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Apr 25

Good morning, Lord.
Thank you for the cooler weather, the breeze, and the good start to this day. Thank you for the opportunity to “meet” and encourage so many awesome artists on dA. Please help me to accomplish this day whatever YOU would have me do, Lord. I so appreciate the peace that I feel, despite having so many things I feel I MUST do, others that I SHOULD do, and yet others that I WANT to do. So many projects, so little ME to go around, lol. Thank you for giving me so very many things to keep me busy in this life, Father. Thank you for your amazing patience with little me. Amen.

 
Daniel 7:1-8 ERV

During the first year that Belshazzar was king of Babylon, Daniel had a dream. He saw these visions while he was lying on his bed, and he wrote what he had dreamed. 
Daniel said, “I saw my vision at night. In the vision the wind was blowing from all four directions. These winds made the sea rough. 
I saw four big animals and each one was different from the others. These four animals came up out of the sea. 
“The first animal looked like a lion, but it had wings like an eagle. As I watched, its wings were torn off. It was helped up from the ground, and it stood up on two feet like a human. Then it was given a human mind. 
“Then I saw another animal there in front of me that looked like a bear. It was raised up on one of its sides, and it had three ribs in its mouth between its teeth. It was told, ‘Get up and eat all the meat you want!’ 
“After that I noticed another animal in front of me. It looked like a leopard, but it had four wings on its back. This animal had four heads. It was given authority to rule. 
“After that, in my vision at night, I looked, and there in front of me was a fourth animal. It looked very cruel and terrifying. It looked very strong, with large iron teeth. This animal crushed and ate its victims and walked on whatever was left of them. This fourth animal was different from all the animals I saw before it. This animal had ten horns. 
“While I was looking at the horns and thinking about them, another horn grew up among them. This was a little horn with eyes like a human. It also had a mouth that was bragging. Then the little horn pulled out three of the other horns. 

 
Lord, today I am truly appreciating you as an artist. Not only are you writing the stories of each of our lives (and giving us free will to mess up the plotlines ourselves!), but you even give people visions and dreams and other types of understandings — almost always in an artistic format like Daniel’s vision above. And just like the art on dA, I really don’t feel a need to understand the artist’s symbolism — I can just appreciate the heart behind it. I see the creativity of the Creator reflected from within the pinnacle of His creation — mankind.

 

Apr 24

Lord, in the wee hours of the morning, awakening from a dream, I am realizing that the greatest gift you have given me – besides salvation and knowing You – is a clear conscience and the satisfaction of knowing I have always done my best in this life. When I was tiny and horribly abused, I fought as hard as I could to protect myself, but when it was over I did not hang onto anger and did not become an abuser myself. When I was beaten down as a teen, I did not choose to seek “power” to try to get back at those who hurt me. And when I was a mother, I always did my best to give my children way more Love than I had ever been given, even when it seemed I was giving more in one hour than I was getting in a year. I realize I have not until now felt this free from guilt and remorse. I realize that it is the restorative work of your Word in me, creating this change, establishing this peace and contentment. I thank you, Jesus, for making your sacrifice and intervening for our souls as a true High Priest, so that I and others like me can stand clean and proud and brave before you. It is not me that ever shines, that is ever good. I can only ever just reflect your Light, as the moon does for the sun. Thank you so much, for shining your mercy on little me.

 
Galatians 3:3‭, ‬5‭-‬7‭, ‬9‭, ‬11‭-‬13‭, ‬22‭-‬29 AMPC

Are you so foolish and so senseless and so silly? Having begun [your new life spiritually] with the [Holy] Spirit, are you now reaching perfection [by dependence] on the flesh? Then does He Who supplies you with His marvelous [Holy] Spirit and works powerfully and miraculously among you do so on [the grounds of your doing] what the Law demands, or because of your believing in and adhering to and trusting in and relying on the message that you heard? Thus Abraham believed in and adhered to and trusted in and relied on God, and it was reckoned and placed to his account and credited as righteousness (as conformity to the divine will in purpose, thought, and action). [Gen. 15:6.] Know and understand that it is [really] the people [who live] by faith who are [the true] sons of Abraham. So then, those who are people of faith are blessed and made happy and favored by God [as partners in fellowship] with the believing and trusting Abraham. Now it is evident that no person is justified (declared righteous and brought into right standing with God) through the Law, for the Scripture says, The man in right standing with God [the just, the righteous] shall live by and out of faith and he who through and by faith is declared righteous and in right standing with God shall live. [Hab. 2:4.] But the Law does not rest on faith [does not require faith, has nothing to do with faith], for it itself says, He who does them [the things prescribed by the Law] shall live by them [not by faith]. [Lev. 18:5.] Christ purchased our freedom [redeeming us] from the curse (doom) of the Law [and its condemnation] by [Himself] becoming a curse for us, for it is written [in the Scriptures], Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree (is crucified); [Deut. 21:23.] But the Scriptures [picture all mankind as sinners] shut up and imprisoned by sin, so that [the inheritance, blessing] which was promised through faith in Jesus Christ (the Messiah) might be given (released, delivered, and committed) to [all] those who believe [who adhere to and trust in and rely on Him]. Now before the faith came, we were perpetually guarded under the Law, kept in custody in preparation for the faith that was destined to be revealed (unveiled, disclosed), So that the Law served [to us Jews] as our trainer [our guardian, our guide to Christ, to lead us] until Christ [came], that we might be justified (declared righteous, put in right standing with God) by and through faith. But now that the faith has come, we are no longer under a trainer (the guardian of our childhood). For in Christ Jesus you are all sons of God through faith. For as many [of you] as were baptized into Christ [into a spiritual union and communion with Christ, the Anointed One, the Messiah] have put on (clothed yourselves with) Christ. There is [now no distinction] neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is not male and female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus. And if you belong to Christ [are in Him Who is Abraham’s Seed], then you are Abraham’s offspring and [spiritual] heirs according to promise.

 

Apr 23

Lord, I feel frustrated but I thank you that I could, even should, be so much MORE frustrated than I currently am, given the lack of good internet all weekend, pushing myself when it was working and having to stop in the middle of everything when it wasn’t… and now my Lenny laptop just crashed, and I MAY have lost some files, but I am trying to just let that go. I give it to you, Shepherd. I trust you to give me everything I truly do need, including adequate processing power and patience. LOL

 
Romans 15:3-7 ERV

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

 
Lord, please help me with patience and encouragement today. I feel like I am behind on just about everything, yet my head is already hurting and I am already struggling emotionally/mentally. Please help me to let GO of these limitations and frustrations and pass them over to my faithful Shepherd, trusting you to lead me forward in peace. I know you can and will, if I only just allow you to do it. Help me to be a simple-minded sheep, even while using seemingly sophisticated software. Amen. 😉

 

Apr 22

Good morning, Father!
Thank you for an awesome night of sleep, waking rested and raring to go after less than six short hours — I think you multiplied my slumber, lol. Thank you for two days in a row of working almost non-stop, pausing only to give time to my Mate or to pack up and go into town. The last couple days I’ve spent on only two projects — buiding my dA page (which is done) — and beginning my children’s invididual photo gallery pages on my namesake website (which is far from done and almost overwhelming due to thousands of unsorted digital photos!!). Today I am waking up feeling like I can do anything — and wanting to do everything!! I WANT to ignore my Spanish website gallery and all other responsibilities and just create NEW things, both physical AND digital. I WANT to write more posts for my namesake website, building up each of my 16 topic areas (because every single one interests me so much!). I WANT to finish up more videos and build my different YouTube channels. And of course, I always want to watch my Great Courses Plus and other learning videos, and keep working on all my little nature projects. So Lord, I give my zooming mind and my swelling heart to you, along with ALL my little wants and ambitions. “Not my will, but thine be done.”

 
Luke 22:39-43 KJV

And he came out, and went, as he was wont, to the mount of Olives; and his disciples also followed him. 
And when he was at the place, he said unto them, Pray that ye enter not into temptation. 
And he was withdrawn from them about a stone’s cast, and kneeled down, and prayed, 
Saying, Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from me: nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done
And there appeared an angel unto him from heaven, strengthening him.

 
Lord, I know my struggles are silly and petty compared to what you faced on this earth. I ask you to help me keep looking to you and allowing you to choose my path, as you are the One writing this book of my life and I can choose to fight the author or just Love Him and accept His will for me, which I do. Please bless each of my children this day, and a special blessing of peace for my special friend in New York state. Keep her warm inside and out. Amen.

 

Apr 21

Good morning, Lord.
Thank you for the light rain and cool weather! I know the slow progress of spring is frustrating many peeps up north, but I am definitely grateful, for spring in Texas is normally HOT! Instead, we are getting highs in the 70s and lows in the 50s — PERFECT weather indeed! Thank you, Father. This gives us a little more time here, so I can get more done before being transplanted somewhere else. I still have a little time before having to get concerned about where to go next, and how to take a shower or check my emails, and other basic daily activities, lol. Still, it will be good to see new things, be with new peeps, and record new nature. It will be nice to learn more about my Mate, my Shepherd, and my Creator and His creation. I can walk forward boldly, knowing He cares for little me. 😀

 
1 Peter 5:5-11 ERV

Young people, I have something to say to you too. You should accept the authority of the elders. You should all have a humble attitude in dealing with each other. “God is against the proud, but he is kind to the humble.” 
So be humble under God’s powerful hand. Then he will lift you up when the right time comes. 
Give all your worries to him, because he cares for you. 
Control yourselves and be careful! The devil is your enemy, and he goes around like a roaring lion looking for someone to attack and eat. 
Refuse to follow the devil. Stand strong in your faith. You know that your brothers and sisters all over the world are having the same sufferings that you have. 
Yes, you will suffer for a short time. But after that, God will make everything right. He will make you strong. He will support you and keep you from falling. He is the God who gives all grace. He chose you to share in his glory in Christ. That glory will continue forever. 
All power is his forever. Amen. 

 

Apr 19

Good morning, Lord!
Thank you for helping me get a good early start to my day again, a few days in a row — but this time even better! Perhaps I will actually get some time to work on my favorite little pet project today, although I AM far behind schedule on more serious work due to not having good internet when it was time for it. I give all that over into your hands, Lord — even the parts that are dear to my heart. Please be with my children today, this day that I always remember as my parents’ wedding anniversary — even though they have been dead and gone about a decade now. My heart aches for each of my children right now, with each one struggling in some way, their own personal ways. Please comfort them, encourage them, keep them safe. Help me to just trust you to take care of them, for I cannot. Amen.

 
Luke 12:24-31 ERV

Look at the birds. They don’t plant, harvest, or save food in houses or barns, but God feeds them. And you are worth much more than crows. 
None of you can add any time to your life by worrying about it. 
And if you can’t do the little things, why worry about the big things? 

“Think about how the wildflowers grow. They don’t work or make clothes for themselves. But I tell you that even Solomon, the great and rich king, was not dressed as beautifully as one of these flowers. 
If God makes what grows in the field so beautiful, what do you think he will do for you? That’s just grass—one day it’s alive, and the next day someone throws it into a fire. But God cares enough to make it beautiful. Surely he will do much more for you. Your faith is so small! 
“So don’t always think about what you will eat or what you will drink. Don’t worry about it. 
That’s what all those people who don’t know God are always thinking about. But your Father knows that you need these things. 
What you should be thinking about is God’s kingdom. Then he will give you all these other things you need.

 
My mother was a notorious worrier, even though she did try to “think on” on positive things as per Philippians 4:8. I like to think that I have done pretty well with the genes I inherited, as I seem to worry quite a bit less than I used to. Still, my children do not want me to worry about them, so I pray that you continue your work in me, Lord, and help me to remember not only that you care for me like the little birds and flowers, but also that you love my own children more than I do myself! I thank you for all the amazing growth you have created in me so far, and I thank you that I do not worry much about my own future, but am usually able to just “go down the road” and see what happens next, trusting that you always provide just what I need, when I need it. You’ve never let me down, Lord. Increase my faith, so I can be found pleasing and faithful to you. Amen. 🙂

 

Apr 18

Hello, Father.
Thank you for this awesome day, and all the fun and closeness with my Mate. Thank you for giving us the pair of scissortail flycatchers to admire while they were hunting in the field in front of our truck. Thank you for the chance to hear a tiny bit about how my daughter is doing, and please be with her every day while she goes through transitions. Comfort her, strengthen her, keep her safe and bring her to the place YOU want her to be, with the people YOU want to be a part of her life. Thank you for taking each of my children into your loving hands, faithful Shepherd. I know you love them even more than I do. I trust you with the treasures of my heart. Amen. 🙂

 
Isaiah 65:9-11,16-20

I will keep some of the people of Jacob. Some of the people of Judah will get my mountains. I will choose the people who will get the land. My servants will live there. 
Then Sharon Valley will be a field for sheep. The Valley of Achor will be a place for cattle to rest. All this will be for my people—for the people who come to me for help. 
“But you people left the LORD, so you will be punished. You forgot about my holy mountain. You began to worship Luck. You held feasts for the false god, Fate
 
The Lord says, “People now ask blessings from the earth. But in the future they will ask blessings from the faithful God. People now trust in the power of the earth when they make a promise. But in the future they will trust in the God who is faithful. That’s because the troubles in the past will all be forgotten. They will be hidden from my sight.” 
“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. 

 
Lord, I feel almost as blessed as your people in these special verses. I feel your faithful care, and I rejoice in the fact that I do not have to rely upon Luck or upon Fate — or even on the strength of mankind or of mine own self — but instead I can rely on the faithful God, who loves His children even more than I love my own children. How cool is that?! 😀

 

Apr 17

Hello, Father!
Thank you for this peaceful crazy day and thank you for my Mate’s new phone and the ability to talk to my son — and for him to be humored by my silly Mate and his antics! 😀 Thank you for helping me thrive despite less than optimum sleep, and thank you for the breeze which is once again making the near-90 degree heat more bearable. Thank you for this little bit of time that I might be able to make more progress on my work and little pet projects — unless something else comes up before I get to it, lol. Father, I am so grateful for your Spirit in me and in my Mate, helping us to not get too uptight about things but allowing YOUR timing and purpose to be fulfilled in us — or at least as much as is possible with us two very imperfect humans. 😉

 
Isaiah 55:8-11 ERV

The LORD says, “My thoughts are not like yours. Your ways are not like mine. 
Just as the heavens are higher than the earth, so my ways are higher than your ways, and my thoughts are higher than your thoughts.” 
“Rain and snow fall from the sky and don’t return until they have watered the ground. Then the ground causes the plants to sprout and grow, and they produce seeds for the farmer and food for people to eat. 
In the same way, my words leave my mouth, and they don’t come back without results. My words make the things happen that I want to happen. They succeed in doing what I send them to do. 

 
Lord, I love your Words. I thank you that they are fruitful, even when my own thoughts and plans and words fall short. I have such good ideas, yet so few of them ever receive the time and effort required to make them manifest. I have so many things I want to learn, yet so few things are actually remembered. I want to design some “Exploration Journals” to help me and perhaps others retain what they learn a little better — little printed cubbyholes to fill with tidbits of knowledge and observations and comparisons. Yet I know that it is not my ideas but YOURS that bear fruit. So I offer all my little pet projects up to you, and I ask you to prune away the fruitless, useless ones and show me what YOU would have me to work on instead. Thank you for your faithful guidance and longsuffering patience with little me, Shepherd. Amen.

 

Apr 16

Good morning, Father.
Thank you so much for all that you have blessed me with, especially your presence in my life, letting me know you are there and you care. Thank you for my Mate and my children, and please continue to nurture and grow each one of them, faithful Shepherd. Thank you for the awesome vastness and variety and intricacy of your creation, Lord. I am blown away at the detail you put into each tiny microscopic cell and structure, all the way to the unfathomable size of the universe. Amazing. Simply amazing!! :O

 
Psalm 19 ERV

To the director: A song of David. The heavens tell about the glory of God. The skies announce what his hands have made. 
Each new day tells more of the story, and each night reveals more and more about God’s power. 

You cannot hear them say anything. They don’t make any sound we can hear. 
But their message goes throughout the world. Their teaching reaches the ends of the earth. The sun’s tent is set up in the heavens. 
It comes out like a happy bridegroom from his bedroom. It begins its path across the sky like an athlete eager to run a race. 
It starts at one end of the sky and runs all the way to the other end. Nothing can hide from its heat. 
The LORD’S teachings are perfect. They give strength to his people. The LORD’S rules can be trusted. They help even the foolish become wise. 
The LORD’S laws are right. They make people happy. The LORD’S commands are good. They show people the right way to live. 
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. 

 
Lord, I thank you for the opportunities each day to learn more about you and your awesome creation — including myself, my Mate, and other people! Thank you for the wind, thank you for music, thank you for birdsong, and thank you for coyote song in the night! Thank you for technology, all the awesome videos and narratives that reveal the intricate details and hidden places and stunning vistas of your creation. Thank you for leading me step by step again yesterday, moving forward without planning it out — because I could not have done so. Thank you for progress and thank you for keeping me humble, even using my physical body to keep me looking to you for help and comfort. Thank you, Lord God, for this wonderful journey that is life — the only way to truly experience your mercy. 🙂

 

Apr 15

Hello, Father!
Thank you for the awesome progress on my pet project, and thank you for the balance achieved between working and giving. Please help me to know when I need to take a break, and please help me understand better all the time how to refresh my brain, body, spirit, and emotional stability. Teach me how to order my time and how to sustain my energy better. Thank you, awesome Shepherd. Lead on! 🙂

 
1 Peter 1:21-25 ERV

You believe in God through Christ. God is the one who raised him from death and gave honor to him. So your faith and your hope are in God. 
You have made yourselves pure by obeying the truth. Now you can have true love for your brothers and sisters. So love each other deeply—with all your heart. 

You have been born again. This new life did not come from something that dies. It came from something that cannot die. You were born again through God’s life-giving message that lasts forever. 
The Scriptures say, “Our lives are like the grass of spring, and any glory we enjoy is like the beauty of a wildflower. The grass dries up and dies, and the flower falls to the ground. 
But the word of the Lord lasts forever.” And that word is the Good News that was told to you. 

 

Apr 14

Hello, Lord.
Thank you for this nice peaceful Sabbath day, and thank you for encouraging me to take a day off to relax and restore my soul a bit. Thank you for holding our little camper together through these rough winds that have returned, and thank you for being the ONE to decide how much is ENOUGH, in all things concerning little me and all of your peeps, Lord God. Please help me to remain unsophisticated, your simple servant, light in heart and calm in mind and spirit. Help me to be a vessel for your Love to others, and please give me words to encourage them through their own struggles. Amen.

 
Philippians 2:3-9 ERV

In whatever you do, don’t let selfishness or pride be your guide. Be humble, and honor others more than yourselves. 
Don’t be interested only in your own life, but care about the lives of others too. 
In your life together, think the way Christ Jesus thought. 
He was like God in every way, but he did not think that his being equal with God was something to use for his own benefit. 
Instead, he gave up everything, even his place with God. He accepted the role of a servant, appearing in human form. During his life as a man, 
he humbled himself by being fully obedient to God, even when that caused his death—death on a cross. 
So God raised him up to the most important place and gave him the name that is greater than any other name. 

 
Lord, please help me order my time and use my resources wisely, in such a way that I help build and encourage others more than my own self. Show me how to use what I have been given for your will and purpose. Thank you, faithful Shepherd.

 

Apr 13

Good morning, Father.
Thank you for the nice cool rain this morning, and thank you for giving me a big project to work on today. Please help me balance work and relaxation and time spent giving to others. Please help me to be patient and loving and yet not get too drained out. Show me when to take breaks and how to work for you instead of for myself today. Please be with each of my children, bless them with peace and draw them closer to you. Amen.

 
Zechariah 12:8 ERV

But the LORD will protect the people in Jerusalem. Even the man who trips and falls will become a great soldier like David. And the men from David’s family will be like gods—like the LORD’S own angel leading the people. 

 
Psalm 17:6-8 ERV

Every time I call to you, God, you answer me. So listen to me now, and hear what I say. 
Show your amazing kindness and rescue those who depend on you. Use your great power and protect them from their enemies. 
Protect me like the pupil of your eye. Hide me in the shadow of your wings

 

Apr 12

Hello, Father.
Thank you for the night off again last night, and thank you for the company and good lunch out yesterday, time to get to know some new peeps. Thank you for the breeze that is keeping the ninety-degree weather bearable, and thank you for the awesome blessing of shade for me to hangout in while my Mate arranged to have his phone service updated. Thank you for helping me get so many of my graphics organized through Adobe Bridge CC with its tags and collections features, and thank you for the enthusiasm inside me, ready to create some new and awesome things for my sites and for YouTube. Please help me to work on things in your will and timing, Lord. Help me to make wise use of my resources each day, including my time and my energy. Amen.

 
Ecclesiastes 7:14-24 ERV

When life is good, enjoy it. But when life is hard, remember that God gives us good times and hard times. And no one knows what will happen in the future. 
In my short life, I have seen everything. I have seen good people die young, and I have seen evil people live long lives. 
So why ruin your life? Don’t be too good or too bad, and don’t be too wise or too foolish. Why should you die before your time? 
Try to be a little of this and a little of that. Even God’s followers will do some good things and some bad things. 
Surely there is no one on earth who always does good and never sins. But wisdom can make one person stronger than ten leaders in a city. 

Don’t listen to everything people say. You might hear your own servant saying bad things about you. 
And you know that many times you too have said bad things about other people. 
I used my wisdom and thought about all these things. I wanted to be wise, but I couldn’t do it. 
I cannot understand why things are as they are. It is too hard for anyone to understand.

 
Lord I thank you for the miraculous gift of a Mate who is wise like Solomon, who was the wisest man ever to have lived, and whose wisdom is summed up over and over in his life-examining book Ecclesiastes as basically thus: “The best things you can do with this life is to enjoy it and to try to enjoy the work you are given.” Solomon reminds us that none of us can be perfect, and there is such a thing as being “too good” or even “too wise”. I need that wisdom, Lord, as I too often strive too hard to be good, to do good, to work hard, to give myself selflessly.

 

Apr 10

Hello, Father!
Thank you for this blessed peaceful day, and all the pleasing contrasts between simplicy and nature vs. technology and “sophistication”, lol. I don’t think I am very sophisticated myself — actually quite SIMPLE — but I AM learning to use rather sophisticated “industry standard” apps to produce video, audio, photo, and other graphics. And it is FUN, especially when I use it to capture nature, like this:
 


 

 
Thank you, Lord, for creating such an awesome world, where there is always something new to see and to learn, and always MANY things to be grateful for! Thank you for helping me record the 25+ turtles on this log today, after seeing them sun themselves every day for the last several, and never (until today) being able to get close enough to get a good photo or video. Thank you for helping me to creep ever so slowly forward, balancing on the tips of big rocks so as not to cruch the leaves below and scare them off. It worked so well that after getting several good pics and video clips, I scared them on purpose, just so I could film their splashing retreat, lol. That was fun, Lord. Thank you for making turtles, and allowing me to experience them and to share the experience with others. Amen.

 
Romans 8:19-21 ERV

Everything that God made is waiting with excitement for the time when he will show the world who his children are. The whole world wants very much for that to happen. 
Everything God made was allowed to become like something that cannot fulfill its purpose. That was not its choice, but God made it happen with this hope in view: 
That the creation would be made free from ruin—that everything God made would have the same freedom and glory that belong to God’s children.

 

Apr 9

Lord, I feel weary and my head is hurting again. I thank you for blessing me with peace and nice weather, a safe place to sleep, and even electricity and decent food. I lift all four of my children up to you and ask you to bless each one with a personal relationship with you — perhaps the only way to truly know peace and lasting joy in this world. My heart aches for them, I miss them badly. Please be with them while I cannot. Amen.

 
Psalm 27:7-10 ERV

LORD, hear my voice. Be kind and answer me. 
My heart told me to come to you, LORD, so I am coming to ask for your help. 
Don’t turn away from me. Don’t be angry with your servant. You are the only one who can help me. My God, don’t leave me all alone. You are my Savior. 
Even if my mother and father leave me, the LORD will take me in. 

 
Psalm 127:2-3 ERV

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. 

 

Apr 8

Lord, you see all the contents of my heart and mind, all my struggles and triumphs, every depth of every breath (pneuma). Thank you for always being with me, every step of every day, and through every day of this difficult life I’ve been given to live. Thank you for working in me to help me to be faithful, even if that is the only “success” that I attain in this life. And because I know YOU are faithful, I offer all the burdens of my heart up to you right now, along with my trust, my faith in your protection and your Love and care. I trust you with my most valued treasures. Amen.

 
Psalm 4:3-8 KJV

But know that the LORD hath set apart him that is godly for himself: the LORD will hear when I call unto him. 
Stand in awe, and sin not: commune with your own heart upon your bed, and be still. Selah. 
Offer the sacrifices of righteousness, and put your trust in the LORD. 
There be many that say, Who will shew us any good? LORD, lift thou up the light of thy countenance upon us. 
Thou hast put gladness in my heart, more than in the time that their corn and their wine increased. 
I will both lay me down in peace, and sleep: for thou, LORD, only makest me dwell in safety. 

 

Apr 7

Hello, Father!
Thank you for helping us survive through the crazy high winds that blew through here last night and this morning! Thank you for holding the little popup camper together, and thank you for keeping us safe to drive into town to warm up after the temperature dropped 50 degrees in less than 24 hours!! Thank you for helping my Mate finish fixing our truck yesterday, so that we COULD drive into town to warm up and finally get food and supplies again! And thank you for all the prayers of my special peeps, in several different states. Thank you for Love and kindness and encouragement, Father. 🙂

 
Psalm 71:1-8 ERV

LORD, I depend on you for protection. Don’t let me be disappointed. 
You always do what is right, so come and save me. Listen to me and save me. 
Be my Rock, my place of safety. Be my fortress, and protect me! You are my Rock and my protection. 
My God, save me from wicked people. Save me from cruel, evil people. 
Lord GOD, you are my hope. I have trusted you since I was a young boy. 
I depended on you even before I was born. I relied on you even in my mother’s womb. I have always prayed to you. 
You are my source of strength, so I have been an example to others. 
I am always singing about the wonderful things you do.

 
Lord, I thank you for being my Rock, a stable place to be throughout all the various storms and struggles of my life. Thank you for your patience and lovingkindness. Thank you for my health and the health of all my relationships. Please help me to work for you, live for you, Love for you. Amen.

 

Apr 6

Good morning, Lord.
Thank you for helping my Mate work on our diesel pickup truck, and thank you for the kind people who drove him to the parts store. Please be with him as he continues to work on it today, and please let your will be done for us, our vehicle, and our living quarters. Prepare us for the changes ahead, and help us to be humble and teachable and willing to do your will, in your timing. Grow our faith and our patience, Lord. Help us to understand ourselves and each other better. Refine us and make us better vessels, more able to help your people. Amen.

 
Psalm 41 ERV

To the director: A song of David. Those who help the poor succeed will get many blessings. When trouble comes, the LORD will save them.
The LORD will protect them and save their lives. He will bless them in this land. He will not let their enemies harm them. 
When they are sick in bed, the LORD will give them strength and make them well! 
I say, “LORD, be kind to me. I sinned against you, but forgive me and make me well.” 
My enemies say bad things about me. They ask, “When will he die and be forgotten?” 
If they come to see me, they don’t say what they are really thinking. They come to gather a little gossip and then go to spread their rumors. 
Those who hate me whisper about me. They think the worst about me. 
They say, “He did something wrong. That is why he is sick. He will never get well.” 
My best friend, the one I trusted, the one who ate with me—even he has turned against me. 
LORD, please be kind to me. Let me get up, and I will pay them back. 
Don’t let my enemy defeat me. Then I will know that you care for me. 
I was innocent and you supported me. You let me stand and serve you forever. 
Praise the LORD, the God of Israel. He always was, and he always will be. Amen and Amen! 

 
Lord, there are so many things I want to do, but it really only matters what efforts YOU support. And it really only matters if YOU consider me “a success”. There are hurtful, stinging words that still rattle around in my brain and discourage me, Lord. And this life dishes out plenty of other discouragements. Please help me overcome the things that would tear me down and bind me up. I put myself and my work and my relationships into your capable hands, Shepherd. I ask you to close the right doors and open the right doors, make your will manifest in my life. Don’t let me do anything to mess it up, and give me courage to do whatever you ask of me, Lord. Amen. 🙂

 

Apr 5

Hello, Father.
Thank you for your enduring patience with little me, as I struggle through this world. Thank you for encouraging me, giving me hope, giving me support from a few individuals without whom I would probably have given up. Thank you for growing me in your lovely garden, faithfully pruning me so that my rotten parts do not contaminate your soil, lol. Please help me to hold my head up and keep my eyes open and my heart willing to serve you and your people. Amen.

 
Psalm 27:14 ERV

Wait for the LORD’S help. Be strong and brave, and wait for the LORD’S help. 

 
Psalm 31:23-24 ERV

Love the LORD, all of you who are his loyal followers. The LORD protects those who are loyal to him. But he punishes those who brag about their own power. He gives them all the punishment they deserve. 
Be strong and brave, all of you who are waiting for the LORD’S help.

 
Deuteronomy 31:6 ERV

Be strong and be brave. Don’t be afraid of those people because the LORD your God is with you. He will not fail you or leave you.

 
Joshua 1:9 ERV

Remember, I commanded you to be strong and brave. Don’t be afraid, because the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.

 
John 16:33 ERV

“I have told you these things so that you can have peace in me. In this world you will have troubles. But be brave! I have defeated the world!”

 
Proverbs 28:1 ERV

The wicked are afraid of everything, but those who live right are as brave as lions.

 
Lord, please help me to live right and to keep looking to you, so that I can be brave as a lion. Amen. 😉

 

Apr 4

Good morning, Father!
Thank you for encouraging me in so many little ways, both yesterday and already today! Thank you for helping me climb the learning curve of Adobe Animate CC and release my third little YouTube video yesterday, even if it is only a little 6-second long animation on the Spanish color AZUL, lol. I think it is so amazing how gently you lead me, Lord. If you would have told me, “I want you to produce TWO videos in two days and get two more of your YouTube channels going,” I would have been terrified and overwhelmed! Yet, that is exactly what I have done, as I’ve followed you step by step. Monday I just wanted to add a little video to an article on my namesake website, and yesterday I just wanted to make a little animation to post on my Spanish website. The first one I used only Premiere, and the second one I used only Animate — so I got intimately more familiar with BOTH those apps already this week! But both times, I found that the best way to put the video on my site was to host it on YouTube and link to it… So both times I also ended up launching one of my pre-established YouTube channels (I have 12!), thereby creating more cubbyholes waiting for me to fill them UP! You know how very much cubbyholes encourage me, Lord! Now I am eager to create more, more, more videos and animations, and launch ALL of my channels, heehee!! So I went to bed feeling quite encouraged — but still rather scummy and poor. I prayed, “Lord, I really need to make at least $20 tomorrow, so that I can pay my Adobe bill the next day!” I gave it to you, Lord, and I woke up to a message on my phone saying that my faithful monthly supporter just sent me $25 — early for this month!! How cool is that?! I feel very blessed indeed, Lord God. And on top of that, someone even put on a heater in the little bathroom this morning, since it is in the 30’s! Thank you so very much, faithful Shepherd, for taking care of little me. Lead on! 😀

 
Psalm 57:2-11 ERV

I pray to God Most High for help, and he takes care of me completely! 
From heaven he helps me and saves me. He will punish the one who attacks me. Selah God will remain loyal to me and send his love to protect me. 
My life is in danger. My enemies are all around me. They are like man-eating lions, with teeth like spears or arrows and tongues like sharp swords. 
God, rise above the heavens! Let all the world see your glory. 
My enemies set a trap for my feet to bring me down. They dug a deep pit to catch me, but they fell into it. Selah 
God, I am ready, heart and soul, to sing songs of praise. 
Wake up, my soul! Harps and lyres, wake up, and let’s wake the dawn! 
My Lord, I will praise you before all people. I will sing praises about you to every nation. 
Your faithful love is higher than the highest clouds in the sky! 

Rise above the heavens, God. Let all the world see your glory.