Good morning, Father!
It is nice to be up and going, going, going long before sunrise, two days in a row! I didn’t even need to TRY to get up early, because you are so faithful and prodded me to do so. How cool is that?! Already got some work done, already went for a nice walk, greeted some other walkers, typed a little note, compared my past walking adventures. Now I’m ready to start a good productive day full of fruitful work on my websites, art, and learning! Father, please motivate my husband to get some of his own tasks completed, so that he does not continue to feel so bogged down. Thank you for providing a new phone service for him, so that he can be released from that stress, as well! Please be near my oldest son as he makes life changes, moving and changing jobs once again. And thank you once again for blessing all of us with good health and a mostly positive attitude!
1 Timothy 6:7-12 ERV
When we came into the world, we brought nothing. And when we die, we can take nothing out.
So, if we have food and clothes, we will be satisfied with that.
People who want to be rich bring temptations to themselves. They are caught in a trap. They begin to want many foolish things that will hurt them. These things ruin and destroy people.
The love of money causes all kinds of evil. Some people have turned away from what we believe because they want to get more and more money. But they have caused themselves a lot of pain and sorrow.
But you belong to God. So you should stay away from all those things. Always try to do what is right, to be devoted to God, and to have faith, love, patience, and gentleness.
We have to fight to keep our faith. Try as hard as you can to win that fight. Take hold of eternal life. It is the life you were chosen to have when you confessed your faith in Jesus–that wonderful truth that you spoke so openly and that so many people heard.
Father, I honestly DO feel content, even rich! I may not have a car, and may be living in a home that is literally falling apart, and wearing raggedy clothes and long-outdated contacts, but none of those things seem to matter one bit! I am FREE to love you, serve you, follow you. I have enough quiet to stay sane, and enough books to be really HAPPY! I have work to do and art to make. I have children to love and cherish, and a husband who desires to serve you. I no longer have a fragile little dog to worry about, and I certainly do not have any great wealth to have to protect. And even though I do have things that I desperately need (like my hormone cream!), I know that you will make what I have last until I can afford to buy more — or else you will just help me get along without it. Above all, I have HOPE. And all I ever need, in order to maintain that hope, is You, Shepherd. What else do I need?!