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May 14

Good morning, Lord!
THANK YOU for all the awesome blessings of yesterday… fellowship with another woman who loves you, a refreshing of our supplies including WATER… and CLEAN CLOTHES again at last — WOOT!! But even more than those physical, tangible blessings, I thank you greatly for three comforts and helps you gave me yesterday that only YOU could give: the amazing ability to have a heartwarming conversation with my son who is across the world from me — and his Mate — which started before I even got out of bed, and ended in a huge encouragement and motivation for me in adding foreign languages to my new ONE site… then the way you enabled me to keep my wits about me the whole time being around an as-yet unfamiliar person and be able to hold conversation AND do my shopping and some digital work-related stuff — without getting too unforgiveably drained (from my introvert nature) or frazzled (from not being yet aaaaalllll the way healed from my past). I am simply amazed that I was able to be that stable, Lord! Surely your Word and your Spirit have grown me! And the third intangible blessing is related to the second: when I WAS a bit too frazzled, at the moment I least had my wits about me, YOU stepped in and intervened and covered me in such an awesome, merciful way, Lord! After I had settled into the laundromat, I discovered I did NOT have my phone with me, and I feared that I had left it on the counter at the CVS pharmacy where I had purchased laundry soap… but you kept me calm, even kept my Mate calm and allowed him to call the place 15 minutes before they closed and had him calmly give them his phone number in case they found my phone… and then, when I returned back to our little camper close to two hours later, I discovered that YOU had caused my phone to slip into the little crevice between my seat and the wall, leaving it back “home” instead of being lost or stolen by a stranger. You covered my biggest weakness, you caused my Mate to be kind to me when I needed it most, AND you allowed me to be stable and strong enough throughout the whole day. I am simply amazed at your mercy and care, faithful Shepherd! 😀

Philippians 4:10-20 ERV

I am so happy, and I thank the Lord that you have again shown your care for me. You continued to care about me, but there was no way for you to show it. 
I am telling you this, but not because I need something. I have learned to be satisfied with what I have and with whatever happens. 
I know how to live when I am poor and when I have plenty. I have learned the secret of how to live through any kind of situation—when I have enough to eat or when I am hungry, when I have everything I need or when I have nothing. 
Christ is the one who gives me the strength I need to do whatever I must do. 
But it was good that you helped me when I needed help. 
You people in Philippi remember when I first told the Good News there. When I left Macedonia, you were the only church that gave me help. 
Several times you sent me things I needed when I was in Thessalonica. 
Really, it is not that I want to get gifts from you. But I want you to have the benefit that comes from giving. 
I have everything I need. I have even more than I need. I have all I need because Epaphroditus brought your gift to me. Your gift is like a sweet-smelling sacrifice offered to God. God accepts that sacrifice and it pleases him. 
My God will use his glorious riches to give you everything you need. He will do this through Christ Jesus. 
Glory to our God and Father forever and ever. Amen.


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