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Oct 28

Hello, Father.
This morning I am grateful that I do not have to make any serious decisions or serious progress. I feel a bit discouraged and frustrated, but my head is so fuzzy and my emotions so dulled that it all seems distant and of no real consequence. “Maybe next week…” but for now, it seems like I am just waiting, chillin’, almost in survival mode but without feeling actually threatened. I am grateful to not be very alert and aware right now, and I am content to just rest and follow you, faithful Shepherd. You are capable of producing weeks’ worth of work in me in a matter of hours or even days, so I should not sweat the down-times, I suppose. There are things I want to be working on, building and creating, but with my head so fuzzy, I will be content just to Love and and be patient. Anything I DO accomplish right now is a bonus. Thank you, Lord Jesus, for the awesome gifts of mercy and Life! 🙂

 
2 Peter 1:3-11 ERV

Jesus has the power of God. And his power has given us everything we need to live a life devoted to God. We have these things because we know him. Jesus chose us by his glory and goodness, 
through which he also gave us the very great and rich gifts that he promised us. With these gifts you can share in being like God. And so you will escape the ruin that comes to people in the world because of the evil things they want. 
Because you have these blessings, do all you can to add to your life these things: to your faith add goodness; to your goodness add knowledge
to your knowledge add self-control; to your self-control add patience; to your patience add devotion to God
to your devotion add kindness toward your brothers and sisters in Christ, and to this kindness add love
If all these things are in you and growing, you will never fail to be useful to God. You will produce the kind of fruit that should come from your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. 
But those who don’t grow in these blessings are blind. They cannot see clearly what they have. They have forgotten that they were cleansed from their past sins. 
My brothers and sisters, God called you and chose you to be his. Do your best to live in a way that shows you really are God’s called and chosen people. If you do all this, you will never fall. 
And you will be given a very great welcome into the kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, a kingdom that never ends. 

 
Lord, I think I BEGAN with devotion to you, and it is nearly inseparable from faith. Goodness is hard for me to comprehend, and patience and self-control are growing in me, but often stilted by my flesh. I feel like I have grown in kindness and Love the most over the last few years, but I really do not understand what TYPE of “knowledge” is referred to here… I’m gonna look at these verses in the King James…

 
2 Peter 1:5-8 KJV

And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge; 
And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness; 
And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity. 
For if these things be in you, and abound, they make you that ye shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. 

 
Knowledge is gnosis here — “knowing” — translated also as “science“, strangely enough, but I believe this just means something akin to careful and diligent study and the understanding that can be derived from it.

Goodness or virtue is definitely the hardest for my fuzzy brain to comprehend, but it does actually seem like something that God works in me, rather than something I can produce myself. I think the “giving all diligence” in the King James has to do with ongoing, consistent yielding to His will above my own. It is a process that did not have a distinct beginning for me personally, and will no doubt ever end in this lifetime. In fact, ALL of these things seem to be “works in progress” that SHOULD never end nor be complete while we are alive.

 
Lord, I thank you that I do not NEED to know or understand these things. I need only know YOU, follow you, and yield to your Touch to be remade in your image, ever becoming more you than my own pitiful self. I thank you for healing and strengthening me, and I thank you for protecting me and providing for all my needs. Please continue your work in me — as I know that you will — and make me more pleasing to you all the time. Amen.

 

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