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Jul 14

Good morning, Lord!
Thank you for loving me, caring for me, leading me. Thank you for protecting my husband and my children, and for keeping us all safe and healthy. Thank you for helping me heal, more and more, the hole that my Tiny Friend’s death left in my heart — one month ago today. And thank you for showing me my passion for textural, sensory art — and giving me new “homes” on Etsy and DeviantArt and even Patreon! 😀 I know that I am a total newbie at this art thing, and it is sooooooo easy to get discouraged right now — I can feel self-doubt already trying its best to overwhelm me and make me quit! But Father, if you are with me on this, as it certainly seems you are, then I ask you to protect my heart and help me overcome discouragement, and not look at results, just keep my eyes on YOU. I LOVE making things with you, my Lord! When I had school-age children I was homeschooling, you were right there with me, creating our curriculum and enough games and activities to publicly share with others. Now you are right here with me, leading me into NEW growth, and new ways to express the heart you have given me. Thank you, Lord. I do not know where this path leads, where you will bring me in the coming years. The ONLY thing I ever really know for certain is that you are Faithful. I give my life to you, my Shepherd!

 
Matthew 6:27-34 ERV

You cannot add any time to your life by worrying about it.
“And why do you worry about clothes? Look at the wildflowers in the field. See how they 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? It’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!
“Don’t worry and say, ‘What will we eat?’ or ‘What will we drink?’ or ‘What will we wear?’
That’s what those people who don’t know God are always thinking about. Don’t worry, because your Father in heaven knows that you need all these things.
What you should want most is God’s kingdom and doing what he wants you to do. Then he will give you all these other things you need.
So don’t worry about tomorrow. Each day has enough trouble of its own. Tomorrow will have its own worries.

 
I thank you, Father, that you have sustained my faith in your timely provision throughout all these years of poverty. I have never gone without anything I truly needed, although I did waste too much energy worrying about things. You are Faithful even when I am not, even when I worry and fret and try to figure things out. I thank you for teaching me, being patient with me, and I thank you that I can see growth, progress, change. I thank you that my heart is becoming more calm, more stable — especially in the last six months or so, and even more so in the last month since my Tiny Friend died. Father, please continue to grow me, and please give my heart the comfort and encouragement it needs to not give up on the art thing, or my websites, or myself. Thank you for sustaining me, precious Lord! 🙂

 

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