Okay, Lord, you know how much I HATE to procrastinate and leave things to the last minute… yet I am still trusting you, and doing my very best to just let it all go, give it all to you, and accept your will and your TIMING. Please help me to be patient with your timing and with my husband who seems to delight in the last-minute rush, lol. Help me to remember, Lord, the awesome insight you gave me yesterday, how effortlessly you can (and sometimes do) make things happen, while us little humans struggle so hard to force our will into existence. Help me to be humble, Shepherd. Help me to keep resting in you, trusting in you, following you. Amen.
2 Peter 3:2-9 ERV
I want you to remember the words that the holy prophets spoke in the past. And remember the command that our Lord and Savior gave us. He gave us that command through your apostles.
It is important for you to understand what will happen in the last days. People will laugh at you. They will live following the evil they want to do.
They will say, “Jesus promised to come again. Where is he? Our fathers have died, but the world continues the way it has been since it was made.”
But these people don’t want to remember what happened long ago. The skies were there, and God made the earth from water and with water. All this happened by God’s word.
Then the world was flooded and destroyed with water.
And that same word of God is keeping the skies and the earth that we have now. They are being kept to be destroyed by fire. They are kept for the day of judgment and the destruction of all people who are against God.
But don’t forget this one thing, dear friends: To the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years is like a day.
The Lord is not being slow in doing what he promised—the way some people understand slowness. But God is being patient with you. He doesn’t want anyone to be lost. He wants everyone to change their ways and stop sinning.
Lord, I thank you for your patience with me and with all your people. Please help each of us to hear your voice more clearly, above the din of the world’s confusion and conflict. Help us to accept the peace and joy you offer, and to not be so distracted by the condemning filth of the world that we see on ourselves when we look in the mirror. Instead, help us to rejoice in the Way that you have provided for us to be found righteous and faithful and able to stand boldly before your throne, Oh Lord. Thank you for your awesome mercy and provision!
Thank you for helping me through so many sticky spots in life and inside mine own self. I just cannot see how life would be any good at all without knowing and being known by you. All my favorite things pale in comparison to your touch, your breath, your presence. Please help me to share what I know with others, and perhaps give someone, somewhere, a little encouragement in trusting you. It is sooooo worth giving up EVERYTHING for — and yet you ask us to give up so very little, instead blessing our hearts with our deepest desires. Thank you for your awesome love and care, Father!
John 14:1-7 ERV
Jesus said, “Don’t be troubled. Trust in God, and trust in me.
There are many rooms in my Father’s house. I would not tell you this if it were not true. I am going there to prepare a place for you.
After I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back. Then I will take you with me, so that you can be where I am.
You know the way to the place where I am going.”
Thomas said, “Lord, we don’t know where you are going, so how can we know the way?”
Jesus answered, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. The only way to the Father is through me.
If you really knew me, you would know my Father too. But now you know the Father. You have seen him.”
I am very conscious of my “place” at times — not my socially obligated place, but rather a spiritual “place” — closer to a purpose or a special niche — a place where I personally “fit”. Sometimes my husband and I call this a “home” — as in: the place where we always put something = its HOME. It BELONGS there, like it was MADE for that place and that purpose. And THAT is what Jesus has gone to prepare for us. The way many Bible versions translate the Greek word mone (moh-NAY) (haha, not money but mon-ay!) into “mansions” (above = “rooms”) is rather deceptive. This has nothing to do with worldly riches — it has to do with having a HOME with Jesus, knowing the Almighty God and being so well known by Him that we EACH have our individual place, our specialized HOME with Him! I don’t know about you, but I personally consider that to be far, far better than just having some big fancy mansion…!! So, just who do you think planted that desperate need for BELONGING in every single human being that’s ever lived? Could it be our Creator, calling us HOME, giving us something to look forward to at the end of our earthly struggles?! Can you imagine being welcomed into your perfect place in His kingdom — a place where only YOU fit perfectly? 😯
Thank you for the awesome peace and joy that surpasses ALL understanding! Thank you for teaching me how MUCH I have to gain, when I hold on to NOTHING…! Please remind me always of the things I have been learning this past week or so, that I may remain free and able to keep my eyes on you. I desire to forever be this unencumbered by doubt and overthinking, and so much encouraged by the realization that every day, every situation, can be an adventure when shared intimately with the Creator of the universe — who happens to have shed His grace on me and a great many other awesomely FREE peeps! Thank you, Lord Jesus! WOOT! 😀
Hebrews 6:7-12 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.
Lord, I know that I am one of the least in your Kingdom — just a Little One that you have allowed to enter your blessed flock. I thank you for your enduring mercy and grace, and I ask that you help me to produce good fruit for you, and never let me be found full of thorns and weeds that are displeasing to you and hinder your work in me. Lord, I offer up my heart, my mind, my body, my time to you. Cleanse me, and teach me more and more how to hear your voice and not be distracted or deceived by any enticing opposition, even mine own flesh. Help me to be faithful to you til the very end. Amen! 🙂
Good morning, Father!
Thank you so much for the awesome progress on myself yesterday! It was FUN to let loose and listen to music while repurposing old clothing to make new! It was encouraging to feel the strength of mine own body while I walked all over the nearby area yesterday, barely even noticing that I was carrying things home for the family — and later, dancing to the music and feeling my muscles growing even more toned. I so enjoy the body you gave me, Lord, even if it is one of my LEAST favorite blessings in this life, lol. Thank you for helping me appreciate it. That was surprising and cool of you. 😛
Philippians 3:1-8 ERV
And now, my brothers and sisters, be filled with joy in the Lord. It is no trouble for me to write the same things to you again. I want to be sure that you are prepared.
Be careful of the dogs—those men whose work does only harm. They want to cut on everyone who isn’t circumcised.
But we are the ones who have the true circumcision—we who worship God through his Spirit. We don’t trust in ourselves or anything we can do. We take pride only in Christ Jesus.
Even if I am able to trust in myself, still I don’t do it. If anyone else thinks they have a reason to trust in themselves, they should know that I have a greater reason for doing so.
I was circumcised on the eighth day after my birth. I am from the people of Israel and the tribe of Benjamin. I am a true Jew, and so were my parents. The law was very important to me. That is why I became a Pharisee.
I was so eager to defend my religion that I persecuted the church. And no one could find fault with the way I obeyed the Law of Moses.
At one time all these things were important to me. But because of Christ, I decided that they are worth nothing.
Not only these things, but now I think that all things are worth nothing compared with the greatness of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. Because of Christ, I lost all these things, and now I know that they are all worthless trash. All I want now is Christ.
Lord, please help us to let go of our distractions and fleshy desires, so that all we ever want is YOU, all we ever seek is to follow you, and be found IN you. Lead us forward as the faithful Shepherd you are, preparing the path before us and helping us to climb over all the obstacles in our way, still focused on you and your might. Lord, I lift my loved ones up to you and ask you to touch each of us this day with the healing strength of your presence. Show us each one special thing about yourself today, one way in which we can reflect you and give you glory. Amen.
Good morning, Father!
Lord, it is ironic that the last couple days saw the naming and creation of our own YouTube channel, with first video takes that I have yet to process… AND I woke up this morning designing an opening sequence for our videos… AND our favorite YouTubers, Cars and Cameras, are 15 minutes away in Keller, Texas today (as opposed to several states away in North Carolina!)… BUT we still have NO working vehicle, despite the fact that we have 8 days to be OUT of this place (and I really thought we’d be out by now)! That’s quite a bit scary, Lord. I am glad I don’t have to worry and fret over it, because it is in YOUR capable hands. Lord, please heal up my husband — again — have mercy on him and show us BOTH what to do to sell our last few items and get the truck we need. Thank you for your awesome provision, Lord.
Revelation 20:1-6 ERV
I saw an angel coming down out of heaven. The angel had the key to the bottomless pit. The angel also held a large chain in his hand.
The angel grabbed the dragon, that old snake, also known as the devil or Satan. The angel tied the dragon with the chain for 1000 years.
Then the angel threw the dragon into the bottomless pit and closed it. The angel locked it over the dragon. The angel did this so that the dragon could not trick the people of the earth until the 1000 years were ended. After 1000 years the dragon must be made free for a short time.
Then I saw some thrones and people sitting on them. These were the ones who had been given the power to judge. And I saw the souls of those who had been killed because they were faithful to the truth of Jesus and the message from God. They did not worship the beast or its idol. They did not receive the mark of the beast on their foreheads or on their hands. They came back to life and ruled with Christ for 1000 years.
(The rest of the dead did not live again until the 1000 years were ended.) This is the first resurrection.
Great blessings belong to those who share in this first resurrection. They are God’s holy people. The second death has no power over them. They will be priests for God and for Christ. They will rule with him for 1000 years.
Lord, I am so very grateful that my ears and spirit are pretty much “virgins”, never having submitted myself to the doctrine of any man or church, never having received to myself a human interpretation of end-times prophecy. I thank you for preserving me in this way, that I may be FREE to let your Spirit inform me and teach me whatever I need to know. How awesome to be that free, and also to have no FEAR of what might happen, for I know that all I must do is keep praying and thanking you for everything — and you take care of the rest. If my only goal in life is to be found faithful to you til the end — then how could any “end” ever truly frighten me? No matter how difficult it might be, it is the END, the cessation of struggle. And the beginning of a time walking even closer with you. How cool is that?!
Thank you for the awesome care and preparation you give us! Thank you for our first steps toward our little adventurous YouTube channel (which I haven’t actually begun yet, just gave it a name so far): Mighty Fine Now, lol. 😀 Lord, please help us find and be CONTENT with a balance between capturing things on video, audio, and other media… and just letting moments pass unrecorded. Please guide me in how to process all our media, what to create, and what to put up online, in what format, on which website or channel, etc. I give it ALL you you, Faithful Shepherd!
Hebrews 11:24-27 ERV
Moses grew up and became a man. He refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter. He chose not to enjoy the pleasures of sin that last such a short time. Instead, he chose to suffer with God’s people. He did this because he had faith.
He thought it was better to suffer for the Messiah than to have all the treasures of Egypt. He was waiting for the reward that God would give him.
Moses left Egypt because he had faith. He was not afraid of the king’s anger. He continued strong as if he could see the God no one can see.
Lord, I must admit that I don’t really understand the NEED for a reward after death, because it seems you give so many awesome rewards to us right here on this earth! I have more joy and peace and love and fulfilment than I ever thought possible — and I am facing homelessness and the Unknown and all sorts of possible, inevitable discomforts and inconveniences! I cannot even imagine how my joy might be increased in LESS crazy circumstances! 😛
Thank you for the silly and fun times, and lots of practice using my phone for video. I still feel like I really need a good camera in order to do all the work my husband and I are hoping to achieve in the coming months, but I trust you to either provide that, or make me able to make due with what I have. It is so awesome to be able to trust you, Lord. Thank you for all your provision and protection. Thank you for growing me in your garden, and please bless your people with peace and always an increasing awareness of your presence in our lives. Thank you, awesome Shepherd! 🙂
Romans 4:18-25 ERV
There was no hope that Abraham would have children, but Abraham believed God and continued to hope. And that is why he became the father of many nations. As God told him, “You will have many descendants.”
Abraham was almost a hundred years old, so he was past the age for having children. Also, Sarah could not have children. Abraham was well aware of this, but his faith in God never became weak.
He never doubted that God would do what he promised. He never stopped believing. In fact, he grew stronger in his faith and just praised God.
Abraham felt sure that God was able to do what he promised.
So that’s why “he was accepted as one who is right with God.”
These words (“he was accepted”) were written not only for Abraham.
They were also written for us. God will also accept us because we believe. We believe in the one who raised Jesus our Lord from death.
Jesus was handed over to die for our sins, and he was raised from death to make us right with God.
Lord, I thank you for leaving a legacy of faith wherever you have reached your hand out to people. Thank you for giving us examples like Abraham and David and Moses, and all those who have not let this world guide them or trick them into thinking they HAVE TO live like everyone around them. Thank you for strengthening, cleansing, and healing our hearts. Thank you for giving us peace that surpasses all understanding. Amen.
Good morning, Father!
Thank you for the awesome FREEDOM this morning, getting me up and moving and designing so early, heehee! Thank you for my warm polar bear sleeves, kickstarting my newest clothes-making adventures! 😀 Father, I give you my skill, my hands, my time, my energy. I offer up myself to you this day and I thank you for guiding me so diligently and faithfully, throughout my entire life. Lead on, Shepherd!
Psalm 139:7-10, 23-24 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.
God, examine me and know my mind. Test me and know all my worries.
Make sure that I am not going the wrong way. Lead me on the path that has always been right.
Lord, I am so grateful for the chance to serve you, and so amazed at the lightness and enthusiasm I feel this morning. I am fixin’ to be homeless and haven’t had a car for over a year now, but yet I have never known such peace and joy! Every day seems like a new adventure with you, knowing securely that even the worst of moments I am still under your wing, still blessed with your mercy and provision and protection and peace. Thank you, Lord Jesus! 😀
Good morning, Lord.
Thank you so much for bringing me to a NEW level of progress and readiness! Please do help me with these crazy pre-menopause hormone fluctuations, though. 🙁 Please help me to remember to look to you each evening and morning, and seek your Spirit for guidance whether to apply one, none, or both of the hormone creams I have standing ready, as my need for them is obviously quite unpredictable — I cannot go by what I THINK I need right now — I need you! 🙂
James 1:5-18 ERV
Do any of you need wisdom? Ask God for it. He is generous and enjoys giving to everyone. So he will give you wisdom.
But when you ask God, you must believe. Don’t doubt him. Whoever doubts is like a wave in the sea that is blown up and down by the wind.
People like that are thinking two different things at the same time. They can never decide what to do. So they should not think they will receive anything from the Lord.
Believers who are poor should be glad that God considers them so important.
Believers who are rich should be glad when bad things happen that humble them. Their riches won’t keep them from disappearing as quickly as wildflowers.
As the sun rises and gets hotter, its heat dries up the plants, and the flowers fall off. The flowers that were so beautiful are now dead. That’s how it is with the rich. While they are still making plans for their business, they will die.
Great blessings belong to those who are tempted and remain faithful! After they have proved their faith, God will give them the reward of eternal life. God promised this to all people who love him.
Whenever you feel tempted to do something bad, you should not say, “God is tempting me.” Evil cannot tempt God, and God himself does not tempt anyone.
You are tempted by the evil things you want. Your own desire leads you away and traps you.
Your desire grows inside you until it results in sin. Then the sin grows bigger and bigger and finally ends in death.
My dear brothers and sisters, don’t be fooled about this.
Everything good comes from God. Every perfect gift is from him. These good gifts come down from the Father who made all the lights in the sky. But God never changes like the shadows from those lights. He is always the same.
God decided to give us life through the true message he sent to us. He wanted us to be the most important of all that he created.
I never get sick of reading the book of James. It has been my favorite since the beginnings of my adult walk with God in 1990 or so. Of course, I “met” God when I was only 2 or 3 years old (1973?), having a distinct awareness and appreciation of the Creator or “He who MADE all this” (or something close to that, understood without words in my toddler brain, lol). Still to this day, I feel Him most readily in the breeze, in the rustling of leaves and movement of sunlight through them, in the pips and squeaks and cries of animals, and in the minute details of fallen leaves, tiny mosses, and all the little details of nature that go largely unnoticed — The Creator’s Heart. Haha, perhaps I’ll get back to adding to that site soon, as I am FINALLY done packing (just have to fine-tune what I can take with me, heehee). 😀
Thank you for all your awesome blessings, for a good night of sleep and plenty of connection and closeness and fellowship and various types of progress! I am finally at the END of my sorting, with the exception of one drawer. While the things I’ve left out to possibly take with me seem a bit scattered and unorganized and slightly overwhelming, in reality the vast majority of all the organizing and packing is DONE, and what is left is pretty much all in one localized space — I just have to move them around and sort into technology (like cords and adapters and such), artsy (a wild assortment!), and “other” (such as batteries and pens and tape). Then comes the weeding out process — but I’m really not sure how much of THAT I can do before I know how much space I have, for what I can bring with me. I really only NEED my one backpack with my Lenny and my flash drives and such. Then there are layers of possibilities beyond that — clothing, books and papers, art stuffs, and miscellaneous items. Who knows how much I will actually bring with me? ([“Won’t know ’til we go!”]) Just leaving here, breaking free from this place — FINALLY! — will be awesome enough, no matter how much I leave with — even if it was only my husband and my backpack! 😀
James 4:13-17 ERV
Some of you say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to some city. We will stay there a year, do business, and make money.” Listen, think about this:
You don’t know what will happen tomorrow. Your life is like a fog. You can see it for a short time, but then it goes away.
So you should say, “If the Lord wants, we will live and do this or that.”
But now you are proud and boast about yourself. All such boasting is wrong.
If you fail to do what you know is right, you are sinning.
Lord, I thank you for giving me enough humility so that even while I am yet just a stubborn and prideful woman, yet I can still see that any thing I THINK may happen, may not come true — so instead I need to just keep looking to you, taking my cues from you, and be willing at all times to lose everything I have, including mine own life. No biggie. Even death is an awesome adventure with you leading me, Lord! WOOT! Freedom!! 😀
Good morning, Lord!
Thank you for the awesome freedom you provide for those who love you and choose your ways over our own! Thank you for drawing us closer and closer to you, so that we begin to desire the things of you MORE than the things of this world and our own flesh! Thank you for building the reward right into the “sacrifice”, very much like losing your life is identical to finding it. Thank you for choosing me and knowing me and preparing me, my awesome Shepherd and Lord! 😀
Matthew 16:24-27 ERV
Then Jesus said to his followers, “If any of you want to be my follower, you must stop thinking about yourself and what you want. You must be willing to carry the cross that is given to you for following me.
Any of you who try to save the life you have will lose it. But you who give up your life for me will find true life.
It is worth nothing for you to have the whole world if you yourself are lost. You could never pay enough to buy back your life.
The Son of Man will come again with his Father’s glory and with his angels. And he will reward everyone for what they have done.
Lord, I stand in awe of your mercy and love. I am increasingly amazed at the beauty and glory of yourself that you reveal to your children, in dealing with us individually, intimately. When I need humbling, you are firm yet gentle. When I am wounded, you give me patience with the process of healing, and often give me some distracting beauty to marvel at, while I grow stronger and develop even more trust in you. Once again, I stand amazed that I could possibly learn or experience MORE than what I already have. I feel so full, it almost seems wasteful. Please bring people into my life to whom I can share your love, so the overflow has a place to go. Heehee. 😀
Thank you for another awesome day of closeness and connection — and this one even including my daughter in there for a bit! Thank you for healing and restoration and growth, and thank you for the HOPE that is the future in service to you — even if we do not ever get the ideals of what we envision. I know that no matter what happens, there will at least be incredible moments of fellowship and understanding like those we’ve had here, and that we will also ave many opportunities to help people and share the Love you’ve planted in our hearts and perhaps a little wisdom you have shared with us, as well. Thank you, Faithful Shepherd!
2 Corinthians 8:9-14 ERV
You know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ. You know that he gave up his heavenly riches for you. He gave up everything so that you could be richly blessed.
This is what I think you should do: Last year you were the first to want to give, and you were the first who gave.
So now finish the work you started. Then your “doing” will be equal to your “wanting to do.” Give from what you have.
If you want to give, your gift will be accepted. Your gift will be judged by what you have, not by what you don’t have.
We don’t want you to have troubles while others are comforted. We want everything to be equal.
At this time you have plenty and can provide what they need. Then later, when they have plenty, they can provide what you need. Then everyone will have an equal share.
Lord, I thank you for bringing a few people here to buy some of our things, so that now it is finally looking like we MAY be able to purchase a working truck, although we truly need your help to find a good one and perhaps a way to get over to it, as we still have no OTHER means of transportation. Please continue your mercies and continue your leading, Lord. Please bring more people here to purchase our last big items so that we do have enough for a truck, and please guide us to the right vehicle and also the right place to bring my daughter, as well. Please provide for her, merciful Lord. She does NOT need to be homeless with myself and my husband, and she does not choose that life. Please let this time be an awesome first lesson for her personally, one in which she learns the beauty of your personalized provision for your beloved children. Help her begin to trust in you, Oh Lord. Amen! 😀
Thank you for the extremely humbling day yesterday, showing me my limitations and my foolish pride, so that I might have a chance to be humble and gentle and GROW! Please help me to remember and to apply these lessons you have taught me, Lord. Teach ne how to control my tongue and choose wise behavior, and not diminish my value by foolishly chosing the ways of my flesh. Help me to become more pleasing and more helpful to BOTH of my awesome husbands (eternal and temporal), and prepare me to help your people and share your Love with whomever you put before me. Amen.
Matthew 23:8-12 ERV
“But you must not be called ‘Teacher.’ You are all equal as brothers and sisters. You have only one Teacher.
And don’t call anyone on earth ‘Father.’ You have one Father. He is in heaven.
And you should not be called ‘Master.’ You have only one Master, the Messiah.
Whoever serves you like a servant is the greatest among you.
People who think they are better than others will be made humble. But people who humble themselves will be made great.
Philippians 2:3-4 ERV
In whatever you do, don’t let selfishness or pride be your guide. Be humble, and honor others more than yourselves.
Don’t be interested only in your own life, but care about the lives of others too.
Proverbs 16:19 ERV
It is better to be a humble person living among the poor than to share the wealth among the proud.
Proverbs 11:2-6 ERV
Proud and boastful people will be shamed, but wisdom stays with those who are modest and humble.
Good people are guided by their honesty, but crooks who lie and cheat will ruin themselves.
Money is worthless when you face God’s punishment, but living right will save you from death.
Doing right makes life better for those who are good, but the wicked are destroyed by their own wicked ways.
Doing right sets honest people free, but people who can’t be trusted are trapped by their greed.
Father, I feel so very humbled and subdued, that I am actually concerned that it is bordering on depressed resignation. I don’t want to fall to that extreme. Please help me be balanced and teachable and wise. Amen.
Good morning, Father!
Thank you again for another awesome day of learning and progress yesterday! It is looking like today will be my last major day of packing and organizing my stuff, with just some art supplies left and my favorite nature books. Hopefully all that will be left is fine-tuning, figuring out exactly what is able to go with me, and what must be left behind. Thank you for my special box that MAY become my little creative suitcase holding a bit of materials for me to take on the road and still make some tangible artworks and other items, not just digital ones. Still, the variety and scope of digital opportunities set before me is knocking me on my behind — truly the only limitation IS one’s own imagination!! Thank you, Lord God, for allowing me to live in this age of exciting developments in technology — yet making a way for me to get closer to nature even while I use these cutting-edge, industry-standard applications. Truly I am blessed! 😀
2 Peter 1:3-8 ERV
Jesus has the power of God. And his power has given us everything we need to live a life devoted to God. We have these things because we know him. Jesus chose us by his glory and goodness,
through which he also gave us the very great and rich gifts that he promised us. With these gifts you can share in being like God. And so you will escape the ruin that comes to people in the world because of the evil things they want.
Because you have these blessings, do all you can to add to your life these things: to your faith add goodness; to your goodness add knowledge;
to your knowledge add self-control; to your self-control add patience; to your patience add devotion to God;
to your devotion add kindness toward your brothers and sisters in Christ, and to this kindness add love.
If all these things are in you and growing, you will never fail to be useful to God. You will produce the kind of fruit that should come from your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Lord, I thank you for your patience with me. Today is one of the times when I feel little patience for myself. I feel weepy and needy, clinging to you for dear life. But it is awesome to know that as long as your love and other fruit are growing in me, that I am still useful to you, like the verses above point out. I thank you that you made a way for us to be good and accepted, even though we are just faulty humans. Thank you for your awesome loving mercy, Lord!
Good morning, Lord!
Thank you for your awesome care and faithful preparation of your people. Thank you for the fellowship and good communication yesterday, and thank you for showing me an area of my work about which I can be giddy with excitement! I give my learning and my work to you, Father. I ask you to guide me and show me how to use my time and my resources for your will and purpose. Please keep my husband and my daughter safe and peaceful today as they work on our landlord’s front door, and please help him to be sensitive to your Spirit and not try to trick my husband into doing things HIS way instead of your way. Let your peace and joy fill them all and make for an awesome day over there. Amen! 😀
Colossians 3:1-10 ERV
You were raised from death with Christ. So live for what is in heaven, where Christ is sitting at the right hand of God.
Think only about what is up there, not what is here on earth.
Your old self has died, and your new life is kept with Christ in God.
Yes, Christ is now your life, and when he comes again, you will share in his glory.
So put everything evil out of your life: sexual sin, doing anything immoral, letting sinful thoughts control you, and wanting things that are wrong. And don’t keep wanting more and more for yourself, which is the same as worshiping a false god.
God will show his anger against those who don’t obey him, because they do these evil things.
You also did these things in the past, when you lived like them.
But now put these things out of your life: anger, losing your temper, doing or saying things to hurt others, and saying shameful things.
Don’t lie to each other. You have taken off those old clothes—the person you once were and the bad things you did then.
Now you are wearing a new life, a life that is new every day. You are growing in your understanding of the one who made you. You are becoming more and more like him.
Lord, I thank you for showing me one of my big faults, how I get so worked up over certain things and have a hard time controlling my temper and my tongue in those intense moments. I thank you for all the progress you’ve made in me in this area, so that I am much more aware of it and much more able to hold my tongue. Lord, I am fearful of the emotions themselves still, and I am concerned that I may say foolish things to defend myself or my beliefs, and that it will not be a good witness or an accurate representation of my true self, of my state of mind when I am less emotionally charged. Father, I give this fault, this weakness to you, and I ask you to continue to work on it in me, teaching me and helping me to become more like you and more pleasing to you. Thank you for your grace and mercy and patience and lovingkindness, Shepherd. Amen. 🙂
Good morning, Father!
Thank you so much for the awesome way in which you are working in my life and the lives of my loved ones! Please continue to bring healing to my friend in New York, and encourage her with your awesome presence and closeness and care. Thank you for motivating my husband and myself, and giving us things to look forward to in breaking away from the burden of this dwelling place. Thank you for bringing my college son new hope through a passport and plans for travel and to visit what may turn out to be his Mate! Thank you for bringing my oldest son back to the mountains he loves, and thank you for giving my youngest son a stable career in the air force while he learns more about himself (and hopefully YOU!) and what he wishes to give to the world. Please bring good opportunities for my daughter as well, Father. Help her to start looking to you for her strength and guidance, and please provide a SAFE place for her to live while my husband and I are essentially homeless. Thank you for ALL your awesome mercy, grace, and provision, Faithful Shepherd. Amen! 😀
Philippians 1:3-11 ERV
I thank God every time I remember you.
And I always pray for all of you with joy.
I thank God for the help you gave me while I told people the Good News. You helped from the first day you believed until now.
I am sure that the good work God began in you will continue until he completes it on the day when Jesus Christ comes again.
I know I am right to think like this about all of you because you are so close to my heart. This is because you have all played such an important part in God’s grace to me—now, during this time that I am in prison, and whenever I am defending and proving the truth of the Good News.
God knows that I want very much to see you. I love all of you with the love of Christ Jesus.
This is my prayer for you: that your love will grow more and more; that you will have knowledge and understanding with your love;
that you will see the difference between what is important and what is not and choose what is important; that you will be pure and blameless for the coming of Christ;
that your life will be full of the many good works that are produced by Jesus Christ to bring glory and praise to God.
Good morning, Lord!
Thank you for the awesome progress on learning to use Illustrator CC yesterday, and thank you for waking me up all excited to learn and do MORE, early this morning! Father, please bless my son with a good birthday today, and help his heart to find joy and peace. Lead him into whatever future you have for him, Lord, and prepare him faithfully, as I know you will. Lord, please also be with my husband today or whenever he begins what we hope will be his last act in bondage to this world’s standards, his last job done for our landlord, under the shame of “I owe you” slavery instead of “I choose to give you” freedom! Please protect his heart, Lord, and let YOUR will be done. Please help him to remember that you judge by the HEART, and no MAN has the right to judge him, for he is YOUR servant, not theirs. Amen.
Romans 14:4 ISV
Who are you to criticize someone else’s servant? He stands or falls before his own Lord—and stand he will, because the Lord makes him stand.
Matthew 20:15-16 ERV
I can do what I want with my own money. Why would you be jealous because I am generous?’
“So those who are last now will be first in the future. And those who are first now will be last in the future.”
Romans 4:16 ERV
So people get what God promised by having faith. This happens so that the promise can be a free gift. And if the promise is a free gift, then all of Abraham’s people will get that promise. The promise is not just for those who live under the Law of Moses. It is for all who live with faith as Abraham did. He is the father of us all.
Lord, I thank you for choosing me to be your servant. I thank you for judging me according to mine own heart, rather than by the world’s standards of things that are temporal: job, income, house, car, clothing. Thank you for giving me a simple income doing a large variety of things and able to help people and FREE to follow you wherever you lead. Please continue to teach me and grow me in mind and heart and spirit, even as I also learn skills that supplement the simple income you provide me — by continuing to climb the Adobe CC learning curve and building my digital assets. I give my time, my heart, my hands, my mind to you, Oh Lord. Lead on, Faithful Shepherd! 😀
Good morning, Lord!
Thank you for showing me how to take better care of my body, and giving me HOPE of health and happiness and lots of adventures and discoveries and perhaps even accomplishments! Thank you for giving me an awesome Mate and thank you for planting and growing your Love inside our hearts. Thank you for my four awesome children, and please bring each one of them closer into an intimate knowledge of You, our Faithful Shepherd. Amen!
2 Corinthians 5:1-10 ERV
We know that our body—the tent we live in here on earth—will be destroyed. But when that happens, God will have a home for us to live in. It will not be the kind of home people build here. It will be a home in heaven that will continue forever.
But now we are tired of this body. We want God to give us our heavenly home.
It will clothe us and we will not be naked.
While we live in this tent, we have burdens and so we complain. I don’t mean that we want to remove this tent, but we want to be clothed with our heavenly home. Then this body that dies will be covered with life.
This is what God himself made us for. And he has given us the Spirit as the first payment to guarantee the life to come.
So we always have confidence. We know that while we live in this body, we are away from the Lord.
We live by what we believe will happen, not by what we can see.
So I say that we have confidence. And we really want to be away from this body and be at home with the Lord.
Our only goal is to always please the Lord, whether we are living here in this body or there with him.
We must all stand before Christ to be judged. Everyone will get what they should. They will be paid for whatever they did—good or bad—when they lived in this earthly body.
Lord, as I get more and more packing and organizing DONE and have fewer decisions to make regarding what to pack, what to throw away, and what to keep handy in case I find I can bring it along — the more I feel lighter, more excited, more FREE — and the more I desire to get back to work building my websites, even while I continue to learn the Adobe CC products to enhance my skills in digital design and making printables, video production and animation, and website building (so that I can eventually replace all my sites with hand-crafted designs, like I originally enjoyed creating from scratch using HTML and Microsoft Notepad, lol). 🙂 Lord, please help me finish the packing and give me wisdom to know what to do with each item. Give me courage to face the Unknown and a clear mind to learn new skills and make new graphics, printables, posts, videos, and website designs. Guide me in what YOU would have me to do with each of my days, Lord God. I give my time and my mind and my heart to you. Thank you for choosing me.
Good morning, Father.
Thank you for the awesome progress yesterday, packing and organizing the rest of my books, and learning more about video production using After Effects CC. Lord, I must admit that my heart is a bit heavy, facing the task of choosing which — if any — art supplies to pack away, which to abandon as lost (if not all of it!), and which to put aside in hopes of bringing with me, if circumstances allow. While I still trust you fully, I must be honest that it hurts my heart this morning to think of not having a place for my artworks or my art supplies. Thank you for showing me the possibility of learning how to use some of them in the outdoors, creating art on the fly, in the wind, and please help me not to throw away or pack away anything that you want me to take with me on this coming adventure into the Unknown.
Psalm 18:19-28 ERV
He was pleased with me, so he rescued me. He took me to a safe place.
The LORD rewarded me for doing what is right. He was good to me because I am innocent.
The LORD did this because I have obeyed him. I have not turned against my God.
I always remembered his laws. I never rejected his rules.
He knows I did nothing that was wrong. I have kept myself from sinning.
So the LORD rewarded me for doing what is right. He could see that I am innocent.
Lord, you are faithful to those who are faithful. You are good to those who are good.
You never do wrong to those who have done no wrong. But you outsmart the wicked, no matter how clever they are.
You help those who are humble, but you humiliate the proud.
LORD, you provide the flame for my lamp. You, God, turn the darkness around me into light.
I like to read this Psalm in the Amplified Classic (AMPC) version on my phone. Because I do not like to think of myself as “doing right” and being rewarded by God (because any righteousness I have comes only from Jesus!), I like how the AMPC translates the above highlighted phrase “doing what is right” this way: “my conscious integrity and sincerity with Him”. Now THAT is something we simple humans can accomplish: being sincere and having integrity (being REAL and having the same opinions and beliefs no matter the situation or audience). And I really DO feel like God rewards those things in me — but I also think most of His protection and provision is due to my utter dependence upon Him, lol. 😀
Good morning, Father.
Lord, this seems like a different sort of day, and I ask you to please guide me in what to do with it. The air is cold and my feet are still cold even though they are inside warm socks AND slippers…! Yet it isn’t any colder than it has been lately, so I don’t understand why the cold is getting me so much today. Please help me be content and focus on whatever you give me to do today. Help me to learn and help me to prepare for the coming days and weeks and months, facing the Unknown each and every day, and living by faith. Thank you for trusting me to trust you, Lord! 🙂
~ Hours later, again… 😛
1 Thessalonians 4:9-12 ERV
We don’t need to write to you about having love for your brothers and sisters in Christ. God has already taught you to love each other.
In fact, you love all the believers in Macedonia. We encourage you now, brothers and sisters, to show your love more and more.
Do all you can to live a peaceful life. Mind your own business, and earn your own living, as we told you before.
If you do these things, then those who are not believers will respect the way you live. And you will not have to depend on others for what you need.
Lord, I thank you for making me able to support mine own self through my work online and on my computer and my phone. I thank you for allowing me to have a laptop and software to do even more, ascending that learning curve that is Adobe CC. I thank you that my husband has many skills which he can use to make a living even while on the road, so-called “homeless” according to society’s standards. And I thank you that we are able to see a nomadic life on the road, following your Spirit and helping people everywhere we go as a source of FREEDOM rather than a curse. I ask you to continue to prepare us for this journey, however long the preparation may last and however long the journey. Please show us what we need to do each day, as we look to you for guidance, Faithful Shepherd. Amen! 😀