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Jul 9

Lord, I am fixing to leave Texas in a couple hours, first time out of this state in about 6 or 7 years… and to be honest, I’m feeling pretty nervous. I really don’t understand why. I could guess, and I can be lenient on myself and self-compassionate and make all kinds of understanding and forgiving statements, but the truth is I do not have thoughts running around in my head that would produce the physical anxiety-type symptoms my body is experiencing. And although I am feeling some pretty intense emotions, they are running more towards sadness and remorse for how things are, rather than anxiety or any of its kin. I don’t feel depressed, but have been quite hopeful. Lord, my blood pressure is up, like it was on July 4th just before I had that weird comatose problem where my breathing kept trying to stop on me. Luckily, my blood pressure is not THAT high, and I have not been around the dust and dirt and mold spores of the camper, nor have I ingested anything I might react to, like the 2 cans of Monster energy drinks I’d had that day. So, perhaps my body is doing the feeling for me, so my mind and heart can be more at ease. To be honest, I’d rather feel totally skitzed out, in exchange for a reassurance that my husband has peace and hope right now. But I have no idea how he is — I’ve talked to him about 10 minutes total in the last 5 days or so, and he still does not have a phone. Father, I give it ALL to you, trusting you to take care of BOTH of us through these difficult days. Thank you for your faithful care, Lord. Please give me a safe trip to Iowa and please keep my Mate safe and hopeful and strong. Amen.

Romans 15:8-13 ERV

I tell you that Christ became a servant of the Jews to show that God has done what he promised their great ancestors. 
Christ also did this so that the non-Jewish people could praise God for the mercy he gives to them. The Scriptures say, “So I will give thanks to you among the people of other nations; I will sing praise to your name.” 
And the Scriptures say, “You people of other nations should be happy together with God’s people.” 
The Scriptures also say, “Praise the Lord all you people of other nations; all people should praise the Lord.” 
And Isaiah says, “Someone will come from Jesse’s family. He will come to rule over the nations, and they will put their hope in him.” 
I pray that the God who gives hope will fill you with much joy and peace as you trust in him. Then you will have more and more hope, and it will flow out of you by the power of the Holy Spirit. 

Lord, help me to be a good servant, humble and teachable and willing to listen with my big mouth shut. Help my ears be more closely linked to my heart than to my ego. Help me to develop a greater sense of compassion and understanding for all people. And please increase the HOPE that will carry us crazy Homeless Nomads through this unexpected, unplanned temporary separation. PLEASE provide him with a phone ASAP, Lord. I still trust you completely, my faithful Shepherd. Lead on!


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