I fall more and more in love with you every day, Lord. This is another of those times in life when I look around me at all the ways things CAN improve, and yet I wonder how I can hold any more joy than I already have, living my last days/weeks in a ramshackle trailer with no heat and no working vehicle, facing homelessness and the radical Unknown. I SEEM to have less than any of my neighbors, yet I FEEL like I am the richest woman in the world! I wouldn’t trade your closeness with me, your gentle reassuring touch in my spirit, for a gazillion dollars, my eternal Husband! Thank you for making me, thank you for choosing me, thank you for growing me in your garden.
Luke 11:41-43 ERV
So pay attention to what is inside. Give to the people who need help. Then you will be fully clean.
“But it will be bad for you Pharisees! You give God a tenth of the food you get, even your mint, your rue, and every other little plant in your garden. But you forget to be fair to others and to love God. These are the things you should do. And you should also continue to do those other things.
“It will be bad for you Pharisees because you love to have the most important seats in the synagogues. And you love for people to show respect to you in the marketplaces.
Awesome Lord, I thank you that you continually, faithfully work on me so that I have hope of some day being fully clean. I thank you for all the opportunities you’ve given both to myself and to my husband, to give abundanty to others throughout our lives: from thousands of dollars, cars, and places to live, down to simple smiles of reassurance and the spreading of your joy and your love, Lord. I ask you to provide a good, reliable vehicle for us, so that when we must leave this place in the coming days/weeks, we will have a means to GO somewhere. I ask that you give your people opportunities to help us, so that they can grow toward being fully clean, as well. Please bring people here who will purchase all the belongings we are selling, and please keep teaching us, showing us, growing us in the direction of your will. Thank you, Faithful Shepherd! 🙂
Thank you for the wonderful, peaceful, invigorating walk in the cool of the early morning today. Thank you for a hot shower and the ability to cook a hot, nourishing meal for my husband. Please heal him up, Father. Let your mercy and your peace rest upon him and restore him, Lord. Amen.
Luke 2:8-18 KJV
And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.
And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid.
And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.
For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.
And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.
And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying,
Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.
And it came to pass, as the angels were gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds said one to another, Let us now go even unto Bethlehem, and see this thing which is come to pass, which the Lord hath made known unto us.
And they came with haste, and found Mary, and Joseph, and the babe lying in a manger.
And when they had seen it, they made known abroad the saying which was told them concerning this child.
And all they that heard it wondered at those things which were told them by the shepherds.
Lord, I thank you for revealing yourself even to simple folk like myself and those shepherds. Thank you for making a way for ALL to come before the Father, and to dwell with peace and joy in this life, choosing to follow you instead of our own fleshly desires. Lord, I especially thank you for the particular peace and joy these last few days, as my husband and I have found a new and awesome unity before you. We still do not have a working vehicle yet, and we have another eviction notice from the landlord, probably giving us days to weeks to be OUT — homeless. Father, I say these things only in acknowledgement of the facts of the circumstances. The truth is, I have peace and an assurance that all is well, that you are in charge. You have performed such miracles in my life that I have no trouble believing that all our needs are met — they just are not manifest quite yet. Thank you, Lord, for growing my faith. Please bless those who read this with a deeper love and longing for you, Father. Thank you, my faithful Sheperd!
Hello, awesome Lord!
It is so incredible to know you, and to be known of you! Thank you again for the terrific breakthrough that surpasses all understanding, and thank you for all the encouragement and fun little gifts sprinkled throughout these last couple days. Thank you for teaching me better how to take care of my body and mind and spirit, Lord, and thank you for restoring my hope and joy! 😀
Psalm 19:1-10 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.
Lord, I have never in my entire life felt THIS free, unhindered, unfettered! I do not know how long it will last, but I appreciate every moment of it in which you let me dwell! What a terrific, active REST! Thank you for timelessness and wordlessness, and not HAVING to make sense to anyone else, for these things are precious and sacred, shared between the Bridegroom (Jesus) and His bride. Thank you for helping me trust you completely, Shepherd, and help me not to screw this up! 😛
Thank you, thank you, thank you, THANK YOU for answering prayers that my husband and I never even knew we HAD! Your astounding mercy and personal, private blessing simply blows us BOTH away, and I am once again rejuvenated with HOPE! Thank you, Faithful Shepherd! Please bring this amazing breakthrough up in the memory of both my husband and myself, whenever we need it in the future, to remind us of how you’ve come through — AGAIN!
Galatians 3:4-7 ERV
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.
My Lord God, I am simply blown away by the miracles of the last day! Truly you have strengthened our faith and encouraged our hearts in the most intimate and enduring fashion. I am so grateful that we did nothing to EARN these blessings, but can sit back and just marvel at the wonder of your mercy and grace, Lord. Please help us to share the blessing we have received from you with all who would receive it. Show us HOW and where and when and with whom to share. Guide us ever forward, most faithful Shepherd!
Thank you for keeping me alive through everything, Lord. I appreciate having a chance to serve you and to learn more about you and your creation. Father, I find myself essentially homeless already this morning, all my belongings in a backpack, eating breakfast on the sidewalk under a tree, and typing this post from inside the library – same as last night. It happened sooner than expected, Lord, and in a way I never saw coming. I don’t even know what to think, or how to feel. I am just WEARY. I WISH I had someone to call on, but all I have is you, Lord. Please let that be ENOUGH, but also let me stay open to any help you allow me from others, Father. Thank you.
Isaiah 54:4-6 ERV
Don’t be afraid! You will not be disappointed. People will not say bad things against you. You will not be embarrassed. When you were young, you felt shame. But you will forget that shame now. You will not remember the shame you felt when you lost your husband.
Your real husband is the one who made you. His name is the LORD All-Powerful. The Holy One of Israel is your Protector, and he is the God of all the earth!
“Like a woman whose husband has left her, you were very sad. You were like a young wife left all alone. But the LORD has called you back to him.” This is what your God says.
Lord, I am really looking forward to losing my shame. The same thorny bush that pierced my soul as an infant is still poking me to this day. It never seems to end — no end in sight except for one day going HOME to you, Father! I do not know how to survive this wound, this time. Please help me to not turn all my anguish upon myself, and put mine own hand to my throat. I am tired, Lord. Please carry me for a minute.
Father, you alone know the depth of my sorrow this day. You alone see, hear, feel, know my heart. Help me to accept the comfort of knowing that your heart has been where mine is now. YOU can empathize with me, with all that has happened, all that I’ve given, all that’s been lost, and all that’s been taken. And taken for granted, scorned. And only you can provide me with HOPE, for anything better, anything more than what I have right now. I give it ALL to you. And I trust you completely, my faithful Shepherd. You know far better than me how it feels to give every ounce of yourself for those who just betray you and trade you in for their own flesh. You know the agony of watching the stunning beauty of what the Father offers again and again rejected, traded in for ugliness. My heart aches so badly that I want to run from anyone who even remotely claims to love you! I cannot bear to see you rejected again and again, my Lord!! Please protect my heart from bitterness. I do not WANT to believe that no one really truly loves you better than their own self. I do not WANT to lose hope in your people. I do not WANT to be this alone!!
Good morning, Father!
Thank you so much for your awesome patience with me, as I learn new things and fumble my way forward along your path. I thank you that I can trust you to let me know whenever I stray off your path, allowing me a CHOICE to continue to follow you, or go my own way. It is so awesome to be able to trust in your faithfulness, Lord, and not have to rely on my own feeble self! Thank you for your wonderful, blessed mercy, Father! 🙂
James 4:5-10 ERV
Do you think the Scriptures mean nothing? The Scriptures say, “The Spirit God made to live in us wants us only for himself.”
But the kindness God shows is greater. As the Scripture says, “God is against the proud, but he is kind to the humble.”
So give yourselves to God. Stand against the devil, and he will run away from you.
Come near to God and he will come near to you. You are sinners, so clean sin out of your lives. You are trying to follow God and the world at the same time. Make your thinking pure.
Be sad, be sorry, and cry! Change your laughter into crying. Change your joy into sadness.
Be humble before the Lord, and he will make you great.
Lord, I thank you for being so near to me, and drawing me ever closer to you. I pray that you do the same for each person in my family, and I pray a special prayer for my sweet daughter today. Please bring someone trustworthy and kind and fun-loving into her life. Give her a safe place to become independent from me and my husband, so that she does not have to suffer homelessness with us. I pray you spare her from that fate, and I pray that you begin to show her how YOU are her strength, her rescuer, her faithful Shepherd, her hope-bringer! And Father, if you will it, I ask you to quicken my mind and make me able to understand and apply an ever-growing library of skills at using ALL the Adobe CC applications. Show me what would be pleasing to you, for me to make — and thank you for giving me a next step to pursue, this morning as I was awakening. Thank you, my kind and loving Husband (Isaiah 54)! 😀
Thank you for all your goodness and your care. Thank you for helping my heart over all the little insults and other speedbumps and potholes in the last few days. Thank you for being near me while I was in bed, comforting and encouraging me with your closeness. Truly you are my best friend and I do not deserve such an honor to know you at all! Truly you are a merciful and gracious God!
James 3:13-18 ERV
Are there any among you who are really wise and understanding? Then you should show your wisdom by living right. You should do what is good with humility. A wise person does not boast.
If you are selfish and have bitter jealousy in your hearts, you have no reason to boast. Your boasting is a lie that hides the truth.
That kind of “wisdom” does not come from God. That “wisdom” comes from the world. It is not spiritual. It is from the devil.
Where there is jealousy and selfishness, there will be confusion and every kind of evil.
But the wisdom that comes from God is like this: First, it is pure. It is also peaceful, gentle, and easy to please. This wisdom is always ready to help people who have trouble and to do good for others. This wisdom is always fair and honest.
People who work for peace in a peaceful way get the blessings that come from right living.
Father, I thank you for all the wisdom you have granted to my husband and myself thus far, and for all that you WILL teach us in the years ahead. Father, please help us understand ourselves and each other better, and please protect us from both ourselves and other people and things. Teach us, Lord. Guide us forward, following you. And please bless each person whom I love with a closer, more intimate relationship with you. Thank you, Faithful Shepherd! 🙂
Good morning, Father.
Thank you for all the learning I am doing lately! Each day kinda seems like several right now, so full of new things. I imagine that pattern may continue for quite some time yet. Thank you for showing me how EASY it can be to create new web pages and whole web sites from scratch, using Adobe CC software like Muse and Dreamweaver!! And to think, all these years, I’ve been coding from scratch in MS Notepad, or alternately depending upon free WordPress themes! Now, the gates are wide open, beckoning me forth into a new land of limitless creativity and resources! Father, please help me to use all my resources wisely, including my time and my body’s strength and health. Guide me each day in what YOU would have me get done, what you would have me learn, how you would have me prepare for the future. Please don’t let me miss a turn in your path, Lord. Teach me to always hear and obey your voice. Amen.
Luke 6:46-49 ERV
“Why do you call me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ but you don’t do what I say?
The people who come to me, who listen to my teachings and obey them — I will show you what they are like:
They are like a man building a house. He digs deep and builds his house on rock. The floods come, and the water crashes against the house. But the flood cannot move the house, because it was built well.
“But the people who hear my words and do not obey are like a man who builds a house without preparing a foundation. When the floods come, the house falls down easily and is completely destroyed.”
Lord, make me wise enough to always listen to you and obey your voice. Make it plain to me when I have strayed off your path. Give me a chance to notice, and to correct my placement. Give me hope in your presence, in your provision. Thank you for establishing a fervent faith within me, a real and lasting assurance that you are Faithful. And thank you so much for building my faithfulness to you as well! Father, I ask that you help my husband and my daughter prepare for the coming changes as well. Give my husband wisdom that passes all expectation, with willingness to look to you and do things your way, in your timing. Give him patience and clear sight, Lord, and move his body and mind to accomplish your will. Amen! 🙂
Good morning, Lord.
Thank you for helping my husband and myself past that big hurdle this morning. PLEASE help us to not get caught up in our own thinking and lose our humility! Please teach us, individually and as a team, how to be protected from pride, Lord. The moment either one of us gets lost in our own pride, our own close-mindedness, thinking we KNOW something that is not spiritually discerned, then we lose our unity and our ability to be led by YOU! I lift myself and all my beloved ones up to you, Father. Help each of us to grow in our knowledge and understanding of you and your ways. Help each of us be more FREE! 😀
Psalm 25:9-15 ERV
He teaches his ways to humble people. He leads them with fairness.
The LORD is kind and true to those who obey what he said in his agreement.
LORD, I have done many wrong things. But I ask you to forgive them all to show your goodness.
When people choose to follow the LORD, he shows them the best way to live.
They will enjoy good things, and their children will get the land God promised.
The LORD tells his secrets to his followers. He teaches them about his agreement.
I always look to the LORD for help. Only he can free me from my troubles.
Lord, I thank you that the FIRST verse I found on humility also brought in the last thing I prayed for above — for us to learn your ways! Haha, you are so cool, Father!! 😛 And again I offer up myself to you, on this new day, with my new laptop Lenny, with my situation of things dying and things being born, things ending and things beginning. I thank you for these changes, Lord, and I am excited to follow you forward in whatever path you choose for me. I trust you completely, Lord. Help me to be humble and keep looking to you. Amen.
Good morning, Father!
My first time posting from my Lenny — my LENovo Laptop that you LENt to me, sitting in my front yard in a camp chair, starting my “training”! There is so very, very much to learn, Lord! I cannot even reach the right shift key with my little pinky yet, but I imagine that will come with time. And thank you so much for wireless technology!! My little wireless mouse is such a blessing — otherwise I couldn’t put it up on my Lenny beside the nearly useless touchpad, move it out of my way to type, put it away in my backpack when it is time, or stick it easily in the little drink pocket on the chair, quite so easily! My body and mind have much, much to learn, even about using this little laptop! But I am so glad to not be taking everything for granted, like heat in the house (long gone!) – or a house itself!! Instead, I can delight in every little convenience, every small gift of your provision, Lord! How COOL is that?!
Hebrews 4:14-16 ERV
We have a great high priest who has gone to live with God in heaven. He is Jesus the Son of God. So let us continue to express our faith in him.
Jesus, our high priest, is able to understand our weaknesses. When Jesus lived on earth, he was tempted in every way. He was tempted in the same ways we are tempted, but he never sinned.
With Jesus as our high priest, we can feel free to come before God’s throne where there is grace. There we receive mercy and kindness to help us when we need it.
Lord, it is so supremely awesome to be sitting outside under the trees, reading your Word and typing as if I was locked away indoors at my desk! Haha, but now, thanks to your provision, that desk and that computer belong to my daughter, and I am MOBILE!! I may not have internet access everywhere I go (and I trust you to help me learn to get used to NOT having it except for when I can get to a library or use data on my phone MOST frugally), but since we have the batteries and generators, I should be able to have the ability to type and create graphics and printables and videos — whatever projects you give me to do, Lord! Please help me to prepare, help me to train, help me to get ready for whatever you are leading me into, Father. I trust you completely. Thank you for my cheerful, loving heart and my incurable optimism! 😀
Good morning, Father.
Thank you for a good night of restorative sleep, and thank you for helping me feel quite a bit better today. I am antsy, Lord, as I wait for my new laptop to arrive. To be honest, I am kinda weepy. I wish I was not so sensitive! I have been so excited, anticipating change for the good, despite all the negatives within my circumstances. But when I received two doses of highly critical feedback, I felt condemned and started second-guessing myself. I know it is just the enemy trying to weaken me, but to be honest, knowing that just kinda makes it worse! I am kicking myself for being so sensitive, so unsure of myself, so reactive to negativity, so unstable. And kicking myself for those things just makes the criticism seem that much more believable and condemning and crippling! Father, please help my silly heart let GO of human criticisms and cling instead to YOU and how YOU see me — the work YOU are doing in me!
Job 5:9-21 ERV
People cannot understand the wonderful things God does. His miracles are too many to count.
He sends rain all over the earth and waters the fields.
He raises up the humble and makes sad people happy.
He spoils the plans of even the smartest people so that they will not succeed.
He catches those who think they are wise in their own clever traps and brings to an end their evil plans.
Daylight will be like darkness for them. Even at noon they will have to feel their way as in the dark.
God saves the poor from the hurtful words of the wicked. He saves them from those who are powerful.
So the poor have hope; God shuts the mouths of those who would cause them harm.
“You are fortunate when God corrects you. So don’t complain when God All-Powerful punishes you.
God might injure you, but he will bandage those wounds. He might hurt you, but his hands also heal.
He will save you again and again. No evil will harm you.
God will save you from death when there is famine. He will protect you from the sword when there is war.
People might say bad things about you with their sharp tongues. But God will protect you. You will not be afraid when bad things happen!
It’s here!! It came while I was reading Job… Father, I dedicate this laptop to YOU and I ask you to use it for your purpose and your glory. It belongs to you, not to me, and if it gets hurt or stolen, then please help me to be wise enough to remember that YOU have allowed that to happen. I can just be patient, and trust in you. Lord God, my faith is in you, not in myself or in any piece of hardware or software or website or fanbase or anything else I could ever acquire myself, in this life. Help me to be wise and not run ahead of you, doing my own thing. Help me to be humble and not think that my work or my words accomplish any good, but rather it is my willingness to yield to your work and your words and your will for me, that makes a real difference. Before I open this box and admire the laptop you have lent to me from your goodwill, I thank you already that some day I will no longer have it. And at that time, I ask you to remind me that I no longer need it, either. For whatever I truly do need, you faithfully provide. If I do not have it right now, I do not NEED it right now. Thank you for providing, Jehovah-jireh! Thank you, Faithful Shepherd! 😀
Thank you for helping me through the agony of last night — probably Salmonella poisoning from eating “runny yolk” eggs — with my insides rapidly evacuating my body from both ends at the same time. 🙁 I do not dare eat, and I feel too weak to do much of anything right now. Yet I have much to be thankful for! My new laptop and its backpack are scheduled to be delivered tomorrow, so it looks like I WILL be able to continue to work, even while I am homeless — yay!! 😀 Thank you for helping me learn new edible plants every day almost, and thank you for making my mind sharp enough to learn both natural and technological skills, Father. Truly you have blessed me greatly! Please help me to use the abilities you have given me wisely and for your glory and purpose, Lord. Help me not to be discouraged by my situation, but rather to keep finding the things in it that I can sincerely be grateful for. Thank you for giving me such a love of learning — and thank you for my crazy, seemingly contradictory appreciation of both nature and high tech, lol! Despite facing food poisoning and the loss of nearly everything I own, I still have so very, very much to be grateful for — things that no man and no financial crisis can take away. Thank you, Faithful Shepherd!! 🙂
Job 13:15 KJV
Though he slay me, yet will I trust in him: but I will maintain mine own ways before him.
Psalm 139:13-18 ERV
You formed the way I think and feel. You put me together in my mother’s womb.
I praise you because you made me in such a wonderful way. I know how amazing that was!
You could see my bones grow as my body took shape, hidden in my mother’s womb.
You could see my body grow each passing day. You listed all my parts, and not one of them was missing.
Your thoughts are beyond my understanding. They cannot be measured!
If I could count them, they would be more than all the grains of sand. But when I finished, I would have just begun.
Father, you see everywhere I’ve been and where I am right now. You know that my own mother obeyed her husband’s instructions to not get attached to me, to assume I would die very young, and you saw how he used my body to pay his social and financial debts. You see the softness of my heart toward all, how I would not wish to be avenged and do not wish any harm to anything or anyone. And you also see the stubborn places in my heart where I feel I cannot trust people beyond hearing all my words and knowing most of my thoughts. I thank you for making me like an open book, revealing my innermost thoughts to whomever may read them, and I ask you to use each of my websites — and any upcoming YouTube channels and other websites and whatever else you have me create in the coming years — to always be of some benefit to visitors and viewers and readers. I ask nothing for myself other than to be found faithful to you and for my loved ones to know FREEDOM and closeness with you, Lord. And it does appear that we truly do need a working vehicle if we are to be homeless, Lord. But I completely trust you to provide for ALL our needs! Amen! 😀
Lord, please help my heart. It is difficult not to cut my own throat and be DONE with pain and loss. I feel like I’m being asked to trust myself in the hands of the enemy, and make myself soft and open enough to treat him as my best friend. I cannot trust any human, Lord, as I’ve been hurt far too often and too deeply. But I CAN and WILL trust YOU. And that means keeping my heart wide open, no matter how many times I get hurt. That means giving away your love and your strength and your time — all that I possess — and trusting you to provide enough for me to stay alive myself, until such time as you finally take me HOME! I want that NOW, Lord! Life hurts far too bad for it to be worth anything LESS than being found faithful and true to you. That is my only target, my unified goal. And beyond that the only thing I even wish for is for those I love to be FREE and to know you intimately. I give you my heart, my Lord, my Shepherd. You are the keeper of my spirit and everything that IS me. I trust you completely. Amen.
Isaiah 40:31 KJV
But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.
1 Peter 4:7-11 ERV
The time is near when all things will end. So keep your minds clear, and control yourselves. This will help you in your prayers.
Most important of all, love each other deeply, because love makes you willing to forgive many sins.
Open your homes to each other and share your food without complaining.
God has shown you his grace in many different ways. So be good servants and use whatever gift he has given you in a way that will best serve each other.
If your gift is speaking, your words should be like words from God. If your gift is serving, you should serve with the strength that God gives. Then it is God who will be praised in everything through Jesus Christ. Power and glory belong to him forever and ever. Amen.
Lord, let my life be a prayer to you. Amen.
Good morning, Faithful One!
Thank you for protecting my heart in so many ways, so that when betrayal strikes, it does not destroy me. Thank you for helping me by infusing me with your strength, not having to count on my own. Thank you for teaching me so many valuable lessons already this day that is barely five hours old. Please help me to remain strong, resting on you and not trying to make my own rash decisions. I want only to be faithful to you, Oh Lord. I want to be found faithful and true to you, to give you the best reflection of this small part of yourself that you have planted within me. Let me be mirrors to your eyes, reflecting your Love to anyone and everyone I meet. Cleanse me of all my spots that cloud up your reflection. Make me more pleasing to you. Amen.
Colossians 3:18-25 ERV
Wives, be willing to serve your husbands. This is the right thing to do in following the Lord.
Husbands, love your wives, and be gentle to them.
Children, obey your parents in everything. This pleases the Lord.
Fathers, don’t upset your children. If you are too hard to please, they might want to stop trying.
Servants, obey your masters in everything. Obey all the time, even when they can’t see you. Don’t just pretend to work hard so that they will treat you well. No, you must serve your masters honestly because you respect the Lord.
In all the work you are given, do the best you can. Work as though you are working for the Lord, not any earthly master.
Remember that you will receive your reward from the Lord, who will give you what he promised his people. Yes, you are serving Christ. He is your real Master.
Remember that anyone who does wrong will be punished for that wrong. And the Lord treats everyone the same.
Hebrews 1:3 He is the reflection of God’s glory and the exact likeness of his being, and he holds everything together by his powerful word. After he had provided a cleansing from sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Highest Majesty
Hebrews 10:1 For the Law, being only a reflection of the blessings to come and not their substance, can never make perfect those who come near by the same sacrifices repeatedly offered year after year.
Good morning, Lord!
Thank you so much for helping me through that pretty rough day yesterday!! My mind and body were both rather distraught, and even when I went to bed I still felt pretty lousy. But you rescued me all night long, every barely-awake moment reminding me to be thankful to you for something, anything. So that by morning, after a hundred such little statements of gratitude, I awoke refreshed in mind and spirit, ready to move forward in following you today. Thank you, Lord, for the gift of GRATITUDE! 😀
Colossians 3:12-17 ERV
God has chosen you and made you his holy people. He loves you. So your new life should be like this: Show mercy to others. Be kind, humble, gentle, and patient.
Don’t be angry with each other, but forgive each other. If you feel someone has wronged you, forgive them. Forgive others because the Lord forgave you.
Together with these things, the most important part of your new life is to love each other. Love is what holds everything together in perfect unity.
Let the peace that Christ gives control your thinking. It is for peace that you were chosen to be together in one body. And always be thankful.
Let the teaching of Christ live inside you richly. Use all wisdom to teach and counsel each other. Sing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs with thankfulness in your hearts to God.
Everything you say and everything you do should be done for Jesus your Lord. And in all you do, give thanks to God the Father through Jesus.
Lord, I thank you for the joy that is in my heart this morning, gratitude having chased away my blues. I thank you for the excitement I have for learning the new Adobe CC software, to create animations and printables and videos to help accomplish the goals you have set in my own and in my husband’s hearts. Please quicken my mind and help me to do things YOUR way, and to trust your timing for the sales of my car and other things, and getting my laptop and doing everything we need, to prepare for the days and weeks and months and years ahead. Thank you for always being near, always caring for me, Faithful Shepherd! Thank you for being my best friend and constant companion! Amen! 😀
Thank you for taking care of me. I feel weary and frazzled and worn OUT right now. Please make a way for me to rest and recover in my own crazy introvert way that YOU made me, Lord. Thank you for nature and nature shows. Thank you for time and the fact that I can trust you AND your timing. Help me to rest in you, Father. Amen.
Psalm 73:26-28 ERV
Maybe my mind and body will become weak, but God is my source of strength. He is mine forever!
God, people who leave you will be lost. You will destroy all who are not faithful to you.
As for me, all I need is to be close to God. I have made the Lord GOD my place of safety. And, God, I will tell about all that you have done.
Good morning, Father.
I am sorry I am having another weak moment. I am so glad that you not only see the condition of my mind and heart (and body and spirit!), but that you understand where I’m at and why — better than I ever could myself! How awesome! Lord, I just don’t get it how I can out of the blue start feeling so tense like this, somehow irrationally feeling pressure like I need to learn everything and do everything all at once and all so perfectly! In reality, I really don’t have to hurry and get things done, and I really do NOT have to make any decisions right now. It is through prayer and thanksgiving — staying close with you and doing whatever you give me to do, one thing at a time — that I get prepared and be “ready for anything”. It is YOUR work, not mine, that makes things turn out right. You are the Shepherd, and you know where I need to go and when, to get the right nourishment and to accomplish your will for me. Lord, please help me to just be a “dumb sheep” and keep my mouth closed and follow you. Sheep just do not KNOW enough to go off on their own! That is why they have a Shepherd. Thank you, Lord, for caring for little me. Amen.
Hebrews 13:20 ERV
I pray that the God of peace will give you every good thing you need so that you can do what he wants. God is the one who raised from death our Lord Jesus, the Great Shepherd of his sheep. He raised him because Jesus sacrificed his blood to begin the new agreement that never ends. I pray that God will work through Jesus Christ to do the things in us that please him. To him be glory forever. Amen.
Yes, Lord, please do your work in us, make us pleasing to you. I give you this day, my time, my mind, my body, my spirit. Show me how to follow you this day. Amen! 😀
Good morning, Father!
Thank you for the nice talks and fellowship yesterday, and thank you for helping me create four new webpages for my husband on my namesake website yesterday, so he forever has an online portfolio to show his work (and whatever else he wants me to add in the future, lol). Thank you for helping me find unused space on a flash drive to backup my photos from the past years, and please help me to start building my digital assets libraries! 🙂
Mark 4:26-29 ERV
Then Jesus said, “God’s kingdom is like a man who plants seed in the ground.
The seed begins to grow. It grows night and day. It doesn’t matter whether the man is sleeping or awake, the seed still grows. He doesn’t know how it happens.
Without any help the ground produces grain. First the plant grows, then the head, and then all the grain in the head.
When the grain is ready, the man cuts it. This is the harvest time.”
Mark 6:7-13 ERV
Jesus called his twelve apostles together. He sent them out in groups of two and gave them power over evil spirits.
This is what he told them: “Take nothing for your trip except a stick for walking. Take no bread, no bag, and no money.
You can wear sandals, but don’t take extra clothes.
When you enter a house, stay there until you leave that town.
If any town refuses to accept you or refuses to listen to you, then leave that town and shake the dust off your feet as a warning to them.”
The apostles left and went to other places. They talked to the people and told them to change their hearts and lives.
They forced many demons out of people and put olive oil on many who were sick and healed them.
Lord, I thank you that it is you that is at work in our lives, making things happen, making the seed grow and develop according to your plan. I thank you that we ourselves do not have to make a bunch of decisions on our own, but that we can look to you for direction, and pray with others and allow your Holy Spirit to guide us and fill us with boldness and willingness and strength of heart! Father, you see everything that is in our hearts. You see our strengths you have built up, and you see our weaknesses that could all too easily get in the way of our following your will. I ask you to protect our hearts and our minds and our spirits and our bodies. Guide us, help us to know your will and have an assurance when we are on your path. Give us peace that passes all understanding — that doesn’t even make sense to have it given the uncertain and “unstable” circumstances — and please warn us faithfully whenever we step off your path. Help us to discern your will, Father. We are willing, and we are trusting you. Lead on! 😀
Good morning, Father.
Thank you for your patience with me, and thank you for leading me in learning some new things yesterday, both in edible wild plants (so I can eat while homeless!) and in using the Adobe CC suite (so I can work and build an income while homeless!). The two seem in such contrast — modern technology and primitive food gathering, lol! And this morning I feel kinda raw and emotional and a bit down and discouraged and lonely. But I give my silly heart and its emotions to you, Father. Emotions and thoughts are just things that I have, things I experience — they are not ME. I am what I put my attention on, what I build. And I choose to build my relationship with you and my experience with these things you are leading me forward in. Thank you, faithful Shepherd, for leading me and empowering me.
Psalm 23 ERV
A song of David. The LORD is my shepherd. I will always have everything I need.
He gives me green pastures to lie in. He leads me by calm pools of water.
He restores my strength. He leads me on right paths to show that he is good.
Even if I walk through a valley as dark as the grave, I will not be afraid of any danger, because you are with me. Your rod and staff comfort me.
You prepared a meal for me in front of my enemies. You welcomed me as an honored guest. My cup is full and spilling over.
Your goodness and mercy will be with me all my life, and I will live in the LORD’S house a long, long time.
Lord, I feel like I could use a big loving hug right now. I do not feel strong enough to accomplish all these things you have given me to do. But I know that you are Faithful and that you will provide everything I need, despite how I FEEL. Help me to be strong and not give up. Help me to boldly do everything you set before me, leaning on you and trusting you to make me able. I am willing, Lord. Please show me clearly what to do this day, and help me to balance the things I am learning and doing and preparing. Please bring the right person here to buy my car, so that I can order my laptop and get my eye exam. Please also bless my husband’s efforts and interactions with other people. Let your will be done in our lives, Father. Amen.