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Apr 1

Good evening, Lord.
Thank you for your mercy in getting through this long and stress-filled day, and thank you for allowing me a break from things a bit this evening. Please restore me, build me back up, and help me to get a very good night of sleep tonight. Please help my Mate and my children to be strong and courageous, building each one of us according to your will and purpose for us, Lord. Thank you for helping me make some solid progress on one of my websites today, and please lead me forward in all my work. Amen.

 
Psalm 4:3-8 ERV

You can be sure that anyone who serves the LORD faithfully is special to him. The LORD listens when I pray to him. 
Tremble with fear, and stop sinning. Think about this when you go to bed, and calm down. Selah 
Give the right sacrifices to the LORD, and put your trust in him! 
Many people say, “I wish I could enjoy the good life. LORD, give us some of those blessings.” 
But you have made me happier than they will ever be with all their wine and grain. 
When I go to bed, I sleep in peace, because, LORD, you keep me safe. 

 

Mar 31

Oh my, I almost forgot to post AGAIN!! LOL. 😆 Thank you, Father, for these last couple very busy days, a good balance between spending time with my Mate and working on art and other projects. I adore this little snapshot of today, complete with Texas flag Durango boots and my sleeping Mate in the background, heeheehee!

Thank you for our simple life, Lord. Thank you for so many projects, so much variety between nature and technology! Thank you for peace and thank you for awesome weather. Thank you for children and childlike adults. Thank you for being with me and providing every little thing that I NEED to make it through this life. Amen.

 
Matthew 11:25-30 ERV

Then Jesus said, “I praise you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth. I am thankful that you have hidden these things from those who are so wise and so smart. But you have shown them to people who are like little children. 
Yes, Father, you did this because it’s what you really wanted to do. 
“My Father has given me everything. No one knows the Son—only the Father knows the Son. And no one knows the Father—only the Son knows the Father. And the only people who will know about the Father are those the Son chooses to tell. 
Come to me all of you who are tired from the heavy burden you have been forced to carry. I will give you rest. 
Accept my teaching. Learn from me. I am gentle and humble in spirit. And you will be able to get some rest. 
Yes, the teaching that I ask you to accept is easy. The load I give you to carry is light.”

 

Mar 29

Hello, Father!
Thank you so much for all the little encouragements of the last few hours, especially my new Patron but also my more chestnutty hair, lol. Thank you for helping me through the physical struggles of last night, having to run to the bathroom so many times in the chilly wet evening. I am grateful for the speedy healing, grateful that you shortened the sickness in your awesome Mercy!! I am grateful for the cheer and health I’ve had these past several hours now, and for the closeness and lightness with my Mate as well. Please lead me forward to accomplish whatever is in your will for me the rest of this day, now that I am feeling more able to concentrate on something productive beyond just “getting over it”. 🙂

 
Romans 7:11‭, ‬14‭-‬25 AMPC

For sin, seizing the opportunity and getting a hold on me [by taking its incentive] from the commandment, beguiled and entrapped and cheated me, and using it [as a weapon], killed me. We know that the Law is spiritual; but I am a creature of the flesh [carnal, unspiritual], having been sold into slavery under [the control of] sin. For I do not understand my own actions [I am baffled, bewildered]. I do not practice or accomplish what I wish, but I do the very thing that I loathe [which my moral instinct condemns]. Now if I do [habitually] what is contrary to my desire, [that means that] I acknowledge and agree that the Law is good (morally excellent) and that I take sides with it. However, it is no longer I who do the deed, but the sin [principle] which is at home in me and has possession of me. For I know that nothing good dwells within me, that is, in my flesh. I can will what is right, but I cannot perform it. [I have the intention and urge to do what is right, but no power to carry it out.] For I fail to practice the good deeds I desire to do, but the evil deeds that I do not desire to do are what I am [ever] doing. Now if I do what I do not desire to do, it is no longer I doing it [it is not myself that acts], but the sin [principle] which dwells within me [fixed and operating in my soul]. So I find it to be a law (rule of action of my being) that when I want to do what is right and good, evil is ever present with me and I am subject to its insistent demands. For I endorse and delight in the Law of God in my inmost self [with my new nature]. [Ps. 1:2.] But I discern in my bodily members [in the sensitive appetites and wills of the flesh] a different law (rule of action) at war against the law of my mind (my reason) and making me a prisoner to the law of sin that dwells in my bodily organs [in the sensitive appetites and wills of the flesh]. O unhappy and pitiable and wretched man that I am! Who will release and deliver me from [the shackles of] this body of death? O thank God! [He will!] through Jesus Christ (the Anointed One) our Lord! So then indeed I, of myself with the mind and heart, serve the Law of God, but with the flesh the law of sin.

 
Lord, help us all to live more according to your Spirit than to our flesh. Thank you for giving me health so that I am not constantly distracted by my body and all its little ailments. I am grateful that they are few and inconsistent, very manageable indeed. Thank you, merciful Shepherd!!

 
Heehee! Don’t I look like Bon Jovi? ROFLOL!! I think my hair looks more chestnutty, while my Mate says I look like a walnut. Heehee. I am certainly a NUT! 😆

 

Mar 28

Good morning, Lord.
I am low on hope today, and I wonder just how much it is due to incessant rain and being trapped inside a tiny popup camper for three days straight. I thought it was going well enough when I went to bed last night, but while trying to wake myself this morning, I found my mood gloomy indeed. Still, I am very grateful that all my stuffs are dry enough, that I have enough to eat, and enough toilet paper and other supplies, so that I did not run out during the rainstorms. I am grateful that I have a tiny bit of money in the bank, although I seriously do fear it will not be enough to pay the few bills and get the few things we actually need. It will have to be enough, or else we will just go without. Thank you, Father, that we truly do have everything we NEED.

 
1 Peter 1:13-22 ERV

So prepare your minds for service. With complete self-control put all your hope in the grace that will be yours when Jesus Christ comes. 
In the past you did not have the understanding you have now, so you did the evil things you wanted to do. But now you are children of God, so you should obey him and not live the way you did before. 
Be holy in everything you do, just as God is holy. He is the one who chose you. 
In the Scriptures God says, “Be holy, because I am holy.” 
You pray to God and call him Father, but he will judge everyone the same way—by what they do. So while you are visiting here on earth, you should live with respect for God. 
You know that in the past the way you were living was useless. It was a way of life you learned from those who lived before you. But you were saved from that way of living. You were bought, but not with things that ruin like gold or silver. 
You were bought with the precious blood of Christ’s death. He was a pure and perfect sacrificial Lamb. 
Christ was chosen before the world was made, but he was shown to the world in these last times for you. 
You believe in God through Christ. God is the one who raised him from death and gave honor to him. So your faith and your hope are in God. 
You have made yourselves pure by obeying the truth. Now you can have true love for your brothers and sisters. So love each other deeply—with all your heart. 

 
Lord, help me to rest my HOPE upon you rather than upon the things I see around me — or the lack thereof. Help me to find something to work on that encourages me rather than further discouraging me. Amen.

 

Mar 27

Hello, Father!
Thank you for this nice rain, even the torentuous blowing and thundering and pounding rain of last night and early this morning. Thank you that all my things stayed more-or-less dry, and that it is warm this time instead of icy cold! Thank you for the break in the rain, the peaceful drippings and humidity and the chance for birds to get in a belated version of their dawn chorus, lol. Thank you for my awesome Mate and all his variety and lighthearted humorousness. Thank you for the variety in my work as well, and thank you for helping me to diligently learn NEW things, new ways of using the tools I have and refining their use so that I can achieve results that I desire more consistently. I give this day, my mind heart and body to you, faithful Shepherd. Help me to accomplish your will for me this day, and to LET GO of anything that does NOT get done or get learned. Amen.

 
Job 8:10-21 ERV

Maybe the old people can tell you something. Maybe they will teach you what they learned. 
“Can papyrus grow tall on a dry land? Can reeds grow without water? 
No, they will dry up before harvest. They will be too small to cut and use. 
People who forget God are like that. Those who oppose him have no hope. 
They have put their trust in something weak. It is like a spider’s web. 
When they lean against it, it will break. When they reach out for it, it will not hold them up. 
Such people are like a vine that gets plenty of water and sunshine, and its branches spread throughout the garden. 
Its roots spread among the rocks, searching for good soil. 
But if you move it, it will die, and no one can tell it was ever there. 
Everything might have been going well, but another vine will take its place. 
God does not support evil people, and he does not abandon the innocent. 
So perhaps you might laugh again. Maybe shouts of joy will come from your lips. 

 

Mar 25

Hello, Father.
Thank you for the nice morning with my Mate, and thank you for helping us both make it through this little heat wave. Thank you for fresh new ideas, and thank you for being “forced” into learning more about Adobe Animate CC. Please help me past frustration, into a more stable time of growth and feeling a little less lost and more focused. Amen.

 
James 1:2-5 ERV

My brothers and sisters, you will have many kinds of trouble. But this gives you a reason to be very happy. 
You know that when your faith is tested, you learn to be patient in suffering. 
If you let that patience work in you, the end result will be good. You will be mature and complete. You will be all that God wants you to be. 
Do any of you need wisdom? Ask God for it. He is generous and enjoys giving to everyone. So he will give you wisdom. 

 
Lord, I feel like I am seriously lacking in both wisdom and patience right now. I am frustrated with the heat, with my body, and with my work. I give it all to you and ask you to lead me OUT of the tangle of things that I think I need to be doing and learning, into the clear path of what YOU would have me to do. I give you my mind, my heart, my hands, my creativity, my time. I give you my laptop and all my ambition and dreams. I lay everything that I am and that I do at your feet, and ask you to make of me what you will. Amen.

 

Mar 24

Good morning, Father.
Thank you for this delightfully warm and fresh-scented morning, already opening up the windows in the little popup camper before 10am! Today is supposed to get into the upper-80s, but I know I will be just fine despite the heat. It is awesome to think that I will NOT be stuck in Texas this summer, but will at least have the possibility of traveling to the northern forests and wetlands — getting closer to my heart’s home in nature than I have been in a decade — WOOT!!

 
Romans 1:20-24 ERV

There are things about God that people cannot see—his eternal power and all that makes him God. But since the beginning of the world, those things have been easy for people to understand. They are made clear in what God has made. So people have no excuse for the evil they do. 
People knew God, but they did not honor him as God, and they did not thank him. Their ideas were all useless. There was not one good thought left in their foolish minds. 
They said they were wise, but they became fools. 
Instead of honoring the divine greatness of God, who lives forever, they traded it for the worship of idols—things made to look like humans, who get sick and die, or like birds, animals, and snakes. 
People wanted only to do evil. So God left them and let them go their sinful way. And so they became completely immoral and used their bodies in shameful ways with each other. 

 
Father, I thank you for keeping myself and my family more or less protected from the most evil parts of this world. I pray that you continue to protect each one of my children, along with my stepson. Help them each to be strong in their faith and not become “pansexuals” or some other version of anti-gender modernist. Let them remember the lessons of their youth, all the times I pointed out to them the majesty and might and wisdom of our awesome Creator, who made all creatures decidedly male or female, establishing that and a great many other orders to life. Help each of my children grow in wisdom, even as this world seems to sink deeper and deeper into foolishness. Help my own heart to be strong, as I still feel love and appreciation even for the artists on dA that call themselves “pansexual”. Their self-appointed labels do not make me like them any less — I just feel great sorrow for their foolishness and lack of respect for our awesome Creator. If you can use me to help even one of them, Lord, please teach me how. Use me as a tool to shine the light of your Truth, even if it goes mostly ignored in the surrounding darkness. Amen.

 

Mar 23

Good morning, Father.
I am sorry I have been ignoring this little prayer blog for a few days, even though I really didn’t have a reason other than just not doing it, lol. I thank you for all the progress — and R&R time — that I have had these last few days, and I thank you for getting me through all the lows and looking forward to more highs. Thank you for sustaining me through disappointments and discouragements, and thank you for the HOPE of having new encouragements and triumphs. Thank you for all the thousands of pics and videos I have taken in the last year plus, and please help me to sort them all and eventually turn SOME of them into videos and such for YouTube and my websites. Please guide me in what YOU want me to do with my time, Lord. Help me to be clear-headed enough to work, when it is time, and please help me to just relax and trust in you while my head is still befuddled. Amen.

 
1 Peter 5:2‭-‬11 AMPC

Tend (nurture, guard, guide, and fold) the flock of God that is [your responsibility], not by coercion or constraint, but willingly; not dishonorably motivated by the advantages and profits [belonging to the office], but eagerly and cheerfully; Not domineering [as arrogant, dictatorial, and overbearing persons] over those in your charge, but being examples (patterns and models of Christian living) to the flock (the congregation). And [then] when the Chief Shepherd is revealed, you will win the conqueror’s crown of glory. Likewise, you who are younger and of lesser rank, be subject to the elders (the ministers and spiritual guides of the church)–[giving them due respect and yielding to their counsel]. Clothe (apron) yourselves, all of you, with humility [as the garb of a servant, so that its covering cannot possibly be stripped from you, with freedom from pride and arrogance] toward one another. For God sets Himself against the proud (the insolent, the overbearing, the disdainful, the presumptuous, the boastful)–[and He opposes, frustrates, and defeats them], but gives grace (favor, blessing) to the humble. [Prov. 3:34.] Therefore humble yourselves [demote, lower yourselves in your own estimation] under the mighty hand of God, that in due time He may exalt you, Casting the whole of your care [all your anxieties, all your worries, all your concerns, once and for all] on Him, for He cares for you affectionately and cares about you watchfully. [Ps. 55:22.] Be well balanced (temperate, sober of mind), be vigilant and cautious at all times; for that enemy of yours, the devil, roams around like a lion roaring [in fierce hunger], seeking someone to seize upon and devour. Withstand him; be firm in faith [against his onset–rooted, established, strong, immovable, and determined], knowing that the same (identical) sufferings are appointed to your brotherhood (the whole body of Christians) throughout the world. And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace [Who imparts all blessing and favor], Who has called you to His [own] eternal glory in Christ Jesus, will Himself complete and make you what you ought to be, establish and ground you securely, and strengthen, and settle you. To Him be the dominion (power, authority, rule) forever and ever. Amen (so be it).

 
Faithful Shepherd, I thank you for caring for me so diligently. Please help me to be humble and teachable today. Help me to remember that I do not HAVE to speak, do not have to defend myself, do not have to please anyone but YOU. Please help my heart to be strong, even while it remains supple and vulnerable. Cleanse me, Lord, and make me better able to serve you. Amen.

 

Mar 19

Hello, Father, and thank you for helping me make some progress so that I feel a bit less stressed! Thank you for giving me a tiny project that I could complete in a morning, including a fun little graphic:

Lord, I am still a bit of an emotional rollercoaster, but given all circumstances and details of my life, it could be a LOT worse, lol. I choose to praise you and thank you for all the awesome blessings you have given me, instead of thinking about anything I’ve lost or that I do not have at this time. Thank you, faithful Shepherd, for cultivating in me an “attitude of gratitude”! 😀

 
Philippians 4:6-8 ERV

Don’t worry about anything, but pray and ask God for everything you need, always giving thanks for what you have
And because you belong to Christ Jesus, God’s peace will stand guard over all your thoughts and feelings. His peace can do this far better than our human minds. 
Brothers and sisters, continue to think about what is good and worthy of praise. Think about what is true and honorable and right and pure and beautiful and respected.

 
Galatians 5:22-23 ERV

But the fruit that the Spirit produces in a person’s life is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 
gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these kinds of things.

 

Mar 18

Okay Lord, I am stressing again. Our little toilet is leaking like crazy, my Mate is on edge for various reasons, and I have just finally finished what I have been working on all day. I am grateful for that last one – at least I was able to finish. Thank you. Please bless my efforts and lead me to the next step, give me courage and humility and faith, so that I can calmly accept your will and timing. Thank you, faithful Shepherd.

 
James 1:12‭, ‬21‭-‬25‭, ‬27 AMPC

Blessed (happy, to be envied) is the man who is patient under trial and stands up under temptation, for when he has stood the test and been approved, he will receive [the victor’s] crown of life which God has promised to those who love Him. So get rid of all uncleanness and the rampant outgrowth of wickedness, and in a humble (gentle, modest) spirit receive and welcome the Word which implanted and rooted [in your hearts] contains the power to save your souls. But be doers of the Word [obey the message], and not merely listeners to it, betraying yourselves [into deception by reasoning contrary to the Truth]. For if anyone only listens to the Word without obeying it and being a doer of it, he is like a man who looks carefully at his [own] natural face in a mirror; For he thoughtfully observes himself, and then goes off and promptly forgets what he was like. But he who looks carefully into the faultless law, the [law] of liberty, and is faithful to it and perseveres in looking into it, being not a heedless listener who forgets but an active doer [who obeys], he shall be blessed in his doing (his life of obedience). External religious worship [religion as it is expressed in outward acts] that is pure and unblemished in the sight of God the Father is this: to visit and help and care for the orphans and widows in their affliction and need, and to keep oneself unspotted and uncontaminated from the world.

 
Lord please rewrite the “programming” inside my brain so that it better matches your Word instead of this world, lol. Lead me to the right people and the best ways to help them, so that I can have a focus way beyond my own tiny world. Thank you for all the hundreds or thousands of tiny little ways you protect and encourage me, Lord. I am certain I notice only comparatively few of them, yet the number and the love and kindness of the ones I DO notice amazes me! Thank you for caring for little me, each and every day. 🙂

 

Mar 17

Hello, Father.
Thank you for sustaining me, helping me stay calm and mellow — even rather groggy, lol. Thank you for giving me patience and helping me to just let things go and not get worked up over anything, even my own little disappointments. Thank you for the cold front moving in, cooling things off, giving us shade, and bringing a nice fresh rainy scent to the air. I am definitely enjoying sleeping in this little popup camper — almost like living outdoors! Please help me in the coming days to give my time to you and allow you to lead me. Help me to accept myself and whatever progress I make, without condemning myself for any perceived failures. Thank you for your patience with little me, faithful Shepherd. Amen.

 
1 Timothy 4:8-12 ERV

Training your body helps you in some ways. But devotion to God helps you in every way. It brings you blessings in this life and in the future life too. 
Here is a true statement that should be accepted without question: 
We hope in the living God, the Savior of all people. In particular, he is the Savior of all those who believe in him. This is why we work and struggle. 
Command and teach these things. 
You are young, but don’t let anyone treat you as if you are not important. Be an example to show the believers how they should live. Show them by what you say, by the way you live, by your love, by your faith, and by your pure life. 

 

Mar 16

Lord, my stupid human heart is hurting again. I wish my emotions would just hold still and stop changing all the time. Or at least make sense. There is no real reason I feel like this, yet no matter how many times I rationalize and point out fallicies in my own reasoning, the heart is relentless in its quest to hold onto its hurt. Frustrating. I will be glad when this passes. Forgive me, Lord, but I just don’t see anything to be learned from this struggle. Help me to be teachable, faithful Shepherd.

 
Psalm 91 AMPC

HE WHO dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall remain stable and fixed under the shadow of the Almighty [Whose power no foe can withstand]. I will say of the Lord, He is my Refuge and my Fortress, my God; on Him I lean and rely, and in Him I [confidently] trust! For [then] He will deliver you from the snare of the fowler and from the deadly pestilence. [Then] He will cover you with His pinions, and under His wings shall you trust and find refuge; His truth and His faithfulness are a shield and a buckler. You shall not be afraid of the terror of the night, nor of the arrow (the evil plots and slanders of the wicked) that flies by day, Nor of the pestilence that stalks in darkness, nor of the destruction and sudden death that surprise and lay waste at noonday. A thousand may fall at your side, and ten thousand at your right hand, but it shall not come near you. Only a spectator shall you be [yourself inaccessible in the secret place of the Most High] as you witness the reward of the wicked. Because you have made the Lord your refuge, and the Most High your dwelling place, [Ps. 91:1, 14.] There shall no evil befall you, nor any plague or calamity come near your tent. For He will give His angels [especial] charge over you to accompany and defend and preserve you in all your ways [of obedience and service]. They shall bear you up on their hands, lest you dash your foot against a stone. [Luke 4:10, 11; Heb. 1:14.] You shall tread upon the lion and adder; the young lion and the serpent shall you trample underfoot. [Luke 10:19.] Because he has set his love upon Me, therefore will I deliver him; I will set him on high, because he knows and understands My name [has a personal knowledge of My mercy, love, and kindness–trusts and relies on Me, knowing I will never forsake him, no, never]. He shall call upon Me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble, I will deliver him and honor him. With long life will I satisfy him and show him My salvation.

 

Mar 14

Good morning, Father!
Thank you for the awesomeness of my simple, frugal life. I already had to interrupt this post in order to grab an empty cereal box to hand to my Mate to start the fire for our breakfast. I love the way he makes eggs and how they are so much tastier cooked in a pan on the grill than on a stovetop, lol. But I love even more how you have given me such a silly man to keep my overly serious tendencies in check — as he chatters away just outside the camper, where I sit at the table working on my Lenny. Our entire household is the size of two vehicles, plus a 5×10 storage unit (and one I still have in Michigan, lol), and yet we are more free and more happy than when we had a doublewide trailer AND two vehicles. My business is growing… or at least I am growing in my ability to produce new and innovative materials FOR my business… and I honestly have ZERO things in life to complain about. My children are all healthy… and spring is fast approaching, bringing weather warm enough to finally go visit the one son I haven’t seen in toooooo long. Yay, thank you for this joyous day, faithful Shepherd!!

 
Romans 6:16-18 ERV

Surely you know that you become the slaves of whatever you give yourselves to. Anything or anyone you follow will be your master. You can follow sin, or you can obey God. Following sin brings spiritual death, but obeying God makes you right with him. 
In the past you were slaves to sin—sin controlled you. But thank God, you fully obeyed what you were taught. 
You were made free from sin, and now you are slaves to what is right.

 
Matthew 10:37-39 ERV

“Those who love their father or mother more than they love me are not worthy of me. And those who love their son or daughter more than they love me are not worthy of me. 
Those who will not accept the cross that is given to them when they follow me are not worthy of me. 
Those who try to keep the life they have will lose it. But those who give up their life for me will find true life. 

 
Lord, I am so very grateful that you are showing me more and more how to let go of the things in life that I think I NEED, in order to be so free and joyous! I know that I did still have plenty of joy in my old doublewide home — in fact I knew radiant joy even as a small abused child, whenever I would let go of the pain (physical and emotional) and just sing my little heart out to you as the Creator, the one I thought of as, “He who OWNS all this” when I sat recovering in the field, watching the birds fly and the trees wave and the bugs crawl. I was in love with you then, at four years old. I am in love with you still. I believe I can call that a “true life”. Thank you.

 

 

Mar 12

Hello, Father!
Thank you for the fun start to this day, and thank you for giving me the opportunity to encourage others — yay! Thank you for the beautiful sunlight and warm weather. Thank you for the progress I’ve been making, and thank you for peace and contentment! Father, please help me to order my time according to what you would have me to learn and to do. Thank you for giving me freedom — please help me use it wisely!

 
John 8:31-36 ERV

So Jesus said to the Jews who believed in him, “If you continue to accept and obey my teaching, you are really my followers. 
You will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.” 
They answered, “We are Abraham’s descendants. And we have never been slaves. So why do you say that we will be free?” 
Jesus said, “The truth is, everyone who sins is a slave—a slave to sin. 
A slave does not stay with a family forever. But a son belongs to the family forever. 
So if the Son makes you free, you are really free. 

 
1 Peter 2:16-17 ERV

Live like free people, but don’t use your freedom as an excuse to do evil. Live as those who are serving God. 
Show respect for all people. Love your brothers and sisters in God’s family. Respect God, and honor the king. 

 

Mar 9

Good morning, Father!
Thank you for the unique perspectives yesterday, playfully jumping in to interact with old things and create new ones without analyzing much at all! Thank you for new beginnings like constructing my personal brand and logo, and brainstorming how to redesign some of my old websites. Thank you for helping me to learn more and more every day, lately in the area of graphic design, but also “life in general”. LOL. Thank you once again for giving me the opportunity to live in this age of exciting digital tools, with very little time wasted on cooking or cleaning or other such domestic distractions. I thank you profusely that I have a CHOICE how to spend my time, rather than being a slave to “the grind” or to anything else. Thank you for my freedom, and thank you for my self-motivation. Please help me to improve on my followthrough and my focus. Show me what to create for YOU, my Shepherd. Amen.

 
Luke 11:38-41 ERV

But the Pharisee was surprised when he saw that Jesus did not wash his hands first before the meal. 
The Lord said to him, “The washing you Pharisees do is like cleaning only the outside of a cup or a dish. But what is inside you? You want only to cheat and hurt people. 
You are foolish! The same one who made what is outside also made what is inside. 
So pay attention to what is inside. Give to the people who need help. Then you will be fully clean.

 
Lord, you know me very well, including how I am constantly, often painfully aware of my insides, my daily internal adventure, with “intrapersonal intelligence” being one of my greatest talents (or obsessions). I know myself sometimes TOO well, LOL. This tends to extend to the outside manifestions of how I spend my time, even if it does NOT extend so much to my physical body (thank you!). Lord, I ask you to help me become more balanced so that I spend less energy on kicking myself for every little thing and more energy helping other people carry their burdens, and make progress themselves. I know I cannot just run out and find people to help. I know that it is only YOUR words and YOUR love that truly make a difference. Please prepare me to serve the ones YOU bring, in whatever ways you would have me to do so. When you put someone before me, no matter who they are or what I was busy doing at the time, please help me to lay down my own internal self-absorption and focus on THEM, how to help them, how to reflect your awesome Love to them, Lord. Help me not JUST to be “clean” on the inside, but to bring forth any cleanness you’ve created in me to the outside, to give to anyone who needs it. In YOUR perfect timing, faithful Shepherd. Amen.

 

Mar 7

Good evening, Father.
I thank you so much for being my stable anchor, my root, my Rock upon which I stand. Thank you for the comfort of your Holy Spirit, and thank you for your Son who made it all possible. Thank you for giving me time off from my computer, and thank you for the simple hours spent in groggy bliss. Thank you for the simple yet awesome dinner we had, leftovers wrapped in pita bread with sour cream — yumm!! I actually think it tasted better just because it was so easy to make, eat, and clean up after. We truly enjoy our frugal little lifestyle, Lord — it feels great!! 😀

 
Psalm 116:1-9 ERV

I love the LORD for hearing me, for listening to my prayers. 
Yes, he paid attention to me, so I will always call to him whenever I need help. 

Death’s ropes were around me. The grave was closing in on me. I was worried and afraid. 
Then I called on the LORD’S name. I said, “LORD, save me!” 
The LORD is good and merciful; our God is so kind. 
The LORD takes care of helpless people. I was without help, and he saved me. 
My soul, relax! The LORD is caring for you. 
Lord, you saved my soul from death. You stopped my tears. You kept me from falling. 
I will continue to serve the LORD in the land of the living.

 
Lord, I thank you for making me simple, and able to delight in simple things. Even though the Easy Read Version above uses the word “helpless”, other versions use “simple” and the Strong’s explains it to mean that you “hedge about” the “open, roomy, or simple ones”. I am open and “roomy” to a fault. Sometimes it even gets me in trouble, as you know, Shepherd. I just get so excited and talkative and bubbly that I end up saying too much, or getting too loud. My intensity even scares people sometimes. I am very, very grateful that you gave me a Mate who is likewise loud and intense and almost just as open and simple as myself. I thank you that I am not all guarded and afraid, or suspicious and cold. I am grateful that your Spirit is still working in me, to mold me into a vessel that is pleasing to you, my Lord. Help me to choose your ways, always. Amen.

 

Mar 6

Good morning, Father!
Thank you for getting me up and working so very early this morning, and thank you for my interest in just about everything under the sun, including technology and all the fun “toys” (tools) it provides. Thank you for my subscription to the whole suite of Adobe CC apps, and thank you for giving me time to practice with almost a dozen of them in just the last several days alone. Thank you for my easy delight over seemingly trivial things like color palettes and layouts and even the everyday rearrangement of time and space. Thank you for giving me a loose structure to work with, a scaffold to stand on to reach way over my head, and a few sincere critics that provide an alternate perspective, keeping me grounded in a secure way. Father, sometimes I wish I had the motivation and focus that it SEEMS a workmate or partner would provide, yet I appreciate that my Mate has NOT got his fingers in my digital pie (or in my books!), but just provides moral support from the sidelines. Still, if there is a way to include him in my work more, I ask you to reveal it to us both, allow us to see the path you have for us together through this dark yet intriguing world. Thank you, faithful Shepherd! 😀

 
1 Peter 2:6-12 ERV

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.

 

Mar 5

Hello, Father.
Thank you for this peaceful day, and thank you for helping me to have patience with my Mate even when he was grumpy and needy, lol. Thank you for giving me time to play with HTML/CSS colors and Adobe Muse CC. Lord, I do not feel as wonderful and fulfilled as I did last night and this morning, but I know that those are just emotional states of mind that come and go like the wind. Thank you for helping me see beyond emotion to enduring hope and lasting change. Father, please prepare us for the next place you would have us to go, whether that is in less than two weeks or longer than that. Please protect our truck and ourselves, and show us how to serve you each day. Amen.

 
1 Corinthians 13:3-7 ERV

I may give away everything I have to help others, and I may even give my body as an offering to be burned. But I gain nothing by doing all this if I don’t have love. 
Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous, it does not brag, and it is not proud. 
Love is not rude, it is not selfish, and it cannot be made angry easily. Love does not remember wrongs done against it. 
Love is never happy when others do wrong, but it is always happy with the truth. 
Love never gives up on people. It never stops trusting, never loses hope, and never quits. 

 
Lord, sometimes I struggle with patience, especially when there are so many things I want to do, and so many OTHER things that I think I NEED to do — soon! Yet my laid-back Mate and our Homeless Nomad lifestyle keep me supple and humble enough to relax and chill and not take myself too seriously. Thank you for providing for my needs — even my need to slow down, lol. Please instruct me in Love, Lord. Help me to trust and hope and never give up. Help me to be patient and kind and faithfully put others first, even before my own work and expectations for myself. Thank you, faithful Shepherd. Lead on! 🙂

 

Mar 4

Good morning, Lord!
Thank you for the good start to this day, and for a good night of restorative sleep. Thank you for the warm weather, with just the right amount of humidity and sunlight. Thank you for helping me to finish a couple projects yesterday, and to get a good start to the next ones. Thank you for focus and guidance and growth!

 
1 John 2:15-17 ERV

Don’t love this evil world or the things in it. If you love the world, you do not have the love of the Father in you. 
This is all there is in the world: wanting to please our sinful selves, wanting the sinful things we see, and being too proud of what we have. But none of these comes from the Father. They come from the world. 
The world is passing away, and all the things that people want in the world are passing away. But whoever does what God wants will live forever.

 
Lord, I thank you that I am not addicted to any substances that would cause me to be dependent upon this world, a slave to it. I have watched a few people disintegrate right before my eyes, and it hurts my heart. I have seen it recently in people who are just acquaintances, living nearby. I feel very grateful, because I know that I am not any better than all those people who are trapped in that discouraging lifestyle, working to pay for their substance of choice. I thank you for freeing my Mate and myself from those traps, and for keeping my children free of them as well. Please comfort all your children who are trapped by a manmade substance, reaching for you but unable to let go of what their body tells them they NEED. Please set their bodies free, so that their hearts can focus on you. Encourage them, Lord. I know you love them just as much as you love me. I wish I could hug each one of them who faces that struggle today. I bet you wish you could, too.