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Sep 25

Good morning, Father.
Thank you for your awesome care, keeping my Mate and I safe from excess stress and harm during this time of mourning our loss. Thank you for peace between us, for closeness, for hope. I thank you for being the faithful Shepherd that you are, so that even though there seems no reason to believe that things could turn out great, I know that we can count on you to give us every thing we need, so that is reason enough to hope and even to have joy. Please continue to lead us forward along the path you have for us, Lord. Show us what to do to build or otherwise obtain a home on wheels, so that we can leave my sister’s and travel back south for the winter. Amen.

 
2 Thessalonians 3:6-13 ERV

Brothers and sisters, by the authority of our Lord Jesus Christ we tell you to stay away from any believer who refuses to work. People who refuse to work are not following the teaching that we gave them. 
You yourselves know that you should live like we do. We were not lazy when we were with you. 
We never accepted food from anyone without paying for it. We worked and worked so that we would not be a burden to any of you. We worked night and day. 
We had the right to ask you to help us. But we worked to take care of ourselves so that we would be an example for you to follow. 
When we were with you, we gave you this rule: “Whoever will not work should not be allowed to eat.” 
We hear that some people in your group refuse to work. They are doing nothing except being busy in the lives of others. 
Our instruction to them is to stop bothering others, to start working and earn their own food. It is by the authority of the Lord Jesus Christ that we are urging them to do this. 
Brothers and sisters, never get tired of doing good. 

 
Lord, you see all, and I do not need to list the ways in which my husband and I both work hard and do our absolute best to not be a burden on my sister or on anyone else. It is one of our greatest desires to be self-sufficient and yet humble enough to receive help and bless others in any way we can. It hurts that we lost this camper trailer and all our money and that it must be a disappointment and discouragement to my sister as it is to us. It hurts to think I am not to receive such a stable and CLEAN home, a place to unpack my things. But Lord, I would not trade such luxuries and external “proofs” of blessing for the hidden ones of the heart that I DO have — peace and closeness with my Mate and with my children, peace and good standing with my siblings, my friends, and even with most strangers I meet. I delight in your Love being present and at work in my life, Lord. I thank you for your faithful care, even at times like this when it seems all is lost. What can I ever truly lose, if I always have you, Shepherd?

 

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