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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 8

Good morning, Lord!
Thank you for giving me a good night’s sleep, including a little time with the hubby. Please be with me & my daughter today as we meet with the DARS lady. Go before us and prepare the way for her to initiate whatever help you would like her to provide for my daughter, so she can have a place to go & something to do with herself after graduation — preferably the military! 😀 Lord, you know what she needs. I lift her up into your mighty, faithful hands and ask you to provide for her future, as I feel helpless to do so.

Father, my heart is a little resentful this morning. I am dreading tomorrow, getting up at like 6am on a Saturday — my one “day off” and it’s already not really THAT anymore — to take my daughter to volunteer at the horse place. I would so much rather go during the day, during the week, than early on Saturday! But they are closed on Sundays, and my daughter gets home too late on school days to volunteer then. She really wants the hours so she can get her volunteer cord when she graduates, but she sprung this on me late in the game — we could have started in the fall, when it was at least warmer…! And you know me, Lord — I just do not like being bound by timeframes. And I suspect that after a couple hours on my feet, my bad heel will start to act up. It hurts after even a few minutes on a soft bed — it really hurts to stand on it for too long, Lord! :O< Still, I know this will be good for my daughter -- she may even turn into a horsewoman! And I know it is good for me, too. It's just frustrating. Father, you say to serve others using YOUR strength. I definitely feel like this is serving others, and I definitely feel like I don't have the strength to do it. Therefore I just put this whole thing into your hands -- along with my stubborn resentment -- and ask you to please give me peace until the time comes, don't let me fret and drain myself with this stupid dread! And in the morning, please give me a calm peace and let me serve in YOUR strength. Thank you, Lord!  

Philippians 2:1-4

Think about what we have in Christ: the encouragement he has brought us, the comfort of his love, our sharing in his Spirit, and the mercy and kindness he has shown us. If you enjoy these blessings, then do what will make my joy complete: Agree with each other, and show your love for each other. Be united in your goals and in the way you think.
In whatever you do, don’t let selfishness or pride be your guide. Be humble, and honor others more than yourselves.
Don’t be interested only in your own life, but care about the lives of others too.

Lord, please renew my heart. I give it to you. I figure I am probably just tired and crabby right now, but that is no excuse for me to have such bitter, selfish dread in my heart. I should be joyous to have this opportunity to serve my daughter and the other people at the horse place, even in the cold and rain, even so early in the morning on my only “day off”. Father, I desire to be excited about this opportunity. I desire for my heart to be found right before you. But it is YOU who does this work in me. I am just willing. Please take my resentful attitude. I give it to you. Replace it with love, your strengthening love, and help me to serve YOU, and forget about the circumstances, Lord. Thanks! 🙂


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