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Oct 20

Lord, I have so many projects of my own and that I am doing for others — all having interrupted and outdone each other in urgency and priority, one after another — that I am having some trouble finding my way back along the path to the next-most-priority on the list, lol. THANK YOU for the huge unexpected interruption yesterday however, leaving us with a chest freezer STUFFED with fresh venison, and solid PROOF that your Spirit is with us, able to guide us in doing even the most unexpected things like dressing out a deer without any human guidance or support. THANK YOU for such a huge encouragement, Father!! It was simply marvelous to have such intimate, hands-on contact with your creation for nearly an entire day!

Lord, I’d like to dedicate the following verses today to the beautiful doe who spent her last moments in our presence, even on our cameras, yesterday. Thank you for bringing her not only to my sister’s property, but right to the exact spot that I would notice her, at a time when I was looking, so that we could be with her and then use her body to nourish our own. The entire experience was humbling yet exhilarating, novel yet familiar, sorrowful yet oh-so-blessed. I feel even closer to you today than I normally do — and my Mate and I are closer for the joint experience, as well. I don’t understand it, nor do I need to. Somehow, you gave me complete confidence that I could turn a still-hot body into timely preserved food for us all, without ever having seen anyone else do it, nor even watching a video on it, lol. And yet you didn’t stop there, for you even gave me the spiritually-obtained skill to rather easily and quickly remove the hide itself in one piece, with a complete ring around the neck that can be a hatband or something for me after I gain the further experience of tanning the hide. My Mate can experiment with the meat to his heart’s content, and I can spend the next week scraping and salting and gathering wild walnuts from the forest floor for their tannin content, lol. The experience continues, and I look forward to every day spent creating with the Creator. Thank you for the awesome story you are writing with my life, Lord Jesus. Amen.

 
2 Samuel 22:31-34 ERV

God’s way is perfect. The LORD’S promise always proves to be true. He protects those who trust in him. 
There is no God except the LORD. There is no Rock except our God. 
God is my strong fortress. He clears the path I need to take. 
He makes my feet as steady as those of a deer. Even on steep mountains he keeps me from falling. 

 
Deuteronomy 12:22-24 ERV

You may eat this meat the same as you would eat gazelle or deer meat. Anyone can do this—people who are clean and people who are unclean. 
But be especially careful not to eat the blood, because the life is in the blood. You must not eat meat that still has its life in it. 
Don’t eat the blood. Pour it out like water onto the ground. 

 

How I found her, Poor Dear. 😥

 

Oct 18

Good morning, Father.
Thank you for the highly personalized encouragement and nurturing early this morning, and thank you for the closeness and peace between myself and my Mate. Thank you for helping us to have patience with each other and with your timing in our lives. Please help us finish up all our little tasks here in Iowa and head back south in your perfect timing — hopefully before it gets unbearably cold here! Thank you for the comparative warmth and the sunshine lately, making it so much easier to endure and accomplish our errands and such. Please guide me in my work and in my leisure, help me to create things that are pleasing to you. Amen.

 
Romans 12:2 ERV

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. 

 
1 John 2:15-17 ERV

Don’t love this evil world or the things in it. If you love the world, you do not have the love of the Father in you. 
This is all there is in the world: wanting to please our sinful selves, wanting the sinful things we see, and being too proud of what we have. But none of these comes from the Father. They come from the world. 
The world is passing away, and all the things that people want in the world are passing away. But whoever does what God wants will live forever. 

 
Lord, I thank you for giving me a great love for people, and only a low-level desire for things of this world. Thank you for creating me with a mind and heart that craves learning and growth and spontaneity more than complacency and routine. Please humble me and prune away the things in my life and in my heart and mind that only serve as useless distractions — even if I truly WANT those things. I trust you completely, Lord Jesus. I choose you! 😀

 

Oct 16

Good morning, Lord.
Yay! It is finally supposed to get up to 60 degrees today! That should help boost our morale and allow us to get some outdoor-type things accomplished at last. 🙂 Lord, please guide me in how to move right and eat right and even sit or sleep right, in order to lessen the aches in my body, especially my left shoulder — my “good” shoulder!! Please help me to see and understand what I might be doing to cause the discomfort, and help me be wise enough and diligent enough to do the RIGHT things instead. THANK YOU for the progress made yesterday, and for the opportunities to meet new people. Show me how to use my time for you today, Lord, and help me to let GO of distractions and discouragements. Amen.

 
Romans 11:15-22 ERV

God turned away from the Jews. When that happened, he became friends with the other people in the world. So when he accepts the Jews, it will be like bringing people to life after death. 
If the first piece of bread is offered to God, then the whole loaf is made holy. If the roots of a tree are holy, the tree’s branches are holy too. 
It is as if some of the branches from an olive tree have been broken off, and the branch of a wild olive tree has been joined to that first tree. If you are not a Jew, you are the same as that wild branch, and you now share the strength and life of the first tree. 
But don’t act as if you are better than those branches that were broken off. You have no reason to be proud of yourself, because you don’t give life to the root. The root gives life to you. 
You might say, “Branches were broken off so that I could be joined to their tree.” 
That is true. But those branches were broken off because they did not believe. And you continue to be part of the tree only because you believe. Don’t be proud, but be afraid. 
If God did not let the natural branches of that tree stay, he will not let you stay if you stop believing. 
So you see that God is kind, but he can also be very strict. He punishes those who stop following him. But he is kind to you, if you continue trusting in his kindness. If you don’t continue depending on him, you will be cut off from the tree. 

 

Oct 14

Well, Father, I’ve had all my devices on airplane mode all day, trying to conserve the internet allowance we have left, but it didn’t really make a difference — my sister’s new DirecTV setup used half of a whole day’s allowance on its own. Frustrating, but not the end of the world. Please help me get up and use the “bonus” allowance from 2 to 8am again, like I did last night — and made miraculous progress, I must say — even if I AM still trying to function on less than 5 hours of sleep, lol. 😀

 
2 Timothy 3:1-8 ERV

Remember this: There are some terrible times coming in the last days. 
People will love only themselves and money. They will be proud and boast about themselves. They will abuse others with insults. They will not obey their parents. They will be ungrateful and against all that is pleasing to God. 
They will have no love for others and will refuse to forgive anyone. They will talk about others to hurt them and will have no self-control. They will be cruel and hate what is good. 
People will turn against their friends. They will do foolish things without thinking and will be so proud of themselves. Instead of loving God, they will love pleasure. 
They will go on pretending to be devoted to God, but they will refuse to let that “devotion” change the way they live. Stay away from these people! 
Some of them go into homes and get control over weak women, whose lives are full of sin—women who are led into sin by all the things they want. 
These women always want to learn something new, but they are never able to fully understand the truth. 
Just as Jannes and Jambres fought against Moses, these people fight against the truth. Their thinking has been confused. The faith they have and teach is worthless. 

 
Lord, I give you every ounce of my being, so that you can cleanse away my foolishness and uglinesses. Please help me to be able to learn new things, and yet still grow in understanding of Truth. Help me to be humble and kind, patient and nurturing toward everyone I meet. Help me to serve with energy and diligence, and please bless my children, my Mate, and all those whom I Love with your peace and safety, Lord God. Help each one of us to overcome the pull of this world in us, protecting and nurturing the good fruits you are growing inside our spirits. Amen.

 
Thank you, Father, for helping my Mate fix our truck Mr. D. yesterday, so we could get the shopping and errands done. Thank you for the amazing SNOW today, and all the opportunities to take videos and still shots in the snow, knowing it will be all melted and sunny again in two days — yay! Please help my Mate and my sister’s dog recover from their little ouchies they got while playing in the snow — my Mate on my mini bike and Thor bounding along beside him, hahaha! I will have to do some video production again soon, and get some of this fun stuff up online!

 

Oct 13

Hello, Father!
Thank you for helping me make a good start on my list of projects and priorities yesterday, even if it did keep getting interrupted by the need to serve my peeps here in various ways, lol. Thank you for SUNSHINE this morning, and a promise of 60 degrees today — even if it is supposed to snow tomorrow, lol. I feel very grateful for our cozy little camper, especially the sleeping loft and the extra blankets. I feel grateful for my little office area, and the storage for my art supplies and a few books. Father, I pray that you be with my Mate today as he tries to fix the leak in Mr. D. Give him wisdom and peace and a feeling of assurance that you are with him, to lead him and help him no matter what happens. Please help us get the truck fixed and back on the road so we can accomplish our tasks here and get back south to Texas before the NEXT day of snow — or according to your timing, Lord. I trust you completely. Amen. 🙂

 
Ephesians 6:10-18 ERV

To end my letter I tell you, be strong in the Lord and in his great power
Wear the full armor of God. Wear God’s armor so that you can fight against the devil’s clever tricks. 
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. 
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.

 

Oct 12

Hello, Lord.
I am feeling a little sorry for myself this morning, I must admit. I think it is mostly this disheartening COLD and WET blanketing Iowa for the last weeks or so. THANK YOU that next week is supposed to be sunnier and a little warmer!! Until then, Lord, please help me to just give my sore shoulder and the lump on my inside elbow to YOU, and please show me what I can do to help myself be healthier. Please help it to heal a bit by the time the better weather gets here, so I can get more done on cleaning/organizing the new camper — and finally cleaning out the popup camper! Lord, YOU are the Master of timing, and you have proven your faithfulness over and over. Help me to relax and trust you and focus on the things I CAN control — my own attitude and behavior. Help me to be brave enough to do my digital work, despite feeling discouraged. Help me to just put my head down and do what I know needs to be done, and help me to be flexible and aware enough to know when you have something ELSE for me to do instead. I trust you completely, Lord, and I put my little self and all my little frailties into your big, loving Hands. Amen.

 
Psalm 25 ERV

A song of David. LORD, I put my life in your hands. 
I trust in you, my God, and I will not be disappointed. My enemies will not laugh at me. 
No one who trusts in you will be disappointed. But disappointment will come to those who try to deceive others. They will get nothing. 
LORD, help me learn your ways. Show me how you want me to live. 
Guide me and teach me your truths. You are my God, my Savior. You are the one I have been waiting for. 
Remember to be kind to me, LORD. Show me the tender love that you have always had. 
Don’t remember the sinful things I did when I was young. Because you are good, LORD, remember me with your faithful love. 
The LORD is good and does what is right. He shows sinners the right way to live. 
He teaches his ways to humble people. He leads them with fairness. 
The LORD is kind and true to those who obey what he said in his agreement. 
LORD, I have done many wrong things. But I ask you to forgive them all to show your goodness. 
When people choose to follow the LORD, he shows them the best way to live. 
They will enjoy good things, and their children will get the land God promised. 

The LORD tells his secrets to his followers. He teaches them about his agreement. 
I always look to the LORD for help. Only he can free me from my troubles. 
I am hurt and lonely. Turn to me, and show me mercy. 
Free me from my troubles. Help me solve my problems. 
Look at my trials and troubles. Forgive me for all the sins I have done. 
Look at all the enemies I have. They hate me and want to hurt me. 
Protect me! Save me from them! I come to you for protection, so don’t let me be disappointed. 
You are good and do what is right. I trust you to protect me. 
God, save the people of Israel from all their enemies.

 
Lord, I thank you for the twittery little birds flitting about, just outside my camper window. They seem so content in the cold rain that it seems just a little sunnier outside. Please help me to accept your will for me with that type of sweet innocence, flitting about my day with joy. Amen.

 

Oct 11

Hello, Lord!
I cannot believe how FAST the time is dissipating lately!! THANK YOU for helping me to get firmly settled into the new camper, and my new office space inside it. THANK YOU for the warm blankets during this cold spell, with windchills in the 20’s at night!! THANK YOU for the awesome trip to Blick Art Materials, and my new little paints and ideas and plans. THANK YOU for giving me a vision of what to do for a couple of my websites — answered prayer, since I’ve been trying to force it forward, feeling like I am pushing a dead horse up a hill until you came along behind me to lift the burden and show me the path. THANK YOU, faithful Shepherd!! 😀

 
Psalm 127 ERV

A song from Solomon for going up to the Temple. If it is not the LORD who builds a house, the builders are wasting their time. If it is not the LORD who watches over the city, the guards are wasting their time. 
It is a waste of time to get up early and stay up late, trying to make a living. The Lord provides for those he loves, even while they are sleeping. 
Children are a gift from the LORD, a reward from a mother’s womb. 
A young man’s sons are like the arrows in a soldier’s hand. 
The man who fills his quiver with sons will be very blessed. He will never be defeated when he opposes his enemy at the city gates. 

 
Lord, I thank you for guiding me in my work, and even in my play. I thank you for giving me a heart that longs for you, and desires to please you and do things your way. I thank you for always protecting me and providing for me. I thank you for the gift of my awesome children, and I ask you to bring each of them into a close relationship with you, KNOWING you! Thank you for loving them even more than I do myself. Thank you for giving them just the right amount of challenges and opportunities in their lives, and please strengthen each of their hearts so that they do not grow overly discouraged in this world that can be so lonely and cold and unrewarding. Comfort them, Father, as I cannot. Amen.

 

Oct 8

Father, you see what wounds my heart, and what makes me smile. You give me both challenges and triumphs. You are with me through it all, and I can TRUST in your goodness and provision. I give you everything that is in my heart right now, all the hopes and all the hurts, all the dreams and all the disappointments. Only you can breathe Life into my lungs and into my spirit, Lord. I invite you into every nook and cranny of myself, faithful Shepherd. Prune away all the distractions and anything that I might desire for myself, but that is not part of YOUR desire for me, Lord. Amen.

 
Psalm 19:9-14 ERV

Learning respect for the LORD is good. It will last forever. The LORD’S judgments are right. They are completely fair. 
His teachings are worth more than pure gold. They are sweeter than the best honey dripping from the honeycomb. 
His teachings warn his servants, and good things come to those who obey them. 
People cannot see their own mistakes, so don’t let me commit secret sins. 
Don’t let me do what I know is wrong. Don’t let sin control me. If you help me, I can be pure and free from sin. 
May my words and thoughts please you. LORD, you are my Rock—the one who rescues me

 

Oct 6

Thank you, Father, for the nice birthday week break from online work (basically)! Thank you for the one HOT day we had here, as well as all the rainy and cooler days that seem to be the new norm. Thank you for the blessedness of hearing from all four of my awesome children yesterday, on my birthday!! Although I did not receive any physical gifts on my special day, I received lots of love and well-wishings from my Mate, my children, and my nurturing sister — and all the peeps on Facebook, lol. AND I still can look forward to receiving the one thing I asked for my birthday this year — visiting the Blick Art Supply store (in nearby Omaha) — FINALLY, after having DickBlick.com as my all-time favorite website for about the last decade, lol. I can’t wait to make videos of all the colors in all the open stock displays of all the brands of paints and markers and pencils and pastels and Pebeos — and use them as somewhat of a springboard to add to my NoWrongArt.com website and YouTube channel — WOOT! How exciting!

 
Matthew 24:43-51 ERV

What would a homeowner do if he knew when a thief was coming? You know he would be ready and not let the thief break in. 
So you also must be ready. The Son of Man will come at a time when you don’t expect him. 
“Who is the wise and trusted servant? The master trusts one servant to give the other servants their food at the right time. Who is the one the master trusts to do that work? 
When the master comes and finds that servant doing the work he gave him, it will be a day of blessing for that servant. 
I can tell you without a doubt, the master will choose that servant to take care of everything he owns. 
“But what will happen if that servant is evil and thinks his master will not come back soon? 
He will begin to beat the other servants. He will eat and drink with others who are drunk. 
Then the master will come when the servant is not ready, at a time when the servant is not expecting him. 
Then the master will punish that servant. He will send him away to be with the hypocrites, where people will cry and grind their teeth with pain.

 
Lord, as I stumble back into my online work, I ask you to structure it in a fashion that allows me to be efficient and reliable and faithful, but yet that allows for a large amount of flexibility and creativity. People — especially the growing list of “my peeps” — are my main priority, outside of being faithful to YOU, Lord. Please show me how to use my time, my mind, my experience, and my creativity to help others and to spread your Love in any way that I can, Father. I give my work to you. Amen. 🙂

 

Sep 29

Hello, Father.
It feels like things are changing — although the cool wet weather may be adding to the effect, lol. I feel calm and secure within your Hand, so I have no fear or anxiety — I just feel CHANGE. I think that is good. And no matter what, I still am safe because I have an awesome faithful Shepherd who cares diligently for me. I have joy and hope and tons of love… and even quite a bit of patience — woot!! I seem to have little interest in online work at the moment, but I know that will eventually change. Right now I’ve been interested in art stuff and learning a ton of different things, with a lot of personal and relationship growth that are in the highest tier of importance in life. What more can I ask for? Life is good, when Life has God. Heehee. 🙂

 
Isaiah 26:2-9 ERV

Open the gates for the good people to enter. They are the God’s faithful followers. 
God, you give true peace to people who depend on you, to those who trust in you. 
So trust the LORD always, because in the LORD YAH you have a place of safety forever. 

But he will destroy the proud city and punish those who live there. He will throw that high city down to the ground. It will fall into the dust. 
Then poor and humble people will walk on those ruins. 
Honesty is the path good people follow. They follow the path that is straight and true. And God, you make that way smooth and easy to follow. 
But, LORD, we are waiting for your way of justice. We want to honor you and your name. 
At night my soul longs to be with you, and the spirit in me wants to be with you at the dawn of every new day. When your way of justice comes to the world, people will learn the right way of living. 

 

Sep 26

Thank you, Father, for busyness and progress. Thank you for peace and closeness. Thank you for intervening in my children’s lives and giving them HOPE. Please touch each of them in a special way, bring them HOME to you, to closeness with you and peace and joy in your presence. Amen!

 
Acts 2:38-40 ERV

Peter said to them, “Change your hearts and lives and be baptized, each one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ. Then God will forgive your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. 
This promise is for you. It is also for your children and for the people who are far away. It is for everyone the Lord our God calls to himself.” 
Peter warned them with many other words; he begged them, “Save yourselves from the evil of the people who live now!” 

 
Father, I really don’t have much to say lately on this little prayer blog. I haven’t even been on my computer much this past week — been too busy with things OFF my laptop, lol. Still, I appreciate how things ebb and flow, change and grow. I thank you for how much this little blog has helped me grow over the last three years (almost). I pray that you use it to touch some people’s hearts and spirits, and perhaps even help them grow a bit, too.

 
Thank you, Father, for my new mini bike, shown below being ridden by my Mate (no pics or vids of ME on it yet, lol). Please help him re-fix HIS bike (the red one in the last photo), so we can go riding together soon, and THANK YOU for your awesome mercy with my first wipeout — what an awesome learning experience, and my various little wounds are healing up quicker than I ever thought possible — WOOT! 😀 Thank you for making me tough and free-spirited, Father. And thank you for all the creativity and time spent in “design mode” lately — it’s FUN!! Lead on, faithful Shepherd! 🙂

 

Sep 21

Good morning, Father.
Thank you for getting me up bright and early to use the internet. Thank you for helping me get a good night of sleep, and thank you that the bad dream I had was ONLY just a dream! I am truly grateful for my Mate, my children, my extended family, and my lovely friends in many states. I am grateful for my little home on wheels, and the wonderfully comfie bed to share with my Mate, climbing up next to him in our little loft, heehee! I am grateful for my work, and all the projects I have to devote my time to, along with all the daily little carings I do for my peeps. I am grateful for my health, in mind and body and spirit and heart! Lord, I give you my time, my mind, my hands, my mouth, my ability to create and build and grow. I ask you to lead me in your will for little me this day, help me to accomplish what you would have me to, and to let go of the nonsense things that would only just distract me from your will. Please be near each of my beloved peeps who are struggling today, especially my sister who really needs a big hug of encouragement from you, our faithful Shepherd. Amen.

 
1 Peter 1:2-8 ERV

God planned long ago to choose you and to make you his holy people, which is the Spirit’s work. God wanted you to obey him and to be made clean by the blood sacrifice of Jesus Christ. I pray that you will enjoy more and more of God’s grace and peace. 
Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. God has great mercy, and because of his mercy he gave us a new life. This new life brings us a living hope through Jesus Christ’s resurrection from death. 
Now we wait to receive the blessings God has for his children. These blessings are kept for you in heaven. They cannot be ruined or be destroyed or lose their beauty. 
God’s power protects you through your faith, and it keeps you safe until your salvation comes. That salvation is ready to be given to you at the end of time. 
I know the thought of that is exciting, even if you must suffer through different kinds of troubles for a short time now. 
These troubles test your faith and prove that it is pure. And such faith is worth more than gold. Gold can be proved to be pure by fire, but gold will ruin. When your faith is proven to be pure, the result will be praise and glory and honor when Jesus Christ comes. 
You have not seen Christ, but still you love him. You can’t see him now, but you believe in him. You are filled with a wonderful and heavenly joy that cannot be explained.

 
Lord, I thank you that it is your Spirit — not our own selves — that makes us holy and acceptable to you. I thank you that you have provided your Son as the sacrifice to make us holy and accepted by you. I thank you for the Spirit’s ongoing intercession for us, well after we have accepted your provision for us. I thank you for your ongoing daily care and guidance and protection and provision as our faithful Shepherd, comforting and leading us through your Spirit and your Word. Thank you for your amazing mercy, Lord God! 😀

 

Sep 19

Thank you, Lord, for absolute peace and contentment. Thank you for helping me get enough work done yesterday that the restlessness faded and peace resumed. Thank you for my Mate who contributes to my peacefulness, and thank you for providing for all our needs so that I can feel safe and stable. You see what we need in the coming days and weeks and months, oh Lord. I trust you completely. Please guide us faithfully, increase our reliance upon you and our ability to trust your timing and provision and guidance. Help us to let go of the things that might hold us back, and to embrace the people and ideas and other things that you have for us — even if we don’t want them at first glance, lol. Help us to become ever more pleasing to you and help us to live our lives in honor of you. Amen.

 
Hebrews 3:3-15 ERV

When someone builds a house, people will honor the builder more than the house. It is the same with Jesus. He should have more honor than Moses. 
Every house is built by someone, but God built everything. 
Moses was faithful as a servant in God’s whole house. He told people what God would say in the future. 
But Christ is faithful in ruling God’s house as the Son. And we are God’s house, if we remain confident of the great hope we are glad to say we have. 
So it is just as the Holy Spirit says: “If you hear God’s voice today, 
don’t be stubborn as you were in the past, when you turned against God. That was the day you tested God in the desert. 
For 40 years in the desert, your people saw what I did. But they tested me and my patience. 
So I was angry with them. I said, ‘Their thoughts are always wrong. They have never understood my ways.’ 
So I was angry and made a promise: ‘They will never enter my place of rest.'” 
So, brothers and sisters, be careful that none of you has the evil thoughts that cause so much doubt that you stop following the living God. 
But encourage each other every day, while you still have something called “today.” Help each other so that none of you will be fooled by sin and become too hard to change. 
We have the honor of sharing in all that Christ has if we continue until the end to have the sure faith we had in the beginning. 
That’s why the Spirit said, “If you hear God’s voice today, don’t be stubborn as in the past when you turned against God.” 

 

Sep 18

Good morning, Father.
I don’t know what is wrong with me this morning, but I just feel so darn restless and impatient and even in need of comfort. I feel pressure and irritation that doesn’t seem to be coming from exactly inside me or outside of me… it just IS. Lord, I realize that I do not NEED to understand or be able to explain or justify these sensations. I just give them all to you, knowing that you are my faithful Shepherd and can easily take care of me and all my little inconsistencies and troubles. You know what I need, and I can trust you to provide for ALL of my needs. I give my crazy little human self into your big, loving hands, Lord. I ask you to prune away all the distractions inside me that trip me up — even to remove the things in my life that I may hold dear but that might stand in the way of my becoming more pleasing to you. I give you all that is in me — all that IS me! Heal me, Oh Lord.

 
Psalm 104:27-34 ERV

Lord, all living things depend on you. You give them food at the right time. 
You give it, and they eat it. They are filled with good food from your open hands. 
When you turn away from them, they become frightened. When you take away their breath, they die, and their bodies return to the dust. 
But when you send out your life-giving breath, things come alive, and the world is like new again! 
May the LORD’S glory continue forever! May the LORD enjoy what he made. 
He just looks at the earth, and it trembles. He just touches the mountains, and smoke rises from them. 
I will sing to the LORD for the rest of my life. I will sing praises to my God as long as I live. 
May my words be pleasing to him. The LORD is the one who makes me happy. 

 

Sep 17

Good morning, Father!
Thank you, faithful Shepherd, for I feel very well cared for today — by BOTH of my loving husbands, eternal and temporal! Thank you for kindness and patience and tolerance and acceptance. Thank you for good people and awesome Family created by your Spirit! Thank you for helping me grow and learn and become more pleasing to you, through your Word bearing fruit in me. Thank you for my awesome peeps whom I love and who give me so much return on my investment, lol. Please be near to each of my beloved children today, Father. I know you love them more even than I do myself, so I am confident that you are watching over them faithfully. Please bless each of their minds with peace and their hearts with hope. Amen. 🙂

 
1 John 3:16-24 ERV

This is how we know what real love is: Jesus gave his life for us. So we should give our lives for each other as brothers and sisters. 
Suppose a believer who is rich enough to have all the necessities of life sees a fellow believer who is poor and does not have even basic needs. What if the rich believer does not help the poor one? Then it is clear that God’s love is not in that person’s heart. 
My children, our love should not be only words and talk. No, our love must be real. We must show our love by the things we do. 
That’s how we know we belong to the way of truth. And when our hearts make us feel guilty, we can still have peace before God, because God is greater than our hearts. He knows everything. 
My dear friends, if we don’t feel that we are doing wrong, we can be without fear when we come to God. 
And God gives us what we ask for. We receive it because we obey God’s commands and do what pleases him. 

This is what God commands: that we believe in his Son Jesus Christ, and that we love each other as he commanded. 
All who obey God’s commands live in God. And God lives in them. How do we know that God lives in us? We know because of the Spirit he gave us. 

 

Sep 16

Good morning, Father!
Oh it is so cool that I am actually looking forward to going to church this morning! Of course that is because my Mate will be with me, and I am more proud of his spirit than any other part of his awesome self, heehee! I know he is struggling with the same doubts and dreads that I struggle with — being judged and such — but I am excited for him to meet other men who love Jesus and serve God, for I know some that are at my sister’s church. Yay! I know I will be beaming with joy and delight! THANK YOU, Father, for giving me a man whom I can be proud of, trust in, and share the rest of this crazy life with, heehee!!

 
Ephesians 5:25‭-‬33 AMPC

Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave Himself up for her, So that He might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the Word, That He might present the church to Himself in glorious splendor, without spot or wrinkle or any such things [that she might be holy and faultless]. Even so husbands should love their wives as [being in a sense] their own bodies. He who loves his own wife loves himself. For no man ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and carefully protects and cherishes it, as Christ does the church, Because we are members (parts) of His body. For this reason a man shall leave his father and his mother and shall be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh. [Gen. 2:24.] This mystery is very great, but I speak concerning [the relation of] Christ and the church. However, let each man of you [without exception] love his wife as [being in a sense] his very own self; and let the wife see that she respects and reverences her husband [that she notices him, regards him, honors him, prefers him, venerates, and esteems him; and that she defers to him, praises him, and loves and admires him exceedingly]. [I Pet. 3:2.]

 

Sep 13

Good evening, Father.
Thank you for this crazy day, complete with all of its ups and downs, struggles and triumphs. Please help me to endure the frustrations and remain patient and lighthearted. Please show me what I need to do to best help and support those around me, and please help me to take care of myself so that I do not get too overwhelmed or burned out. Sustain me, faithful Shepherd. I trust you completely. Amen.

 
Isaiah 26:3‭-‬4‭, ‬7‭-‬9 AMPC

You will guard him and keep him in perfect and constant peace whose mind [both its inclination and its character] is stayed on You, because he commits himself to You, leans on You, and hopes confidently in You. So trust in the Lord (commit yourself to Him, lean on Him, hope confidently in Him) forever; for the Lord God is an everlasting Rock [the Rock of Ages]. The way of the [consistently] righteous (those living in moral and spiritual rectitude in every area and relationship of their lives) is level and straight; You, O [Lord], Who are upright, direct aright and make level the path of the [uncompromisingly] just and righteous. Yes, in the path of Your judgments, O Lord, we wait [expectantly] for You; our heartfelt desire is for Your name and for the remembrance of You. My soul yearns for You [O Lord] in the night, yes, my spirit within me seeks You earnestly; for [only] when Your judgments are in the earth will the inhabitants of the world learn righteousness (uprightness and right standing with God).

 

Sep 12

Hello, Father.
Thank you for so much progress on many fronts, even though so many Unknowns still loom ahead. I appreciate the stability and peace you have provided, and I ask you to continue to bless the people and relationships here that are all somewhat stressed under the changes and question marks. Please help each one of us to relax and trust YOU, to look to you for our strength and our patience with each other. Please guide each of us in your will for us, and help us to allow you time to bear fruit in each others’ and our own lives. Amen.

 
John 15:1-8 ERV

Jesus said, “I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. 
He cuts off every branch of mine that does not produce fruit. He also trims every branch that produces fruit to prepare it to produce even more. 
You have already been prepared to produce more fruit by the teaching I have given you. 
Stay joined to me and I will stay joined to you. No branch can produce fruit alone. It must stay connected to the vine. It is the same with you. You cannot produce fruit alone. You must stay joined to me. 
“I am the vine, and you are the branches. If you stay joined to me, and I to you, you will produce plenty of fruit. But separated from me you won’t be able to do anything. 
If you don’t stay joined to me, you will be like a branch that has been thrown out and has dried up. All the dead branches like that are gathered up, thrown into the fire and burned. 
Stay joined together with me, and follow my teachings. If you do this, you can ask for anything you want, and it will be given to you. 
Show that you are my followers by producing much fruit. This will bring honor to my Father. 

 

Sep 11

Hello, Father.
Thank you for my awesome Mate, and for the last several days together in our new home on wheels! Thank you for all the opportunities to learn about humans in general, and my Mate and I in specific — how we work well together, and what things creep up on us as potential hazards, lol. Thank you for unity and peace and stability. Thank you for lovely weather, and good people. Thank you for hope, and thank you for growth. I look forward to each new day, with its own new lessons to learn. 🙂

 
1 Timothy 2:8-11 ERV

I want the men everywhere to pray. Men who lift their hands in prayer must be devoted to God and pleasing to him. They must be men who keep themselves from getting angry and having arguments. 
And I want the women to make themselves attractive in the right way. Their clothes should be sensible and appropriate. They should not draw attention to themselves with fancy hairstyles or gold jewelry or pearls or expensive clothes. 
But they should make themselves attractive by the good things they do. That is more appropriate for women who say they are devoted to God. 
A woman should learn while listening quietly and being completely willing to obey. 

 
Lord, you know that I am a very imperfect woman and my Mate is an imperfect man. You see our hearts, how much we love you and desire to please you and each other. You see how hard we try, how many times BOTH of us choose patience and kindness — and holding our tongues! — over doing things the easy way — our own ways! I thank you so much for all the amazing encouragements, all the little moments of understanding and closeness and growth, that have made this last week special and encouraging. Please continue to guide us each moment of each day, help us to obey your Spirit and fulfil your will for us. Please let your Spirit pray for us, the things we do not know how to ask for. Amen.

 
And THANK YOU Lord for our NEW HOME!!

 

Sep 4

Good morning, Father.
Well, it looks like I only have a couple days left to endure without my Mate. I am having trouble sleeping or even relaxing, feeling a fire under my feet to GO, to get there, to touch him again, look in his eyes, hear the smile in his voice, the playful sound of teasing and the sweetness of closeness and HOME!! Argh! Waiting seems to get harder the closer it gets, lol. Please help me to be sane enough these next two days to accomplish all that you have for me to do, and please help me to HEAR you and do your will, rather than just stick my head in the ground and vibrate so much that I cause an earthquake, lol. HYPER!!! Lord, I give my restless energy to you. THANK YOU for intervening and making plain your will and your blessing. Amen.

 
Hebrews 4:10-13 ERV

God rested after he finished his work. So everyone who enters God’s place of rest will also have rest from their own work just as God did. 
So let us try as hard as we can to enter God’s place of rest. We must try hard so that none of us will be lost by following the example of those who refused to obey God. 
God’s word is alive and working. It is sharper than the sharpest sword and cuts all the way into us. It cuts deep to the place where the soul and the spirit are joined. God’s word cuts to the center of our joints and our bones. It judges the thoughts and feelings in our hearts. 
Nothing in all the world can be hidden from God. He can clearly see all things. Everything is open before him. And to him we must explain the way we have lived.