Something To Think About

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April 10, 2013 Lyn Leahz | Vine of Life News

If today was your last day, and you never walked the face of this planet again, what would people remember you for? What things did you accomplish? Would you be greatly missed, or quickly forgotten? Would you be remembered as a selfish grump who did nothing but complain? Or, a loving, giving person who loved others and served God?

And then there’s the big question. In fact, you were probably expecting just one more question, weren’t you?

When the time comes, and it is just you and God, what will He say about your life on earth? Will He be well-pleased? Moderately pleased? Or, worse, not pleased at all?

Do know this, and think about it. This life has only one purpose! To live, and breathe, and move and to have our being in Him! Yes! You and I were made to serve God. So if most of your life has been spent serving the flesh, well then, you already know that God is not very happy with you. The good news is that if you are reading this right now, there is still time! Yes! Right now you can repent and turn to God! You can renounce the flesh, along with its corrupt desires, and start living for the Father right this very moment! He is hoping and waiting for you!

What’s more, you will have Jesus Christ in your cheering section constantly encouraging you. He has given you a helper, and a counselor, so that you don’t have to do it alone! Through the gift of salvation, you can call upon Jesus and be given this wondrous comforter called the Holy Spirit! The Spirit of God Himself will immediately come and live inside of your spirit if you sincerely ask and repent today!

Friend, tonight, tomorrow..next week…could be your last! Is there anything here in this world worth an eternity of suffering? Jesus came that you would have life, and have it more abundantly. He has saved you from eternal Hell and damnation! But in order to take hold of it, you must tell Jesus that you want to serve Him. You must ask God to forgive you of all your sins, and tell Him that you want a new life sealed by the blood of Jesus, and signed in the Lamb’s Book of Life in heaven!

What are you waiting for?

 

The Prayer of Committal…You Will Never Worry Again!

the prayer of commital

If you will practice what I am about to share with you, this will be the last day you will ever have a worried thought. You can commit yourself and all the cares and worries of your mind to Him and enjoy divine peace. God is vehemently against worry. It does not produce anything but stress, strain and death. Jesus preached against it. Paul preached against it. The whole Bible is against worry because Satan designed it.

Take Philippians 4:6-7 as a command. “Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” The Amplified Bible says, “Do not fret or have any anxiety about anything.” I Peter 5:6-7 says, “Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time. Casting all your care upon him….” Not 75 percent of your care. Not everything but your kids or everything but your finances. Your confession every morning should be, “I do not have a care, because it has been cast over on my Lord.” Cast out every worried thought that would trample its way into your thinking. Roll it over onto Him.

For example let’s say you were standing about 20 feet away from me and I tossed my car keys to you. If someone else were to come to me and say, “Brother Copeland, I need the keys to your car. I need to use it.” I would say, “I can’t help you. I cast my keys over on him. I don’t have them.” I didn’t say those keys ceased to exist, nor that he could not have them. I didn’t say I couldn’t get them back. If I went to get them, you would give them back to me. But if someone wants the car keys, they will have to talk to you because I cast them over on you.

That’s what we need to do with our cares. We must cast them over on the Lord and not take them back! If Satan brings a worried thought to your mind, saying, What if…, you can tell him to talk to God about it. It is in His hands, not yours!

Many people want God to supernaturally remove their worry. But that’s not the way to get the peace of God. God’s peace comes by acting on His Word that says to cast all of your worry and anxiety over on Him. You must replace those thoughts with the Word. Philippians 4:8 says to think on “whatsoever things are true…honest…just…lovely…of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.” You are the one who must control your mind. The Word says the peace of God will garrison and mount guard over your heart and mind (Philippians 4:7, The Amplified Bible). But you are going to have to do something. You must keep your thoughts under control.

II Corinthians 10:5 says, “Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ.” People have told me they can’t quit worrying. They can! Anyone can stop worrying. The verse before that says the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but powerful through God to the pulling down of strongholds. The strongholds of Satan are in the mind. He makes suggestions like, It won’t work this time, and What if… and, But….

The power of God begins to operate when you cast your care over on Him. As long as you worry about it, you only hinder the flow of His power and tie His hands.

Meditate on these three scriptures: I Peter 5:6-7; II Corinthians 10:5 and Philippians 4:6. Joshua 1:8 says if you will meditate in the Word day and night, you will be able to see how to do it. Philippians 4:9 says, “Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do….” As you give your attention to these scriptures, the Holy Spirit will reveal this truth to you and you will then be able to act on it!

Philippians 4:13 is the finale: “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.” You don’t have to worry again. The greater One dwells in you. He is able to put you over. Commit to it. You will never worry again.  –Ken Copeland

Get Up!

I feel the Holy Spirit calling me into prayer  and as I pray in the Spirit an interpretation is being given!  I don’t know who it is for, but glory to God, we can ALL take it!  I’m taking mine!!

BEHOLD, I YOUR GOD SAITH UNTO YOU, GET UP, GET UP, GET UP!!!  I HAVE DONE A NEW THING!  IT IS ANOINTED AND YOU ARE CALLED TO BRING IT FORTH BY MY SPIRIT, BY MY MIGHT, NOT OF YOUR OWN POWER BUT BY ME!  I WILL MAKE RIVERS OF LIVING WATER IN DRY AND THIRSTY AREAS OF YOUR LIFE.  I WILL BRING YOU FORTH TO A LAND YOU KNOW NOT JUST AS I DID WITH ABRAHAM SO SHALL IT BE WITH YOU!!!!  I SPOKE TO THE WORLD AND THE HOLY SPIRIT DID WHAT I SPOKE!  SO SHALL THE SPIRIT OF GOD DO THROUGH YOUUUU ALL THAT I HAVE PLANNED AND AM PUTTING IN ORDER!  GET UP FROM YOUR SICK BEDS, GET UP FROM YOUR DEPRESSED AND MOANING STATE OF MINDS, GET UP FROM THE PIG STY OF REBELLION AND SEEK ME!  I STAND AT YOUR DOOR AND KNOCK!  BY MY WORD COMING FROM YOUR MOUTH, YOUR EARS HEARING THE VICTORIOUS AND MIGHTY WORD OF GOD THAT DOES NOT RETURN TO ME VOID, YOU SHALL BE FILLED WITH A MIGHTY AND SUPERNATURAL ENERGY TO DO THE WORK I WILL LEAD YOU TO AND THROUGH!  IT WILL BE AS CALEB WHO TOOK THE MOUNTAIN I GAVE HIM WHEN HE WAS OLD!!  YOU WILL GO FORTH IN POWER AND MIGHT FOR YOUR DEPENDENCE,  SPIRIT, SOUL AND BODY SHALL BE UPON ME AND I FAINT NOT!  WHAT I HAVE PROMISED YOU, I TELL YOU IT WILL BE!!  WITH YOUR EYES YOU SHALL SEE AND GREAT WILL BE MY GLORY IN YOUR LIFE AND IN THE LIVES OF YOUR FAMILY!!  I WILL REST UPON YOU, YOU WILL KNOW EXACTLY WHAT TO DO!!  YOU WILL DRAW FROM MY WISDOM AND YOU WILL DRAW FROM MY LIVING WATER!!  NOTHING ABOUT YOU, NOT YOUR FINANCES, NOT YOUR BODY, NOT YOUR MINISTRY, NOT YOUR CREATIVITY, NOR ANY OTHER PROMISE I HAVE GIVEN TO YOU SHALL DRY UP, BUT YOU WILL HAVE A NEVERENDING SUPPLY OF THE MOISTURE AND THE WEALTH OF MY PRESENCE!!!  YOU WILL GLISTEN IN MY GLORY!   YOU WILL GLOW WITH THE TIME YOU HAVE SPENT IN MY PRESENCE!  THEY WILL LISTEN TO YOU!  FOR I THE LORD YOUR GOD HAVE NOT ONLY SPOKEN, BUT I HAVE SET IT IN MOTION EVEN NOW AS YOU READ MY PROMISE;  KNOW IT IS SURE!!!!!

Glory to God!!!  Receive it!  God is handing it to you!!!!

Just One Drop

by Renesha Chambers

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This is the drop of blood that Jesus shed for me.

I keep this small red stone in my wallet, right there in the section with the coins.

Every time I reach in to grab correct change, I feel this little red stone, this one drop of blood.

And no matter how many times I fumble for a quarter and accidentally touch this drop of blood, I am stopped in my tracks.

I stop because I am instantly reminded of the precious blood that HE shed for me and the nails.

No matter where I am, be it in the check-out lane or at a coke machine, I close my eyes for a moment and say thank you Lord.

Thank you Lord for enduring unbelievable pain and suffering on the cross.

Thank you Lord for submitting to the Will of the Father.

Thank you Lord for throwing my chains of bondage to the ground with Your sacrifice.

Thank you Lord for POURING your blood on me; after all, He did not SPILL his blood.

 A spill is an accident. He didn’t unintentionally bleed.

With great purpose and incomprehensible intent, he POURED out His blood to cover me.

He covers me with a rich layer of life-giving, creation-breathing, air supplying, sin forgiving blood.

My prayer is that I never forget His selfless act of complete surrender and that I always reverence Him in everything I do.

I hope that is your prayer as well, because, if You were the only person on the planet that needed saving from an eternity in Hell, He would pour out his blood…just for You.

Thank Him today for His blood!

EVERYDAYISSWEETER/Renesha Chambers is “Momma” to two beautiful miracle girls, Sydney and Christa. When not changing a diaper, leading worship for her church, or riding a Harley, she is busy blogging or watching old movies with her husband, Chris, the love of her life.

Pacing From the Top!

“He shall call upon Me, and I will answer him.”  Psalm 91:15 KJV

Today, I went to see my mother in the hospital.  She is so much better and I want to thank you all for your prayers!!  I KNOW they are making a difference in my mother’s prognosis and they are KEEPING her!  Glory to God!

Tonight, when her cardiologist walked in, he began to explain to her the heart beats from the top down and her heart had only been beating on the bottom.  The top had been in a “flutter”, so to speak.  I had told a friend about this earlier and she said, “What did you say? The heart beats from the top??  I hear a blog in that!”  Was she ever right!  I began to think about this.   We get our life from our hearts beating and beating in sync as it should.  If our hearts don’t beat from the top and then downward, it throws the electrical impulse of our hearts off.   The heart begins to have to compensate and eventually it wears out.  When the heart wears out, as we all know, the rest of the body cannot live.   The doctor literally said, “The heart paces from the top.”  I told him I was going to write on this and as I asked my question he said, “I see where this is going.”  I had to laugh!  I don’t know if he is a Christian or not but I was excited that he “got it”!

This is how we “pace” ourselves.  We pace from the top.  We get our impulses from God and we follow the path where those “impulses” take us.  If we get out of sync and try to “beat” from the bottom, or with our own strength and ideas,  it is strenuous work and we wear out, just like the heart does!

This is why prayer is so important.  Our verse says when we call to Him, He definitely answers us!  It is so necessary to stay on the right path.  We can’t get our “impulses” from God if we aren’t creating a communication path.  We talk to Him and listen and as we do, He answers and guides our paths!  The human body is amazing.  It is amazing the physical reflects the things of the spirit.  No wonder He tells us to pray without ceasing.  How much could we avoid and how much could we walk in the fulness of the blessing if we would just pray, get our impulses from God and follow them?  No wonder He says Jesus is the head of the church!  Jesus is our head and we are the body that thrives from a personal relationship with Him.  Again, science proves God is real and He knows exactly what He is doing before we even have a clue it exist!  Isn’t it wonderful that God is truly and ultimately in control?  Remember, we are “pacing from the top”!

Thank you for stopping by, my precious reader!  I appreciate you!   See you soon!

Pacing From the Top!

“He shall call upon Me, and I will answer him.”  Psalm 91:15 KJV

Today, I went to see my mother in the hospital.  She is so much better and I want to thank you all for your prayers!!  I KNOW they are making a difference in my mother’s prognosis and they are KEEPING her!  Glory to God!

Tonight, when her cardiologist walked in, he began to explain to her the heart beats from the top down and her heart had only been beating on the bottom.  The top had been in a “flutter”, so to speak.  I had told a friend about this earlier and she said, “What did you say? The heart beats from the top??  I hear a blog in that!”  Was she ever right!  I began to think about this.   We get our life from our hearts beating and beating in sync as it should.  If our hearts don’t beat from the top and then downward, it throws the electrical impulse of our hearts off.   The heart begins to have to compensate and eventually it wears out.  When the heart wears out, as we all know, the rest of the body cannot live.   The doctor literally said, “The heart paces from the top.”  I told him I was going to write on this and as I asked my question he said, “I see where this is going.”  I had to laugh!  I don’t know if he is a Christian or not but I was excited that he “got it”!

This is how we “pace” ourselves.  We pace from the top.  We get our impulses from God and we follow the path where those “impulses” take us.  If we get out of sync and try to “beat” from the bottom, or with our own strength and ideas,  it is strenuous work and we wear out, just like the heart does!

This is why prayer is so important.  Our verse says when we call to Him, He definitely answers us!  It is so necessary to stay on the right path.  We can’t get our “impulses” from God if we aren’t creating a communication path.  We talk to Him and listen and as we do, He answers and guides our paths!  The human body is amazing.  It is amazing the physical reflects the things of the spirit.  No wonder He tells us to pray without ceasing.  How much could we avoid and how much could we walk in the fulness of the blessing if we would just pray, get our impulses from God and follow them?  No wonder He says Jesus is the head of the church!  Jesus is our head and we are the body that thrives from a personal relationship with Him.  Again, science proves God is real and He knows exactly what He is doing before we even have a clue it exist!  Isn’t it wonderful that God is truly and ultimately in control?  Remember, we are “pacing from the top”!

Thank you for stopping by, my precious reader!  I appreciate you!   See you soon!

You are God’s Masterpiece!

10 Now there was in Damascus a disciple named Ananias. The Lord said to him in a vision, Ananias. And he answered, Here am I, Lord.

11 And the Lord said to him, Get up and go to the street called Straight and ask at the house of Judas for a man of Tarsus named Saul, for behold, he is praying [there].

12 And he has seen in a vision a man named Ananias enter and lay his hands on him so that he might regain his sight.

13 But Ananias answered, Lord, I have heard many people tell about this man, especially how much evil and what great suffering he has brought on Your saints at Jerusalem;

14 Now he is here and has authority from the high priests to put in chains all who call upon Your name.

15 But the Lord said to him, Go, for this man is a chosen instrument of Mine to bear My name before the Gentiles and kings and the descendants of Israel;

16 For I will make clear to him how much he will be afflicted and must endure and suffer for My name’s sake.

17 So Ananias left and went into the house. And he laid his hands on Saul and said, Brother Saul, the Lord Jesus, Who appeared to you along the way by which you came here, has sent me that you may recover your sight and be filled with the Holy Spirit.

18 And instantly something like scales fell from [Saul’s] eyes, and he recovered his sight. Then he arose and was baptized,

19 And after he took some food, he was strengthened. For several days [afterward] he remained with the disciples at Damascus.

20 And immediately in the synagogues he proclaimed Jesus, saying, He is the Son of God!

21 And all who heard him were amazed and said, Is not this the very man who harassed and overthrew and destroyed in Jerusalem those who called upon this Name? And he has come here for the express purpose of arresting them and bringing them in chains before the chief priests.

22 But Saul increased all the more in strength, and continued to confound and put to confusion the Jews who lived in Damascus by comparing and examining evidence and proving that Jesus is the Christ (the Messiah).  Acts 9:10-22 Amplified Bible

Forgive me, dear reader for always being so wordy, but this is one of the most profound conversions in the Bible and God is having me to use it.  Saul was the chief persecutor of the Jews.  He held the coats of those who stoned Stephen and watched with pleasure!  He ordered the killings of many Christians!  He truly thought what he was doing was right.  One day Jesus knocked him off his horse and asked him why he was attacking Jesus!  Do you see here when people attack you for your beliefs, they are not attacking YOU, but JESUS within you!

Saul came to himself and had a miraculous conversion right in the street!  This shows you can be anywhere and get saved, not just church.  Make sure you are going to church though, dear reader. but don’t let people tell you that you aren’t saved if you got saved at work, home, in your kitchen, etc..  Wherever you prayed the sinner’s prayer, if you believed on Jesus with your heart made Him your Lord, you are SAVED!

What I love about the story of Saul who later became Paul is the fact that GOD changed Saul!  God did what Saul could not.  Think about it, he couldn’t even realize the truth until Jesus knocked him off of his horse, blinded him with the light of His glory, and told him to go to Ananias’s house!  This is another part of the account I LOVE!!!!!  God prepared Ananias to receive Saul!  He told him He was sending Him and the attitude he was to receive Saul with, which was acceptance and love and to make sure other Christian’s  attitudes were ready to receive Saul in the same new light because Saul had been converted by Him and was a changed man! He was God’s “chosen instrument”.   Remember, instruments are used to play beautiful music, and many times are part of an orchestra or band.  They are a part of a group and, when played in a harmonious unity with the other instruments, what a beautiful sound and great enjoyment they bring! Saul was going to be used to bring great things to God’s people, which he was now a part of!   Ananias, respectfully, reminded God of all the suffering Saul had put the church through.  Now God wanted him to have him as his house guest and to teach him to be a disciple of the Lord??  Ananias, of course trusted God, and if God said he was a changed man, then he didn’t have to watch him for ten years to be sure!!  No,  we don’t lay hands on any man suddenly for ordination or any other office of the ministry, but we should be going on the anointing more than mere human observance!  When Ananias told the people they reacted the same way.  They reminded him of all the Christians he ordered the murders on, the many torments that had been rendered at the hand of Saul, but they knew God was able and trusted Him!

Saul did not let public opinion OR HIS PAST stop him.  I don’t know who I am talking to tonight, but God is specifically talking to you and you know it!  You have felt shame and unworthy of God’s call and blessing on your life!  There is more than one person but specifically there is a man this is meant for and you know it is you!  You have come out of horrible things!  God has delivered you!  Guilt paralyzes you and you cannot believe God can ever use you in the capacity of your vision.  I am here to tell you, by the power of the Holy Spirit, sir and ma’am, not only can He, but He is GOING to!  Right now you are being set free of what you did in the past and who it molded you to be!!  You don’t earn this, you receive it just as Paul did!  Your works and love for God will be your calling card and speak for themselves, just as Paul’s did!  God is preparing for you a table in the very presence of your enemies!!!!  You cannot be stopped because you are going with God and you are His masterpiece!!!!!

As we know, the people came to love Paul so much, they BEGGED him not to go to Asia later on.  They grabbed him CRYING for fear he would be hurt and imprisoned !  How different from when he was Saul and they were afraid to have anything to do with him!  They loved him and begged him to stay with them.  They supported him and prayed for him with tears!!  How did this happen?  Paul became so Godly, due to the power of God, they couldn’t help but accept him and love him and trust him with all of their hearts!

No,  you nor I are perfect, but we are doing our best while we are on our way!!  We mess up, repent, and keep on going!  The Bible says a righteous man may fall seven times, but seven times HE GETS BACK UP!!   Get up dear man of God!  Move forward in what God has for you.  There are many lives to affect and you have no time to waste!  Trust the Holy Spirit as you go.  He will show you how to do it and it will be a success!

Blessings to you, dear reader,  and may God’s richest blessings be upon you!  May you have all wisdom and every need met in abundance as you do the  will of the One Who is  sending you!!!!   I will see you soon!!

Is God Waiting On You Or Are You Waiting On God?

” Minutemen were a small hand-picked elite force which were required to be highly mobile and able to assemble quickly. Minutemen were selected from militia muster rolls by their commanding officers. Typically 25 years of age or younger, they were chosen for their enthusiasm, reliability, and physical strength. Usually about one quarter of the militia served as Minutemen, performing additional duties as such. The Minutemen were the first armed militia to arrive or await a battle.”   USHISTORY.ORG

I have never been what you could call a history “buff”.  In fact, out of all the subjects in public school and college, other than math, history was my least favorite…oh wait, P.E. wasn’t my favorite  either….I hate to sweat!!  I was quite surprised when God brought this term from the long ago history lessons to my mind.  When I looked it up, I was amazed with what I found!

According to the article, “Minutemen” were the elite men of the town  They were handpicked by commanding officers because they were dependable, excellent in their attitudes, and were always ready when called upon!  As God began to speak this to me He said, “This is how I expect ministers of My gospel to be” (and we are ALL ministers as Christians in some way!) but especially pastors and shepherds as well as the rest of the five fold ministry.  We should be living lives that are above sin, and above reproach.  The Bible tells us not to give anyone a reason to criticize you, and this means just criticism.  We are not to live like the world during the week and expect God to fulfill the high calling He has placed in us in the future!  It doesn’t work that way!  Titus 1:7 puts it very clearly “For an overseer, as God’s steward, must be above reproach. He must not be arrogant or quick-tempered or a drunkard or violent or greedy for gain…”

When I was a little girl, we had a visiting minister.  He told a story about his mother who had gone on to be with the Lord.  In their community they knew this dear lady prayed very faith-filled and powerful prayers.  There had been literal miracles wrought when she prayed!  This lady was very careful to keep her life as spotless from sin as she knew how because she knew her faith was directly linked to her conscience!  In other words, don’t give the devil any weapon to be able to accuse you!  We find this scripture in 1 John 3:18-22 Amplified Bible

 ” Little children, let us not love [merely] in theory or in speech but in deed and in truth (in practice and in sincerity).

19 By this we shall come to know (perceive, recognize, and understand) that we are of the Truth, and can reassure (quiet, conciliate, and pacify) our hearts in His presence,

20 Whenever our hearts in [[a]tormenting] self-accusation make us feel guilty and condemn us. [For [b]we are in God’s hands.] For He is above and greater than our consciences (our hearts), and He knows (perceives and understands) everything [nothing is hidden from Him].

21 And, beloved, if our consciences (our hearts) do not accuse us [if they do not make us feel guilty and condemn us], we have confidence (complete assurance and boldness) before God,

22 And we receive from Him whatever we ask, because we [[c]watchfully] obey His orders [observe His suggestions and injunctions, follow His plan for us] and [[d]habitually] practice what is pleasing to Him.

Notice it says, “We receive from Him whatever we ask, because we obey His orders.”   Why?  Because when  we are off focus due to things we know we should not have done  we feel we don’t actually deserve what we are asking for!  Sin robs us of our confidence!   Sin affects the effectiveness of our prayers due to this!  This dear woman of God knew this scripture and practiced it!   She prayed in full faith that was full of power due to this scripture and the revelation of it in her heart!  In other words, she gave the devil no foothold!  She kept her conscience as blameless as she could!

One night there was a harried knock at her door.  On the other side of the door she heard a child’s panicked voice say, “Please, ma’am come quickly!!  My sister is very sick and my mother has sent me for you!  The doctor says he can’t help her and we need you to pray!!”  At first this woman would not go to the door.  The reason was because she had disobeyed God and had done something He had told her not to do.  Back then they had something called “Penny Romance Novels”.  God had told her not to read them.  Somehow she had gotten one and when the knock came she was reading it knowing God had told her not to do so.  That was the reason she didn’t go to the door.  She knew for her this was sin and did not feel her prayers would be effective.  She immediately repented, threw the novel in the trash and went and prayed for the little girl.  The little girl was healed and lived and this lady never touched a “Penny Novel” again!  It wasn’t worth her calling or the robbing of her confidence!

Some would call this legalism, but there are strict instructions on how we are to live and if we don’t follow those instructions it will actually hinder our prayers!  This is spoken in Peter when he is talking to husbands about the way they are to treat their wives, but this also goes for us all!!

Is there a prayer you haven’t seen an answer to, yet?  Check your heart.  Is there a vision you haven’t seen fulfilled?  Check your heart!  If you were called on tomorrow to minister would you know you could, fully anointed and ready to pour out the power and glory of God and minister to each and every need?  If not, check your heart!

God isn’t interested in the name brand of your suit, the car you drive, or the square footage of your house, the title in front of your name, or the initials behind it!  He isn’t calling you according to what rank you were in your graduating class!  He is calling you from what He sees in your heart!  Are your motives pure?  Are your motives to do what you want pleasing in His sight?  If the answer is yes, you are already rich, equipped and ready to fulfill the call of God at any minute, my friend! Remember the saying, “God doesn’t call the equipped, He equips the called!”

Blessings to you, today and everyday, dear reader!!  See you next time!