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Jul 17

Good morning, Father!
Thank you for a good night of sleep at last, and THANK YOU for helping me hang in there yesterday, working my way through that blind spot, breaking through to a new season in building my new ONE site!! I didn’t see that coming, and I am glad I just trusted you and followed your guidance! 🙂 You were Faithful as always, leading me step by step across the murky waters and into a glorious new valley of HOPE! Yay! I feel sooooo much better today, relieved and excited once again! I even like my new “about me” page that right now is just my “Random Posts” page, heeheehee. 😉

 
Hebrews 6:7-20 ERV

Some people are like land that gets plenty of rain and produces a good crop for those who farm it. That kind of land has God’s blessing. 
But other people are like land that grows only thorns and weeds. It is worthless and in danger of being cursed by God. It will be destroyed by fire. 
Dear friends, I am not saying this because I think it is happening to you. We really expect that you will do better—that you will do the good things that will result in your salvation. 
God is fair, and he will remember all the work you have done. He will remember that you showed your love to him by helping his people and that you continue to help them. 
We want each of you to be willing and eager to show your love like that the rest of your life. Then you will be sure to get what you hope for. 
We don’t want you to be lazy. We want you to be like those who, because of their faith and patience, will get what God has promised. 
God made a promise to Abraham. And there is no one greater than God, so he made the promise with an oath in his own name—an oath that he would do what he promised. 
He said, “I will surely bless you. I will give you many descendants.” 
Abraham waited patiently for this to happen, and later he received what God promised. 
People always use the name of someone greater than themselves to make a promise with an oath. The oath proves that what they say is true, and there is no more arguing about it. 
God wanted to prove that his promise was true. He wanted to prove this to those who would get what he promised. He wanted them to understand clearly that his purposes never change. So God said something would happen, and he proved what he said by adding an oath. 
These two things cannot change: God cannot lie when he says something, and he cannot lie when he makes an oath. So these two things are a great help to us who have come to God for safety. They encourage us to hold on to the hope that is ours. 
This hope is like an anchor for us. It is strong and sure and keeps us safe.
It goes behind the curtain. 
Jesus has already entered there and opened the way for us. He has become the high priest forever, just like Melchizedek. 

 

Jul 16

Father, I honestly do not know how to take care of myself through this difficult time when life feels full of work and burden and deadlines… and I feel like all I can do is stumble forward, trying my best even if I doubt my best will do. I know you will sustain me through it all, and I ask for your protection — from my own self as well as outside forces. I call upon your mercy and ask you to do for me what I cannot do for myself. Lead me through the smoke that seems to surround me, seeming to choke the life out of me right when I FEEL like I need to be stronger than ever. I cannot SEE, Lord. I need you to be my eyes. I feel like I cannot even walk, so I need you to carry me. I feel like if I’m left to my own devices, I will make poor decisions. I know you cannot do ALL for me, that I MUST WORK, MUST TRY, MUST KEEP MOVING FORWARD. So I ask you to be CLOSE, Lord. Help me to hear your voice and feel your Touch. I trust you, faithful Shepherd. I give you my life, my strength, my work, my joy, my heart. Amen.

 
Psalm 46 ERV

To the Director: A song by the Sons of Korah, to the tune of “The Maidens”. God is our refuge and strength, a great help in times of distress. 
Therefore we will not be frightened when the earth roars, when the mountains shake in the depths of the seas, 
when its waters roar and rage, when the mountains tremble despite their pride.
Interlude. 
Look! There is a river whose streams make the city of God rejoice, even the Holy Place of the Most High. 
Since God is in her midst, she will not be shaken. God will help her at the break of dawn. 
The nations roared; the kingdoms were shaken. His voice boomed; the earth melts. 
The LORD of the heavenly armies is with us; our refuge is the God of Jacob. Interlude. 
Come, observe the mighty works of the LORD, who causes desolation in the earth. 
He causes wars to cease all over the earth, he causes the bow to break, the spear to snap, the chariots to ignite and burn. 
Be in awe and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations. I will be exalted throughout the earth. 
The LORD of the heavenly armies is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge. Interlude. 

 

Jul 13

Lord, I feel like I am letting you down. You gave me a beautiful gift yesterday, and this morning I am so exhausted from lack of sleep — and too frazzled to try to sleep in the daylight — that I can’t even find enough brain power to work. It was nice to give myself time to “play” last night, putting stuff IN myself (input!) instead of having an overabundance of OUTPUT. But I stayed up too late, and “slept in” until 7:30am without being able to go back to sleep. At least I slept in an hour or so later than normal. I’m just irritable, weepy, and feeling pretty miserable for this one moment in time. Thank you for making my Mate be kind to me, and accepting and patient. Thank you for his warm, encouraging smile — the brightest thing in my life right now. Please help me past this agonizing moment of discouragement and frustration with myself. It is mid-July in HOT Texas, and I have been working my brain to the bone for a couple months now, and especially this last week or so. Please help me to be compassionate and patient with my own pitiful self, Lord. Help me to find things I am grateful for, and focus on the gratitude, not the exhaustion. Amen.

 
Matthew 11:25-30 ISV

At that time Jesus said, “I praise you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from wise and intelligent people and have revealed them to infants. 
Yes, Father, because this is what was pleasing to you. 
All things have been entrusted to me by my Father. No one fully knows the Son except the Father, and no one fully knows the Father except the Son and the person to whom the Son chooses to reveal him. 
Come to me, all of you who are weary and loaded down with burdens, and I will give you rest. 
Place my yoke on you and learn from me, because I am gentle and humble, and you will find rest for your souls, 
because my yoke is pleasant, and my burden is light.

 

Jul 12

Good morning, Father!
Thank you for the last few highly productive days, and THANK YOU for the breakthrough yesterday — FINALLY getting to the point where I have a large enough percentage of my products updated — both Spanish and PreK-1 — that I feel comfortable enough to put a little more time and effort into building out other topics on the new ONE site! NOW I can have a little more FUN, instead of forcing myself to work on mostly JUST Spanish! Thank you for helping me make daily progress on my other daily tasks like HSL color wheels (yay!), pictures for this old man I am organizing for his upcoming birthday, adding car pics and art prompts to the new site in little trickles each day… and my own personal maintenance things like studying Dutch and Indonesian, listening to audiobooks, and reading a little bit each day. Of course, I still try to have my little workouts several times every day, and do my “chores” of cooking and cleaning, heehee. It’s a simple, frugal life — very FULL of activities right now, and I am finally EXCITED again about my work, now that I have enough of the SERIOUS, necessary stuffs out of the way to allow me some time to PLAY! 😀

 
Luke 10:38-42 ERV

While Jesus and his followers were traveling, he went into a town, and a woman named Martha let him stay at her house. 
She had a sister named Mary. Mary was sitting at Jesus’ feet and listening to him teach. 
But her sister Martha was busy doing all the work that had to be done. Martha went in and said, “Lord, don’t you care that my sister has left me to do all the work by myself? Tell her to help me!” 
But the Lord answered her, “Martha, Martha, you are getting worried and upset about too many things. 
Only one thing is important. Mary has made the right choice, and it will never be taken away from her.”

 
Lord, I thank you for helping me maintain a balance, however imperfectly I do it. I am grateful that your Spirit reminds me to slow down, relax, do not worry, do not get myself worked up with work like Martha. Yesterday morning I had a tiny meltdown, second day in a row not getting enough sleep (of course it’s three now, lol), forcing myself to get out of bed early so I can run over and stick a load of laundry in the community wash machine before anyone else needs it… only to find nearly DRY clothes inside the washer, and the drier full as well!! Argh!!! Sometimes I simply cannot BELIEVE how irresponsible and inconsiderate people can be!! I had a whole load of sopping wet clothes from the driving rain coming in around the A/C during the storm the night before, and I had a load of my own clothes that were waiting after that. THANK YOU for giving me an awesome Mate who is bold enough to take our wet stuff over, put the other people’s neglected clothing into the drier (after putting the other neglected pile on top of the drier or on the table, whatever)… taking charge of the situation and doing something that my little territorial self could NOT do! THANK YOU for giving BACK to me some of the care and cover that I give others, and please help me to be more calm the next time a situation like that arises. THANK YOU that this morning I could get up just after 6am and have my own clothes in the washer by 6:30, so that I can have all my stuff dry and out of the way before most other people here are even conscious — AND before the sun starts beating down mercilessly, lol. THANK YOU for the nice little black kitty in the tree this morning… even though I didn’t get to interact with it before it ran off. I seem to miss the cats at the other RV park more than I realize, because I feel a bit choked up writing this. Lord, I give you my heart, I give you my work, my time, my hands, my mind, my hopes and dreams. I know you will help me with every little thing I will ever face, not because of anything or anyone that I am, but because I do the two things YOU say will help us “be ready for anything”:

 
Colossians 4:2 ERV

Never stop praying. Be ready for anything by praying and being thankful

 

Jul 9

Good morning, Lord.
THANK YOU for the cooler weather, and the privilege of finally being able to open my window!! Right now, at 6:30 AM, it is exactly 70 degrees, with a “real feel” of only 74. Yesterday evening, it was a real temp AND a “real feel” of 74, allowing me to have both the window AND door open, and to spend some time outside without the sun beating down mercilessly on me!! What an unexpected treat for July in Texas! 🙂 Of course, it is supposed to climb right back up close to 100 degrees again today — but I am very, very grateful for this refreshing little break, Father — thank you!! I truly enjoy being able to work at my desk right next to an open window, watching the occasional bird fly by or hunting bugs on the ground — like the skinny blue jay I am watching right now! It was also fun to send my daughter some pics and vids of some of the little toads that I share our little camper-space with — under the camper by some of my Mate’s wood, and of course out by my little outdoor sink area that is under the ash tree, next to our big naturally hollowed-out log (upon which I keep my basin and scrubbie, heehee). It seems like just another one of your humors, Lord — that my daughter has created a “toad garden” where she lives, and toads are also abundant this year where I am, lol. I haven’t seen my buddy the fence lizard in a day or two now… but I’m sure he’ll show up again soon, basking in the sun on his favorite blue tarp under our back bumper.

 
Proverbs 12:1-12 ERV

Whoever loves discipline loves to learn; whoever hates to be corrected is stupid. 
It is good to learn what pleases the LORD, because he condemns those who plan to do wrong. 
Evil people are never safe, but good people remain safe and secure. 
A good wife is like a crown to her husband, but a shameful wife is like a cancer. 
Good people are honest and fair in all they do, but those who are evil lie and cannot be trusted. 
Evil people use their words to hurt others, but the words from good people can save others from danger. 
When evil people are destroyed, they are gone and forgotten, but good people are remembered long after they are gone. 
You praise people for their intelligence, but no one respects those who are stupid. 
It is better to appear unimportant and have a servant than to pretend to be important and have no food. 
Good people take good care of their animals, but the wicked know only how to be cruel. 
Farmers who work their land have plenty of food, but those who waste their time on worthless projects are foolish. 
The wicked want a share of what an evil man might catch. But like a plant with deep roots, a good man is the one who produces the most. 

 

Can you spot the 2 toads under our camper?

 

 

Jul 7

Well, my earthly father would be 89 years old today, if he were still alive. And HIS father, my namesake — Frank Bachman (I was born Fran Bachman) — died 42 years ago today, on 7-7-77. Lord God, you seem to like writing special little quirks of timing and such into the story you are writing for our lives, haha. Like having two females in my family — one sister and one niece — choose the SAME day to get married (this past June 29th) — when each of them have been with their men for many years and could have picked any number of days to get married. They didn’t even KNOW about the other’s wedding until it was over. I didn’t know it was my sister’s wedding day until I saw she was live on Facebook, lol. So I watched her get married, knowing it was only 2 hours until our niece was getting married. That was pretty cool, Lord. 🙂

 
Psalm 147 ERV

Praise the LORD because he is good. Sing praises to our God. It is good and pleasant to praise him. 
The LORD rebuilds Jerusalem. He brings back the Israelites who were taken as prisoners. 
He heals their broken hearts and bandages their wounds. 
He counts the stars and knows each of them by name. 
Our Lord is great and powerful. There is no limit to what he knows. 

The LORD supports the humble, but he shames the wicked. 
Give thanks to the LORD. Praise our God with harps. 
He fills the sky with clouds. He sends rain to the earth. He makes the grass grow on the mountains. 
He gives food to the animals. He feeds the young birds that cry out. 
War horses and powerful soldiers are not what he cares about. 
The LORD enjoys people who worship him and trust in his faithful love. 

Jerusalem, praise the LORD! Zion, praise your God! 
He makes your gates strong, and he blesses the people in your city. 
He brought peace to your country, so you have plenty of grain for food. 
He gives a command to the earth, and it quickly obeys. 
He makes the snow fall until the ground is as white as wool. He makes sleet blow through the air like dust. 
He makes hail fall like rocks from the sky. No one can stand the cold he sends. 
Then he gives another command, and warm air begins to blow. The ice melts, and water begins to flow. 
He gave his commands to Jacob. He gave his laws and rules to Israel. 
He did not do this for any other nation. He did not teach his laws to other people. Praise the LORD!

 
Father, I thank you for caring for even our puny little human struggles. There are so many mighty and majestic things in your creation… and yet you CARE about how I feel this morning, this day. You provide for my simple human needs, even those of my heart. Please help me to be encouraged by your awesome power, and not fret about my little disappointments and discouragements. Help me to keep my eyes on the “big picture” and focus only on the things I CAN change. Help me to nurture an attitude of gratitude this day, and ignore the distractions of my mind and body. Amen.

 

Jul 6

Good morning, Father.
Thank you for the coolness inside this little camper of ours, and thank you for providing us just enough money to pay our tiny monthly rent and buy our food and supplies. Thank you for the HOPE that I can sell a couple things to get enough to pay our little rent this month, and thank you for your guidance and perfect timing in that area as well. Thank you for giving me a new system that seems to be working to encourage me to work on at least MOST of my projects each day, so that even though progress seems slow, I DO make progress on it all, every day. Thank you for the HOPE, once again, that the next couple months after this one should bring a larger income, perhaps even enough to get our truck back on the road after going this entire year so far with NO transportation of our own, other than my Mate’s rickety mini bike, lol. I look forward to change and growth, Father — but I still very much appreciate all the multitude of blessings I have RIGHT NOW — my Mate, my health, my love of learning, my ability to work, and all the HOPE that I have, along with a constant supply of simple, quiet joy that comes from your Spirit inside me. THANK YOU, faithful Shepherd, for supplying ALL my needs!

 
Ezekiel 36:22-28 ERV

So tell the family of Israel that this is what the Lord GOD says: ‘Family of Israel, you ruined my holy name in the places where you went. I am going to do something to stop this. I will not do it for your sake, Israel. I will do it for my holy name. 
I will show the nations how holy my great name really is. You ruined my good name in those nations! But I will show you that I am holy. I will make you respect my name, and then those nations will know that I am the LORD.'” This is what the Lord GOD said. 
“I will take you out of those nations, gather you together, and bring you back to your own land. 
Then I will sprinkle pure water on you and make you pure. I will wash away all your filth, the filth from those nasty idols, and I will make you pure. 
I will also put a new spirit in you to change your way of thinking. I will take out the heart of stone from your body and give you a tender, human heart. 
I will put my Spirit inside you and change you so that you will obey my laws. You will carefully obey my commands. 
Then you will live in the land that I gave to your ancestors. You will be my people, and I will be your God. 

 
Lord, I thank you that the more time I spend being dependent upon you, looking to you for my needs to be met, and trusting you to guide me and provide for me — the more EASY it becomes to do things that are pleasing to you rather than just the things that I think are right or in the TIMING I believe is just. It is not always easy to do things your way — but you always make it SIMPLE, easy enough for me to do, if I just give you TIME to show me that you are faithful. THANK YOU for your awesome Spirit, and please help every soul that desires to have this type of relationship with you — guide them to your Word, show them the way to have the same peace and joy that I experience through your faithful provision, Lord. Amen. 🙂

 

Jul 5

Good morning, Father.
Thank you for the solid progress I’ve been making on almost all of my different projects lately, and thank you for helping me to let GO of things I really don’t have any control over. This morning I am really missing the cool morning air, the ability to open the window and feel connected to the outside world of nature. However, I am grateful for the TWO air conditioners in our little camper, that are making me able to survive the near-100 degree temperatures and the inevitably coming over-100 degree temperatures that would otherwise have chased me back north by now. I am grateful to be able to spend this entire summer with my Mate, instead of having to retreat north to my sister’s like I have done the last two summers, in order to survive. I am grateful for your mercy in giving me what I need to endure the Texas heat in our little camper, at my little desk by the window, and up on the little loft bed at night. 🙂

 
1 Thessalonians 5:14-24 ERV

We ask you, brothers and sisters, to warn those who will not work. Encourage those who are afraid. Help those who are weak. Be patient with everyone. 
Be sure that no one pays back wrong for wrong. But always try to do what is good for each other and for all people. 
Always be full of joy. 
Never stop praying. 
Whatever happens, always be thankful.
This is how God wants you to live in Christ Jesus. 
Don’t stop the work of the Holy Spirit. 
Don’t treat prophecy like something that is not important. 
But test everything. Keep what is good, 
and stay away from everything that is evil. 
We pray that God himself, the God of peace, will make you pure—belonging only to him. We pray that your whole self—spirit, soul, and body—will be kept safe and be blameless when our Lord Jesus Christ comes. 
The one who chose you will do that for you.
You can trust him. 

 
Lord, I thank you for the friends we have here, and the little fireworks show last night under the stars. I thank you for healing up our buddy well enough and quick enough to bring him home from the hospital to join us outside here. I thank you that even though I cannot open my window and enjoy morning air… my Mate purposefully faced my window east toward the forest, so in the morning I can tie up my curtains and look outside before the sun climbs high. I thank you for the little bunny I just filmed through the window, and I thank you for the mockingbird fledgling on the ground a week or so ago, and the funky caterpillar about a week before that. You are so faithful to alert me to nature wherever I go, Lord. I thank you for continuing to nurture my soul and give me everything I need, wherever I go. I give you my time and all that is ME this day, faithful Shepherd. Guide me and teach me how to live more and more pleasing to you. Amen.

[pausing to upload bunny vids to my Lenny laptop and prepare pics of God’s recent nature provisions:]

moments ago…

 

…days ago…

 

…days before that!

 

 

Jul 3

Good morning, Father!
Thank you for the last several BUSY days, my time consumed with helping others and squeezing in a bit of time to work on my site and such. Thank you for the fun progress late last night, after midnight finishing up creating several custom taxonomies for my site so that I can search posts, cards, or even photos I upload to find something like “black 1968 Dodge Charger R/T front left view” or “Caran d’Ache Neopastel oil pastels swatches”… or pull up all oil pastels or all Caran d’Ache products… or all black vehicles made in 1968 or all vehicle pics with a back view so I can compare tail lights… or all the photos I have uploaded of animals from SE Asia… or of buildings in the USA… And anything ELSE I might need to query (search), I can use the taxonomies I have — or build new ones. 😀 Yay! Thank you, Father, for giving me a brain that understands database structure and querying at least enough to do SOME things… and actually finding this part of it pretty easy to create and use! Thank you for helping me gain more skill and ease all the time with my toolset, from all the various Adobe apps, to Pods, Elementor, and all its little plugins. Thank you for giving me such a love of learning and a seemingly limitless number of interests, heehee. Lord, I give you my mind, my time, my heart, my hands, my business, and all that is ME. Please help me to keep focusing on the things I CAN change… my own attitude and behaviour… and to let GO of all the things that I can NOT change, so that I do not carry any extra weight. PLEASE help my little old laptop hold together long enough to complete the migration of all my site contents and topics to the new ONE site. I am growing more concerned about it, as it is having more “issues” all the time. I lay my aging laptop in your hands, too, faithful Shepherd. I know I can trust you completely. Amen.

 
Romans 4:2-5 ERV

If Abraham was made right by the things he did, he had a reason to boast about himself. But God knew different. 
That’s why the Scriptures say, “Abraham believed God, and because of this he was accepted as one who is right with God.” 
When people work, their pay is not given to them as a gift. They earn the pay they get. 
But people cannot do any work that will make them right with God. So they must trust in him. Then he accepts their faith, and that makes them right with him. He is the one who makes even evil people right.

 
Romans 15:13 ERV

I pray that the God who gives hope will fill you with much joy and peace as you trust in him. Then you will have more and more hope, and it will flow out of you by the power of the Holy Spirit.

 

Jun 29

THANK YOU, Father, for helping me get DONE the first trio of pages on the first topic on my new site: LEARN, PRACTICE, and TEST breakfast in Spanish! I feel much better having that small success to build upon — and I LIKE how it turned out, so it is very encouraging! Already this morning, I have been feeling you prompting me to do another Spanish topic (human body)… but I am soooooo looking forward to having enough Spanish done that I can relax and start building out the topics I truly enjoy — music, muscle cars, art, nature, and all the rest of THESE:

There just seems to be no end to my interests, and I am HYPER just thinking about building them all out on the new ONE site!! 😀

 
Ecclesiastes 2:21-26 ERV

People can work hard using all their wisdom and knowledge and skill. But they will die and other people will get the things they worked for. They did not do the work, but they will get everything. That makes me very sad. It is also not fair and is senseless. 
What do people really have after all their work and struggling in this life? 
Throughout their life, they have pain, frustrations, and hard work. Even at night, a person’s mind does not rest. This is also senseless. 
There is no one who has tried to enjoy life more than I have. And this is what I learned: The best thing people can do is eat, drink, and enjoy the work they must do. I also saw that this comes from God. 
If people do good and please God, he will give them wisdom, knowledge, and joy.
But those who sin will get only the work of gathering and carrying things. God takes from the bad person and gives to the good person. But all this work is useless. It is like trying to catch the wind. 

 
Lord, I thank you for allowing me to be FREE to work for joy and a little bit of money, rather than being exhausted by senseless work that barely just pays the bills, like so many people must endure. You named me FREE ONE (Fran = “from France” or “Free One”!), and you have been FAITHFUL to keep growing that freedom in my life, as I depend upon you more and more completely all the time. THANK YOU for helping me endure my own little struggles, feeling overwhelmed by my work when I felt I HAD to get certain things done, in certain timeframes, to be faithful to my sites’ visitors and customers. I am grateful for the small successes I have been enjoying, and I pray you help me to stay humble, and teachable, and always willing to listen to your Spirit and make constant adjustments to my attitude and behavior — the only two things I CAN CHANGE. Please keep helping me to let GO of the things I can NOT change, so that I can keep growing in freedom and joy. Amen. Thank you, faithful Shepherd!

 

Jun 28

Lord, I hate it when I wake up feeling like I am already behind! And that just doesn’t seem right, when I was up until after midnight working, and I got up at 6:30 in the morning!! It SUCKS that a bunch of little things can accumulate to make me feel more overwhelmed than I already feel, more pressured to work, work, work as fast and as hard as I can. I KNOW that you’ve got me, Lord, that my worry is total foolishness. I have been trying to let GO and just give it to you. Please help me be wiser than my emotions, Father. Help me to overcome these stupid senseless feelings and just trust completely in you. I need a little encouragement, Lord. 😥

 
1 Peter 5:6-11 ERV

So be humble under God’s powerful hand. Then he will lift you up when the right time comes. 
Give all your worries to him, because he cares for you. 
Control yourselves and be careful! The devil is your enemy, and he goes around like a roaring lion looking for someone to attack and eat. 
Refuse to follow the devil. Stand strong in your faith. You know that your brothers and sisters all over the world are having the same sufferings that you have. 
Yes, you will suffer for a short time. But after that, God will make everything right. He will make you strong. He will support you and keep you from falling. He is the God who gives all grace. He chose you to share in his glory in Christ. That glory will continue forever. 
All power is his forever. Amen. 

 
Lord, please help me feel your Touch MORE than I feel these crazed premenopause chaotic emotions! I have been so careful to not pollute my body with alcohol or ANY kinds of drugs, so that I can do my work faithfully — yet my body is betraying me and giving me its own versions of distracting substances! Help me remember that this is something I cannot control, so I should not waste time thinking about. Help me to focus on the things I CAN change, and let all the rest of that GO. Help me to give you all my little worries and burdens, and just be FREE in this day. Help me to get done with what NEEDS to be done today, and to trust you to give me all the time I need to accomplish everything else. I lay all this at your feet, faithful Shepherd. My heart is in your Hands. Amen.

 

Jun 26

Good morning, Father.
Thank you for your awesome daily care, and thank you for the kindness of others, their patience while I go through this major cram time, trying to accomplish several months worth of work in less than 6 weeks. Father, I feel a little agitated this morning, restless… but it COULD be because I got less than four hours of sleep, and already this morning people are asking me to do extra things for them… so I feel a bit “threatened” I suppose, like I am not going to be strong enough, patient enough, kind and compassionate enough. I want to help people, Lord… please help me to relax, slow down, take life as it comes and not feel like I am carrying the weight of the world on my shoulders!! Help me to trust you completely, even with the timeframe, even with my concerns about my ability to do everything I need to do, and do it well. I know I can count on you to make it all work out just fine. THANK YOU for your faithfulness, Lord!! 🙂

 
Luke 12:25-28 ERV

None of you can add any time to your life by worrying about it. 
And if you can’t do the little things, why worry about the big things? 

“Think about how the wildflowers grow. They don’t work or make clothes for themselves. But I tell you that even Solomon, the great and rich king, was not dressed as beautifully as one of these flowers. 
If God makes what grows in the field so beautiful, what do you think he will do for you? That’s just grass—one day it’s alive, and the next day someone throws it into a fire. But God cares enough to make it beautiful. Surely he will do much more for you. Your faith is so small! 

 

Jun 25

Lord, I am grateful that I do not have to explain myself to you. I am grateful that you see and know everything I go through, and I am sorry that I ever feel I need anything more than what you provide. I am sorry for not being stronger, not being perfect. I am sorry for being emotional and feeling desperate for love. Sometimes I give so much, do so much, try so hard… that I exhaust myself and I look back, trying to find where I went wrong. Sometimes I wish I could physically feel your Hand on my head, comforting me, encouraging me to keep going. Please help me through this time when I feel like I am treading water, overwhelmed by what I need to accomplish in the next few months, unsure that I will even survive it, let alone do a GOOD JOB. Please help me not to feel even more overwhelmed when people request or demand MORE from me right now, while I feel barely able to manage what I already have on my plate. I feel vulnerable, Lord. Help me hide beneath your wings while I work. Help me discard any weights that I do NOT need to be carrying. Amen.

 
2 Corinthians 4:7-18 ERV

We have this treasure from God, but we are only like clay jars that hold the treasure. This is to show that the amazing power we have is from God, not from us. 
We have troubles all around us, but we are not defeated. We often don’t know what to do, but we don’t give up. 
We are persecuted, but God does not leave us. We are hurt sometimes, but we are not destroyed. 

So we constantly experience the death of Jesus in our own bodies, but this is so that the life of Jesus can also be seen in our bodies. 
We are alive, but for Jesus we are always in danger of death, so that the life of Jesus can be seen in our bodies that die. 
So death is working in us, but the result is that life is working in you. 
The Scriptures say, “I believed, so I spoke.” Our faith is like that too. We believe, and so we speak. 
God raised the Lord Jesus from death, and we know that he will also raise us with Jesus. God will bring us together with you, and we will stand before him. 
All these things are for you. And so the grace of God is being given to more and more people. This will bring more and more thanks to God for his glory. 
That is why we never give up. Our physical body is becoming older and weaker, but our spirit inside us is made new every day. 
We have small troubles for a while now, but these troubles are helping us gain an eternal glory. That eternal glory is much greater than our troubles. 
So we think about what we cannot see, not what we see. What we see lasts only a short time, and what we cannot see will last forever.

 

Jun 24

Good morning, Lord.
Thank you for the beautiful storm yesterday from dusk until sunset, filming the blowing trees and rumbling thunder, and watching the sky get lighter and then darker again as time passed, lol. Thank you for helping me enjoy it thoroughly, instead of being distracted by my work as I tend to get when there are still design issues to be worked out. It is awesome to watch myself grow under your expert care and guidance, faithful Shepherd! Please help me keep remembering that I “need nothing of it” so I can enjoy my work as you have intended. Amen.

 
Ephesians 3:16-21 ERV

I ask the Father with his great glory to give you the power to be strong in your spirits. He will give you that strength through his Spirit. 
I pray that Christ will live in your hearts because of your faith. I pray that your life will be strong in love and be built on love. 
And I pray that you and all God’s holy people will have the power to understand the greatness of Christ’s love—how wide, how long, how high, and how deep that love is. 
Christ’s love is greater than anyone can ever know, but I pray that you will be able to know that love. Then you can be filled with everything God has for you. 
With God’s power working in us, he can do much, much more than anything we can ask or think of. 
To him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus for all time, forever and ever. Amen.

 
Lord, please bless that special someone who is reading this blog right now. Let them know that they are seen, they are understood, and they are loved. Give them a warm spiritual hug from me, and let your Hand rest upon them this day, a comfort that is ever-present yet never can be earned but only accepted and appreciated. Please help us ALL grow in gratitude, so that we can walk FREE of our bitter envies and strifes, our comparisons and our expectations. Help us lay down all those foolish human distractions, like taking shackles off our ankles. THANK YOU Lord Jesus for making a way for us to have peace and joy despite EVERYTHING that happens to us in this life. Give us the humility and wisdom to accept your free gift and stop thinking we have to do MORE in order to earn it or keep it. Amen. Thank you for your diligent care, faithful Shepherd!

 

Jun 23

Good morning, Father.
Thank you for a good night of sleep at last! Thank you for progress made yesterday, even though it is taking me longer than expected. Please help me to be patient with the process, and to enjoy my work as I do it, not feeling rushed or stressed. I truly do “need nothing of it” because YOU are the only thing I actually need, Lord. It is awesome to be so FREE, and also to be able to create new interactives and pages that can help people for years or decades to come. I feel truly blessed!! 🙂

 
2 Timothy 3:13-17 ERV

People who are evil and cheat others will become worse and worse. They will fool others, but they will also be fooling themselves. 
But you should continue following the teaching you learned. You know it is true, because you know you can trust those who taught you. 
You have known the Holy Scriptures since you were a child. These Scriptures are able to make you wise. And that wisdom leads to salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. 
All Scripture is given by God. And all Scripture is useful for teaching and for showing people what is wrong in their lives. It is useful for correcting faults and teaching the right way to live. 
Using the Scriptures, those who serve God will be prepared and will have everything they need to do every good work. 

 
Lord, when I am in one of these ugly-duckling stages of development on a part of my site, I can get quite discouraged. While I definitely do look forward to returning to smooth sailing and the excitement of filling in my newly created or updated cubbyholes, I realize that this time of struggle is very good for me, and I ask you to help me be humble enough and brave enough to learn and grow and become more pleasing to you. I realize it is NOT about what is produced; it is NOT about me. It is about developing that relationship with you and being a source of help for other people — the vast majority of whom I will never meet or even hear from. THANK YOU for your awesome grace, faithful Shepherd! I know you will help me to be patient and work my way through this time, with the help of your Word and your Spirit. Amen.

 

Jun 22

Good morning, Lord!
Thank you for helping me make my way through all the remaining elements I have in my digital toolbox yesterday, taking nine pages of notes and getting even more organized! I am grateful to have wifi at the camper again so I can do my work online — even though it went out for a couple hours yesterday, prompting me back to some offline adventures, lol. Thank you for helping me stay light and FREE, and thank you for helping me survive and perhaps thrive on only a few hours of sleep a night, while I am in this little CRAM time! LOL 🙂

 
Ecclesiastes 3:1-15 ERV

There is a right time for everything, and everything on earth will happen at the right time. 
There is a time to be born and a time to die. There is a time to plant and a time to pull up plants. 
There is a time to kill and a time to heal. There is a time to destroy and a time to build. 
There is a time to cry and a time to laugh. There is a time to be sad and a time to dance with joy. 
There is a time to throw weapons down and a time to pick them up. There is a time to hug someone and a time to stop holding so tightly. 
There is a time to look for something and a time to consider it lost. There is a time to keep things and a time to throw things away. 
There is a time to tear cloth and a time to sew it. There is a time to be silent and a time to speak. 
There is a time to love and a time to hate. There is a time for war and a time for peace. 
Do people really gain anything from their hard work? 
I saw all the hard work God gave us to do. 
God gave us the ability to think about his world, but we can never completely understand everything he does. And yet, he does everything at just the right time. 
I learned that the best thing for people to do is to be happy and enjoy themselves as long as they live. 
God wants everyone to eat, drink, and enjoy their work. These are gifts from God. 

I learned that anything God does will continue forever. People cannot add anything to the work of God, and they cannot take anything away from it. God did this so that people would respect him. 
What happened in the past has happened, and what will happen in the future will happen. But God wants to help those who have been treated badly.

 

Jun 21

Good morning, Father!
Thank you for the full day of work yesterday, catching up a bit on all the stuff I did offline while I had no wifi. It was difficult at first, having such a long pause between prep work and execution online. But I got my first sale on the new site, and I’m getting visitors there every hour now — already a few dozen peeps by 8am this morning! And I have barely even lightly scratched the surface of what is coming… IF you allow me to build it out like I THINK you are leading me to, Lord. I am sure you will adjust my plans, but it really feels like your Hand is on me, blessing my efforts. And honestly for the first time in just over a decade, I am PROUD of my work online, actually LOVING what I am creating — and THAT is priceless, indeed! THANK YOU, Father, for bringing me through one long decade of adaptation and healing, when I made very little money because I honestly had very little to put into my work. Now I am growing more and more FREE and healthy, AND my digital skills are advancing almost daily as well — WOOT! Thank you for your diligent care and nurturing, faithful Shepherd! 😀 😀

 
Psalm 8 ERV

To the director: With the gittith. A song of David. LORD our Lord, your name is the most wonderful in all the earth! It brings you praise everywhere in heaven. 
From the mouths of children and babies come songs of praise to you. They sing of your power to silence your enemies who were seeking revenge. 
I look at the heavens you made with your hands. I see the moon and the stars you created. 
And I wonder, “Why are people so important to you? Why do you even think about them? Why do you care so much about humans? Why do you even notice them?”
 
But you made them almost like gods and crowned them with glory and honor. 
You put them in charge of everything you made. You put everything under their control. 
People rule over the sheep and cattle and all the wild animals. 
They rule over the birds in the sky and the fish that swim in the sea. 
LORD our Lord, your name is the most wonderful name in all the earth! 

 

Jun 20

Hello, Father!
Good night AND good morning, heehee! Since it is after midnight here, it is kinda both of those. THANK YOU, Lord, for helping me through the last week with NO internet! Thank you for giving me peace, assurance, and greater CLARITY than I ever thought possible! Thank you for helping me not get upset or worried, but rather to use the time wisely, planning out everything I need to do in the next 2 or 3 months. Thank you for helping me organize my thoughts, my hopes, my craft supplies, my books, and my digital FILES! Thank you for all the notes I took, all the awesome brainstorming sessions and the digging into my resources. It was actually rather refreshing (if at times frustrating) to be offline for almost an entire week! THANK YOU for all that we accomplished in that time, and THANK YOU for giving me BACK my wifi access in my camper, so that I can now proceed through the summer, building out the new site just as fast as I can, getting everything ready for the new school year starting in 2 months! Lord, I give you my time, my mind, my hands, my body, my heart, and my spirit. I hand over to you my hopes and my plans for the site and all my digital products and my ever-evolving digital skillset! Please guide me forward each day, showing me how YOU would like me to spend my time and my mind. Lead on, faithful Shepherd! 😀

 
Psalm 139:7-18 ERV

Your Spirit is everywhere I go. I cannot escape your presence. 
If I go up to heaven, you will be there. If I go down to the place of death, you will be there. 
If I go east where the sun rises or go to live in the west beyond the sea, 
even there you will take my hand and lead me. Your strong right hand will protect me. 
Suppose I wanted to hide from you and said, “Surely the darkness will hide me. The day will change to night and cover me.” 
Even the darkness is not dark to you. The night is as bright as the day. Darkness and light are the same. 
You formed the way I think and feel. You put me together in my mother’s womb. 
I praise you because you made me in such a wonderful way. I know how amazing that was! 
You could see my bones grow as my body took shape, hidden in my mother’s womb. 
You could see my body grow each passing day. You listed all my parts, and not one of them was missing. 
Your thoughts are beyond my understanding. They cannot be measured! 
If I could count them, they would be more than all the grains of sand. But when I finished, I would have just begun.

 

Jun 13

Good morning, Father.
Thank you for the sweetness this morning, reminding me of encouraging things while I lingered in bed. Thank you for my fuzzy head right now, still not alert enough to feel much of anything, and groggy enough to not take anything seriously. Thank you for the BBQ planned for today, some time off from my work to hang out with our newest friends and have more summer good times. Thank you also for helping me get so very many things done yesterday, from shower and laundry, to reorganizing my stash of books and things, to shopping and even some decent progress on my work. I feel like I got two days worth of stuff done yesterday, and it helps me be more relaxed today, while I am groggy and while I spend time with other people. THANK YOU, faithful Shepherd, for always providing for my needs, even when I don’t know I will need them, lol. 🙂

 
Isaiah 58:11 ERV

The LORD will always lead you and satisfy your needs in dry lands. He will give strength to your bones. You will be like a garden that has plenty of water, like a spring that never goes dry. 

 
Matthew 6:7-14 ERV

“And when you pray, don’t be like the people who don’t know God. They say the same things again and again. They think that if they say it enough, their god will hear them. 
Don’t be like them. Your Father knows what you need before you ask him. 
So this is how you should pray: ‘Our Father in heaven, we pray that your name will always be kept holy. 
We pray that your kingdom will come— that what you want will be done here on earth, the same as in heaven. 
Give us the food we need for today. 
Forgive our sins, just as we have forgiven those who did wrong to us. 
Don’t let us be tempted, but save us from the Evil One.’ 
Yes, if you forgive others for the wrongs they do to you, then your Father in heaven will also forgive your wrongs.

 
Isaiah 65:24 ERV

I will answer them before they call for help. I will help them before they finish asking.

 

Jun 12

Good morning, Lord. Thank you for this beautiful cool weather, with tiny sprinkles and lots of clouds. Thank you for the lightness in my heart and mind and spirit, and the opportunities I have to be creative and make progress in my work and in my relationships. Thank you for helping me learn to focus on the things I CAN change, getting better all the time at letting everything else GO. Father, I lift my awesome Mate up to you and ask you to help him let GO of the things he cannot change, and give him clear direction on the things you do want him to change — whatever attitudes and behaviors that are not conducive to serving you and fulfilling your purpose for him at this time. Please help us both to grow in our reliance upon you, faithful Shepherd. Protect us from the evil that surrounds us, and show us how to work to provide for our needs, and have enough to help others as well. Amen.

 
Psalm 146 ERV

Praise the LORD! My soul, praise the LORD! 
I will praise the LORD all my life. I will sing praises to him as long as I live. 
Don’t depend on your leaders for help. Don’t depend on people, because they cannot save you. 
People die and are buried. Then all their plans to help are gone. 
It is a great blessing for people to have the God of Jacob to help them. They depend on the LORD their God. 
He made heaven and earth. He made the sea and everything in it. He can be trusted to do what he says. 
He does what is right for those who have been hurt. He gives food to the hungry. The LORD frees people locked up in prison. 
The LORD makes the blind see again. The LORD helps those who are in trouble. The LORD loves those who do right. 
The LORD protects strangers in our country. He cares for widows and orphans, but he destroys the wicked. 
The LORD will rule forever! Zion, your God will rule forever and ever! Praise the LORD!