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Jul 17

Good morning, Father.
Thank you for the goodness of other people’s hearts, and thank you for their show of kindness. Please continue to show your mercy, protect my husband while he is downtown today, protect his truck, and keep his body strong. Please help my mind and heart stay strong, Lord, trusting in you. I feel myself slipping, being fearful, losing sleep because the rats in our house keep waking me up — if that is them up there in our ceiling now, and not just inside the house. I’m feeling like such “white trash” today, Lord. Yet if I take a step back, I can ask myself, “What is the big deal, having wild creatures share your house with you? Don’t you like nature?” And that is true. What is the worst that can happen? I’m just scared they are going to make the roof cave in above my head. It sure sounds like it!

1 Peter 5:6-10 ERV

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.

Lord, I give my worries to you. I don’t know how we will ever be able to afford to move out of this house, to escape this poverty, but I do not need to know, do not need to figure it out, do not need to worry or be afraid. I can trust you because you are Faithful — and you have never let us down. We always have what we really need. Even my children have that blessing, and I thank you so much for caring for them as well! Truly I have everything I need already, for I have an awesome Shepherd who really sees and really cares. And besides that, I have an abundance of awesome books and audiobooks and Kindle books, and enough art supplies to keep me busy for now. I have my mind and my computer, and the ability to create new digital products and freebies for teachers and home educators all over the world. And I have a bit of a start, making other things for people, outside of the education world. Along with all these blessings, I have HOPE, because I have you, Father. 😀

Guide me, Lord. Show me how I can serve you today.


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