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Deborah (conclusion)

05/27/2011
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(Today’s Bible study is brought to you by my dear friend Amy. It is on one of the most influential women in the history of all creation, and very well written I might add. For you men that may fear this post wouldn’t apply to your lives being that it is by and about a woman, that couldn’t be farther from the truth. It is a great tale of how God can use anyone from any background at any time to suit His purposes…..Enjoy & God bless,    Chris)

 Deborah was also very righteous, she was known for her sound mindedness, her sense of Decency, order, and justice. Notice when she held court it was under a palm tree out in the open. Back in those days a women did not sit alone in a house with a man that wasn’t her husband, father or brother. Another thing to take note of, the people came to her; She had to be anointed by God, back in those times, because women only had the rights their men folk gave them and in the Jewish laws they had very little rights as well. Her husband, “Lappidoth,” was only mentioned once. Most great women in the bible are related to great men, Deborah stood on her own merits or virtues, because she was very careful to only voice God’s will, and not her own. 
                      
Deborah was a woman of great faith. She had to be, to take the vision God gave her to General Barak. When she did as instructed she fully expected Barak to assemble his troops and head out. Shockingly he said to Deborah, not without you. Obediently she said ok, but God wants you to know HE will use a woman (Deborah) to defeat Sisera.  There should be no doubt that God will use us in big ways if we stand in total faith & obedience, in spite of what godly men wish or think. He did it then; I have no doubt, God will do it now.
 
Deborah stood for courage in a time of fear. She stood for Godly wisdom in a time of human reasoning, when “every man(men & women) did what was right in his own eyes.” Deborah in the Bible is a wonderful inspiration to us. Because we are women, we are not a lesser person in the eyes of God. As Godly women we must rule the sphere that God puts us in with total trust in Him. We may be single, married, mothers, professionals, grandmothers, retirees, and much more, but first and foremost, we must be Godly women, totally trusting in Christ as our Lord and Savior. Our faithfulness should be evident in whatever we do. As we are faithful, God is most faithful to pave the way. I see this played out more and more as I am Faithful to minister where God takes me. Thank You My Heavenly Father, for paving the way. I say this to the ladies; we all have a purpose in God’s kingdom to fulfill, walk on water, answer the call, don’t look down or back, let JESUS be your standard of truth.
                                                     
May God bless you all with GREAT faith! 
                                                                                                                                                       Hope

Deborah

05/26/2011
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(Today’s Bible study is brought to you by my dear friend Amy. It is on one of the most influential women in the history of all creation, and very well written I might add. For you men that may fear this post wouldn’t apply to your lives being that it is by and about a woman, that couldn’t be farther from the truth. It is a great tale of how God can use anyone from any background at any time to suit His purposes…..Enjoy & God bless,    Chris)

Hello everyone, I ended up writing on Deborah this week because last Monday I taught the ladies bible study. This Godly woman really impressed & inspired me. The interesting thing to me about this is I didn’t choose to teach on Deborah. Funny enough she was chosen for me.  The reason I find this ironic is because, I was prophesized over twice, by two prophets. The first time I was told God is going to make me into a warrior (at the time, I had no idea what that meant), the second time, simply put, they started to pray, then stopped and in shock they stated, “You are a prayer warrior.” At this point I knew it, but at the same time I was still a little doubtful, yet God confirmed it. In learning and reading about Deborah, God confirmed I’m fulfilling the purpose HE has put before me.  Recently I & 2 others started an online prayer & spiritual guidance ministry. At first it was quite busy, and now it has slowed a little. I started thinking maybe I was wrong or that I needed to find a way to promote our ministry. I discovered through Deborah, if God places you somewhere to fulfill a purpose, HE is so good that He alone will promote you. So read on about how God truly will use a woman of GOD and pave the way.
                                     

The people of Israel cried out to the LORD for help. King Jabin had 900 chariots made of iron and had cruelly oppressed Israel for 20 years.  Deborah, wife of Lappidoth, was a prophet. She was the judge in Israel at that time.   She used to sit under the Palm Tree of Deborah between Ramah and Bethel in the mountains of Ephraim. The people of Israel would come to her for legal decisions.   Deborah summoned Barak, son of Abinoam, from Kedesh in Naphtali. She told him, “The LORD God of Israel has given you this order: ‘Gather troops on Mount Tabor. Take 10,000 men from Naphtali and Zebulun with you.   I will lead Sisera (the commander of Jabin’s army), his chariots, and troops to you at the Kishon River. I will hand him over to you.'” Barak said to her, “If you go with me, I’ll go. But if you don’t go with me, I won’t go.”  Deborah replied, “Certainly, I’ll go with you. But you won’t win any honors for the way you’re going about this, because the LORD will use a woman to defeat Sisera.” So Deborah started out for Kedesh with Barak. JUDGES 4:3-9
 
Deborah lived around 1125 bc. Her name meant, “Bee (busy)” & “Spirited or fiery woman.” She was A judge, a prophet, a warrior, intercessor, a wife, a mom, & daughter.  She is the original Joan of arc. Judge (shaphat), in Hebrew means warrior & so much more. She was responsible for settling disputes, solving Problems, & in times of war they were responsible for rallying the troops & organizing any resistance. Basically a judge was a tribal leader. Deborah was also a prophet & a great “prayer warrior”, or “intercessor,” God used judges as deliverers (which meant to Deliver HIS people from affliction), and Judge also meant savior. Deborah was the only women in the bible who became A judge, and she was also the only judge to have complete jurisdiction over the entire nation Of Israel. WOW, and if that wasn’t enough she was also the only judge that was also a prophet.

*Tomorrow’s post will pick up immediately where today’s stopped.*

May God bless you all with GREAT faith!

Hope

God’s Peace

05/18/2011

We live in a crazy world, where chaos seems to be part of everyday life. God says He will keep us in perfect peace if we keep our focus on Him. Let’s examine what peace means. The dictionary version: The absence of war or other hostilities.Freedom from quarrels and disagreement; harmonious relations.  Public security and order. Inner contentment; serenity.

The Hebrew world for Peace used in the Bible is “shalom”. It means: completeness, soundness, welfare, tranquility, contentment, and friendship. In particular, it also refers to peace with God through a covenant relationship. In the Old Covenant, God’s people found peace, through living by the Old Testament Laws of Moses. In the New Covenant, we have peace through Jesus Christ.
 
“Because we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord, Jesus Christ.”  Romans 5:1

Faith means trusting without conditions. It also means believing when we petition God, He hears us, and will answer us. We have to trust or have FAITH that God loves and hears us. When we do this we’ll have peace. This doesn’t mean the world around us will be at peace, but it does mean that through extraordinary circumstances, there will be a supernatural peace, that can only come from God.
 
“Lord God, you will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you, all whose thoughts are fixed on you! Trust in the Lord always, for the Lord God is the (our) eternal Rock.”  Isaiah 26:3-4     

“Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus. And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true,  honorable, right, pure, lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise. Keep putting into practice all you learned and received from me—everything you heard from me and saw me doing. Then the God of peace will be with you.”    (Paul speaking to the Philippians) Philippians 4:6-9

Be anxious (fretting, uneasiness in the mind,brooding fear) for nothing, but in every thing by prayer & supplication(ask for humbly and earnestly, we submit to His will and to His authority. We earnestly seek His help.) And the peace of God shall keep (garrison-to defend) our hearts and minds. In order to experience God’s Peace we have to trust that whatever happens, after we have prayed, in a humble manner, knowing that God Loves us He will answer us. That means waiting on God’s perfect timing and GRACE. This is where we seem to lose focus. Once we have prayed, we do what we know to do and
wait for God to bring the answer. We are at this point to think on other things, that are honest, true, just, pure,lovely, and of good report. So if what you are thinking doesn’t line up with this criteria, its time to focus on what does. Since God told us to pray, if you still struggle with the issue you prayed for, pray for God to give you peace about it, and help you to leave it in His capable hands. Finding God’s peace takes us standing in FAITH, that GOD will do what HE says HE will do. If for some reason your prayer doesn’t get answered in the manner you thought it should, remember God ALWAYS knows more than you do, He knows what you truly need. That is where our trust, peace and truth are. In the loving hands of our Heavenly Father.

I want to close in a brief prayer today.
 
Lord, thank you for this word of truth, help us all to trust that you hear us and answer us. Thank you for loving us so deeply, that you listen to and hear us. Only a loving God answers the cries of His children, bringing peace that will carry us through
extraordinary life situations. We will trust in you and find the peace your word promises. In Jesus Precious Name, Amen.
God Bless You All,

Hope

I want to thank Hope for again, giving us a wonderful word of encouragement and enlightenment. I also want all of you to know I appreciate your thoughts and prayers during the loss my family has suffered with the passing of my Grandmother. There will be no more posts until Monday. Have a great weekend and God bless.

Chris

A matter of trust.

05/11/2011
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God gave me two boxes, one was black and the other was gold. He instructed me to place all my sorrows in the black box and all my joys in the gold box. So I did, I placed all my sorrows in the black and all my joys in the gold. As time went on, I noticed the gold box was getting heavy. I decided to check the black box, it was much lighter. That’s weird, so I opened the black box and to my surprise it was empty! As I was looking in the box, I noticed a hole in the corner. I wondered, where did all my sorrows go? I showed God and mused , where could all my sorrows be? He smiled gently at me and said,”My child they are here with me.” I thought further on this & asked another question. Why did you give me these two boxes? He responded,”My child, the gold is so you can count your blessings and the black is so that you let go of your sorrows.”
 
I want to thank my friend for sending me the above story, it really came in a time of need. I believe the point of this story is that we truly give God our sorrows. We make that black box a part of our walk with God. So many times we hold on to the past, instead of looking to the future God has for us. When we hold on to the past, it hurts us even more. Anger, jealousy, sorrow, and all the many hurts we have in life, tend to make us bitter and depressed. God gave us the Bible to tell us how to live. If you read it, He shows us how to deal with all this stuff, in such a way , that we get past it and even prosper because of it. We need to remember that God will make all our wrongs right, if we let Him handle it. Instead we sweep it under the rug or even worse than that
we try to fix it in our own strength, the worlds way. Which usually turns out bad and definitely not to our good.
 
“God will fight for you and you will hold your peace” Exo. 14:14

God is so good that if you trust him, he  gives you peace. This is so true! God gave me this word to stand on when I felt ill-equipped to fulfil the purpose he had for me. He led me to the tools I needed or sent someone else to fight for me. He also made right my wrongs and used them to help other people. When I listened or followed, there was such a peace. I kept my focus on the purpose God had for me, and the wrongs were made right. My issues were dealt with and I was able to go onto the future. Was it easy? No! Was it worth it? Most definitely, Yes!
 
“Seek ye first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you” Matt.6:33
 
Look for the purpose that God has for you and he will work all of your issues out. Letting go, means trusting that God has you and if you fall, he will be there to lift you up. He will never leave you, nor forsake you. Trust him, It is just a matter of trust.

God bless you all,

Hope                                    

5/2 The Eternal Security of the Believer

05/02/2011

‘He who has begun a good work in you will complete it..’ Philippians 1:6 

Simply put, when God starts something He finishes it! There are no open-ended promises on His part. The question is, how? The answer is:

‘In Him you also trusted, after you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation; in whom also, having believed, you were sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise, who is the guarantee of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, to the praise of His glory.  Ephesians 1:13-14

After a person comes to Christ, they are sealed with the Holy Spirit, that leads us in the direction God wants us to go, all the while being our personal guarantee of salvation and eternal life with Jesus, the very source of our salvation.

And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.       Ephesians 4:30

The word “grieve” means to “feel grief because of”. Once we’ve been sealed by God, there is no longer a need to feel grief over being the new you and not the old you.  For more on this particular section of today’s lesson and griving the spirit I strongly encourage you to read the following two full sections of Ephesians chapter four, they describe how God feels when we greive over our past life because of the change that the spirit has made in us, read by clicking HERE. When we become Christians there is simply no reason to miss our sinful life, but our past life, in all its ugliness does become evident as Paul tells us here:

Now the works of the flesh are evident, which are: adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lewdness, idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, dissensions, heresies, envy, murders, drunkenness, revelries, and the like; of which I tell you beforehand, just as I also told you in time past, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.  Galatians 5:19-21

Paul’s words make it pretty clear that a person who has found salvation in Christ cannot live in the ways of the world, specifically the ones he listed in those three verses. To make a mistake, is human, but to have known Christ and reverted to those as a full-time lifestyle, as he is clearly warning against, is to essentially smack God in the face after He has given you the most precious gift imaginable. And since we have now gone through the “acts of the flesh”, it seems only fitting to go through our next list from Paul, the “fruit of the spirit”.

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

Nobody would criticize this list. And these are all FREE when we accept Jesus and live a life that is pleasing to Him. Also, the parable from Jesus, about the unforgiving servant comes to mind. Click HERE for that passage. Now let’s get back into what Jesus did for us.

For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so also by one Man’s obedience many will
be made righteous.  Romans 5:19

One man, Adam, may have been to blame for sin coming into our world, but one man is to thank, praise, worship, and love for bringing salvation to the world, Jesus Christ.

Look unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Hebrews 12:2

Simply put, Jesus paid the debt of our sin off once and for all on the cross. Notice that he “despised the shame”. Jesus the man, hated the shame that dying on a cross brought Him, but more importantly, He did it lovingly, and compassionately for us, where we could make the obvious choice to live with Him in eternity and not perish.

So when Jesus had received the sour wine, He said, “It is finished!” And bowing His head, He gave up His spirit.  John 19:30

 IT WAS PAID IN FULL. So how could we become in debt to God again if it was paid in full? YOU CANT.

And I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; neither shall anyone snatch them out of My hand. My Father, who has given them to Me, is greater than all; and no one is able to snatch them out of My Father’s hand. John 10:28-29

Below I’ve listed a few more verses that you can look up on the same topics we have discussed in this page just simply click the verses and a new window pops up.

Romans 8:31-39     8:34-35    8:38-39

Before I close this, I want to share something with you all. The piece you just finished reading was not written by me, or anyone else who has published on Inspired Ministries in the past. I had a hand in the editing but these were the sermon notes from my brother in Christ, Keith H. Keith is a few years younger than I am, and just finding his way in ministry. These particular sermon notes were from his first sermon a week ago, that was conducted in a homeless shelter in his home state. I’ve had the privilege of posting this, and sharing it with all of you. I have also had the privilege of hearing about how my brother works with kids day in and day out and does his best to interject Christ into their lives, when the world would inject the opposite. Also, the privilege of serving with him in the prayer ministry I was a part of recently, and he still is. You can email prayer request anytime day or night to weliftyouup@gmail.com and they will do for you, exactly what the email address says. While I know he is probably going to fuss with me over writing this closing part here, and he would be the last to request any acknowledgement for carrying the torch of Jesus Christ, or receive any thanks. I would like to thank God for the servant’s and teacher’s heart he has given my brother and the guidance to do the works he does in the name of the Lord.

With that all said,

Stay blessed,

Chris

The refiner’s fire

04/21/2011

Lion of Judah, the Refining Fire

It seems like everywhere I look someone is struggling to get through, everything seems to go wrong. We all ask that big question, “Why me Lord. When will it end, am I doing something wrong?” Are u that person? We all go through something. Whether it’s financial issues, spiritual, health issues, etc. What’s God up to, I feel far away, almost disconnected. Am I unworthy of God’s love? What do I need to do to get through, to feel his presence?
 

Deuteronomy 31:6 Be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid and do not panic before them. For the Lord your God will personally go ahead of you. He will neither fail you nor abandon you.”

Deuteronomy 1:30 The Lord your God is going ahead of you. He will fight for you, just as you saw him do in Egypt.

Interestingly, this is right before God was going to take the Israelites to the promised land. God said pay attention to Me, focus on Me, just as I freed you from the Egyptians, I will lead you to the promised land. However you must trust ME & do it MY way, live MY way, don’t stray to other gods or things of this world. God also gave them a promise, GOD said I will pave the way (go before you) & fight for YOU (also means protection & provision). How does this pertain to the refiners fire, lets explore this some more. Refinement means a subtle difference in meaning, opinion or attitude; the result of improving something, the process of removing impurities (as from oil or metals or sugar etc.). Lets look at the definition of fire. Fire is a state, process, or instance of combustion in which fuel or other material is ignited and combined with oxygen, giving off light, heat, and flame.
 
Sounds unpleasant, now lets look at the refinement of Gold. The gold is heated till it melts, then as it melts the impurities (things not of God) float to the top, then the refiner (God) uses a ladle to scoop out the impurities (things not of God), and discards them. This process happens repeatedly. The refiner (GOD) knows HE is finished by the reflection of HIS face, like looking into a mirror. God is making us into his likeness, moment to moment, taking away what does not belong, purifying us of all that takes away from HIS creation, HIS purpose. Beauty for ashes, Children of the GOD most High. I think its pretty incredible that GOD LOVES us that much or takes the time. HE could just smite us, that’s how You know God Loves you. A word of advice, live Gods way, the longer you wait & the more you try to do it your way, the more fire you will go through. The Israelites spent 40 years in the desert, because they didn’t listen to the ONE who freed them, under extraordinary conditions. All the stuff that happens to us, is so God can take us to HIS promised land and to bring the kingdom of God to those who don’t know Him. Are you being refined? Take heart, seek HIM in everything. He will pave the way, with provision & protection. Through this process you will learn that God is setting you free from all the anxieties & the traps of devil, in this world.
 
Lord, thank you for loving me enough to refine me into YOUR likeness, help me to seek YOU in all I do. Help me to learn and grow from every flame aimed at me. Show me how to recognize what is of YOU & what is not of you. Teach me to live YOUR way, with no worldly option. Break my heart for what breaks yours. In Jesus name I pray.
 
God bless you all.

Hope
 

Standing in the storm

04/11/2011
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A missionary from my home town left for Mexico some time ago. Her name is Amy Mussell, and is from Liberty Baptist Church, where my friend David attends. He (with the rest of the church) recently got some inspirational words from Amy and he shared them with me. I knew that my readers could benefit from her writings so after requesting and receiving permission….Here it is:

“In a recent Bible club, I shared the story of Peter walking on the water with Jesus. Throughout the story they listened closely, their eyes growing big as they contemplated the ferocious storm, laughing when they thought about the tough fisherman screaming for fear of a ghost, breathing sighs of relief when Peter stepped out in the storm and didn’t drown, and looking disappointed when he did start to sink. What I remember most though, was their faith that everything was going to end well. When Peter cried out in fear, they sat there with quiet smiles. When Christ reached down and pulled him to safety, they nodded knowingly. When everyone was back safely in the boat and the storm was gone they had proud looks on their faces. To them, there was never a question of “What’s going to happen?” There was only the realization, “Jesus can make everything alright”.

“Right now here in Mexico, there is a major drug war. Over 35,000 people have been killed in this war; police officers, soldiers, cartel members, and innocent civilians alike. If ever there was a storm in Mexico, this is it. It is easy to look at the scary circumstances around us, easy to view the storm and her effects, easy to get distracted by the howling winds and driving rains. It is much harder to have such a faith as the kids in my class, to sit back with a knowing smile and peaceful heart thinking ‘It’s okay, Jesus can make everything alright”.

“A building we rent for one of our Bible clubs has now been vandalized and robbed several times. Each time, the kids are extremely sad to see the damage. Each time, they simply grab a broom and start sweeping, pick up the pieces of broken glass, and set things right. The last time this happened, we knelt on the sidewalk outside and asked God to intervene. A little boy named Kevin prayed earnestly, ‘God you know that someone keeps robbing us and you know it makes us really sad. So just please don’t let this happen anymore!’. We finished praying and Kevin and the other kids went home happy and convinced our building was now safe. I, on the other hand went home fuming about the robbery and convinced more damage would occur before I could replace the busted window. Such faith, huh?”

“In the end, Kevin and the kids knew better. Our little club hasn’t been robbed since!”

“The faith of these precious kids continues to teach me that it doesn’t matter how scary the situation, how high the waves, how dark the night, how loud the storm, or how hard the rain is falling.”

Drug war? Shootouts? Vandalism and robberies?”

“No problem.”

“I need only keep my eyes focused on Jesus and remember one thing with child like faith. It’s okay. Jesus can make everything alright.”

In the event she is reading, I want to thank Amy Mussell for all that she is doing for the cause of Christ on behalf of myself, my co-ministry workers, and the roughly 2,500 of you awesome readers. If ever a noble cause there was, hers is one. God bless you Amy.

Stay blessed everyone,

Chris

Reflecting God’s Mercy 2

04/07/2011

REFLECTING GOD’S MERCY 2: THE LITTLE THINGS
 
I Watch people interacting and I see how sometimes we hurt people without really meaning to.  Having simple conversations seems to be dangerous at times. We tend to go back to the old ways when we are frustrated and hurting. I was watching someone the other day calling people names, all because he didn’t understand what the guy needed or wanted. It’s a cruel world we live in when we can’t take the time to understand someone’s need. The really sad part is that there are Christians who think that this is Christ-like behavior. It’s funny, we seem to forget that God took time for us, patiently, lovingly, to understand us and help us in our times of need. No matter how big or small. Reflecting God’s mercy isn’t just big acts or feeding the hungry. It can be as simple as a smile, a “hello”, or a “how are you”. I genuinely care about you. Holding a door. Seeing someone is sad and cheering them up. A really good one is take time to LISTEN. Sometimes people just need to know someone cares enough to listen. There is a hurting world out there and we need to shine our lights, reflecting God’s mercy one moment, one person at a time.

Lord, thank you for mercy. You have listened to every cry. I pray you show us how to listen and meet the needs of others, no matter how big or small. Break our hearts from what breaks yours. Help us to consistently reflect your mercy. The mercy you have so graciously given us without reservation. In Jesus holy name I pray. Amen.

Reach out and shine your light today. Ask God how.
God bless you all,

Hope

Reflecting God’s Mercy

03/28/2011

God Hold's your heart in His hands, and shows you mercy in your time of need.

Hello Everyone,
 
The other day I was in the chat room, I minister in, alone. So, I started posting scripture. When I post scripture I use a bible app, that randomly puts out scriptures, before i use it, I pray for God to show me the scriptures He wants me to post. so I’m posting and one of the scriptures
captured my attention.
 
Micah 6:8 ‘He has showed you, O man, what is good. And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.’
                                                    
So I  decided to look up mercy in the dictionary & then I looked up “Biblical Mercy”.
 
The dictionary’s Mercy: The compassionate treatment of or attitude towards an offendor or adversary who is in one’s power or care. Clemency; pity; something for which to be thankful; “it was a mercy we got out alive”.
 
The Bible‘s Mercy- God’s love to people. When He does not remember the bad things that we do.  Help to those who are in need or difficulty. The love that God has when He makes us good. God’s love and the good things that He does. The feeling of love that God has towards all that He’s made. Being kind to bad people. When we are kind and help a person who does wrong. We do it to show that God loves them, the love that God shows when He forgives.
 
God’s mercy is pretty amazing, I’m glad to have learned about it. That’s the kind of mercy we should have, when we minister the word or even help someone to overcome their issues, we need to remember that God has patiently, quietly and with a steadfast Love, waited till we were ready to receive Him, He didn’t force us. We need to be willing to forgive, without holding anger or bitterness toward those who hurt us. That’s how God has Mercy on us, over & over.
 
Lord thank You for Your Mercy, I need it in the trillions, Help me to be a mercy giver, even
when it’s hard. In Jesus Holy Name.
 
God bless you all with much mercy,

Hope