost one hundred degrees outside, so I cannot just go for a walk. So I put myself in your hands, and ask you to please provide me a space to recover. Please let the angry, demanding words stop filling my ears long enough to let me pick up my head and grow strong again. Due to other things that are relentlessly draining me at present, I just cannot take all this NOISE, even when the words are not directed at me personally.

 
Malachi 2:9-17 ERV

“You don’t live the way I told you. You have not accepted my teachings. So I will cause people to hate you and think you are worth nothing.”
We all have the same father. The same God made every one of us. So why do people cheat one another? They show that they don’t respect the agreement. They don’t respect the agreement that our ancestors made with God.
The people of Judah cheated other people. People in Jerusalem and Israel did terrible things. God loves the Temple, but the people in Judah didn’t respect the LORD’S holy Temple. The people of Judah began to worship a foreign goddess.
The LORD will remove them from Judah’s family. They might bring gifts to the LORD All-Powerful–but it will not help.
You can cry and cover the LORD’S altar with tears, but the Lord will not accept your gifts. He will not be pleased with the things you bring to him.
You ask, “Why are our gifts not accepted?” It is because the LORD saw the evil things you did–he is a witness against you. He saw you cheat on your wife. You have been married to her since you were young. She was your girlfriend. Then you made your vows to each other–and she became your wife.
God wants husbands and wives to become one body and one spirit. Why? So that they would have holy children and protect that spiritual unity. Don’t cheat on your wife. She has been your wife from the time you were young.
The LORD, the God of Israel, says, “I hate divorce, and I hate the cruel things that men do. So protect your spiritual unity. Don’t cheat on your wife.”
You have taught wrong things, and it makes the LORD very sad. People were doing evil things, but you said that this pleased the LORD and that he accepted those things. And you taught that God does not punish people for the evil they do.

 
Lord, I am TIRED. I lay my weary heart at your feet, and trust in you. The only thing I know for sure in all of this life is that YOU are FAITHFUL. Thank you for that, my Lord!

 

Aug 9

Good morning, Father.
I feel rather down and despairing this morning. But I know that you understand my heart even more than I do myself, and you are still caring for me. Thank you, Lord. I will not give up, will not give in, will not lay down and declare the battle won. I know that you strengthen me and encourage me and make me able to keep on going, and I honor that, Father. I will continue to stand, my feet on the Rock and your Shield on my chest. I will let you protect my heart and mind from the arrows of the enemy. I will just Love you, Shepherd. That is all I must do. Love and trust you.

 
Psalm 91 ERV

You can go to God Most High to hide. You can go to God All-Powerful for protection.
I say to the LORD, “You are my place of safety, my fortress. My God, I trust in you.”
God will save you from hidden dangers and from deadly diseases.
You can go to him for protection. He will cover you like a bird spreading its wings over its babies. You can trust him to surround and protect you like a shield.
You will have nothing to fear at night and no need to be afraid of enemy arrows during the day.
You will have no fear of diseases that come in the dark or terrible suffering that comes at noon.
A thousand people may fall dead at your side or ten thousand right beside you, but nothing bad will happen to you!
All you will have to do is watch, and you will see that the wicked are punished.
You trust in the LORD for protection. You have made God Most High your place of safety.
So nothing bad will happen to you. No diseases will come near your home.
He will command his angels to protect you wherever you go.
Their hands will catch you so that you will not hit your foot on a rock.

You will have power to trample on lions and poisonous snakes.
The Lord says, “If someone trusts me, I will save them. I will protect my followers who call to me for help.
When my followers call to me, I will answer them. I will be with them when they are in trouble. I will rescue them and honor them.
I will give my followers a long life and show them my power to save.”

 
This has been one of my top 3 favorite Psalms since about 1990, when I started really reading Scripture. It was the only passage of scripture that I’ve ever worked hard to memorize in its entirety. Everything else I’ve ever tried to memorize has been much shorter. When I did work with this Psalm, it was in the King James Version, a bit different from the above. Still, I find this passage comforting in whatever version it is read. So much awesomeness here, thank you, Lord! 😀

 

Aug 8

Good morning, Father!
Thank you so much for the peace and joy in my heart this morning, despite the fact that there are plenty of things I could be upset and worrying about. It is so awesome to be able to give things to you, and trust you to take care of them. All I have to do is love you, follow you, and keep looking to you for direction and patience. You take care of all the rest. Thank you, Mighty Shepherd!

 
James 5:7-11 ERV

Brothers and sisters, be patient; the Lord will come. So be patient until that time. Look at the farmers. They have to be patient. They have to wait for their valuable crop to grow and produce a harvest. They wait patiently for the first rain and the last rain.
You must be patient too. Never stop hoping. The Lord is coming soon.
Brothers and sisters, don’t complain against each other. If you don’t stop complaining, you will be judged guilty. And the Judge is ready to come!
Brothers and sisters, follow the example of the prophets who spoke for the Lord. They suffered many bad things, but they were patient.
And we say that those who accepted their troubles with patience now have God’s blessing. You have heard about Job’s patience. You know that after all his troubles, the Lord helped him. This shows that the Lord is full of mercy and is kind.

 
Lord, I thank you for all the awesome people in my life. Thank you in advance for those whom I will eventually meet, as well! Father, I pray that you help us all to have enduring patience whenever we are suffering, help us to just look to you and hang on for dear life! Send your Holy Spirit to comfort and encourage our hearts during the hard times, Lord. Turn our sorrows into joy and our weaknesses into strengths, for your glory, Lord God. Amen!

 

Aug 7

Good morning, Lord.
Thank you for the nice long walk last night, and the new insight into the way I think and how it can be improved! Thank you for bringing my husband and daughter home safely, and thank you for the peace in the house. Please encourage us all in the things we need to do, for our futures in general and for pleasing you in particular. Please help me in my work today, Lord. I THINK I know what I need to do today, but please show me otherwise, if you have other plans for me.

 
Isaiah 54:2-10 ERV

Make your tent bigger. Open your doors wide. Don’t think small! Make your tent large and strong,
because you will grow in all directions. Your children will take over many nations and live in the cities that were destroyed.
Don’t be afraid! You will not be disappointed. People will not say bad things against you. You will not be embarrassed. When you were young, you felt shame. But you will forget that shame now. You will not remember the shame you felt when you lost your husband.
Your real husband is the one who made you. His name is the LORD All-Powerful. The Holy One of Israel is your Protector, and he is the God of all the earth!
“Like a woman whose husband has left her, you were very sad. You were like a young wife left all alone. But the LORD has called you back to him.” This is what your God says.
“For a short time I turned away from you, but with all my love I will welcome you again.
I was so angry that for a while I did not want to see you. But now I want to comfort you with kindness forever.” The LORD your Savior said this.
“Remember, in Noah’s time I punished the world with the flood. But I made a promise to Noah that I would never again destroy the world with water. In the same way, I promise that I will never again be angry with you and say bad things to you.
“The mountains may disappear, and the hills may become dust, but my faithful love will never leave you. I will make peace with you, and it will never end.” The LORD who loves you said this.

 
This is one of my favorite passages in all of scripture. I LOVE knowing that I have an eternal Husband who cares for me so dearly, whose love and care will never end. What more can I need? If I am hungry, He will either feed me or help me endure the hunger. If I feel lost, He will let the Holy Spirit, our Comforter and Teacher, do His work. It is only when I am angry and/or seek my own will that I am in trouble. As long as I Love Him, keep my eyes on Him, I am safe, protected, loved, cherished, fulfilled. Thank you, Lord! 😀

 

Aug 6

Good morning, Lord!
Thank you for your awesome lovingkindness and constant help and support! Thank you for helping my children, and keeping us all safe and healthy. Please be with my husband today, let him feel your closeness, your protection, your companionship, Lord. Protect his truck from further injury and keep his body and mind strong. Bring him home safely, and draw him near to yourself this evening. Thank you, Father, for choosing us. Thank you for loving and protecting us. Thank you for the hope and joy that are in my heart each day, Mighty Shepherd!

 
Job 22:23-30 ERV

If you return to God All-Powerful, you will be restored. But remove the evil from your house.
Think of your gold as nothing but dirt. Think of your finest gold as rocks from a stream.
And let God All-Powerful be your gold. Let him be your pile of silver.
Then you will enjoy God All-Powerful, and you will look up to him.
When you pray, he will hear you. And you will be able to do all that you promised him.
If you decide to do something, it will be successful. And your future will be very bright!
When people are brought down and you ask God to help them, he will rescue those who have been humbled.

Even those who are guilty will be forgiven. They will be saved because you did what was right.”

 
Lord, I thank you that both my husband and myself have little care for this world’s “gold”. I pray that you help us remove all evil from our house, so that your prosperity can be set upon us, and we can have an abundance to give to others. Please set my daughter up in a place of her own, so she can be independent, and then show us what to do, where to move, how to live for you. Thank you for healing the hole in my heart after my Tiny Friend died, Lord. Thank you for my art and my work. Please help me to rest in you on this Sabbath day, and teach me how to keep myself holy for you. Amen!