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Feb 16

Hello, Father.
Thank you for bringing me through that difficult day, to safely emerge on the other side of it, stronger! 🙂 Thank you for growth and change and variability, heehee. Thank you for variety, even while certain stability and SAMENESS remain. Thank you for HOPE, and thank you for JOY that surpasses all understanding. Thank you for the people who reached out to help me in small ways, just a little word of acknowledgement here, a little “praying for you” or other such sentiment. Thank you for helping me endure the ones who were uptight and heartless, and thank you for helping me to easily forgive ALL wrongs that have ever been done to me — so I can truly be your FREE ONE — the definition of the name “Fran” (old Franc meaning — modern meaning is just “from France” lol). 🙂 Thank you, Lord Jesus, for giving us ALL a chance to be TRULY FREE!

 
John 8:31-58 ERV

So Jesus said to the Jews who believed in him, “If you continue to accept and obey my teaching, you are really my followers. 
You will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.” 
They answered, “We are Abraham’s descendants. And we have never been slaves. So why do you say that we will be free?” 
Jesus said, “The truth is, everyone who sins is a slave—a slave to sin. 
A slave does not stay with a family forever. But a son belongs to the family forever. 
So if the Son makes you free, you are really free. 
I know you are Abraham’s descendants. But you want to kill me, because you don’t want to accept my teaching. 
I am telling you what my Father has shown me. But you do what your father has told you.” 
They said, “Our father is Abraham.” Jesus said, “If you were really Abraham’s descendants, you would do what Abraham did.
I am someone who has told you the truth I heard from God. But you are trying to kill me. Abraham did nothing like that. 
So you are doing what your own father did.” But they said, “We are not like children who never knew who their father was. God is our Father. He is the only Father we have.” 
Jesus said to them, “If God were really your Father, you would love me. I came from God, and now I am here. I did not come by my own authority. God sent me. 
You don’t understand the things I say, because you cannot accept my teaching. 
Your father is the devil. You belong to him. You want to do what he wants. He was a murderer from the beginning. He was always against the truth. There is no truth in him. He is like the lies he tells. Yes, the devil is a liar. He is the father of lies. 
“I am telling you the truth, and that’s why you don’t believe me. 
Can any of you prove that I am guilty of sin? If I tell the truth, why don’t you believe me? 
Whoever belongs to God accepts what he says. But you don’t accept what God says, because you don’t belong to God.” 
The Jews there answered, “We say you are a Samaritan. We say a demon is making you crazy! Are we not right when we say this?” 
Jesus answered, “I have no demon in me. I give honor to my Father, but you give no honor to me. 
I am not trying to get honor for myself. There is one who wants this honor for me. He is the judge. 
I promise you, whoever continues to obey my teaching will never die.” 
The Jews said to Jesus, “Now we know that you have a demon in you! Even Abraham and the prophets died. But you say, ‘Whoever obeys my teaching will never die.’ 
Do you think you are greater than our father Abraham? He died, and so did the prophets. Who do you think you are?” 
Jesus answered, “If I give honor to myself, that honor is worth nothing. The one who gives me honor is my Father. And you say that he is your God. 
But you don’t really know him. I know him. If I said I did not know him, I would be a liar like you. But I do know him, and I obey what he says. 
Your father Abraham was very happy that he would see the day when I came. He saw that day and was happy.” 
The Jews said to Jesus, “What? How can you say you have seen Abraham? You are not even 50 years old!” 
Jesus answered, “The fact is, before Abraham was born, I AM.” 

 

Feb 15

Lord, sometimes I really resent having emotions. I know you CHOSE to have them yourself, AND they are also just part of being human, but it can be VERY frustrating and discouraging to pick myself up over and over, ten times in a morning, and just keep getting knocked back down or just flat-out pissed off. I can be amazingly brave and face my biggest fears and my worst enemy (shame) all at the same time and have a momentary victory… and then BAM! the enemy seems to just blast it all away, winning the battle. Then I can have a marvelous time out in the woods with you, and feel stronger and more stable than ever… only to lose another battle to shame just an hour later. Lord, I just want you to know, even WITH your awesome help, being human is HARD! 😥

 
Ephesians 6:12-13 ERV

Our fight is not against people on earth. We are fighting against the rulers and authorities and the powers of this world’s darkness. We are fighting against the spiritual powers of evil in the heavenly places. 
That is why you need to get God’s full armor. Then on the day of evil, you will be able to stand strong. And when you have finished the whole fight, you will still be standing. 

 

 
Lord, you know our battles, both personally and within our relationships and in our work. I offer my own struggles up to you, and ask you to help me be strong and NOT let my human emotions make things even harder than they already are. Help me to be humble and seek to understand — TRULY understand — other people’s perspectives. Help me to be wise enough to hold my tongue when I need to and patient enough to speak in love and kindness and wisdom, whenever I DO need to speak. Help me to run to YOU for comfort, and not to food or success… or even to nature or music FIRST (although both seem to bring me back to looking at YOU, Lord). I give my heart and mind and spirit to you, faithful Shepherd. Lead on!

 

 

Feb 14

Good morning, Father.
Thank you for helping me move slowly through that stomach-flu day yesterday! Thank you for the patience of my Mate and the provision of my Lord, making sure I had enough crackers to eat… and not much else, lol. I thank you that although I don’t feel quite like myself this morning, I feel neither hungry nor terribly sick any longer. Yay! I am ready to get back to work this morning, and that feels wonderful. 🙂

 
Proverbs 27:23-27 ERV

Learn all you can about your sheep. Take care of your goats the best you can. 
Neither wealth nor nations last forever. 
Cut the hay, and new grass will grow. Then gather the new plants that grow on the hills. 
Cut the wool from your lambs, and make your clothes. Sell some of your goats, and buy some land. 
Then there will be plenty of goat’s milk for you and your family, with enough to keep the servants healthy.

 
Lord, help me to be wise and productive and a good stewardess of the blessings and resources you have given to me. Show me how to order my time in a way that pleases you and accomplishes your will for me. Help me to serve my Mate with kindness and diligence, and to help out even when I don’t feel “up to it”. Help me to not think of myself higher than I ought to, but instead be humble and willing to give freely to all those whom I have the opportunity to help. Amen.
 
Lord, I ask you to touch the hearts of the loney people today. February 14th seems to make many people mourn for loves they do not currently have, plus those they have lost. I am not much affected by it, but I have an awesome Mate and am quite content. So I ask you to be very near to the lonely and hurting ones today, help them find HOPE where there seems to be none, and help them to find joy in their work, in nature, in creating things — whatever gifts you have provided for the nurturing of their hearts — even when they have no person to call their own Mate. Thank you for being ENOUGH for each and every one of us, Lord Jesus. 😀

 

Feb 12

Good morning, Father.
Thank you so much for the awesome HSL color project I’m working on, and my enthusiasm for it! That is really keeping me from breaking under the negative pressures surrounding me right now. Thank you for the encouragement and reassurance I receive from your Spirit, helping me keep going forward and never giving up. Please help my Mate get through this thing, help him grow quickly past it, and help me endure it and not give up on him! Please help me to just hold my tongue and not make it any worse. Please protect my Kindle, all my other necessary “things” and especially my heart. THANK YOU for good music, warm clothes, and a calm mind. Help me to embrace your peace, and let it sustain me. Amen, thank you Lord Jesus! 🙂

 
Ephesians 6:14-18 ERV

So stand strong with the belt of truth tied around your waist, and on your chest wear the protection of right living. 
On your feet wear the Good News of peace to help you stand strong. 
And also use the shield of faith with which you can stop all the burning arrows that come from the Evil One. 

Accept God’s salvation as your helmet. And take the sword of the Spirit—that sword is the teaching of God. 
Pray in the Spirit at all times. Pray with all kinds of prayers, and ask for everything you need. To do this you must always be ready. Never give up. Always pray for all of God’s people. 

 

Feb 11

Good morning, Lord!
It is so cool to wake up early and get right to work on my favorite “pet” project, heehee! Please do help me to stop and take breaks and exercise and work on OTHER projects as well, Lord. THANK YOU that I have been doing well so far, still giving lots of attention to my Mate and to my body and to my other work. Please help me pace myself and not get too burned out. And please help me to maintain the excitement and clarity, to get this project DONE! 🙂

 
Ecclesiastes 7:1-10 ERV

A good reputation is better than expensive pleasures. The day someone dies is better than the day they were born. 
It is better to go to a funeral than to a party, because everyone must die, and the living need to remember this. 
Sorrow is even better than laughter, because when our face is sad, our heart becomes good. 
A wise person thinks about death, but a fool thinks only about having a good time. 
It is better to be criticized by the wise than praised by the foolish. 
The laughter of fools is such a waste. It is like thorns burning under a pot. The thorns burn so quickly that the pot does not get hot. 
Even the wise will forget their wisdom, if someone pays them enough. That money destroys their understanding. 
It is better to finish something than to start it. It is better to be gentle and patient than to be proud and impatient. 
Don’t become angry quickly, because anger is foolish. 
Don’t say, “Life was better in the ‘good old days.’ What happened?” Wisdom does not lead us to ask that question. 

 
Lord, I know so many people who are stuck in that last mentality of mourning the loss of “the good old days” that I am actually GLAD that I didn’t ever really have “good old days”! The closest I came was my favorite year of SCHOOL: 1984, when I felt the most FREE before my parents sent me off to a girls’ camp for 11 months. When I got out, I had to leave my Mate behind in Texas and move back to Michigan… and didn’t get to stay in Texas with him again until 2 decades later! THANK YOU for returning me safely to my Mate, even though it took so long, Lord. LOL! I am very grateful for the years between — they may not have been easy, but they definitely served to mature us both — for you and for each other!

 

Feb 10

Good morning, Father!
THANK YOU for leading me to a project that I can work on for hours every day, totally exhausting myself… and wake back up the next morning craving to do MORE!! THANK YOU for preserving me a little niche in this world, in this modern age of technology and digital-everything! THANK YOU for allowing me to feel so fulfilled, so calm, so determined, so ALIVE when I do this work! I give the entire project and all my hopes and dreams and loves and dreads to YOU, faithful Shepherd. Do with it what YOU will, what YOU have planned. If it falls flat or goes nowhere beyond myself, I still THANK YOU for answering a question I have had for over 2 decades, when I first started working on my home computer, creating educational materials for my children, KNOWING there HAD to be a way to easily change colors and find related colors — in a precise, mathematical way. THANK YOU for showing me HOW, awesome Creator and Father and Lord!!

 
Genesis 9:11-15 ERV

This is my promise to you: All life on the earth was destroyed by the flood. But that will never happen again. A flood will never again destroy all life on the earth.” 
And God said, “I will give you something to prove that I made this promise to you. It will continue forever to show that I have made an agreement with you and every living thing on earth. 
I am putting a rainbow in the clouds as proof of the agreement between me and the earth. 
When I bring clouds over the earth, you will see the rainbow in the clouds. 
When I see this rainbow, I will remember the agreement between me and you and every living thing on the earth. This agreement says that a flood will never again destroy all life on the earth. 

 
Lord, my God, I have known you since I was a tiny abused child, when I would look around at your creation and just KNOW, with a child’s simple intuition or instinct, that you exist and that you OWN all that my eyes could see, my ears could hear, and my skin could feel. I have bowed to you, respected you, adored you all my life… and now you have given me a great treasure that only YOU could give me, for only YOU could possibly understand what it means to me. THANK YOU for never letting me give up the balancing act of nature and technology, heehee! 😀

 

Feb 8

Good morning, Father!
Thank you for the fun times hanging out with my Mate yesterday evening, and all the awesome time I spent learning and playing with the mathematics of COLOR before and after that — and already this morning, heehee! Thank you for giving me a FUN and intuitive and transferable way to manipulate color — HSL is sooooooo much easier than using Hex or RGB!! I am having a delightful time creating a series of purple-based color wheels, and I have ideas coming out of my ears on how to use them! Lord, I give you all my excitement, all my drive, all my energy, all my ideas and everything else floating around there inside me, heehee. I know that I can trust you fully with every little bit of me, so I give it all to you and ask you to guide me in how to use what you have given me. Lead on, faithful Shepherd! 😀

 
Psalm 143:8-11 ERV

Show me your faithful love this morning. I trust in you. Show me what I should do. I put my life in your hands! 
LORD, I come to you for protection. Save me from my enemies. 
Show me what you want me to do. You are my God. Let your good Spirit lead me over level ground. 
LORD, let me live so that people will praise your name.
Show me how good you are and save me from my trouble. 

 

[my first color wheel, based on a favorite hue of purple (violet)] 😀

 

Feb 6

Oh my, Lord, you have created me to be SUCH a Nerd!! LOL, yesterday when I was watching one of my Great Courses, I saw a chart showing the relationships between the sequencing of different codons in DNA — relative to all the different amino acids (protein building blocks) — and I was THRILLED to my toes!! So much so, that I had to post it on my Facebook page to see if anyone else out there got excited by this:
 

 
[I am sure this is copyrighted by Great Courses or something]
 
…and now, this morning, I am THRILLED by yet another chart… or series of charts… the 216 Color Cube — which to me basically signifies the relationship between color and MATH! I have been excited by COLOR for as long as I can remember… and I have enjoyed various maths over the years… but I have been wanting to learn how math “informs” or “creates” color for years now! Yesterday I posted a pic of my Happy Camper desk, and part of what made it so appealing to me was the flat of 48 oil pastels on the table — the COLORS! This morning, I woke up with colors on my brain, and ideas how I want to make an eBook about Color Play (sooooooo many ideas!!) so when I went to reexamine my hex color notes, I found the 216 color cube and started to get that THRILLED feeling again — twice in two days! And of course, it all has to do with pattern… I guess it is the immutable PATTERN nature of MATH that excites me to my toes. In fact, one thing that excites me about the natural world is all the mathematical patterns to be found — not only at a molecular level but also at the macroscopic level — like the symmetries and variations of leaves and animal skin patterns, especially those employing the Fibonacci sequence and the golden ratio/golden triangle. How AWESOME is our Creator!!! 😀

 
Isaiah 45:18 ERV

The LORD is God. He made the skies and the earth. He put the earth in its place. He did not want the earth to be empty when he made it. He created it to be lived on. “I am the LORD. There is no other God. 

 
Isaiah 45:12 ERV

I made the earth, and I created the people on it. I used my own hands to make the skies. And I command all the armies in the sky.

 
Isaiah 40:25-26 ERV

The Holy One says, “Can you compare me to anyone? No one is equal to me.” 
Look up to the skies. Who created all those stars? Who created all those “armies” in the sky? Who knows every star by name? He is very strong and powerful, so not one of these stars is lost. 

 
Psalm 74:16-17 ERV

You control the day and the night. You made the sun and the moon. 
You set the limits for everything on earth. And you created summer and winter. 

 

Feb 5

Lord, I don’t think I can be much more content than I am right now, heehee. 😀 Outside of being broke and needing contact lenses, everything seems to be awesome — the weather, progress in my work, all my relationships… and mostly my health (just minor complaints). I LOVE having my Mate nearby, working outdoors on the property! I LOVE having the camper to myself, and the freedom to work at the table with the windows wide open and the breeze blowing in… or take a break and go exploring along the spillway or in the gorge, finding new things to photograph or record on video. I enjoy having so many different projects to work on, and not feeling like I HAVE TO do any one thing at any given time (mostly). And I love it that I can freely communicate with each one of my children — even though it does sometimes take hours or even days to send a single text to my one son who doesn’t do Messenger. Lord, I offer that situation up to you, and ask you to provide a better way to communicate with him — either through the website I created for such a possible use… or through some other means. Please continue to lead me forward in ALL my projects and endeavors… and THANK YOU for this awesome time of supreme contentment! 😀

 
Acts 14:16-17 ERV

“In the past God let all the nations do what they wanted. 
But God was always there doing the good things that prove he is real. He gives you rain from heaven and good harvests at the right times. He gives you plenty of food and fills your hearts with joy.” 

 
1 Timothy 6:6-12 ERV

Devotion to God is, in fact, a way for people to be very rich, but only if it makes them satisfied with what they have. 
When we came into the world, we brought nothing. And when we die, we can take nothing out. 
So, if we have food and clothes, we will be satisfied with that. 
People who want to be rich bring temptations to themselves. They are caught in a trap. They begin to want many foolish things that will hurt them. These things ruin and destroy people. 
The love of money causes all kinds of evil. Some people have turned away from what we believe because they want to get more and more money. But they have caused themselves a lot of pain and sorrow. 
But you belong to God. So you should stay away from all those things. Always try to do what is right, to be devoted to God, and to have faith, love, patience, and gentleness. 

We have to fight to keep our faith. Try as hard as you can to win that fight. Take hold of eternal life. It is the life you were chosen to have when you confessed your faith in Jesus—that wonderful truth that you spoke so openly and that so many people heard. 

 
Thank you, Father, that I have plenty of food and a heart full of joy! I ask that you touch the hearts of the people whom I care for, including each of my four children, my dear sister in New York and my struggling brother in Iowa, as well as my biological and spiritual sister in Iowa, heehee. Others whom I cannot mention or who are not popping to mind at this time… I ask you to bless them abundantly, Father. I do not wish to be the only one with so much contentment and peace and joy!! Thank you for giving me my Mate who not only shares my joy, but adds to it! Lead on, faithful Shepherd! 😀


 
My happy little desk in the camper 😀
 

 

Feb 4

Good morning, Father!
Thank you for the good time with extended family last night, hanging out with my Mate’s “baby mama” and her two other children. Thank you that I feel absolutely no competition with her — probably less than any other female, in fact. Strange. But totally cool! 😀 Thank you that I sincerely like her and respect her and every one of her children. And thank you, more than anything else, that I got to spend a little more time with her teenage autistic son who never ceases to amaze me! Few things have touched me and moved me in this world like the way this teenage guy who almost never makes eye contact and stays off in his own little world — REMEMBERS me despite having only spent perhaps 5 hours total with him before last night. I had one visit with him at his house, over a year ago, when we really connected. He was hyper and we had to share a couch together, and I had such a profound sense of calm, no matter how hyper he got, sitting there doing this thing with my hands, rubbing them softly over one another in a slow, rhythmic pattern, over and over, even while looking around the room at the other people, and holding a lively conversation with them at times. This young man responded so well to that, he even hugged my legs in a brief show of affection! And he did it again last night. We had a friendly little encounter when I helped him get water, and several other little wordless acknowledgements along the way… and after I hugged his mom goodbye, he gave me this surprising little huggie-smootchie thingie, and got in the car. His mom saw it and was impressed. But what brought tears to my eyes — and still does — is how he sat in the car, rubbing his hands together in the same identical way that I had done over a year ago, sitting on the couch that day. I miss him already, and I pray that you give me more time with this amazing person somewhere in the future, Lord. Please protect him from this evil world, and protect his awesome mother and sister and his big brother, my stepson, heehee.

 
James 3:13-18 ERV

Are there any among you who are really wise and understanding? Then you should show your wisdom by living right. You should do what is good with humility. A wise person does not boast. 
If you are selfish and have bitter jealousy in your hearts, you have no reason to boast. Your boasting is a lie that hides the truth. 
That kind of “wisdom” does not come from God. That “wisdom” comes from the world. It is not spiritual. It is from the devil. 
Where there is jealousy and selfishness, there will be confusion and every kind of evil. 
But the wisdom that comes from God is like this: First, it is pure. It is also peaceful, gentle, and easy to please. This wisdom is always ready to help people who have trouble and to do good for others. This wisdom is always fair and honest. 
People who work for peace in a peaceful way get the blessings that come from right living. 

 

Feb 3

Hello, Father!
Wow, I’ve been doing so much today, that I almost forgot I didn’t post here this morning, lol! THANK YOU for such a lovely warm day, Lord!! I hear from several people that it is unusually warm all across the nation today. Here, it was a delightful breezy warm morning for exploring the rocks and ravines… and an even warmer and sunnier afternoon, encouraging my Mate outdoors to work on his mini bike and take it out exploring…


 

 
Hebrews 13:20 ERV

I pray that the God of peace will give you every good thing you need so that you can do what he wants. God is the one who raised from death our Lord Jesus, the Great Shepherd of his sheep. He raised him because Jesus sacrificed his blood to begin the new agreement that never ends. I pray that God will work through Jesus Christ to do the things in us that please him. To him be glory forever. Amen. 

 
Lord, I thank you for all the brainstorming and creativity and exploration and new ideas today. I thank you for my awesome Mate and the joy we have in our simple, frugal life. I thank you for all the awesome people we have gotten to know, and all those we are yet to meet. I give you all my little hopes and dreams and ideas, Lord. Lead on! 😀

 

Feb 2

Good morning, Father.
Weirdness. I am constantly oscillating between awesome contentment and scratchy irritation. I feel joyous… with an undertone of angst. Peace and frustration seem to be occupying the same space. What a strange morning! Oh, well. As always, I just give it all to you, faithful Shepherd. Thank you for all the progress and peacefulness yesterday, with a completely new setup in our camper — storage shelves and kitchen-only space! and two new videos created, with one released and partially promo’ed. I do enjoy video production, and part of my contentment is the fact that I have more to do to finish the second vid… and then I have interesting OTHER projects waiting… including some art stuff… and even updating old Spanish products and such.

 
Psalm 131 (the whole thing!) ERV

A song of David for going up to the Temple. LORD, I don’t feel proud. I don’t see myself as better than others. I am not thinking about doing great things or reaching impossible goals. 
No, right now I am calm and quiet, like a child after nursing, content in its mother’s arms. 

Israel, trust in the LORD. Trust in him now and forever! 

 
Lord, I do not feel proud, either. I feel humbled by all the things I COULD do, but I don’t think any of them are very great. I have more goals than hairs on my head, but most of them just fall out and get replaced by new growth. I want to make more income, yet I feel like I have ALMOST everything I need already… and I fear that having too much more will take away some of my simple joy. My Mate and I both very much enjoy our frugal life. To be honest, I AM used to having a little more than what I have right now… at least having a few new backup pairs of decent “Daily” wear contact lenses… at least the ability to go to the grocery store or laundromat… at least the ability to purchase an instructional eBook or plugins that I need to build my websites or do something new with my creative apps. I feel almost straightjacketed, limited by only having basically $7 to my name, having given every other dollar I’ve made to my Mate to save up for insurance and registration on our vehicle. It feels stifling. Irritating. Help me to just let all my little frustrations GO, Lord. Give me wisdom and humility and the willingness to accept your provision. It is ENOUGH. Thank you for satisfying ALL my NEEDS, faithful Shepherd. I know you will comfort my heart and give my mind plenty of distractions and satisfactions. Amen.

Thank you, Father, for the amazing gully in my backyard, heehee… and all the amazing variety of cats that live here, too. Thank you for allowing me to be in the right place at the right time, to get footage of the cats in the gully, and thank you for the ever-developing skillset you are building in me, learning how to produce videos and create such a wide array of visuals. 😀

 

 

Feb 1

John 4:24 ERV

God is spirit. So the people who worship him must worship in spirit and truth.

Father, please help me and those whom I love learn HOW to worship you in spirit and in truth. Help us to become skilled at letting things GO and allowing your spirit and your truth to work in our lives.

 
Hebrews 11:6 ERV

Without faith no one can please God. Whoever comes to God must believe that he is real and that he rewards those who sincerely try to find him. 

Lord, please help me and those whom I love learn how to please you with our faith. Help us to become practiced at letting things GO and relying upon you instead of upon ourselves or our fellow mankind.

 
Luke 9:24-25 ERV

Any of you who try to save the life you have will lose it. But you who give up your life for me will save it. 
It is worth nothing for you to have the whole world if you yourself are destroyed or lost. 

 

Jan 31

Good morning, Father!
Thank you so much for guiding me through the burnout recovery day yesterday, heehee. And thank you for providing me with a good way to stay stabilized and keep from getting so burned out from this day forward. Please help me to be wise and stick to what works, instead of blindly, foolishly pushing myself to FINISH things that will just take far too much out of me. Help me to find joy and fulfilment in my projects, and please provide enough income that I have all that I need. My contacts are really starting to prevent clear sight, Father — and although I may not be able to afford to go to an eye doctor for awhile, I pray that you take care of my eyesight situation and guide me in how to make my vision sufficient to allow me to do my work well. Amen, thank you faithful Shepherd.

 
Psalm 119:18-19 ERV

Open my eyes so that I can see all the wonderful things in your teachings. 
I feel like a stranger visiting here on earth.
I need to know your commands. Don’t keep them hidden from me. 

 
2 Peter 3:13-18 ERV

But God made a promise to us. And we are waiting for what he promised—a new sky and a new earth. That will be the place where goodness lives. 
Dear friends, we are waiting for this to happen. So try as hard as you can to be without sin and without fault. Try to be at peace with God. 
Remember that we are saved because our Lord is patient.
Our dear brother Paul told you that same thing when he wrote to you with the wisdom that God gave him. 
That’s what he says in all his letters when he writes about these things. There are parts of his letters that are hard to understand, and some people give a wrong meaning to them. These people are ignorant and weak in faith. They also give wrong meanings to the other Scriptures. But they are destroying themselves by doing that. 
Dear friends, you already know about this. So be careful. Don’t let these evil people lead you away by the wrong they do. Be careful that you do not fall from your strong faith. 
But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Glory be to him, now and forever! Amen. 

 

Jan 30

Good morning, Lord.
I do not feel like myself today. I feel irritable and burned out. There seems to be a ton of things I want to have done, but nothing that seems worthwhile doing. At ALL! Not sure what is going on, but I have my suspicions. Even those do not seem to cover the extent of my attitude, so it is probably at least exacerbated by premenopause hormones or some other “unseen force”, lol. Father, I feel like throwing a temper tantrum, and I do not even understand why. There are no real complaints formed in my brain that I can cry out to you. So I just hand my crazy little human self over into your capable hands, and I offer up my willingness to you. My will is all I have to offer. I give it to you and no one else. I trust you completely, faithful Shepherd. THANK YOU in advance, for I KNOW you will see me through this. You will receive glory. Amen.

 
2 Corinthians 1:3-7 ERV

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. He is the Father who is full of mercy, the God of all comfort. 
He comforts us every time we have trouble so that when others have trouble, we can comfort them with the same comfort God gives us. 
We share in the many sufferings of Christ. In the same way, much comfort comes to us through Christ. 

If we have troubles, it is for your comfort and salvation. If we are comforted, it is so that we can comfort you. And this helps you patiently accept the same sufferings we have. 
Our hope for you is strong. We know that you share in our sufferings. So we know that you also share in our comfort.

 

Jan 29

Good morning, Lord.
Thank you for a good night of sleep and a good, HOT shower yesterday! Thank you for waking me up with a clear idea of what I need to work on today for the BackAcreRVPark.com website — even if I haven’t been able to quite start on it yet, lol. Lord, I thank you for giving me so very many projects, and the ability to go back and forth between them, each and every day. I thank you for the warm-enough, often-enough weather, so I can walk a bit outside and enjoy your creation. Thank you for all the lovely rocks to sit on here at this RV park — some of them right by the trickling, tinkling water that relaxes me with its peaceful sound. 😀 Father, I ask that you show your merciful care to the couple who owns this land. Whether it be your will for them to sell it or to stay for awhile longer, I ask you to give them peace and joy and hope. Let them both come to know You better — for THAT is the Source of peace, hope, and joy!!

 
Romans 15:10-13 ERV

And the Scriptures say, “You people of other nations should be happy together with God’s people.” 
The Scriptures also say, “Praise the Lord all you people of other nations; all people should praise the Lord.” 
And Isaiah says, “Someone will come from Jesse’s family. He will come to rule over the nations, and they will put their hope in him.” 
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. 

 

 

Jan 27

Good morning, Father.
Well, today my mother would be 86 years old, if she hadn’t died over a decade ago. That is still 2 years younger than HER mother when she died at the age of 88… in 1986 while I was a sophomore in high school. I still remember being in math class with one of my favorite teachers ever (Mr… Clemens?) — a real cool math teacher who gave us time at the end of every class period to do our homework — AND allowed us to work in teams, if we chose. Me and a dude named DS and another named AB (WOW, I actually do remember both of their names!! — but keeping confidential) — we were the rowdiest group, all because of hyperactive ME — the two guys were an otherwise shy nerdy type, and a semi-nerdy semi-stoner dude, also otherwise not the rowdy type. I was this popular little “hot chick” who came from the big city near Dallas, Texas — up to the little country bumpkin town where I had actually been born.. and therefore some people actually knew me from the days BEFORE I had moved south and turned into a spandex-clad, high-heeled dancing headbanger/stoner with a very conspicuous southern accent — heeheehee!! I am making myself chuckle. Thank you, Lord, for the happy memories! 😀


[screenshot from one of my vids… first pic is from sophomore year, second from junior year]

 
Ecclesiastes 7:14-24 ERV

When life is good, enjoy it. But when life is hard, remember that God gives us good times and hard times. And no one knows what will happen in the future. 
In my short life, I have seen everything. I have seen good people die young, and I have seen evil people live long lives. 
So why ruin your life? Don’t be too good or too bad, and don’t be too wise or too foolish. Why should you die before your time? 
Try to be a little of this and a little of that. Even God’s followers will do some good things and some bad things. 
Surely there is no one on earth who always does good and never sins. But wisdom can make one person stronger than ten leaders in a city. 
Don’t listen to everything people say. You might hear your own servant saying bad things about you. 
And you know that many times you too have said bad things about other people. 
I used my wisdom and thought about all these things. I wanted to be wise, but I couldn’t do it. 
I cannot understand why things are as they are. It is too hard for anyone to understand. 

 
Wow! That is Solomon — thought to be the wisest person who ever lived — saying those things!! Well, you know what they say… If you think you know… you DON’T. If you think you are wise… or mature… you’re NOT! 😉
 
THANK YOU, Lord, for making me simple (maybe that means I’m not? heeheehee). Thank you for giving me only TWO things I want out of this life: To be found Faithful by YOU… and for those whom I love to be FREE and have a personal relationship with YOU. Thank you, thank you, thank you also for my new book which arrived yesterday… my favorite book in all the world (2nd edition) — FAVORITE because it goes well beyond simple identification and info on individual species, on to discuss in detail the RELATIONSHIPS between your creations (albeit on the other side of the world in Borneo — an island in southeast Asia). It is my model for what I desire to do myself if you allow me, Father — and I am overjoyed to once again have a copy of this book with me, here in my little camper!!
 
THANK YOU also, Lord, for showing me a way I can help people who want to make a little money with their poems or prose, or even their own visuals and such. And thank you for showing me, as I was waking up this morning, a possible design for how my husband and I can support ourselves comfortably in the coming months and years — how everything kinda fits together into a “big picture”. I feel calm again, yet quietly bubbling over inside with delight and excitement, anticipation… and HOPE. Please help me to use what I have to help others, Father. And help me do it WISELY!! Amen. 🙂

 

Jan 26

Good morning, Father!
Thank you for the warmish and sunny day yesterday, and the chance to wander about outside, taking vids and stillshots. Thank you for the tranquil resting spots I found on the rocks, and all the little birds and larger doves that serenaded me while I relaxed and recorded them. Thank you for pleasant hours with my Mate, and please heal his ankle — don’t let his work today make it worse — or — above all, please give him peace and allow YOUR will to be done — for I know how at times you allow our injuries and weaknesses to guide us, your stubborn children, like cattlemen herding bulls by blocking all but a single path, lol.

 
2 Chronicles 30:8 ERV

Don’t be stubborn as your ancestors were. But obey the LORD with a willing heart. Come to the Temple that he has made to be holy forever. Serve the LORD your God. Then his fearful anger will turn away from you. 

 
Psalm 32:8-10 ERV

The Lord says, “I will teach you and guide you in the way you should live. I will watch over you and be your guide. 
Don’t be like a stupid horse or mule that will not come to you unless you put a bit in its mouth and pull it with reins.

Many pains will come to the wicked, but the LORD’S faithful love will surround those who trust in him. 

 
Philippians 2:3-8 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. 

In your life together, think the way Christ Jesus thought. 
He was like God in every way, but he did not think that his being equal with God was something to use for his own benefit. 
Instead, he gave up everything, even his place with God. He accepted the role of a servant, appearing in human form. During his life as a man, 
he humbled himself by being fully obedient to God, even when that caused his death—death on a cross. 

 
Lord, I thank you for showing me some ways that I can perhaps help others. I thank you for getting me up early this morning, already having a clear vision of what to do next. I delight in your Hand upon me, and I give you my time, my mind, my energy, my resources, my will. Please continue to guide me, and help me to make decisions that are pleasing to you. Amen. Thank you, Lord Jesus my King! 😀

 

Jan 25

Hello, Lord!
Thank you for sunshine and the promise of a warmish afternoon again! Thank you for the lightheartedness of my Mate yesterday, whose silly antics really cheer me and chase away the blues. Thank you for helping me produce some video segments and work on several others, and thank you for helping me create a little advertisement page for my RV Park Promotions service. Although I am not sure whether you will use that page or even have me do this work for anyone else beyond the current project, I feel a little better about myself and my skillset, seeing them laid out on the page, lol.

 
1 Thessalonians 5:12-18 ERV

Now brothers and sisters, we ask you to recognize the value of those who work hard among you—those who, as followers of the Lord, care for you and tell you how to live. 
Show them the highest respect and love because of the work they do. Live in peace with each other. 
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. 

 

Jan 23

Good morning, Father.
Thank you for the birds singing sweetly outside the camper this morning. Thank you for the promise of sun and 50 degrees this afternoon — even if the windchill is in the teens right now, lol. Thank you for the patience and kindness of my Mate, and thank you for the kindness of our “boss” to let us borrow his truck to run our errands yesterday. It is nice to know that I have clean clothes again… haven’t done laundry since last year! Heehee — hard to sneak in a New Year humor-line (not really a joke) when it’s over 3 weeks in! Thank you, Lord, that I am less discouraged today, even if I am still pretty low-affect (otherwise known as “blah”). The shame monster is snoozing and I have a more neutral outlook so far today — even if I am not yet back to my sunshiney self YET. I give you my weepy heart, my confused brain, and everything else that I possess, faithful Shepherd. I still think you’re getting a bad deal — not sure what you can make with these broken parts of me — but I trust you to create something for your own glory. Amen.

1Pe 5:10 ERV  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.
 
Jud 1:24 ERV  God is strong and can keep you from falling. He can bring you before his glory without any wrong in you and give you great joy.
 
Heb 2:10 ERV  God—the one who made all things and for whose glory all things exist—wanted many people to be his children and share his glory. So he did what he needed to do. He made perfect the one who leads those people to salvation. He made Jesus a perfect Savior through his suffering.

Romans 12:1-2 ERV

So I beg you, brothers and sisters, because of the great mercy God has shown us, offer your lives as a living sacrifice to him—an offering that is only for God and pleasing to him. Considering what he has done, it is only right that you should worship him in this way. 
Don’t change yourselves to be like the people of this world, but let God change you inside with a new way of thinking. Then you will be able to understand and accept what God wants for you. You will be able to know what is good and pleasing to him and what is perfect.