Contact Fran:

Categories

Jun 6

Hello, Lord!
Thank you for this peaceful day, and thank you for leading us to an eye doctor that can see my husband immediately. Please help us get him some glasses ASAP, so we can move forward once again. Please provide enough money to cover our unforeseen expenses, and please continue to bless my son financially as well. Please also help him maintain a level of peace, as he struggles through these triple-pace summer classes AND does his digital commission work each day as well. You are faithful beyond any doubt, Lord God. I trust you completely! Thank you for providing for me and my family. Amen.

 
Isaiah 29:13-19 ERV

The Lord says, “These people come to honor me with words, but I am not really important to them. The worship they give me is nothing but human rules they have memorized. 
So I will continue to amaze them by doing powerful and amazing things. Their wise men will lose their wisdom. Even the most intelligent among them will not be able to understand.” 
Look at them! They try to hide things from the LORD. They think he will not understand. They do their evil things in darkness. They tell themselves: “No one can see us. No one will know who we are.” 
You turn things upside down. You think the clay is equal to the potter. You think that something that is made can tell the one who made it, “You did not make me!” This is like a pot telling its maker, “You know nothing.” 
This is the truth: After a very short time, Lebanon will become rich farmland, and the farmland will be like thick forests. 
The deaf will hear the words in the book. The blind will see through the darkness and fog. 
The LORD will make poor people happy. The poorest people will rejoice in the Holy One of Israel.

 
Lord, I am probably the poorest person I know, but also the happiest. And you continue to do amazing things each and every day! Thank you for peace and Love and joy! Thank you for gratitude and appreciation of even the smallest things like chapstick and freckles and clean clothes and mushrooms! Thank you for creating people and giving them the breath of your Spirit (your pneuma). Thank you for calling us, choosing us, and leading us. Thank you for being our faithful Shepherd and mighty King. 😀

 

Jun 5

Hello, Father!
Thank you for landing us in ER land — Emergency Recovery from our most recent adventures, lol. Thank you for the way you are moving in my oldest son’s life, even giving him a new place to live for his 28th birthday — yay! Please continue to touch the lives of my children and also my friend in New York, however she may be doing. I am grateful to know you, Lord, and I think that a personal, intimate relationship with you is the best thing that any of us could have. I thank you for the delight of knowing and being known by you, and I pray that you give each one of them that same delight. Thank you, Faithful Shepherd! 🙂

 
Matthew 10:11-15 ERV

“When you enter a city or town, find some worthy person there and stay in his home until you leave. 
When you enter that home, say, ‘Peace be with you.’ 
If the people in that home welcome you, they are worthy of your peace. May they have the peace you wished for them. But if they don’t welcome you, they are not worthy of your peace. Take back the peace you wished for them. 
And if the people in a home or a town refuse to welcome you or listen to you, then leave that place and shake the dust off your feet. 
I can assure you that on the judgment day it will be worse for that town than for the people of Sodom and Gomorrah.

 
Lord, I do not feel like I have much of anything to offer people I meet, other than a ton of joy and faith and cheerfulness, and perhaps encouragement, if given the chance. But I also do not wish any harm (or a lack of peace) upon anyone who does me harm or rejects me or my husband in any way. Therefore I cannot totally relate to the verses above. Still, being given refuge in this home, this day, for our little ER time, I really do wish that you would fill the giver with peace, and bless him financially beyond expectation, for he has shared what little he has and not asked for anything in return. Thank you, Lord, for your awesome provision. Please heal up my husband, and lead us where to go next, when it is time. Amen.

 

Jun 4

Lord, I can’t believe how excited I am to have INTERNET again!! How perfectly delightful to be able to access this site and write this post from my Lenny rather than from my phone — WOOT! But way better than that is the awesomeness of having something that has been taken for granted in the past be morphed into a source of sheer delight!! Already there are so many things that I have adapted to NOT having — or having a much less convenient version of them — that every little improvement, no matter how temporary is simply delightful! How amazing to be so joyous and cheerful! What an opportunity for growth, for humility, for exploration and learning — and GRATITUDE!! Thank you, awesome Shepherd, for giving me this awesome chance to serve you and to be like you and have no home on this earth, just a traveler. Lead on, Lord! 😀

 
Luke 6:33-36 ERV

If you do good only to those who do good to you, should you get any special praise for doing that? No, even sinners do that! 
If you lend things to people, always expecting to get something back, should you get any special praise for that? No, even sinners lend to other sinners so that they can get back the same amount! 
“I’m telling you to love your enemies and do good to them. Lend to people without expecting to get anything back. If you do this, you will have a great reward. You will be children of the Most High God. Yes, because God is good even to the people who are full of sin and not thankful. 
Give love and mercy the same as your Father gives love and mercy. 

 
Wow, Lord, I am actually spoiled on the little conveniences of using my PHONE to post here, rather than my laptop, using the internet! What a surprise! I never expected to actually find such advantages, haha! This is actually so FUN, not knowing what each day holds, in advance — absolutely NO “same ‘ol same ‘ol” — yippee! Thank you so much, Father, for your awesome care and fellowship. Thank you for all your mercies and protection, and thank you a thousand times for the wonderful peeps we got to meet today, who blessed us with their appreciation and open friendship, while we also got to bless them with a carload full of free stuff from our old home — pet supplies, craft supplies, kitchen stuff, tools… and they even said our stuff would be really the ONLY stuff in their brand-new apartment, until they go back north to get their things… how cool! Lord, I may be inside the c-c-c-cold air conditioning at this moment, but I am still aware that it is June and I am still in Texas. Please help me endure the heat as well as I have endured having no electricity — or else please show us when and where and how to LEAVE Texas (please?!) and go further north where it is cooler. Please also heal my husband of all his aches and sorenessess from all the lifting and moving and bending and squatting of this past week or two, especially the last couple days. Thank you for this awesome mini vacation, allowing us time to rest and lick our wounds in safety and peace. Please heal us and restore our spirits as well as our energy. Please help us both to actually SLEEP tonight! 🙂

 

Jun 3

Hello, Father.
Thank you for the awesome blessings of the last 20 hours, your amazing mercy and grace! Thank you for the solid anchor of seeing the Big Picture, perhaps as close as a human can come to knowing their beginning from the end, and our end from this new beginning. Thank you for security, stability, and peace, all of which surpass all understanding, as we live out of a leaky damp vehicle in the rain. Thank you for providing a safe and dry place for my Lenny laptop to rest, waiting for me to have a more appropriate place for electronic equipment. Thank you for giving each one of my children a safe place to live, where each can pursue their own goals and dreams, completely free of their homeless nomad mother, lol. Thank you, Jesus, for teaching me more of you.

 
Matthew 8:18‭-‬22 ERV

When Jesus saw the crowd around him, he told his followers to go to the other side of the lake. Then a teacher of the law came to him and said, “Teacher, I will follow you any place you go.” Jesus said to him, “The foxes have holes to live in. The birds have nests. But the Son of Man has no place to rest.” Another of Jesus’ followers said to him, “Lord, I will follow you too, but let me go and bury my father first.” But Jesus said to him, “Follow me, and let those who are dead bury their own dead.”

 
Lord, I thank you for the opportunity to follow you. Please continue to empower us to do your will and please prepare us for whatever you have planned for us to do. Thank you for engineering us with such a lovely design, even if it has little in common with “normal” people and expectations. Thank you for making me a fool for you. Lead on! 🙂

 

Jun 2

Hello, Father.
Thank you for supreme peace and joy, even in the face of disaster and the Unknown. Thank you for strength of heart, for courage, for Love. Thank you for the invaluable learning, especially the wisdom that comes of losing your life in order to find it. Thank you for fellowship and friendship and peace with all. Please bless my friend in New York today, as I do not have a way right now to receive emails from her or anyone else, so I don’t know how she is doing. I am grateful that you love and care for her, as you do for little me. Amen! 😀

 
Jeremiah 10:6‭-‬16 ERV

Lord, there is no one like you. You are great! Your name is great and powerful! Everyone should respect you, King of all the nations. You deserve their respect. There are many wise men among the nations, but not one of them is as wise as you. All the people of the other nations are stupid and foolish. Their teachings come from worthless wooden statues. They use silver from the city of Tarshish and gold from the city of Uphaz and make their statues. Carpenters and metalworkers make the idols. They put blue and purple clothes on them. “Wise men” make these “gods.” But the Lord is the only true God. He is the only God who is alive. He is the King who rules forever. The earth shakes when he is angry. The people of the nations cannot stop his anger. The Lord says, “Tell them this message: ‘These false gods did not make heaven and earth. They will be destroyed and disappear from heaven and earth.’” God is the one who used his power and made the earth. He used his wisdom and built the world. With his understanding he stretched the sky over the earth. God causes the loud thunder, and he causes great floods of water to fall from the sky. He makes clouds rise in the sky every place on earth. He sends lightning with the rain. He brings out the wind from his storehouses. People are so stupid! Metalworkers are fooled by the idols that they themselves made. These statues are nothing but lies. They are stupid. These idols are worth nothing. They are something to make fun of. In the time of judgment they will be destroyed. But Jacob’s God is not like the idols. He made everything, and Israel is the family that God chose to be his own people. His name is Lord All-Powerful.

 

Jun 1

Good morning, Lord!
Thank you for your awesome care and tender mercies. Thank you for teaching me so much, and helping me to understand the Little Things that I am allowed to learn. Thank you for a most wonderful and productive time getting to know most of the individuals of my daughter’s new household, and for reassuring my motherly heart. Thank you for the opportunities you provided for me to minister to them a bit, and also to my husband as well. Thank you for the patience and mercy shown to us, and given through us. Thank you for fellowship and peace. You are awesome, Shepherd!! 😀

 
Psalms 23 ERV

The Lord is my shepherd. I will always have everything I need. He gives me green pastures to lie in. He leads me by calm pools of water. He restores my strength. He leads me on right paths to show that he is good. Even if I walk through a valley as dark as the grave, I will not be afraid of any danger, because you are with me. Your rod and staff comfort me. You prepared a meal for me in front of my enemies. You welcomed me as an honored guest. My cup is full and spilling over. Your goodness and mercy will be with me all my life, and I will live in the Lord’S house a long, long time.

 
Lord, I have no idea what this day will bring. I really have no expectations or goals, other than to help my husband and learn to know both him and you better each day. It is completely satisfying to be your child and to have such a relationship with you. My only prayer for this day is to please keep my loved ones safe and bring each one into a closer, more intimate relationship with you. Thank you, Lord.

 

May 31

Hello, Father.
Thank you for this quiet moment to sit and write my post. My body is antsy, restless and ready to spring into action. Thank you for my health and my energy, and thank you for excitement and hope. Thank you for clean body and clean clothes! And thank you so much for the peace and unity between my husband and myself, Lord. Thank you again and again for helping him to be patient and compassionate towards me yesterday, especially at the storage unit, where I have such trouble with shame, seeing all the space on this earth that my stuff takes up – even if it’s just two-thirds of a 5×10 foot storage unit, lol. Thank you for helping me in so many countless ways, Shepherd! 😀

 
Ephesians 2:13‭-‬22 ERV

Yes, at one time you were far away from God, but now in Christ Jesus, you are brought near to him. You are brought near to God through the blood sacrifice of Christ. Christ is the reason we are now at peace. He made us Jews and you who are not Jews one people. We were separated by a wall of hate that stood between us, but Christ broke down that wall. By giving his own body, Christ ended the law with its many commands and rules. His purpose was to make the two groups become one in him. By doing this he would make peace. Through the cross Christ ended the hate between the two groups. And after they became one body, he wanted to bring them both back to God. He did this with his death on the cross. Christ came and brought the message of peace to you non-Jews who were far away from God. And he brought that message of peace to those who were near to God. Yes, through Christ we all have the right to come to the Father in one Spirit. So now you non-Jewish people are not visitors or strangers, but you are citizens together with God’s holy people. You belong to God’s family. You believers are like a building that God owns. That building was built on the foundation that the apostles and prophets prepared. Christ Jesus himself is the most important stone in that building. The whole building is joined together in Christ, and he makes it grow and become a holy temple in the Lord. And in Christ you are being built together with his other people. You are being made into a place where God lives through the Spirit.

 
Lord, I thank you for all you are doing in our lives. Please give special blessings to those who have helped us in special ways, especially the Dans and the Davids, haha. Please do return an hundredfold back to those loving hearts who touched ours. Please let today’s transitions go smoothly, and help us not to forget anything important. Thank you for your faithful care!

 

May 30

Lord, my heart is weary. I long for a compassionate, understanding hug and reassuring words. I wish someone besides you had a clue what I am going through, how strong and resilient and trusting I’ve been. But instead I feel like I am supposed to do everything perfectly, and not have any needs or weaknesses. I am supposed to get up and pour out.. and somehow keep track of every little thing we own, and so very, very much MORE. Lord, I thank you sincerely for the merciful, loving restoration you provided last night, reminding me of the source of my joy, and making me overflow with gratitude. You turned my heart from the path of bitterness, onto the path of compassion. I am ashamed that I did not wake up feeling as strong as when I finally went to sleep. Forgive me, Lord, and guide me back to gratitude and strength, so I can continue to help my husband and anyone else you put before me. Amen.

 
Ephesians 4:10‭-‬16 ERV

So Christ came down, and he is the same one who went up. He went up above the highest heaven in order to fill everything with himself. And that same Christ gave these gifts to people: He made some to be apostles, some to be prophets, some to go and tell the Good News, and some to care for and teach God’s people. Christ gave these gifts to prepare God’s holy people for the work of serving, to make the body of Christ stronger. This work must continue until we are all joined together in what we believe and in what we know about the Son of God. Our goal is to become like a full-grown man—to look just like Christ and have all his perfection. Then we will no longer be like babies. We will not be people who are always changing like a ship that the waves carry one way and then another. We will not be influenced by every new teaching we hear from people who are trying to deceive us—those who make clever plans and use every kind of trick to fool others into following the wrong way. No, we will speak the truth with love. We will grow to be like Christ in every way. He is the head, and the whole body depends on him. All the parts of the body are joined and held together, with each part doing its own work. This causes the whole body to grow and to be stronger in love.

 
Thank you, Lord, for hope. Thank you for the hope that some day all the books and craft supplies I have stored away will be useful to others. I still fervently desire to set up a place in some small town, in some state further north where it is moist and forested, hopefully even within earshot of a lovely peaceful train… a ministry that can share your Love with others through art and books and occupational and recreational fellowship. I don’t know if or when that will happen, but I have a good foundation for it, both in materials and in my “homing instinct” LOL

 

May 29

Hello, Father.
What a day! Thank you for helping me endure all the stress of this day and its challenges, and thank you for the pleasant surprise this evening of finding homes for some of my things inside the biggest metal toolbox on Mr D! Heehee, sometimes I am so silly, I amuse my own self! 😀

 
1 Corinthians 14:1‭-‬3‭, ‬26 ERV

Love should be the goal of your life, but you should also want to have the gifts that come from the Spirit. And the gift you should want most is to be able to prophesy. I will explain why. Those who have the gift of speaking in a different language are not speaking to people. They are speaking to God. No one understands them—they are speaking secret things through the Spirit. But those who prophesy are speaking to people. They help people grow stronger in faith, and they give encouragement and comfort. So, brothers and sisters, what should you do? When you meet together, one person has a song, another has a teaching, and another has a new truth from God. One person speaks in a different language, and another interprets that language. The purpose of whatever you do should be to help everyone grow stronger in faith.

 
Thank you, Father, for making me able to sing in the spirit and in the understanding to you. Thank you for helping me serve others, using your strength. Please help us to sell the last of our things, so we can make the best use of our resources. Lord, please help me adapt to not having internet access. I was able to connect to Walmart wifi for almost 2 hours finally today, but had to spend the entire time updating our listings and dealing with countless more window shoppers just wasting my time, and I had to leave before I could do any more than glance at the first page of my 700+ accumulating emails, waiting for me in my inbox. Frustrating. Please provide a time for my own needs, Lord, some day when I can slow down a bit on helping my husband with his stuff. I really miss my OWN work, Father. You see all. I trust you completely, faithful Shepherd. Lead on!

 

May 28

Lord, I thank you for your awesome mercy, your tender care, and your miraculous sustenance. Thank you for this wonderful day of peaceful rest, like an oasis in the desert, actually 20 degrees cooler than it has been, giving my body time to recover and not have to stay wet just to endure. If the weather was this nice every day, I am sure I would eventually take it for granted. Right now it really seems like a miracle that refreshes and strengthens me, like my Shepherd’s loving touch. Thank you, loving Father.

 
Roman 3:19-22 ERV

What the law says is for those who are under the law. It stops anyone from making excuses. And it brings the whole world under God’s judgment, because no one can be made right with God by following the law. The law only shows us our sin. But God has a way to make people right, and it has nothing to do with the law. He has now shown us that new way, which the law and the prophets told us about. God makes people right through their faith in Jesus Christ. He does this for all who believe in Christ. Everyone is the same.

 
Lord I thank you for giving me faith to believe in you, and to allow me to be pleasing to you. I thank you for all the loving people I will get to meet in the coming months, both those who call themselves Christians and those like myself that choose not to embrace that label, for whatever reason. I am so grateful that you examine our hearts, not our attendance records or pocketbooks or college degrees. I am grateful that you cleanse us, give us our faith, and make us right. Thank you, Father, for looking upon us humans and seeing the blood of your righteous son, and how it is changing us, rather than seeing our hopeless pride, our humanity. Thank you, merciful Lord. I trust you completely.

 

May 27

Good morning, Father.
Thank you for the peace and calm I have this morning, feeling much better, more hopeful and less stressed. It does suck that people and their bogus treatment cause way, way more stress than having no electricity, no real home, and very little food we can eat without heating capabilites. I am glad we have recently met some compassionate people with a heart that loves You, so that my own heart does not grow completely hard with lonely despair. I pray you bring more people into our lives, both to give and to receive your Love. Make us ever more clean and pleasing vessels for you, Lord God. Amen.

 
2 Corinthians 6:3-10 ERV

We don’t want people to find anything wrong with our work. So we do nothing that will be a problem to others. But in every way we show that we are servants of God. We never give up, even though we face troubles, difficulties, and problems of every kind. We are beaten and thrown into prison. People get upset at us and fight against us. We work hard, and sometimes we get no sleep or food. We show that we are God’s servants by our pure lives, by our understanding, by our patience, and by our kindness. We show it by the Holy Spirit, by genuine love, by speaking the truth, and by depending on God’s power. This right way of living has prepared us to defend ourselves against every kind of attack. Some people honor us, but others shame us. Some people say good things about us, but others say bad things. Some people say we are liars, but we speak the truth. To some people we are not known, but we are well known. We seem to be dying, but look! We continue to live. We are punished, but we are not killed. We have much sadness, but we are always rejoicing. We are poor, but we are making many people rich in faith. We have nothing, but really we have everything.

 
Lord, I thank you for giving me everything, all that I need. I thank you for the long-awaited breeze that is comforting me while I continue to learn more about video production, in preparation for our YouTube channels. I thank you for my little bumblebee, my yellow and black mini boombox-size UPS that recharges my phone, my Kindle, and my Lenny laptop. 😀

 

May 26

Lord, it is hot, almost 100 degrees. I thought we would be out of Texas weeks ago. Help me to not get too irritable, and to just stay light and supportive and sensitive to all my husband’s needs, and less sensitive to my own. Thank you for helping me get a full night of sleep, despite the heat and lack of breeze. To be honest, not having electricity is turning out to be less painful than anticipated. I do still feel quite lost without internet, though, trying desperately to conserve mobile data even while yet more people waste my time and resources “window shopping”, asking questions about the things we have posted for sale, even saying they are on their way over… then never showing up. I am so discouraged and SICK of people wasting my time and resources that I truly feel like I could cry for three days straight. I feel burned out, used up, wounded and desperate for a show of kindness and some positivity. I truly wish you would just move the heart of even one of your people to find this blog or one of my other sites, and send me an encouraging word or maybe even donate enough money to relieve this pressure on me to get money by selling my husband’s stuff while still maintaining my mobile data and keeping a charge on my phone. It all seems so impossible, Lord. I wish we could just leave all this stuff as a donation to our landlord, and yet somehow walk away with enough money in our pockets to survive awhile. I really don’t think I ask too much, Lord. I really feel like I have been enduring like a trooper. How is it that I find myself so suddenly with tears streaming down my face, emotionally exhausted, surprised at how weak I feel?

 
James 4:8-17 ERV

Come near to God and he will come near to you. You are sinners, so clean sin out of your lives. You are trying to follow God and the world at the same time. Make your thinking pure. Be sad, be sorry, and cry! Change your laughter into crying. Change your joy into sadness. Be humble before the Lord, and he will make you great. Brothers and sisters, don’t say anything against each other. If you criticize your brother or sister in Christ or judge them, you are criticizing and judging the law they follow. And when you are judging the law, you are not a follower of the law. You have become a judge. God is the one who gave us the law, and he is the Judge. He is the only one who can save and destroy. So it is not right for you to judge anyone. Some of you say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to some city. We will stay there a year, do business, and make money.” Listen, think about this: You don’t know what will happen tomorrow. Your life is like a fog. You can see it for a short time, but then it goes away. So you should say, “If the Lord wants, we will live and do this or that.” But now you are proud and boast about yourself. All such boasting is wrong. If you fail to do what you know is right, you are sinning.

 
Lord, help me to just draw near to you, and trust you to take care of all things, in your perfect way, in your perfect timing. Help me to grow strong again by thanking you for every tiny thing in my life that does not suck, from my soaking wet shirt that’s keeping me cooler, to the protein bread that’s giving my body energy. I look forward to learning more about you and your Creation and your people. Amen.

 

May 25

Good morning, Father.
Thank you for taking such awesome care of me, gently guiding me how to get thoroughly clean and refreshed this morning despite having no electricity or hot water. I feel great! Thank you for the peace I have this morning, not worried about anything, able to focus on the present moment instead of fretting about things that might or might not happen in the future, and how I will deal with them – as if I had to figure it all out myself, lol. Please help me to remain calm and patient, waiting on you and staying ready to learn and to do your will. Show me what I need to do this day, outside of all the time spent helping my husband. Thank you, Shepherd. Lead on!

 
Titus 3:3-7 ERV

In the past we were foolish too. We did not obey, we were wrong, and we were slaves to the many things our bodies wanted and enjoyed. We lived doing evil and being jealous. People hated us and we hated each other. But then the kindness and love of God our Savior was made known. He saved us because of his mercy, not because of any good things we did. He saved us through the washing that made us new people. He saved us by making us new through the Holy Spirit. God poured out to us that Holy Spirit fully through Jesus Christ our Savior. We were made right with God by his grace. God saved us so that we could be his children and look forward to receiving life that never ends.

 
Hurray! This was so much easier today, posting on my phone, that I am much encouraged! I am feeling a little lost, how to help my husband right now, or whether to just stay out of his way and be supportive from a distance, let him come to me when ready, but the peace I have is allowing me to just be flexible and ready to adapt to the change of circumstances and needs. Thank you, Lord, for this day and its opportunities to serve you. 🙂

 

May 24

Hello, Lord!
Thank you for teaching me how to more efficiently post to this blog, using as little mobile data as possible. There are still sooooooo many details about life without electricity that I need to learn in the coming days and weeks. Please help me to discern what are actually legitimate, immediate needs, and which can wait, and which to let go of altogether. For example, how often do I really need to wash clothes? What are all my options for bathing? How can I best maintain my health and energy? How do I sleep without a fan, when it is HOT? What makes my head hurt, or feel fuzzy? I look forward to learning more each day with you, faithful Shepherd! Please guide me to follow you faithfully. 🙂

 
Colossians 2:6‭-‬10 ERV

You accepted Christ Jesus as Lord, so continue to live following him. 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.

 
Lord, I thank you for already giving me everything I need through Jesus. I thank you for choosing me and giving me a chance to serve you. Please make me wise and help me to stay humble and teachable. Show me how to order my days and be fruitful for you. Amen.

 

May 23

Hello, Father!
Thank you for this extremely busy day, not even having a chance to write until I am fixing to go to sleep for the night! Please teach me how to be more efficient at using my phone to write, and being super frugal with my tiny bit of mobile data, now that I have no internet. Please help me find time tomorrow to learn how to more easily copy and paste scripture using my phone as well. Amen and good night, Father. 😀

May 22

Hello, Lord!
Thank you so, so, so much for the awesome loving family that has helped us out these past couple days, and thank you for causing the repairs to Mr. D. to be finished early enough that I could still take a hot shower and cook one last meal before our electricity is turned off for good (even though I am now out of clean laundry, having sold the washer and dryer already, lol). Lord, there are so many things to look forward to, and I thank you for making myself and my husband FREE to explore your world and your people without being hindered by an expensive home and car and clothing and all the other things that demand constant time and money. Please help us to sell the last of our things and please guide us to a friendly place where we can rest and build our camper — somewhere that allows us time to think and plan and build carefully rather than hurriedly or under super pressure. Thank you for always providing, Lord. I am so joyous to be given a chance to serve you!

 
Psalm 71:1-8 ERV

LORD, I depend on you for protection. Don’t let me be disappointed. 
You always do what is right, so come and save me. Listen to me and save me. 
Be my Rock, my place of safety. Be my fortress, and protect me! You are my Rock and my protection. 
My God, save me from wicked people. Save me from cruel, evil people. 
Lord GOD, you are my hope. I have trusted you since I was a young boy. 
I depended on you even before I was born. I relied on you even in my mother’s womb. I have always prayed to you. 
You are my source of strength, so I have been an example to others. 
I am always singing about the wonderful things you do. 

 
Lord, I am so grateful for the way that you have made me! I am so glad that even while I waited outside a stranger’s home, with no real home of my own, I still could sing quietly to you, and thank you for your help and your provision. Thank you so much for giving me a husband who loves you and desires to serve you faithfully, and thank you for my awesome children as well. Please return blessings a thousandfold to all who have helped any of my family. Please give each of their hearts peace and joy and a sense of your awesome presence and faithful care. Thank you, Shepherd!

 

May 21

Hello, Father!
Haha, my first time posting from someone else’s home! Thank you, Lord, for awesome people who love you and delight in helping others, even total strangers. Thank you for everyone who has helped us out this past week, even those who weren’t even quite aware of the help they gave. Thank you for making the clutch and flywheel replacement go relatively smoothly on Mr. D. so far, and thank you for helping me learn some new things. Lord, I am so looking forward to having new experiences of many types and varieties — although I must admit right now I am most fervently interested in automotive and other mechanical parts because that has just been triggered in me, lol, and I am soooo looking forward to eventually being able to PLAY with parts and designs and modifications and launching into all sorts of R&D projects of both the mechanical and the electrical varieties. WOOT! Thank you for reminding me, Lord, just how much there is to look forward to…! 😀

 
Psalm 16:5-11 ERV

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. 

 
Lord, I trust you completely. I do not know what the next week will hold, where I will be each night, and if I will be stinky from lack of shower, or hungry, or crabby from lack of sleep. And yet, I do know that each day brings us closer to freedom, to having the camper built on the back of Mr. D, and from finally leaving the great (hot and dry) state of Texas, lol. I have so much to look forward to, so many people to meet and encourage and share your awesome Love with, that all the trivial little comforts and conveniences seem a small thing to trade. I delight in your will for me, even as I know that at times it will be quite difficult. Please keep me humble and teachable, awesome Shepherd. Help me to be an awesome helpmeet to my husband, patient and supportive and not toooooo challenging, heehee. Teach us to delight more and more in your creation and your people and even the mechanics and dynamics of your Creation. Thank you for helping us grow into little children exploring our Father’s Creation. Lead on!

 

May 20

Hello, Lord.
Thank you for sustaining me through these difficult days, while we sit helpless, waiting for Sunday and the hopeful promise of our vehicle (our home!) to be repaired. Please help me to hold together, not to break down or take my frustrations out on others. Help me to be patient and kind and keep sharing your Love with those around me, even while I sincerely feel the need for a little comfort and kindness myself. Thank you for always being ENOUGH for me, Lord. Thank you for your Word that comforts and encourages me, and thank you for The Great Courses, and my various Kindle books, which distract me and give me the kind of hope that comes through learning.

 
Philippians 4:12-13 ERV

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.

 
Thank you for giving me strength, Oh Lord. Thank you for choosing me. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to serve you, and to learn of you. Please comfort and encourage all those whom I love. Amen.

 

May 19

Lord, please help me remember that if I go too long without MUSIC, I go a little crazy!! Thank you for helping me find my way BACK — to freedom, to courage, to JOY. Thank you for the awesomeness of Bad Company and Lynyrd Skynyrd and Led Zeppelin. Thank you for the 500+ OTHER songs I have scattered about on my five different music-capable devices, and thank you for my lovely sweet little speaker critter, my blue polar bear booster that helps me hear it LOUDER, hahaha. I’m just a silly hippie chick, and I thank you for making me this way, because it seems to cheer people up (including myself!). Thank you for giving me a way to lighten my husband’s spirits and give us BOTH a fun night — yay! Lord God, I delight in serving you. Lead on! 😛

 
Ephesians 5:15-21 ERV

So be very careful how you live. Live wisely, not like fools. 
I mean that you should use every opportunity you have for doing good, because these are evil times. 
So don’t be foolish with your lives, but learn what the Lord wants you to do. 
Don’t be drunk with wine, which will ruin your life, but be filled with the Spirit. 
Encourage each other with psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs. Sing and make music in your hearts to the Lord. 
Always give thanks to God the Father for everything in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. 
Be willing to serve each other out of respect for Christ. 

 
Lord I thank you for each person who has given to me and my husband recently, from the smallest smiles to the largest purchase. Thank you for both the expected and the unexpected. Thank you for the tiny bits of care that only you and I know about, and thank you for the more formal and public displays of giving. Lord, please return a hundredfold to each heart and each life, and please prepare me to share your Love and your Joy with anyone and everyone I meet, as I know that you will, lol. I confess that I get a bit too energetic and overbearing at times, and I ask you to soften my approach when that makes it easier to receive. I pray you make me a pleasing vessel for you, Oh Lord. Amen.

 

May 18

Good morning, Lord.
Father, I am really struggling to keep looking to you and keep shining the light of your Love out through my eyes and heart and actions, to whomever I come in contact with. It really SEEMS like not only Love is dead in this world, so rare an expression, but also that Faith is dead as well, for so many, many people cross my path with, “Bless you, bless you” — and leave without even giving one tenth of one percent of their resources to help our needs. Father, you see everything. You judge fairly and justly, and YOU are my avenger — I have no desire for revenge myself, or even to have any knowledge of the punishment of others. You see the extent to which both my husband and myself have extended ourselves and our resources to help others throughout our lives, even while we have been desperately poor, both of us having a heart after you, showing YOUR compassion, proving our faith as in James chapter 2. You see how we have returned forgiveness and even aid to those who have done us harm. Lord, again I am feeling so very alone, as the light of your Love is growing dimmer even in my husband through the difficulty of our circumstance, as yet more and more people SAY they will meet with us to buy our things, to trade our vehicles for repair of Mr. D, — and we just lose more time and resources, waiting for them to arrive, and they never do. I feel wounded by all, Lord, except by you. You see even the things that burden my heart that I cannot even write on this blog. You see how my heart is crying, not wanting to grow cold and put up a wall to protect itself against the world’s harsh treatment and lack of Love and Faith. Help me, Lord. Let one soul that loves you reach out to me personally in some small way — soon — as a testimony to your living Spirit upon this earth, within your people, to help me have more HOPE and greater motivation to keep fighting back resentment. Thank you, Father, as I know that even while I ask for it, I actually do not NEED it — for you sustain me with your Word and your presence alone. Amen.

 
James 2:1-5, 14-17 ERV

My dear brothers and sisters, you are believers in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ. So don’t treat some people better than others. 
Suppose someone comes into your meeting wearing very nice clothes and a gold ring. At the same time a poor person comes in wearing old, dirty clothes. 
You show special attention to the person wearing nice clothes. You say, “Sit here in this good seat.” But you say to the poor person, “Stand there!” or “Sit on the floor by our feet!” 
Doesn’t this show that you think some people are more important than others? You set yourselves up as judges—judges who make bad decisions. 
Listen, my dear brothers and sisters. God chose the poor people in the world to be rich in faith. He chose them to receive the kingdom God promised to those who love him. 
 
My brothers and sisters, if a person claims to have faith but does nothing, that faith is worth nothing. Faith like that cannot save anyone. 
Suppose a brother or sister in Christ comes to you in need of clothes or something to eat. 
And you say to them, “God be with you! I hope you stay warm and get plenty to eat,” but you don’t give them the things they need. If you don’t help them, your words are worthless. 
It is the same with faith. If it is just faith and nothing more—if it doesn’t do anything—it is dead. 

 
Lord, even while I know myself — or more like you in me — well enough to realize that even if I never ever receive one ounce of compassionate support from others, I will continue to pour it out to them — to almost every single person I ever meet. And I am grateful for that person or two each week who gives me a few words of sincere appreciation of the free printable materials I provide through my dozen-plus websites, and the few people each month who pay for the materials. I know I must look very foolish to the world, giving away what you’ve given to me, rather than hording it for myself or my family. I thank you for my son who gave much, and the two brothers (in Christ) who gave what they could. I thank you for other family and friends who have given in the past, and I thank you for the mercy of our landlord and the local authorities and neighbors. But Father, I am growing increasingly concerned that my heart may start to grow hard and less able to give your Love as abundantly, as freely and confidently as I have been to date. Please enlarge my heart and fill it with YOU — so that the well does not go dry. Thank you, compassionate Shepherd.

 
John 15:13 KJV

Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.

 
Lay down = prostrate, bow, or lay aside = as in Mark 8:35 (below)

 
Dear Shepherd, only you can see what that verse means to me, how it defines my life and my purpose — my CHOICE. Thank you for teaching me a small portion of what you yourself have suffered for your people, even for those who say they love you, yet continue to hurt and betray you. Just as you desired companions with you while you suffered, I too desire someone to be there for me — an actual human who actually comforts me. Yet I know that you are ENOUGH, Lord. You always have been. Thank you. I trust you completely. Do with me as you will. Teach me more of you.

 
Mark 8:35 ERV

Any of you who try to save the life you have will lose it. But you who give up your life for me and for the Good News will save it. 

 
Lord, our home is a vehicle with a bad clutch and flywheel. Please provide for our needs. Please guide us to the right parts and the right person to help with repairs. Please help us to sell the last of our things for good prices, rather than just losing them for nothing or for peanuts. Please sustain our hearts and don’t let us grow bitter and hard like the heart of the world. Keep us soft and supple and pleasing to you. Amen.