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Jun 11

Good morning, Father!
Thank you so much for helping me sort through the chaos all day yesterday, and thank you for the resulting greater clarity this morning! I THINK I will take one more day today and do more prep work, to give myself the best possible foundation for building the next stage of my new ONE site. I THINK I know what to do… but I am staying open and willing to be led by your Spirit in a different direction, Lord.

 
Philippians 2:1-4 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.

 
Lord, I thank you for my awesome Mate and the sweetness he has given me already this day. He says I distract him, make him totally forget what he was doing or lose his train of thought — from just being around me, lol. He says no other girl has made him that flustered. I think it is so very cool that you have kept our love alive for 35 years now… and it just keeps getting better. WOOT! He distracts me in the most perfect ways as well. I NEED his silly, lighthearted playfulness to FORCE me to take breaks from my work sometimes!! No one else has helped me stay so focused, hahaha. How cool is that? 😉

 

Jun 10

Lord, I am feeling a bit lost and discouraged this morning. It is probably super-temporary, so I am not worried about it. And I KNOW that you will lead me forward, and I am just over-thinking, over-analyzing, anyways. Please help me to just relax into you, into the day, into this beautiful below-70 breeze coming in through my window. Nothing is wrong, nothing is changed… I just lost a little momentum, that is all. I look out and see far too many paths stretching to the distant horizon. I know you would allow me to choose quite a selection of them, but I am doubting my ability to do well on ANY path at this moment. Please help me to remember that I do not get where I am going on my own steam, in my own strength. Having faith in MYSELF is not what pleases you, and does not do HALF the good that having faith in YOU does, Lord. I give you my ambition and all my little petty concerns. I give you my talents, my goals, my dreams, and my skills. Help me to just leave these burdens at your feet, and walk forward as the FREE ONE you have created me to be.

 
Psalm 32 ERV

A maskil of David. It is a great blessing when people are forgiven for the wrongs they have done, when their sins are erased. 
It is a great blessing when the LORD says they are not guilty, when they don’t try to hide their sins. 
Lord, I prayed to you again and again, but I did not talk about my sins. So I only became weaker and more miserable. 
Every day you made life harder for me. I became like a dry land in the hot summertime. Selah 
But then I decided to confess my sins to the LORD. I stopped hiding my guilt and told you about my sins. And you forgave them all! Selah 
That is why your loyal followers pray to you while there is still time. Then when trouble rises like a flood, it will not reach them. 
You are a hiding place for me. You protect me from my troubles. You surround me and protect me, so I sing about the way you saved me. Selah 
The Lord says, “I will teach you and guide you in the way you should live. I will watch over you and be your guide. 

Don’t be like a stupid horse or mule that will not come to you unless you put a bit in its mouth and pull it with reins.” 
Many pains will come to the wicked, but the LORD’S faithful love will surround those who trust in him. 
Good people, rejoice and be very happy in the LORD. All you who want to do right, rejoice! 

 

Jun 9

Thirty years ago today, I was having pretty regular contractions, and my mother decided I was in labor and she was going to take me to the hospital to have my first child. I was unconvinced, didn’t believe I was actually in labor, since my contractions would be 3 minutes apart, then 7 minutes apart, then 5 minutes apart, then 4 minutes apart. Since they didn’t come at regular intervals, I thought it was just more of the same “Braxton-Hicks” contractions I’d been having for weeks. Still, my mother was on her way, coming from Richmond, Michigan to where I lived in Troy, Michigan (ironic, I know!). So I went in the bathroom and sat on the toilet, propping my foot up on the side of the tub to paint my toenails — working around my humongous belly. When a contraction came, I’d just pause, then continue painting my pretty little toes. I didn’t understand at the time how much natural flexibility I had — in my hips, knees, shoulders, and everywhere else. But I am grateful that my Creator made me with such flexibility and physical strength as He did. It has come in handy a thousand and one times since that day I painted my toenails while in labor with my first child. And I am grateful that He has brought me so far along the journey of life, addicted to ZERO substances, eating healthy despite our frugal, nontraditional lifestyle. I am truly blessed indeed!! 😀

 
1 Timothy 4:8-13 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. 
Continue to read the Scriptures to the people, encourage them, and teach them. Do this until I come.

 
Lord, I thank you for each one of my awesome children, each one an amazing blessing that far surpasses anything I could create in this life, in my business, in my art, in my work or play. I ask you for a special blessing on my oldest son who turns 30 today. Thank you for giving him another fresh new start in a new state this past couple weeks. Please be very near to him, help him find rest and accomplishment, fellowship and acceptance. You made him an introvert like me, NEEDING time alone to process and be SANE. Please provide that for him in his new living situation. Give him a place to go to get away by himself. And Father, I ask that you MEET HIM there in his quiet place. Let him come to know you, to feel your Hand on his life. Let it give him hope, and patience while you prepare him to receive a Mate in your perfect timing. Amen.
 
Father I also lift my youngest son up to you, my darling child who is so very dear to my heart. I ask you to meet him right where he is as well, drawing him closer to your Heart, protecting him with your Wings. Don’t let him be a fool and EXPECT you to prove that you exist, and that you ARE who you say you are, and can DO what you say you can do. Instead, give him a little intellectual fire inside his mind, wanting to READ for himself what YOU say in YOUR Word — NOT, NOT, NOT what the fast-food churches say about you! Heal him, Lord, in your perfect way and in your perfect timing. And Father, I really would like to have a time in this lifetime when I can grow a garden with my dear son again. If it be in your will and purpose, I would truly appreciate that gift to my heart. Thank you. Amen again. Heehee. 😀

 

Jun 5

Thank you, Father, for more breakthroughs and more growth! Thank you for giving me opportunities to practice some of the new concepts you have been teaching me, and although I behaved FAR from perfect, it was awesome just how calm, easygoing, and QUIET I could be, while still remaining free and light and very, very much MYSELF. THANK YOU for restoring peace between my Mate and myself, and using the events of the past few weeks to strengthen each of us individually and as a team. Thank you for fellowship with other peeps, and thank you for good times with good people. Thank you for the fully restored treasury of HOPE in my heart once again. Amen.

 
2 Thessalonians 2:13-16 ERV

Brothers and sisters, you are people the Lord loves. And we always thank God for you. That’s what we should do, because God chose you to be some of the first people to be saved. You are saved by the Spirit making you holy and by your faith in the truth. 
God chose you to have that salvation. He chose you by using the Good News that we told you. You were chosen so that you can share in the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ. 
So, brothers and sisters, stand strong and continue to believe the teachings we gave you when we were there and by letter. 
We pray that the Lord Jesus Christ himself and God our Father will comfort you and strengthen you in every good thing you do and say. God loved us and gave us through his grace a wonderful hope and comfort that has no end. 

 

Jun 4

Good morning, Father.
Thank you for helping me become more aware of my own thought processes, as well as my growing ability to stay QUIET and just listen to what other people are saying, without feeling like I MUST speak. Up until a couple weeks ago, I thought I had grown quite a lot in the skill of holding my tongue. Perhaps I had but then regressed, or perhaps I hadn’t come as far as I’d hoped. Regardless, I am grateful for your guidance, leading me to a “new level” of learning, lol. Father, only you know what I need myself, and what we need as a couple, as a household, as a team under your banner. I know you are faithful to lead us and provide for our needs, and I ask you to make my Mate and I both wise enough and humble enough to follow the promptings of your Spirit, so that we accomplish whatever YOU desire for us, Lord. Amen.

 
1 Corinthians 14:6-11 ERV

Brothers and sisters, will it help you if I come to you speaking in different languages? No, it will help you only if I bring you a new truth or some knowledge, prophecy, or teaching
This is true even with lifeless things that make sounds—like a flute or a harp. If the different musical notes are not made clear, you can’t understand what song is being played. Each note must be played clearly for you to be able to understand the tune. 
And in a war, if the trumpet does not sound clearly, the soldiers will not know it is time to prepare for fighting. 
It is the same with you. If you don’t speak clearly in a language people know, they cannot understand what you are saying. You will be talking to the air! 
It is true that there are many different languages in the world, and they all have meaning. 
But if I don’t understand the meaning of what someone is saying, it will just be strange sounds to me, and I will sound just as strange to them.

 

Jun 3

Good morning, Father.
Thank you for helping me through the last several days, and bringing me to a new beginning. I trust you completely, my Lord. Please help me let GO of my desire to explain or defend myself, and just accept what is, and whatever comes. Help me to be strong enough to keep my hand in yours and allow you to lead me. Help me to be humble enough to listen without HAVING to speak, without having to clarify, without needing ANYTHING from anyone but you. Let whatever YOU give me, whatever you provide for me be ENOUGH to get me through. Amen.

 
Matthew 5:2-12 ERV

Then Jesus began teaching the people. He said, 
“Great blessings belong to those who know they are spiritually in need. God’s kingdom belongs to them. 
Great blessings belong to those who are sad now. God will comfort them. 
Great blessings belong to those who are humble. They will be given the land God promised. 
Great blessings belong to those who want to do right more than anything else. God will fully satisfy them. 
Great blessings belong to those who show mercy to others. Mercy will be given to them. 

Great blessings belong to those whose thoughts are pure. They will be with God. 
Great blessings belong to those who work to bring peace. God will call them his sons and daughters. 
Great blessings belong to those who suffer persecution for doing what is right. God’s kingdom belongs to them. 
“People will insult you and hurt you. They will lie and say all kinds of evil things about you because you follow me. But when they do that, know that great blessings belong to you. 
Be happy about it. Be very glad because you have a great reward waiting for you in heaven. People did these same bad things to the prophets who lived before you. 

 
Faithful Shepherd, please satisfy me with your Holy Spirit that I may be strong enough, whole enough, to not need anything of my environment or my present circumstances. Help me to be wise enough to only lean on you, and allow you to guide me out of this wounded state and into a time of greater strength and stability. I trust you and I give you my heart, my mind, my spirit, my time. Prune away the garbage inside me that is keeping me from being whatever YOU want me to be. Amen.

 

May 30

Genesis 2:20-25 ERV

The man gave names to all the tame animals, to all the birds in the air, and to all the wild animals. He saw many animals and birds, but he could not find a companion that was right for him. 
So the LORD God caused the man to sleep very deeply. While he was asleep, God took one of the ribs from the man’s body. Then he closed the man’s skin where the rib had been. 
The LORD God used the rib from the man to make a woman. Then he brought the woman to the man. 
And the man said, “Finally! One like me, with bones from my bones and a body from my body. She was taken out of a man, so I will call her ‘woman.'” 
That is why a man leaves his father and mother and is joined to his wife. In this way two people become one. 
The man and his wife were naked, but they were not ashamed. 

 
Wow, so VERY much is lost in translation with these verses — and others of course. The “companion right for” God’s hand-carved man is ezer neged = an AID that is his counterpart. Ezer = something that surrounds and protects, a helper. Neged = literally the “opposite part” the “other side” — and one word Strong’s uses is MATE. I haven’t studied it myself, but John Eldredge says that the only other time this phrase is used in the Bible, it is a picture of how GOD RESCUES man from himself — or something like that. He says woman is designed to be a rescuer for man, a true help, a true Mate.
 
Lord, I really do not know what my heart longs to say. I am grateful that your Spirit prays FOR me. THANK YOU. 🙂

 
Romans 8:26 ERV

Also, the Spirit helps us. We are very weak, but the Spirit helps us with our weakness. We don’t know how to pray as we should, but the Spirit himself speaks to God for us. He begs God for us, speaking to him with feelings too deep for words. 

 

May 28

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

 
Ezekiel 37:4-11 ERV

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

 
Amos 4:6-13 ERV

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

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

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

 

May 27

Lord, it has not even been 24 hours since I asked, and you have already done so much to heal my heart and release me from the sorrow caused by my faulty expectations! THANK YOU for giving me all the insights and instructions this morning, even before 7am! THANK YOU for helping me remember most of it, if not all of it… and getting it written down in my notes so that hopefully I can remember what I need to, for my own growth and healing!! And thank you again for introvert time yesterday, allowing me to feel like myself again at last! Please teach me how to take better care of myself, building the resources you showed me in brief, these last couple hours.
 
Father, yet again I lift my precious son up to you and ask you to touch him this day, right where he is. Give him a taste of the peace that you offer, that beautiful way that you lay your Hand upon a human heart and just say, “Be still, I am with you.” I don’t know how I would survive without your Touch, my Lord. Please help my son to accept it, and live FREE! Amen.

 
Romans 4:13-16 ERV

Abraham and his descendants received the promise that they would get the whole world. But Abraham did not receive that promise because he followed the law. He received that promise because he was right with God through his faith. 
If people could get God’s promise by following the law, then faith is worthless. And God’s promise to Abraham is worthless, 
because the law can only bring God’s anger on those who disobey it. But if there is no law, then there is nothing to disobey. 
So people get what God promised by having faith. This happens so that the promise can be a free gift. And if the promise is a free gift, then all of Abraham’s people will get that promise. The promise is not just for those who live under the Law of Moses. It is for all who live with faith as Abraham did. He is the father of us all.

 
Lord, help my precious peeps see that they don’t have to be “good” to receive your Love, your Care, your Healing… they only just need to believe that you ARE who you say you are, that you can DO what you say you can do… and that your HEART toward us is good — you DESIRE to reward our faith, our trust in and reliance upon you!

 
Hebrews 11:6 ERV

Without faith no one can please God. Whoever comes to God must believe that he is real and that he rewards those who sincerely try to find him. 

 
Lord, I honestly do not know if we are capable of having faith ourselves, or if the faith itself is a FREE GIFT from you. I have seen how you turn away the arrogant, the people who foolishly demand that you “show yourself” or prove yourself to them. That is a thousand times more egotistical than if I tried to call the President and assumed he would take my call, lol. You DESERVE our respect, our reverence, our awe, our worship! I am very, very, VERY glad that you are not that pussy God portrayed by the world’s churches — a “god” who is moved by men’s actions, who has to follow man’s little rules of “if I pray and go to church and be a good little Christian, then God has to bless me like this, and that, and WITH this, and with that…” I wish we ALL could understand more deeply what Jesus said about LOSING our Life, in order to find it… Of course it is obvious He was not talking about our physical life, but rather our foolish insistance that we know what is best for our own puny human selves AND can make those things happen! Hah! I still kinda think you should not have made man, Lord. We are blind fools who are so self-absorbed that we cannot see and appreciate the awesome DUNAMIS power of the Almighty God who could easily wipe us all out in a breath, but chooses to show mercy instead.
 
Lord, please shower your mercy upon each of my children, and help them to BELIEVE who you are and what you can do… so they can experience your Care rather than the world’s DESPAIR!!

 

May 26 PM

Lord, I didn’t want to wait until morning to say THANK YOU for your awesome mercy. I appreciate the time I had alone today while my Mate got out with his mom. I feel soooooooo much better, just having INTROVERT TIME!!! LOL, I have not had that much time alone in the camper so far this whole year, and it was awesome to dance and workout and feel like MYSELF again, heehee!! I truly did not realize just how exhausted I had become, and I thank you for helping me find my way through.
 
Lord, I lift my dear son up to you and ask you to intervene in his life, in his heart, in his situation. He needs you, Father. He needs your Touch, your Love, your Freedom! I believe in your awesome merciful healing, Lord — without it, I would be dead or stuck in an asylum somewhere. Please don’t let any of my children give up on themselves. Give them HOPE and lead each one of them in the direction of their own freedom. Lead them to the Source that never runs dry, never changes. Thank you, merciful, faithful Shepherd! I trust you completely. Amen.

 
3 John 1:4 ERV

It always gives me the greatest joy when I hear that my children are following the way of truth. 

 
Lord, if I could give my children the names of two authors, two intellectuals whom I trust to help guide them, it would be Brene Brown and John Eldredge. Trouble is, they may have no time or interest for reading or even listening. Therefore, I just put them securely into your hands, and ask you to lead them in your own way, in your perfect timing. I trust you with my greatest treasures, Lord — my children and my Mate. Heal us all, Lord Jesus. Amen.
 
Lord, please help all my peeps (and me!) treat ourselves with compassion — we need it!!
 

 

May 26

Lord, I kinda feel like there is NOWHERE on this planet where I can actually be myself, speaking freely with a “kindred spirit”, not having to watch my stupid tongue… nowhere, except perhaps alone with you. I know other people try to accept me how I am, but sooooooooooooo much goes unseen, unspoken… and when I try to speak, it just backfires on me. I actually wish I could become mute, physically unable to speak. I would probably be a more likeable person.

 
James 3:6-12 ERV

The tongue is like a fire. It is a world of evil among the parts of our body. It spreads its evil through our whole body and starts a fire that influences all of life. It gets this fire from hell. 
Humans have control over every kind of wild animal, bird, reptile, and fish, and they have controlled all these things. 
But no one can control the tongue. It is wild and evil, full of deadly poison. 
We use our tongues to praise our Lord and Father, but then we curse people who were created in God’s likeness. 
These praises and curses come from the same mouth. My brothers and sisters, this should not happen. 
Do good water and bad water flow from the same spring? Of course not. 
My brothers and sisters, can a fig tree make olives? Or can a grapevine make figs? No, and a well full of salty water cannot give good water. 

 
Lord, only you know, only you see — again. What hurts more than anything else in the world right now is that I thought FINALLY my mother-in-law would visit during a time when my Mate and I were close, when he had turbo respect for me, treasured me. But once again, the enemy was allowed to steal that away. And my own stupid mouth helped the cause. I kinda think you should not have made us humans at all, Lord. We constantly let our own selves down… let alone the people we care about. I really just want to go HOME. There honestly does not seem to be one of those in THIS world. Heal me, faithful Shepherd. Help me forgive myself, help me FEEL forgiven — accepted, even. Help me battle the “shame monster” that is inside me, robbing me of peace and joy. I need you, Lord. I need my Real Husband.

 
Isaiah 54:5 ERV

Your real husband is the one who made you. His name is the LORD All-Powerful. The Holy One of Israel is your Protector, and he is the God of all the earth!

 
Lord, please help me let GO of the foolish romantic notion that a Mate is supposed to be someone with whom we connect so deeply that there is no room for criticism and rejection… only acceptance and understanding and compassion. How foolish of me! I think perhaps you reserve that special relationship for yourself alone. Even when a human is married to their human soul mate and live in a tiny camper together, there is STILL pain and misunderstanding and judgement. I don’t want to hurt like this again, Lord… will you please help me let GO of my foolish expectations? Thank you, Master. I still trust you completely, faithful Shepherd. YOU alone help your people grow past their ugliest faults. Heal me, Lord. Amen.

 

May 23

Good morning, Father!
Thank you for the good conversations with my youngest son lately, and the silliness of my daughter late last night, lol. I am so blessed to have such awesome children! I ask you to help my oldest prepare for his big move across several states in a week or so. Please give him peace that passes all understanding, and let him know it comes from YOU, so he knows you are watching over him.

 
Philippians 4:4-9 ERV

Always be filled with joy in the Lord. I will say it again. Be filled with joy. 
Let everyone see that you are gentle and kind. The Lord is coming soon. 
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. 
And do what you learned and received from me—what I told you and what you saw me do. And the God who gives peace will be with you.

 
THANK YOU, faithful Shepherd, for your enduring PEACE! It is awesome to feel your care and your Love each and every day of my life. I am truly never alone… and you have even given me an awesome Mate who loves you, too — for what more could I ask?! Well… please continue to pursue each of my children, and draw each one of them closer to you. So that they, too, can experience the TRUE source of peace and joy that never runs dry, never changes. Amen. 🙂

 

May 21

Good morning, Father.
Thank you for this lovely cool morning… I can’t believe it is SNOWING in several states, in spots from Washington state to South Dakota, down to the northwest corner of Nebraska, and across to northern California — WOW!! My feet are actually a bit chilly while I sit by the open window, lol. How COOL! THANK YOU for the good progress on the new ONE site as well. And most of all, THANK YOU for helping me overcome all the little things that the enemy keeps hurling at me to distract and discourage me! I am so grateful for your Spirit, your protection, your provision, faithful Shepherd! Sometimes the attacks seem pretty strong, but it’s almost as if I can duck underneath them and just let them pass over — if I only just stay humble, stay grateful, and stay focused on the things I CAN change. It may not be “easy” — but it IS SIMPLE! 😀

 
Ephesians 6:13-18 ERV

That is why you need to get God’s full armor. Then on the day of evil, you will be able to stand strong. And when you have finished the whole fight, you will still be standing. 
So stand strong with the belt of truth tied around your waist, and on your chest wear the protection of right living. 
On your feet wear the Good News of peace to help you stand strong. 
And also use the shield of faith with which you can stop all the burning arrows that come from the Evil One. 
Accept God’s salvation as your helmet. And take the sword of the Spirit—that sword is the teaching of God. 
Pray in the Spirit at all times. Pray with all kinds of prayers, and ask for everything you need. To do this you must always be ready. Never give up. Always pray for all of God’s people. 

 

May 19

Good morning, Father.
Thank you for variety, allowing me to have so many different things I CAN do, to supply me with choices of what to do at any given moment. Thank you for your holy Spirit, which allows me to be led down a wise and fruitful path — with the hope of being found pleasing and faithful! Thank you for freedom, not having to be financially strangled by a mortgage or car payment or any other financial burden. Thank you for my Mate, who provides such entertainment for me daily, as well as the assurance and comfort of having another Spirit-led human to interact with and GROW with. People could take a snapshot of my life at this moment, from the outside looking in, and it might look rather grim — IF you look at my bank account or other “worldly” measures of success. But I feel like the most blessed woman on earth, because I am truly FREE! I suppose my namesake is becoming more accurate as I age, for Fran means “Free One” LOL 🙂

 
1 Peter 2:13-17 ERV

Be willing to serve the people who have authority in this world. Do this for the Lord. Obey the king, the highest authority. 
And obey the leaders who are sent by the king. They are sent to punish those who do wrong and to praise those who do good. 
When you do good, you stop ignorant people from saying foolish things about you. This is what God wants. 
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. 

 
Galatians 5:13-15 ERV

My brothers and sisters, God chose you to be free. But don’t use your freedom as an excuse to do what pleases your sinful selves. Instead, serve each other with love. 
The whole law is made complete in this one command: “Love your neighbor the same as you love yourself.” 
If you continue hurting each other and tearing each other apart, be careful, or you will completely destroy each other. 

 

May 18

Hooray!! THANK YOU, Lord for the awesome encouragement of getting my FIRST products posted for sale on my new ONE site! And although I still have some work to do in tweaking the layout and such, I am very pleased with how much better it looks and functions, compared to the old sites. AND I even have the next 30-or-so Spanish products just ready and waiting for me to update and post for sale and for Lifetime Member access — WOOT! Lord, I thank you for helping me through all the discouragements and distractions. Please help me to be faithful to you and work in your timing and according to your will — NOT just blindly doing what I think needs to be done. Help me to look to your faithful Spirit to guide me, and help me to take breaks and work on other things that need to be done on the site, as well as things that need to be done offline. I trust you completely. Lead on! 😀

 
James 1:4-17 ERV

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. 
But when you ask God, you must believe. Don’t doubt him. Whoever doubts is like a wave in the sea that is blown up and down by the wind. 
People like that are thinking two different things at the same time. They can never decide what to do. So they should not think they will receive anything from the Lord. 
Believers who are poor should be glad that God considers them so important. 
Believers who are rich should be glad when bad things happen that humble them. Their riches won’t keep them from disappearing as quickly as wildflowers. 
As the sun rises and gets hotter, its heat dries up the plants, and the flowers fall off. The flowers that were so beautiful are now dead. That’s how it is with the rich. While they are still making plans for their business, they will die. 
Great blessings belong to those who are tempted and remain faithful! After they have proved their faith, God will give them the reward of eternal life. God promised this to all people who love him. 
Whenever you feel tempted to do something bad, you should not say, “God is tempting me.” Evil cannot tempt God, and God himself does not tempt anyone. 
You are tempted by the evil things you want. Your own desire leads you away and traps you. 
Your desire grows inside you until it results in sin. Then the sin grows bigger and bigger and finally ends in death. 
My dear brothers and sisters, don’t be fooled about this. 
Everything good comes from God. Every perfect gift is from him. These good gifts come down from the Father who made all the lights in the sky. But God never changes like the shadows from those lights. He is always the same. 

 

May 16

Lord, as I work on adding my new info to each page of my old printable products and migrating them all over to the new ONE site, I somehow feel very small, subdued, and emotionally sensitive. It is a monumental task, and it has taken me 15 years to create all those thousands of pages of materials. While it is sometimes fun to see the old stuff… and I get inspired to create new, better, more interactive and FUN versions of some of them… I still find myself battling SHAME fueled by the events that have transpired recently, my digital work being JUST that of a woman and therefore of little value. I am grateful that my Mate does not respect me less for my gender — in fact we could not have even half the relationship we have, if I were also a man. So once again, I will just focus on the things I CAN change, and let GO of the things I can NOT. I will trust YOU to continue to heal me and grow me, faithful Shepherd. Amen.

 
Psalm 69:13-20 ERV

As for me, LORD, this is my prayer to you: Please accept me! God, I want you to answer me with love. I know I can trust you to save me. 
Pull me from the mud, and don’t let me sink down deeper. Save me from those who hate me. Save me from this deep water. 
Don’t let the waves drown me. Don’t let the deep sea swallow me or the grave close its mouth on me. 
Answer me, LORD, from the goodness of your faithful love. Out of your great kindness turn to me and help me! 
Don’t turn away from your servant. I am in trouble, so hurry and help me! 
Come save my soul. Rescue me from my enemies. 
You know the shame I have suffered. You know all my enemies. You saw how they humiliated me. 
I feel the pain of their insults. The shame makes me feel like dying! I wanted some sympathy, but there was none. I waited for someone to comfort me, but no one came.
 

 

May 14

Good morning, Lord!
THANK YOU for all the awesome blessings of yesterday… fellowship with another woman who loves you, a refreshing of our supplies including WATER… and CLEAN CLOTHES again at last — WOOT!! But even more than those physical, tangible blessings, I thank you greatly for three comforts and helps you gave me yesterday that only YOU could give: the amazing ability to have a heartwarming conversation with my son who is across the world from me — and his Mate — which started before I even got out of bed, and ended in a huge encouragement and motivation for me in adding foreign languages to my new ONE site… then the way you enabled me to keep my wits about me the whole time being around an as-yet unfamiliar person and be able to hold conversation AND do my shopping and some digital work-related stuff — without getting too unforgiveably drained (from my introvert nature) or frazzled (from not being yet aaaaalllll the way healed from my past). I am simply amazed that I was able to be that stable, Lord! Surely your Word and your Spirit have grown me! And the third intangible blessing is related to the second: when I WAS a bit too frazzled, at the moment I least had my wits about me, YOU stepped in and intervened and covered me in such an awesome, merciful way, Lord! After I had settled into the laundromat, I discovered I did NOT have my phone with me, and I feared that I had left it on the counter at the CVS pharmacy where I had purchased laundry soap… but you kept me calm, even kept my Mate calm and allowed him to call the place 15 minutes before they closed and had him calmly give them his phone number in case they found my phone… and then, when I returned back to our little camper close to two hours later, I discovered that YOU had caused my phone to slip into the little crevice between my seat and the wall, leaving it back “home” instead of being lost or stolen by a stranger. You covered my biggest weakness, you caused my Mate to be kind to me when I needed it most, AND you allowed me to be stable and strong enough throughout the whole day. I am simply amazed at your mercy and care, faithful Shepherd! 😀

 
Philippians 4:10-20 ERV

I am so happy, and I thank the Lord that you have again shown your care for me. You continued to care about me, but there was no way for you to show it. 
I am telling you this, but not because I need something. I have learned to be satisfied with what I have and with whatever happens. 
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. 
But it was good that you helped me when I needed help. 
You people in Philippi remember when I first told the Good News there. When I left Macedonia, you were the only church that gave me help. 
Several times you sent me things I needed when I was in Thessalonica. 
Really, it is not that I want to get gifts from you. But I want you to have the benefit that comes from giving. 
I have everything I need. I have even more than I need. I have all I need because Epaphroditus brought your gift to me. Your gift is like a sweet-smelling sacrifice offered to God. God accepts that sacrifice and it pleases him. 
My God will use his glorious riches to give you everything you need. He will do this through Christ Jesus. 
Glory to our God and Father forever and ever. Amen.

 

May 12

Good morning, Lord.
Thank you for letting me hear from my youngest son last night, cuz the best “mother’s day” gift I can receive is to know that my children are safe and pretty happy. Thank you for helping me in my work, guiding me how to make all the infinitismally small adjustments to design on the backend of my new ONE site, to make the frontend be appealing to users no matter what device they are using. Thank you that YOU see all that I endure each day, hear all the things my tongue never speaks, and give me all the encouragements that I need to keep going. Please help me to be content and confident and remember that I “need nothing of” my outward circumstances — all I need to be strong and do my work is your mighty Spirit and your Word. Amen. Thank you, Lord Jesus.

 
James 5:8-11 ERV

You must be patient too. Never stop hoping. The Lord is coming soon. 
Brothers and sisters, don’t complain against each other. If you don’t stop complaining, you will be judged guilty. And the Judge is ready to come! 
Brothers and sisters, follow the example of the prophets who spoke for the Lord. They suffered many bad things, but they were patient. 
And we say that those who accepted their troubles with patience now have God’s blessing. You have heard about Job’s patience. You know that after all his troubles, the Lord helped him. This shows that the Lord is full of mercy and is kind. 

 
Thank you, Lord, for helping me find fun little ways to add interactivity and appeal to the new site, using icons and offscreen content. Please guide me in the next steps, creating a fun layout for the little “GROW Thyself!” popups on each post… and sooooooo much more beyond just what I can see at this moment. THANK YOU for making me able to Create with the Creator! No matter how lonely it gets, I am never alone for real. I trust you completely, faithful Shepherd. Lead on!

 

 

May 10

Good morning, Father.
Thank you for the progress I’ve been able to make on the new website these last few days. Thank you for helping me endure countless inconveniences and annoyances and discomforts and discouragements, and yet being able to basically keep my mouth shut and my brain turned off, just focusing on the things I CAN change. Lord, I feel rather FLAT right now, not my usual bubbly self — but perhaps that is how I need to be, to work hard and make it through the hot summer. THANK YOU for the little things I can be grateful for, Lord — cool weather, wifi so I can work, downloaded shows that I can take a break and watch and learn, still plenty of food, and a couple articles of clothing that are still clean. Thank you for my ability to invent new layouts and other designs and implementations of designs on my ONE website. Please help all these things to be ENOUGH, and please move my Mate in the direction of his own freedom, and please give him things he can DO, things to accomplish and feel good about. Amen. I still trust you completely, faithful Shepherd.

 
Revelation 3:7-13 ERV

“Write this to the angel of the church in Philadelphia: “Here is a message from the one who is holy and true, the one who holds the key of David. When he opens something, it cannot be closed. And when he closes something, it cannot be opened. 
“I know what you do. I have put before you an open door that no one can close. I know you are weak, but you have followed my teaching. You were not afraid to speak my name. 
Listen! There is a group that belongs to Satan. They say they are Jews, but they are liars. They are not true Jews. I will make them come before you and bow at your feet. They will know that you are the people I have loved. 
You followed my command to endure patiently. So I will keep you from the time of trouble that will come to the world—a time that will test everyone living on earth. 
“I am coming soon. Hold on to the faith you have, so that no one can take away your crown. 
Those who win the victory will be pillars in the temple of my God. I will make that happen for them. They will never again have to leave God’s temple. I will write on them the name of my God and the name of the city of my God. That city is the new Jerusalem. It is coming down out of heaven from my God. I will also write my new name on them. 
Everyone who hears this should listen to what the Spirit says to the churches. 

 
Lord, help me to remain faithful to you, no matter how much my body and mind want to rebel. Help me to patiently endure and keep focusing on the things I can change. Help me to live one moment at a time, and each one faithfully. Amen.

 

May 7

Good morning, Lord.
Thank you for my work, for the wide-open arena in which to build, and thank you for helping me to finally make some progress on the new site yesterday. Thank you for touching my Mate and working intimately with him, moving his heart in the direction of his own freedom. Lord, I ask that you give him things to keep himself busy and productive, pleasant distractions that build him up more than wear him out. THANK YOU for taking such awesome care of us, faithful Shepherd.

 
Psalm 23 ERV

A song of David. 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 confess that I am still very distracted and still quite a bit discouraged with my own personal battles. I ask you to help me keep focused on the things I CAN change, possibly even seeing ways I can make some of the non-changeable things a bit more positive. Help me to just trust in you, and be content with my Mate and my work. I know that I have everything I need. As for my outward circumstances, it is true that I “need nothing of it”. Amen.