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Jul 10

Good morning, Father.
Thank you for your patience with me. Please help me to have more patience with myself and my life situation, and please help me with HOPE. Ever since the power went out yesterday, I have felt a level of despair that has been rising, increasing, spreading — and I really do not understand what is going on. I feel like the floor is falling out from underneath me. Perhaps that is in part due to the fact that parts of the floor of our “house” really IS slowly falling in. I am scared every time I take a shower. But if I mention this to my husband, he just gets mad. So I’m mentioning it to you, Lord. I do not feel physically or emotionally safe in this house, for many reasons. And not having a car, to escape to somewhere CLEAN and COOL and even QUIET is really starting to take a toll on me. Shepherd, please help me to accept the pasture you have me in right now. Even if it seems barren and dry, you have a reason for having me here. Help me to just accept your will and go back to doing the work that you’ve given me to do, without looking around and allowing myself to be distracted by my surroundings. Thank you, gracious Lord.

 
Psalm 31:19-24 ERV

Lord, you have hidden away many wonderful things for your followers. You have done so many good things for those who trust in you. You have blessed them so that all the world can see.
Others make plans to hurt them. They say such bad things about them. But you hide your people in your shelter and protect them.
Praise the LORD, because he showed me how wonderful his faithful love is when the city was surrounded by enemies.
I was afraid and said, “I am in a place where he cannot see me.” But I prayed to you, and you heard my loud cries for help.
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.

 
The first verse I highlighted above really caught my eye, and caused me to choose this set of verses to post instead of some others I had in mind. This really reminds me of my dear friend in New York, and I really pray that God show her that she cannot push Him away, that He loves her just as fervently right now when she is struggling, than when she had what she considered to be greater success. Lord, I lift my poor friend up to you and ask you to be very, very near to her heart. Rescue her, Shepherd! Draw her into your arms and let your love restore her, strengthen her, and sustain her. Let your awesome forgiveness and acceptance amaze her, and give her HOPE. While you’re at it, I could really use some of that hope myself, Lord. Thank you for choosing us!

 

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