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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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Jan 14

Good morning, Lord!
Oh, I am so very excited about all the possibilities and potential of things around me, in my little world right now! I even added to the little site I made for my son’s prime birthday, and updated most of my other websites as well yesterday — if only just setting those up to update all their plugins and themes on my server, in the background, while I actually worked on the new project, heehee. I used to think I was nearly useless and had skills that no one wanted or needed — a total misfit! But this new work-for-someone-else project has got me seeing just how very many things I CAN do — AND using all the latest technology and standards! I used to resent people telling me I should make websites for other people for a living — but I am loving the creative freedom and the awesome interplay of technology, people, and nature that I find inherent in this project, AND it goes way beyond building a boring, static website — totally up to me, as far as I desire or feel led to go into creating dynamic content for this RV park on its new website, on its new Facebook page, and on other social media and search engines, etc. Then there are even videos to be made for its YouTube channel (and the site, and the Facebook page) — WOOT! AND it is all so very friendly — I am able to promote and work with the people and the places that have been my HOME and my “family” for about 5 of the last 10 months!! Lord, I could never have seen this one coming, and it is just ANOTHER of those things that you provide, that remind me that I can ALWAYS trust you to provide for little me. THANK YOU for teaching me more and more every day — about myself, about people, about nature and technology — and about your amazing mercy and Love for your people!! :O

 
Luke 6:36-42 ERV

Give love and mercy the same as your Father gives love and mercy. 
“Don’t judge others, and God will not judge you. Don’t condemn others, and you will not be condemned. Forgive others, and you will be forgiven. 
Give to others, and you will receive. You will be given much. It will be poured into your hands—more than you can hold. You will be given so much that it will spill into your lap. The way you give to others is the way God will give to you.” 
Jesus told them this story: “Can a blind man lead another blind man? No. Both of them will fall into a ditch. 
Students are not better than their teacher. But when they have been fully taught, they will be like their teacher. 
“Why do you notice the small piece of dust that is in your friend’s eye, but you don’t see the big piece of wood that is in your own eye? 
You say to your friend, ‘Let me get that little piece of dust out of your eye.’ Why do you say this? Can’t you see that big piece of wood in your own eye? You are a hypocrite. First, take the wood out of your own eye. Then you will see clearly to get the dust out of your friend’s eye. 

 
Lord Jesus, I am so grateful that you have given me soooooo much that I cannot even hope to hold it all! Heehee, that just means I have more to give others, right?! But I must admit these last verses about the eyes feel a bit intimidating. It seems to me that I would not be able to ever clearly see what is in my own eyes! Perhaps it’s just because I’m so accustomed to never seeing clearly PHYSICALLY, LITERALLY — with my messed-up contacts and other vision problems — but it seems to me that we can NEVER see our own selves clearly enough to judge ourselves — let alone to repair ourselves! And the idea of trying to judge or fix someone ELSE — well, now that reminds me of my foolish old self, back over a decade ago when I was in a different marriage to a very different man, and had a rather fearful, desperate mentality. Is that how the average person feels in today’s world, Lord? If so, I truly do not understand why you would even need to tell us to not try to judge or fix others — it seems obvious that the only way we can accomplish ANY good is to allow YOU to do it, faithful Shepherd!! I feel quite humbled.

 

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