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Nov 19

Good morning, Lord!
Thank you for the extra two days with my sister and with my Mate, and even the time we had with our new good friend — one of your sons and Little Ones — here in Iowa! Thank you for all the Little Things you have provided to nurture and support us these last couple days, and the abundance of blessings these last five months! Please help my Mate to pack up the last of his things and strap them down securely, and please bless us with a safe trip down to Oklahoma to see my son today! Let the trip be peaceful and smooth and please protect us and our Mr. D. truck and my sister’s camper that we are borrowing. Give my husband clear vision and wisdom and peace as he drives, and help me to stay calm and joyous and peaceful. Please be near my sister, as I know she will miss us both, as will her dog. Let your peace rule in her home, and please return to her an hundredfold all that she has so openly given to us these last months. Bless her in some special way that only You know she needs. Amen.

 
Genesis 12:1-3 ERV

The LORD said to Abram, “Leave your country and your people. Leave your father’s family and go to the country that I will show you. 
I will build a great nation from you. I will bless you and make your name famous. People will use your name to bless other people. 
I will bless those who bless you, and I will curse those who curse you. I will use you to bless all the people on earth.”

 
Lord, I have been blessed by so many people in Iowa, and I ask you to bless them back. I do not wish any curse upon anyone who withheld blessing or “cursed” us, and I honestly do not remember anything negative done to us at all anyways. This has been a miraculous blessing, a way to help others and HEAL and grow closer to my Mate and my sister. This has been a remarkable safe haven for us, and I ask you to continue to bless this land and my sister and all who come here in peace. Help her as she looks to you, yields to you, and relies upon you daily for her everything. Lead her closer to you and help her to allow you into every corner and crevice of her being, strengthening all her weaknesses. Thank you for the fellowship with her and our new brother here, and thank you for allowing us to be witnesses to your goodness and care, even as we have likewise received witnesses from others. I trust you completely, Lord, as we venture forth into the Unknown in a few hours. Lead on, faithful Shepherd, and help me to hear your voice ever clearer. Amen. 🙂

 

Nov 17

Thank you, Lord, for taking such awesome good care of me! Thank you for helping me to just calmly but diligently sort and pack all my things, and please help me to remember everything important, and to be able to find things as I need them! Thank you for providing a camper for us, a place we can sleep and even cook and do my work at the little table inside! Please bless my sister and her man, who dropped everything and traveled 600+ miles from Michigan to Iowa, to help out the Homeless Nomads, heehee. Please pay it back to them by blessing each of them in some special way that only YOU can do, Lord. Amen.

 
1 Corinthians 12:4-11 ERV

There are different kinds of spiritual gifts, but they are all from the same Spirit. 
There are different ways to serve, but we serve the same Lord. 
And there are different ways that God works in people, but it is the same God who works in all of us to do everything. 
Something from the Spirit can be seen in each person. The Spirit gives this to each one to help others.
 
The Spirit gives one person the ability to speak with wisdom. And the same Spirit gives another person the ability to speak with knowledge. 
The same Spirit gives faith to one person and to another he gives gifts of healing. 
The Spirit gives to one person the power to do miracles, to another the ability to prophesy, and to another the ability to judge what is from the Spirit and what is not. The Spirit gives one person the ability to speak in different kinds of languages, and to another the ability to interpret those languages. 
One Spirit, the same Spirit, does all these things. The Spirit decides what to give each one. 

 
Lord, I thank you for all that you have given me — I feel so blessed! I have an awesome Creator, God, and Shepherd to lead me and protect me. I have an awesome husband and Mate to journey through this life with. I have wonderful children I can be proud of, and a family that is accepting of my crazy ways. I have a love of learning that is like wind beneath my wings, and subscriptions to Adobe CC, Great Courses Plus, Amazon Prime, Curiosity Stream, and SkillShare — all of which help me “fly”. However, truly and surely my favorite part about this life is getting to know BOTH of my husbands more and more each day — both my Shepherd and my Mate. Thank you for the joy of knowing and loving you, Lord God! 😀

 

Nov 15

Hello, Father.
Thank you for giving me such incredible peace this morning, and thank you for helping me to calmly and happily compose a nice long snail mail letter to my oldest son today, despite all the craziness of change going on around me. Please bless the package I send to him, protect it and let it bring him joy. Please help my upcoming visits to my other three children go very well indeed, let your peace and Joy be in our midst. Amen.

 
1 Timothy 5:7-8 ERV

Tell the believers there to take care of their family so that no one can say they are doing wrong. 
Everyone should take care of all their own people. Most important, they should take care of their own family. If they do not do that, then they do not accept what we believe. They are worse than someone who does not even believe in God. 

 
Lord, I thank you for teaching me so much about family this year. Thank you for restoring relationships and for giving everyone a chance to help each other, to share our testimonies of your work in our lives, and to offer each other whatever we have, for the good of all. Please help me to be faithful to you, above all else, today as I meet with yet another family member, one that is perhaps the most difficult to forgive, and therefore has a high potential for growth and greater freedom. Please help me to conduct myself wisely and not play to my emotions, Lord. I give you this day, my heart, my time, my tongue. Protect us all, prepare our hearts and minds, and let your will be done. Let your peace reign here this day. Amen.

 

Nov 13

Good morning, Father.
Thank you for the coming opportunities for greater healing and restoration and freedom. Thank you for giving me enough humility and courage to face this coming week boldly, fully trusting you to provide and protect us. Thank you for making me one of your Little Ones, part of the family of people who care more about submitting to you and pleasing you, than doing things our own ways and gathering stores into our barns here on earth. I give you my mouth, my mind, my hands, my heart, my time. Please don’t let me mess anything up with my crazy human emotions and desires and blindspots. Thank you for helping me every step of every day, faithful Shepherd!

 
1 Corinthians 3:11-20 ERV

The foundation that has already been built is Jesus Christ, and no one can build any other foundation. 
People can build on that foundation using gold, silver, jewels, wood, grass, or straw. 
But the work that each person does will be clearly seen, because the Day will make it plain. That Day will appear with fire, and the fire will test everyone’s work. 
If the building they put on the foundation still stands, they will get their reward. 
But if their building is burned up, they will suffer loss. They will be saved, but it will be like someone escaping from a fire. 
You should know that you yourselves are God’s temple. God’s Spirit lives in you. 
If you destroy God’s temple, God will destroy you, because God’s temple is holy. You yourselves are God’s temple. 
Don’t fool yourselves. Whoever thinks they are wise in this world should become a fool. That’s the only way they can be wise. 
I say this because the wisdom of this world is foolishness to God. As the Scriptures say, “He catches those who think they are wise in their own clever traps.” 
The Scriptures also say, “The Lord knows the thoughts of the wise. He knows that their thoughts are worth nothing.”

 
Lord, I thank you for letting me live in the presence of Fire each and every day, letting it burn away the chaff and leave behind only the sure things of the Spirit. I know I still have a long way to travel with that Fire, and I thank you for burning me so faithfully, so patiently pruning away the things of my flesh which would hinder my walk with you. Cleanse me, Father. Purify me to be used as a faithful vessel for you, to touch others’ lives with your Love, your mercy, your joy. Help me to let go of my perceived weaknesses and allow you to turn them into strengths for you. Amen.

 

Nov 12

Good morning, Father.
Thank you again for my love of learning and exploration, often the only things besides my love for you and my Mate and my children, which keeps me striving forward. Lord, I am feeling a bit discouraged, but I also feel the encouragement of your Spirit inside me, and I choose to focus on that, to “feed that wolf” rather than the opposing one of despair. I choose this day to serve YOU, Lord Jesus, rather than myself. Help me to be comfortable enough to not be distracted by my own flesh, but instead to search for ways to help other people even as I kinda seem to need some help myself, lol. I know that “you got this”, Lord. I know you are my faithful Shepherd, and you have never let me down. Thank you for carrying me through these difficult times. Help me to be always humble and teachable and willing to do your will — and accepting of your timing. Amen.

 
Isaiah 65:17-25 ERV

“I am creating a new heaven and a new earth. The troubles of the past will be forgotten. No one will remember them. 
My people will be happy and rejoice forever and ever because of what I will make. I will make a Jerusalem that is full of joy, and I will make her people happy. 
“Then I will rejoice with Jerusalem. I will be happy with my people. There will never again be crying and sadness in that city. 
In that city there will never be a baby who lives only a few days, and every older person will live for a long, long time. A person who lives 100 years will be called young. And whoever doesn’t live that long will be considered cursed. 
“In that city whoever builds a house will live there; whoever plants a vineyard will eat the grapes from that garden. 
Never again will one person build a house and another person live there. Never again will one person plant a garden and another eat the fruit from it. My people will live as long as the trees. My chosen people will get full use of whatever they make. 
Never again will a woman suffer childbirth and have her baby die. Women will not fear childbirth. I, the LORD, will bless all my people and their children. 
I will answer them before they call for help. I will help them before they finish asking. 
Wolves and little lambs will eat together. Lions will eat hay like cattle, and snakes will eat only dust. They will not hurt or destroy each other on my holy mountain.” This is what the LORD said. 

 
Thank you, Lord. I recognize the miraculous blessing of this promise, leaping up to me from within your scriptures at a time when I can truly appreciate it. Please help me to engraft this promise into my spirit, my heart, my mind, so that the entire core of my being reverberates with this truth, so that during moments of great trial or suffering — or even mild suffering that is super-distracting, lol — I can smile up at you, remembering that such a TIME is coming, when there is TIME, when I will have TIME to learn and do all that is within the deepest desires of my heart, all the things you designed me for, without the hindrances of an aging body and a lack of money. I look forward to serving you in a NEW place and time, Lord Jesus. Thank you for renewed HOPE. Amen.

 

Nov 11

Wow. The clock on my computer says 11:11am, and it is 11/11/17, lol. That’s kinda crazy. 😉 Lord, you see everything in me, around me, behind me, and here in front of me. You see all that I’ve lived through, all the decisions I’ve made, and everything that I will face in the coming weeks and months and years. I feel just a bit lost today, and quite a bit weary. I probably just need some good sleep, but that is something hard to get right now. I thank you for allowing me to be here for my Mate, and I ask that you help us both finish up all the last little things here at my sister’s before we leave this safe place and venture out into the Unknown. I feel unprepared, for I have less money than I’ve had for months — and right now we have nothing but an old flatbed truck to “live” in with all of our stuff. Yet I do know that I am as prepared as ever, for I have my faith and my gratitude, along with my closeness with my earthly husband and with my eternal Husband. I will make it just fine.

 
2 Samuel 7:27-29 ERV

“You, LORD All-Powerful, the God of Israel, have shown things to me. You said, ‘I will make your family great.’ That is why I, your servant, decided to pray this prayer to you. 
Lord GOD, you are God, and I can trust what you say. And you said that these good things would happen to me, your servant. 
Now, please, bless my family. Let them stand before you and serve you forever.
Lord GOD, you yourself said these things. You yourself blessed my family with a blessing that will continue forever.” 

 
Father, you may not have promised to make my family great, but you have called your people your own children, part of YOUR great family, and I believe you. I can trust what you say, and I can believe in your faithful care and provision. My human eyes may not see much to hope in as I look around me — or even within me — but YOU see things much differently, much more clearly and much more confidently. I put myself, my Mate, and my children in your hands and ask you to take good care of us all. Help us to be humble and look to you for our strength and direction. Give us courage to choose your way and to accept your timing. Amen.

 

Nov 10

Good morning, Father.
Thank you for my ability to make new digital fun stuffs on my Lenny (my Lenovo laptop I am lending from my Shepherd, heehee!), using all the Adobe CC apps! Thank you for the abundance of ideas I have, for each of my sites and YouTube channels, and beyond. I pray that you show me exactly WHEN to work on each project, and help me hold onto the hope that I actually CAN continue to build and create, despite the Unknown looming ahead, when my Lenny may just be packed away for a time, for safe keeping. I don’t know if I will have internet access for my Lenny, or even if I will have phone service — or even if I will have electricity! Still, I have the HOPE that no matter what, I will be able to build at least SOME of what I dream, at some point in the future — and throughout it all, I always have ENOUGH of what I need, including a faithful Lord and a playful Mate. Truly I am blessed, thank you Lord!! 🙂

 
Hebrews 7:19-25 ERV

The Law of Moses could not make anything perfect. But now a better hope has been given to us. And with that hope we can come near to God. 
Also, it is important that God made a promise with an oath when he made Jesus high priest. When those other men became priests, there was no oath. 
But Christ became a priest with God’s oath. God said to him, “The Lord has made a promise with an oath and will not change his mind: ‘You are a priest forever.'” 
So this means that Jesus is the guarantee of a better agreement from God to his people. 
Also, when one of those other priests died, he could not continue being a priest. So there were many of those priests. 
But Jesus lives forever. He will never stop serving as a priest. 
So Christ can save those who come to God through him. Christ can do this forever, because he always lives and is ready to help people when they come before God. 

 
Lord, I thank you for being my High Priest who is sensitive to my needs and understands me better than I do myself. I thank you for preparing a HOME for me and my Mate in a place that is not limited to time, and available to only those who love to serve you. I thank you for making us humble and wise enough to choose you, and to follow you even if it means we have no HOME in this world, lol. I know that we can count on you to lead us this day, this week, and the rest of our lives here, and to always provide for us and protect us faithfully. You have never let us down, Lord. I trust you completely.

 

Nov 9

Lord, please help me not to fall into the trap of anguish and concern over things I really cannot contol. In fact, there seems to be very little I CAN control right now, and we are spiralling toward the Unknown at break-neck speed. Things seem to be getting worse instead of better right now, and there is a very real chance that it may get quite a bit worse yet, in the coming weeks. I am frightened, Lord. Please help me to keep trusting you, as my heart sincerely does. Help me to not get overwhelmed by how things SEEM, but rather to focus on the FACT that you have never let me down, that I have always had ENOUGH, always had what I NEED. I haven’t been painfully hungry or deathly cold in a great many years, and to be honest, even in my most desperate moments I was sustained by your comforting Spirit. So all is well.

 
Psalm 119:80-93 ERV

Let me obey your laws perfectly so that I will not be ashamed. 
I feel weaker and weaker as I wait for you to save me. But I put my trust in your word. 
I keep looking for what you promised, but my eyes are feeling tired. When will you comfort me? 
Even when I am like a dried wineskin on the trash pile, I will not forget your laws. 
How long must I wait for you to punish those who persecute me? 
Proud people have tried to trap me and make me disobey your teachings. 
All your commands can be trusted. Those people are wrong to persecute me. Help me! 
They have almost destroyed me, but I have not stopped obeying your instructions. 
Show me your faithful love and let me live. I will do whatever you say. 
LORD, your word continues forever in heaven. 
You are loyal forever and ever. You made the earth, and it still stands. 
All things continue today because of your laws. Like slaves, they all obey you. 
If I had not found joy in your teachings, my suffering would have destroyed me. 
I will never forget your commands, because through them you gave me new life. 

 
Lord, I thank you for restoring to me a great deal of hope and even JOY, while I read your Word outloud to my Mate and we shared some fellowship and closeness. I thank you that you give each of your people different perspectives, different strengths and weaknesses, so that we can encourage each other. Thank you for giving a measure of wisdom to each of us, so that we help each other remember what is truly important in this world — serving you and helping other people. Help us not to focus on our own comfort or lack thereof, but rather to be grateful that we still have our lives, our health, our faith. Help us each to grow in wisdom and to accept your peace and provision. Please bless each of my children with a better understanding of you and your ways, Lord. I lift each of them up to you, from within my heart. I trust you completely, faithful Shepherd.

 

Nov 8

Good morning, Lord.
Thank you for helping me past all the little twinges of dread and anxiety I have had in the last couple days, and please guide me in the best ways to use the remaining days I have left in the comfort of my sister’s home. I do not know what lies ahead this winter, and it really feels like stepping off a cliff into the Unknown, but I am still trusting you completely, Lord Jesus. I know that no matter what, I have your Spirit to comfort me, to make me strong and able to face whatever is given me. I even have my Mate, who is probably just as scared as I am, yet just as willing to trust you to lead us forward. I have my warm blanket — and some fabric left to make a couple pillows to take with us. I have ENOUGH warm clothing, and I have a trickle of income that could be enough to pay for a little food and perhaps some gas for the truck. I can trust you to provide for ALL our needs, both the physical as well as the emotional, mental, and spiritual. I choose to follow you forward into the Unknown, Lord, instead of remaining in my comfort zone. Please help me to be faithful and pleasing to you. Amen.

 
2 Timothy 1:7-9 ERV

The Spirit God gave us does not make us afraid. His Spirit is a source of power and love and self-control. 
So don’t be ashamed to tell people about our Lord Jesus.
And don’t be ashamed of me—I am in prison for the Lord. But suffer with me for the Good News. God gives us the strength to do that. 
God saved us and chose us to be his holy people, but not because of anything we ourselves did. God saved us and made us his people because that was what he wanted and because of his grace. That grace was given to us through Christ Jesus before time began.

 
Psalm 143:8-12 ERV

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

 
Lord, I do not perceive any enemies besides the sticky fingers of anxiety that tickle the edges of my awareness off and on each day, especially when I awake in the night (or early morning, actually). I ask you to help me stay strong and never give into those doubts that plague me. Help me to live only for you, and be humble and teachable and willing to serve you in whatever situation I find myself. Thank you for this day, another opportunity to learn and grow more. 🙂

 

Nov 7

Good morning, Father.
I think it has been awhile since I have been up this early in the morning, making full use of the “free internet time” between 2 and 8am. I think the time change helped, lol. And I am starting to feel more anxiety deep inside me, nervous about leaving the safety of my sister’s house in just over a week, to travel back south into the Unknown. Lord, I thank you for this awesome time where I have gotten more love and acceptance from my family than I think I have ever had. I thank you for giving me my sister, the closest thing I ever had to a “real mom”. It has been wonderful getting to know her, helping her, and being helped. It has been awesome watching her interact with my Mate, and growing to accept him as well. I know that you will take good care of me wherever I go, Shepherd, even if I have to face some sufferings of body or heart. That’s okay. I know you still love me and are faithfully caring for me, no matter what. Life isn’t easy, but you make it very simple. You always give me ENOUGH to survive and even to grow. I give you all my silly human fears of the Unknown, Lord. I trust you completely.

 
James 5:1-18 ERV

You rich people, listen! Cry and be very sad because much trouble will come to you. 
Your riches will rot and be worth nothing. Your clothes will be eaten by moths. 
Your gold and silver will rust, and that rust will be a proof that you were wrong. That rust will eat your bodies like fire. You saved your treasure in the last days. 
People worked in your fields, but you did not pay them. They are crying out against you. They harvested your crops. Now the Lord All-Powerful has heard their cries. 
Your life on earth was full of rich living. You pleased yourselves with everything you wanted. You made yourselves fat, like an animal ready for the day of slaughter. 
You showed no mercy to good people. They were not against you, but you killed them. 
Brothers and sisters, be patient; the Lord will come. So be patient until that time. Look at the farmers. They have to be patient. They have to wait for their valuable crop to grow and produce a harvest. They wait patiently for the first rain and the last rain. 
You must be patient too. Never stop hoping. The Lord is coming soon. 
Brothers and sisters, don’t complain against each other. If you don’t stop complaining, you will be judged guilty. And the Judge is ready to come! 
Brothers and sisters, follow the example of the prophets who spoke for the Lord. They suffered many bad things, but they were patient. 
And we say that those who accepted their troubles with patience now have God’s blessing. You have heard about Job’s patience. You know that after all his troubles, the Lord helped him. This shows that the Lord is full of mercy and is kind. 
My brothers and sisters, it is very important that you not use an oath when you make a promise. Don’t use the name of heaven, earth, or anything else to prove what you say. When you mean yes, say only “yes.” When you mean no, say only “no.” Do this so that you will not be judged guilty. 
Are you having troubles? You should pray. Are you happy? You should sing. 
Are you sick? Ask the elders of the church to come and rub oil on you in the name of the Lord and pray for you. 
If such a prayer is offered in faith, it will heal anyone who is sick. The Lord will heal them. And if they have sinned, he will forgive them. 
So always tell each other the wrong things you have done. Then pray for each other. Do this so that God can heal you. Anyone who lives the way God wants can pray, and great things will happen. 
Elijah was a person just like us. He prayed that it would not rain. And it did not rain on the land for three and a half years! 
Then Elijah prayed that it would rain. And the rain came down from the sky, and the land grew crops again. 

 
Lord, I really cannot think of anything in particular that I have done wrong that I have not already confessed to you, usually to my Mate as well. Still, I lift my doubtful anxiety up to you, knowing that it serves no purpose other than to try to get me to doubt your faithful care and your protection and provision. I do not wish to linger in that anxiety, Lord, so I give it to you, confessing my weakness in this thing, my human frailty that tries to cling to the comfort zones in our lives. Instead, I look forward to growing, Lord. I look forward to learning new things about you, your creation, your people, and your chosen path for little me. Please help me to be faithful to you and not stumble. Help me to walk boldly forward, into the Unknown and down every path you choose for me. Help me to always be aware of ways in which I can help others, and ALL the ways in which I can be faithful to you. That is my greatest desire, and I believe your promise, that I will be filled. Thank you, Shepherd. I am following — lead on!

 

Nov 6

Good morning, Lord!
Thank you for choosing me, protecting me, using me. Thank you for the warm place I am sleeping, and the nice warm blankets that I made using fabric that my sister gave me — even one that is nine feet long and almost nine feet wide, for my husband who loves it more than anything else he puts on his body, lol. Haha, it is so awesome to serve you, Lord God! I am excited this morning to get to know you better, get to know your Word better, and gradually get to know your creation better! I am excited to see what you and I will create together, in today’s digital world. How awesome to know you and be known of you, Shepherd! 🙂

 
2 Timothy 3 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. 
But they will not succeed in what they are trying to do. Everyone will see how foolish they are. That is what happened to Jannes and Jambres. 
But you know all about me. You know what I teach and the way I live. You know my goal in life. You know my faith, my patience, and my love. You know that I never stop trying. 
You know about my persecutions and my sufferings. You know all the things that happened to me in Antioch, Iconium, and Lystra—the persecution I suffered in those places. But the Lord saved me from all of it. 
Everyone who wants to live showing true devotion to God in Christ Jesus will be persecuted. 
People who are evil and cheat others will become worse and worse. They will fool others, but they will also be fooling themselves. 
But you should continue following the teaching you learned. You know it is true, because you know you can trust those who taught you. 
You have known the Holy Scriptures since you were a child. These Scriptures are able to make you wise. And that wisdom leads to salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. 
All Scripture is given by God. And all Scripture is useful for teaching and for showing people what is wrong in their lives. It is useful for correcting faults and teaching the right way to live. 
Using the Scriptures, those who serve God will be prepared and will have everything they need to do every good work. 

 
Lord, I thank you that I have never been one to worry about what type of days we live in, for I grew up in such a situation that I do not take freedom or safety or other human “rights” for granted. And I certainly do not look to the government to provide or protect them, lol. When I see a police officer, I do not think he will leave me alone just because I am doing nothing wrong. When I had a house or property, I did not assume no one would ever enter without warning, or take what is mine. It is a source of comfort and delight to me that ALL my security comes from the living God who protects all those who constantly look to Him to guide and protect us. Yes, I may be captured and tortured, have my body or my belongings mistreated — but so what? Jesus promises mercy to those who show mercy, and I KNOW how awesomely merciful God is!! He will see me safely through each and every difficulty, giving me a measure of peace and even joy throughout each ordeal. I do not expect to not have suffering — I rejoice in that I will never suffer ALONE, but will always have the comfort of the Holy Spirit of God to help me through it all. Thank you, Lord Jesus, our awesome faithful Shepherd! 😀

 

Nov 5

Hello, Father!
Thank you for the amazing long walk in the woods yesterday with my Mate, exploring the ravines and ridges and bluffs, and discovering so many details of your amazing creation in this part of the country! 😀 Thank you for the thrilling climbs up and down several exposed treeroot systems, and thank you for all that I managed to capture with my camera phone — and everything I witnessed but did not record. Thank you for the amazing discovery of Jack-in-the-Pulpit, and all of the fungi, and the little critter’s nest — which when I watched this morning I discovered little critter squeaky sounds caught on audio!! Thank you, most of all, for the little carpet of liverwort and all their tiny gemma cups — a sight I have not seen since one lovely day in Michigan, exploring the riverine forest with my children, back in 2008. Thank you, even beyond that, Oh Lord, for giving me a Mate that I can share all this with, and he with me. Thank you for giving him the patience to allow me to linger in delight over the tiniest details, and thank you for giving him his own unique perspectives to share with me! Thank you for giving us both the physical health and flexibility — along with a healthy dose of fearlessness — to climb and slide and boldly explore nature, perhaps even to feel more “at home” out in the woods than inside a house or city block.

 
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, I am so very grateful that you have chosen me and that you protect me and guide me each day. There are many things that elicit fear and dread in this life, some of which still lies ahead, and yet my heart can rest at peace, knowing that no matter what you put before me, I can handle it just fine because of your Spirit strengthening me on the inside. You equip me perfectly for every task, so that I sincerely have nothing to fear. Please help me to live boldly for you, and to travel to wherever you lead us, helping whomever you allow us. Please be with my husband today as he spends time with his male companions and completes their manly tasks. Be with me as I continue to practice Adobe Animate CC, learning more ActionScript and JavaScript code to walk further down the road from printables to interactives. Show me what YOU would have me to do this day, Shepherd. I give you my time, my hands, my mind, my heart. Amen.

 

Nov 4

Lord, I thank you for guiding me and my websites safely through the trenches yesterday. Thank you for giving me wisdom and calm, and letting me get that mess DONE! Father, I haven’t slept a wink yet, and it is past 5am. But I guess that’s what happens when I break FREE of the boundaries of things I HAVE TO do, that I dread doing, that have been weighing on me for weeks… and make it FINALLY into the timeframe that I can make something NEW!! And, of course, I already have. But that’s not what kept me from sleeping — THAT was my growing list of ideas and plans for a TON of new things, haHA! 😀 Father, I know I am overzealous, and I know I get too excited perhaps even for my own good. Please help me to stay a healthy level of excited, and to finally get some sleep soon, so I can have a good SaturDAY — without having to sleep through it, lol!

 
Revelations 3:18-21 ERV

I advise you to buy gold from me—gold made pure in fire. Then you will be rich. I tell you this: Buy clothes that are white. Then you will be able to cover your shameful nakedness. I also tell you to buy medicine to put on your eyes. Then you will be able to see. 
“I correct and punish the people I love. So show that nothing is more important to you than living right. Change your hearts and lives. 
Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If you hear my voice and open the door, I will come in and eat with you. And you will eat with me. 
“I will let everyone who wins the victory sit with me on my throne. It was the same with me. I won the victory and sat down with my Father on his throne.

 
Lord, even though I get all excited and caught up in my work sometimes, I do know that it is the eternal things of the Spirit that matter most. I do not wish to be foolish in my zealous energy, so I give it freely to you, trusting you with it completely. I figure you probably enjoy seeing me all excited about using the blessings you have given me, especially in ways that may help others. I know I sure like to see the people I love get all happy and excited, heehee! Father, I thank you for my energy and enthusiasm and my ever-developing skills, always learning and practicing — yet barely able to sleep. I ask you to teach me how to use my time and energy efficiently and effectively — and all my digital tools, too! Guide me as I develop more and more of my digital asset library and begin to create more visual and interactive materials, breaking OUT of print and into more mobile learner experience design — IF that is what you have for me to do, Lord. I give it all to you, for you make me joyous no matter what I have or don’t have. Thank you, faithful Shepherd! I look forward to seeing what we create together. 😀

 

Nov 3

Good morning, Father.
Lord, today I am performing open heart surgery on my websites, and I ask you to be my surgeon. Please steady my hands and strengthen my heart. I give all 25 of my domains to you, along with the last 14 years of work I have put into them. Part of me kinda wishes I could just start over from scratch, but you seem to be encouraging me to use what I have as a foundation to build upon. I know I can count on you, Shepherd, no matter what. Please give me courage and wisdom, and please don’t let me mess things up. Help me to be bold and courageous and just get it done. Amen.

 
1 Peter 2:4-11 ERV

The Lord Jesus is the living stone. The people of the world decided that they did not want this stone. But he is the one God chose as one of great value. So come to him. 
You also are like living stones, and God is using you to build a spiritual house. You are to serve God in this house as holy priests, offering him spiritual sacrifices that he will accept because of Jesus Christ. 
The Scriptures say, “Look, I have chosen a cornerstone of great value, and I put that stone in Zion. Anyone who trusts in him will never be disappointed.” 
So, that stone brings honor for you who believe. But for those who don’t believe he is “the stone that the builders refused to accept, which became the most important stone.” 
For them he is also “a stone that makes people stumble, a rock that makes people fall.” People stumble because they don’t obey what God says. This is what God planned to happen to those people. 
But you are his chosen people, the King’s priests. You are a holy nation, people who belong to God. He chose you to tell about the wonderful things he has done. He brought you out of the darkness of sin into his wonderful light. 
In the past you were not a special people, but now you are God’s people. Once you had not received mercy, but now God has given you his mercy. 
Dear friends, you are like visitors and strangers in this world. So I beg you to keep your lives free from the evil things you want to do, those desires that fight against your true selves. 
People who don’t believe are living all around you. They may say that you are doing wrong. So live such good lives that they will see the good you do, and they will give glory to God on the day he comes. 

 
Lord, please help me to remember that you have already built what is most important, and that anything I build (or accidentally destroy!) here is of no real consequence. I can put all my concerns in your hands, and trust you to protect me and all my little intellectual properties and digital assets. The whole way through, I have given my business to you, always trying to do things your way, even when it got me a lot of criticism from those who do not understand and may never understand. Father, please help me to continue to do it all your way, in your timing. There are a GREAT many things I want to build, so many things I want to learn and do and share with others. I give you all that I have done, and all that is in my desire to do, all that I’ve made, and all that I’ve imagined. I am yours and my business is yours, my income is yours and my heart and time and hands are all yours. I trust you completely, my Shepherd. Lead me in the way that I need to go, and help me to trust and rest in your peace. Amen.

 

Nov 2

Hello, Father.
I’m not sure why you want me to rest so much when I have so very much to do, but I accept your will for me, and ask that you help me feel good enough, soon enough, to stand and take a shower instead of just trying to sit up and absorb sunlight, like a plant, lol. Lord, my head really just keeps wanting to lay down, but I’ve done too much of that in the last 24 hours, and now I just want to get past this crazy whatever-it-is and not be sick at all for many months to come. Please forgive my crankiness, but I am sick of being sick! I finally have been over that flu-thingy for awhile now, and then this. Urrgh!! Father, please help me just to accept this time of rest, and leave everything else in your capable hands. I do NOT need to figure things out, I just need to be willing to serve you and do things your way — in your timing. Thank you, faithful Shepherd.

 
Hebrews 4:9‭-‬16 AMPC

So then, there is still awaiting a full and complete Sabbath-rest reserved for the [true] people of God; For he who has once entered [God’s] rest also has ceased from [the weariness and pain] of human labors, just as God rested from those labors peculiarly His own. [Gen. 2:2.] Let us therefore be zealous and exert ourselves and strive diligently to enter that rest [of God, to know and experience it for ourselves], that no one may fall or perish by the same kind of unbelief and disobedience [into which those in the wilderness fell]. For the Word that God speaks is alive and full of power [making it active, operative, energizing, and effective]; it is sharper than any two-edged sword, penetrating to the dividing line of the breath of life (soul) and [the immortal] spirit, and of joints and marrow [of the deepest parts of our nature], exposing and sifting and analyzing and judging the very thoughts and purposes of the heart. And not a creature exists that is concealed from His sight, but all things are open and exposed, naked and defenseless to the eyes of Him with Whom we have to do. Inasmuch then as we have a great High Priest Who has [already] ascended and passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession [of faith in Him]. For we do not have a High Priest Who is unable to understand and sympathize and have a shared feeling with our weaknesses and infirmities and liability to the assaults of temptation, but One Who has been tempted in every respect as we are, yet without sinning. Let us then fearlessly and confidently and boldly draw near to the throne of grace (the throne of God’s unmerited favor to us sinners), that we may receive mercy [for our failures] and find grace to help in good time for every need [appropriate help and well-timed help, coming just when we need it].

 

Nov 1

Good morning, Lord.
Thank you for the pleasant distractions yesterday, and thank you for the distance I have from anything and everything that COULD be affecting me this week. Thank you for peace, and for the thrill of learning and planning new things, and experimenting with new tools. Please guide me this day in how to best serve you, Shepherd. Give me courage and patience and help me share the abundance of Love I have with everyone around me. Amen.

 
Colossians 2:7-17 ERV

You must depend on Christ only, drawing life and strength from him. Just as you were taught the truth, continue to grow stronger in your understanding of it. And never stop giving thanks to God. 
Be sure you are not led away by the teaching of those who have nothing worth saying and only plan to deceive you. That teaching is not from Christ. It is only human tradition and comes from the powers that influence this world. 
I say this because all of God lives in Christ fully, even in his life on earth. 
And because you belong to Christ you are complete, having everything you need. Christ is ruler over every other power and authority. 
In Christ you had a different kind of circumcision, one that was not done by human hands. That is, you were made free from the power of your sinful self. That is the kind of circumcision Christ does. 
When you were baptized, you were buried with Christ, and you were raised up with him because of your faith in God’s power. God’s power was shown when he raised Christ from death. 
You were spiritually dead because of your sins and because you were not free from the power of your sinful self. But God gave you new life together with Christ. He forgave all our sins. 
Because we broke God’s laws, we owed a debt—a debt that listed all the rules we failed to follow. But God forgave us of that debt. He took it away and nailed it to the cross. 
He defeated the rulers and powers of the spiritual world.
With the cross he won the victory over them and led them away, as defeated and powerless prisoners for the whole world to see. 
So don’t let anyone make rules for you about eating and drinking or about Jewish customs (festivals, New Moon celebrations, or Sabbath days). 
In the past these things were like a shadow that showed what was coming. But the new things that were coming are found in Christ. 

 
Lord, today I pray a special prayer for all those of us who have been hurt or misled by HUMAN TRADITIONS — both the ancient ones and the more modern ones. Please help us to forgive and give it all to you. Help us to grow past the chains that bind us, seeing how FREE you desire your sheep to be! Make us wise and courageous enough to allow you to touch us in our most sensitive places, allowing you to heal us and make us more like you every day. Help us to remember that we are FREE because of what YOU have ALREADY done, Jesus. Help us to remember that we need do absolutely nothing besides actively BELIEVE in you, being WILLING to follow you wherever you lead us — even if we mess up sometimes, as we always will. Help us to not be so upset with ourselves or others that we cling to the poison of regret instead of accepting the freedom of peace and forgiveness you offer us. Help us to exchange our gloomy cloaks of guilt and greed for your white, wooly sheepskins of joy and freedom, living for our faithful Shepherd. Amen.

 

Oct 31

Good morning, Father.
Thank you for the awesome rejuvenating outdoor work yesterday, and thank you for providing warm clothing, even some fun and silly new hats, lol. Thank you for the health of myself and all those whom I love, and please bless my friend in New York and those in Denton, Texas. Give us each a real and tangible experience of your Care, your Love, your Faithfulness. Thank you for giving me so very much evidence of your work in my own life, Shepherd. Lord, I am soooo content with your provision, despite not having a real idea of where we will spend the winter. What does that matter, when you continue to show us your faithful care? Thank you for the amazing growth and healing all this month, and the miraculous closeness and new levels of trust that have been built between my Mate and myself. I am continuously amazed at how easy it all flows, our interactions and conversations and healing acceptance. Thank you so very much, Father, for giving us to each other, for the HOME we carry with us, the home that IS us, everywhere we may go. Please help us each to live for you, to always seek you and yield to your Touch, to always just be WILLING. Amen.

 
Isaiah 48:5‭-‬13‭, ‬17‭-‬22 ERV

So long ago I told you what would happen. I told you about those things long before they happened. I did this so that you could not say, ‘The gods we made did this. Our idols, our statues, made this happen.’” “You heard what I said would happen. And you can see it has all been done. Shouldn’t you tell this to others? Now I will tell you about new things, secrets you have not known before. This is something that is happening now, not long ago. You have not heard about it before today. So you cannot say, ‘We already knew that.’ But even in the past you didn’t listen. You didn’t learn anything. You never listen to what I say. I have always known that you would turn against me. You have rebelled against me from the time you were born. “But I will be patient. I will do this for myself. People will praise me for not becoming angry and destroying you. You will praise me for waiting. “Look, I will make you pure, but not in the way you make silver pure. I will make you pure by giving you troubles. I will do this for myself—for me! I will not let you treat me as if I am not important. I will not let some false god take my glory and praise. “Jacob, listen to me! Israel, I called you to be my people. So listen to me! I am the Beginning, and I am the End. I made the earth with my own hands. My right hand made the sky. And if I call them, they will come to stand before me.
 
The Lord, the Savior, the Holy One of Israel, says, “I am the Lord your God. I teach you for your own good. I lead you in the way you should go. If you had obeyed me, then peace would have come to you like a full flowing river. Good things would have come to you again and again, like the waves of the sea. If you had obeyed me, you would have had as many children as there are grains of sand. And they would always have been mine and would never have been destroyed.” My people, leave Babylon! My people, run from the Chaldeans! Tell the news with joy. Spread the news around the world. Tell them, “The Lord rescued his servant Jacob.” They never got thirsty as he led them through the desert, because he made water flow from a rock. He split the rock, and water flowed out. But the Lord also said, “There is no peace for evil people.”

 

Oct 29

Thank you, Father, for my husband and my sister who have kept me extremely busy these last two days, so much so that I have been nearly uneffected by the time of year and the weather changes. Please go before us and prepare for our new adventures as we head south (and prepare to), and please help us tie up all our loose ends here. Father, I thank you so much for giving me full access to ALL of the Adobe CC apps, and the delight in learning about and using them all. I am genuinely excited and cannot wait to start creating NEW things for you, Lord. Please help me look to you and not just be guided by my own plans. Help me to remain humble and teachable and willing to follow you no matter what. 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. 

 

Oct 26

Good morning, Father.
Thank you for the loving compassion shown to me yesterday when I really needed it, and thank you for helping me “bounce back” and not linger too long in that state of mind. Thank you also for the ability to have FUN with my Mate, wherever we are, whatever the time of year, even whatever crazy situation confronts us. It is awesome to watch him grow, and to grow together right along with him, Father. Thank you for this gift, my “perk”, and please continue to guide us forward in your will for us. Show us how to prepare for the coming weeks and months, and help us to have the courage to keep looking to you and making adjustments according to YOUR plans rather than our own. Amen, thank you faithful Shepherd! 🙂

 
Malachi 3:14-18 ERV

You said, “It is useless to worship God. We did what the LORD All-Powerful told us, but we didn’t gain anything. We cried like people at a funeral to show we were sorry for our sins, but it didn’t help. 
We think proud people are happy. Evil people succeed. They do evil things to test God’s patience, and God does not punish them.” 
Then the LORD’S followers spoke with each other, and the LORD listened to them. There is a book in front of him. In that book are the names of his followers. They are the people who honor the LORD’S name. 
The LORD said, “They belong to me. I will be kind to them. Parents are very kind to their children who obey them. In the same way I will be kind to my followers. 
You people will come back to me, and you will learn the difference between good and evil. You will learn the difference between someone who follows God and someone who does not. 

 
Lord, I thank you for choosing me and giving me a chance to honor you and your Name. I give you my heart, my time, my mind, my work, my life. Show me how to honor you this day, Lord. Amen.

 

Oct 24

Lord, I thank you for the rocky, uncomfortable start to this day, because I know that not every day can be as awesome as some of the ones I’ve had lately, and I know that I can trust you to be just as close, and just as merciful and caring as ever, even when things don’t SEEM to be so great. So I give you my heart, my body, my work, my time. I ask that you encourage my mind in the direction that you want me to go this day, and help me to take heart and just focus on the things I can control, like my attitude and my behavior. Help me to be bright and hopeful for those around me, and guide me in my work and play. Amen.

 
Galatians 3:1-9 ERV

You people in Galatia are so foolish! Why do I say this? Because I told you very clearly about the death of Jesus Christ on the cross. But now it seems as though you have let someone use their magical powers to make you forget. 
Tell me this one thing: How did you receive the Spirit? Did you receive the Spirit by following the law? No, you received the Spirit because you heard the message about Jesus and believed it. 
You began your life in Christ with the Spirit. Now do you try to complete it by your own power? That is foolish. 
You have experienced many things. Were all those experiences wasted? I hope they were not wasted! 
Does God give you the Spirit because you follow the law? Does God work miracles among you because you follow the law? No, God gives you his Spirit and works miracles among you because you heard the message about Jesus and believed it. 
The Scriptures say the same thing about Abraham. “Abraham believed God, and because of this faith he was accepted as one who is right with God.” 
So you should know that the true children of Abraham are those who have faith. 
The Scriptures told what would happen in the future. These writings said that God would make the non-Jewish people right through their faith. God told this Good News to Abraham before it happened. God said to Abraham, “I will use you to bless all the people on earth.” 
Abraham believed this, and because he believed, he was blessed. All people who believe are blessed the same as Abraham was.

 
Lord, I am grateful that the story of my life that you are writing (or have written and I am just living out, lol) does not depend on little ME, because I am just like every other human and experience fears and self-doubts and such, just like everyone else. I doubt myself and feel unworthy of your care, or of any love at all some times. Yet I also recognize that as a foolish trick of the enemy, a distraction from the Truth, because I never, ever deserve your mercy or your Love and your care and your acceptance, no matter what I do or don’t do. All that matters is that I BELIEVE in your Word, and accept what it says as Truth, putting on Jesus as my cloak, my salvation, my Shepherd, my Way to the Father. And I DO believe, so I AM safe and I AM strong enough and “good enough” to not just make it through this day, this week, the rest of this year — but also to excel in the areas that HE desires for me to, and to accomplish all that He puts before me to do. I can rest in His mighty power, and resist the enemy’s attempts to get me to focus on the reality of my OWN powerlessness. Who cares who I am? All that truly matters is who HE is, and what HE has promised to a Little One like me who believes in Him. Thank you, Lord Jesus. Please encourage my heart, and the hearts of all those whom I love, and all those who read these words. Amen. 🙂