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Aug 16

Good morning, Father!
I didn’t get a post in yesterday — I really need to start doing it during “free internet time” 2am to 8am, to be even more frugal with my sister’s internet. Please help me do that, Lord. Thanks!!
Lord, this is the first time that my husband has said he is leaving TODAY!! I am not foolish enough to actually count on that, because you have thrown so very many surprises out there for us, things that have delayed his leaving Texas, but somehow fit into your plan, so I thank you for each one. Father, I thank you for your mercy in helping him to recover from whatever illness he has been stricken with this past week, and I ask you to help him get here to me where he can rest and heal even more. Please bring him safely along the road, barely even noticing the passing 660 miles he has to drive. Keep him safe and protect him from other cars and further delays. Please also protect my youngest son who is bicycling in Kansas today. Watch over his body, mind, and spirit, Lord, and help him enjoy his adventures! Amen, thank you kind Shepherd!!

2 Thessalonians 3:3 ERV

But the Lord is faithful. He will give you strength and protect you from the Evil One. 

2 Thessalonians 3:3 KJV

But the Lord is faithful, who shall stablish you, and keep you from evil

Faithful = pistos = worthy of trust
Stablish = sterizo = confirm, set fast
Keep = phulasso = guard, preserve
Evil = poneros = hurtful, ill, calamitous
Lord, I thank you for keeping me and my loved ones preserved from the hurtful things of the enemy. Thank you for guarding us and confirming us as your children. And I thank you, above all else, for being worthy of our trust. 😀


Aug 14

Hello, Lord!
Thank you for three days in a row begun by talking to my best friend and Mate, once for almost 2 hours and yesterday for over 3 hours straight, lol. And although today was short, I got a couple new pics by email, so I am feeling more in touch with him and ready to resume life together, hopefully within 72 hours or so. Please make the ground dry up so he can drive Mr. D. into his buddy’s backyard to retrieve our little camper, and please bless him with a safe trip north. Lord, you see all that is in us, all that is before us, all that we need. I ask that you make it work out so that my husband and my son can spend a little time together, in the halfway town where he is vacationing. It would truly bless my heart to see that happen, Lord, as I bet it would theirs as well. Thank you for all your provision and protection, Shepherd! 😀

Psalm 123 ERV

A song for going up to the Temple. Lord, I look up and pray to you. You sit as King in heaven. 
A slave looks to his master to provide what he needs, and a servant girl depends on the woman she serves. So we depend on the LORD our God, waiting for him to have mercy on us. 
LORD, be merciful to us, because we have been insulted much too long. 
We have had enough of the hateful words of those proud people who make fun of us and show us no respect.

Lord, we are truly waiting upon your mercy and your timing. I thank you for these extra days with my young nieces, and I thank you for your perfect timing with bringing my husband HOME to me, despite the fact that I have been impatient for it to happen for weeks, lol. Thank you for helping me to be as patient as possible, and not taking it into my own hands, forcing my own timing or my own will or even trying to influence the outcome. It is so much better this way, Lord, since you have been teaching me that I do NOT need to figure things out, I can just accept what is, and be joyous and light and FREE. Thank you for the freedom of our bodies, hearts, souls, and spirits, Lord God — for ALL those whom I love dearly. Thank you for providing for our freedom and our peace. Amen.


Aug 13

Hello, Father!
Thank you for healing and restoration of hope. Thank you for providing some very interesting timeframes, especially my son being in a town almost exactly halfway between myself and my husband, right along the path he must travel to get here. It will be very interesting to see what you have in store for the two of them, and for all of us, in the coming week and beyond. Father, my husband seems to have his heart set on bringing our little shell of a camper with him up here, and I ask you to bless him in his effort to do so. Please guide him and protect him as you so faithfully do for all your beloved children. Thank you for caring for us so kindly, Father. I trust you completely.

Psalm 27:1-5 ERV

A song of David. LORD, you are my Light and my Savior, so why should I be afraid of anyone? The LORD is where my life is safe, so I will be afraid of no one! 
Evil people might attack me. They might try to destroy my body. Yes, my enemies might attack me and try to destroy me, but they will stumble and fall. 
Even if an army surrounds me, I will not be afraid. Even if people attack me in war, I will trust in the Lord. 
I ask only one thing from the LORD. This is what I want most: Let me live in the LORD’S house all my life, enjoying the LORD’S beauty and spending time in his palace. 
He will protect me when I am in danger. He will hide me in his tent. He will take me up to his place of safety.

Lord, I thank you for being a safe refuge for your people. Thank you for being so longsuffering and patient with us, for we are so very imperfect! Thank you for your awesome mercy, without which we would all be doomed. I thank you especially for the mercy you have shown to both myself and my Mate throughout our lives, saving us from our own selves as well as others who have tried to destroy us. Thank you for protecting our lives, our hearts, our minds, our spirits, and our relationship for the almost 34 years we have known and been a part of each other. Please protect him as he prepares for his trip and as he makes his way north to me. Please protect my adventurous son on his bicycle, going new places and seeing new sights. Please plant seeds within him that will eventually blossom into a fruitful personal relationship with you, Oh Lord. There is simply nothing better that can be obtained in this life but to know you and be known of you. Thank you so much, faithful Shepherd! 🙂


Aug 12

Lord, I thank you for profound insight and new understanding! Truly those were the darkest hours before the dawn, and you faithfully delivered me through them. Thank you for giving me something solid and stable to remind myself of, when things get hard. Thank you for giving me honor through YOU, and thank you for being the protector of my dignity. Thank you for your awesome loving care, without which life would be completely meaningless and even impossible. I delight in being your servant, Oh Lord. I look forward to seeing what is next, and in what timing you will establish this new season that seems about to begin.

Hosea 6 ERV

“Come, let’s go back to the LORD. He hurt us, but he will heal us. He wounded us, but he will put bandages on us. 
After two days he will bring us back to life. He will raise us up on the third day. Then we can live near him. 
Let’s learn about the LORD. Let’s try very hard to know him. We know he is coming, just as we know the dawn is coming. He will come to us like the rain, like the spring rain that waters the ground.” 
“Ephraim, what should I do with you? Judah, what should I do with you? Your faithfulness is like a morning mist. Your faithfulness is like the dew that goes away early in the morning. 
I used the prophets and made laws for the people. The people were killed at my command, but good things will come from those decisions. 
This is because I want faithful love, not sacrifice. I want people to know God, not to bring burnt offerings. 
But the people broke the agreement as Adam did. They were unfaithful to me in their country. 
Gilead is a city of people who do evil— people who have tricked and killed others. 
The priests are like gangs of robbers hiding and waiting on the road to attack someone. They murder people before they reach safety in Shechem. They do such evil things. 
I have seen a terrible thing in the nation of Israel. Ephraim was unfaithful to God. Israel is dirty with sin. 
Judah, there is also a time of harvest for you. It will happen when I bring my people back from captivity.

Lord, I thank you for being there with me, very close, very kind, while I struggled until dawn. I thank you for revealing myself to myself, a piece of your plan for me, a way in which I can bring you honor and be found pleasing in your sight — AND something beautiful that I can help to build, a jewel to be given to my best friend at the end, lol. Lord, help me to be faithful to your will, and not seek to protect myself. I yield my will to yours and ask YOU to protect me, as I know that you will. Please also be with my husband these last hours or days in Texas, show him what to do and give him courage to leave behind the things that he must. Again. I thank you for your faithfulness toward my Mate, setting him FREE in so many ways, as you also do with me and with all your servants. Please help each one of us to grow in wisdom and to lay our crazy human emotions and expectations into your loving hands, choosing your way over our own. Amen.


Anger (and acceptance)

Okay, Lord, I am no longer heartbroken, I am ANGRY! I am fed up with people taking me for granted, and taking advantage of my faithfulness and compassion and kindness! I feel like I have gone past my limit of endurance now, and I have had ENOUGH! It really does seem like I am the only person on this planet who does NOT take advantage of others’ weaknesses. I am sick of not having anyone I can truly admire, faithfully follow, look up to as a leader or an elder or a true example. I am glad I have you, Jesus, or else I would lose all hope. I just want to come home now. This world SUCKS!!!

Ephesians 4:26-32 ERV

“When you are angry, don’t let that anger make you sin,” and don’t stay angry all day. 
Don’t give the devil a way to defeat you. 
Whoever has been stealing must stop it and start working. They must use their hands for doing something good. Then they will have something to share with those who are poor. 
When you talk, don’t say anything bad. But say the good things that people need—whatever will help them grow stronger. Then what you say will be a blessing to those who hear you. 
And don’t make the Holy Spirit sad. God gave you his Spirit as proof that you belong to him and that he will keep you safe until the day he makes you free. 
Never be bitter, angry, or mad. Never shout angrily or say things to hurt others. Never do anything evil. 
Be kind and loving to each other. Forgive each other the same as God forgave you through Christ. 

Lord, I don’t want to be angry for even a day, and I do not want to become bitter. I do NOT want to give the enemy a foothold. I recognize that this anger I feel is just the pain inside my heart trying to push away the things that seem to be sources of my hurt, trying to get some distance, some autonomy. I cannot battle my own emotions, and the best way to grow past them is not to ignore them but to acknowledge and accept them, and move on. So Lord I give you my anger. I give you my hurt over being run over, taken for granted, used and abused and misused and not treated well. I give you my hurt over bending over backwards to the point of breaking — and although it truly seems a miserable waste, at least I know that YOU see, Lord. Perhaps I am precious to ONLY you, but at least I AM precious, if for no other reason than because YOU love me. Thank you, my Savior, for being ENOUGH. Help me to let go of my anger and return to a place of humility and trust and gratitude. Help me to be your little Acceptance with Joy.


Aug 11

Lord, I thank you for my health, my stamina, my growing muscles and decreasing fat reserves, lol. I thank you for my desire for fresh foods and my growing dislike for fried, greasy, or otherwise unhealthy foodstuffs. I ask you to keep teaching me how to take better care of my body, and please keep encouraging me in my dance workouts! Father, I thank you also for encouraging me to not get depressed and worried due to not hearing from my husband in 48 hours now. I don’t want him to carry any additional burden by feeling like he is making me worry. To be honest, the worrying isn’t so bad, but the level of distraction is so crazy that it is hard to do anything serious at all. I just have to keep doing short little tasks that do not require concentration, and sleep whenever I can, for however long I can manage. I feel like my brain is half-dead, as my heart is half-empty. I guess that statement makes me an emotional pessimist, lol. I am sooooooo ready for this horrible separation to END!!!

2 Corinthians 6:6-10 ERV

We show that we are God’s servants by our pure lives, by our understanding, by our patience, and by our kindness. We show it by the Holy Spirit, by genuine love, 
2Co 6:7  by speaking the truth, and by depending on God’s power. This right way of living has prepared us to defend ourselves against every kind of attack. 
2Co 6:8  Some people honor us, but others shame us. Some people say good things about us, but others say bad things. Some people say we are liars, but we speak the truth. 
2Co 6:9  To some people we are not known, but we are well known. We seem to be dying, but look! We continue to live. We are punished, but we are not killed. 
2Co 6:10  We have much sadness, but we are always rejoicing. We are poor, but we are making many people rich in faith. We have nothing, but really we have everything.

Lord, I have lots of kindness, lots of Love… I speak truth and I depend upon your power all the time. Most of the time, I even have quite a bit of patience. Right now, though, I feel like I am about to the end of my limit of endurance. I do super-appreciate your Spirit comforting me, encouraging me, reassurring me. Without your help I would be a total mess! But Father, please do bring my husband OUT of Texas SOON! It really does seem like the enemy is pulling out all the stops to prevent him from breaking FREE and getting to the next stage in his life — in our lives! I trust you, mighty Shepherd, to only allow the enemy to create a delay to the extent that YOUR will allows. I trust you to be the Mover of Men’s Hearts and to faithfully guide my husband’s heart in the direction of his own freedom. Thank you for your faithful care, Lord. Help me be patient. Amen.


Aug 10

Ouch ouch ouch. Another intense time of feeling for my Mate. I cannot save him, not from the world, not from himself. I cannot even help him, except to pray. All I can really do is just trust our Shepherd to take care of him. Jesus knows. He sees. He cares. And He is at work in our lives. We belong to Him. He bought us with his blood. We do not deserve His care, his blessing, his mercy. But we have all those things. My Mate and I will both survive this day, this week, these last days apart. The enemy wants us separated, wants us destroyed. But it is not up to him. Jesus is our Savior, and He is our faithful Shepherd, protecting us from the wolves and making sure we have all the shelter and nourishment we need to thrive, for His glory. Deliver us, mighty Lord!

Psalm 31:5-11 ERV

LORD, you are the God we can trust. I put my life in your hands. Save me! 
I hate those who worship false gods. I trust only in the LORD. 
Your kindness makes me so happy. You have seen my suffering. You know about the troubles I have. 
You will not let my enemies take me. You will free me from their traps. 
LORD, I have many troubles, so be kind to me. I have cried until my eyes hurt. My throat and stomach are aching. 
Because of my sin, my life is ending in grief; my years are passing away in sighs of pain. My life is ending in weakness. My strength is draining away. 
My enemies despise me, and even my neighbors have turned away. When my friends see me in the street, they turn the other way. They are afraid to be around me. 

Lord, I thank you for the measure of peace and even joy that I have this evening, even while my heart feels broken and lonely and a bit afraid. I know that I can trust you, and I thank you for planting that assurance deep within me, deeper than my own emotions. Thank you for your faithfulness, Lord. I know you got this. I look forward to seeing your healing and restoration, and being able to tell about your goodness in the coming days and months and years. Lead on, Shepherd! 🙂


Aug 9

Hello, Father.
Thank you for helping me make a little girl’s dream come true today, LOL. My young niece (actually grand-niece or whatever) KK has been dreaming of creating her own YouTube channel. Since she and her two sisters are staying at their Nana’s — my sister’s — while I am staying here as well, I have been blessed with the chance to help her turn her dream into a reality. When the girls were all outside taking turns on the tractor and the riding lawn mower, KK found that she was too small to ride the mower, and she was upset. I suggested she video tape her sister riding it, and she’s been creating videos almost nonstop ever since, lol. I took two clips and worked my magic using Adobe Premiere Pro, After Effects, and Media Encoder, and produced a simple first video for her channel, and she is overjoyed, along with her sisters who have sent links to the video to their friends and family, lol. You won’t see my name on the video anywhere, but I am in it, showing her some tricks…

Thank you, Father, for giving me a new skill that I can use to bring people joy and delight and encouragement! 😀

2 Corinthians 9:6-13 ERV

Remember this: The one who plants few seeds will have a small harvest. But the one who plants a lot will have a big harvest. 
Each one of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give. You should not give if it makes you unhappy or if you feel forced to give. God loves those who are happy to give. 
And God can give you more blessings than you need, and you will always have plenty of everything. You will have enough to give to every good work. 
As the Scriptures say, “He gives generously to the poor; his goodness will continue forever.” 
God is the one who gives seed to those who plant, and he gives bread for food. And God will give you spiritual seed and make that seed grow. He will produce a great harvest from your goodness. 
God will make you rich in every way so that you can always give freely. And your giving through us will make people give thanks to God. 
The service you are offering helps God’s people with their needs, but that is not all it does. It is also bringing more and more thanks to God. 
This service is a proof of your faith, and people will praise God because of it. They will praise God that you freely share what you have with them and with all people. They will praise him to see you following the Good News about Christ that you openly accepted. They will praise God because you freely share with them and with all people. 

Lord, I have NO money to share, to help others, or even to provide for myself at this time. But I know that you see how I freely give everything I DO have — my time, my skills, my labor, and all my thousands of pages of printables I’ve made for teachers all over the world. Lord, you know my heart better than I do myself. You see my needs, my desires, my own dreams. I ask nothing for myself, for I have everything I need and am quite content. However, I do ask that you be very, very near to my husband right now, Lord. I am concerned for him. I haven’t heard from him in about 24 hours now, and he seems to be struggling emotionally, mentally, physically. It is nearly driving me crazy not being able to be with him, to help him, to encourage him, to massage his sore muscles and comfort his weary heart. Father, I know you love and care for him more than I do myself. Please be there for him while I cannot, and bring him to me safely in your timing. I trust you completely, my Shepherd. I even trust you with my best friend and Mate. Let your will be done in our lives. Amen.


Aug 8

Hello, Lord.
Please be with my husband today, guide him in what to do in Texas before he heads up here, Lord. We both trust you to close the right doors and open the right doors, so that we know and can do your will for us. Please help us both to surrender to your touch, your pressure, your guiding hand. Help me to be patient and to keep busy doing whatever YOU want me to do, Father. Help us both stay encouraged and light and hopeful, and please bring him here to me safely, whenever your timing allows. Please help us both to prepare for whatever you have coming for us in the next weeks and months. Amen.

Romans 15:3-7 ERV

Even Christ did not live trying to please himself. As the Scriptures say about him, “Those people who insulted you have also insulted me.” 
Everything that was written in the past was written to teach us. Those things were written so that we could have hope. That hope comes from the patience and encouragement that the Scriptures give us. 
All patience and encouragement come from God. And I pray that God will help you all agree with each other, as Christ Jesus wants. 
Then you will all be joined together. And all together you will give glory to God the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. 
Christ accepted you, so you should accept each other. This will bring honor to God.

Lord, I feel like I could really use a fresh dose of patience and encouragement. I know there are things I could be doing, perhaps even some I should be doing — but I just feel half-hearted and BLAH again. I have accomplished quite a bit this day already, so I kinda just want it to be over now, and be another day closer to reuniting with my Mate and seeing what you have next for us. Lord, I give my time and my mind and my body and my heart to you — again. Help me to make good use of the things you have already blessed me with. Show me how to use my time for YOU. Help me to rejoice and be grateful for what I have right here, right now. And please keep my husband safe and give him a pleasant trip north to me in your timing. Thank you, Shepherd.


Aug 7

Hello, Father.
Thank you so much for providing so much and so bountifully for us, all these years, through all the crazy circumstances. I know I can count on you to guide us in what to do now, how to prepare for whatever you have up and coming. It is so awesome to be able to trust in you, our faithful Shepherd. Lord, please train my ears to hear your Voice more and more clearly all the time, and to grow in wisdom and courage and humility, so that I can bear fruit for your glory. Lord, please be with my husband now as he finishes the last things in Texas and prepares for the drive north to Iowa. Please move his heart to do your will and to not leave anything undone there. Please protect him wherever he goes, Lord, as I know you will. I am so excited to finally have the end of this unplanned separation in sight — WOOT!! 😀

2 Timothy 3:15-17 ERV

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, please help me to dwell in your Word, to read it again during the night when I awake, and off and on throughout the day. I enjoy it when you light your Holy Fire in me, Lord, when I just cannot get enough of your Word and crave it more than any food. Please let your Word bear fruit in me, and help me to grow strong in you. Prepare me for the days ahead, both for the things I need to do myself, and for the things I will need to help my husband with. Help me to remember to NOT try to figure things out, but instead to stay light and free and willing to do things your way, in your timing. Help me remember my priorities, and not get distracted by how I WANT things to be — things outside of my top two priorities. Help me to keep the goal in sight, and not stray to left or right. Amen. Thank you, Shepherd!


Aug 6

Father, I really wish I had written earlier today, because my heart is hurting so bad right now, I almost can’t stand it. I just really, really miss my husband, my best friend, my Mate. It has been an entire month now since we’ve actually lived together, and almost as long since I’ve even seen him or touched him. This SUCKS! I know it is supposed to be soon when he makes his way north to me — perhaps within the next few days even — but right now, even that seems too long. Lord, I don’t know why I am feeling this separation so acutely at this moment, but it has been a hard day all along, so I’m not too surprised. Father, I give you my heart. Please help me make it through these last days of separation, and please don’t let us be apart this long ever again, Lord. I chose him. You gave me that choice. But I also chose you FIRST. And I choose to be faithful to YOU before everything else. I choose your way, your peace, your Love, your freedom… and your timing. I know you will strengthen me, Lord. I know you will give me everything I NEED. Thank you for your enduring patience and faithful care, my Shepherd. Amen.

Psalm 69:29-36 ERV

I am sad and hurting. God, lift me up and save me! 
I will praise God’s name in song. I will honor him by giving him thanks. 
The LORD will be happier with this than with the offering of an ox or a full-grown bull as a sacrifice. 
Poor people, you came to worship God. You will be happy to know these things. 
The LORD listens to poor, helpless people. He does not turn away from those who are in prison. 
Praise him, heaven and earth! Sea and everything in it, praise him! 
God will save Zion. He will rebuild the cities of Judah. The people will settle there again and own the land. 
The descendants of his servants will get that land. Those who love his name will live there. 

Lord, I thank you for this cool weather. I thank you for the creativity and progress I’ve had this day. I thank you for the health and peace of my children and my husband and myself. Truly I lack nothing, all is well. Please forgive my aching heart, the pang of longing for the one you gave me to be my Good Husband. Please help my heart to allow YOU to be ENOUGH. For you, Oh Lord, are my eternal Husband. I have every need met in you. Forever. Thank you for your provision. Help me to appreciate what I have, and stop feeling the loss of what is missing at the moment. I desire to be more pleasing to you, Lord — including being grateful and trusting you AND your timing. Help me to rejoice more and be sad less. Thank you, Shepherd. Amen.


Aug 5

Hello, Father.
Thank you for getting my husband and my stepson over to visit my father-in-law and perhaps soon (or now) to my mother-in-law as well! Thank you for providing the time and circumstance for those visits, and please bless all peeps involved with peace and joy. Let the visiting be FUN and light and cheerful, and please protect them as they drive. Let the conversation and fellowship be plentiful and peaceful, even productive. Thank you for family, Lord! 😀

Zechariah 10 ERV

Pray to the LORD for rain in the springtime. The LORD will send the lightning and the rain will fall, and he will make the plants grow in each person’s field. 
People use their little statues and magic to learn what will happen in the future, but that is useless. They see visions and tell about their dreams, but it is nothing but worthless lies. So the people are like sheep wandering here and there crying for help, but there is no shepherd to lead them. 
The Lord says, “I am very angry with the shepherds. I made them responsible for what happens to my sheep.” (The people of Judah are his flock, and the LORD All-Powerful really does take care of his flock. He cares for them as a soldier cares for his beautiful war horse.
“The cornerstone, the tent peg, the war bow, and the advancing soldiers will all come from Judah together. 
They will defeat their enemy—it will be like soldiers marching through mud in the streets. They will fight, and since the LORD is with them, they will defeat even the enemy soldiers riding horses. 
I will make Judah’s family strong. I will help Joseph’s family win the war. I will bring them back safely and comfort them. It will be as if I never left them. I am the LORD their God, and I will help them. 
The people of Ephraim will be as happy as soldiers who have too much to drink. Their children will be rejoicing and they, too, will be happy. They will all have a happy time together with the LORD. 
“I will whistle for them and call them all together. I really will save them. There will be many people. 
Yes, I have been scattering my people throughout the nations. But in those faraway places, they will remember me. They and their children will survive, and they will come back. 
I will bring them back from Egypt and Assyria. I will bring them to the area of Gilead. And since there will not be enough room, I will also let them live in nearby Lebanon. 
They will go through a sea of troubles, but the waves will be stopped. Even the deepest waters of the Nile River will dry up. I will destroy Assyria’s pride and take away Egypt’s power. 
I, the LORD, will make my people strong, and they will live for me.” This is what the LORD said. 

Lord, I thank you for making your people strong. I thank you for faithfully bringing each one of us through each storm in our lives, stopping the waves and restoring peace in our lives. I thank you for giving us happy times together with our families. And I thank you for being our faithful Shepherd who always cares for his flock. Thank you for choosing us, Lord. Please help each one of your children grow closer to you. Help us to be found faithful to the end. Amen.


Aug 4

Father, I thank you for this peaceful slow day that all of a sudden seems to be ending before I realize much time has passed. I feel like I didn’t do much today beyond listening to music and sorting little girls’ clothing in preparation for the visit of my sister’s granddaughters here. Father, I thank you for being with my husband and his son in Texas, watching over them and having their back. I thank you that we can all trust you to care for us faithfully, giving us favor with men and beasts, and protecting us from them and their societies and rules and other such burdens. Thank you for making me so FREE, giving me the name Fran which literally means “Free One”. How awesome is that? Thank you, Father. My earthly father may have traded my body for money for the first decade of my life, but YOU, oh Lord, make me feel like a princess with your enduring patient and loving care. Thank you for blessing me with your Name. Amen.

Ephesians 3:14-21 ERV

So I bow in prayer before the Father. 
Every family in heaven and on earth gets its true name from him. 
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, I thank you for your amazing Love, and for allowing me to learn more about you and your miraculous redemption and restoration all the time. Thank you for pruning me carefully, removing obstacles in my mind and heart, things that would exalt themselves against your name and cause me to do things my own way instead of looking to you. Please continue your work in me, blowing away the chaff to leave ripe fruit for your glory. Amen.


Aug 3

Hello, Lord.
Thank you for this busy day, and thank you for keeping my husband and my children safe and peaceful. I haven’t had contact with my sons in almost a week, but I trust that you are taking excellent care of them, Father, thank you. The day is getting closer when my Mate arrives here in Iowa, and I thank you for that as well. Please watch over him, guide him in finishing all the tasks YOU want him to complete there in Texas, and when it is time, please bring him HOME to me safely. You know how badly we miss each other, Lord. I thank you for making us just how we are, crazy parts and all, lol.

Psalm 139:4-18 ERV

LORD, you know what I want to say, even before the words leave my mouth. 
You are all around me—in front of me and behind me. I feel your hand on my shoulder. 
I am amazed at what you know; it is too much for me to understand. 
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. 


Aug 2

Hello, Father.
Thank you for this nice day, all the good-for-me food like fresh cherries and fresh corn on the cob, and thank you for a good talk with my sister this evening. Lord, I ask you to please be with my husband and guide him faithfully. Show him what to do with the camper, how to either get it here or what else to do with it. Please give him peace and an assurance that you have his back, that you got this. Lord, I pray that you help him have a good visit with his father and also with his mother, in your perfect timing. And Lord, you see my heart, how it grows harder for me every day, not being with my Mate, how I long for him to be HERE NOW. Please help me to be patient, to let you guide him and for me to stay out of the way, letting your will be done, in your timing, without my crazy human influence. Amen.

Isaiah 55 ERV

“All you people who are thirsty, come! Here is water for you to drink. Don’t worry if you have no money. Come, eat and drink until you are full! You don’t need money. The milk and wine are free. 
Why waste your money on something that is not real food? Why should you work for something that does not really satisfy you? Listen closely to me and you will eat what is good. You will enjoy the food that satisfies your soul. 
Listen closely to what I say. Listen to me so that you will live. I will make an agreement with you that will last forever. It will be an agreement you can trust, like the one I made with David— a promise to love him and be loyal to him forever. 
I made David a witness of my power for all nations. I promised him that he would become a ruler and commander of many nations.” 
There are nations in places you don’t know, but you will call for them to come. They don’t know you, but they will run to you. This will happen because the LORD, your God, wants it. It will happen because the Holy One of Israel honors you. 
So you should look for the LORD before it is too late. You should call to him now, while he is near. 

Evil people should stop living evil lives. They should stop thinking bad thoughts. They should come to the LORD again, and he will comfort them. They should come to our God because he will freely forgive them. 
The LORD says, “My thoughts are not like yours. Your ways are not like mine. 
Just as the heavens are higher than the earth, so my ways are higher than your ways, and my thoughts are higher than your thoughts.” 

“Rain and snow fall from the sky and don’t return until they have watered the ground. Then the ground causes the plants to sprout and grow, and they produce seeds for the farmer and food for people to eat. 
In the same way, my words leave my mouth, and they don’t come back without results. My words make the things happen that I want to happen. They succeed in doing what I send them to do. 
“So you will go out from there with joy. You will be led out in peace. When you come to the mountains and hills, they will begin singing. All the trees in the fields will clap their hands. 
Large cypress trees will grow where there were thornbushes. Myrtle trees will grow where there were weeds. All this will happen to make the LORD known, to be a permanent reminder of his goodness and power.” 

Lord, I thank you for making me able to see you in your Creation. I thank you for letting me feel you in your people. I thank you for your Holy Spirit within me, and within those whom you have chosen. Thank you for choosing me, giving me a chance to be found faithful to the end. Help me to remain teachable and humble and willing to follow my Shepherd each and every day, and to accept your will for me. Please bless those I love with peace this night, help each one to get to know you better, and to grow to be more and more FREE. Thank you, my Shepherd, for your awesome care of us all. 😀


Aug 1

Happy Birthday Month to my Mate! And to celebrate (actually, it was just God’s timing, lol), I have released our FIRST YouTube video ever… SimpleMan001: Playing with Fire! (shown below). WOOT! Thank you, Lord, for helping me create this awesome production:

Now, I know that someone out there somewhere may be thinking that God and rock and roll do not go together, and I do apologize for offending you, if I have. I cannot justify my actions and preferences any more than you can yours (we ALL fall short, so that we ALL need Christ!), but I can attempt to set you at ease by saying that the Spirit once convicted me, long years ago when my first child was a toddler. I was singing along to my heavy metal music, and the Spirit asked gently (my words/my interpretation:) “Daughter, would you give your voice to me?” My heart leaped for joy at His touch and I replied (inaudibly:) “Yes, my Lord, I will not lift my voice in song except in praise to you.” And for an entire decade and then some, I did just that. At first, I still listened to my hard rock, but would not sing to it. Then I stopped listening to all but Christian music for about a decade, then I allowed myself only some Def Leppard (quite mild, to my standards), then eventually over the course of a few years, I adopted several old and new bands including Nickelback, 3 Doors Down, Bad Company, and Lynyrd Skynyrd. There were several bands that I had never had exposure to, that sprung up in the 90s during the time I listened to ONLY Christian music. Two of those I particularly like now are Linkin Park and Creed. The latter gets a bad rap with both Christians and secular audiences. Secular listeners criticize the obviously God-fearing lyrics, while Christians criticize the heavy rock sound. I therefore have the deepest respect for frontman Scott Stapp, whom God placed in the fulcrum of this debate. Anyways, there ARE several bands that I cannot listen to at all, others that I can listen to all but a few songs, and some that I can tolerate only a song or two. Suffice it to say that when God returned “my music” to me after a decade of abstinence, I found that He had given it back with a good deal of sensitivity to the spirit (breath, pneuma) of each song, each artist — for which I am most grateful, but which also can be quite a curse at times. For example, Metallica used to be my most favorite band, enough that I could listen to them all day, every day, for months straight. And now I cannot tolerate them enough to even have ONE of their songs on my computer or MP3 players or anything. I try not to even hear their music, and my husband likewise has mercifully chosen to not listen to them. The push-pull thing is too painful, as well as too distracting. I am very grateful that my husband and I like the same music for the most part, with him enjoying more country than I do, although I tolerate it, lol. Besides, God gave me so much joy and such a built-in sense of rhythm — and such a profound appreciation for BASS!! — that I can enjoy almost any music, and usually end up dancing or bee-bopping to most of it, hahaha. Thank you, Lord, for music and for simple joys, simple truths, and my Simple Man. Forever after, August 1st will be “Simple Man Day”. I wonder what video will go up on that channel next… 😉

Psalm 81 ERV

To the director: On the gittith. One of Asaph’s songs. Be happy and sing to God, our strength. Shout with joy to the God of Jacob. 
Begin the music. Play the tambourines. Play the pleasant harps and lyres. 
Blow the ram’s horn at the time of the new moon and at the time of the full moon, when our festival begins. 

This is the law for the people of Israel. The God of Jacob gave the command. 
God made this agreement with Joseph’s people, when he led them out of Egypt. In a language we didn’t understand, God said, 
“I took the load from your shoulder. I let you drop the worker’s basket. 
When you were in trouble, you called for help, and I set you free. I was hidden in the storm clouds, and I answered you. I tested you by the water at Meribah.” Selah 
“My people, I am warning you. Israel, listen to me! 
Don’t worship any of the false gods that the foreigners worship. 
I, the LORD, am your God. I brought you out of Egypt. Israel, open your mouth, and I will feed you. 
“But my people did not listen to me. Israel did not obey me. 
So I let them go their own stubborn way and do whatever they wanted. 
If my people would listen to me and would live the way I want, 
then I would defeat their enemies. I would punish those who cause them trouble. 
Those who hate the LORD would shake with fear. They would be punished forever. 
I would give the best wheat to my people. I would give them the purest honey, until they were satisfied.” 


Jul 31

WOOT!! Thank you, thank you, thank you Lord for helping me FINISH my FIRST YouTube video EVER!! Thank you for helping me every step of the way – I know for certain that I could never have made it that good — especially all the timing — without the help of the awesome Creator! Lord, the only thing better than working so closely with you to make a lasting tribute to my husband (the Simple Man!) would be to have him here WITH me right now… but hopefully that will be coming VERY soon… this week, perhaps?? Well, it’s all good. I still talk to him a couple hours or so every day on the phone, and now I have something special to show him AND his mother AND potential clients in the future, who want to see what I can create, what skills I have to offer in trade for food, supplies, or even some cash. Now all I have to do is wait until after 2am tomorrow morning (“free” internet time), to upload the video to the Simple Man YouTube channel, add a profile pic and description, and it will be LIVE…! Perhaps by then I will have some simple Figure 8 car race videos to upload to the Mighty Fine Now YouTube channel as well… IF I am not toooooo burned out on video production, lol.

Proverbs 9 ERV

Wisdom has built her house; she has made it strong with seven columns. 
She has cooked meat, mixed wine, and put food on the table. 
She has sent her servant girls to announce from the highest hill in the city, 
“Whoever needs instruction, come.” She invites all the simple people and says, 
“Come, eat my food and drink the wine I have prepared. 
Leave your old, foolish ways and live! Advance along the path of understanding.” 
Criticize a person who is rude and shows no respect, and you will only get insults. Correct the wicked, and you will only get hurt. 
Don’t correct such people, or they will hate you. But correct those who are wise, and they will love you. 
Teach the wise, and they will become wiser. Instruct those who live right, and they will gain more knowledge. 
Wisdom begins with fear and respect for the LORD. Knowledge of the Holy One leads to understanding. 
Wisdom will help you live longer; she will add years to your life. 
If you become wise, it will be for your own good. If you are rude and show no respect, you are the one who will suffer. 
Foolishness is that other woman, who is loud, stupid, and knows nothing. 
She sits on her chair at the door of her house, up on the highest hill of the city. 
When people walk by, she calls out to them. They show no interest in her, but still she says, 
“Whoever needs instruction, come.” She invites all the simple people and says, 
“Stolen water is sweet. Stolen bread tastes good.” 
Those simple people don’t realize that her house is full of ghosts and that her guests have entered the world of the dead. 

Lord, I thank you for mercifully revealing yourself to us Simple People.


Jul 30

Lord, I feel absolutely spoiled, like I am the luckiest, most blessed woman in all the world! I am homeless, have no money, and haven’t seen my husband in 3+ weeks. BUT I have the best home and the best rewards and the best TWO husbands (one eternal, one temporal) in existence — couldn’t ask for any better! I have so much peace and joy that I feel like I just ooze it everywhere I go. Life is so simple, if not easy. I know I will not always feel like this, but I appreciate it while I have it, and I thank you for giving me so very, very MUCH!!

Psalm 135 ERV

Praise the LORD! Praise the name of the LORD! Praise him, you servants of the LORD, 
you who serve in the LORD’S Temple, in the courtyard of the Temple of our God. 
Praise the LORD, because he is good. Praise his name, because it brings such joy! 
The LORD chose Jacob to be his own. Yes, he chose Israel to be his own people. 
I know the LORD is great! Our Lord is greater than all the gods! 
The LORD does whatever he wants, in heaven and on earth, in the seas and the deep oceans. 
He brings the clouds from the other side of the earth. He sends the lightning and the rain, and he opens the doors to release the winds. 
He destroyed the firstborn males of the people in Egypt and their animals. 
He did great wonders and miracles in Egypt. He used them against Pharaoh and his officials. 
He defeated many nations and killed powerful kings. 
He defeated Sihon, king of the Amorites, Og, king of Bashan, and all the kingdoms in Canaan. 
Then he gave their land to Israel, his people. 
LORD, your name will be famous forever! LORD, people will remember you forever and ever. 
The LORD defends his people; he is kind to his servants. 
The gods of other nations are only gold and silver idols that people have made
They have mouths, but cannot speak. They have eyes, but cannot see. 
They have ears, but cannot hear. They have mouths, but no breath. 
Those who make idols and trust in them will become just like the idols they have made. 
Family of Israel, praise the LORD! Aaron’s family, praise the LORD! 
Levi’s family, praise the LORD! All you who worship the LORD, praise the LORD! 
The LORD should be praised from Zion, from Jerusalem, his home. Praise the LORD! 


Jul 29

Lord, I am having so much FUN with Adobe After Effects, and going into Audition and Illustrator and Photoshop to create new things and fine-tune what I have for my current project! Thank you so much for helping me absorb all the little puzzle pieces of knowledge in the last few months, and thank you for this “Click Day” when everything seems to be fitting together, clicking, snapping into place at last! It is so awesome to follow you my Shepherd, knowing you will give me exactly what I need, when I need it. How COOL to be led step-by-step in my creations by the Creator himself!! How encouraging to see you working on me, as I work on my very first video animations. I am sooooo excited to see what we will create together in the coming months and years!!

Hebrews 12:23-29 ERV

You have come to the meeting of God’s firstborn children. Their names are written in heaven. You have come to God, the judge of all people. And you have come to the spirits of good people who have been made perfect. 
You have come to Jesus—the one who brought the new agreement from God to his people. You have come to the sprinkled blood that tells us about better things than the blood of Abel. 
Be careful and don’t refuse to listen when God speaks. Those people refused to listen to him when he warned them on earth. And they did not escape. Now God is speaking from heaven. So now it will be worse for those who refuse to listen to him. 
When he spoke before, his voice shook the earth. But now he has promised, “Once again I will shake the earth, but I will also shake heaven.” 
The words “once again” clearly show us that everything that was created will be destroyed—that is, the things that can be shaken. And only what cannot be shaken will remain. 
So we should be thankful because we have a kingdom that cannot be shaken. And because we are thankful, we should worship God in a way that will please him. We should do this with respect and fear, 
because our God is like a fire that can destroy us.

Lord, please help me to always stay humble and teachable, ready to hear your Word and be led of your Spirit. Please be with my husband today as he finishes up the job he’s been working on these past few weeks. Please keep his body safe and his mind alert, and when it is time, bring him HOME safely. Please be with me this day as well, as I continue working on my first big video project, still learning as I go. Please help me to stay humble and teachable even in my work, so that I never feel useless pride but instead can point others to you, and help them in their own journey. Thank you for giving me a space in this age of technology — I love it! — but please also help me to always remain close to nature as well. Amen. 😀


Jul 26

Hello, Father.
I am not sure if you want me to keep posting here every day, but I figure when I think about it, I will do it. I give my thoughts to you, knowing you can so easily lead me, and so often do. You are the Mover of my Heart, and you move me quite well indeed. Thank you, Lord, for this beautiful day, beginning with being awoken by my Mate and his silly cheerfulness on the phone. Thank you for leading him to a good phone service provider, and thank you for making my sister so patient with us crazy peeps, tying up her landline. Although we talk for hours every day, laughing like teenagers, she doesn’t think we are crazy, she just says we are in love. I guess Love is a good thing to be infected with! But I also think we are a little bit crazy, lol. And I thank you for making us both that way, Lord. It is quite liberating indeed.

Colossians 3:11-17 ERV

In this new life it doesn’t matter if you are a Greek or a Jew, circumcised or not. It doesn’t matter if you speak a different language or even if you are a Scythian. It doesn’t matter if you are a slave or free. Christ is all that matters, and he is in all of you. 
God has chosen you and made you his holy people. He loves you. So your new life should be like this: Show mercy to others. Be kind, humble, gentle, and patient. 
Don’t be angry with each other, but forgive each other. If you feel someone has wronged you, forgive them. Forgive others because the Lord forgave you. 
Together with these things, the most important part of your new life is to love each other. Love is what holds everything together in perfect unity. 
Let the peace that Christ gives control your thinking. It is for peace that you were chosen to be together in one body. And always be thankful. 

Let the teaching of Christ live inside you richly. Use all wisdom to teach and counsel each other. Sing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs with thankfulness in your hearts to God. 
Everything you say and everything you do should be done for Jesus your Lord. And in all you do, give thanks to God the Father through Jesus.

Father, please help my Mate and I both to survive and thrive through the rest of this unforeseen and unplanned separation. Bring us both HOME safely, Lord. For as they say, Home is where the Heart is. Thank you for leading our hearts HOME to each other, and please let our bodies follow ASAP, lol. Please keep his body safe and strong while he finishes up this job and ties up loose ends in Texas. I pray that you also provide a good visit with his father and mother there, before he heads north. And please help me to be patient and make the best of what I have here. Amen.