For The Hell of It Friday: You Can Cuss & Still Have A Grateful Heart

Last week, my winging it went wrong. After car troubles, I told my host no big deal! I’ll hop on the train, come to you! There was a train leaving in the morning and it was already well into the evening. Getting a room just to check back out in a couple of hours seemed silly. I could handle the train station overnight.

Yes, the train station in Tucson is very nice and it is in a nice part of town. Unfortunately, it is only open until 1:30pm on Friday and Saturday. Luckily, A Shot In The Dark was around the corner and open 24 hours. I grabbed my bags and headed that way.

I worked away through the evening. There were lots of people there, I was obviously not the only one there for the long haul. After both of us witnessing a woman being dissed by a wizard and her wingwoman being thrilled about it, I struck up a conversation with the gentleman in the booth next to me.

Turns out, he was lost in life. Just a few years younger than me, that week he found himself homeless and unemployed. I have said it before, the only difference between me and those that find themselves in that situation is all of y’all. It hurts me. Unsure of how else to help, I reached out to my support group. img_7022

The words of support flooded in. From all denominations, from all faiths, just from all over all kinds. The words kept coming long after I had parted from him. The response blew me away. I spent the rest of the wee hours writing down all the things sent to me while he slept.

I am sharing this with all of you for many reasons. One of them is my constant, that I would never be able to do any of this without the support of all of you. The other is to remind you that you are never alone. You need someone, you just let me know. Friend, enemy, stranger, new friend; just let me know.

The primary reason to share this with all of y’all is that so many of the words held so much power. If you ever need to be inspired to be kind to someone else, think of the words that came pouring in. If you ever needed to be reminded you are loved, take a read.

So here’s what happened next (I bawled the whole night during, the whole day after and get teary about it now so you’re just going to have to deal with copy and paste from my fb page):

Well, y’all. I think we changed a life today. When Sean woke up I told him that on paper, we were the same. I don’t have a home. I was there too in an all night dinner with two bags containing all my belongings (I’m fine, stupid train station was closed until morning but I am fine!). My circumstances are different, but really the only difference between us was that I have an amazing support group. Thinking I misspoke he repeated back to me, “you have an amazing support group and I don’t?” Yes. He got a little teary with the confirmation. I then continued telling him that if I didn’t have all of y’all and even more than those of you on this thread, I’d be lost too. Y’all support me no matter what I do. You’re so amazing that I knew if I asked you to care for Sean as you do me, you would ten folds. So while he slept I asked y’all to do just that. I gave him the pages and pages of prayers, verses, and notes. I told him he didn’t need to read them now, but none of what’s coming is going to be easy. I can’t imagine how scary it would be for him, if he chooses, to go to some church with a letter from some woman he met and ask for help. Whether he does or not, he has our notes to remind him he’s not alone. He gave me my jacket back bc he said it was the right thing to do, which broke my heart. I told him it was only 9am on the east coast where dozens of people are waking up praying for him. Just wait until the West coast woke up! I bet he’d be feeling our support randomly throughout the day. We prayed and he hugged me goodbye. As I left he called out “God bless you.”

I don’t know if I’ll ever hear from Sean again, but I hope some church secretary gets my number off his letter and calls saying he made his way there. Even if he doesn’t, I think he’ll call on the memory of us often wherever his journey takes him. Thank you.

Also, everyone in this charming historic train station is now avoiding me like the plague. When I randomly burst up to get tissues, I left my bags unattended and now I’m crying all over again so this should be a fun wait. At least there’s some woman in the corner talking to herself.

It hasn’t been a week yet, but I haven’t heard anything about Sean. With me posting these words I’m praying for him all over again and I ask you to send out to whoever/whatever you believe in for him too.

Now, for all the kindness that was sent into the world. Please take the words to comfort yourself or someone you know. Buckle down, there’s a lot of them.

True life teaches us lessons everything that happens always has a reason why it happen but he will overcome his struggles I been in his shoes before.

You have the strength to over come this even when it doesn’t feel like it. Open your mind and your heart to the goodness of the world: to the smile of a young child, to the fresh flowers in bloom, to the dog you got to pet. The little good things will turn into big good things. And know you have an army behind you for strength and support.

God will strengthen you – But those who trust in the Lord for help will find their strength renewed. They will rise on wings like eagles;they will run and not get weary; they will walk and not grow weak. – Isaiah 40:31
But his answer was: “My grace is all you need, for my power is greatest when you are weak.” I am most happy, then, to be proud of my weaknesses, in order to feel the protection of Christ’s power over me. – 2 Corinthians 12:9 (GNTD)

Dear friend: You are loved more than you know. No matter what has happened, what you’ve seen, what you’ve heard, God is with you every step. God wants better things for you, talk to Him, just like you’d talk to a friend. You are His child and you are loved.

Hail Mary, full of grace.
Our Lord is with thee.
Blessed art thou among women,
and blessed is the fruit of thy womb,
Jesus.
Holy Mary, Mother of God,
pray for us sinners,
now and at the hour of our death.
Amen.  -Sometimes, when we are most lost, we wish for our mother. Mary can serve as a mother to all. I often look to her and ask for her to look after my brother who can’t accept the love of our earthly mother.

May light always surround you. May hope kindle and rebound you.

Father God right now in the name of Jesus continue to protect and watch over your servant Muffy continue to open doors and guide her and lead her and director in the way that you would have her go,continue to direct her walk so she will continue to speak life into lives she meet, continue to do a good work to her right now in the name of Jesus. FATHER all the works of the enemy we bind right now in the name of Jesus to create declaring the good that you have already prayed into that work for her and she may glorify your name to her walk and father we thank you for the financial blessing that you were pouring out upon her out of the bosom of other men /women Father we thank you so much for the fact that even though it looked funny when she started it was all working for her good through you and we thank you again for covering her as she makes this journey and we thank you again for blessing her as she never gives up and we thank you again for growing her she makes this journey but we know that all things work together for the good of those who love the Lord and are called to his purpose and she loves the Lord and she has been called to your purpose and we thank you again give you honor and glory to you lifting up your name calling your son holy thanking you for the Holy Ghost in Jesus name amen

Dear Lord, I pray this man’s emotional, physical, and spiritual protection. Keep evil far from him, and help him to trust You as his refuge and strength. I pray You will guard his minds from harmful instruction, and give him discernment to recognize truth. I pray You will make him strong and courageous in the presence of danger, recognizing that You have overcome and will set right all injustice and wrong one day. Help him to find rest in Your shadow, as he lives in the spiritual shelter You provide. Let this man know that the only safe place is in Jesus, and that his home on earth is only temporary.

All we need to remember and call out is the name of Jesus. He knows our heart. It is that simple. We complicate things. God Bless You on this journey. God Loves You Always.
Jesus. Jesus save me. Jesus help me.

Father God…
Today was one of those days- You know the ones. When life just doesn’t make sense. When the world seems so unfair…Because it is unfair. We need You Lord. I need you. I need you to wrap your arms around me and help me understand that it’s a good thing I don’t understand everything. You are God. And I am not. You spoke the world into existence. You shaped humans from dust. And only you can create beauty from ashes. I’m asking you to carry me, Comfort me, keep me, and give me peace during this time in my life… Thank you Father God for being my protector…AMEN

GOD I thank you for this day and for waking me up yet again. I’m thankful Lord to know that you are both a prayer hearing and prayer answering GOD. There is no one like You in Heaven and on Earth. So for that reason I come to you on behalf of this young man. GOD I only know small details, but You know his entire story. You know the misfortunes that have lead him to this place. But I ask Lord that you will be merciful unto him. Help to guide this man to new opportunities. Give him courage to continue on despite struggles. Put him in the paths of others who can genuinely be a help to him. Open his heart to understand not only your power but also your love. Make yourself so real to him GOD, that if he is not yet a believer, he will become one and know that it is You Who are his help. And Father (this parts for you) guide my friend Margaret Ann as she continues on this journey. I’m not fully sure where this road will take her but let her realize you yet care and love her. And You can be to her what no one else is this world can be: her everything. Mother, Father, Friend, Provider, Counselor and Guide. There is nothing to hard for Thee. We love you Lord and thank you. Keep both she and this young man safe. It’s in Your mighty and precious Name I pray. Amen

“For nothing will be impossible with God” (Luke 1:37). This scripture serves as a reminder to you that can do anything with God. Heavenly Father I ask that you continue to watch over and protect this man and give him the courage to handle whatever comes His way! Thank you for bringing Muffy into his life today and for being an example of you to Him. I pray that you would provide opportunities for Him to be able to move forward! Jesus’ name, Amen!

God of light, who leads people’s by unlikely stars, who comes to humans in an unlikely baby, who offers us unlikely hope through Jesus, we praise you for our brother. In his time of wandering, send him companions for the journey. Meet his needs for food, clothing and shelter. Most of all, light in him the spark of your love so he knows he never travels alone but you go with him every step of the way. In Christ’s name, amen.

GOD I thank you for this day and for waking me up yet again. I’m thankful Lord to know that you are both a prayer hearing and prayer answering GOD. There is no one like You in Heaven and on Earth. So for that reason I come to you on behalf of this young man. GOD I only know small details, but You know his entire story. You know the misfortunes that have lead him to this place. But I ask Lord that you will be merciful unto him. Help to guide this man to new opportunities. Give him courage to continue on despite struggles. Put him in the paths of others who can genuinely be a help to him. Open his heart to understand not only your power but also your love. Make yourself so real to him GOD, that if he is not yet a believer, he will become one and know that it is You Who are his help. And Father (this parts for you) guide my friend Margaret Ann as she continues on this journey. I’m not fully sure where this road will take her but let her realize you yet care and love her. And You can be to her what no one else is this world can be: her everything. Mother, Father, Friend, Provider, Counselor and Guide. There is nothing to hard for Thee. We love you Lord and thank you. Keep both she and this young man safe. It’s in Your mighty and precious Name I pray. Amen

Our most merciful, wonderful Father:

Thank you for all the blessings you have given us. I lift up to you now ________. Please mend his broken heart and spirit in the way that only you can. Please turn around his circumstances and help him back on his feet. More than anything Lord, please wrap him in the comfort of your unfailing and undying love. This man is loved, is wanted, is precious. He is your child Father, please let him find peace in that. In all circumstances we give glory to you, Lord.

And to finish it off, all of these specific Bible verses:

Isaiah 40:29-31

Isaiah 41:13

Psalm 121:7-8

Psalm 23

Psalm 34:18

Psalm 91

I hope if you needed them, these words found you.