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Fran Lafferty

Fran Lafferty

I shall yet learn, and grow beyond the immaturity of adulthood. I shall again laugh, and learn the wisdom of a child.

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Aug 24

Hello, Father!
Thank you for healing and recovery and growth, Lord God. Thank you for teaching me, more all the time, how to just be myself and not struggle to try to make things happen, to make myself heard or understood, or even to understand things or make sense of them for my own comfort. How awesome to just wake up and be a Free Spirit and accept things how they are — including myself! — and just be as natural and free and light as I possibly can be. I think my husband is enjoying my new attitude as well, and it was quite delightful to be openly appreciated just a bit ago. Thank you for every moment I have with this awesome man, and every moment you give me an opportunity to know YOU better, my Lord. Amen!

John 8:52-59 ERV

The Jews said to Jesus, “Now we know that you have a demon in you! Even Abraham and the prophets died. But you say, ‘Whoever obeys my teaching will never die.’ 
Do you think you are greater than our father Abraham? He died, and so did the prophets. Who do you think you are?” 
Jesus answered, “If I give honor to myself, that honor is worth nothing. The one who gives me honor is my Father. And you say that he is your God. 
But you don’t really know him. I know him. If I said I did not know him, I would be a liar like you. But I do know him, and I obey what he says. 
Your father Abraham was very happy that he would see the day when I came. He saw that day and was happy.” 
The Jews said to Jesus, “What? How can you say you have seen Abraham? You are not even 50 years old!” 
Jesus answered, “The fact is, before Abraham was born, I AM.” 
When he said this, they picked up stones to throw at him. But Jesus hid, and then he left the Temple area. 

1 Corinthians 2:9-16 ERV

But as the Scriptures say, “No one has ever seen, no one has ever heard, no one has ever imagined what God has prepared for those who love him.” 
But God has shown us these things through the Spirit. The Spirit knows all things. The Spirit even knows the deep secrets of God. 
It is like this: No one knows the thoughts that another person has. Only the person’s spirit that lives inside knows those thoughts. It is the same with God. No one knows God’s thoughts except God’s Spirit. 
We received the Spirit that is from God, not the spirit of the world. We received God’s Spirit so that we can know all that God has given us. 
When we say this, we don’t use words taught to us by human wisdom. We use words taught to us by the Spirit. We use the Spirit’s words to explain spiritual truths. 
People who do not have God’s Spirit do not accept the things that come from his Spirit. They think these things are foolish. They cannot understand them, because they can only be understood with the Spirit’s help. 
We who have the Spirit are able to make judgments about all these things. But anyone without the Spirit is not able to make proper judgments about us. 
As the Scriptures say, “Who can know what is on the Lord’s mind? Who is able to give him advice?” But we have been given Christ’s way of thinking. 

Lord, I thank you for giving me your Spirit, that I may know you and be known of you. I thank you for your constant tender, merciful care, pruning away things in me that get in the way — even things I thought I needed. It is awesome to grow more and more FREE all the time, as I let go of things I truly do not need, and instead embrace the things you have faithfully provided for me. Thank you, Shepherd! Lord, I thank you also for healing up my Mate’s body, helping his mind become more clear and his heart more encouraged. Father, please strengthen my body, help me to recover fully from the mild food poisoning I got recently, and please make my body strong enough to accomplish all that it needs to, this day. Thank you for encouraging my work, making me excited about several projects and tasks, even though I haven’t had much opportunity to work on them lately, lol. Father, I give you my time, my mind, my hands, my lips, my heart. Show me how to use all my resources for YOU, to accomplish your will for me this day, this week, this month. Please guide my husband and myself forward in this homeless adventure, preparing us for the days and weeks and months ahead. I trust you completely, faithful Shepherd. Lead on! 🙂


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