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Nov 6

Good morning, Lord!
Thank you for choosing me, protecting me, using me. Thank you for the warm place I am sleeping, and the nice warm blankets that I made using fabric that my sister gave me — even one that is nine feet long and almost nine feet wide, for my husband who loves it more than anything else he puts on his body, lol. Haha, it is so awesome to serve you, Lord God! I am excited this morning to get to know you better, get to know your Word better, and gradually get to know your creation better! I am excited to see what you and I will create together, in today’s digital world. How awesome to know you and be known of you, Shepherd! 🙂

 
2 Timothy 3 ERV

Remember this: There are some terrible times coming in the last days. 
People will love only themselves and money. They will be proud and boast about themselves. They will abuse others with insults. They will not obey their parents. They will be ungrateful and against all that is pleasing to God. 
They will have no love for others and will refuse to forgive anyone. They will talk about others to hurt them and will have no self-control. They will be cruel and hate what is good. 
People will turn against their friends. They will do foolish things without thinking and will be so proud of themselves. Instead of loving God, they will love pleasure. 
They will go on pretending to be devoted to God, but they will refuse to let that “devotion” change the way they live. Stay away from these people! 
Some of them go into homes and get control over weak women, whose lives are full of sin—women who are led into sin by all the things they want. 
These women always want to learn something new, but they are never able to fully understand the truth. 
Just as Jannes and Jambres fought against Moses, these people fight against the truth. Their thinking has been confused. The faith they have and teach is worthless. 
But they will not succeed in what they are trying to do. Everyone will see how foolish they are. That is what happened to Jannes and Jambres. 
But you know all about me. You know what I teach and the way I live. You know my goal in life. You know my faith, my patience, and my love. You know that I never stop trying. 
You know about my persecutions and my sufferings. You know all the things that happened to me in Antioch, Iconium, and Lystra—the persecution I suffered in those places. But the Lord saved me from all of it. 
Everyone who wants to live showing true devotion to God in Christ Jesus will be persecuted. 
People who are evil and cheat others will become worse and worse. They will fool others, but they will also be fooling themselves. 
But you should continue following the teaching you learned. You know it is true, because you know you can trust those who taught you. 
You have known the Holy Scriptures since you were a child. These Scriptures are able to make you wise. And that wisdom leads to salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. 
All Scripture is given by God. And all Scripture is useful for teaching and for showing people what is wrong in their lives. It is useful for correcting faults and teaching the right way to live. 
Using the Scriptures, those who serve God will be prepared and will have everything they need to do every good work. 

 
Lord, I thank you that I have never been one to worry about what type of days we live in, for I grew up in such a situation that I do not take freedom or safety or other human “rights” for granted. And I certainly do not look to the government to provide or protect them, lol. When I see a police officer, I do not think he will leave me alone just because I am doing nothing wrong. When I had a house or property, I did not assume no one would ever enter without warning, or take what is mine. It is a source of comfort and delight to me that ALL my security comes from the living God who protects all those who constantly look to Him to guide and protect us. Yes, I may be captured and tortured, have my body or my belongings mistreated — but so what? Jesus promises mercy to those who show mercy, and I KNOW how awesomely merciful God is!! He will see me safely through each and every difficulty, giving me a measure of peace and even joy throughout each ordeal. I do not expect to not have suffering — I rejoice in that I will never suffer ALONE, but will always have the comfort of the Holy Spirit of God to help me through it all. Thank you, Lord Jesus, our awesome faithful Shepherd! 😀

 

Nov 5

Hello, Father!
Thank you for the amazing long walk in the woods yesterday with my Mate, exploring the ravines and ridges and bluffs, and discovering so many details of your amazing creation in this part of the country! 😀 Thank you for the thrilling climbs up and down several exposed treeroot systems, and thank you for all that I managed to capture with my camera phone — and everything I witnessed but did not record. Thank you for the amazing discovery of Jack-in-the-Pulpit, and all of the fungi, and the little critter’s nest — which when I watched this morning I discovered little critter squeaky sounds caught on audio!! Thank you, most of all, for the little carpet of liverwort and all their tiny gemma cups — a sight I have not seen since one lovely day in Michigan, exploring the riverine forest with my children, back in 2008. Thank you, even beyond that, Oh Lord, for giving me a Mate that I can share all this with, and he with me. Thank you for giving him the patience to allow me to linger in delight over the tiniest details, and thank you for giving him his own unique perspectives to share with me! Thank you for giving us both the physical health and flexibility — along with a healthy dose of fearlessness — to climb and slide and boldly explore nature, perhaps even to feel more “at home” out in the woods than inside a house or city block.

 
Hebrews 12:23-29 ERV

You have come to the meeting of God’s firstborn children. Their names are written in heaven. You have come to God, the judge of all people. And you have come to the spirits of good people who have been made perfect. 
You have come to Jesus—the one who brought the new agreement from God to his people. You have come to the sprinkled blood that tells us about better things than the blood of Abel. 
Be careful and don’t refuse to listen when God speaks. Those people refused to listen to him when he warned them on earth. And they did not escape. Now God is speaking from heaven. So now it will be worse for those who refuse to listen to him. 
When he spoke before, his voice shook the earth. But now he has promised, “Once again I will shake the earth, but I will also shake heaven.” 
The words “once again” clearly show us that everything that was created will be destroyed—that is, the things that can be shaken. And only what cannot be shaken will remain. 
So we should be thankful because we have a kingdom that cannot be shaken. And because we are thankful, we should worship God in a way that will please him. We should do this with respect and fear, 
because our God is like a fire that can destroy us. 

 
Lord, I am so very grateful that you have chosen me and that you protect me and guide me each day. There are many things that elicit fear and dread in this life, some of which still lies ahead, and yet my heart can rest at peace, knowing that no matter what you put before me, I can handle it just fine because of your Spirit strengthening me on the inside. You equip me perfectly for every task, so that I sincerely have nothing to fear. Please help me to live boldly for you, and to travel to wherever you lead us, helping whomever you allow us. Please be with my husband today as he spends time with his male companions and completes their manly tasks. Be with me as I continue to practice Adobe Animate CC, learning more ActionScript and JavaScript code to walk further down the road from printables to interactives. Show me what YOU would have me to do this day, Shepherd. I give you my time, my hands, my mind, my heart. Amen.

 

Nov 4

Lord, I thank you for guiding me and my websites safely through the trenches yesterday. Thank you for giving me wisdom and calm, and letting me get that mess DONE! Father, I haven’t slept a wink yet, and it is past 5am. But I guess that’s what happens when I break FREE of the boundaries of things I HAVE TO do, that I dread doing, that have been weighing on me for weeks… and make it FINALLY into the timeframe that I can make something NEW!! And, of course, I already have. But that’s not what kept me from sleeping — THAT was my growing list of ideas and plans for a TON of new things, haHA! 😀 Father, I know I am overzealous, and I know I get too excited perhaps even for my own good. Please help me to stay a healthy level of excited, and to finally get some sleep soon, so I can have a good SaturDAY — without having to sleep through it, lol!

 
Revelations 3:18-21 ERV

I advise you to buy gold from me—gold made pure in fire. Then you will be rich. I tell you this: Buy clothes that are white. Then you will be able to cover your shameful nakedness. I also tell you to buy medicine to put on your eyes. Then you will be able to see. 
“I correct and punish the people I love. So show that nothing is more important to you than living right. Change your hearts and lives. 
Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If you hear my voice and open the door, I will come in and eat with you. And you will eat with me. 
“I will let everyone who wins the victory sit with me on my throne. It was the same with me. I won the victory and sat down with my Father on his throne.

 
Lord, even though I get all excited and caught up in my work sometimes, I do know that it is the eternal things of the Spirit that matter most. I do not wish to be foolish in my zealous energy, so I give it freely to you, trusting you with it completely. I figure you probably enjoy seeing me all excited about using the blessings you have given me, especially in ways that may help others. I know I sure like to see the people I love get all happy and excited, heehee! Father, I thank you for my energy and enthusiasm and my ever-developing skills, always learning and practicing — yet barely able to sleep. I ask you to teach me how to use my time and energy efficiently and effectively — and all my digital tools, too! Guide me as I develop more and more of my digital asset library and begin to create more visual and interactive materials, breaking OUT of print and into more mobile learner experience design — IF that is what you have for me to do, Lord. I give it all to you, for you make me joyous no matter what I have or don’t have. Thank you, faithful Shepherd! I look forward to seeing what we create together. 😀

 

Nov 3

Good morning, Father.
Lord, today I am performing open heart surgery on my websites, and I ask you to be my surgeon. Please steady my hands and strengthen my heart. I give all 25 of my domains to you, along with the last 14 years of work I have put into them. Part of me kinda wishes I could just start over from scratch, but you seem to be encouraging me to use what I have as a foundation to build upon. I know I can count on you, Shepherd, no matter what. Please give me courage and wisdom, and please don’t let me mess things up. Help me to be bold and courageous and just get it done. Amen.

 
1 Peter 2:4-11 ERV

The Lord Jesus is the living stone. The people of the world decided that they did not want this stone. But he is the one God chose as one of great value. So come to him. 
You also are like living stones, and God is using you to build a spiritual house. You are to serve God in this house as holy priests, offering him spiritual sacrifices that he will accept because of Jesus Christ. 
The Scriptures say, “Look, I have chosen a cornerstone of great value, and I put that stone in Zion. Anyone who trusts in him will never be disappointed.” 
So, that stone brings honor for you who believe. But for those who don’t believe he is “the stone that the builders refused to accept, which became the most important stone.” 
For them he is also “a stone that makes people stumble, a rock that makes people fall.” People stumble because they don’t obey what God says. This is what God planned to happen to those people. 
But you are his chosen people, the King’s priests. You are a holy nation, people who belong to God. He chose you to tell about the wonderful things he has done. He brought you out of the darkness of sin into his wonderful light. 
In the past you were not a special people, but now you are God’s people. Once you had not received mercy, but now God has given you his mercy. 
Dear friends, you are like visitors and strangers in this world. So I beg you to keep your lives free from the evil things you want to do, those desires that fight against your true selves. 
People who don’t believe are living all around you. They may say that you are doing wrong. So live such good lives that they will see the good you do, and they will give glory to God on the day he comes. 

 
Lord, please help me to remember that you have already built what is most important, and that anything I build (or accidentally destroy!) here is of no real consequence. I can put all my concerns in your hands, and trust you to protect me and all my little intellectual properties and digital assets. The whole way through, I have given my business to you, always trying to do things your way, even when it got me a lot of criticism from those who do not understand and may never understand. Father, please help me to continue to do it all your way, in your timing. There are a GREAT many things I want to build, so many things I want to learn and do and share with others. I give you all that I have done, and all that is in my desire to do, all that I’ve made, and all that I’ve imagined. I am yours and my business is yours, my income is yours and my heart and time and hands are all yours. I trust you completely, my Shepherd. Lead me in the way that I need to go, and help me to trust and rest in your peace. Amen.

 

Nov 2

Hello, Father.
I’m not sure why you want me to rest so much when I have so very much to do, but I accept your will for me, and ask that you help me feel good enough, soon enough, to stand and take a shower instead of just trying to sit up and absorb sunlight, like a plant, lol. Lord, my head really just keeps wanting to lay down, but I’ve done too much of that in the last 24 hours, and now I just want to get past this crazy whatever-it-is and not be sick at all for many months to come. Please forgive my crankiness, but I am sick of being sick! I finally have been over that flu-thingy for awhile now, and then this. Urrgh!! Father, please help me just to accept this time of rest, and leave everything else in your capable hands. I do NOT need to figure things out, I just need to be willing to serve you and do things your way — in your timing. Thank you, faithful Shepherd.

 
Hebrews 4:9‭-‬16 AMPC

So then, there is still awaiting a full and complete Sabbath-rest reserved for the [true] people of God; For he who has once entered [God’s] rest also has ceased from [the weariness and pain] of human labors, just as God rested from those labors peculiarly His own. [Gen. 2:2.] Let us therefore be zealous and exert ourselves and strive diligently to enter that rest [of God, to know and experience it for ourselves], that no one may fall or perish by the same kind of unbelief and disobedience [into which those in the wilderness fell]. For the Word that God speaks is alive and full of power [making it active, operative, energizing, and effective]; it is sharper than any two-edged sword, penetrating to the dividing line of the breath of life (soul) and [the immortal] spirit, and of joints and marrow [of the deepest parts of our nature], exposing and sifting and analyzing and judging the very thoughts and purposes of the heart. And not a creature exists that is concealed from His sight, but all things are open and exposed, naked and defenseless to the eyes of Him with Whom we have to do. Inasmuch then as we have a great High Priest Who has [already] ascended and passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession [of faith in Him]. For we do not have a High Priest Who is unable to understand and sympathize and have a shared feeling with our weaknesses and infirmities and liability to the assaults of temptation, but One Who has been tempted in every respect as we are, yet without sinning. Let us then fearlessly and confidently and boldly draw near to the throne of grace (the throne of God’s unmerited favor to us sinners), that we may receive mercy [for our failures] and find grace to help in good time for every need [appropriate help and well-timed help, coming just when we need it].

 

Nov 1

Good morning, Lord.
Thank you for the pleasant distractions yesterday, and thank you for the distance I have from anything and everything that COULD be affecting me this week. Thank you for peace, and for the thrill of learning and planning new things, and experimenting with new tools. Please guide me this day in how to best serve you, Shepherd. Give me courage and patience and help me share the abundance of Love I have with everyone around me. Amen.

 
Colossians 2:7-17 ERV

You must depend on Christ only, drawing life and strength from him. Just as you were taught the truth, continue to grow stronger in your understanding of it. And never stop giving thanks to God. 
Be sure you are not led away by the teaching of those who have nothing worth saying and only plan to deceive you. That teaching is not from Christ. It is only human tradition and comes from the powers that influence this world. 
I say this because all of God lives in Christ fully, even in his life on earth. 
And because you belong to Christ you are complete, having everything you need. Christ is ruler over every other power and authority. 
In Christ you had a different kind of circumcision, one that was not done by human hands. That is, you were made free from the power of your sinful self. That is the kind of circumcision Christ does. 
When you were baptized, you were buried with Christ, and you were raised up with him because of your faith in God’s power. God’s power was shown when he raised Christ from death. 
You were spiritually dead because of your sins and because you were not free from the power of your sinful self. But God gave you new life together with Christ. He forgave all our sins. 
Because we broke God’s laws, we owed a debt—a debt that listed all the rules we failed to follow. But God forgave us of that debt. He took it away and nailed it to the cross. 
He defeated the rulers and powers of the spiritual world.
With the cross he won the victory over them and led them away, as defeated and powerless prisoners for the whole world to see. 
So don’t let anyone make rules for you about eating and drinking or about Jewish customs (festivals, New Moon celebrations, or Sabbath days). 
In the past these things were like a shadow that showed what was coming. But the new things that were coming are found in Christ. 

 
Lord, today I pray a special prayer for all those of us who have been hurt or misled by HUMAN TRADITIONS — both the ancient ones and the more modern ones. Please help us to forgive and give it all to you. Help us to grow past the chains that bind us, seeing how FREE you desire your sheep to be! Make us wise and courageous enough to allow you to touch us in our most sensitive places, allowing you to heal us and make us more like you every day. Help us to remember that we are FREE because of what YOU have ALREADY done, Jesus. Help us to remember that we need do absolutely nothing besides actively BELIEVE in you, being WILLING to follow you wherever you lead us — even if we mess up sometimes, as we always will. Help us to not be so upset with ourselves or others that we cling to the poison of regret instead of accepting the freedom of peace and forgiveness you offer us. Help us to exchange our gloomy cloaks of guilt and greed for your white, wooly sheepskins of joy and freedom, living for our faithful Shepherd. Amen.

 

Oct 31

Good morning, Father.
Thank you for the awesome rejuvenating outdoor work yesterday, and thank you for providing warm clothing, even some fun and silly new hats, lol. Thank you for the health of myself and all those whom I love, and please bless my friend in New York and those in Denton, Texas. Give us each a real and tangible experience of your Care, your Love, your Faithfulness. Thank you for giving me so very much evidence of your work in my own life, Shepherd. Lord, I am soooo content with your provision, despite not having a real idea of where we will spend the winter. What does that matter, when you continue to show us your faithful care? Thank you for the amazing growth and healing all this month, and the miraculous closeness and new levels of trust that have been built between my Mate and myself. I am continuously amazed at how easy it all flows, our interactions and conversations and healing acceptance. Thank you so very much, Father, for giving us to each other, for the HOME we carry with us, the home that IS us, everywhere we may go. Please help us each to live for you, to always seek you and yield to your Touch, to always just be WILLING. Amen.

 
Isaiah 48:5‭-‬13‭, ‬17‭-‬22 ERV

So long ago I told you what would happen. I told you about those things long before they happened. I did this so that you could not say, ‘The gods we made did this. Our idols, our statues, made this happen.’” “You heard what I said would happen. And you can see it has all been done. Shouldn’t you tell this to others? Now I will tell you about new things, secrets you have not known before. This is something that is happening now, not long ago. You have not heard about it before today. So you cannot say, ‘We already knew that.’ But even in the past you didn’t listen. You didn’t learn anything. You never listen to what I say. I have always known that you would turn against me. You have rebelled against me from the time you were born. “But I will be patient. I will do this for myself. People will praise me for not becoming angry and destroying you. You will praise me for waiting. “Look, I will make you pure, but not in the way you make silver pure. I will make you pure by giving you troubles. I will do this for myself—for me! I will not let you treat me as if I am not important. I will not let some false god take my glory and praise. “Jacob, listen to me! Israel, I called you to be my people. So listen to me! I am the Beginning, and I am the End. I made the earth with my own hands. My right hand made the sky. And if I call them, they will come to stand before me.
 
The Lord, the Savior, the Holy One of Israel, says, “I am the Lord your God. I teach you for your own good. I lead you in the way you should go. If you had obeyed me, then peace would have come to you like a full flowing river. Good things would have come to you again and again, like the waves of the sea. If you had obeyed me, you would have had as many children as there are grains of sand. And they would always have been mine and would never have been destroyed.” My people, leave Babylon! My people, run from the Chaldeans! Tell the news with joy. Spread the news around the world. Tell them, “The Lord rescued his servant Jacob.” They never got thirsty as he led them through the desert, because he made water flow from a rock. He split the rock, and water flowed out. But the Lord also said, “There is no peace for evil people.”

 

Oct 29

Thank you, Father, for my husband and my sister who have kept me extremely busy these last two days, so much so that I have been nearly uneffected by the time of year and the weather changes. Please go before us and prepare for our new adventures as we head south (and prepare to), and please help us tie up all our loose ends here. Father, I thank you so much for giving me full access to ALL of the Adobe CC apps, and the delight in learning about and using them all. I am genuinely excited and cannot wait to start creating NEW things for you, Lord. Please help me look to you and not just be guided by my own plans. Help me to remain humble and teachable and willing to follow you no matter what. Amen. 😀

 
1 Peter 1:2-8 ERV

God planned long ago to choose you and to make you his holy people, which is the Spirit’s work. God wanted you to obey him and to be made clean by the blood sacrifice of Jesus Christ. I pray that you will enjoy more and more of God’s grace and peace. 
Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. God has great mercy, and because of his mercy he gave us a new life. This new life brings us a living hope through Jesus Christ’s resurrection from death. 
Now we wait to receive the blessings God has for his children. These blessings are kept for you in heaven. They cannot be ruined or be destroyed or lose their beauty. 
God’s power protects you through your faith, and it keeps you safe until your salvation comes. That salvation is ready to be given to you at the end of time. 
I know the thought of that is exciting, even if you must suffer through different kinds of troubles for a short time now. 
These troubles test your faith and prove that it is pure. And such faith is worth more than gold. Gold can be proved to be pure by fire, but gold will ruin. When your faith is proven to be pure, the result will be praise and glory and honor when Jesus Christ comes. 
You have not seen Christ, but still you love him. You can’t see him now, but you believe in him. You are filled with a wonderful and heavenly joy that cannot be explained. 

 

Oct 26

Good morning, Father.
Thank you for the loving compassion shown to me yesterday when I really needed it, and thank you for helping me “bounce back” and not linger too long in that state of mind. Thank you also for the ability to have FUN with my Mate, wherever we are, whatever the time of year, even whatever crazy situation confronts us. It is awesome to watch him grow, and to grow together right along with him, Father. Thank you for this gift, my “perk”, and please continue to guide us forward in your will for us. Show us how to prepare for the coming weeks and months, and help us to have the courage to keep looking to you and making adjustments according to YOUR plans rather than our own. Amen, thank you faithful Shepherd! 🙂

 
Malachi 3:14-18 ERV

You said, “It is useless to worship God. We did what the LORD All-Powerful told us, but we didn’t gain anything. We cried like people at a funeral to show we were sorry for our sins, but it didn’t help. 
We think proud people are happy. Evil people succeed. They do evil things to test God’s patience, and God does not punish them.” 
Then the LORD’S followers spoke with each other, and the LORD listened to them. There is a book in front of him. In that book are the names of his followers. They are the people who honor the LORD’S name. 
The LORD said, “They belong to me. I will be kind to them. Parents are very kind to their children who obey them. In the same way I will be kind to my followers. 
You people will come back to me, and you will learn the difference between good and evil. You will learn the difference between someone who follows God and someone who does not. 

 
Lord, I thank you for choosing me and giving me a chance to honor you and your Name. I give you my heart, my time, my mind, my work, my life. Show me how to honor you this day, Lord. Amen.

 

Oct 24

Lord, I thank you for the rocky, uncomfortable start to this day, because I know that not every day can be as awesome as some of the ones I’ve had lately, and I know that I can trust you to be just as close, and just as merciful and caring as ever, even when things don’t SEEM to be so great. So I give you my heart, my body, my work, my time. I ask that you encourage my mind in the direction that you want me to go this day, and help me to take heart and just focus on the things I can control, like my attitude and my behavior. Help me to be bright and hopeful for those around me, and guide me in my work and play. Amen.

 
Galatians 3:1-9 ERV

You people in Galatia are so foolish! Why do I say this? Because I told you very clearly about the death of Jesus Christ on the cross. But now it seems as though you have let someone use their magical powers to make you forget. 
Tell me this one thing: How did you receive the Spirit? Did you receive the Spirit by following the law? No, you received the Spirit because you heard the message about Jesus and believed it. 
You began your life in Christ with the Spirit. Now do you try to complete it by your own power? That is foolish. 
You have experienced many things. Were all those experiences wasted? I hope they were not wasted! 
Does God give you the Spirit because you follow the law? Does God work miracles among you because you follow the law? No, God gives you his Spirit and works miracles among you because you heard the message about Jesus and believed it. 
The Scriptures say the same thing about Abraham. “Abraham believed God, and because of this faith he was accepted as one who is right with God.” 
So you should know that the true children of Abraham are those who have faith. 
The Scriptures told what would happen in the future. These writings said that God would make the non-Jewish people right through their faith. God told this Good News to Abraham before it happened. God said to Abraham, “I will use you to bless all the people on earth.” 
Abraham believed this, and because he believed, he was blessed. All people who believe are blessed the same as Abraham was.

 
Lord, I am grateful that the story of my life that you are writing (or have written and I am just living out, lol) does not depend on little ME, because I am just like every other human and experience fears and self-doubts and such, just like everyone else. I doubt myself and feel unworthy of your care, or of any love at all some times. Yet I also recognize that as a foolish trick of the enemy, a distraction from the Truth, because I never, ever deserve your mercy or your Love and your care and your acceptance, no matter what I do or don’t do. All that matters is that I BELIEVE in your Word, and accept what it says as Truth, putting on Jesus as my cloak, my salvation, my Shepherd, my Way to the Father. And I DO believe, so I AM safe and I AM strong enough and “good enough” to not just make it through this day, this week, the rest of this year — but also to excel in the areas that HE desires for me to, and to accomplish all that He puts before me to do. I can rest in His mighty power, and resist the enemy’s attempts to get me to focus on the reality of my OWN powerlessness. Who cares who I am? All that truly matters is who HE is, and what HE has promised to a Little One like me who believes in Him. Thank you, Lord Jesus. Please encourage my heart, and the hearts of all those whom I love, and all those who read these words. Amen. 🙂

 

Oct 23

Good morning, Father!
Thank you for the good time with my sister yesterday, exploring your creation all around this part of the country. I am so impressed with the awesome variety of this landscape, Lord! I didn’t take a single video or stillshot, but I really don’t think either one could convey the awesomeness of it anyways, lol. Thank you for allowing me to experience that, and for the excitement I feel, looking forward to whatever you might have for me and my Mate in the coming months and years. Thank you for companionship and courage and encouragement. Thank you for my ability to absorb certain things like a sponge, as well as my ability to shed other things like an otter’s fur does water, heehee! Lord, I give this day to you. There are things I think I should focus on today, and things I want to learn. I want to spend some good time with my Mate and enjoy him, and I want to spend some time learning new things in about a half dozen different fields of knowledge — but I give it ALL to you, Lord. ALL my desires and expectations I lay at your feet, willingly trading them all for what YOU desire for me this day. Your ways are so much better than mine and I trust you, faithful Shepherd. Lead on!

 
Hebrews 6:7-13 ERV

Some people are like land that gets plenty of rain and produces a good crop for those who farm it. That kind of land has God’s blessing. 
But other people are like land that grows only thorns and weeds. It is worthless and in danger of being cursed by God. It will be destroyed by fire. 
Dear friends, I am not saying this because I think it is happening to you. We really expect that you will do better—that you will do the good things that will result in your salvation. 
God is fair, and he will remember all the work you have done. He will remember that you showed your love to him by helping his people and that you continue to help them. 
We want each of you to be willing and eager to show your love like that the rest of your life. Then you will be sure to get what you hope for. 
We don’t want you to be lazy. We want you to be like those who, because of their faith and patience, will get what God has promised. 
God made a promise to Abraham. And there is no one greater than God, so he made the promise with an oath in his own name—an oath that he would do what he promised. 

 

Oct 22

Good morning, Lord.
Thank you for such an awesome day yesterday, the beautiful weather and good family time, as well as all the learning and growth! Thank you for a good night of sleep after one with almost none — thanks to the sheer excitement of learning new things, lol. Thank you for giving me confidence and peace, even an assurance that I CAN do the programming and motion graphics to create what is in my mind’s eye, or whatever manifestation of it that YOU have designed for it, Lord. It is exciting to have a Big Picture to strive toward, even though at the moment it seems a bit unorganized and Unknown, especially with my 25 websites spread across two different servers at the moment, lol.

 
Psalm 21 ERV

To the director: A song of David. LORD, your strength makes the king happy. He is so happy when you give him victory. 
And you gave him what he wanted. You gave him what he asked for. Selah 
You gave the king such wonderful blessings. You put a golden crown on his head. 
He asked for life, and you gave it. You gave him life that goes on forever. 
You led him to victory that brought him great glory. You gave him honor and fame. 
You have given him blessings that will last forever. You have given him the joy of being near you. 
The king trusts in the LORD, and the faithful love of God Most High will keep him from falling. 

Lord, you will show all your enemies that you are strong. Your power will defeat those who hate you. 
When you appear, you will burn them up like a blazing furnace. In your anger, LORD, you will completely destroy them; they will be swallowed by flames of fire. 
Their families will be destroyed. They will be removed from the earth. 
That is because they made evil plans against you. They wanted to do things they could not do. 
You will make them turn and run away when you aim your arrows at their faces. 
LORD, we lift you up with our songs of praise. We sing and play songs about your power! 

 
Lord, I thank you for giving me the joy that comes from being near you, and from allowing you complete and total access to every little nook and cranny of my mind, my heart, my life. Thank you for giving me courage and confidence, and thank you for all the awesome people in my life, including the ones who read this blog and the ones who provide me with a little “trickle income”, all together paying me $5 off and on all day, every day, in exchange for access to my printables. Please show me how to serve people even better, not just through new printables, but through new animations and mini apps and games and even a complete learning interface. Please continue to guide me, Shepherd. Help me to resist the longings of my flesh and the enemy’s distractions, and focus on what YOU want me to learn and do each day. Show me how to help my husband and sister and everyone else I come into contact with. Thank you for your awesome longsuffering, patience, mercy, protection, and provision, Lord God. I trust you completely. 🙂

 

Oct 21

Hello, Father!
Thank you for keeping me at peace all day yesterday, even during the most intense moments. Thank you for helping me make smooth decisions and not feel any overwhelming pressure. Thank you for the nice start in migrating my sites to the new system, and thank you for all that I am learning, at such a rapid pace, in areas as diverse as applied physics, ornithology, PHP and mySQL, LX (UX or User eXperience, specifically for Learning), visual storytelling, motion graphics design, plant morphology, the history of Spain, and the geography of Italy, haHA! I have so very much FUN exploring both the natural and technological worlds, Lord! And then there are other things that perhaps do not fit either category neatly, which are more “social” like history and human psychology and communication… It is amazing even to my own self what an abundance of interest I have in so many different fields of knowledge and understanding and design and creativity! And then, in the background, I am growing in spirit, too, because your Holy Spirit is constantly at work in me, pruning away the junk that I think I need, in favor of nurturing the roots and shoots and fruits that YOU want to grow in the garden of my life, my eternal Husband. I truly feel like a child exploring my Father’s Kingdom, and I ask you to show me how to share my delight with others, inspiring them toward this awesome freedom and joy that I feel. Thank you, Shepherd. I trust you completely. Lead on! 😀

 
Psalm 119:29-45 ERV

Don’t let me live a lie. Guide me with your teachings. 
I have chosen to be loyal to you. I respect your laws. 
I follow your rules closely, LORD. Don’t let me be put to shame. 
I do my best to follow your commands, because you are the one who gives me the desire. 
LORD, teach me your laws, and I will always follow them. 
Help me understand your teachings, and I will follow them. Obeying them will be my greatest desire. 
Help me follow your commands, because that makes me happy. 
Give me the desire to follow your rules, not the desire to get rich. 
Don’t let me look at worthless things. Help me live your way. 
Do what you promised me, your servant, so that people will respect you. 
Take away the shame I fear. Your laws are good. 
See how much I want to obey your instructions! Be good to me, and let me live. 
LORD, show me your faithful love. Save me, as you promised. 
Then I will have an answer for those who make fun of me for trusting what you say. 
Let me always say what is true. I depend on your judgment to be fair. 
I will follow your teachings forever and ever. 
So I will live in freedom, because I do my best to know your instructions. 

 

Oct 20

Lord, I am nervous. Today my hosting service expires, and I have to migrate to a new system. The “help” I received from GoDaddy yesterday was scandalous, and I cannot understand how they can get away with charging three times as much for their outdated service, which I have been limping along with, than for their newer “cPanel” service, which uses the most recent versions of SQL and PHP. I am frustrated, skeptical, and a bit scared. It seems like it would be okay to engage the help of an outside expert — first time in my life, if I do — but with very little time and everything to lose, I am asking YOU to guide me very clearly and distinctly, Lord. I cannot afford to miss your Voice or to disobey the faithful leading of your Spirit. Please give me discernment and wisdom, Father. Please give me the humility and courage to give this whole scary mess to you, and to do whatever it is you would have me to do, in your timing. Amen.

 
Luke 9:23-26 ERV

Jesus continued to say to all of them, “Any of you who want to be my follower must stop thinking about yourself and what you want. You must be willing to carry the cross that is given to you every day for following me. 
Any of you who try to save the life you have will lose it. But you who give up your life for me will save it. 
It is worth nothing for you to have the whole world if you yourself are destroyed or lost. 
Don’t be ashamed of me and my teaching. If that happens, I will be ashamed of you when I come with my divine greatness and that of the Father and the holy angels. 

 
Lord Jesus, you are my faithful Shepherd. Thank you for saving me, leading me, strengthening me with your Holy Spirit. Thank you for giving me Life and hope and joy! Thank you for being my High Priest, my Rock, my Source of everything good. Thank you for always being near, your Spirit as my constant companion and Comforter. Lord, even though my heart is trembling a bit at the possibility of losing everything I’ve built over the past 13 years, all of my 25 domains and websites, I still have peace, an assurrance that you are Faithful, you will provide, you will protect me and save all that I am meant to have. I give you my life and my livelihood. I give you my work and my skill and my talent and my time. It is all yours, Lord. Protect what is yours, and continue to prune away everything that is just a distraction or a hindrance to your work in me and in my life. I trust you completely, Lord Jesus. Please help me to clearly hear your Voice, and be guided of your Spirit. Protect me from even my own foolish self, and don’t let me screw things up. I know with all certainty that you have done this so very many times before, and you are Faithful to do it many more times in the future. Thank you, Shepherd. Amen.

 

Oct 19

Good morning, Father!
Thank you for providing your Word and your Spirit, both of which help us make it through this life, growing and becoming more like you, more aligned to your way and your truth and your will! It is awesome how you continue to give me new little plumblines (new to ME), concepts I can constantly compare my thinking and behavior to, throughout the day. I really like this one you gave me this morning when I couldn’t sleep, and it seems like it can go very, very far indeed!
Whenever I feel I lack anything, whenever I feel there is something I am really needing, I can work my way through something like the following dialogue in my head:
What do I FEEL I am lacking? What makes this moment FEEL imperfect?
I feel a bit lonely, perhaps needing a little reassurrance that I am GOOD, loved, special.
Or, I feel COLD or worried about being cold or uncomfortable in the coming weeks or months!
GOD is my SOURCE of comfort, of warmth, of strength, of worth or value — of everything GOOD.
I already have what I need. Thank you, Lord, for giving me worth, comfort, peace, strength…

 
Well, like many things, it sounded much more awesome in my head, in my spirit, as I worked through some discomfort in the early hours of this morning, turning crabby self-pity into gratitude and an opportunity to fellowship with our faithful Shepherd who truly does provide ALL our needs!
It never ceases to amaze me how after only a few minutes of practiced faith and gratitude, the goodness of God has transported me out of whatever level of misery I’ve been struggling with, out into the Light of joy once again! :O>

 
Psalm 16 ERV

A miktam of David. Protect me, God, because I depend on you. 
Some of you have said to the LORD, “You are my Lord. Every good thing I have comes from you.” 
But you have also said about the gods of this land, “They are my powerful gods. They are the ones who make me happy.” 
But those who worship other gods will have many troubles. I will not share in the gifts of blood they offer to their idols. I will not even say their names. 
LORD, you give me all that I need. You support me. You give me my share. 
My share is wonderful. My inheritance is very beautiful. 
I praise the LORD because he taught me well. Even at night he put his instructions deep inside my mind. 
I always remember that the LORD is with me. He is here, close by my side, so nothing can defeat me. 
So my heart and soul will be very happy. Even my body will live in safety, 
because you will not leave me in the place of death. You will not let your faithful one rot in the grave. 
You will teach me the right way to live. Just being with you will bring complete happiness. Being at your right side will make me happy forever. 

 
I thought about copying and pasting verses from my favorite Bible book, James, this morning — about how EVERY GOOD gift comes from God. I thought about pasting in verses that mention that ALL OUR NEEDS are met in Him. But when I read Psalm 16, it describes so accurately how I feel about our faithful Shepherd, and I felt such joy and delight reading it, that I just went with that instead, lol. 😀
 
Lord, help me to ALWAYS look to YOU for my help instead of to the “gods” (distractions!) of this world such as money or authority or even my own strengths — so that I can always have your gentle, loving care, protection, and provision. I trust you completely, my Lord. Amen.

 

Oct 18

Good morning, Father.
Please forgive me for neglecting to post here the last couple days. The time went by so fast that it seemed like only a single day, and I was so distracted and busy and HAPPY for feeling so relieved and encouraged, and had interacted with so many of my other websites, that I couldn’t even remember if I had posted here or not, though in all honesty, I did suspect that might be the case. Thank you for not expecting perfection, Shepherd. I am joyous that you judge by the heart and do not condemn me. Thank you for your mercy and grace, my Lord, and thank you for giving me such an abundance of joy and peace and a crazy amount of progress both in my business and in my personal health, these last couple days! Thank you also for allowing me to converse with all three of my sons yesterday, while I was in town celebrating having converted ALL my sites over from giving away my materials for free, to charging a mere $5 from each person, each day that they want to download materials I have created. Thank you for leading me further away from the shame of days past, restoring my honor and dignity and confidence to me, little bit by little bit. Please help me to complete the tasks, to finish the updates and even to eventually start creating NEW materials, the thought of which has me quite excited, heehee! 😀

 
Romans 8:31-38 ERV

So what should we say about this? If God is for us, no one can stand against us. And God is with us. 
He even let his own Son suffer for us. God gave his Son for all of us. So now with Jesus, God will surely give us all things. 
Who can accuse the people God has chosen? No one! God is the one who makes them right
Who can say that God’s people are guilty? No one! Christ Jesus died for us, but that is not all. He was also raised from death. And now he is at God’s right side, speaking to him for us
Can anything separate us from Christ’s love? Can trouble or problems or persecution separate us from his love? If we have no food or clothes or face danger or even death, will that separate us from his love? 
As the Scriptures say, “For you we are in danger of death all the time. People think we are worth no more than sheep to be killed.” 
But in all these troubles we have complete victory through God, who has shown his love for us. 
Yes, I am sure that nothing can separate us from God’s love—not death, life, angels, or ruling spirits. I am sure that nothing now, nothing in the future, no powers, nothing above us or nothing below us—nothing in the whole created world—will ever be able to separate us from the love God has shown us in Christ Jesus our Lord. 

 
Lord, I know that we ALL are subject to the tactics of the enemy, who seeks to devour us and tempt us with our own human lusts and desires. He seeks to use our weaknesses to try to tear down the good you have built in our lives, robbing you of your fruit in us and trying to separate your children, your sheep from you. Father, I pray that you protect me and my Mate and my children and all those individual hearts whom I love and pray for. I ask that you touch each heart and mind that reads this blog. I ask you to renew our hearts and minds and quicken your Word in us, so that it can tear down the enemy’s strongholds in each one of us and shine the Light of your mercy on the path so that we can see the way OUT of temptations and disasters. Help us to be teachable and humble and willing to let you touch us, heal us, and prune away the diseased limbs from the rootstock of your Truth in us, Lord God. Give us discernment to hear and recognize your Voice, the leading of your Spirit, and give us the faith to lay down our troubles and follow you. Lord Jesus, we need you. Help us, faithful Shepherd. Amen.

 

Oct 15

Good morning, Father.
I am awake, but I barely feel alert. I am not coughing, but I do not feel all better. I have no immediate problems, but I do not feel entirely peaceful. This is another of those strange fuzzy states of mind, that I suppose must come at the end of a bout with the flu… or something. I just feel a bit “off”. Still, I am grateful that I could do some light stretchy exercises this morning without launching into a fit of coughing. And I am grateful that I have so many things I COULD do today, without HAVING to do anything. Along those lines, Lord, I ask you to guide me in what I can do for YOU today, how I can help people or otherwise make some sort of progress for you — even if progress is more resting time, lol. I give this day to you, and I thank you for another opportunity to get to know you better, faithful Shepherd. 🙂

 
Philippians 2:1-11 ERV

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. 
In your life together, think the way Christ Jesus thought. 
He was like God in every way, but he did not think that his being equal with God was something to use for his own benefit. 
Instead, he gave up everything, even his place with God. He accepted the role of a servant, appearing in human form. During his life as a man, 
he humbled himself by being fully obedient to God, even when that caused his death—death on a cross. 
So God raised him up to the most important place and gave him the name that is greater than any other name. 
God did this so that every person will bow down to honor the name of Jesus. Everyone in heaven, on earth, and under the earth will bow. 
They will all confess, “Jesus Christ is Lord,” and this will bring glory to God the Father. 

 
Jesus, I am so happy that I get to know you as Lord here in this life, so that I do not have to suffer the shame and regret of realizing that you ARE Lord whether we see you that way here or not, realizing that I wasted all this time NOT serving you! It gives me so much delight to know you, to be in service to you, to interact constantly with your Spirit, even to chatter incessantly to the Father in my little childlike simpleton voice that seems to occupy most of my mind at times. Lord, help me to remain in that simple childlike mode, looking to you and trusting you, and not get all adult and sophisticated and think I know what needs to be done, in what timing, and all that hokey. Help me to just be content in whatever situation I find myself, always looking for ways to serve you, to help others, and to be grateful and spread your Love. Please make it apparent to me when I really need to change directions, to turn left or right in order to stay on your path. Give me a chance to obey, to hear your Voice leading me. And please help me to have the humility and the courage to obey. Amen.

 

Oct 14

Good morning, Father.
Thank you for healing and growth, and thank you for even the in-between days when not much seems to happen, but there is still peace and not-always-so-obvious progress. I am grateful to live in this age of technology, with all its myriad ways of learning and sharing, but I do wish that all the troubles of technology did not frustrate my Mate so very much. Lord, please help him with his phone and its crazy instability, along with his tablet that keeps having little issues as well. Thank you for blessing me with peaceful and hopeful experiences with my own devices, Lord, and please show me how I can help my Mate best — either by just listening and being compassionate, or by actively helping when given the chance. Help me to grow in wisdom, Father, so that I continue to have chances to help your people. Amen.

 
Proverbs 3:13-35 ERV

Those who find wisdom are fortunate; they will be blessed when they gain understanding. 
Profit that comes from wisdom is better than silver and even the finest gold. 
Wisdom is worth more than fine jewels. Nothing you desire has more value. 
With her right hand, Wisdom offers long life—with the other hand, riches and honor. 
Wisdom will lead you to a life of joy and peace. 
Wisdom is like a life-giving tree to those who hold on to her; she is a blessing to those who keep her close. 

With wisdom and understanding, the LORD created the earth and sky. 
With his knowledge, he made the oceans and the clouds that produce rain. 
My son, don’t ever let wisdom out of your sight. Hold on to wisdom and careful planning. 
They will bring you a long life filled with honor. 
As you go through life, you will always be safe and never fall. 
When you lie down, you will not be afraid. When you rest, your sleep will be peaceful. 
You have no reason to fear a sudden disaster or the destruction that comes to the wicked. 
You can trust the LORD to protect you. He will not let you fall into harm. 
Do everything you possibly can for those who need help. 
If your neighbor needs something you have, don’t say, “Come back tomorrow.” Give it to him immediately. 

Don’t make plans to harm your neighbor, who lives near you and trusts you. 
Don’t take people to court without good reason, especially when they have done nothing to harm you. 
Don’t envy those who are violent. Never choose to be like them. 
Such crooked people are disgusting to the LORD. But he is a friend to those who are good and honest. 
The LORD curses a wicked family, but he blesses the homes of those who live right. 
He will humiliate those who make fun of others, but he is kind to those who are humble. 
The way the wise live will bring them honor, but the way fools live will bring them shame. 

 
Lord, please help me to grow in wisdom, and show me how to help each person I meet, even if it is only with a cheerful smile and a warm greeting. Show me how to wisely use the resources of my time, my love of learning, my enjoyment of technology, and my digital store of applications and graphics and notes and books and videos and still shots… AND ideas and plans and dreams and hopes, lol. I give it all to you, my Lord, a living sacrifice and a witness of your awesome blessings and faithful care. Thank you for this beautiful day, another chance to serve you and learn about this amazing world you created, with all its amazingly diverse people, plants, and animals. 😀

 

Oct 13

Good morning, Father!
Thank you for the crazy chaos inside my head these last 24+ hours, for I know that you must have SOME purpose for it, lol. I know it keeps me from trying to do anything tooooo serious or seriously difficult, so perhaps it is part of a little forced break after working so very hard lately, and recovering from what I suppose now must be the flu. Thank you for helping me heal, barely even coughing any more. Thank you for another good night of sleep, much needed rest. Thank you for the lightness of my husband and the hope of our situation, despite not having any guarantee of having a warm place to live and work in the coming months. He seems to have a lot more faith in that area, so I will just keep trusting and moving forward, doing whatever you give me to focus on at the moment. If I CAN focus, with this crazy cottony head, lol.

 
Proverbs 3:5-8 ERV

Trust the LORD completely, and don’t depend on your own knowledge. 
With every step you take, think about what he wants, and he will help you go the right way. 
Don’t trust in your own wisdom, but fear and respect the LORD and stay away from evil. 
If you do this, it will be like a refreshing drink and medicine for your body. 

 
Lord, I must admit that it is easier to trust you when my head is so funny that I cannot trust myself very much, lol. Still, I pray that you make me more and more humble and willing to do things your way, in your timing, submitting to your will and your plans for my life. I rejoice in serving you, being merely the main character in my own personal version of the story that YOU are writing. Thank you for choosing me, using me, guiding me, loving me. I trust you completely, faithful Shepherd. Lead on! Let’s see what you write on the next page of my life… 😀

 

Oct 12

Good morning, Father!
Ah, it is actually GOOD to be awake during my “normal” internet hours of 2am to 8am again — even though it WAS very nice to sleep through the night 2 or 3 times this past week, LOL. Thank you, Lord, for helping me heal and grow a little bit each day, coughing less and less while meanwhile breaking FREE of the shame and despair that has bound me for so many years, essentially re-creating all my websites to make something I can finally be proud of AND make an income off! Thank you for making me to be an occasional mental athlete, able to pull off amazing feats sometimes, like converting one whole website in a DAY, like I did with PrintableKindergarten.com yesterday — WOOT! Please help me maintain a good balance and a steady pace, continuing to work on the three sites I’ve already converted, while steadily moving forward on all the others. Please guide me each day, and help me to choose YOUR timing for things, rather than pushing myself too far, too fast. Show me how to do things YOUR way, faithful Shepherd. Amen.

 
Psalm 33 ERV

Rejoice in the LORD, good people! It is only right for good people to praise him. 
Play the lyre and praise the LORD. Play the ten-stringed harp for him. 
Sing a new song to him. Play it well and sing it loud! 
The LORD’S word is true, and he is faithful in everything he does. 
He loves goodness and justice. The LORD’S faithful love fills the earth. 
The LORD spoke the command, and the world was made. The breath from his mouth created everything in the heavens. 
He gathered together the water of the sea. He put the ocean in its place. 
Everyone on earth should fear and respect the LORD. All the people in the world should fear him, 
because when he speaks, things happen. And if he says, “Stop!”—then it stops. 
The LORD can ruin every decision the nations make. He can spoil all their plans. 
But the LORD’S decisions are good forever. His plans are good for generation after generation. 
Great blessings belong to those who have the LORD as their God! He chose them to be his own special people. 
The LORD looked down from heaven and saw all the people. 
From his high throne he looked down at all the people living on earth. 
He created every person’s mind, and he knows what each one is doing. 
A king is not saved by the power of his army. A soldier does not survive by his own great strength. 
Horses don’t really bring victory in war. Their strength cannot help you escape. 
The LORD watches over his followers, those who wait for him to show his faithful love. 
He saves them from death. He gives them strength when they are hungry. 
So we will wait for the LORD. He helps us and protects us. 
He makes us happy. We trust his holy name. 
LORD, we worship you, so show your great love for us. 

 
Lord, I delight in serving you! Help me to be patient during these various changes in my life, and to slow down enough to appreciate what I have at this very moment. Thank you for the beautiful weather, wonderful family moments filled with your Love, and awesome areas of growth. Thank you for the blessings you have given me, especially my awesome Mate and children, my sister who loves both you and me, and even her dog and her beautiful property here in Iowa. Thank you for my health, which is improving for sure, and my small income, which has potential to grow as well. Thank you for my love of learning, my excitement for exploring your creation, and my appreciation for beauty and for truth. Thank you for planting seeds of wisdom in me, Lord, and please help me to hold still under your Hand, remembering that without your touch, your mercy and grace, I would be nothing at all. Please help me stay humble and teachable and willing to do whatever you ask of me. Amen. 🙂