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Aug 22

Hello, Father.
Thank you for the progress made last night, although it appears that it will be too little, too late. It appears that we will be kicked out of our home ASAP, and although this does not make me sad, it makes me worry. The biggest obstacle seems to be that I have no working car, so I cannot even transport my belongings to the nearest storage facility, which is only about a mile away. I could probably carry about 5 to 10 of my books at a time, when I have hundreds of books alone to transport. And no matter where we go, I will be stuck there, without transportation. At least until I can make enough income to get a car. And then there is the seemingly impossible task of finding some way for my daughter to be independent, especially if my husband and I need to live week-to-week in a hotel for a time. Father, PLEASE have mercy and provide for her! 😥

Lord, I have trusted you all this time, and I still do. I have done what you gave me to do, and have only in brief moments of anguish knowingly, stubbornly taken things into my own hands. I do not feel like these events are happening as punishment or consequence. In fact, I still feel your smile, your gentle loving heart toward me — and your patience with my shortsightedness. Father, help me to just trust you and keep taking things one moment at a time. Thank you for my work, my art, and my love of learning. The last one, more than anything else, is helping me keep my head up and not GIVE up.

Proverbs 1:1-7 ERV

These are the proverbs of Solomon, the son of David and king of Israel.
They will help you learn to be wise, to accept correction, and to understand wise sayings.
They will teach you to develop your mind in the right way. You will learn to do what is right and to be honest and fair.
These proverbs will make even those without education smart. They will teach young people what they need to know and how to use what they have learned.
Even the wise could become wiser by listening to these proverbs. They will gain understanding and learn to solve difficult problems.
These sayings will help you understand proverbs, stories with hidden meanings, words of the wise, and other difficult sayings.
Knowledge begins with fear and respect for the LORD, but stubborn fools hate wisdom and refuse to learn.

I truly love learning and almost resent it when I have to use some of my leisure time to do something that does NOT involve learning to some degree. Yet over the years I have learned that learning can happen in many ways. Even spending time in idle rest with family members, or watching a fiction movie or reading a fiction book, can yield insights and inspire interesting new questions. I also know very well how much learning can be had when we are forced out of our comfort zones, even to the point of homelessness or other forms of desperation. While I prefer the “safe” and “comfortable” learning of watching a Great Courses video or a nature documentary — or reading a good nonfiction book — I must love learning enough to let go of my reluctance and my comfort, and embrace whatever God brings into my life. Father, please help me to stay humble and teachable. Amen!


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