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Dec 19

Thank you, Father, for another opportunity to spend a day at the library, and thank you for helping me concentrate and finally finish a task that I have been working on at various times over the past few months! Now, I fear there are new obstacles and frustrations and hangups, but I trust that you will lead me through each one if I only just patiently follow your lead. Thank you, Lord, for your patience with little me, and thank you for all the little lessons I am learning, as well as the big ones that I cannot quite see in full as yet — too close to them, lol.

 
Psalm 119:28-39 ERV

I am sad and tired. Say the word, and make me strong again. 
Don’t let me live a lie. Guide me with your teachings. 
I have chosen to be loyal to you.
I respect your laws. 
I follow your rules closely, LORD. Don’t let me be put to shame. 
I do my best to follow your commands, because you are the one who gives me the desire. 
LORD, teach me your laws, and I will always follow them. 
Help me understand your teachings, and I will follow them. Obeying them will be my greatest desire. 
Help me follow your commands, because that makes me happy. 
Give me the desire to follow your rules, not the desire to get rich. 
Don’t let me look at worthless things. Help me live your way. 
Do what you promised me, your servant, so that people will respect you. 
Take away the shame I fear. Your laws are good. 

 
Lord, I am unsure what to work on next, since I have finally finished that longstanding task. There are several things I feel I could or even should do, but I want to spend my time and energy accomplishing whatever your will is for me. Please guide me with your Holy Spirit, and put before me the task that you would have me to do next. Guide me in how to best use my time, efficiently and faithfully for you. Please be near those whom I love, and give a special blessing to those who read this blog and the one person who faithfully donates to me each month. I don’t know who it is or what their purpose is, but I ask you to reward them an hundredfold, bless them in some special way that only YOU know they need. Amen.

 

Dec 17

Lord, I gotta admit, these lessons I am learning lately are pretty intense, and I am not even sure I understand much of any of it. When I think I see something clearly, it seems that a contradiction occurs and I am back to simply not knowing, feeling lost. I thank you that you are Faithful, and I can trust in you. Please help me walk forward safely through this time of blindness, or turn on a Light to help me see the path. Either way, I trust you, Shepherd. Help me to stay humble, and teachable, and willing. Amen.

 
Jeremiah 32:17‭-‬20 AMPC

Alas, Lord God! Behold, You have made the heavens and the earth by Your great power and by Your outstretched arm! There is nothing too hard or too wonderful for You– You Who show loving-kindness to thousands but recompense the iniquity of the fathers into the bosoms of their children after them. The great, the mighty God; the Lord of hosts is His name– Great [are You] in counsel and mighty in deeds, Whose eyes are open to all the ways of the sons of men, to reward or repay each one according to his ways and according to the fruit of his doings, Who wrought signs and wonders in the land of Egypt, and even to this day [continues to do so], both in Israel and among other men, and made for Yourself a name, as at this day.

 

Dec 16

Good morning, Father.
Thank you, Lord, for helping me through that rather tortuous day, and thank you for counseling me in my bed this morning before I got up, leading me into a healthy mindset and focus for this day. Please help me to stay faithful to your leading, and not be blown off course by my own emotions. Please keep reminding me that I do NOT have to defend myself. Amen.

 
James 1:17‭-‬21 AMPC

Every good gift and every perfect (free, large, full) gift is from above; it comes down from the Father of all [that gives] light, in [the shining of] Whom there can be no variation [rising or setting] or shadow cast by His turning [as in an eclipse]. And it was of His own [free] will that He gave us birth [as sons] by [His] Word of Truth, so that we should be a kind of firstfruits of His creatures [a sample of what He created to be consecrated to Himself]. Understand [this], my beloved brethren. Let every man be quick to hear [a ready listener], slow to speak, slow to take offense and to get angry. For man’s anger does not promote the righteousness God [wishes and requires]. 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.

 
Father, I thank you for all the perfect gifts you have given me in this life. Please help me to focus on those rather than on things it FEELS like I need. I know that you are the Source of all good, and all my true needs are met in you. Father, please care for each of my children and their needs as well, and please bless my friends and family in Iowa, in Denton, and in New York. Amen.

 

Dec 15

Lord, I feel so raw, so physically sick, so emotionally wounded. It is hard to have much hope today. Things feel very dark and harsh, and your Love and kindness feel too far away in the future to be of much encouragement right now. Thank you, though, for reminding me over and over that I do NOT need to defend myself. Help me to just trust in you, and not to feel frozen in lonely despair.

 

Colossians 3:12‭-‬15 AMPC

Clothe yourselves therefore, as God’s own chosen ones (His own picked representatives), [who are] purified and holy and well-beloved [by God Himself, by putting on behavior marked by] tenderhearted pity and mercy, kind feeling, a lowly opinion of yourselves, gentle ways, [and] patience [which is tireless and long-suffering, and has the power to endure whatever comes, with good temper]. Be gentle and forbearing with one another and, if one has a difference (a grievance or complaint) against another, readily pardoning each other; even as the Lord has [freely] forgiven you, so must you also [forgive]. And above all these [put on] love and enfold yourselves with the bond of perfectness [which binds everything together completely in ideal harmony]. And let the peace (soul harmony which comes) from Christ rule (act as umpire continually) in your hearts [deciding and settling with finality all questions that arise in your minds, in that peaceful state] to which as [members of Christ’s] one body you were also called [to live]. And be thankful (appreciative), [giving praise to God always].

 

Dec 12

Hello, Lord.
Thank you for the many opportunities today to show mercy and compassion to others, and thank you for the chance to help my mother-in-law prepare her new house for holiday guests. Thank you for all the humbling learning experiences I have had lately, and thank you for helping me to not get as sick as most of the people around me. Please heal my Mate, make him strong again, so he can enjoy the upcoming live jam sessions! Please continue to keep me healthy and strong enough to serve everyone around me, helping where I am needed and encouraging others in any way I can. Thank you for using me, faithful Shepherd. Amen.

 
2 Corinthians 13:3‭-‬11 AMPC

Since you desire and seek [perceptible] proof of the Christ Who speaks in and through me. [For He] is not weak and feeble in dealing with you, but is a mighty power within you; For though He was crucified in weakness, yet He goes on living by the power of God. And though we too are weak in Him [as He was humanly weak], yet in dealing with you [we shall show ourselves] alive and strong in [fellowship with] Him by the power of God. Examine and test and evaluate your own selves to see whether you are holding to your faith and showing the proper fruits of it. Test and prove yourselves [not Christ]. Do you not yourselves realize and know [thoroughly by an ever-increasing experience] that Jesus Christ is in you–unless you are [counterfeits] disapproved on trial and rejected? But I hope you will recognize and know that we are not disapproved on trial and rejected. But I pray to God that you may do nothing wrong, not in order that we [our teaching] may appear to be approved, but that you may continue doing right, [though] we may seem to have failed and be unapproved. For we can do nothing against the Truth [not serve any party or personal interest], but only for the Truth [which is the Gospel]. For we are glad when we are weak (unapproved) and you are really strong. And this we also pray for: your all-round strengthening and perfecting of soul. So I write these things while I am absent from you, that when I come to you, I may not have to deal sharply in my use of the authority which the Lord has given me [to be employed, however] for building [you] up and not for tearing [you] down. Finally, brethren, farewell (rejoice)! Be strengthened (perfected, completed, made what you ought to be); be encouraged and consoled and comforted; be of the same [agreeable] mind one with another; live in peace, and [then] the God of love [Who is the Source of affection, goodwill, love, and benevolence toward men] and the Author and Promoter of peace will be with you.

 
Jesus, please shine the Light of your Truth upon me, help me to examine myself, and give me the courage to lay aside my own hopes and dreams and plans, and fully embrace what you have chosen for me. Thank you, Lord, for your mercy and grace. Please protect my Mate and my children. Amen.

 

Dec 10

Good morning, Father!
Thank you for almost two full years on this blog, the first year without a single missed day, the second not quite that perfect, lol. Stll, despite missed days, I really think I have grown more these last two years than during any other time period of my life thus far, and I sincerely thank you for all the struggles and triumphs, ups and downs that have all been opportunities to learn and to grow. I thank you for humbling me and showing me over and over how very little I actually NEED, and how very MUCH I can actually take! I am still amazed at the ever-growing list of things you’ve helped me face, Lord, that were previously in the pile labeled “I can’t”. It has not all been fun, and much of it has been intensely uncomfortable, but it has all been worth it. Please continue your work in me, faithful Shepherd. I trust you completely.

 
Ephesians 2:8‭-‬10‭, ‬18‭-‬22 AMPC

For it is by free grace (God’s unmerited favor) that you are saved (delivered from judgment and made partakers of Christ’s salvation) through [your] faith. And this [salvation] is not of yourselves [of your own doing, it came not through your own striving], but it is the gift of God; Not because of works [not the fulfillment of the Law’s demands], lest any man should boast. [It is not the result of what anyone can possibly do, so no one can pride himself in it or take glory to himself.] For we are God’s [own] handiwork (His workmanship), recreated in Christ Jesus, [born anew] that we may do those good works which God predestined (planned beforehand) for us [taking paths which He prepared ahead of time], that we should walk in them [living the good life which He prearranged and made ready for us to live]. For it is through Him that we both [whether far off or near] now have an introduction (access) by one [Holy] Spirit to the Father [so that we are able to approach Him]. Therefore you are no longer outsiders (exiles, migrants, and aliens, excluded from the rights of citizens), but you now share citizenship with the saints (God’s own people, consecrated and set apart for Himself); and you belong to God’s [own] household. You are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets with Christ Jesus Himself the chief Cornerstone. In Him the whole structure is joined (bound, welded) together harmoniously, and it continues to rise (grow, increase) into a holy temple in the Lord [a sanctuary dedicated, consecrated, and sacred to the presence of the Lord]. In Him [and in fellowship with one another] you yourselves also are being built up [into this structure] with the rest, to form a fixed abode (dwelling place) of God in (by, through) the Spirit.

 

Dec 9

Thank you, thank you, thank you Lord for this awesome time at the LIBRARY!! I am excited to have several hours to devote to my own work and learning privileges again — WOOT! Father, I give you my time, my mind, my hands, my heart. Please guide me in how to pace myself and to accomplish whatever YOU desire for me to do, rather than what I may THINK I need to do. Help me to appreciate whatever amount of time I get here today, and please help it sustain me through these difficult days and cold nights. Help me to appreciate all the blessings I have right now, including an awesome Mate and time spent with his family. Thank you for helping me to make some things more friendly and usable, and for helping me establish some of my “creature comforts” which help me feel a bit more stable. 🙂

 
Colossians 3:23-25 ERV

In all the work you are given, do the best you can. Work as though you are working for the Lord, not any earthly master. 
Remember that you will receive your reward from the Lord, who will give you what he promised his people. Yes, you are serving Christ. He is your real Master. 
Remember that anyone who does wrong will be punished for that wrong. And the Lord treats everyone the same.

 
Lord, you see all that is in me, all that has happened to me, all the decisions I’ve made, all the things my heart desires to do, and even all the things I will and will not accomplish in this life. I have everything I need, for you are the Source of all good, my Provider and Protector. Show me how to use what you’ve given me to serve you this day, and help me to become more fully equipped to serve your people in the ways that you choose. Amen.

 

Dec 8

Hello, Father!
Thank you so much for the healing and growth and encouragement this day. Thank you for helping me sleep for nine hours pretty straight right through the coldest night, down into the low twenties, sleeping in the popup camper. Thank you for helping me prepare with layers of clothing and blankets and hoodie that together made me stay plenty warm and cozy and able to breathe warm enough air so I didn’t get a cough or even get chilled! And now, the nights are supposed to be at least 5 to 10 degrees warmer, so I feel like I have faced the worst and made it through — smooth sailing ahead, lol.

 
1 Timothy 4:7-10 ERV

People tell silly stories that don’t agree with God’s truth. Don’t follow what these stories teach. But teach yourself to be devoted to God. 
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.

 
Lord, I thank you for these quiet moments in the camper by myself, and I thank you for the good times (and difficult times) here with my Mate as well. Thank you for hard lessons learned, opportunities to see things in new perspectives, and directions of growth and change. Please help me to keep learning, and please show me how to use my time most wisely and lovingly. Help me to stay humble and teachable and willing to serve. Amen.

 
Father, I also lift each of my children up to you this day. My oldest son seems to have some heartache that needs your attention. Please encourage him to keep looking to you. Be his hero, his rescuer, his friend. Please touch each of my other sons as well as my daughter, too. Give them each peace and lead them into a relationship with you. Help each of my children to come to know you as the faithful Shepherd that you are. Thank you, Lord Jesus. Amen.

 

Dec 6

Hello, Father.
Thank you for being near me, guiding me through each step of each day. Thank you for tender moments shared with your Spirit, sometimes with my Mate as well. Thank you for challenges and growth, and opportunities to serve you and your people. Father, please help us through the next couple days with freezing temps and drizzling rain. Show me how you would choose for me to spend my time and energy. Guide me in the path you would have me to walk, and help me to stay humble, teachable, and willing to serve.

 
1 Samuel 2:2‭-‬9 AMPC

There is none holy like the Lord, there is none besides You; there is no Rock like our God. Talk no more so very proudly; let not arrogance go forth from your mouth, for the Lord is a God of knowledge, and by Him actions are weighed. The bows of the mighty are broken, and those who stumbled are girded with strength. Those who were full have hired themselves out for bread, but those who were hungry have ceased to hunger. The barren has borne seven, but she who has many children languishes and is forlorn. The Lord slays and makes alive; He brings down to Sheol and raises up. The Lord makes poor and makes rich; He brings low and He lifts up. He raises up the poor out of the dust and lifts up the needy from the ash heap, to make them sit with nobles and inherit the throne of glory. For the pillars of the earth are the Lord’s, and He has set the world upon them. He will guard the feet of His godly ones, but the wicked shall be silenced and perish in darkness; for by strength shall no man prevail.

 

 

Dec 2

Good morning, Father.
Thank you for helping me through these days of up and down emotions and levels of exhaustion and feeling LOST. Thank you for joyful moments with my Mate, and thank you for helping me LET GO of moments that have not been so joyful. Thank you for helping me make it through some intense hours of despair, and thank you for the understanding and acceptance of my Mate’s family, despite my reluctance to expose myself so fully. I only pray that you let me be a witness and a help, rather than a burden or a source of confusion or doubt. Please cleanse me, Shepherd, so that your Love can shine through me less defiled by my human craziness. Amen.

 
Revelation 3:1-6 ERV

“Write this to the angel of the church in Sardis: “Here is a message from the one who has the seven spirits and the seven stars. “I know what you do. People say that you are alive, but really you are dead. 
Wake up! Make yourselves stronger before what little strength you have left is completely gone. I find that what you do is not good enough for my God. 
So don’t forget what you have received and heard. Obey it. Change your hearts and lives! You must wake up, or I will come to you and surprise you like a thief. You will not know when I will come. 
“But you have a few people in your group there in Sardis who have kept themselves clean. They will walk with me. They will wear white clothes, because they are worthy. 
Everyone who wins the victory will be dressed in white clothes like them. I will not remove their names from the book of life. I will say that they belong to me before my Father and before his angels. 
Everyone who hears this should listen to what the Spirit says to the churches. 

 
Lord, lately I feel kinda half-dead, not quite alive or at least not quite awake. I know I have had a LOT of change lately, and I am homeless and living out of fleece bags in the back of a pickup truck, and even that I have been forced to confront my biggest fear every day now for over a week, so perhaps I am just weary. Still, I do not want to be asleep or to fail you or be unfaithful in any way. I feel like I should be stronger, should be doing more, working harder… something MORE. My heart cries and I’m not really sure why. It could be all that I just mentioned, but the ache I’ve been feeling sometimes lately seems bigger than the sum of all those things combined. I don’t feel as much like Garbage People as I have lately, and I don’t feel as much like your punching bag. So I do not understand why these weak feelings in me persist. Please show me what you would have me to do or to learn during these days, Lord. Teach me how to serve you and your people better, and help me to grow past my own faults and weaknesses. I put myself in your hands, faithful Shepherd. Amen.

 

Nov 30

Thank you, Lord, for bringing a bit of deliverance and hope. Thank you for fellowship and growth today. Thank you for caring for me all night long while I struggled with sleep and despair, and thank you for the comforting sound of the two owls communicating nearby.

 
Psalm 32:7‭-‬10 AMPC

You are a hiding place for me; You, Lord, preserve me from trouble, You surround me with songs and shouts of deliverance. Selah [pause, and calmly think of that]! I [the Lord] will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with My eye upon you. Be not like the horse or the mule, which lack understanding, which must have their mouths held firm with bit and bridle, or else they will not come with you. Many are the sorrows of the wicked, but he who trusts in, relies on, and confidently leans on the Lord shall be compassed about with mercy and with loving-kindness.

 
Thank you, Father for this day, another opportunity to serve you and help people. Please help me to be patient and wait for your salvation, faithfully bringing me out of this difficult situation in your perfect timing. Please help me to not be a fool and resist your touch. Help me to be humble and teachable and willing. Amen.

 

Nov 29

Hello, Father.
I really do not understand why I must keep enduring, when I am so close to just giving up. WHY did you put me in this position where this, my greatest wound, keeps getting ripped open, over and over again? I feel like a fool, a joker, Garbage People. I have to hide my despair from those around me, in order to protect them from it. I do not get protection myself, I just have to protect them, serve them, nurture and support them. I hurt. Please help me be faithful. I feel like I am faltering.

 
Hosea 6:1-3 ERV

“Come, let’s go back to the LORD. He hurt us, but he will heal us. He wounded us, but he will put bandages on us. 
After two days he will bring us back to life. He will raise us up on the third day. Then we can live near him. 
Let’s learn about the LORD. Let’s try very hard to know him. We know he is coming, just as we know the dawn is coming. He will come to us like the rain, like the spring rain that waters the ground.”

 
Lord, I feel so misunderstood, so unseen, unappreciated — like such a bitch for even FEELING this way!! Yet I would not wish this heartache on even the worst of my “enemies”. Those who are causing this situation I ask you to bless with peace and freedom, even as I ask you for the strength to endure their betrayal. Two sides of me are at war — one that wants to just die and one that holds out hope; one that is angry and hurt and one that just wishes to serve you and your people. Lord, please shorten this time of trial so that I may be able to endure. I am anxious to get back to JUST being homeless, without this added heartache. I am anxious to HEAL. Please hold my heart, Shepherd. Help me to be faithful. Amen.

 

Nov 28

Hello, Father.
Thank you for helping me through another day of walking this difficult path. Thank you for unexpected blessings along the way, even a surprise that only you and I may appreciate. I DO appreciate your Touch, my Lord, and I thank you for showing me that you are still caring for me. Please help me to more fully accept your will for me, and not feel so hurt by your choice.

 
Colossians 3:8‭-‬17 AMPC

But now put away and rid yourselves [completely] of all these things: anger, rage, bad feeling toward others, curses and slander, and foulmouthed abuse and shameful utterances from your lips! Do not lie to one another, for you have stripped off the old (unregenerate) self with its evil practices, And have clothed yourselves with the new [spiritual self], which is [ever in the process of being] renewed and remolded into [fuller and more perfect knowledge upon] knowledge after the image (the likeness) of Him Who created it. [Gen. 1:26.] [In this new creation all distinctions vanish.] There is no room for and there can be neither Greek nor Jew, circumcised nor uncircumcised, [nor difference between nations whether alien] barbarians or Scythians [who are the most savage of all], nor slave or free man; but Christ is all and in all [everything and everywhere, to all men, without distinction of person]. Clothe yourselves therefore, as God’s own chosen ones (His own picked representatives), [who are] purified and holy and well-beloved [by God Himself, by putting on behavior marked by] tenderhearted pity and mercy, kind feeling, a lowly opinion of yourselves, gentle ways, [and] patience [which is tireless and long-suffering, and has the power to endure whatever comes, with good temper]. Be gentle and forbearing with one another and, if one has a difference (a grievance or complaint) against another, readily pardoning each other; even as the Lord has [freely] forgiven you, so must you also [forgive]. And above all these [put on] love and enfold yourselves with the bond of perfectness [which binds everything together completely in ideal harmony]. And let the peace (soul harmony which comes) from Christ rule (act as umpire continually) in your hearts [deciding and settling with finality all questions that arise in your minds, in that peaceful state] to which as [members of Christ’s] one body you were also called [to live]. And be thankful (appreciative), [giving praise to God always]. Let the word [spoken by] Christ (the Messiah) have its home [in your hearts and minds] and dwell in you in [all its] richness, as you teach and admonish and train one another in all insight and intelligence and wisdom [in spiritual things, and as you sing] psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, making melody to God with [His] grace in your hearts. And whatever you do [no matter what it is] in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus and in [dependence upon] His Person, giving praise to God the Father through Him.

 
Merciful Shepherd, please help me to put aside resentment and anger and all forms of bitterness, and instead embrace your love and peace, with humility and willingness for your will to be done. I cannot deny that I feel hurt by your choice, but I give my hurt to you and ask you to strengthen and heal me. Amen.

 

Nov 27

Hello, Father.
Please forgive me for being so angry, for feeling a bit abandoned by you – not because I am homeless, living in a popup camper, but because on top of that, I have to do it while constantly facing my greatest vulnerability, with my biggest fear dangling over my head able to drop and suffocate me at any second. I am still angry, Lord. I am hurt, feeling like your Garbage People once again. Every day I wonder if I will survive, or if I will do something stupid out of desperation. So far, you have faithfully given me the strength to make wise decisions and loving sacrifices, as they are needed. I do know you are Faithful and able to make this whole thing turn out better than I can ever foresee. Lord, please carry my heart through this time, help me to be willing, and humble, and not let the pain in my heart cause me to keep looking away from you, feeling betrayed. I know that is not true. It just hurts. Cleanse me, Lord. Strengthen me and give me perseverance. Please, if it be possible, increase my faith and help me to have hope that outweighs my fearful despair. Help me to just trust in you, and stop trying to figure things out. Amen.

 
Psalm 51:6‭-‬12 AMPC

Behold, You desire truth in the inner being; make me therefore to know wisdom in my inmost heart. Purify me with hyssop, and I shall be clean [ceremonially]; wash me, and I shall [in reality] be whiter than snow. Make me to hear joy and gladness and be satisfied; let the bones which You have broken rejoice. Hide Your face from my sins and blot out all my guilt and iniquities. Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right, persevering, and steadfast spirit within me. Cast me not away from Your presence and take not Your Holy Spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of Your salvation and uphold me with a willing spirit.

 

Nov 21

Thank you, Lord for such an awesome visit with my son, and thank you for getting us safely back to Texas. Thank you for making me so flexible in mind and body, and please help me sleep well enough in the cab of the truck tonight with my Mate. Thank you for not only peace that passes all understanding, but even all this crazy joy I feel, too! Please prepare our way before us, and help us stay humble and teachable and willing to do things your way. Amen.

Nov 19

Good morning, Lord!
Thank you for the extra two days with my sister and with my Mate, and even the time we had with our new good friend — one of your sons and Little Ones — here in Iowa! Thank you for all the Little Things you have provided to nurture and support us these last couple days, and the abundance of blessings these last five months! Please help my Mate to pack up the last of his things and strap them down securely, and please bless us with a safe trip down to Oklahoma to see my son today! Let the trip be peaceful and smooth and please protect us and our Mr. D. truck and my sister’s camper that we are borrowing. Give my husband clear vision and wisdom and peace as he drives, and help me to stay calm and joyous and peaceful. Please be near my sister, as I know she will miss us both, as will her dog. Let your peace rule in her home, and please return to her an hundredfold all that she has so openly given to us these last months. Bless her in some special way that only You know she needs. Amen.

 
Genesis 12:1-3 ERV

The LORD said to Abram, “Leave your country and your people. Leave your father’s family and go to the country that I will show you. 
I will build a great nation from you. I will bless you and make your name famous. People will use your name to bless other people. 
I will bless those who bless you, and I will curse those who curse you. I will use you to bless all the people on earth.”

 
Lord, I have been blessed by so many people in Iowa, and I ask you to bless them back. I do not wish any curse upon anyone who withheld blessing or “cursed” us, and I honestly do not remember anything negative done to us at all anyways. This has been a miraculous blessing, a way to help others and HEAL and grow closer to my Mate and my sister. This has been a remarkable safe haven for us, and I ask you to continue to bless this land and my sister and all who come here in peace. Help her as she looks to you, yields to you, and relies upon you daily for her everything. Lead her closer to you and help her to allow you into every corner and crevice of her being, strengthening all her weaknesses. Thank you for the fellowship with her and our new brother here, and thank you for allowing us to be witnesses to your goodness and care, even as we have likewise received witnesses from others. I trust you completely, Lord, as we venture forth into the Unknown in a few hours. Lead on, faithful Shepherd, and help me to hear your voice ever clearer. Amen. 🙂

 

Nov 17

Thank you, Lord, for taking such awesome good care of me! Thank you for helping me to just calmly but diligently sort and pack all my things, and please help me to remember everything important, and to be able to find things as I need them! Thank you for providing a camper for us, a place we can sleep and even cook and do my work at the little table inside! Please bless my sister and her man, who dropped everything and traveled 600+ miles from Michigan to Iowa, to help out the Homeless Nomads, heehee. Please pay it back to them by blessing each of them in some special way that only YOU can do, Lord. Amen.

 
1 Corinthians 12:4-11 ERV

There are different kinds of spiritual gifts, but they are all from the same Spirit. 
There are different ways to serve, but we serve the same Lord. 
And there are different ways that God works in people, but it is the same God who works in all of us to do everything. 
Something from the Spirit can be seen in each person. The Spirit gives this to each one to help others.
 
The Spirit gives one person the ability to speak with wisdom. And the same Spirit gives another person the ability to speak with knowledge. 
The same Spirit gives faith to one person and to another he gives gifts of healing. 
The Spirit gives to one person the power to do miracles, to another the ability to prophesy, and to another the ability to judge what is from the Spirit and what is not. The Spirit gives one person the ability to speak in different kinds of languages, and to another the ability to interpret those languages. 
One Spirit, the same Spirit, does all these things. The Spirit decides what to give each one. 

 
Lord, I thank you for all that you have given me — I feel so blessed! I have an awesome Creator, God, and Shepherd to lead me and protect me. I have an awesome husband and Mate to journey through this life with. I have wonderful children I can be proud of, and a family that is accepting of my crazy ways. I have a love of learning that is like wind beneath my wings, and subscriptions to Adobe CC, Great Courses Plus, Amazon Prime, Curiosity Stream, and SkillShare — all of which help me “fly”. However, truly and surely my favorite part about this life is getting to know BOTH of my husbands more and more each day — both my Shepherd and my Mate. Thank you for the joy of knowing and loving you, Lord God! 😀

 

Nov 15

Hello, Father.
Thank you for giving me such incredible peace this morning, and thank you for helping me to calmly and happily compose a nice long snail mail letter to my oldest son today, despite all the craziness of change going on around me. Please bless the package I send to him, protect it and let it bring him joy. Please help my upcoming visits to my other three children go very well indeed, let your peace and Joy be in our midst. Amen.

 
1 Timothy 5:7-8 ERV

Tell the believers there to take care of their family so that no one can say they are doing wrong. 
Everyone should take care of all their own people. Most important, they should take care of their own family. If they do not do that, then they do not accept what we believe. They are worse than someone who does not even believe in God. 

 
Lord, I thank you for teaching me so much about family this year. Thank you for restoring relationships and for giving everyone a chance to help each other, to share our testimonies of your work in our lives, and to offer each other whatever we have, for the good of all. Please help me to be faithful to you, above all else, today as I meet with yet another family member, one that is perhaps the most difficult to forgive, and therefore has a high potential for growth and greater freedom. Please help me to conduct myself wisely and not play to my emotions, Lord. I give you this day, my heart, my time, my tongue. Protect us all, prepare our hearts and minds, and let your will be done. Let your peace reign here this day. Amen.

 

Nov 13

Good morning, Father.
Thank you for the coming opportunities for greater healing and restoration and freedom. Thank you for giving me enough humility and courage to face this coming week boldly, fully trusting you to provide and protect us. Thank you for making me one of your Little Ones, part of the family of people who care more about submitting to you and pleasing you, than doing things our own ways and gathering stores into our barns here on earth. I give you my mouth, my mind, my hands, my heart, my time. Please don’t let me mess anything up with my crazy human emotions and desires and blindspots. Thank you for helping me every step of every day, faithful Shepherd!

 
1 Corinthians 3:11-20 ERV

The foundation that has already been built is Jesus Christ, and no one can build any other foundation. 
People can build on that foundation using gold, silver, jewels, wood, grass, or straw. 
But the work that each person does will be clearly seen, because the Day will make it plain. That Day will appear with fire, and the fire will test everyone’s work. 
If the building they put on the foundation still stands, they will get their reward. 
But if their building is burned up, they will suffer loss. They will be saved, but it will be like someone escaping from a fire. 
You should know that you yourselves are God’s temple. God’s Spirit lives in you. 
If you destroy God’s temple, God will destroy you, because God’s temple is holy. You yourselves are God’s temple. 
Don’t fool yourselves. Whoever thinks they are wise in this world should become a fool. That’s the only way they can be wise. 
I say this because the wisdom of this world is foolishness to God. As the Scriptures say, “He catches those who think they are wise in their own clever traps.” 
The Scriptures also say, “The Lord knows the thoughts of the wise. He knows that their thoughts are worth nothing.”

 
Lord, I thank you for letting me live in the presence of Fire each and every day, letting it burn away the chaff and leave behind only the sure things of the Spirit. I know I still have a long way to travel with that Fire, and I thank you for burning me so faithfully, so patiently pruning away the things of my flesh which would hinder my walk with you. Cleanse me, Father. Purify me to be used as a faithful vessel for you, to touch others’ lives with your Love, your mercy, your joy. Help me to let go of my perceived weaknesses and allow you to turn them into strengths for you. Amen.

 

Nov 12

Good morning, Father.
Thank you again for my love of learning and exploration, often the only things besides my love for you and my Mate and my children, which keeps me striving forward. Lord, I am feeling a bit discouraged, but I also feel the encouragement of your Spirit inside me, and I choose to focus on that, to “feed that wolf” rather than the opposing one of despair. I choose this day to serve YOU, Lord Jesus, rather than myself. Help me to be comfortable enough to not be distracted by my own flesh, but instead to search for ways to help other people even as I kinda seem to need some help myself, lol. I know that “you got this”, Lord. I know you are my faithful Shepherd, and you have never let me down. Thank you for carrying me through these difficult times. Help me to be always humble and teachable and willing to do your will — and accepting of your timing. Amen.

 
Isaiah 65:17-25 ERV

“I am creating a new heaven and a new earth. The troubles of the past will be forgotten. No one will remember them. 
My people will be happy and rejoice forever and ever because of what I will make. I will make a Jerusalem that is full of joy, and I will make her people happy. 
“Then I will rejoice with Jerusalem. I will be happy with my people. There will never again be crying and sadness in that city. 
In that city there will never be a baby who lives only a few days, and every older person will live for a long, long time. A person who lives 100 years will be called young. And whoever doesn’t live that long will be considered cursed. 
“In that city whoever builds a house will live there; whoever plants a vineyard will eat the grapes from that garden. 
Never again will one person build a house and another person live there. Never again will one person plant a garden and another eat the fruit from it. My people will live as long as the trees. My chosen people will get full use of whatever they make. 
Never again will a woman suffer childbirth and have her baby die. Women will not fear childbirth. I, the LORD, will bless all my people and their children. 
I will answer them before they call for help. I will help them before they finish asking. 
Wolves and little lambs will eat together. Lions will eat hay like cattle, and snakes will eat only dust. They will not hurt or destroy each other on my holy mountain.” This is what the LORD said. 

 
Thank you, Lord. I recognize the miraculous blessing of this promise, leaping up to me from within your scriptures at a time when I can truly appreciate it. Please help me to engraft this promise into my spirit, my heart, my mind, so that the entire core of my being reverberates with this truth, so that during moments of great trial or suffering — or even mild suffering that is super-distracting, lol — I can smile up at you, remembering that such a TIME is coming, when there is TIME, when I will have TIME to learn and do all that is within the deepest desires of my heart, all the things you designed me for, without the hindrances of an aging body and a lack of money. I look forward to serving you in a NEW place and time, Lord Jesus. Thank you for renewed HOPE. Amen.