Good morning, Father.
Lord, this seems like a different sort of day, and I ask you to please guide me in what to do with it. The air is cold and my feet are still cold even though they are inside warm socks AND slippers…! Yet it isn’t any colder than it has been lately, so I don’t understand why the cold is getting me so much today. Please help me be content and focus on whatever you give me to do today. Help me to learn and help me to prepare for the coming days and weeks and months, facing the Unknown each and every day, and living by faith. Thank you for trusting me to trust you, Lord! 🙂
~ Hours later, again… 😛
1 Thessalonians 4:9-12 ERV
We don’t need to write to you about having love for your brothers and sisters in Christ. God has already taught you to love each other.
In fact, you love all the believers in Macedonia. We encourage you now, brothers and sisters, to show your love more and more.
Do all you can to live a peaceful life. Mind your own business, and earn your own living, as we told you before.
If you do these things, then those who are not believers will respect the way you live. And you will not have to depend on others for what you need.
Lord, I thank you for making me able to support mine own self through my work online and on my computer and my phone. I thank you for allowing me to have a laptop and software to do even more, ascending that learning curve that is Adobe CC. I thank you that my husband has many skills which he can use to make a living even while on the road, so-called “homeless” according to society’s standards. And I thank you that we are able to see a nomadic life on the road, following your Spirit and helping people everywhere we go as a source of FREEDOM rather than a curse. I ask you to continue to prepare us for this journey, however long the preparation may last and however long the journey. Please show us what we need to do each day, as we look to you for guidance, Faithful Shepherd. Amen! 😀
Good morning, Lord.
Thank you for helping me with my sore neck, and please continue to show me how to manage my dizziness. Thank you for helping me be strong enough to walk to Walmart and carry back 4 bags of groceries for the family. I don’t feel so very lively this morning, so I ask you to cover my weakness in this area. Help me to be at peace and not try to figure things out. Help me to remember to focus only on the things I CAN change – my attitude and behavior – and to give everything else to you. Amen. 🙂
~ hours later, lol…
Romans 12:9-16 ERV
Your love must be real. Hate what is evil. Do only what is good.
Love each other in a way that makes you feel close like brothers and sisters. And give each other more honor than you give yourself.
As you serve the Lord, work hard and don’t be lazy. Be excited about serving him!
Be happy because of the hope you have. Be patient when you have troubles. Pray all the time.
Share with God’s people who need help. Look for people who need help and welcome them into your homes.
Wish only good for those who treat you badly. Ask God to bless them, not curse them.
When others are happy, you should be happy with them. And when others are sad, you should be sad too.
Live together in peace with each other. Don’t be proud, but be willing to be friends with people who are not important to others. Don’t think of yourself as smarter than everyone else.
Thank you, Father, for planting your love inside mine and my husband’s hearts and giving us both a strong desire to reach out to people and share the love and learning you’ve given each of us and to us as a pair of mates in this crazy world. Thank you for your protection and your preservation. Thank you for the blood of Jesus that you see when you look at us, your otherwise unrighteous children. Thank you for the comfort and teaching of your Holy Spirit. Please provide for my daughter and care for my sons as well. Lord, I lift my oldest son to you and ask you to heal him in mind and heart and body. Thank you for my awesome children!!
Thank you for helping me fix this website, bringing it back from the brink of extinction. I really started to think perhaps its time was over, and you would not be having me write here any longer. Thank you for your caretaking and for giving me peace and calm, not even worrying about the situation until it was time to fix it, this evening. Thank you for not even letting it cause me to miss a day — after 460 days straight of posting here! I don’t know if I have ever done anything so consistently as post on this site. I offer it to you, Lord. It is yours. Use it however you desire, for whatever will and purpose you intend for it. Thank you, Father.
Galatians 3:18-26 ERV
Can following the law give us the blessing God promised? If we could receive it by following the law, then it would not be God’s promise that brings it to us. But God freely gave his blessings to Abraham through the promise God made.
So what was the law for? The law was given to show the wrong things people do. The law would continue until the special Descendant of Abraham came. This is the Descendant mentioned in the promise, which came directly from God. But the law was given through angels, and the angels used Moses as a mediator to give the law to the people.
But when God gave the promise, there was no mediator, because a mediator is not needed when there is only one side, and God is one.
Does this mean that the law works against God’s promises? Of course not. The law was never God’s way of giving new life to people. If it were, then we could be made right with God by following the law.
But this is not possible. The Scriptures put the whole world in prison under the control of sin, so that the only way for people to get what God promised would be through faith in Jesus Christ. It is given to those who believe in him.
Before this faith came, the law held us as prisoners. We had no freedom until God showed us the way of faith that was coming.
I mean the law was the guardian in charge of us until Christ came. After he came, we could be made right with God through faith.
Now that the way of faith has come, we no longer need the law to be our guardian.
You were all baptized into Christ, and so you were all clothed with Christ. This shows that you are all children of God through faith in Christ Jesus.
Lord, I thank you for your awesome Word! I feel so helplessly in love with your Word and your ways. I am a willing prisoner in your house, and a grateful servant there. Please continue to guide me and grow me and mold me into something pleasing to you. Amen.
Thank you for your awesome mercy and grace and patience and nurturing care, Lord God! Thank you for peace and closeness and fellowship and hope for the future. Thank you for freedom, even though the cost is one that most people are not willing to pay. I am eager to be rid of this falling-down house, even while I still am appreciating the little conveniences like running water and a washing machine. I thank you that I can be happy and joyful in any and every situation, my Lord! 🙂
Psalm 16:5-11 ERV
LORD, you give me all that I need. You support me. You give me my share.
My share is wonderful. My inheritance is very beautiful.
I praise the LORD because he taught me well. Even at night he put his instructions deep inside my mind.
I always remember that the LORD is with me. He is here, close by my side, so nothing can defeat me.
So my heart and soul will be very happy. Even my body will live in safety,
because you will not leave me in the place of death. You will not let your faithful one rot in the grave.
You will teach me the right way to live. Just being with you will bring complete happiness. Being at your right side will make me happy forever.
Lord, I thank you for all you give me. I feel like the richest woman in the world, truly blessed indeed! Thank you for helping me pack up four more boxes of my belongings yesterday, even though I still do not know if I will even be able to put them in storage or if I will just have to abandon them here where they sit. I do not NEED to know. I do not NEED these items. I only prepare them in this way, in order to be a good stewardess to the books and such that you have blessed me with in the last several years. I would LIKE to have a permanent place for my library, Lord — somewhere that they can be used and enjoyed by more than just myself. If it please you, Lord, please provide a home for my books where I can share them with others. Thank you, kind Shepherd.
Good morning, Father.
Thank you for your enduring patience and support. Thank you for helping me through the spiritual struggle last night, and thank you for hearing my heart and my prayers. Please help me to be patient with myself, and with the process of preparation for takeoff.
Psalm 91 ERV
You can go to God Most High to hide. You can go to God All-Powerful for protection.
I say to the LORD, “You are my place of safety, my fortress. My God, I trust in you.”
God will save you from hidden dangers and from deadly diseases.
You can go to him for protection. He will cover you like a bird spreading its wings over its babies. You can trust him to surround and protect you like a shield.
You will have nothing to fear at night and no need to be afraid of enemy arrows during the day.
You will have no fear of diseases that come in the dark or terrible suffering that comes at noon.
A thousand people may fall dead at your side or ten thousand right beside you, but nothing bad will happen to you!
All you will have to do is watch, and you will see that the wicked are punished.
You trust in the LORD for protection. You have made God Most High your place of safety.
So nothing bad will happen to you. No diseases will come near your home.
He will command his angels to protect you wherever you go.
Their hands will catch you so that you will not hit your foot on a rock.
You will have power to trample on lions and poisonous snakes.
The Lord says, “If someone trusts me, I will save them. I will protect my followers who call to me for help.
When my followers call to me, I will answer them. I will be with them when they are in trouble. I will rescue them and honor them.
I will give my followers a long life and show them my power to save.”
Thank you for this awesome Psalm that has been one of my favorites since my first child was a baby. I thank you for the comfort and reassurance it has given me all these years, and I thank you for the two new versions of it I have read and enjoyed in the last twelve hours or so. Thank you for the awesome comfort and cleansing of all your Word to all your people throughout all the ages.
Thank you for breakthroughs, for your awesome mercy and the HOPE you give your people, through your constant care and intervention. Thank you for peace and increasing freedom. Thank you for humility, so we can learn and grow in wisdom. Please continue your work in each one of us, Lord, all your beloved children. Help each of us come to realize the outstanding benefit of choosing your ways over our own, and give us the humility and courage to follow you faithfully, Great Shepherd. Amen.
1 Peter 5:1-10 ERV
Now I have something to say to the elders in your group. I am also an elder. I myself have seen Christ’s sufferings. And I will share in the glory that will be shown to us. I beg you to
take care of the group of people you are responsible for. They are God’s flock. Watch over that flock because you want to, not because you are forced to do it. That is how God wants it. Do it because you are happy to serve, not because you want money.
Don’t be like a ruler over those you are responsible for. But be good examples to them.
Then when Christ the Ruling Shepherd comes, you will get a crown—one that will be glorious and never lose its beauty.
Young people, I have something to say to you too. You should accept the authority of the elders. You should all have a humble attitude in dealing with each other. “God is against the proud, but he is kind to the humble.”
So be humble under God’s powerful hand. Then he will lift you up when the right time comes.
Give all your worries to him, because he cares for you.
Control yourselves and be careful! The devil is your enemy, and he goes around like a roaring lion looking for someone to attack and eat.
Refuse to follow the devil. Stand strong in your faith. You know that your brothers and sisters all over the world are having the same sufferings that you have.
Yes, you will suffer for a short time. But after that, God will make everything right. He will make you strong. He will support you and keep you from falling. He is the God who gives all grace. He chose you to share in his glory in Christ. That glory will continue forever.
Lord, there are so many things to thank you for, and so little to ask. You see all our needs, and I thank you that I can trust in your faithful care and provision. Thank you for your awesome mercy, grace, forgiveness, and workmanship. Thank you for carrying our burdens, taking on our troubles, curing our illnesses of mind and body. Thank you for making us strong and of good courage. Thank you for strengthening each and every heart that looks to you sincerely and honorably. Thank you for personally choosing and sustaining each and every one of your children, Father. Help us bring joy to your heart. Amen! 🙂
Today I am celebrating one full year without a working vehicle, because one year ago today the inspection/registration ran out on my car, and I refused to have it pass inspection by illegal means, still knowing I could not afford to have it repaired enough to pass legally. That same car still sits in my driveway, still starts up and moves about the property just fine — but still needs work done to get it to pass inspection and be “legal” here in Texas. People have been over to look at it, but no one has bought it. My husband and I are amazed at how very few of our items for sale have actually been purchased, all of which we have had to let go at obscenely low prices. I don’t know if times are really THAT hard, or if people’s hearts are just THAT cold, taking advantage of our need. Regardless, I know that you will provide for us, Lord God, in your perfect timing and in your perfect way. I still trust you completely. And today I am rejoicing, celebrating an entire year without depending on a car — a full year of walking to the grocery store and carrying back everything we need! What an awesome, if tiny, testament to your sustaining power, Lord! Truly there are many ways you have graciously prepared me for the nomadic, homeless life that seems to be inevitably coming for us SOON! Thank you for faithfully preparing me in so many ways, my Shepherd. 😀
Romans 12:2-8 ERV
Don’t change yourselves to be like the people of this world, but let God change you inside with a new way of thinking. Then you will be able to understand and accept what God wants for you. You will be able to know what is good and pleasing to him and what is perfect.
God has given me a special gift, and that is why I have something to say to each one of you. Don’t think that you are better than you really are. You must see yourself just as you are. Decide what you are by the faith God has given each of us.
Each one of us has one body, and that body has many parts. These parts don’t all do the same thing.
In the same way, we are many people, but in Christ we are all one body. We are the parts of that body, and each part belongs to all the others.
We all have different gifts. Each gift came because of the grace God gave us. Whoever has the gift of prophecy should use that gift in a way that fits the kind of faith they have.
Whoever has the gift of serving should serve. Whoever has the gift of teaching should teach.
Whoever has the gift of comforting others should do that. Whoever has the gift of giving to help others should give generously. Whoever has the gift of leading should work hard at it. Whoever has the gift of showing kindness to others should do it gladly.
Lord, it is truly difficult to see myself clearly, as I’m sure it must be for everyone. We humans have such narrow vision! One moment, I feel like I have much to offer your people, through the miraculous faith that you have given me. Another moment, it seems to me that my faith is worthless, because it does not feed my family. One moment I might feel like I am your kicking post, unloved by you as seemingly evidenced by the amazing amount of abuse, torture, and shame I have had to endure. Thankfully, I live most of my moments in peace, with an assurance that I am loved by you and guided by you, for I constantly look to you for my sustenance and direction. While it seems a small thing and unworthy of any reward, yet I believe your Word that it guarantees me your protection and provision. Thank you, my awesome eternal Husband! 😀
Thank you for peace and growth and change. Thank you for helping us think outside the box, and thank you for helping us prepare to leave the box we’ve been in for years! Lord, I know that the days ahead are lined with Unknowns and Unknowables, but I also know there will be exhilarating moments of realization and fellowship that will make it all seem worth it. Thank you, Lord, for all your awesome blessings, both past and future! 🙂
Hebrews 6:1-4 ERV
So we should be finished with the beginning lessons about Christ. We should not have to keep going back to where we started. We began our new life by turning away from the evil we did in the past and by believing in God. That’s when we were taught about baptisms, laying hands on people, the resurrection of those who have died, and the final judgment. Now we need to go forward to more mature teaching.
And that’s what we will do if God allows.
After people have left the way of Christ, can you make them change their lives again? I am talking about people who once learned the truth, received God’s gift, and shared in the Holy Spirit. They were blessed to hear God’s good message and see the great power of his new world. But then they left it all behind, and it is not possible to make them change again. That’s because those who leave Christ are nailing him to the cross again, shaming him before everyone.
Lord, you know that my greatest desire is to be found faithful and pleasing to you. I ask that you help me move beyond the basic teachings I’ve received thus far, and to move forward into greater maturity in you. I do not even know what that looks like, Lord, but I suspect it will include greater stability as well as flexibility — and a lot more love and the accompanying patience and compassion that seems to go along with that. Whatever you have for me, Lord, I ask that you make me wise enough to accept it and not fight you or try to do things my own way. Help me to stay humble and teachable, Father.
Good morning, Father.
Well, it looks like we are down to the last couple weeks (if that long) in this place, before we have to be OUT for good. I offer everything up to you, Lord. You know what I need to keep with me, and what I can leave in storage (if that is even a possibility), and what I can leave behind, considering it lost — which could in fact be everything I cannot carry on my back! Thank you, merciful Shepherd, for giving me practice with my laptop backpack, a couple days living out of it, then a 2am tornado that revealed to me exactly what the most essential items really are. Thank you for giving me time to adjust to these changes, Lord, and I trust you to help me to adjust to all the Unknowns that are coming. Help me to serve you wisely, my King. 🙂
1 John 1:5-10 ERV
We heard the true teaching from God. Now we tell it to you: God is light, and in him there is no darkness.
So if we say that we share in life with God, but we continue living in darkness, we are liars, who don’t follow the truth.
We should live in the light, where God is. If we live in the light, we have fellowship with each other, and the blood sacrifice of Jesus, God’s Son, washes away every sin and makes us clean.
If we say that we have no sin, we are fooling ourselves, and the truth is not in us.
But if we confess our sins, God will forgive us. We can trust God to do this. He always does what is right. He will make us clean from all the wrong things we have done.
If we say that we have not sinned, we are saying that God is a liar and that we don’t accept his true teaching.
Lord, I thank you for renewing my thirst for your Word, reading the Amplified version on my phone throughout each day, getting attached to verses and sections of various chapters, much like adopting new friends or pets. Thank you for making your Word dear to me, a big part of me, a comfort and a guide. Please use your Spirit to guide me this day in how best to use my time, preparing to leave this place and live a nomadic life. Father, I do not need to remind you that we still desperately need two things: a working vehicle for myself and my husband, and a safe place for my daughter to grow and be herself, and not be taken advantage of by fools. I trust you to provide these things, Faithful One, even right now while there is NO hint of them manifesting in the present moment, no direction to watch to see from whence they will come. Regardless of their physical source, I know that all good gifts come from you, Lord God, for which I thank you and praise you. Amen!
Lord, it is starting to seem just a bit odd to write on this blog any longer, although it does seem that I should not give it up or anything. It’s just that I am so much more close to constantly in contact with you, all times of the day and night, and reading your Word on my phone throughout the day, that it seems almost too formal and even a tiny bit forced to write a prayer blog, lol. Still, the discipline seems good for me, and who knows if it reaches anyone out there that may be helped by it in some small way. So I type on… LOL 😛
Ezekiel 13:10-16 ERV
“Again and again those false prophets lied to my people. They said there would be peace, but there is no peace. The people need to fix the walls and prepare for war. But they only slap a thin coat of plaster over the broken walls.
Tell them that I will send hail and a strong rain. The wind will blow hard, and a tornado will come. Then the wall will fall down.
When the wall falls down, the people will ask the prophets, ‘What happened to the plaster you put on the wall?'”
The Lord GOD says, “I am angry and I will send a storm against you. I am angry and I will send a strong rain. I am angry and I will make hail fall from the sky and completely destroy you!
You put plaster on the wall, but I will destroy the whole wall. I will pull it to the ground. The wall will fall on you, and then you will know that I am the LORD.
I will finish showing my anger against the wall and those who put plaster on it. Then I will say, ‘There is no wall, and there are no workers to put plaster on it.’
“All these things will happen to the false prophets of Israel. They speak to the people of Jerusalem and say there will be peace, but there is no peace.” This is what the Lord GOD said.
Lord, I thank you for the beautiful, invigorating, tornado-spawning storm that came through here about two o’clock this morning. Thank you for the peace I had, able to enjoy the spectacle of your might from underneath the covering of your wings. Thank you for helping me to just keep my mouth shut and get dressed and ready for action, if only to set my husband’s mind at ease and show him my support and willingness. Thank you for the deep, restful sleep we enjoyed as the storm died down, and thank you for the beautiful sunshine this morning. Truly you are amazing, Lord, both in your power and in your mercy. Thank you for giving me a chance to know and love you. 😀
I am getting quite excited, looking forward to freedom and exploration in the days to come! I know there will be the Unknown to face every day, not having a regular “home” to call my own, but at least I have TWO awesome husbands, one eternal and one messed-up human, just like me. And since both occupy so much of my heart, and “home is where the heart is” then I suppose that means my true “home” is wherever I may wander, lol. And being on the road, I should be able to visit the rest of the pieces of my heart — all my children — and even create NEW little pieces of my heart as I find them strewn along the path — whatever path you may lead me down, Oh Faithful Shepherd! 🙂
Psalm 119:101-112 ERV
I have avoided every path that leads to evil so that I could obey your word.
You are my teacher, so I will always do whatever you decide.
Your words are so sweet to me, like the taste of honey!
I gain understanding from your instructions, so I hate anything that leads people the wrong way.
Your word is like a lamp that guides my steps, a light that shows the path I should take.
Your laws are good and fair. I have promised to obey them, and I will keep my promise.
LORD, I have suffered for a long time. Say the word, and I will live again!
LORD, accept the praise I want to give you, and teach me your laws.
My life is always in danger, but I have not forgotten your teachings.
The wicked try to trap me, but I have not disobeyed your instructions.
The rules you have given me to follow will be mine forever. They give me great joy.
More than anything I want to obey your laws always, until the end of my life.
Lord, I thank you for the peace I have inside, and the peace I have with you and with everyone I know. It is awesome to live free of guilt or shame or bitterness or any other emotional burden. It is good to love your ways, and be strengthened by you! Father, I ask that you continue to strengthen my physical body, and teach me how to prepare it and care for it during the time that we are homeless and may be without adequate food. Thank you for showing me how little I actually need to eat to be healthy, and thank you for giving me a mind and eyes that can learn how to gather and prepare food from the wild, as needed or desired. Please heal my body’s ailments — both those that come from abuse in my childhood, and the one that came from abuse in my adulthood, not so many years ago. You see all, Lord. You know all, and you know me better than I know myself. Heal me, Shepherd, as I follow you wherever you lead. Amen.
I fall more and more in love with you every day, Lord. This is another of those times in life when I look around me at all the ways things CAN improve, and yet I wonder how I can hold any more joy than I already have, living my last days/weeks in a ramshackle trailer with no heat and no working vehicle, facing homelessness and the radical Unknown. I SEEM to have less than any of my neighbors, yet I FEEL like I am the richest woman in the world! I wouldn’t trade your closeness with me, your gentle reassuring touch in my spirit, for a gazillion dollars, my eternal Husband! Thank you for making me, thank you for choosing me, thank you for growing me in your garden.
Luke 11:41-43 ERV
So pay attention to what is inside. Give to the people who need help. Then you will be fully clean.
“But it will be bad for you Pharisees! You give God a tenth of the food you get, even your mint, your rue, and every other little plant in your garden. But you forget to be fair to others and to love God. These are the things you should do. And you should also continue to do those other things.
“It will be bad for you Pharisees because you love to have the most important seats in the synagogues. And you love for people to show respect to you in the marketplaces.
Awesome Lord, I thank you that you continually, faithfully work on me so that I have hope of some day being fully clean. I thank you for all the opportunities you’ve given both to myself and to my husband, to give abundanty to others throughout our lives: from thousands of dollars, cars, and places to live, down to simple smiles of reassurance and the spreading of your joy and your love, Lord. I ask you to provide a good, reliable vehicle for us, so that when we must leave this place in the coming days/weeks, we will have a means to GO somewhere. I ask that you give your people opportunities to help us, so that they can grow toward being fully clean, as well. Please bring people here who will purchase all the belongings we are selling, and please keep teaching us, showing us, growing us in the direction of your will. Thank you, Faithful Shepherd! 🙂
Thank you for the wonderful, peaceful, invigorating walk in the cool of the early morning today. Thank you for a hot shower and the ability to cook a hot, nourishing meal for my husband. Please heal him up, Father. Let your mercy and your peace rest upon him and restore him, Lord. Amen.
Luke 2:8-18 KJV
And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.
And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid.
And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.
For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.
And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.
And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying,
Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.
And it came to pass, as the angels were gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds said one to another, Let us now go even unto Bethlehem, and see this thing which is come to pass, which the Lord hath made known unto us.
And they came with haste, and found Mary, and Joseph, and the babe lying in a manger.
And when they had seen it, they made known abroad the saying which was told them concerning this child.
And all they that heard it wondered at those things which were told them by the shepherds.
Lord, I thank you for revealing yourself even to simple folk like myself and those shepherds. Thank you for making a way for ALL to come before the Father, and to dwell with peace and joy in this life, choosing to follow you instead of our own fleshly desires. Lord, I especially thank you for the particular peace and joy these last few days, as my husband and I have found a new and awesome unity before you. We still do not have a working vehicle yet, and we have another eviction notice from the landlord, probably giving us days to weeks to be OUT — homeless. Father, I say these things only in acknowledgement of the facts of the circumstances. The truth is, I have peace and an assurance that all is well, that you are in charge. You have performed such miracles in my life that I have no trouble believing that all our needs are met — they just are not manifest quite yet. Thank you, Lord, for growing my faith. Please bless those who read this with a deeper love and longing for you, Father. Thank you, my faithful Sheperd!
Hello, awesome Lord!
It is so incredible to know you, and to be known of you! Thank you again for the terrific breakthrough that surpasses all understanding, and thank you for all the encouragement and fun little gifts sprinkled throughout these last couple days. Thank you for teaching me better how to take care of my body and mind and spirit, Lord, and thank you for restoring my hope and joy! 😀
Psalm 19:1-10 ERV
To the director: A song of David. The heavens tell about the glory of God. The skies announce what his hands have made.
Each new day tells more of the story, and each night reveals more and more about God’s power.
You cannot hear them say anything. They don’t make any sound we can hear.
But their message goes throughout the world. Their teaching reaches the ends of the earth. The sun’s tent is set up in the heavens.
It comes out like a happy bridegroom from his bedroom. It begins its path across the sky like an athlete eager to run a race.
It starts at one end of the sky and runs all the way to the other end. Nothing can hide from its heat.
The LORD’S teachings are perfect. They give strength to his people. The LORD’S rules can be trusted. They help even the foolish become wise.
The LORD’S laws are right. They make people happy. The LORD’S commands are good. They show people the right way to live.
Learning respect for the LORD is good. It will last forever. The LORD’S judgments are right. They are completely fair.
His teachings are worth more than pure gold. They are sweeter than the best honey dripping from the honeycomb.
Lord, I have never in my entire life felt THIS free, unhindered, unfettered! I do not know how long it will last, but I appreciate every moment of it in which you let me dwell! What a terrific, active REST! Thank you for timelessness and wordlessness, and not HAVING to make sense to anyone else, for these things are precious and sacred, shared between the Bridegroom (Jesus) and His bride. Thank you for helping me trust you completely, Shepherd, and help me not to screw this up! 😛
Thank you, thank you, thank you, THANK YOU for answering prayers that my husband and I never even knew we HAD! Your astounding mercy and personal, private blessing simply blows us BOTH away, and I am once again rejuvenated with HOPE! Thank you, Faithful Shepherd! Please bring this amazing breakthrough up in the memory of both my husband and myself, whenever we need it in the future, to remind us of how you’ve come through — AGAIN!
Galatians 3:4-7 ERV
You have experienced many things. Were all those experiences wasted? I hope they were not wasted!
Does God give you the Spirit because you follow the law? Does God work miracles among you because you follow the law? No, God gives you his Spirit and works miracles among you because you heard the message about Jesus and believed it.
The Scriptures say the same thing about Abraham. “Abraham believed God, and because of this faith he was accepted as one who is right with God.”
So you should know that the true children of Abraham are those who have faith.
My Lord God, I am simply blown away by the miracles of the last day! Truly you have strengthened our faith and encouraged our hearts in the most intimate and enduring fashion. I am so grateful that we did nothing to EARN these blessings, but can sit back and just marvel at the wonder of your mercy and grace, Lord. Please help us to share the blessing we have received from you with all who would receive it. Show us HOW and where and when and with whom to share. Guide us ever forward, most faithful Shepherd!
Thank you for keeping me alive through everything, Lord. I appreciate having a chance to serve you and to learn more about you and your creation. Father, I find myself essentially homeless already this morning, all my belongings in a backpack, eating breakfast on the sidewalk under a tree, and typing this post from inside the library – same as last night. It happened sooner than expected, Lord, and in a way I never saw coming. I don’t even know what to think, or how to feel. I am just WEARY. I WISH I had someone to call on, but all I have is you, Lord. Please let that be ENOUGH, but also let me stay open to any help you allow me from others, Father. Thank you.
Isaiah 54:4-6 ERV
Don’t be afraid! You will not be disappointed. People will not say bad things against you. You will not be embarrassed. When you were young, you felt shame. But you will forget that shame now. You will not remember the shame you felt when you lost your husband.
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!
“Like a woman whose husband has left her, you were very sad. You were like a young wife left all alone. But the LORD has called you back to him.” This is what your God says.
Lord, I am really looking forward to losing my shame. The same thorny bush that pierced my soul as an infant is still poking me to this day. It never seems to end — no end in sight except for one day going HOME to you, Father! I do not know how to survive this wound, this time. Please help me to not turn all my anguish upon myself, and put mine own hand to my throat. I am tired, Lord. Please carry me for a minute.
Father, you alone know the depth of my sorrow this day. You alone see, hear, feel, know my heart. Help me to accept the comfort of knowing that your heart has been where mine is now. YOU can empathize with me, with all that has happened, all that I’ve given, all that’s been lost, and all that’s been taken. And taken for granted, scorned. And only you can provide me with HOPE, for anything better, anything more than what I have right now. I give it ALL to you. And I trust you completely, my faithful Shepherd. You know far better than me how it feels to give every ounce of yourself for those who just betray you and trade you in for their own flesh. You know the agony of watching the stunning beauty of what the Father offers again and again rejected, traded in for ugliness. My heart aches so badly that I want to run from anyone who even remotely claims to love you! I cannot bear to see you rejected again and again, my Lord!! Please protect my heart from bitterness. I do not WANT to believe that no one really truly loves you better than their own self. I do not WANT to lose hope in your people. I do not WANT to be this alone!!
Good morning, Father!
Thank you so much for your awesome patience with me, as I learn new things and fumble my way forward along your path. I thank you that I can trust you to let me know whenever I stray off your path, allowing me a CHOICE to continue to follow you, or go my own way. It is so awesome to be able to trust in your faithfulness, Lord, and not have to rely on my own feeble self! Thank you for your wonderful, blessed mercy, Father! 🙂
James 4:5-10 ERV
Do you think the Scriptures mean nothing? The Scriptures say, “The Spirit God made to live in us wants us only for himself.”
But the kindness God shows is greater. As the Scripture says, “God is against the proud, but he is kind to the humble.”
So give yourselves to God. Stand against the devil, and he will run away from you.
Come near to God and he will come near to you. You are sinners, so clean sin out of your lives. You are trying to follow God and the world at the same time. Make your thinking pure.
Be sad, be sorry, and cry! Change your laughter into crying. Change your joy into sadness.
Be humble before the Lord, and he will make you great.
Lord, I thank you for being so near to me, and drawing me ever closer to you. I pray that you do the same for each person in my family, and I pray a special prayer for my sweet daughter today. Please bring someone trustworthy and kind and fun-loving into her life. Give her a safe place to become independent from me and my husband, so that she does not have to suffer homelessness with us. I pray you spare her from that fate, and I pray that you begin to show her how YOU are her strength, her rescuer, her faithful Shepherd, her hope-bringer! And Father, if you will it, I ask you to quicken my mind and make me able to understand and apply an ever-growing library of skills at using ALL the Adobe CC applications. Show me what would be pleasing to you, for me to make — and thank you for giving me a next step to pursue, this morning as I was awakening. Thank you, my kind and loving Husband (Isaiah 54)! 😀
Thank you for all your goodness and your care. Thank you for helping my heart over all the little insults and other speedbumps and potholes in the last few days. Thank you for being near me while I was in bed, comforting and encouraging me with your closeness. Truly you are my best friend and I do not deserve such an honor to know you at all! Truly you are a merciful and gracious God!
James 3:13-18 ERV
Are there any among you who are really wise and understanding? Then you should show your wisdom by living right. You should do what is good with humility. A wise person does not boast.
If you are selfish and have bitter jealousy in your hearts, you have no reason to boast. Your boasting is a lie that hides the truth.
That kind of “wisdom” does not come from God. That “wisdom” comes from the world. It is not spiritual. It is from the devil.
Where there is jealousy and selfishness, there will be confusion and every kind of evil.
But the wisdom that comes from God is like this: First, it is pure. It is also peaceful, gentle, and easy to please. This wisdom is always ready to help people who have trouble and to do good for others. This wisdom is always fair and honest.
People who work for peace in a peaceful way get the blessings that come from right living.
Father, I thank you for all the wisdom you have granted to my husband and myself thus far, and for all that you WILL teach us in the years ahead. Father, please help us understand ourselves and each other better, and please protect us from both ourselves and other people and things. Teach us, Lord. Guide us forward, following you. And please bless each person whom I love with a closer, more intimate relationship with you. Thank you, Faithful Shepherd! 🙂
Good morning, Father.
Thank you for all the learning I am doing lately! Each day kinda seems like several right now, so full of new things. I imagine that pattern may continue for quite some time yet. Thank you for showing me how EASY it can be to create new web pages and whole web sites from scratch, using Adobe CC software like Muse and Dreamweaver!! And to think, all these years, I’ve been coding from scratch in MS Notepad, or alternately depending upon free WordPress themes! Now, the gates are wide open, beckoning me forth into a new land of limitless creativity and resources! Father, please help me to use all my resources wisely, including my time and my body’s strength and health. Guide me each day in what YOU would have me get done, what you would have me learn, how you would have me prepare for the future. Please don’t let me miss a turn in your path, Lord. Teach me to always hear and obey your voice. Amen.
Luke 6:46-49 ERV
“Why do you call me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ but you don’t do what I say?
The people who come to me, who listen to my teachings and obey them — I will show you what they are like:
They are like a man building a house. He digs deep and builds his house on rock. The floods come, and the water crashes against the house. But the flood cannot move the house, because it was built well.
“But the people who hear my words and do not obey are like a man who builds a house without preparing a foundation. When the floods come, the house falls down easily and is completely destroyed.”
Lord, make me wise enough to always listen to you and obey your voice. Make it plain to me when I have strayed off your path. Give me a chance to notice, and to correct my placement. Give me hope in your presence, in your provision. Thank you for establishing a fervent faith within me, a real and lasting assurance that you are Faithful. And thank you so much for building my faithfulness to you as well! Father, I ask that you help my husband and my daughter prepare for the coming changes as well. Give my husband wisdom that passes all expectation, with willingness to look to you and do things your way, in your timing. Give him patience and clear sight, Lord, and move his body and mind to accomplish your will. Amen! 🙂