Birthday Musings

 

 

I celebrated my Birthday on May 14 in real style!  My kids got me this nice t-shirt that says it all for me:  I’ve been different mixtures of Princess and Warrior over the years of my life and this Birthday and t-shirt have given me pause to think about this, so here goes my latest musing.  First of all, I think it’s really interesting that my Jewish grandmother’s granddaughter was born on the 15th anniversary of Israel becoming a modern-day nation!

I remember being a bit of a pouty princess in elementary school,                                            always feeling a bit privileged as a little sister;

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 put-upon because I was a “big sister” to my youngest sister.   

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I remember trying to be a “tomboy” when I was maybe 7 or 8.  The boys that lived on the street behind me tolerated me because no one else was near our ages.  One winter day I had fun throwing snowballs at them… until one of theirs hit me in the face and I started crying and running for my Daddy, who came out to see what happened.  Poor boys!  I WAS one of my dad’s princesses!

For the most part, my warring was very fleshly-selfish the first couple decades of my life.  I was 21 when I finally found a relationship with Jesus and knew there was more to being a Christian than going to church and singing in the choir.  Before that, I knew John 3:16 and had memorized the ten commandments in elementary Sunday school.

One day while sorting out old stashes of things, I found a baby name book from the 1960’s. It said the meaning for Heidi is “battle maiden”.  I suppose a princess could also act as a Battle Maiden, assisting her country’s troops, so this is another angle to ponder.  I am a child of God, sister to King Jesus, so I think this makes me a princess who is also a battle maiden.  I am filled with the Spirit of God and told to put on the whole Armor of God found in Ephesians chapter 6:

10 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. 11 Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. 12 For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.  (we also are seated with Christ, hidden with/in God, high above all this wickedness and darkness-H.H.)13 Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. (in the authority the Lord Jesus gave us-H.H.)

14 Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness, 15 and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; 16 above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one. 17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God; 18 praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints—

Now THIS is what I call a Battle Maiden Princess! (or a battle ready Prince)

             And how do we pray always with                                               all prayer and supplication?                                                                                             In the Spirit!  

When we let the Spirit within us do the praying, it’s perfect prayer because the Spirit always knows what Father God’s plans and purposes are for our prayers.  Many people have been taught against the Holy Spirit, especially the speaking/praying in other tongues part.  The Apostles and the 120 Believers in the upper room on Pentecost were able to spread the Gospel and bring salvation to thousands of people at a time because of the power of the Holy Spirit God sent down when Christ arose to heaven.  You won’t be kept from heaven if you never speak or pray in tongues, but if you allow the Spirit to be released from your inner being, your relationship with the Lord and your ability to accomplish what God has planned for you will be easier.  Speaking in tongues isn’t a “have to”, it’s a “get to”.  It’s not evidence of the Holy Spirit in you, it’s evidence that you’ve surrendered yourself to allow Him to work in an through you.  One pastor used the example of digging with a spade while there’s a back loader ready to go beside you!

Well, that’s enough musing for now.  If you’d like me to share more on these things, let me know! 

May you be blessed with Shalom – perfect, complete peace – in the name of Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior, Amen

Faith of Our Fathers

Celtic Dreams

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Celtic dreams of long ago

Though long silent and dead,

The haunting melodies forged of war

Still echo through modern heads.

The eerie whine of bagpipe strains

Still stir the long-forgotten soul;

Irish green and Scottish pride

Still burn in descended clansmen’s breasts.

Ethereal sounds find outlet

In pipe and drum and strings still alive

A song of battles won and lost

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Of love so strong its passions still revive

What drives this Celtic Revival

Is the unending breath of God.

 

 

I wrote this poem several years ago, musing on our Celtic forefathers.  We all owe our forefathers a debt of gratitude for their fortitude that got them through tough times of the past to bring us into the present times we now inhabit.  This leads me to one of my favorite hymns:

Faith of Our Fathers

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  1. Faith of our fathers, living still,
    In spite of dungeon, fire, and sword;
    Oh, how our hearts beat high with joy
    Whene’er we hear that glorious Word!
    • Refrain:
      Faith of our fathers, holy faith!
      We will be true to thee till death.
  2. Our fathers, chained in prisons dark,
    Were still in heart and conscience free;
    How sweet would be their children’s fate,
    If they, like them, could die for thee!
  3. Faith of our fathers, we will strive
    To win all nations unto thee;
    And through the truth that comes from God,
    We all shall then be truly free.
  4. Faith of our fathers, we will love
    Both friend and foe in all our strife;
    And preach thee, too, as love knows how
    By kindly words and virtuous life.

It’s been said that good hymnody is good theology.  I think this one fits that statement if we really take time to meditate on the thoughts embodied in it. It was based on Hebrews chapter 11, known as the faith chapter of the Bible.

Hebrews 11:1 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. For by it the elders obtained a good testimony

 It all boils down to faith; believing God for what was promised even when you can’t yet see.  You personally may not have had a father that was faithful to God, but chances are there are men of faith in your ancestry!  If not, you can be the first to follow God’s command to live in faith and spread the gospel.  

I pray we all overcome in the name of Jesus, by His blood and righteousness.  Also that we would be true to Him and keep our eyes on the Heavenly prize God has prepared for those who trust in Him.  Remember, Christ is the Word and God’s Word is true. Yes, it IS worth holding on and walking in faith and victory, for we have a great prize we’re striving toward!

Revelation 12:11 And they overcame…by the blood of the Lamb and the word of their testimony, and they did not love their lives to the death.

 

With Every Heart Beat…

With Every Heart Beat…                                               

Every Cell In Your Body is REPROGRAMMED!

I think it’s time to get a bit more personal with my writing, so here goes!Divine healing                           I’ve been watching Sid Roth’s ISN-It’s Supernatural! Network lately and been really blessed with the programs and the people Sid interviews.  I’ve received faith for healing, encouragement to choose not to fear, instigation to pray in tongues more often, and wonderful worship music among other things.  This morning (Monday, April 16, 2018) I watched Sid interviewing Jim Richards and his revelations on healing really resonated with me!

Jim shared that science is confirming what the Bible says.  Scientist have found that words are of different frequencies and every organ in our body has its own frequency.  When we hold onto hurts and offences and unforgiveness, it becomes a vibration that hurts our body.  If we forgive, it sends healing frequencies through our body.

Living Sacrifices to God

Romans 12:1 12 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.  

pexels-photo-433635.jpeg Coming back to my title:  Jim said science has found every cell in your body is reprogrammed every time your heart beats.  The heart reprograms the cells to what you are thinking.  This means if I’m upset about what I saw on the news or the person who cut me off in traffic, I take on thoughts that are detrimental to my well being.  If I replace those thoughts with words of love, promises of God and who I am in Christ, I create positive, healthy words for my body to feed on.

A merry heart does good, like medicine, But a broken spirit dries the bones.
Having heard so much about healing and what we think about lately, I’ve seen some interesting things.  Many people are healed of arthritis when they choose to forgive people that they were holding in bondage by their judgement.  Many illnesses/diseases/syndromes are exacerbated by stress caused by fear, worry, depression, etc.
For a personal example:  I’ve suffered eczema outbreaks on my hands since November of 1983.  As I’ve gone back to see what started this, I remembered my grandmother had eczema.  When I first broke out, I had two children under 2 and we were just moving for the first time in our marriage, in the cold of November,which along with two baby’s diapers to change, brought the condition on.  I took this as my cross to bear, taking on the mantle of generational things from my grandmother.  I realized through this journey of 35 years the more anxious I got, the more stressed I was, the worse I broke out.  The winter of 2016-2017 I had the worst case ever on the back of my hands.  It was so bad, I thought it had turned into something else! At this time, we were in the midst of a move and I was ending a 30 year stay at one church and beginning at a new church in another area.  Many things were up in the air… stress again!  When my hands began to break out and I found patches starting on other parts of my body about November of 2017, I called and asked my doctor’s office for the new eczema ointment being advertised on TV.  The samples seemed to help, so I asked for a prescription.  I waited and waited for the prescription to be filled, then found out my insurance would not cover the ointment unless I was examined and found to have eczema over a good portion of my body.  We were heading to our daughter’s family in Los Angeles for a month at that point, so I decided not to fight for the prescription any more.  I managed to treat my hands such that I did not have a massive breakout as I’d had the year before. The end of January, looking for a hand cream that didn’t irritate my condition, I found information that said if water is first or second on the ingredient list, the cream or lotion sucks water out of your skin (the opposite of what I use these things for!)  I finally found a couple ointments without water in their ingredients and found some relief.

  About a month ago (end of February), I went to show someone my case of eczema and found I had clear hands!  The person was almost doubtful I’d really had it!  Praise the Lord, it’s over two months and I’m still healed!  Believe it or not, I’ve been doing a lot of cleaning which usually sets off the rash, and no sign of breakout!

Proverbs 23:15 My son, if your heart is wise,
My heart will rejoice—indeed, I myself;
16 Yes, my inmost being will rejoice
When your lips speak right things.                                                                                                                            
       right hand healed                             

SO, I have been learning to speak life and truth.  The Spirit is good to show me quickly when I start to worry, complain, get frustrated, start vain arguments…If I wake up with a twinge of pain or something, I thank Jesus for His healing, claim my body is a well-watered garden, and tell the devil to leave.  By the time I get up, I’m fine!  Someone said the devil will keep trying to lay infirmity on you until he’s sure he’s defeated; that you’re not going to give up.  I can feel the Lord rejoicing over me and putting joy in my mouth when I choose to speak right things, when I choose to bless and not curse those who “push my buttons”.

Proverbs also says the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom.  So what is “the fear of the Lord”?

Jesus Teaches the Fear of God

Luke 12:4 “And I say to you, My friends, do not be afraid of those who kill the body, and after that have no more that they can do. But I will show you whom you should fear: Fear Him who, after He has killed, has power to cast into hell; yes, I say to you, fear Him!

Matthew 10:28 And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. But rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.

This brings to mind a story our Pastor once shared about a church in South America:  The guerilla fighters came into the church, ordered everyone out into the church courtyard, as they brought the big pulpit Bible and laid it open on the ground.  They ordered the people at gun point to line up and they were given the choice: spit on the Bible or be shot.  One young girl knelt down and kissed the Bible.  They shot and killed her, which brought fear of man on the rest of the people.  They each obeyed the guerillas and spit on the Bible to save themselves.  At the end, the fighters lined them  up against the wall and killed them anyway.

This is a graphic example to me of Jesus’ words.  In these troubling days, if God’s work is to be accomplished, we need the fear of the Lord and not the fear of man.  I leave you all to ponder and pray Holy Spirit leads you into all truth and that as you learn to renew your mind and choose to speak things that will please God, I pray you will have revelation of healing in the Blood of Jesus.  I encourage you to dig into the Word of God for yourself!

Genes and Blood Lines

Several in our family, including my husband and myself, have gotten into the DNA craze.  I just paid to upgrade to get my health report from 23 and Me; I’ve put off this upgrade for almost a year.  Yesterday, I watched Dr. Francis Myles on ISN Network.  He was talking about family blood lines, DNA and sins of the past.  I’ve prayed against sins of the past – sins of the fathers – several times over the years and have had some relief from the past.  Dr. Myles said that’s only part of healing for our past.  He said we can jump the bloodline, choose to denounce our allegiance to our natural lineage and accept the bloodline of Christ in its place.  SO, I followed his directions.  I found a red ribbon in my ribbon collection and placed it across my doorway as they were stretching red ribbons in the studio.  He said to denounce the father’s, mother’s and husband’s blood lines.  So I denounce allegiance to the Stahl lineage.  I denounce allegiance to the Weinheimer lineage.  I denounce allegiance to the Honey lineage. (Note: I don’t “divorce myself from my family; just the things that are not of God) As I jump the line, I have cut off these ties in Jesus’ name.  There was JOY and rejoicing on the other side of the line!

I’ve superimposed the bloodline of Christ and my DNA is changed TODAY!  I am now part of His generations, open to His destiny.  This is a legal transaction in God’s courts.  This led right into Robert Henderson’s teaching on bringing our case before the courts of Heaven where Christ is our Judge Advocate.

Today, it is finished!  I am sharing the photos I took of my healed hands; I noticed my clear hands about a month ago. I’ve suffered with eczema for about 35 years.  My hands have never been completely clear.  I accepted it as my “cross to bear” since I remember my mother’s mother having the same affliction.  In this healing journey I’m on, I have chosen and daily choose to apply the blood of Jesus and to claim that my soul prospers and I am in health:

3 John1  Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers.

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Gone are the nights of intense itching, the days of ointments and gloves, the scaling and bleeding, the anxiety behind this is no longer present!  It’s a daily walk in faith, not taking back on the weight of anxious thoughts and vain imaginations. I’ve forgiven my grandmother and my mother for anything I’ve held against them.  I thank God He was using this to show me what anxious thoughts can do, but it wasn’t His will in Christ that I continue claiming this malady.

I have also been healed of TMJ.  I no longer claim this thing that has caused aches and pains in my jaw, even into my ear and neck!  It has taken several months of prayers, laying on of hands and declaring healing.  I’m still stretching my jaw at times just to see it works!  If I feel a twinge of pain, I don’t accept it and it goes away.  I had my first migraine headache when I was 16. My father had had them. I quickly found when I saw the visual effects, take a couple aspirin, get into a dark room, and sleep it off.  This malady has accosted me periodically since then.  Last fall when I was at Bethel Breakouts in Rochester, I suddenly saw the migraine “lights” in my eyes. I’d not had a headache for quite some time.  I could not think of anything I’d had that would trigger it. That night they prayed against migraines. I realized why the headache had come on me that day! I know I no longer have them; I’ve not taken even a Tylenol since last fall!

I’m not saying I’ve yet obtained. As you can see in the photos, I still have a bit of inflammation some days.  This is a journey I’m walking with the Spirit of God as my guide.  I pray Father, let Your will be done on Earth as it is in Heaven.  I Heaven there’s no sickness or infirmity.  There’s no anxious thoughts, grudges held or offenses taken. All of Heaven is filled with the great love of God!  The Word says:

1 Peter 4:8 And above all things have fervent love for one another, for love will cover a multitude of sins.

And again:

Colossians 3: 4 But above all these things put on love, which is the bond of perfection. 15 And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to which also you were called in one body; and be thankful.

Walk in love and choose not to hold on to offenses or slander people.  Our healing comes when we let the Spirit identify things in our souls that need to go.  Things done without love fester inside our beings and lead to all kinds of physical and mental dis-ease.  There is a choice:  am I going to use this situation in my life to be bitter or better?Bitterness is food for cancer, arthritis, and many other things we suffer.

Am I going to lay down and accept the history of diseases from my family?  I choose to renounce these and get on with the abundant life in Christ God offers. Will you join me?

Promises of God

Musings on Forgiveness II

  God of All Generations

Celtic strains of long ago speak daily to my soulAncient of Days

They stir within as in their day

The voice of God so deep and wide

Same Lord as then in me doth abide

Gives strength untold when speaking bold

Prompted by His Spirit

Cutting to the quick

Dividing bone from marrow

To keep upon the narrow-

The soul road-

that leads to life eternal          

Listening to the scurrling of the bagpipes and drums when my mother took us to the Highland Games in Canada brought me to contemplate the Scottish clans of years gone by in fabled tales of old which brought this poem to life in me.  What a gift we have in the Bible, the Holy Word of God written by Holy Spirit inspiration by many through the ages.  Can you imagine any other book or series of books so cogent and put together to support the theme of God’s love and His working in/through/in spite of the people written in the pages?

Grace

I think of the grace God had in Adam & Eve’s case.  He planned for the world’s redemption before he even had to send them out of the Garden of Eden. What grace!  If God didn’t care, Adam and Eve would have continued to live in the Garden, eaten of the tree of life, and lived for eternity in the compromised, sinful state they were in.

As I continue reading through the book of Genesis, I see several parallels appear.  Abram and Sarai  were covered with grace to have God bring them out of Ur of the Chaldeans where they’d grown up to the land He promised their descendants.  Even though Abraham lied; twice telling his wife to claim to be his sister (which she really was) to save his butt, God intervened and kept the men from defiling Sarah.  Even though they followed the tribal custom and Sarah gave her maid Hagar as Abraham’s 2nd wife to try and fulfill God’s plan of a son on their own, God still had a plan to bless Hagar and Ishmael, and still fulfilled His end of the deal sending Isaac when Sarah was 91 and Abraham was 101!  As we go into Isaac’s life in chapter 26, we see he did the same as his father moving away from a famine: ‘So Isaac dwelt in Gerar.  And the men of the place asked about his wife.  And he said, “She is my sister” for he was afraid…(Genesis 26: 6-7).  When Isaac’s wife Rebekah finds twins tussling in her womb, God tells her two nations are within and that the elder will serve the younger.  We see Esau the elder giving Jacob the younger his birthright for a bowl of stew.  God’s prophecy is fulfilled in chapter 27 for the boys, then culminated in the two nations that meet later in chapter 32 where we see Jacob and Esau meeting, each with 12 “princes” in tow.  In chapter 48, as Jacob is dying, he blesses Joseph’s sons Manasseh and Ephraim, also giving the elder child’s blessing to the younger!man-person-people-emotions.jpg

Yes, God blessed even the “bad boys” but made it clear that the Israelites would come through Isaac, then through Jacob.  Remember, Rahab the prostitute was in Jesus’ lineage as well as Ruth, who was a Moabite, the line that came from Lot’s daughters’ incest.  Dr. Francis Myles on Sid Roth’s ISN network was talking about John the Baptist’s family line.  The people couldn’t fathom why Zechariah and Elizabeth would call the baby John since that name had never been used in their family line.  If God didn’t tell Zechariah to call him John and to raise him as a nazarite, he would have been a Levite Priest named after someone in the family line. Francis said this changed John’s bloodline; he was born for a specific purpose, a VERY SHORT ministry that may have only lasted 6 months before he was beheaded and Jesus came into ministry.  Because of this, God did not give John the burdens of the family blood line to entangle him so he was free to do what God planned for him.

Through out the Old Testament, even into the new, the Lord God repeats His promise of blessing on the line of Israel.  No matter how messy the family line gets, God’s mercy and grace uses all things to bring about the promised Savior of the world at “Just The Right Time”.  In His great mercy, we have been added to the line by adoption because of the blood of the Lamb accomplished by  Christ Jesus being faithful to the end; even to death on the cross, to fulfill God’s ultimate plan of salvation and healing for the nations. He not only died, but rose from death on the third day as was prophesied from the beginning of the world.  The grace Christ left us with is enough to bring salvation to all who choose to accept it and to make us righteous as we appropriate what Christ won for us.

He is faithfulI choose in faith to take up the authority over death and hell that Christ Jesus won for us from Satan and his evil cohorts and walk in victory and authority, trusting in what Jesus Christ did for each of us.  If it sounds too good to be true, think about the grace in Jesus we have.  I think He is the only one we can trust for this life and for Eternity beyond!  Jesus is calling; will you join me  in this journey loved ones?

Times and Other Times

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Here I reply to a young woman who is finding time to connect with the Lord:

I appreciate your words, especially coming from a busy wife with young children and a job. I’m past that point, but still can struggle having concentrated time with the Lord each day. Part of it is a lack of developing discipline. I am much closer in my relationship with God now than I used to be. By the time I actually met Jesus, I was 21 and a mother of 2 with the third on the way.  I had not been raised reading the Bible and praying each day, so I wasn’t sure how to do time devoted to the Lord. At that time, if I could do a 15 minute devotional book each day, I was doing a stellar job when I was raising my children. I resorted to listening to a lot of Scripture songs and Christian radio. I learned a lot of Scriptures from my children’s cassettes and the Worship songs we did in church. Kind of thin feedings, (kind of like the boxed mac & cheese I swore I’d NEVER feed my own children!) but that’s what I could wrap my mind around at that point. I believe the best thing you can do is seek the Lord and ask the Holy Spirit to show you what’s right for you TODAY!

Well, here’s where I’ve been at recently with my “devotional time”.  The end of March I purchased The Gaither Homecoming Bible.  In it, I began reading Genesis and Galatians daily, a chapter or two each day along with the hymns and devotional thoughts scattered through the pages.  I heard several testimonies of people taking daily communion; Smith Wigglesworth took daily communion to remind himself  “Christ’s life was exchanged for mine” and others encourage it for healing and Spiritual growth, so I decided to start taking communion each morning.  Well, just over a month later, this is what my “devotional time” has morphed into:

  • The Healing Scriptures by Sid Roth
  • Names Of Christ Edited and Introduced by James S. Bell, Jr.
  • The Power of The Blood of Jesus  by Andrew Murray
  •   Draw Me Close To You; Integrity Devotions by Greg Asimakoupoulos

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So, I sit for communion in my “quiet place” with my “shot glass” of watered down grape juice [I’ve learned “wine” in the Bible was the fresh crushed grapes boiled down and diluted 20/1 with water] and my thin rice cake [I don’t do gluten, but that’s for another post!], my note book w/pen, reading glasses and the Bible & books I listed (The Healing Scriptures is a free download at http://www.SidRoth.org so I’m not showing it).

Once seated, I give thanks to the Lord, then read and contemplate one name of Christ and one page of The Healing Scriptures.  Following the accounts in Matthew 26: 26-30, Mark 14:22-26, Luke 22;15-20 and 1 Corinthians 11:23-25 I take the “bread” and give thanks to God and remember this is Christ’s body broken for me and for the nations.  I read one thought of The Power of The Blood of Jesus and take the cup, which is reminding me of the new covenant – Jew and Gentile becoming one new man, the 39 stripes Jesus took for my healing, complete coverage for sin and the bringing together the Church.  After giving thanks, I take and drink.  Then, as they did at the last supper, I sing the song for the day and read the short devotion with a prayer at the end from Draw Me Close To You .  Depending on the day, I may stay in my quiet place for a bit more.

Needless to say, I haven’t read long passages in my Bible the last week or so since I got the books listed above.  I endeavor to have an extended time in my “quiet place” a few times a week to seek the Lord in a deeper way and/or soak in worship.  This time in my life is also a time of teaching  as I’ve gotten some books and teaching CD’s from Sid Roth’s ministry (ex. The Power of The Blood)  All this has stemmed from choosing ABBA/Father for my word for 2018, desiring to grow closer to Father God and to grow in understanding of healing and other things of God!

So, at this point in my life, it’s much different than any other in my adult life has been.  We are emptynesters and my husband is away several days each week.   In some ways, it’s more challenging because some days I can busy myself with odd things and not do my “normal” routine.  I have determined not to take condemnation if I don’t get the whole routine in or if I end up doing it at a different time of day or once in a while- usually when we’re travelling – don’t get a real quiet time.  I know He is with me always, so I strive to take this time to remind me of that fact.

Seasons change and challenges of life are different, but at any time – if you just ask – the Lord WILL increase your desire and lead you to His feet!                                                        Remember:  Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. (James 4:8a)          

As you find your way with the Spirit’s help to spend time with the Lord,                       I encourage you with the following Scripture:    Endurance lacking nothing