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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 15

Good morning, Father.
Thank you for a good night of sleep, and a good start to the day, having some nice peaceful time alone with my Mate. Thank you for the kindness of the people here at the RV park, even getting a ride to Walmart yesterday — first time shopping this year! LOL – gotta enjoy those New Year jokes while I still can. In truth, I also need to do laundry… haven’t had a ride to the laundromat this year yet. I put that need in your hands, Lord. I know I can trust you to provide for little me, in your perfect timing. You’ve never let me down, and I still trust you completely.
 
Father, this morning I have a special prayer in my heart for a dear brother in Christ. His heart bleeds for people, and I sometimes worry that it will consume him. He seems to feel so alone, so pained by today’s world, as if he doesn’t belong here, in this timeframe. For months, I even wondered if you had taken him home. I know you have a plan for him, Lord, and I pray you help him to let go of his own expectations and disappointments, and allow you to show him the path you created specifically for him. I lift this brother’s precious heart up to you and ask you to strengthen him and give him the wisdom and humility to hand all his hurt over to you, and allow you to heal him and BE his strength. Nurture his big heart, faithful Shepherd, the way that only you can do. Amen.

 
Jeremiah 8:19-22 ERV

Listen to my people. Everywhere in this country, people are crying for help. They say, “Is the LORD still at Zion? Is Zion’s King still there?” But God says, “The people of Judah worshiped their worthless foreign idols. That made me very angry! Why did they do that?” 
And the people say, “Harvest time is over. Summer is gone, and still we have not been saved.” 
My people are hurt, so I am hurt. I am too sad to speak. 
Surely there is some medicine in Gilead. Surely there is a doctor in Gilead. So why are the wounds of my people not healed? 

 
Lord, I pray you give the same type of freedom and assurance and PEACE to my beloved friends and family as you have given to me. I hear my Mate mourn almost daily for the loss of his “fantasy America”. I personally never knew his version of “the good old days” because my childhood was filled with abuse and torture. I never knew a “good” America, or any other safe place, outside of YOU, my Creator, the Spirit I simply called “He who OWNS all this” — or some version of that “name” I had for you, since I was about three years old. Also, I do not know what it is that my dear brother in Iowa or my dear sister in New York hold onto — that pain in their hearts that seems to rob them of their joy and delight and PEACE. But the burdens they carry seem very familiar to me. I do not know if it is at all similar, but I used to mourn for the humans and the animals who I KNEW were out there being abused, long after I had escaped from abuse myself. My Mate helped me realize, almost a decade ago, that only YOU are strong enough to carry the burden of the brokenness of this world, and you do not mean for me to carry it myself.
 
I can feel sorrow for people, and walk beside them while they suffer, mourning with them, encouraging them, reminding them of your care and your closeness during suffering. But it does no one any good whatsoever for me to be crippled by HURT for this world, for the countless victims of abuse, for the loss of whatever good there USED to be in this world. I really think that obsession is a distraction tactic of the enemy, presenting God’s children with a burden that SEEMS like a worthy one to carry, but only serves to weigh us down, robbing YOU of a clean and empty vessel, ready to be used by You and your Spirit. Please help your children remember that Jesus offers to carry ALL of our burdens — His yoke is EASY and His burden is LIGHT. Help us take up our OWN crosses, Lord — the ones YOU give us to carry — and help each one of us to let GO of the things that only serve to hinder us. Help us to be wise enough and humble enough to see our own limitations, and cleanse us from all the cares of this world, as we focus on YOU and your goodness, your freedom, your peace, your salvation. Amen.
 

Lord, help us each remember that it is FAITH that pleases you, and it is PRAYER and THANKFULNESS that makes us ready for anything — including helping others or surviving this evil world.

 
Hebrews 11:6 ISV

Now without faith it is impossible to please God, for whoever comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who diligently search for him. 

 
Colossians 4:2 ERV

Never stop praying. Be ready for anything by praying and being thankful.

 
Your children’s hearts are hurting, Lord — for ourselves and for others we see trapped and confused by this evil world. We want to fix it ourselves, and many of us would be willing to die for the cause. Help us remember that Jesus already DID die for the cause, and what He did is ENOUGH. We cannot add to what you’ve done, and we can only control our OWN attitudes and behaviors — and we need your Spirit’s help to do even that. Help us to be patient with your timing, Father. Help us lay down our burdens, and accept the PEACE you offer us. Amen. 😀

 

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