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You mean to tell me we are to join Jesus in the fellowship of His suffering?  We are to take up our cross and follow Him?  Are we to suffer because Jesus did?  The answer is yes to those questions… but it’s much deeper than that.  There is a clear purpose for suffering and it all has to do with God.  Jesus really suffered for us in many ways…(note- the scripture says the fellowship of His sufferings…with an “s”)  Our precious Lord and Savior experienced great sorrow because of our sins.

Not only did Jesus suffer on the cross…but I believe He suffered the minute He was conceived in Mary’s womb because it was out of Jesus’ comfort zone.  To be God and then become a human was not the best thing for a very Highly Exalted Holy and Supreme  being named God or “I AM” as He calls Himself.  But He became human for us because… God so loved the world.  He made a way to help us even before the world was created! He was part of His own plan for us!   God loved us first….God humbled Himself first.  He bent down and scooped us up into His loving arms when He became a man and submitted Himself to such humiliation and agony that the cross and being a human brought Him.    Jesus suffered for us and Paul’s prayer was…. That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death; (Philippians 3:10)

We are told in the bible that we are going to suffer in 1 Peter 4:12-13:

Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal among you, which comes upon you for your testing, as though some strange thing were happening to you; but to the degree that you share the sufferings of Christ, keep on rejoicing, so that also at the revelation of His glory you may rejoice with exultation.…

Most of my Christian life has been a struggle to figure why I have been suffering and why the suffering of others.  I try to encourage others all the time and I pray for their suffering to be over.   We are suppose to pray but God has us go through suffering for a reason and it seems as if suffering is sharing in the fellowship with Christ suffering.    I’ve always thought that suffering is a really bad thing…but that can’t be right I light of what the “bible” says about suffering.   Suffering does a great work in our lives and we are told to…2Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials, 3knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. 4And let endurance have its perfect result, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.…  (James 1:2).


That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death; (Philippians 3:10)

That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death; (Philippians 3:10)

We Christians can get through our suffering.   God‘s response to Paul when he asked for a healing from his physical suffering ….But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. ( Corinthians 12:9)

God promised that if you…Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said,Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.” (Hebrew13:5)

So we need to…Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you. (1Peter5:7)

Instead of dwelling on all the mess the devil is doing, Instead of spending a lot of time worrying about our troubles… Instead of concentrating on all that I not right in our lives and this world….we should put our focus on who made us, who saved us and humble ourselves before our Holy God and repent for all wrong doing.  We should spend a lot of time worshipping and loving our Lord and Savior.   We should spend a tremendous amount of time walking with God!  This is how we can adapt in ”suffering”.

Nobody in this world enjoys suffering and pain.  I know I don’t for sure…but I’m beginning to look at suffering in a  different way which is more helpful and understanding.  Job said to His wife… He replied, “You are talking like a foolish woman. Shall we accept good from God, and not trouble?” (Job2:10)   “Though he slay me, yet will I trust Him” (Job 13:15). God should get Glory from us whether our prayers are answered right away or if we have to wait or if He just says no to our request.

There is a lot of suffering in our lives and in this world.  We couldn’t possibly understand it all.  In all the years of humanity…nobody has ever been able to understand tragic events, pain and suffering.  Some People cry out to God and some curse Him. Some accuse Him of being unfeeling, mean and unloving.  I know this for a fact….we are not going to understand it in our life time…but we will understand it when God reveals all to us in our next life after our death in this one.  That is a fact…so for now….for our peace of mind…we need to hold on tightly to the grace of God….we need to walk very close to Jesus, we need to read our bible and put our trust in God.  If we don’t do this and our time of suffering comes….it will take us a down a dark and lonely road. We will become…afraid.   We Christians are all going to go up the rough side of the mountain.  We can go with the supernatural helping power of God or we can go it alone with our own weak strength.  We have a choice.

Spend time just concentrating on Christ pain and suffering, thanking Him for His sacrifice.  Think about how a mighty powerful God became a man to bring you close to Himself.  Spend lots of time worshiping Jesus and walking with Him.   Don’t be afraid of sharing in the fellowship of His suffering!  Jesus understands this suffering and will be there as we experience this difficult but rewarding part of our Christian journey.


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Why I want to give up blogging



You all know I’ve been struggling to keep writing because it’s so hard for me….but I came across this blog and when I saw the title…I was like…”hey that’s me!” I love the poem and the blogs authors heart. Hope you all enjoy this blog too.

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writing2I  have a confession to make.

I planned on giving up on this whole blogging thing last week.

And the week before that.

And probably every week before that one as well.

See when I started blogging I didn’t realize something very important: it isn’t for the faint of heart.

Many exceptional bloggers have one piece of advice they always like to give to new bloggers and it’s this: never check your stats.

And I think this is a good rule to live by not only in blogging world but in life.

Because when I check my stats either two things happen, one, if they’re high I feel like I’m the best writer in the world and God is using me in high and mighty ways to make a difference in someone’s world… but if they’re low then I deem myself worthless to post one more single word that comes…

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Why Pray?




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I‘ve struggled with this question on and off during my Christian walk.  But ever since I did a blog on predestination a few weeks ago I have been like…”why pray if God has already predetermined everything.  I’ve been thinkin’…”God’s gonna do what God’s gonna do”.

I wasn’t happy about my recent way of thinking and so I’ve been praying to God for clarification about my question….”why pray?” This is what the Spirit opened my eyes to…..

The first answer I received and that was made very clear to me is… because God commands us to in His word.  I was like…”duh!”  I know that but I wasn’t thinking that at the moment. So it kinda hit me upside the head…like thump…duh!  And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests…..  (Ephesians 6:18)

My second answer is because something happens to US when we pray.  We receive peace which will keep our heart and mind in check.  If our heart and mind are protected… then the devil will not be able to penetrate it and we will not become weak, depressed, and discouraged. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:6-7)


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We are not puppets. God allows us to make choices and we must pray so we can make good biblical decisions for ourselves.



My third answer is that we can receive good gifts from God our Father if we ask Him.  Good gifts doesn’t necessarily mean money, things or anything you ask Him for…but gifts that line up with His word, His will and purpose for our life.  It could be provisional things, emotional things, material things or spiritual things.   I know for a fact that it will be good and what is BEST for us from God’s perspective. If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him! (Mathew 7:11)

My forth reason to pray is to stay focused so you will keep from doubting.  When you take your eyes off of the Lord you will get a sinking feeling.  Fear will rush right in… so you pray often to stay focused on who can really help and support you. Now when Daniel learned that the decree had been published, he went home to his upstairs room where the windows opened toward Jerusalem. Three times a day he got down on his knees and prayed, giving thanks to his God, just as he had done before. (Daniel 6:10)

My fifth reason for praying is that it shows Father God that you are trusting in His ability to take care of you.  It’s telling God that you trust in Him, respect His authority in your life and that He”is” the supreme ruler.  This sets off something in God’s mind and He Said’s to the other two of the trinity(Jesus and Holy Spirit)…”My daughter/son believes everything about me.  They have faith in us and believe that We are powerful.  I want to bless them because I see them as righteous in their heart and mind.  I want to bless them because I love them so.”…. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much. (James 5:16)

God can and does do amazing things when we pray.  I have MANY instances of amazing answered prayer but for the sake time which would result in me writing a book on the subject… I’ll tell you one great true story.

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After having 3 children which were all girls I became a committed Christian and for some reason I felt like my husband and I should have a son.  I never wanted one before…but after reading about God’s Son I wanted one.  For many years my husband and I tried but no pregnancy.  I discovered I had large fibroid tumor and no chance of pregnancy but I didn’t let that stop me from asking God for a son. 6 long years went by and no child.  I prayed like you would not believe.

When I tell you I begged God….I begged really bad.  I told Him that He had a Son so He must think it’s important.  I continued my begging and then it happened….I’ll leave out the details LOL!…but I knew the day my prayers were answered!!  I did get pregnant and God told me to name my son…Joshua.  The events surrounding His is birth is a story for another blog…but I tell you this… next month my son Joshua will be 30 years old.  I believe with all my heart that God blessed me with something I wanted really bad because I really believed that God could do it.  I believe it was His good pleasure to give me something I really wanted.  He doesn’t always do that with me because I would be a spoiled brat and I know that in my heart of hearts.

There are a few strange things about our prayer connection to God I’d like to share.  God collects our tears.  Yup… He keeps our every tear we shed in prayer…good and bad.  Our prayers mean something to Him.  They are important because we are important to Him!!!!   His ears hears our prayers, He is not far from us, He will never leave us and He covers us with His feathers, He keeps eyes on us and here is how He does it….He uses angels….and this is our greatest help for answered prayer….the power of HOLY SPIRIT!  God is all over us so ….Why pray?  Because we are going to get help because God preplanned for us to get help and our needs met in our lives. That’s why we 1Peter 5:7 casting all your care on Him, because He cares about you.

Will we fully understand the question…why pray in light of God’s sovernity?  Absolutely not!  There are MANY MANY things that we’ll never understand about our Father God because we are human and imperfect.  But one day…we will see Him face to face….we will experience the “I AM” and we will know and understand the mysteries of God.  Until then….we need to continually pray to Him.  Not only pray but…trust Him.


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P.S. – Here is a great true bible story of answered prayer….learn and gleam from it:


2 Kings 20:1-7 In those days was Hezekiah sick unto death. And the prophet Isaiah the son of Amoz came to him, and said unto him, Thus saith the Lord, Set thine house in order; for thou shalt die, and not live.

Then he turned his face to the wall, and prayed unto the Lord, saying,

I beseech thee, O Lord, remember now how I have walked before thee in truth and with a perfect heart, and have done that which is good in thy sight. And Hezekiah wept sore.

And it came to pass, afore Isaiah was gone out into the middle court, that the word of the Lord came to him, saying,

Turn again, and tell Hezekiah the captain of my people, Thus saith the Lord, the God of David thy father, I have heard thy prayer, I have seen thy tears: behold, I will heal thee: on the third day thou shalt go up unto the house of the Lord.

And I will add unto thy days fifteen years; and I will deliver thee and this city out of the hand of the king of Assyria; and I will defend this city for mine own sake, and for my servant David’s sake.

And Isaiah said, Take a lump of figs. And they took and laid it on the boil, and he recovered.


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Let’s all pray all the time without stopping. We need to do this for God?….No We need to pray for us!!

Are you a true worshipper?

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John 4:23  Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in the Spirit and in truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks.

What is worship?

1. Worship is….eat, breath and living Jesus!  Everything you do and everything you are is devoted to God the Father God the Son and God the Holy Spirit.

2. Worship is humbling yourself every second of your life before the omnipotence and sovernity of the most powerful being in the entire universe and bowing to his majesty. 

3. Worship is submitting your whole body, heart and mind over to Him.

4. Worship is releasing your will for His will.

5. Worship is expressing your love and dedication to God by any means necessary to do it like singing, dancing, shouting, etc.

6. Worship is putting God first.

7. Worship is caring for and loving others.

8. Worship is putting God’s business before you business.

9. Worship is walking with God.

10. Worship is letting the whole world know….who your God is!!!!


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Worship God in truth is easy….Know your bible!!!!!!.  No bible…no truth….period.  You cannot speak about God without holding on to the truth of His word.  Everything us humans know about God is through His word…period!  Man cannot make up stuff about God!!!!  It’s a lie if he does!  Only the truth of God’s word stands.

Worshipping God in spirit is like this.  In order to worship God the Father of Jesus Christ and creator of the entire universe… you must be one of His children because worship in this human form requires the Holy Spirit who inhabits us when we receive Jesus as our Lord and Savior.

Fact or FYI….God is a spirit!  The way to get in contact with Him or have a relationship with Him is spiritually.

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So let’s put these things together….In order to worship God…We must worship Him in spirit and truth.  This simply means you must be real with God.   You must worship God….FOR REAL!!!  God can spot a phony worshipper from 10 trillion miles away!!  You can’t fool God with fake worship.  You are just really having a good time with….yourself.  This will get you no brownie points with God… blessings….nothing.  You will have no anointing…..nope….people will see you as “self”.  Why is God looking for the true worshippers….because He’s trying to find the real you so He can fellowship with you.  So He can inhabit your praise.  So He can be to you what He planned from the beginning.  He can be your friend, Father, Savior, spiritual guide, comforter, provider, Sheppard, lover and most of all…He can be your….God!


P.S. – Get out your cell phone and take a spiritual “selfie” with God!!!!  Show it to everyone.  Post it on Facebook.  Put it on Youtube and share it around the world.  Show folks your Father God….and pray that it goes…..VIRAL!!!!!!!!!!  Now that’s worship!


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The greatest disease known to man


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Vials of Smallpox were found recently in a storage unit at the National Institute of Health in Bethesda Maryland.   Smallpox is a deadly disease that had its last case in 1977.  In 1967 it killed 2 million worldwide after 15 million contracted the disease.  Smallpox was responsible for an estimated 300–500 million deaths during the 20th century.  It was certified eradicated in 1979 by the World Health organization.

Why am I telling you this?  Because there is another disease  deadlier than smallpox and its called sin!  A relative of sin is evil.  It has invaded our world since the beginning of man and it has not been eradicated but there is a vaccine for it named Jesus Christ!  There is also treatment for outbreaks of sin called the Holy Spirit.

The problem with this outbreak of sin is if people don’t call on Jesus to remove the initial infection in their lives….death won’t stop the effects of their suffering.   It will go way past their earthly life and will affect the person’s life… eternally!

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Today …think about telling a friend, co-worker, neighbor or a family member about the cure for sin sickness so they won’t have to suffer a fate worse than death.  Share the great news of the treatment and cure.  If you have this sin sickness yourself….Please, Please, Please seek the cure and cry out to Jesus Christ to save your soul…today!



The problem or name of the disease:  For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; Romans 3:23


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The cure or treatment:

  1. For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life John 3:16
  2. If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. 1John 1:8-9
  3. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. Romans 10:13


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Let Jesus cleanse you and wash away your sin with His blood.



Pursue God… really hard


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Psalm 63:8 My soul followeth hard after thee: thy right hand upholdeth me.

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In  A.W. Tozer’s book “The pursuit of God” he makes this statement…

“Complacency is a deadly foe of spiritual growth.  Acute desire must be present or there will be no manifestation of Christ to His people.  He waits to be wanted.”

When I read this I said…this is what I have tried to say throughout my blogs.  We have to hunger after God as if our very breath depends on Him.  We have to dwell on Him daily.  Without this….we will not see much of His beautiful Shekinah Glory or The Holy Spirit pouring out the presence of God on us.  Our relationship with God will just be kinda general and unemotional.

God has emotions and feelings.  He desires to connect with us intimately.

Look around you in the room you’re in right now…take a pencil with an eraser and in your mind… erase everything around you….now erase your things, family and valuables.  What do you have?  Nothing!  That’s right you really have nothing… but God.  You came into this world with nothing and you will leave with nothing.  All we really have is…..God.

It’s not that the things around you mean nothing…it’s that God is everything!!!!  He made you….He loves you so much.  He doesn’t need you to worship the ground He walks on because God doesn’t NEED anything or anybody… but I believe He loves it when you’re thinking of Him throughout your day.  He loves when you talk to Him.  He loves when you do everything in your power to be kind to others.  He loves for you to tell others about Him.  He loves your faithfulness and obedience.


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We can’t be cheap with our worship and homage to our God.  We need to act like He’s the greatest Father God in our lives… if this is what we are professing.

Don’t love God in a human way…a general way…when you feel like bothering with Him way, in an uninterested way…but love Him passionately and intimately!  Love Him with deep feelings.  You can’t do this at all if you don’t know Him.

Are you thinking… how do I get to know Him?

There are 3 ways that I know of:

  1. Pray
  2. Read and study the bible
  3. With Help from the Holy Spirit

You have to be determined to know God.  I have been on a diet for 3 years and have lost 90 lbs.  It has been very hard because of my health issues.    I can’t do a lot of exercising….but I was so determined.  Nobody could do it for me or make me do it.  I had to want to do it for myself.

To know God more….you must be determined to know Him.  You have to make it up in your mind that you want to know God in a deeper way and then make an effort to do it.


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When you succeed at this… God will reward you with His presence!!!!  Your reward will also be a change in you because you will develop an acute desire for God as A.W.Tozer stated that we need in order to see a manifestation of Christ.  ………As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, my God. Psalms 41:1

Everybody is talking about revival, revival.  Revival will come when we desire God in such a way that His presence will fall on us like rain and our hungry and God thirsty soul will be filled with Him.

This is the time for us…God’s creations to run after Him.  We need to show Him our love and appreciation for all He’s done for us.  We need to get out of our own way and beat a path to our God.  We need to set up tabernacles in our heart and mind and get on our faces before our Holy and Sovereign God and worship Him.  Humility goes a long way with God.

The place to be is with God!  We have the ability to connect with God this way because of the sacrifice that Jesus made on the cross and because of the fulfilled promise of the Holy Spirit.

I’m telling everyone that things have changed in this world but God has not changed or taken back any of His promises.  His love for us hasn’t changed.  It’s the same powerful love that He has always had for us.  But have we changed.  We have downplayed our need for Him.  Have we downplayed His importance in our daily lives and pushed Him into a few hours on Sunday morning?


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It’s ok to enjoy this beautiful world He gave us to live in.  It’s ok to enjoy things.  But we must keep a balance.  It’s not that hard to put God in the forefront of our lives.  It’s not difficult to talk to Him throughout our day.  I have had my share of distractions that try to eat up my time in which I can give more of to the Lord.  I’ll tell on myself here…..TV, internet surfing, shopping on Ebay to name a few.  It just sucks me right in and I repent and make a new effort to commit myself more to the things of God.  There are no excuses.  I’m determined to know God and walk with Him.  I KNOW this pleases Him!!!

I’m hungry for God and I want to remain hungry because I want God’s attention and I KNOW when I worship Him….I’ve got His direct attention and I know He will react to it.  I need reaction….my life is a challenge. I need as much of God’s direct presence as I can get.  Now God’s always watching over me so I know I’m good there….but I want that extra anointing, blessing and touch that God has for those who put their full devotion and trust in Him.  I feel very weak when I get “distracted” from my worship and time with the Lord.

I know this is a long blog today and I hope you’ve hung in there with me….but I feel very led to share this with you.  This is what God is pouring into my spirit for me….and you know I share all with you.  God bless you all…..God bless you!!!!!


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What is the Sovereignty of God?



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Psalms 103:19 The LORD has established his throne in heaven, and his kingdom rules over all.

We Christians NEED to know this!!!!


Sovereign means - supremeness, absoluteness, unlimited power, unrestricted rule, total control, boundless possibilities, final and ultimate will, dominate, chief leader, ruler, unconditional, fullness in every capacity, all powerful, supreme  and infinite ruler, unlimited power, the power to do everything without accountability to anyone.

Has authority to execute His will over all at any time for any reason,  superior over all decision making, is commander and has control over all according to his own mind, knowledge and intelligence, has preeminence  and control over the entire universes, the present and infinity.  

Oh, the depth of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable his judgments, and his paths beyond tracing out! Romans 11:33

In other words…..DON’T MESS WITH GOD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!    God has the final say so!!!!

Recognize His power and have respect for His superior authority!

Psalms 135:6 The LORD does whatever pleases him, in the heavens and on the earth, in the seas and all their depths.

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So….I ‘m doing better now… but for many months I had been very sick since the beginning of 2014.  I was in the bed for many days.  It was a very hard thing to go through.  It was a lonely and painful time.  Also during that time the devil tried to discourage me and he waged a great battle against me.   I was in a weaken condition so he took that opportunity to try bring me down.  It’s a good thing that I had on my spiritual armor, my rhema word (rhema is instruction and comfort we get from the Holy Spirit when we need help… that we learned from reading and studying the Bible) , my prayer life up to date and knowing how to encourage myself in the Lord… going for me. (Hint- it’s how to get through a trial)

1 Chronicles 29:11 Yours, LORD, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the majesty and the splendor, for everything in heaven and earth is yours. Yours, LORD, is the kingdom; you are exalted as head over all.

I knew this was a teachable time in my life and sought out the Lord for some answers.  The thing that helped me was knowing God’s Sovereignty over my life.  I was really comforted by that.  I knew there was a reason for my suffering and that God had a purpose.  I prayed for God to heal me and knew I would get help.  Until help was manifested I put my hope in the Lord.  I told my husband that God knows all about this…He’s aware of my situation.  I thought about the scriptures I knew and the meanings  were hiding  right there in my heart.  I held on to them and the Holy Spirit gave me strength through them.  God is God over every situation in my life.  I know that well now.  I thought back over all the many times I have been sick before and how He’d brought me through…even through cancer.  I was secure in knowing that even if it was my time to die I would be in God’s loving arms and pain free forever.  God is in charge over my life.  Thank you Jesus!


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 Isaiah 66:1 This is what the LORD says: “Heaven is my throne, and the earth is my footstool. Where is the house you will build for me? Where will my resting place be?

Sunday morning  when I was getting ready for church… a song came on called Halleluiah Anyhow by Thomas Whitfield  God spoke to me through this song and I cried and praised God so…that I could barely make it to church….but I did.  The Holy Spirit told me this is what God was teaching me through my last bout of illnesses.

I put myself in God’s hands when I repented of my sins and received Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior.  I let go of the steering wheel and let God do the driving!! I’m in God’s hand and He is sovereign ruler and authority over my life.  I depend on His grace and mercy for my soul.  I feast on of His love for me.  I’m awed by His holiness and know that He will ALWAYS do right by me.  His holiness and powerfulness makes me feel very small and microscopic which actually makes me feel very secure.


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I try to let go of everything in my life and give control to my sovereign Father God. I read a book that told me His story and I look around at this planet, sky, sun and moon that confirms the true story of God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit. I drop down to my knees and fall flat on my stomach in total submission to His divine authority. One day soon I will see His Sovereignty come to life as He will reign and rule over all the universe…over every kingdom. It is written: “‘As surely as I live,’ says the Lord, ‘every knee will bow before me; every tongue will acknowledge God.’” Romans 14:11


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