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115 Nations

And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen. ~ Matthew 28:18-20

Three years ago I was on the mission field in Tanzania ministering to women and girls in the red light district of Moshi, TZ. It was life-changing and I thought I would go back the next year for a couple of months and do so yearly. I went one other time for a short-term mission but even while still there God showed me that He had some other plans for me and the next season of my life.

God has given me passions in several areas – writing, prayer, the study of His Word, and missions. How was I to release what burned in me if God didn’t send me anywhere in the physical? If there were no doors I could see for the likes of me? At the same time relationships that I thought were rocks in my life were suddenly as sand blown away by the wind. Frankly, it all hurt and in desperation I sought relief in the one thing I have used since I was a very little girl to get me through tough spots. I journaled or blogged (as it is now known)

It was very personal although I rarely write what some would consider personal. I am more of a Bible Study writer. I write what God puts on my heart from his Word or while in prayer….which is much more personal to me that anything happening in my own little world.

In 2017 God told me to make it public and I did. Since then I have watched my blog have a year of doing nothing…no followers, almost no readers, nothing. In early 2018 something turned and I had my first follower and though I only have 11 followers right now….very slowly I am at least getting readers and very, very slowly and quietly the blog has now gone into 114 countries….all over the world.

Some may not see the significance and if you don’t that is okay. I am not inclined to explain it today although I am not sure why. The Bible says…

Ask of me, and I shall give thee the heathen for thine inheritance, and the uttermost parts of the earth for thy possession. ~ Psalmsโ€ฌ โ€ญ2:8โ€ฌ

I asked. He gave….and I am incredibly thankful, honored, and blessed. His ways are not our ways!

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Albania ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ฑ
Algeria ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ฟ
American Samoa ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ธ
Angola ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ด
Antigua ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ฌ
Argentina ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ท
Armenia ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ฒ
Austria ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡น
Australia ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บ

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Bahrain ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ญ
Bangladesh ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ฉ
Barbados ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ง
Barbuda ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ฌ
Belize ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ฟ
Bolivia ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ด
Bosnia ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ฆ
Brazil ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ท
Brunei ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ณ
Bulgaria ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ฌ

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Cambodia ๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡ญ
Canada ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ
Chile ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฑ
China ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ณ
Colombia ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ด
Costa Rica ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ท
Croatia ๐Ÿ‡ญ๐Ÿ‡ท
Czech Republic ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฟ

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El Salvador ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ป
Estonia ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ช
Ethiopia ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡น
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Herzegovina ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ฆ
Honduras ๐Ÿ‡ญ๐Ÿ‡ณ
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Indonesia ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ฉ
Ireland ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช
Isle of Man ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ฒ
Israel ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ฑ
Italy ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น

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Jordan ๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ด

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Kenya ๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡ช

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Lebanon ๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐Ÿ‡ง
Lithuania ๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐Ÿ‡น
Luxembourg ๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐Ÿ‡บ

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Macedonia ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฐ
Malaysia ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡พ
Malta ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡น
Mexico ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฝ
Moldova ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฉ
Mozambique ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฟ
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Nicaragua ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฎ
Nigeria ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฌ
Norway ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ด

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Oman ๐Ÿ‡ด๐Ÿ‡ฒ

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Pakistan ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ฐ
Panama ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ฆ
Paraguay ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡พ
Peru ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ช
Philippines ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ญ
Poland ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ฑ
Portugal ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡น
Puerto Rico ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ท

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Qatar ๐Ÿ‡ถ๐Ÿ‡ฆ

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Romania ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡ด
Russia ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ
Reunion ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท
Rwanda ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡ผ

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Saudi Arabia ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฆ
Serbia ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡ธ
Seychelles ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡จ
Singapore ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฌ
Slovenia ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฎ
Sri Lanka ๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐Ÿ‡ฐ
South Africa ๐Ÿ‡ฟ๐Ÿ‡ฆ
South Korea ๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡ท
Spain ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ
St. Vincent and Grenadines
Swaziland ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฟ
Sweden ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ช
Switzerland ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ญ

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Taiwan ๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ผ
Tanzania ๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ฟ
Thailand ๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ญ
Tobago ๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡น
Trinidad ๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡น
Tunisia ๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ณ
Turkey ๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ท

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Ukraine ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ฆ
United Arab Emirates ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ช
United Kingdom ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง
United States of America ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ
Uruguay ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡พ

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Venezuela ๐Ÿ‡ป๐Ÿ‡ช
Vietnam ๐Ÿ‡ป๐Ÿ‡ณ

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Yemen ๐Ÿ‡พ๐Ÿ‡ช

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Zimbabwe ๐Ÿ‡ฟ๐Ÿ‡ผ

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Iron Sharpens Iron: A Benefit of Corporate Prayer

Iron sharpeneth iron; so a man sharpeneth the countenance of his friend. ~ Proverbs 27: 17

One benefit of praying with others is this: when we work together in the spirit, gifts that have been hidden within us are revealed and activated. The anointing on us connects with the anointing on someone else and enables us both to step into spiritual positions we could never occupy alone.

A great illustration of that principle is the Old Testament story about Saul. When he was first anointed to be king of Israel by the prophet Samuel, Saul was timid and didnโ€™t appear to be king material. Do you know how God changed him? He changed him by bringing him into contact with anointed people. God used gifts in others to awaken the anointing on Saul and those gifts turned him into another man. To make sure he didnโ€™t miss those connections, Samuel told Saul about them in advance. He let Saul know they would be strategic in his life.

He said: When thou art departed from me to day, then thou shalt find two men by Rachel’s sepulchre in the border of Benjamin at Zelzah; and they will say unto thee, The asses which thou wentest to seek are found: and, lo, thy father hath left the care of the asses, and sorroweth for you, saying, What shall I do for my son? Then shalt thou go on forward from thence, and thou shalt come to the plain of Tabor, and there shall meet thee three men going up to God to Bethโ€“el, one carrying three kids, and another carrying three loaves of bread, and another carrying a bottle of wine: And they will salute thee, and give thee two loaves of bread; which thou shalt receive of their hands. After that thou shalt come to the hill of God, where is the garrison of the Philistines: and it shall come to pass, when thou art come thither to the city, that thou shalt meet a company of prophets coming down from the high place with a psaltery, and a tabret, and a pipe, and a harp, before them; and they shall prophesy: And the Spirit of the Lord will come upon thee, and thou shalt prophesy with them, and shalt be turned into another man. And let it be, when these signs are come unto thee, that thou do as occasion serve thee; for God is with thee ~ 1 Samuelโ€ฌ โ€ญ10:2-7โ€ฌโ€ฌ

Usually we think of โ€œsignsโ€ as miracles and wonders that come from heaven. But in Saulโ€™s case, the signs that changed his life were people. They were believers who imparted to him certain spiritual things he needed to step into the office of king. That goes to show you how important spiritual connections and relationships are. They change us. They activate spiritual gifts within us. They prepare us for our future. They inspire us to rise to new heights in God. We can walk around for years with supernatural anointing and gifting lying dormant within us like seeds in the ground. But when God sends somebody across our path who is anointed to cultivate them, those seeds in us will begin to sprout. The more weโ€™re with that person, the bigger those seedlings grow.

In my life, I have had a few individuals with that kind of cultivating effect. These carried an anointing to awaken me to the call of God and to help activate my spiritual hunger and gifting in a supernatural way. All of us need the power of these divine connections and God has set in place churches with pastors, teachers, apostles, prophets, and evangelists to meet those needs for you and for me.

And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ: ~ Ephesiansโ€ฌ โ€ญ4:11-13โ€ฌ

Truly as iron sharpens iron, so a man sharpens the countenance of his friend!

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In This Place

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He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of theย Lord, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust. ~ Psalm 91:1-2

In the silence of the early morning, I pause in this place, with God’s living and breathing Word before me.

In this place, the words spoken are first His flowing to my heart and then mine flowing back to His.

In this place, though my world may spin out of control, I remain safe and secure in the Shadow of the Almighty – whose power no enemy can withstand.

In this place, I find the boldness and complete confidence to stand firmly on my declaration – โ€œHE is MY REFUGE and MY FORTRESS!!! HE IS MY GOD, IN WHOM I TRUST!โ€

In this place full of the Word and flowing with prayer, the enemy is helpless.

In fact, as I pause in this place -the secret place of the Most High, in the very Presence of Jesus – the enemy cannot sit alongside or even come nigh.

In this place, I have life.

I have life more abundantly…in this place!

The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly. ~ John 10:10

Following Peace

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Let us therefore follow after the things which make for peace, and things wherewith one may edify another. ~ Romans 14:19

Peace is always out there and we must make a conscious effort to move toward it.

You canโ€™t drive someone toward peace, only lead them there. Neither will God push you in peaceโ€™s direction, but He will lead you there.

To be lead is to follow. So, if you begin to head toward peace, others will surely follow. And those that do notโ€ฆthey will be in your past.

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As One in Christ

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โ€œFor the body is not one member, but many.โ€ ~ 1 Corinthians 12:14

The human body is amazing. Each part is dependent on the other parts. Something as simple as an aching tooth can affect many other parts of the body. While every part of the body has an important role, no one part is independent. All parts work together so that the body can function well as a whole.

It is no surprise then that Paul describes the church as the body of Christ. Followers of Jesus Christ are interrelated with every other member in Christโ€™s body. Though each believer may be different and unique, each believer is very dependent on all others. Like body parts, church members must work together in unity to help build God’s kingdom.

Sometimes members of the church have a hard time becoming part of the body. By nature, at times, we all resist dependence on others or having others to depend on us. But Paul states very clearly that just as the eye cannot say unto the hand, I have no need of thee” (1 Cor 12:21) neither can anyone in the body of Christ say that to another church member. God has given each of us with gifts and talents for the building up of His body. The church and its members are to serve each other, and the world around us in unity and love as one in Christ.

In this season of celebration of our nationโ€™s independence, I pray for a revelation of freedom to fill us allโ€ฆfreedom that comes through genuine relationship with ย Jesus Christ but also freedom that comes when we are dependent on our brothers and sisters and allow them to depend on us.

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Do You Need Peace Today?

Whatever you need, the answer can be found in God’s Word, if you take the time to look for it. Below are twenty scriptures to encourage and guide.ย 

For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince ofย Peace. ~ Isaiah 9:6

ย These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might haveย peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world. ~ John 16:33

ย I will both lay me down inย peace, and sleep: for thou,ย Lord, only makest me dwell in safety. ~ Psalm 4:8

The Lord will give strength unto His people; the Lord will bless His people with peace. ~ Psalm 29:11

ย And I will give peace in the land, and ye shall lie down, and none shall make you afraid: and I will rid evil beasts out of the land, neither shall the sword go through your land. ~ Leviticus 26:6

To give light to them that sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace. ~ Luke 1:79

These are the things that ye shall do: Speak ye every man the truth to his neighbor; execute the judgment of truth and peace in your gates. ~ Zechariah 8:16

Moreover, I will make a covenant of peace with them; it shall be an everlasting covenant with them: and I will place them, and multiply them, and will set my sanctuary in the midst of them for evermore. ~ Ezekiel 37:26

Depart from evil, and do good: seek peace and pursue it. ~ Psalm 34:14

The Lord lift up His countenance upon thee, and give thee peace. ~ Number 6:26

I create the fruit of the lips; Peace, peace to him that is far off, and to him that is near, saith the Lord; and I will heal him. ~ Isaiah 57:19

Now the Lord of peace Himself give you peace always by all means. ~ 2 Thessalonians 3:16

But the meek shall inherit the earth; and shall delight themselves in the abundance ofย peace. ~ Psalm 37:11

Mark the perfect man, and behold the upright: for the end of that man is peace. ~ Psalm 37:37

And the work of righteousness shall be peace; and the effect of righteousness quietness and assurance for ever. And my people shall dwell in a peaceable habitation, and in sure dwellings, and in quiet resting places. ~ Isaiah 32:17-18

Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid. ~ John 14:27

And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. ~ Philippians 4:7

I will hear what God the Lord will speak: for He will speak peace unto His people, and to His saints. ~ Psalm 85:8

And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful. ~ Colossians 3:15

Thy faith hath saved thee, go in peace. ~ Luke 7:50

 

My Prayer

Thank You, God, for your Word that encourages and guide. Thank you, Father, for the gift of peace. ย Oh, sweet Prince of Peace, may You always reign and rule in our lives. ย May Your perfect peace live in our hearts, no matter what conflict is going on around us. May Your peace shine through each of us as a light in this dark and dying world and may it draw the lost, the lonely, the hurting to You. In the precious, magnificent, and holy name of Jesus I pray and for His glory alone.ย  Amen! Amen!