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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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Sep 27

Lord, I feel pretty raw, emotionally and mentally exhausted, and even pretty scared. I fear the coming cold, and not having a place to call home, a warm place to work and to live where I do NOT burden anyone else. I fear that there will be more days like yesterday, when my Mate and I are so drained out, so discouraged, so used up by life, that we lose patience with each other, and strain our relationship. Thank you for making us exactly how we are, able to let things go, to forgive, to let the enemy’s poisoned water flow down under the bridge and AWAY from us. I pray that you help me to do it just as well as he seems to, not even feeling the lingering sting from words of misunderstanding. Father, please give me enough strength of heart and mind to do everything I need to, to serve others even while I am THIS weak — from facing the disaster of my website updates and serving my online customers, to showing care to my Mate and my sister using THEIR love languages — acts of service for my Mate, and gifts and time for my sister. Lord, I kinda wish that my loving WORDS and loving TOUCH would be enough for other people, and I REALLY wish that others around me (especially my Mate!) shared these same ways of expression as me, so that I could feel more loved and cared for, more precious and accepted. But I guess then it would be too easy, and if everyone showed their love in the same way, there wouldn’t be the awesome variety that you designed into your people. So please help me show my love for others in ways that THEY need — even now while I am so worn out, exhausted from never seeming to have enough time to heal up between the disasters and setbacks that keep breaking my heart this month. Thank you for your loving care, Shepherd. I still trust you completely. Strengthen me, Lord, I feel faint. Amen.

Job 37:5-13 ERV

God’s thundering voice is amazing! He does great things that we cannot understand. 
He says to the snow, ‘Fall on the earth.’ And he says to the rain, ‘Pour down on the earth.’ 
God does this to stop everyone’s work and to show the people he made what he can do. 
The animals run into their dens and stay there. 
Whirlwinds come from the south. The cold winds come from the north. 
God’s breath makes ice and freezes even large bodies of water. 
He fills the clouds with water and scatters his lightning through them. 
He orders the clouds to be blown all around the earth. The clouds do whatever he commands. 
He causes the clouds to punish people with floods or to water his earth and show his love. 

Lord, I thank you for the pair of nuthatches yesterday that helped me to pause and feel the Love in your creation. I thank you for helping me understand YOUR “love language” beyond what that book explains, lol. Perhaps you have a great many more love languages than just FIVE like are in the book — enough ways of reaching into people’s hearts so that each of us can feel your care in our own special way, like individual facets that reflect your image, each a tiny piece of the whole giant glorious jewel. I wonder if anyone else out there feels what I do, sees things like I do. I guess I just feel lonely in my anguished heart this morning. Father, please help me lift my heavy heart to you, and move on down the road, building my websites for those whom I serve, rather than licking my wounds and feeling sorry for myself. Thank you for strengthening me, Shepherd, for I know you will. That is just one way in which you show your Love for me. 🙂


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