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Mar 29

Hello, Father!
Thank you so much for all the little encouragements of the last few hours, especially my new Patron but also my more chestnutty hair, lol. Thank you for helping me through the physical struggles of last night, having to run to the bathroom so many times in the chilly wet evening. I am grateful for the speedy healing, grateful that you shortened the sickness in your awesome Mercy!! I am grateful for the cheer and health I’ve had these past several hours now, and for the closeness and lightness with my Mate as well. Please lead me forward to accomplish whatever is in your will for me the rest of this day, now that I am feeling more able to concentrate on something productive beyond just “getting over it”. 🙂

 
Romans 7:11‭, ‬14‭-‬25 AMPC

For sin, seizing the opportunity and getting a hold on me [by taking its incentive] from the commandment, beguiled and entrapped and cheated me, and using it [as a weapon], killed me. We know that the Law is spiritual; but I am a creature of the flesh [carnal, unspiritual], having been sold into slavery under [the control of] sin. For I do not understand my own actions [I am baffled, bewildered]. I do not practice or accomplish what I wish, but I do the very thing that I loathe [which my moral instinct condemns]. Now if I do [habitually] what is contrary to my desire, [that means that] I acknowledge and agree that the Law is good (morally excellent) and that I take sides with it. However, it is no longer I who do the deed, but the sin [principle] which is at home in me and has possession of me. For I know that nothing good dwells within me, that is, in my flesh. I can will what is right, but I cannot perform it. [I have the intention and urge to do what is right, but no power to carry it out.] For I fail to practice the good deeds I desire to do, but the evil deeds that I do not desire to do are what I am [ever] doing. Now if I do what I do not desire to do, it is no longer I doing it [it is not myself that acts], but the sin [principle] which dwells within me [fixed and operating in my soul]. So I find it to be a law (rule of action of my being) that when I want to do what is right and good, evil is ever present with me and I am subject to its insistent demands. For I endorse and delight in the Law of God in my inmost self [with my new nature]. [Ps. 1:2.] But I discern in my bodily members [in the sensitive appetites and wills of the flesh] a different law (rule of action) at war against the law of my mind (my reason) and making me a prisoner to the law of sin that dwells in my bodily organs [in the sensitive appetites and wills of the flesh]. O unhappy and pitiable and wretched man that I am! Who will release and deliver me from [the shackles of] this body of death? O thank God! [He will!] through Jesus Christ (the Anointed One) our Lord! So then indeed I, of myself with the mind and heart, serve the Law of God, but with the flesh the law of sin.

 
Lord, help us all to live more according to your Spirit than to our flesh. Thank you for giving me health so that I am not constantly distracted by my body and all its little ailments. I am grateful that they are few and inconsistent, very manageable indeed. Thank you, merciful Shepherd!!

 
Heehee! Don’t I look like Bon Jovi? ROFLOL!! I think my hair looks more chestnutty, while my Mate says I look like a walnut. Heehee. I am certainly a NUT! 😆

 

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