Fruit

22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. ” – Galatians 5:22-23

Tree of Life

I had a moment this week, where I had an epiphany. One of those moments where everything came together and seemed so clear. Jesus is the Tree of Life. Now, I’ve heard this sermon before, where we talk about all the comparisons and verses that state that Jesus is the Tree of Life. I understood it. He’s our life-giver. But, this week, it all just became clear. If you want to have the fruit of the Spirit, you need to be tapped in to the Tree of Life. If you want to be a new creation in Christ, lean in.

Let me tell you about my journey a little bit here. Years ago, when I was a teenager, I was a terrible person. I was the little spitfire of rage. Life had dealt me a bad hand. I was just angry, and it oozed out of everywhere. You know, hurt people hurt people. Then, age started to soften me, a little bit. But, still just really angry about everything. Sometimes, it was all consuming. But, then, years ago, when I started really following Jesus, when I came back to the church. I prayed for God to give me a new heart, a heart of flesh. ( 26 I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; I will take the heart of stone out of your flesh and give you a heart of flesh. – Ezekiel 36:26) And, as I have continued to lean in, as I have continued to seek Jesus and a personal relationship with Him, as I have asked to be a light for him, and to become more like Him – I have been transformed. I am a new creation in Christ. So new, that people don’t recognize me from my old life. So much, that people have a hard time believing me when I tell them how I used to be, sometimes I have a hard time believing it. Because God has changed me so much, and I’m so grateful. Thank God, he saves us from ourselves, and doesn’t leave us where we are.

Fruit

My epiphany this week was how being tapped in to the Tree of Life is what produces fruit. Now, that may seem simple, but here’s where I’m going with it. It’s not that we need to be praying for patience, kindness, gentleness, self control. We need to be praying to be like the Tree, and the Fruit will come. If you pray to be like Jesus, if you lean in, the fruit comes on its own. <— That! If you think about a tree, it doesn’t will itself to produce fruit, fruit just comes naturally. A tree is just soaking up water and sunshine, and fruit comes. It doesn’t need to think about it, it doesn’t need to will itself to produce fruit. The fruit is the evidence of the tree getting nutrients. Now, how much fruit, or how nice of fruit depends on the nutrients. But, I believe I was over-thinking trying to get this fruit. Becoming a new creation wasn’t necessarily something I thought about, I was just leaning in. I was just focusing on God, and asking Him to make me what He wanted me to be, and the fruit is just a byproduct. Jesus had all of this fruit. We just need to ask to be more like Him, and we’ll have it too. I’m just going to leave you with some verses this week, and we’ll continue digging deeper in the weeks to come.

What does the Bible say?

About the Tree:

7 “Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord,
And whose hope is the Lord.
For he shall be like a tree planted by the waters,
Which spreads out its roots by the river,
And will not [a]fear when heat comes;
But its leaf will be green,
And will not be anxious in the year of drought,
Nor will cease from yielding fruit.” Jeremiah 17:7-8

22 Then the Lord God said, “Behold, the man has become like one of Us, to know good and evil. And now, lest he put out his hand and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live forever”— 23 therefore the Lord God sent him out of the garden of Eden to till the ground from which he was taken.” Genesis 3:22-23

And he showed me a [a]pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding from the throne of God and of the Lamb. In the middle of its street, and on either side of the river, was the tree of life, which bore twelve fruits, each tree yielding its fruit every month. The leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations. And there shall be no more curse, but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it, and His servants shall serve Him. – Revelation 22:1-3

25 So he cried out to the Lord, and the Lord showed him a tree. When he cast it into the waters, the waters were made sweet. – Exodus 15:25

About the Fruit

22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. ” – Galatians 5:22-23

Love: Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us. – Romans 5:5

Joy: 52 And the disciples were filled with joy and with the Holy Spirit. – Acts 13:52

Peace: 17 for the kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit. – Romans 14:17

Longsuffering (Patience): We give no offense in anything, that our ministry may not be blamed. But in all things we commend ourselves as ministers of God: in much [a]patience, in tribulations, in needs, in distresses, in stripes, in imprisonments, in tumults, in labors, in sleeplessness, in fastings; by purity, by knowledge, by longsuffering, by kindness, by the Holy Spirit, by [b]sincere love – 2 Corinthians 6:3-6

Kindness: 24 And a servant of the Lord must not quarrel but be gentle to all, able to teach, patient, 25 in humility correcting those who are in opposition, if God perhaps will grant them repentance, so that they may know the truth, – 2 Timothy 24-25

Goodness: 11 Therefore we also pray always for you that our God would count you worthy of this calling, and fulfill all the good pleasure of His goodness and the work of faith with power – 2 Thessalonians 1:11

Faithfullness: 22 So Jesus answered and said to them, “Have faith in God. 23 Forassuredly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be removed and be cast into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that those things he says will be done, he will have whatever he says. – Mark 11:22-23

Gentleness: Let your gentleness be known to all men. The Lord is at hand. – Phillippians 4:5

Self-control: But also for this very reason, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue, to virtue knowledge, to knowledge self-control, to self-control [a]perseverance, to perseverance godliness, to godliness brotherly kindness, and to brotherly kindness love. – 2 Peter 1:5-7

Let’s Pray

Dear Heavenly Father, thank you for saving us from ourselves. Thank you, that you sent your son to die, so that we may live. That we may bear fruit. That we may shine your light for those around us. That we may be a blessing to everyone in our lives. That they may see you through us. That we become who you want us to be, and that your fruit may be evident in us and through us. Thank you Father for all your blessings. Thank you for your amazing goodness. Thank you for giving me words to speak and ears for them to hear. That we may grow abundantly in You, Father. That you work in our lives to bring us closer, that we yearn to lean in. Thank you for all that You are, and all that You would have us be. IN JESUS NAME!!! AMEN!!

Missions Circle

My missions focus this week, and for a few weeks to come, is Kid’s Night Out! Sponsored by my local church. They advertise in the papers and invite the whole community to a night filled with games for kids, and FREE BIKE GIVEAWAYS. They do this via Raffle. We’ve given away hundreds of bikes over the years, and while we’re raffling, we also share THE GOOD NEWS with everyone in attendance.

Article here from last year’s: https://brookingsregister.com/article/kids-have-their-night-at-holy-life

You can donate to this ministry here: Just choose “Missions”:

https://my.simplegive.com/App/Giving/holy241165

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Build One Another Up

“Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing.” 1 Thessalonians 5:11

Encouraging Each Other

So, I had an interesting experience this week. I started a ladies bible study group about a year ago, and over the course of the year, as I’ve shared with other women, I’ve received a lot of people telling me they would like to get involved. This past week, we were getting ready to launch our new book, so I had a kick-off party. I invited every single person who said they were interested over these past few months. I invited some other people who I thought might enjoy it. I shared the word like I was starting a church. I organized games, prizes, drawings, snacks, had the first chapter of the book made in mass so everyone could get a preview. It was going to be GREAT!! I was so excited. All these women getting together to share and grow in Jesus.

Now, my “core” group is great! We are all friends outside of group, we’ve grown and shrank over this past year. We’ve been through some rough stuff and some great stuff. We’ve gotten together and hung out, outside of bible study. We’ve been there for each other. We’ve had nights where we had so much going on in our lives that we’ve just shared and been there for each and to give encouragement or advice, or just shared testimonies of how Jesus is working in our lives, instead of doing the actual “study”. We’ve crashed other bible study events because someone else was doing something that we thought we’d all enjoy and set our lesson plan aside. We’ve had craft and cooking nights, where the items we make are meant to be shared with people outside the group, to share our testimonies and bring others to the faith, or simply encourage them on their walk. I’m so proud of this group, and so encouraged by them. They’re exactly what I want and what I need. I believe that this is a big part of why I have grown so much in my walk over the past year, is because I needed this. I needed a core group of fellow believers to help me digest everything I’m learning during the week, to help me apply these things to my life, to share their experiences, to share scripture they know and give me insight on what Jesus says I should do in this situation. And, I do the same for them. Part of what’s so fun about our group, we don’t all go to the same church, nor are we the same denomination. And, I believe that we’re all changed, and definitely better believers, and better people for it.

Now, back to the party…. We set up, we had a room big enough to fit everyone reserved, we had name tags, snacks, everything. My core showed up, helped set up, brought their snacks, we arranged tables, got the games out. And waited…. and waited…. and no one came. No one. Not one new person. We waited a good 45 minutes after we we’re scheduled to start. Not one.

But, you know what? We still had a great time! We learned new things about each other, we’ve all been hanging out for over a year, and I still learned new things about my group that I didn’t know. We won all our prizes 🙂 Everyone went home with something. We all decided that we really enjoyed doing the games and we would start doing something with new games at either every meeting or every craft/cooking night. We had a really good discussion about stuff that’s been going on. We worked out our schedule for the summer. We definitely ate a lion’s share of all the chocolatey good snacks and really enjoyed each other’s company. We made arrangements for the following week. And, everyone reminded me, that people weren’t saying “no” to me. And, I get that, but I was so excited because this whole experience has done so much for me, and I wanted to share that with others, but I guess that’s just not part of the plan yet. And, that’s ok. I’ll have another one in the fall. The people who are supposed to be here, are here, and the doors are always open. As we all know, the Lord has timing for everything, and we just have to trust it.

What does the Bible say?

Now, as my mother always says, when the bible has a “therefore” look at the before.

1 Thessalonians 5:8-10 ” But since we belong to the day, let us be sober, putting on faith and love as a breastplate, and the hope of salvation as a helmet. For God did not appoint us to suffer wrath but to receive salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ. 10 He died for us so that, whether we are awake or asleep, we may live together with him.”

“Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing.” 1 Thessalonians 5:11

1 Thessalonians 5:12-28

12 Now we ask you, brothers and sisters, to acknowledge those who work hard among you, who care for you in the Lord and who admonish you.13 Hold them in the highest regard in love because of their work. Live in peace with each other. 14 And we urge you, brothers and sisters, warn those who are idle and disruptive, encourage the disheartened, help the weak, be patient with everyone. 15 Make sure that nobody pays back wrong for wrong, but always strive to do what is good for each other and for everyone else.

16 Rejoice always, 17 pray continually, 18 give thanks in all circumstances;for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.

19 Do not quench the Spirit. 20 Do not treat prophecies with contempt21 but test them all; hold on to what is good, 22 reject every kind of evil.

23 May God himself, the God of peace, sanctify you through and through. May your whole spirit, soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. 24 The one who calls you is faithful, and he will do it.

25 Brothers and sisters, pray for us. 26 Greet all God’s people with a holy kiss. 27 I charge you before the Lord to have this letter read to all the brothers and sisters.

28 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you.

Now, I believe that Bible studies are important because you need help. You need a group of people praying for you, a group sharing with you, giving you advice, helping you grow, reminding you what the Bible says about your situations, because:

“Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery trial when it comes upon you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you. But rejoice insofar as you share Christ’s sufferings, that you may also rejoice and be glad when his glory is revealed. If you are insulted for the name of Christ, you are blessed, because the Spirit of glory and of God rests upon you.” 1 Peter 4:12-14

You are going to face trials. You are going to struggle. Because you’re a believer, and because we live in a fallen world. And, you need support. Just like you need church. Just like Jesus had the Apostles. Our relationship is with the Lord, but having those around you to encourage you and help you grow, I believe, are just as important.

19 “Again, truly I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything they ask for, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven. 20 For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them.” – Matthew 18:19-20

Let’s Pray

Dear Heavenly Father, thank you. Thank you for our experiences. Thank you for our chances to grow. Thank you for everything you do for us. Thank you for sending your Son to save us. Thank you for encouraging me in the Faith today, and every day. Thank you for the blessing of believers that you have brought into my life. I pray that you bring these believers and encouragers into the lives of everyone. That you may lay your hands upon others to encourage and to grow, and to find their people to help them along their walks. That you may lay the same fire in their hearts to grow closer to you Father. That everyone can find encouragement in those around them, that they walk closer to you Father. I just pray for your blessing in our lives. I pray that we see your work everywhere, and in everyone. Words cannot express how grateful I am that you laid it on my heart to start my own Bible study and that you gave me such an incredible group of people to grow with, and I pray for that blessing on everyone reading this. I pray that everyone finds a group or fellow believer to have such a relationship with to grow. To learn your word, to make them better people. Thank you so much for all You do Father, and what you will continue to do, in all our lives. IN JESUS’ NAME! AMEN!!

Mission this week:

Each week, I’ve taken to supporting a mission outreach, here’s this week:

Channel to Brazil

Read more about Marcondes Marques here

Speak Life

” The tongue has the power of life and death,
    and those who love it will eat its fruit. ” Proverbs 18:21

Change the Game

So, a few weeks ago, I discussed how changing the way I prayed has changed my prayer life. Which is true, but if you think about it, part of it is how I talk to God. How I talk in general, has also changed. You may have heard sermons where your tongue is a double-edged sword, or how you need to watch your language and not let foul things out of it, and all of this is true…. but, did you know, that you can speak life? Did you know that by not only trying to tame your tongue from evil, you can also use it to change your life? You can use it to make things happen… Let me explain.

” The tongue has the power of life and death,
    and those who love it will eat its fruit. ” Proverbs 18:21

So, there it is ^ in the Bible, which is just one of the many scriptures that discuss the power of the tongue. But, a few years ago, I walked into a church that actually practices this. A church that when we opened for prayer in the morning, the Pastor started praying, “That you may be the head and not the tail, that you will be above and not below, that God will open up his windows of blessings and pour them out upon you, that you will have exceptional overflow.” Ummm, YES, PLEASE?!?!? I started praying that over my life. I embraced that. And, let me say, God does not disappoint, I think we all know that I’ve shared that.

But, what else can the tongue do?

17 And these signs will accompany those who believe: In my name they will drive out demons;they will speak in new tongues;18 they will pick up snakes with their hands; and when they drink deadly poison, it will not hurt them at all; they will place their hands on sick people, and they will get well.” – Mark 16:17-18

It speaks life! Don’t just try to tame your tongue not to curse, but to heal the sick, to claim your blessings, to drive out demons. I was talking to one of my Christian friends a few years ago, and I was complaining about some stuff that had happened that day. And, she says, “You know what I do? I go over to a door, and say, ‘Satan, GET OUT!’ and then I slam the door behind him.” She physically assists her tongue in telling Satan to get out of here! And, he does! It’s always so incredible! So powerful!

Another part of taming your tongue is not complaining. Have you ever noticed, the more you complain, the more there seems to be to complain about? But, if you don’t complain… there seems to be less to complain about? I think, it’s because, when we complain we’re admitting defeat, giving the devil his in. And he just uses that to jump all over us. But, if we claim Jesus, and Victory over our situations, God steps in. You know, one time, I made a joke about, “Not today, Satan.” but, then, the joke goes on, where Satan’s like, “But you’ve been putting me off for weeks now, when are we going to get together?” Now, at first I read the little joke, but, then I repeated it out loud to a few people…. then, I had the worst several weeks of my life, and had to claim Jesus all over my situation for a while to “undo” the provocation I had caused. I know that may seem silly, but I’m a little nervous just writing it. Because it’s real. We’re really at work in a war between the worlds, and although God has the victory, we live in a fallen world where Satan is most definitely alive and well.

It Heals

I recently listened to a missionary who suddenly fell very ill right before a missionary trip. She seriously considered going to the hospital, but she was afraid that if she went, they wouldn’t let her go on the trip. So she prayed about it. And the word she received, was to act like she wasn’t sick. Do all the things you would do, as if you weren’t sick. So, for almost an entire day, she was doubled-over, sweating, in agonizing pain, sick to her stomach, – going to church, standing up for worship, raising her hands and dancing for the Father, she went out to lunch (like they always do), she ate food (even though she had no appetite), she just kept going about her business and thanking God, praying to God, asking him for his healing. And, just hours before they were to leave, the affliction suddenly stopped, just as suddenly as it had began.

The stories of healing go on and on, I could probably do a whole entry just on ones I’ve heard. That’s because we serve the great physician. The great Healer. He’s the one who made us, he always knows how to fix us. I recently heard another testimony of miraculous healing of a cancerous tumor that had amassed to the size of an orange in a very short time, suddenly healing overnight after the laying on of hands. Verified by doctors both times, “Yep, definitely cancer.” to “I can’t find it.”

I mean, HOW GREAT IS OUR GOD?!? Speak it over your life! My God is GREAT, He can do anything and everything! You just need to believe, and testify to the power of His greatness! One of the things, I constantly remind myself when I start to feel doubt creep in, “I believe in the SAME GOD who raised CHRIST FROM THE DEAD!” Just that thought sends chills through me. That’s the God I serve. That’s my amazing, incredible, GREAT GOD!!

“Whoever would love life
    and see good days
must keep their tongue from evil
    and their lips from deceitful speech. ” 1 Peter 3:10

“Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.” Colossians 4:6

“Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.” Ephesians 4:29

” The soothing tongue is a tree of life,
    but a perverse tongue crushes the spirit. ” Proverbs 15:4

“What goes into someone’s mouth does not defile them, but what comes out of their mouth, that is what defiles them.” Matthew 15:11

” Those who guard their mouths and their tongues
    keep themselves from calamity.” Proverbs 21:23

“The words of the wicked lie in wait for blood, but the speech of the upright rescues them. The wicked are overthrown and are no more, but the house of the righteous stands firm.” Proverbs 12:6-7

Let’s Pray

Dear Heavenly Father, thank you for your goodness. Thank you for your grace. Thank you for your healing! Inside and out. Thank you for your mighty hand and incredible miracles. Thank you for this time together. We pray today Father, that you lay your hand on our tongues. That we may only speak life. That we may go forth in your Word, and shine your light upon others. That your healing rain may pour out upon us. That your light and love be so present in our lives that others ask us how to find You. I pray that we are the head and not the tail, that we have lives of exceptional overflow. That you open the windows and pour out your blessings upon us. That everything we could ever need, You would provide. I pray that you help us strengthen our Faith, that we see so many miracles in our lives that we can’t shut up about You. I pray that we all draw closer to You, that You draw closer to us. That You keep us in your arms, heal our afflictions, bless our lives, and that we may honor You with all that we are. IN JESUS’ NAME!! AMEN!!!

Missions Ministry:

Each week, I promote a ministry here: (This is the woman who was going on a mission trip above). Please check out this week’s incredible ministry: https://www.gotellministry.org/

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God’s Plans

“But Noah found favor in the eyes of the Lord.” Genesis 6:8

BRING THE RAIN!

I’ve had a story in my heart this week. And it all started with stumbling across this picture. It spoke to me. AMEN!! Sometimes, Faith will make you look stupid… until it starts to rain. I mean. It just flooded me with a particular story, which led to another, which has brought me to another…. and two of them, were after I saw this picture.

First Story

Let me share an interesting moment. Several years ago, my life had blown up in my face. I had just left a job of 5 years, with one of my favorite people, to start a new career path, and we were going to buy a house in the little town that the new job was in. And, I was loving the job. Everything was great! And, then, one day I got pulled into the CEO’s office, and proceeded to get eaten alive by the CEO and his right hand. I was able to pull out of buying the house in time, but it was all mortifying and heartbreaking! I still had a job, but if stuff was going to be like this, I wasn’t sticking around. And, in the midst of this angst, I put in an app at one company. That’s it, just one, and prayed for the best. It was all just taking a minute for me to really wrap my head around what was happening, so I hadn’t really hit the streets with my application yet. Then, our 1 vehicle started acting up, and I didn’t feel comfortable driving the 30-45 minutes to this job I was planning on leaving, anymore. So, I just quit. Turned in a resignation online, and just gave up. – This was on a Friday. I got called in for an interview on Monday. That all seemed well and good, couple days went by, I get called in for the next interview. Now, this job was entry-level, but bills don’t care right? So, I go in for the second interview, and I’m thinking I’m going to be talking shop, which I can do. And, they throw me a curve ball, and give me a manager who I don’t think has done “shop” a day in her life. So, I’m answering the ticky-tacky questions that they’re required to ask, and we get all done, and she just flips the paper over, and looks me dead-in-the-eye, and says,

“What are you doing?”
“Excuse me?”

“What are you doing? You obviously are way over-qualified. What are you doing?”

She caught me so off-guard, I just told the truth.

“Well, my career just blew up in my face, I just backed out on buying a house, and I still have to pay my bills. I’m good at running machines, you have machines, and I just need some time to think and figure out what I’m going to do.”

“Ok, thanks for coming in.”

So, of course, everyone’s like, how’d it go? blah, blah, blah. And, bar none, worst interview ever. But, that afternoon, they called, and I started that next Monday. That was over 5 years ago. I spent a year on the floor, four years as a Quality Technician in the Evaluation Lab, and I just got promoted to being a Buyer. Look at #Godshowup! It all seemed like utter madness when it was happening, but I wouldn’t have thought of it myself. Which is why I’m so glad, God has better plans for us, we just have to trust Him and HE WILL BRING THE RAIN!!!

Second Story

So, I met a man last night, who has an incredible story. 38 years ago, he was going through a similar circumstance. He had dreams, goals, things he had figured out with his life. And, he failed. It all blew up in his face, and he said, the whole time that God was nagging at him to minister, and he kept saying, “I will when ….” whatever. Well, all his whatever’s fell through, and here God had gotten him all alone, and was like, “Go”. And, he says, “With what?” God told him, “with what you have.” He had coffee and bread. This man lives near Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Near the favelas. Where some of the poorest of the poor live.

He went out on the streets with coffee and bread. He stumbled across some kids (12-14 years old) who were so high they couldn’t even tell him their own names at first. After giving them some of the coffee and bread, one of the kids asked this man to spell his name. “Ok, what’s your name?” “Cisero” So, he wrote down the kid’s name on a piece of paper. And, the kid said, “Now, I’m somebody!” That simple act had made those kids feel important. He asked them if they wanted to know Jesus, they did. He led them in the Sinner’s prayer, and talked with them a while more. Then, right as he was getting ready to leave, one kid yells out, “Hey, you coming back tomorrow?” The man said, “Yes. I’ll see you tomorrow.” This was the beginning of his ministry.

Over the years, he has helped thousands of kids break the cycle of poverty. He now leads a ministry group that orchestrates a school for the kids of the favela teaching them photography, music, art, computer skills. They have one of the only computer labs in the city! Feeding them every day! Feeding their entire families a couple times a year! Encouraging them to fellowship with each other and minister to others. Sometimes they help the kids all the way through college, and all the while teaching the love of Jesus. WHAT AN INCREDIBLE MINISTRY!! It seemed crazy, and then GOD BROUGHT THE RAIN!!!

Third Story

So, I’m talking to the guy a little after service is over, and we start discussing some different stuff, and I tell him about my blog. This peaks his interest. He needs a Marketing Manager for their Facebook and social media. They’re so busy down there with the day-in and out of the kids and activities that they’re struggling to get the word out to people to help their ministry. Well, because I have my blog, I also have a social network. I tell him I will reach out to the ladies who also have Christian blogs to see if someone might have the skills he’s looking for. So, I get home last night and post it to the FB page. I’ve already had two people reach out who are both looking for a ministry, and have been to the area in Brazil and would love to be a Marketing Manager for him! People who have been praying – for rain! and – GOD BROUGHT THE RAIN!!!

Now, if I hadn’t started a blog, we would’ve had an entirely different conversation. If I had stayed home last night, I never would’ve met him. If I hadn’t…. believed that God would bring the rain. I don’t know that I’ve ever posted something to this FB group, except for the usual stuff we do, reading each other’s blogs, encouraging each other, etc. But, last night, I jumped on and threw it out there. And God brought the rain. He always does.

All of these stories have also inspired me to try to see if my ladies’ Bible Study would be interested in doing free will donations to featured ministries every other month. AND, I will be promoting a ministry in my blog. You can check out this gentleman’s ministry here, and donate or sponsor a child, or just pray for them! Because who doesn’t need more prayer?!?!

I hope these encourage you. I hope they bless you. I hope you know, that if you have faith, God will always bring the rain!! He never fails, never gives up, and he’s always there. One of my favorite Pastor Kevin quotes, “God has more faith in you than you do!” Tell him to BRING THE RAIN!! He will not disappoint.

Let’s Pray

Dear Heavenly Father, thank you for your faithfulness. Thank you for your everlasting rain. Thank you for always showing up, right on time, all the time. Thank you that you give us the examples of Noah and people along our walks to reassure us that you will always bring the rain. You are the beginning and the end, the SAME GOD as Noah and Abraham, and who raised JESUS FROM THE DEAD, is the SAME GOD TODAY! You’re always there. Always watching, always ready to catch us, and show us something better. Give us the Faith and the peace to trust your will, and that you always have something better in mind for us. Thank you Father that you have more Faith in us than we do, and may we all learn to have the same Faith in you. Thank you for all that you are and all that you would have us be. IN JESUS’ NAME!! AMEN!!

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