Who Am I?

Who Am I? by Casting Crowns

Who am I, that the Lord of all the earth
Would care to know my name,
Would care to feel my hurt?
Who am I, that the Bright and Morning Star
Would choose to light the way
For my ever wandering heart?

Not because of who I am
But because of what You’ve done.
Not because of what I’ve done
But because of who You are.

I am a flower quickly fading,
Here today and gone tomorrow.
A wave tossed in the ocean.
A vapor in the wind.
Still You hear me when I’m calling.
Lord, You catch me when I’m falling.
And You’ve told me who I am.
I am Yours, I am Yours.

Who am I, that the eyes that see my sin
Would look on me with love and watch me rise again?
Who am I, that the voice that calmed the sea
Would call out through the rain
And calm the storm in me?

Not because of who I am
But because of what You’ve done.
Not because of what I’ve done
But because of who You are.

I am a flower quickly fading,
Here today and gone tomorrow.
A wave tossed in the ocean.
A vapor in the wind.
Still You hear me when I’m calling.
Lord, You catch me when I’m falling.
And You’ve told me who I am.
I am Yours.

Not because of who I am
But because of what You’ve done.
Not because of what I’ve done
But because of who You are.

I am a flower quickly fading,
Here today and gone tomorrow.
A wave tossed in the ocean.
A vapor in the wind.
Still You hear me when I’m calling.
Lord, You catch me when I’m falling.
And You’ve told me who I am.
I am Yours, I am Yours, I am Yours.

Whom shall I fear?
Whom shall I fear?
‘Cause I am Yours, I am Yours.

You Are Missed

To My Father-in-law,

So many things I have learned from you over the years.  Your optimistic outlook on all situations was a foundation of who you are.  You always saw the positive and always had inspiring words of encouragement to share, regardless of the situation.  Lending a hand was your specialty, even from 7 hours away!  From oil changes, to brake pads, to fan and light fixtures, to doors and insulation, you were ready and willing with a smile and a tool bag.  Moving 4 times with us didn’t deter you.  You arrived ready to carry the BIG STUFF and worked until the job was complete.

You taught us the importance of saving for the future, counseled us on investments and IRAs, and helped us set up college funds for the children.  You did all of this gently and with a humbleness that leaves me in awe.

You left an immense impact on our children.  You never declined a play time.  Horsing around, people watching at Panera’s, and walks through the neighborhood with the kids and the dog are some of their favorite memories.  You engaged them in a way only a Pop Pop can.

You have given me and our family so many memories, so many gifts, so many opportunities.  However, the greatest gift you have given me, your daughter-in-law, is the gift of my husband.  You raised a man who knows how to love and cherish his wife and family.  You taught him how to provide for us in a hard-working and humble way.  You showed him how to take care of our house and our cars.  You have given me my family and for that, I cannot thank you enough.  Your life will live on through my husband and my children.  Your lessons will be passed on to them.  Your gentle, humble, optimistic character will be a part of them.  They will know you because they are part of you.

Thank you Dad for the impact you have left on our lives.  While we will miss you everyday, we find peace in knowing that we will one day meet again.  Until them…

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

I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. – 2 Timothy 4:7

Happy New Year 2015

Are you too busy for your resolutions?  Millions of people make resolutions each end of December, with the hopes of keeping them and making a better life for themselves.  How does that work out?  Honestly, most people can’t get past the middle of January with their resolution lists.  Those that do make it a little farther, but very few make it for the year.

Do you know how long it takes to make something a habit?  Research shows that a new habit takes form somewhere between 21 and 28 days.  (That is just one month into the new year. )  I’ve been thinking about why resolutions fail.  Here are some of my thoughts.

–  Resolution lists are too long and challenging.  People have high hopes and big goals, but they are often not realistic.
–  There is no plan in place.  How can you expect a change if you don’t make a plan to implement that change?
–  What are you going to do differently to accommodate your new life-style? If you are resolving to exercise daily for 30 minutes, where are those 30 minutes coming from?  You need to change other areas of your life to fit your new goals in.
–  Big changes require a support system.  You can’t quit smoking or drinking without a good support system.  You can’t decide to change eating habits and eat more healthy without a support system.  You can’t decide to carve out time for yourself with a hobby without a support system to take care of your family while you are out.  Most resolutions you cannot complete on your own.
–  Have you set up a scaffolding system to reach your goal or are you jumping in with both feet?  Usually, if you set up a scaffolding system, you are more likely to find success and keep going.  If you jump in with both feet, you are more likely to fail and quit.
–  Have you asked God to help you achieve your goals?

With all of that being said, I don’t do resolutions.  At least not in the traditional way.  You see, it doesn’t need to be December 31 for me to decide that I need a change.  That can happen any day of the year.  Also, I am a bigger picture kind of girl.  I try to think of a way I want to live in all situations.  I know many people who also try to do this.  For me, it is a more powerful and realistic way to make a change in your life.

One way to do this and succeed is to choose one word.  One word to live by each day in all situations.  This will be my 3rd year choosing one word.  My first word was INTENTION.  Last year was UNDERSTANDING.  Living the entire year with one word in mind really helped to shape the person I am becoming.  And do you know what?  The “words” stick!  They stick throughout the year and into the next year!  It is an amazing transformation that is only possible through God.

Over the last two years, God has helped me become more patient, kind, and loving.  He has helped me focus on what I need to focus on and let go of things that are occupying my time but not producing fruit.  He has shown me a path that He wants me on.  He has helped me be a better wife, mother, and teacher.  He has done all of this a little at a time by giving me a word to focus on and pray about each day.

For this year, 2015, I think my word will be RELATIONSHIPS.  I’d like to try to work on building some good, solid relationships.  This scares me terribly, but sometimes, getting out of your comfort zone is where God can mold you best!  I have decided to let go of some social media because this gives a false sense of relationship.  I will be diligent in trying to nurture relationships in my life.  I have some interesting ideas on how I am going to do this and I am sure God will show me some more ways to work on this throughout the year!

I wish you all a blessed new year and I will pray that you find peace in your goals.  If you decide to live by a word, I’d love to hear what your word is and how you plan to do it if you know.  Feel free to share in my comments or email me.

Blessings,

Erin

I Knew This Day Would Come

I dreaded this day and every year, for the past 9 years, I wondered if this would be the year.  Well, this year, December 9, 2014, was the year.  My son’s 10th birthday.  A joyous celebration to most.  A rite of passage in some ways.  No longer a little kid, into double digits!  So many exciting things to look forward to!

Except that my son died when he was 1.

I wondered if anyone would remember.  I hoped some friends/family would acknowledge.  We have always gotten some cards, phone calls, hugs, emails, or messages in past years.  For some reason, I was really worried this year.  I felt like this might be the year no one remembers.  And, I was right.  (Well, 3 people remembered – but that’s it.) We got no calls.  We got no cards.  Not even one email message or facebook post on our page.  I got a rose in the mail from my sister, which she sends every year.  I got a message from my mom and a hug from my boss.  (And I so appreciated each of those gestures.)  But, wow.  The world has forgotten.

However, my amazing story is this.  While the world has forgotten, God remembered.  Do you know how I know this?  I shared that I was wondering if this would be the year.  I really worried about it in the days leading up to Louie’s birthday.

The entire week before his birthday I was so sick.  I dragged myself to the doctor on Saturday.  After waiting for over an hour, the doctor entered.  He didn’t introduce himself, ask me my name or how I was feeling, or anything.  He glanced at the computer screen which listed my symptoms, (sore throat, tight chest and cough, on and off fever), and he began to lecture me on how I am not taking care of myself.  He went on to tell me that I shouldn’t need an antibiotic more than once every six years.  I am obviously ignoring other things that are happening in my body and not taking care of them.  (Did I mention I never met this doctor before.)  Anyway, after about 5 minutes of this and me trying to get a word in edgewise, I got up and left.  He never looked at me, listened to my lungs, or anything.  I walked out.  I cried.  I was so furious, angry, frustrated, and still feeling so sick.

So, I struggled through Sunday and Monday morning.  Monday afternoon, I left work early and headed to a new Urgent Care facility near my house.  I needed to feel better soon.  We saw a doctor who was so kind and caring. He listened to me, shared that his mom and wife were both teachers and he understands how exposed we are to germs, talked with me and prescribed the correct meds to help me out.  As he went to leave, hand on the door knob, he stopped and turned around.  He said, “I hope this doesn’t upset you, but I just feel like I should tell you that I had a son that died 13 years ago.”  He went on to share Scripture that helps him through, how he remembers his son, a camp that he runs to help other families and more.  I had tears in my eyes.  I thanked him.  He said, “You don’t need to thank me.  I just felt moved to tell you.”

I told him that we, too lost our son.  And that his birthday was tomorrow.  His words and his Scripture were just what I needed to hear.  He had no idea that we were “part of the club.”  There would be no way for him to know that, except for a nudge from the Holy Spirit.  We shared some stories and pictures.  Shed a tear or two and said goodbye.

As I was driving home, I realized that it doesn’t really matter if the whole world forgets my son’s birthday.  What matters is that God remembers, and He did.  And He showed me that He remembered through this amazing doctor.  A doctor I would not have seen if I had not fallen ill, if I had not had a poor experience at my regular practice, and if I had not decided to take a half day on that Monday.  None of this was a coincidence.

My heart still hurts that our human world has forgotten my boy.  But I rejoice in the knowledge that our Creator is with him and will never forget him or me!

Hebrews

What is the Book of Hebrews about?  The Book of Hebrews is the book of great connections.   It is addressed to the Jewish people and explains how Jesus fulfilled their Law.  Who could better understand Christ’s sacrifice as the Lamb of God than those who for generations had sacrificed lambs for their sins?  Who could better understand Jesus’ role as High Priest than those who depended on high priests for centuries to represent God?

Chapter 1-3 explain how Jesus fit into the scheme of things.  Here, it is made clear that Jesus was God Himself, not an angel or a prophet or anything else.

Chapters 4-10 talk about how Jesus was the complete fulfillment of the Jewish system of worship.  He was the ultimate High Priest.  He was the final sacrifice.  He made a new and better covenant with all people.  He established his sanctuary in the hearts of people.

Chapters 11-13 proved that it was never the Law that made people right with God.  The Law did not save Noah, Moses or any other OT heroes.  What made them right with God was always their faith.

So, now that you have an introduction to Hebrews and an idea of what it is about, where does that leave you?  The fact that you are reading this blog and reading the Book of Hebrews says that God has something in there that He wants you to hear.  I don’t know what that is, but he does and you will.  Is your heart ready to receive what God wants to tell you?  Is your heart open to this or is your heart hardened by life?

The Book of Hebrews pleads for us to not be fooled by the trickery of evil.  Evil will trick us into thinking crazy and wrong ways and lead us away from God, while hardening our hearts.  Think about it, if you do something that you know if wrong, the last thing you want to hear is someone telling you that you messed up.  So, you avoid it so you don’t have to hear it.  You don’t want to feel guilty.

We need to listen to God’s voice and act on what we hear.  Here are some things you can do to open your heart to listening to God.

  • Read your Bible.
  • Listen to your conscience, don’t ignore it.
  • Make a positive change.

Who is ready to begin opening up their heart to God?

Wednesday – Hebrews 7
Thursday – Chapter 8
Friday – Chapter 9
Saturday – Chapter 10
Sunday – Chapter 11
Monday – Reflection
Tuesday – Reflection

Break my heart…. The conclusion of Acts

I have to apologize to all of you.  While I have been keeping up with my reading in Acts, I have not been posting.  Life gets hard sometimes.  I’m not talking about tragedies or pull the carpet out from under you hard, I am talking about day to day, busy, I don’t have time to use the bathroom hard!  I know you can all relate.  The past couple of weeks have been tough in our family.  I have felt like we were all running in separate directions with a resistance band connecting us to each other in the center.  Kind of like a wheel with spokes going out in all directions.  The problem was that with a resistance band, one person can give a little more when the other takes a little more, but in this case, we were all pulling until it snapped.  And that snap is what brought us all back together!  As difficult and emotional as a snap can be, because of over-stress, too busy, not seeing enough of your family, etc, sometimes it’s just what you need to wake you up and get you back on track.  Well, that’s where I was the past few weeks, friends.  Trying to get back to sanity!

Last night, my family went to the Big Daddy Weave concert.  It was a fantastic event, a first concert for both of my girls, too.  Big Daddy Weave is a Christian rock band and they were amazing with both their music and their stories and connections. One thing really stuck out for me and that is what I would like to share with you today as we conclude Acts.  It was Big Daddy’s first song of the evening.  We had already listened to Tim Timmons and Group 1 Crew.  Big Daddy opened with Love Come to Life.  I have heard this song many times and I like.  However, last night, I heard a line I never paid attention to before.

Why don’t You break my heart ’til it moves my hands and feet 

WOW!  Break my heart ’til it moves my hands and feet.  Yes, I needed to repeat that for you.  I can’t get it out of my head.  God uses our tragedies, our turmoil, life’s most agonizing moments to move us into His Word.  To move us into His mission.  To move us into Him.  Did you get that?

When tragedy strikes, we have two choices.  We can move toward God and seek comfort or we can move away from God and find anger and bitterness.  It is our choice.

My heart was broken almost 8 years ago when my baby boy died of cancer.  He was diagnosed just 1 month before he died.  We didn’t know he was sick and we didn’t have time to prepare ourselves for this upheaval of our life.  Broken heart?  As I write this that doesn’t even seem to do it justice.  It felt more like a broken, bleeding heart with a rusty knife sticking out.  And every so often, someone would come and twist it just enough to pour out my emotions all over again.  Yes, this was my low part of life and this is the cross I carry everyday.

God used this awful, terrible, heart-wrenching situation to move my hands and feet.  He used this to open my eyes to Him and to show me how to reach out to others.  And since I have started listening to God, really listening to Him, I have not stopped reading, learning, sharing and reaching out to others in His name.

Big Daddy Weave – Love Comes to Life

Paul and the other followers of Christ in those early days of the church experiences much of the same heart break and boy did it move their hands and feet!  They experienced persecution, blindness, murder among their friends, fear, and more. Did this scare them from their mission?  Did it stop them from “moving their hands and feet”?  No!  It encouraged them even more and it showed them how to share God’s Word with more and more people, including the Gentiles.  Paul and the other believers did not break under their tragedy and turmoil.  No, they leaned on God when they were not strong enough, they looked to God when they didn’t have answers, they relied on God in all situations.

So, as I was pondering all of this last night and into this morning, I couldn’t help thinking, why would God want to use our heart break instead of our glorious days to move us?  Well, it seemed pretty clear to me when I really was honest with myself in my thoughts.  Think of the last really nice day you had.  I’m not talking about  something big, like a wedding or child birth or something like that, I’m talking about a normal, nice day.

Ok, got it in your head?

Did you remember God this day?  Did you get down on your knees to  praise  Him and worship Him and thank Him for this day?  Did this day make you feel like you needed to go out and do something?  Did it move your hands and feet for the Lord?  Now, think of a big day, like a wedding or child birth.  I bet you remembered to thank God!  I know I did.  But what about the next day?  Did it move you to go out and do His work?  I can’t say that it did for me.  I was so wrapped up in my perfect, little world that I wasn’t thinking about anything else.

Do you see why God uses our heart break?  We are vulnerable.  We are crying out to him for help.  We are desperate.  Our “normal” way of life is not cutting it for us right now and we don’t know what to do.  That’s when God can step in and move us!  And if we let him… WOW!  What a changed life we will experience!

I’d love to hear about a heart break in your life, whether you let it move you or fought against it.  Are you ready to embrace God through your heart break today?  Surrender to it and see what happens.

God bless you all!  It’s good to be back!

Schedule
Tomorrow we begin the Book of Hebrews.
Saturday – Acts 28
Sunday – Hebrews 1
Monday – Reflection
Tuesday – Praises and Petitions
Wednesday – Hebrews 2
Thursday – Hebrews 3
Friday – Hebrews 4

Acts 13-14 – What About You?

What about you?  Were you part of God’s plan from the beginning of time?  Did God have you in mind in The Garden of Eden?

God created our world and He had the plan of salvation for it long before Jesus walked the earth.  Long before sin entered the world.  God knew Adam and Eve would fall and He knew that humanity would need a plan of salvation.  A plan that wouldn’t fail.  A plan that could save anyone who wanted to be saved.

Adam and Eve did what God told them not to. Because of that first sinful act, God told the serpent, the devil, that one day a child of Eve would destroy him.  All of humanity are included in Eve’s descendants.  Centuries later, a faithful man named Abraham was blessed by God.  Hi descendants were as many as the stars and those descendants were the Jews.  Jesus was one of those descendants.  He promised salvation to ALL who believed in him, not just the Jews.  He told his followers to make disciples of all nations.

The Christian Church started in Jerusalem with a small group of ethnically similar believers.  Through Jesus’ witnesses, this small group of believers, Christianity has spread like wildfire and now is seen all over the world!

There are no prerequisites for becoming a Christian.  You do not first need to have been a Jew.  You do not need to follow ethnic laws before you are accepted.  Jesus accepts all of us!  We just need to believe that He was sent to earth for us, for our sins, for our salvation!  Because of this ultimate sacrifice, we must do our best to follow in Jesus’ example and stay away from evil.  We must try to be a light to others and to show them how to be a follower of Jesus.

We must be like Paul and Barnabas and spread the Good News to all corners of the world.   How can you do this in your family?  How can you do this in your community?  How can reach beyond your community and spread the Good News?

Saturday – Chapter 13
Sunday – Chapter 14
Monday – Reflection
Tuesday – Praises & Petitions

Acts – Chapters 10-12

So, after Jesus ascended into heaven, who exactly were his disciples preaching to?  They were preaching to Jews.  That made sense, right?  I mean, they weren’t technically allowed to visit with, eat with or enter the house of any Gentiles.  Well, God had other plans.  And we all know, God’s plans are the best plans!

God sent a vision to two different people at the same time.  One vision to Simon Peter, using images to let him know that it was ok to speak with and eat with Gentiles.  It was also ok to eat the food that Jews previously were not allowed to eat.  “If God says something is acceptable, don’t say it isn’t.”  (Acts 10:15)

The second vision was to a man named Cornelius, a Roman officer.  He was told in his vision to go find Simon Peter in Joppa so that Simon Peter could share the Good News of Jesus with him.  Cornelius, a gentile, sent immediately for Simon Peter.

Cornelius was baptized and received the Holy Spirit.  Many Jews were upset about this.  However, Peter told them this:  “God gave these Gentiles the same gift he gave us when we believed in the Lord Jesus Christ, who was I to argue?”  (Acts 11:17)

These are great words to live by today.  God wants us all to be brothers and sisters in Christ.  He doesn’t want us to think of ourselves as better than any other individual or any other group of people.  We must remember this always.  We are all his children and we all have the same promises from him.

How can you take this text and bring it to life this week?  Who can you share the Gospel with outside of your “Believer’s Circle”?  I challenge you to reach out to even just one person and embrace them with the love of Jesus.

Wednesday – Acts 10
Thursday – Acts 11
Friday – Acts 12
Saturday – Acts 13
Sunday – Acts 14
Monday – Reflection
Tuesday – Praises & Petitions

Acts – Chapters 8-9

Well friends, I am one day late with my post.  I hope you have all read chapter 8 already and will read 9 today.  Yesterday, our house got a little crazy!  You see, we adopted two kittens!  They are just 8 weeks old and as cute as buttons!  We have not yet named them, but will hopefully find the right names soon.  One is an orange kitty and the other is black and brown.  Our girls are thrilled to peaches!

As I settle into this Sunday morning, I think about the two chapters that are the focus for today.  They both talk about Saul, who is to become Paul.  What a story!  Saul was one of the officials of the high council.  He was determined to persecute, arrest and torture any Christians.  He was mean!  He was ruthless and he was a tyrant.  His sole purpose was to travel around and gather up Christians to jail them.  And then one day, he believed!

So, what happened to change this monster?  Jesus happened!  Jesus loves all of us, even sinners, especially sinners!  He knew that by using Paul, he would be able to reach a whole new population of people.  But how do you get a tyrant to change completely his views?  Well, you and I can’t.  But, with God, all things are possible!  So, Jesus appeared to Saul on the road to Damascus.  He literally blinds him with a bright light from heaven and speaks to him.  He says, “Saul, why are you persecuting me?  I am Jesus, the one you are persecuting!  Now, get up and go into the city,and you will be told what to do.” (Acts 9:4-5)

Saul obeyed.  He became blind from this encounter and was startled to say the least.  The men with him heard Jesus’ voice, but they did not see him or the light.  However, they led Paul to Damascus where he waited patiently and prayed to God.  He did not understand what was happening.

Would you understand this?  You were sent to a city to arrest people and now, the very one you are against is changing your plans.

After 3 days, Saul received a vision that a man would come and lay hands on him.  When this happened, he would receive the Holy Spirit and use the power to preach to the Gentiles.  At the same time, Ananias received a vision telling him to go to Saul and lay hands on him.  Ananias knew of Saul and was afraid.  He had killed, arrested and tortured Christians.  Now, God wanted Ananias to just walk right into the room where he was?  Wow!  Talk about faith and courage!

Well, Ananias did as the Lord requested and sure enough, Saul became baptized, regained his sight and went out to preach the Good News of Jesus!  He was now called Paul and was a significant instrument for connecting the Gentiles to the Jesus.

Isn’t it amazing how God works?  He rarely uses the righteous.  He seeks out the lowly, poor, sinners and needy.  He transforms them and uses them for His work.

How can God use you?  He can only use you if you allow Him to.  You need to be still and listen to His plan.  Are you ready?  Are you willing?

Sunday – Acts Chapter 9
Monday – Reflection
Tuesday – Praises & Petitions

Acts Chapters 5-7

Well, things are beginning to happen.  The apostles have a lot to take care of now.  The number of believers is growing rapidly, needs are arising in the community and there are not enough leaders to handle the teachings, preaching and all of the needs.  Stress is building.

Crowds of people are flocking the apostles and carrying the sick to just be near to them with the hopes of being healed.  It sounds like mayhem!  The Sadducees and the High Priest were angry and jealous of all the attention the apostles were getting.  They decided to arrest them and put them in jail.  However, God had a different plan.  While the apostles were locked up in jail, He sent an angel to free them.  The jail guards never even knew they were gone!  God told them to return to the temple and continue preaching!  To the very place where they had gotten in trouble for preaching!

The next day, the the high priest called for the apostles.  The guards went to unlock them and realized they were gone!  They were perplexed to say the least.  Someone told them they were back in the temple preaching, so they once again went and arrested them.  They wanted to kill them.  Here is where it gets really interesting.  One member of the council names Gamaliel, who happened to be an expert on religious law, addressed the council.  He basically said to leave them be.  “If they are teaching and doing things merely on their own, it will soon be overthrown.  But if it is of God, you will not be able to stop them.  You may even find yourselves fighting against God.”  (Acts 5:38-39)

I can’t help but wonder if this highly esteemed, very popular member of the council was beginning to believe!  He stopped the Sadducees from killing the apostles and gave more opportunities to spread the news of Jesus.  Did he realize what he was doing?  Did he think it would fizzle out like some false prophets in the past or was he recognizing the real deal and was afraid to mess with God?  Makes you wonder a bit, doesn’t it?

Chapter Six shares with us how the apostles decided to appoint 7 men to serve the immediate needs of the group of followers.  This would give them the opportunity to focus more on praying, teaching and preaching.  The people chose the 7 men and they were prayed over by the apostles.

One of these men, Stephen, was full of God’s grace and power.  He performed miracles and signs among the people he served.  He was soon arrested for all of this.  As they started questioning Stephen, accusing him of blasphemy and such, he face became bright like that of an angel.  He had complete peace over him despite what was going on.  He was accused of speaking against the temple and speaking against Moses.

Stephen replied with a long narration of the Old Testament.  He proved to them he was a man of God and knew the law.  He knew the ancestry and he understood the chain of events that had taken place in the past to bring him to this very point in time.  At the end of his narration and retelling, he told them that they are doing the exact same as their ancestors did to every other prophet before, persecuting those following God’s Word.  He told them they were deliberately disobeying God’s law.

Needless to say, the leaders of the church were furious.  As they raged, Stephen looked up and saw Jesus standing at God’s right hand!  He announced his vision which only made things worse for him.  They dragged him outside and stoned him to death.  The official witness of this stoning was a man named Saul.

Stephen was the first martyr to die for Jesus Christ.  He wasn’t afraid.  He even declared in his last breath, “Lord, don’t charge them with this sin!”  (Acts 7:60)

I wonder if I am that faithful.  Can I be that strong in the face of adversity and persecution.  We live in a country where we are blessed with the freedom to worship and pray.  We do not need to hide or fear for our lives.  There are many in this world that do suffer persecution for being Christians still today.

I’d like to ask you to say a prayer of Thanksgiving.  Don’t take for granted the freedom you have to worship and pray.  Thank God for it and dig deep.  Share your feelings with him and also pray for those in the world who face torture and death because they love Jesus.

God bless you all.  Have a wonderful week.

Wednesday – Acts 5
Thursday – Acts 6
Friday – Acts 7
Saturday – Acts 8
Sunday – Acts 9
Monday – Reflection
Tuesday – Praises & Petitions