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May 25

Good morning, Father!
Oooooh, I am so very excited! I think you are probably laughing at little me, as I am all worked up, anxious to begin what seems to be a NEW season in my life — a cinematic beginning at last!! Yesterday I finished sorting the most recent 70+ GB (roughly 1 year) of my vids and pics, for ease of creating more animations, videos, and TMIs (topical media interactives – my personal label for iPDFs and EPUBs and the like). Today I get my FIRST drone!!! I also will receive one other little cinematic “toy” — a fifteen-dollar endoscope which I plan to use in nature to get ground shots and underwater pond shots and such (which practically NO ONE seems to be doing!) — and a little ten-dollar portable power source to charge my new little friends (and my phone) out “in the wild” on my little nature hikes! WOOT! I am already thinking differently, more focused on STORY and how best to tell my little stories, and unable to get more than about 5 hours of sleep each night lately, really feeling the CHANGE! Meanwhile, I found out that my Mate is in Texas breaking into his own new little season of PLAY, having gotten two cheap little mini bikes (and having his first wipeout in over a decade, lol)! Lord, you have SUCH a sense of humor!! What we envisioned for this time period (like all other time periods — when will I start expecting this?!) is so different from what WE thought was going to happen!! I still don’t know the basic things — like how we will get the money for a camper of our own to live in, or WHEN my Mate will be joining me in Iowa (although I have a suspected date) — but here we are, barreling forward into the Unknown and unexplored, the New Frontier of the rest of our lives. I am enjoying the stability of our relationship, Lord — the calm assurance that my Mate and I do not have to be physically together to still be building our future together, and that no matter WHAT happens or WHO else is in our daily lives, as long as we both exist on this earth, we are true Mates and will always have a HOME together. I love that. It exists outside of TIME and operates independently of circumstance. Thank you, Lord — all the years of struggling (which still may go on indefinitely!!) were worth the stable platform you have created for this marriage, and for our even more awesome relationships with YOU, faithful Shepherd! 😀

 
Ecclesiastes 11:1-8 ERV (written by Solomon):

Do good wherever you go. After a while, the good you do will come back to you. 
Invest what you have in several different things. You don’t know what bad things might happen on earth.
 
There are some things you can be sure of. If clouds are full of rain, they will pour water on the earth. If a tree falls—to the south or to the north—then it will stay where it falls. 
But there are some things that you cannot be sure of. You must take a chance. If you wait for perfect weather, you will never plant your seeds. If you are afraid that every cloud will bring rain, you will never harvest your crops. 
You don’t know where the wind blows. And you don’t know how a baby grows in its mother’s womb. In the same way, you don’t know what God will do—and he makes everything happen. 
So begin planting early in the morning, and don’t stop working until evening. You don’t know what might make you rich. Maybe everything you do will be successful.
 
It is good to be alive. It is nice to see the light from the sun. 
You should enjoy every day of your life, no matter how long you live. But remember that you will die, and you will be dead much longer than you were alive. And after you are dead, you cannot do anything. 

 
Ecclesiastes 3:13-14,22…5:19-20,…9:9 ERV (Solomon trying to sum up his wisdom!)

God wants everyone to eat, drink, and enjoy their work. These are gifts from God. 
I learned that anything God does will continue forever. People cannot add anything to the work of God, and they cannot take anything away from it. God did this so that people would respect him.
 
So I saw that the best thing people can do is to enjoy what they do, because that is all they have. Besides, no one can help another person see what will happen in the future. 
 
If God gives some people wealth, property, and the power to enjoy those things, they should enjoy them. They should accept the things they have and enjoy their work—that is a gift from God. 
People don’t have many years to live, so they must remember these things all their life. God will keep them busy with the work they love to do. 
 
Enjoy life with the wife you love. Enjoy every day of your short life. God has given you this short life on earth—and it is all you have. So enjoy the work you have to do in this life.

 
Lord, I thank you so much for giving to my Mate and to myself a solid measure of the wisdom of Solomon — which (outside the obvious of respecting God) he himself boiled down to something like this: “Enjoy this life and the work you are given to do.” Thank you for our lightheardedness, our childlike awe for your world and dependence upon its Creator. Please help us to do and to enjoy whatever work you give us to do. Help us to be humble and willing and also willing to let GO of our own futile expectations and other distractions, so that we can live more FREE and more wisely. Amen.

 

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