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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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May 28

Good morning, Father!
THANK YOU for the awesome breakthrough yesterday evening, breaking more FREE of shame and emotional hindrance than I may EVER have been yet in my life! I felt pretty much completely comfortable within myself, body mind and soul. Usually I am only comfortable spiritually, sometimes mind and soul — NEVER body, lol. Thank you for giving me even more guiding principles to remember, to practice, to make a part of my ever-stronger self. Help me to talk less and FEEL more. You seem to have MADE me for deep appreciation — not only of my mind and learning, and of people and their strengths — but also of my bodily senses, especially tactile senses and MUSIC! And the breeeeeeeze… the beautiful, lovely breeze that I am learning is only ever just a fan-and-full-battery away, lol. A lovely breeze seems to be a HUGE source of comfort to me, like an emotional “reset” button. Who needs drugs? LOL. 😀

 
Ezekiel 37:4-11 ERV

Then he said to me, “Speak to these bones for me. Tell them, ‘Dry bones, listen to the word of the LORD! 
This is what the Lord GOD says to you: I will cause breath to come into you, and you will come to life! 
I will put sinew and muscles on you, and I will cover you with skin. Then I will put breath in you, and you will come back to life! Then you will know that I am the LORD.‘” 
So I spoke to the bones for the LORD, as he said. I was still speaking, when I heard the loud noise. The bones began to rattle, and bone joined together with bone! 
There before my eyes, I saw sinew and muscles begin to cover the bones. Skin began to cover them, but there was no breath in them. 
Then the Lord said to me, “Speak to the wind for me. Son of man, speak to the wind for me. Tell the wind that this is what the Lord GOD says: ‘Wind, come from every direction and breathe air into these dead bodies! Breathe into them and they will come to life again!'” 
So I spoke to the wind for the LORD, as he said, and the breath came into the dead bodies. They came to life and stood up. There were many men—a very large army! 
Then he said to me, “Son of man, these bones are like the whole family of Israel. The people of Israel say, ‘Our bones have dried up; our hope is gone. We have been completely destroyed!’ 

 
Amos 4:6-13 ERV

“I didn’t give you any food to eat. There was no food in any of your cities, but you didn’t come back to me.” This is what the LORD said. 
“I also stopped the rain, and it was three months before harvest time. So no crops grew. Then I let it rain on one city, but not on another city. Rain fell on one part of the country, but on the other part of the country, the land became very dry. 
So the people from two or three cities staggered to another city to get water, but there was not enough water for everyone. Still you didn’t come to me for help.” This is what the LORD said. 
“I made your crops die from heat and disease. I destroyed your gardens and your vineyards. Locusts ate your fig trees and olive trees. But you still didn’t come to me for help.” This is what the LORD said. 
“I sent diseases against you, as I did to Egypt. I killed your young men with swords. I took away your horses. I made your camp smell very bad from all the dead bodies, but still you didn’t come back to me for help.” This is what the LORD said. 
“I destroyed you as I destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah. And those cities were completely destroyed. You were like a burned stick pulled from a fire, but still you didn’t come back to me for help.” This is what the LORD says. 
“So, Israel, this is what I will do to you. You people of Israel, prepare to meet your God.” 
He is the one who made the mountains. He created the wind. He lets people know his thoughts. He changes the darkness into dawn. He walks over the mountains of the earth. His name is YAHWEH, LORD God All-Powerful.
 

 
WOOOOOOO! That does not sound like the man-serving pussy god taught in most churches, haHA!! But as much as I do NOT wish anyone to be punished (I just do not have a heart for it, as I cringe to see anyone suffer, even emotionally!), for your HEART, Lord, I am grateful for what you say in the verse just BEFORE the last ones above, where you wipe your hands of it and declare, “You love to do those things (things that hurt God’s heart, serving the gods of the world instead of trusting in Him)… so go and do them.” I suspect that your heart still hurts BADLY when people reject you, Father… but I pray you teach me how to let GO of rejection like you do.

 
Lord, help me learn to share my delight with YOU, rather than always trying to express it in words (and dance, lol) to people who really are very often just plain not interested. You have taught me how to find such fulfilment in your creation, in the connection of your Spirit… and I don’t see how you would not make that grow even more, so that I am a calm yet delighted person, even more bubbly and FREE than I am at present. But Father, I do not want to irritate people. My Mate seems to be so short-tempered with me, and I KNOW he is carrying burdens within his own self already, but in the past my lightness has seemed to lift him just a little. He used to SMILE at me! Now, he just seems endlessly annoyed at life and even rude with me. I sincerely do NOT want to cause him more weight… please show me what I can do to maintain my delight and my freedom… without disturbing him. Help me to look past his bitterness and see the FRIEND that he is capable of being. Don’t let his heaviness be permanent — help him find his way back to being “Simple, Wild, and FREE!“. Help him REMEMBER that those things come from YOU, not from the political and financial state of the world we live in. I know I ignore politics and world events probably too much, but Father, I petition you to intervene in my Mate’s life and give him something POSITIVE to focus on, something he can actually CHANGE. Help him feel effective and able to accomplish good things, creating and improving with his own hands, his own mind — and find that “creating with the Creator” bliss that we both so adore. Let the Life of your Spirit intervene here, and bring Healing in your Wings. Help ME to be humble and teachable and QUIETER!! Amen. Thank you, faithful Shepherd!

 

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