Continue “Remembering”!

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Greetings determined DIVAs!  We have 16 victoriously anointed sisters who have desired to memorize Psalm 91.  Praise God!  Thank you Lord!  If you are reading this and you do not know us but would like to memorize scripture  alongside other sisters that love the Lord, please join us!  All you need to do is make a “comment” at the bottom of the post and add your name and where you are from!  May the Lord richly bless your heart.  I so love the comments of encouragement you DIVAs are making on this site as you have tucked the Word in tight and your love for others causes such an overflow that you desire to pass on your advice for learning!  What a precious reveal of your heart! What love!

The next set of 3 scriptures came from Ecclesiastes, Numbers, and Joshua. I wish to extend the memory time to one more week.  This will give time to those who have not quite finished Psalm 91 to catch up.  If you have finished all the memory work so far please use this time to solidify them in your minds.  Really make them stick!  Push hard DIVAs to tuck these Word into your heart because we are moving on to another Psalm next Tuesday.  Remember, make no agreements with the enemy that you are too busy, too old, too young, or not able!  You are a DIVA (Divinely Inspired Victoriously Anointed)!

Linda, Pat, and Christie have completed Psalm 91!  As you read this I am anticipating a clap of your hands for them and a shout of Hallelujah!  We will do the same for you when you have completed!  Linda and Christie have moved on to a commitment for the next 3 verses.  If you remember to add your name, the bracelets will be distributed after the 3 verses are memorized.  Press on you lovely lovely sisters.  You can do it!

In His grace,

Amanda

 

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A DIVA Challenge to “Remember”!

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Ecclesiastes 4:12b “A cord of three strands is not easily broken.”

This truth is taught in a fable in which a man gave a bundle of sticks to his sons to break.  While the sticks were bound together they cold not be broken.  However, taken apart singly a stick cold easily be snapped.  This taught them unity among themselves was their greatest security against their common enemy.  Let us be bound together praying the memorized word of God while wrapped tightly by the love of the cord of three – the Father, the Son, and the Spirit.  As we memorize this verse let us also think of the cord of three as Jesus, ourselves, and our other DIVA sisters.  As you memorize Ecclesiastes 4:12b the bracelet will represent for us “a cord of three strands” with beads that will represent the scriptures you have memorized.

Let’s look at a time when God gave a directive to the Israelites on how to help them remember.  “Speak to the Israelites and tell them that throughout their generations they are to make tassels for the corners of their garments, and put a blue cord (our cord will be the bracelet) on the tassels at each corner.  These will serve as tassels for you to look at, so you may remember all of the Lord’s commands and obey them and not become unfaithful by following your own heart and your own eyes.  This way you will remember and obey all my commands and be holy to your God.” (Numbers 15:37-40)  Shall we think on this portion of scripture as we memorize the Word of Truth?  The bracelet and beads will represent your progress and serve only as a remembrance.  The memorized Word in your heart is the treasure and the only item of true value!  Shall it serve as a conversation piece which might encourage someone else to want to “remember”?  Let it be so Lord!

The LORD spoke with Joshua encouraging these things to him in Joshua 1:8-9.  “This book of instruction must not depart from your mouth; you are to recite it day and night so that you may carefully observe everything written in it.  For then you will prosper and succeed in whatever you do.  Haven’t I commanded you:  be strong and courageous?  Do not be afraid or discouraged, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.”  Can we internalize this encouragement for ourselves?  We can recite it “day and night” and “carefully observe” it!  Yes Lord!  The Holman study bible makes this commentary:  Studying and learning of God’s instruction are to form so much a part of your life that the words are fully obeyed.  God’s promised presence here indicates that success will come because God is with him, enabling him to read and observe the Word.  Anticipate the Lord’s presence and therefore success needed to achieve this goal!  Shall we thank Him in advance?  Absolutely!  Faith reigns!

The verses to commit to memory are:  Ecclesiastes 4:12b, Numbers 15:37-40, and Joshua 1:8-9.  You can do it!  Let’s have these short verses implanted into our hearts and anticipate the fruit ripening for a harvest!  The memorized Word of God will shape the will of God in us.

DIVAs:  If you have memorized Psalm 91 (or when you do) please indicate on this website.  If you are planning to memorize these 3 verses please add your name!  This is how I will track participation.  Thank you DIVAs!  Be encouraged and read Deanna’s comment from the Oct. 21st post!

In His grace,

Amanda

 

 

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The DIVA Challenge!

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What a journey!  What began in March 2014 and has continued to October 2014 amounts to 8 months of Tuesday fasting and praying.  The Lord invited us into His presence, to call upon His name, and to allow our hearts to be delightfully transformed.  If the enemy of our souls would have his way he would continue wrecking havoc on our covenant relationships.  Let it not be so!  Stand and make no agreements with your enemy and choose instead to agree with God’s word.  That brings me to a Great detour along this delightful path.   A sunsetting on one journey and a Son Rising in our hearts for another.  Amen!  The Lord has been speaking to my heart regarding memorizing His word!  What an invitation!

Do you feel adequately equipped in this season of your life to immediately respond with the Creator’s truth the moment your sleep is stolen by anxiety, your peace is robbed, or an unchecked emotion throttles you to uncomfortable places?  If not, will you join me for a temporary detour from the typical Tuesday prayer and spend time preparing your heart to humbly receive the implanted word which is able to save you (James 1:21)?  If you feel you are already adequately equipped would you be in agreement that you could use a refreshing?

We will take a portion of Scripture, study it, and commit it to memory.  After the allotted time has expired, we will proceed to another portion of Scripture.  The Lord has given us brain power to conquer this task!  We are not too busy, not too old or too young, and certainly not incapable!  Remember…we will make no agreement with the enemy.  Instead, we will pray for the Creator to provide us the necessary motivation and capabilities beyond our expectations to meet this task!  Expect it!  Is this the Lord’s will for your life?  I answer in the affirmative!  How about you?

On the post dated Oct. 10th our sweet DIVA sister Christie lead you in the first challenge.  Shall we have the work completed by the 28th?

I want to hear your successes!  If you are in agreement to join me in memorizing Scripture include your name each week!  When you have completed the work let me know!  You are precious and I desire to celebrate with you.

Judy, Deanna, Heather, Jeannie, Linda, Janet, Janelle, Pat, Kheanne, and Christie have so far agreed to the DIVA Challenge!  Be encouraged!

In His grace,

Amanda

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How Close Are You Willing To Get?

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During worship some time ago, the Lord presented to me a scene that was unfolding in a large field.  In the distance there was an immense burning fire (representing the Lord) similar to a bonfire.  The smoke from the fire could be seen from a distance, sparking the curiosity of a multitude who drew in closer to know more.  I noticed as people made their approach to the fire they were wearing several layers of coats (each coat represented an unrepented sin).  The ones farthest from the fire chose not to remove their many layers because they were under a false assumption that the coats provided the warmth and security they needed.  By believing this assumption, it hindered their approach which is why they remained at a distance.  The coats were so numerous that the burden of the weight made it difficult to walk without being somewhat bent over.  I had an understanding that these layers of coats had been acquired over the years of their lives and there had never been a prior deep need to remove them…until now.  Everyone had a choice in whether they would keep their coats and be burdened or shed them and be free!  Some longed to continue their approach to the fire while some were content in just knowing there was a fire, preferring to sit and remain at their comfortable distance.  When some felt the heat of the fire, they would feel uncomfortable and chose to take a step back instead of removing a layer and moving forward.  These onlookers were the least engaged and appeared to be content with only watching the approach of others.

Some chose to be engaged and realized that a movement towards the fire (the Lord) also required a removal of their coats (sin).  To not do so, made the combination of the heart from the coats and the heat from the fire extremely uncomfortable.  Because of this, some still were not willing to progress any further.  They were satisfied in the comfort of removing only what they were willing to part with and keeping that which they had grown far too attached.

The ones closest to the fire had removed their layers and were discovering the warmth and light of the fire was all they needed!  They were basking in the warmth of the fire and realizing they had allowed their coats to deceive them into a false comfort.  Joy and excitement were evident as people made this discovery and others continued removing and discarding coats and casting them to the ground!  They allowed the fire to penetrate completely, warming all the way to the bone.  As the layers were removed, the heat from the fire was no longer uncomfortable but provided warmth and light as the day turned to night.  As they received the warmth, there was great rejoicing and praising with no hinderance!  Others looked on at those who were rejoicing and were saddened because they desired the same joy and freedom.  Their hesitation was in their unwillingness to remove their coats and let the heat turn to warmth.

Please prayerfully consider these questions as we seek the Lord in prayer today.  As you were reading did you already determine your position in the crowd?  Is there a difference in where you actually are and where you would like to be?  Are you continuing to wear some coats…not daring to cast them to the ground?  If you do desire to cast your coats and approach the fire, would you consider repenting now and making it a reality in Christ?

Thank you sweet Jesus for your warming fire which burns away the sin that so easily entangles.  Help us in your mighty strength to know that through repentance we will not be consumed by the fire but instead the fire burns away impurities.  What remains will be the pure and valuable – like gold.

In His grace,

Amanda

Ladies, please press on with memorizing Psalm 91! Keep working at it! So excited to memorize this scripture together. If you have not read the previous post – “A DIVA Challenge” posted 10/10/14 – please do and prayerfully consider accepting the challenge. Praying for you!

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A DIVA Challenge!

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Calling all DIVAs – “Divinely Inspired Victoriously Anointed” ones! Memorize Psalm 91!

This is a challenge for memorizing scripture for the next two weeks:

How precious are the words of our Lord! Many of the posts on free2love have reminded us that we are in a battle and what better way to pray than reciting the following tender psalm? Do you feel overwhelmed or underattack? Do you feel abandoned, alone and forgotten? Do you feel afraid, paralyzed with fear? Do you feel like you are just not enough? Do you feel you cannot possibly accomplish what the Lord is directing you to do? O beloved ones, let us have His truth on our lips, mind, heart – let’s cement them there through memorization!

Psalm 91 ‘The Protection of the Most High’

1 The One who lives under the protection of the Most High dwells in the shadow on the Almighty.

2 I will say to the Lord, “My refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.”

3 He Himself will deliver you from the hunter’s net, from the destructive plague.  4 He will cover you with His feathers; you will take refuge under His wings. His faithfulness will be a protective shield.  5 You will not fear the terror of the night, the arrow that flies by day.  6 the plague that stalks in darkness, or the pestilence that racages at noon.  7 Though a thousand fall at your side and ten thousand at your right hand, the pestilence will not reach you.  8 You will see it with your eyes and witness the punishment of the wicked.

9 Because you have made the Lord – my refuge, the Most High – your dwelling place,  10 no harm will come to you; no plague will come near your tent.   11 For He will give His angels orders concerning you, to protect you in all your ways.   12 They will support you with their hands so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.   13 You will tread on the lion and the cobra; you will trample the young lion and the serpent.

** In closing the psalm, do not miss the shift in the psalmist’s writing – this is our Heavenly Father speaking to His faithful children. **

14 Because he is lovingly devoted to Me, I will deliver him; I will protect him because he knows My name.   15 When he calls out to Me, I will answer; I will be with him in trouble. I will rescue him and give him honor.  16 I will satisfy him with a long life and show him My salvation. (Holman Christian Standard version)

DIVAs, please comment below  if you will accept the challenge! Share encouragement or even some memorizing tips. Please do not feel discouraged if all you can do is take time to meditate through the verses each day, that is ok…no time in God’s Word is wasted – He is always working!  Bless you all as you dive into His Word, in the psalm & prayer. Through this challenge, I beg  the Lord to strengthen our faith, our marriages, our families and our ministries.

Blessings,

Amanda (with a little help from Christie)

 

 

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A Delight Indeed

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Greetings fellow sojourners!  As I reflect on those who are preparing their hearts for praying and fasting to the Lord I am reminded of the varied backgrounds of you precious women.  You who are lifting your heart and voice to the Lord for the renewal of a stale marriage, or for new life revived in places long called dead, for those not yet married but are praying in advance for your marriage, for you who need repentance in the stubborn places, or for healing where there has been betrayal…

Be strengthened by the Lord and by His vast strength (Ephesians 6:10).  We are also taught that we can do all things through Him who strengthens us (Phil. 4:13).  We might be tempted to say we will respond as soon as our spouse responds…but no!  Our invitation comes from the Lord!  A goal during this anointed time together is to be bound in unity with other women in prayer and to be courageous enough to confess to the Lord we desire to be used as a catalyst for change in our marriage.  We launch by praying, fasting, believing, repenting, forgiving, and loving.  We prepare our hearts for His grace and are obedient to His prompting for change in our own heart and behavior.

Proverbs 31:28-31 states, “Her sons rise up and call her blessed.  Her husband also praises her:  Many women are capable, but you surpass them all!  Charm is deceptive and beauty (outward appearance) is fleeting, but a woman who fears (has reverence for) the LORD will be praised.  Give her the reward for her labor, and let her works praise her at the city gates.”  Lord!  Let this be a proclamation in our own lives!  In this passage, the woman is portrayed as having wisdom, noble character, and strength.  Do you desire the same?

I must say, you DIVAs that I am privileged to be able to worship/study and give praise to God with each week, I miss your radiant faces already!  I cried on the way home thinking that the Lord has entrust you to me for His allotted time and purposes.  I am so grateful and humbled and love you all!  Thank you Lord for the opportunity You have given us to pray and seek Your leadership.  Strengthen us as You guide us in the way of wisdom, noble character, and strength.  Purify us from thoughts and deeds that do not bring You glory.  Present us in the eyes of our spouses as delightful as we also find them to be our delight.  You are worthy of praise and glory and honor!  We delight in you Lord!

Let us join together in a special prayer of perseverance and guidance for the new women who have joined us:  Judy, Rhonda, Jean, Alicia, and Connie.  Thank you Lord for these precious women of Yours!  May you pour out wisdom, grace, and mercy as they approach Your welcoming throne of grace!

I could hug you all!

Amanda

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Poured Out Grace

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Are you feeling Divinely Inspired and Victoriously Anointed today?  Hallelujah!   Let us be among those the Lord counts as obedient so He will cause our enemies (seen and unseen) who rise up against us to be defeated before us!  When our enemy marches out against us in one direction may the Lord cause them to flee from us in seven! (Deuteronomy 28:7)  Shall we join together in obedience to the instruction of Ephesians 4:29?  I stand with a Yes!  How about you?

“No foul language is to come from your mouth, but only what is good for building up someone in need so that it gives grace to those who hear it.”  I think we can all get a picture of the importance of having “no foul language come from our mouth” if our goal is to lead people towards Christ.  Foul language could be a stumbling block and one we would not desire to put in anyone’s path.  But what about language that is “good for building up someone in need”?  The remainder of the verse reads, “so that it gives grace to those who hear it.”  We can all be counted among those who have made mistakes.  You can probably count several you have made in the last week alone.  If you are like me, you have also been around people who are quick to point out your errors and bring them to your attention.  Maybe you have been guilty of doing the same?  But glory and praise to God if you have been blessed by someone who sees your error and has quickly expressed that you are either forgiven, that it is OK, or that they understand!  In that situation have you sensed grace extended to you?  A person with that ability has freely received grace from the Lord and has therefore been able to freely extend to others.  Would you agree it is a building up?  Someone receives a filling from the Lord, notices the need of another (this does not require a significant error but can be something trivial) and pours out grace.

Let us be challenged to begin our day purposefully building up our household members, taking no account of our own needs (because we go to the Lord for our filling).  Then off to our meetings, seeking still more of His creation to build up with grace (again taking no account of our own needs).  Anytime we have an encounter with someone and we notice an error, an uncomfortableness, a shyness, a burden…we pass on some of that abundant grace that we have been filled with!   What if we have not been filled?  Go to The Source and ask for it!  How about if we go so far as to completely empty ourselves to others and then run back to the Lord for more filling and we are ready for the next time?  Can you imagine what that would look like?

Thank you Lord that you fill us up so that we can be a vessel of grace to pour out to our spouses, our other household members…and beyond!  We pray that our conversations will always be full of grace and seasoned with salt (Colossians 4:6) because we so desire to extend Your love and grace to others.  Help us to rid ourselves of all anger, rage, malice, slander, and filthy language (Colossians 3:8) so we can be a vessel ready to pour out Your grace to others.  Give us a heart that desires to build someone up so they can see the love of their Savior.  Thank you Jesus for the opportunity!

In His grace,

Amanda

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A Fast with Authenticity

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As we contemplate the way we approach the Lord, the way we offer Him our fast, and the way we bow our hearts to Him, please pray for the spirit of wisdom and revelation (Ephesians 1:17) and a heart that is teachable before you proceed.  Thank you Lord.

“Why have we fasted, but You have not seen?  We have denied ourselves, but You haven’t noticed!  Look, you do as you please on the day of your fast…You fast with contention and strife to strike viciously with your fist.  You cannot fast as you do today, hoping to make your voice heard on high.  If you get rid of the yoke among you, the finger-pointing and malicious speaking, and if you offer yourself to the hungry, and satisfy the afflicted one, then your light will shine in the darkness, and your night will be like noonday.  The LORD will always lead you, satisfy you in a parched land, and strengthen your bones.  You will be like a watered garden and like a spring whose waters never run dry.  Some of you will rebuild the ancient ruins; you will restore the foundations laid long ago, you will be called the repairer of broken walls, the restorer of streets where people live.” (Isaiah 58:3-4, 9b-12)  Take the time to read this over continuously!  Read it until the words of truth penetrate your heart and you are escorted not only to the path of understanding but to repentance.  Thank you Lord for the opportunity!

Are we rebellious even when we fast?  “Will the fast I choose be like this:  A day for a person to deny himself, to bow his head like a reed, and to spread out sackcloth and ashes?  Will you call this a fast and a day acceptable to the LORD? (Isaiah 58:5)  Do we have mere surface sincerity as we approach our time of fasting?  Or is our heart pricked to sorrow as we behold our deep need for the Lord’s power and mercy!  As in these verses do we claim to deny ourselves before God, and wonder why He has not yet responded?  Are we wanting Him to intervene in specific areas of our lives yet deny Him complete access to other areas?  Is God not responding to our request for intervention because we are not authentic?  Remembering that God shall not be mocked (Galatians 6:7), He recognizes if our fast and approach to Him is manipulative.  Oh Lord work a sorrowful repentance in our prideful hearts!  We desire Your life!

Let us join together and approach our fast not from a habit rooted in obligation.  Instead, let us offer our fast as a true denial of self and humbly ask the Lord from the sincerity of our souls, to assist us in our time of need.  If we have fumbled for years with sincerity let’s be bold and confess our lack and expect a filling!  Shall we reason together that as we admit our shortcomings to Him we are not revealing issues of which He is not already aware?  (He knows we all fall short of His glory.  Romans 3:23)  It is an admittance brought to the light, which now is available for the Lord to apply a healing work of ministry.  Hallelujah!  We praise you Lord and seek You as we humbly lay our requests before your astonishing throne of grace.

Amanda

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The Peace in Thankfulness

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“Let the peace of the Messiah, to which you were also called in one body, control your hearts.  Be thankful.”  Colossians 3:15  How shall we have peace in our hearts in the midst of adversity?  Jesus tells us in John 14:27, “Peace I leave with you.  My peace I give to you.  I do not give to you as the world gives.  Your heart must not be troubled or fearful.”  We let peace, which originates from and gifted by the Messiah, have complete access to our hearts and minds!  His peace must not only be in us but go before us.  Would you allow the peace of the Spirit to go before you in all your actions?  Before you enter a situation, consider the Spirit.  Before you speak, consider the Spirit.  Before you act, consider the Spirit.  Before you rest, consider the Spirit.  Do you get the idea?

The final exhortation in Colossians 3:15 is to “be thankful”.  Would you agree that expressing thankfulness is closely associated with possessing peace?  Jesus gives us His peace.  Shall we fully embrace it?  If we seek peace from another source we will find it fleeting and unable to meet the requirement of our thirsty soul.  With fullness of heart let us be actively thankful for the peace Jesus has offered us!  Are you willing, from the overflow of your heart, to vocalize thankfulness to the Lord today for His complete mercy and grace that has been extended to you?  Would you be so bold as to even thank Him for the adversity in your life knowing it shall be used to perfect you?  Yes Lord let it be so!  Here is another challenge.  Thank your husband for all he has offered you.  If this is not applicable to you (you are not married), how about thanking those in your family (even a child) for the opportunity they have provided to strengthen and encourage you (if it is through adversity, be mindful of your words – phrasing them in an honoring way.  A thankful heart is able to recognize the good.)

Thank you Lord for the opportunity to speak the truth in thanksgiving to you and others!  Your word says to give thanks in everything (joy and adversity, happiness and sorrow, peace and grief), for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus (1 Thessalonians 5:18).  We thank you Lord for everything! (Ephesians 5:20) In the name of our Lord Jesus Christ we thank you!  Use your opportunity to tell everyone!

In His grace,

Amanda

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In Service to the Lord

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“Whatever you do, do it enthusiastically as something done for the Lord and not for men, knowing that you will receive the reward of an inheritance from the Lord.  You serve the Lord Christ.”  Colossians 3:23-24  Not every bible has headings over portions of scripture.  If yours does, I am curious what it would read over these verses.  The Holman reads “Christ in Your Home.”  Does it spark your curiosity?  The verses preceeding these gives directives for wives, husbands, children, fathers and slaves.  Verses 23-24 could be read as a continuation of direction for slaves towards their masters but I see it applying to all those addressed in this section.  If you are in agreement let’s pray and read on!  Thank you Lord for your inspired word.  I pray it brings truth and light to our walk.   What an opportunity we have to allow Your light to shine through us so others can behold Your glory through our daily activities!  Show us that the things we do are not mere tasks needing accomplishment but rather an opportunity You have given us!  In service to You, help us to be delightful.  In the mighty name of Jesus we pray!

Whatever you do (“whatever” service “you do” for your household members such as cooking, laundry, cleaning, shopping, preparations, straightening up…you get the picture) do it enthusiastically (as well as “whatever you do” in relationships such as communication, loving, assisting, forgiving, caring for…) as something done for the Lord (as a show of thanksgiving for what He has done on your behalf) and not for men (We are a servant to the Lord first and foremost.  The service we perform is a loving sacrifice to Him.  It is laid upon the altar and others enjoy the secondary benefit of the act.  We shall lay aside our fleshly need for acknowledgement and offer our service as a gift to God.  Can you picture it all?)  You serve the Lord Christ (as opposed to any other person…including ourselves).

The Lord instructed the Israelites on the importance of presenting the “firstfruits” of the land as an offering to the Lord their God (Exodus 23:19a, 34:26a, Numbers 18:12).  They were to offer their best to Him in thanksgiving for all He had done for them.  Afterwards, everyone benefited from the remaining “fruit”.  From this illustration can you see how the Lord desires us to serve Him by offering Him our best?  The next time you prepare a meal, clean the house, or perform any other activity the Lord has graced you with the unique ability to perform, do it enthusiastically, as something done for the Lord.  Offer Him the “firstfruit” of your labor.  Will the sacrifice ascend from the altar as a pleasing aroma?  Oh Lord let it be so!

In His grace,

Amanda

 

 

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