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Nothing Ever Could Separate Us 

Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? As it is written: “For your sake we face death all day long; we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.”   No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Romans 8:35‭-‬39 NIV

http://bible.com/111/rom.8.35-39.NIV

My cousin, Christopher, 25 went home to be with Jesus Monday August 1. While in the hospital praying and waiting for the suffering to end and for God to intervene, before Romans 8:35-39 was brought to my attention by God’s Spirit to share with my Uncle and God’s so good. The next day a preacher and friend of the family was waiting on God to tell him when to come to the hospital and what to do and say. He shared the very same scripture and prayed so loud the entire ICU waiting room could hear. We were holding hands, trusting, believing, and worshipping God in the middle of our pain. He also reminded me that He knows the pain of loosing a son. Thank God Jesus was obedient to His Father taking up the Cross, so we can have eternal life and be free.

Loosing my cousin in this way has been traumatic to my family and we don’t understand and that’s OK, but his life and his death has brought so many people into a relationship with and closer to Jesus and certainly opened my eyes, heart to love and not judge because you never truly know what someone is going through. God does, we can rest assure of that. I want to love the way Jesus loves, looking at the heart. I could go on and on with the stories while in the hospital of different missions God accomplished by using us and my cousins journey. 

The last conversation I had with my cousin was on my Grandparents front porch, months ago with my Husband. I knew he was young and struggling and I felt led to talk with him about Jesus, he confessed with his mouth who his Lord and Savior is with bold confidence. That was peace for us, because God knew this would happen. We don’t have to understand, it’s not our job. God I will leave that to you and trust you. Lord I know you are healing my family and bringing them closer to you through this, my dependence of you has increased, thank you for more of you and less of me. God carry his Mom, Dad, Sisters, and the rest of us as I know you will. I praise you God!

Lord thank you for the time we did have here with Christopher, for the fun childhood memories that I’ll never forget. 

God keeps showing us all rainbows to remind us of His promises since this all happened. Thank you Lord for those reminders of the hope we have. 

Christopher, I love you and know you are at peace, pain free, fight free, rejoicing in heaven with the Father forever. Thank you Lord for saving my cousin and choosing him. Thank you Jesus that I will get to be with you forever and see my cousin again. 

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We will wait & trust in you Father

Good morning to all and hoping and praying I and we are all thankful in the wait of the Lord. Let’s not rush the wait, for these times are the sweetest, most precious, closest I feel to you Father of grace. May not feel easy, but oh so necessary to grow in my relationship with you. Thank you Jesus for the best gift of all, the love and communion with the Father. The world can’t even compare with this Holy love, peace, confidence, joy, light, forgiveness, mercy, and acceptance into the Kingdom. 

I’m learning God’s timing is perfect and His ways don’t have to make sense to us. Thank you for this peace in my mind and heart, Lord in this time of sorrow and suffering, I know joy comes in the morning and I know today is the day you have made, so I WILL rejoice and be glad in the breath and life you have given to me to fulfill your purpose. Lord Jesus thank you that you are THE ONLY  hope we have. 
God I lift up this young generation to you and ask for many hearts to turn to you, for you to be the rock of their lives and the guidance and shelter of light in such a dark world. God I pray for this generation to rise up in a bold, might way, and to live radically for you, something that doesn’t make sense to the world but catches many eyes. Thank you that we are set apart yet not alone. Holy Spirit we welcome you to cover our families, nation, and youth. In Jesus Name. 

And…..God I am in awe of you as I’m typing this a beautiful humming bird flies up in a gentle way, reminding me to be gentle with others and myself showing the endless love you pour out to us. Help me to always be open to your love and with sharing where my hope comes from. Thank you for your word that is our food, that nourishes our soul and refreshes our spirit and renews our minds. You simply are amazing. 

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James 1:2-18

Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you. But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. That person should not expect to receive anything from the Lord. Such a person is double-minded and unstable in all they do. Believers in humble circumstances ought to take pride in their high position. But the rich should take pride in their humiliation—since they will pass away like a wild flower. For the sun rises with scorching heat and withers the plant; its blossom falls and its beauty is destroyed. In the same way, the rich will fade away even while they go about their business. Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him. When tempted, no one should say, “God is tempting me.” For God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does he tempt anyone; but each person is tempted when they are dragged away by their own evil desire and enticed. Then, after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, gives birth to death. Don’t be deceived, my dear brothers and sisters. Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows. He chose to give us birth through the word of truth, that we might be a kind of firstfruits of all he created.
James 1:2‭-‬18 NIV

http://bible.com/111/jas.1.2-18.NIV

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Let’s all be like Paul, rejoicing in the Lord no matter our outward circumstances…

Therefore, my brothers and sisters, you whom I love and long for, my joy and crown, stand firm in the Lord in this way, dear friends! I plead with Euodia and I plead with Syntyche to be of the same mind in the Lord. Yes, and I ask you, my true companion, help these women since they have contended at my side in the cause of the gospel, along with Clement and the rest of my co-workers, whose names are in the book of life. Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you. I rejoiced greatly in the Lord that at last you renewed your concern for me. Indeed, you were concerned, but you had no opportunity to show it. I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do all this through him who gives me strength. Yet it was good of you to share in my troubles. Moreover, as you Philippians know, in the early days of your acquaintance with the gospel, when I set out from Macedonia, not one church shared with me in the matter of giving and receiving, except you only; for even when I was in Thessalonica, you sent me aid more than once when I was in need. Not that I desire your gifts; what I desire is that more be credited to your account. I have received full payment and have more than enough. I am amply supplied, now that I have received from Epaphroditus the gifts you sent. They are a fragrant offering, an acceptable sacrifice, pleasing to God. And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus. To our God and Father be glory for ever and ever. Amen. Greet all God’s people in Christ Jesus. The brothers and sisters who are with me send greetings. All God’s people here send you greetings, especially those who belong to Caesar’s household. The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit. Amen.
Philippians 4:1‭-‬23 NIV

http://bible.com/111/php.4.1-23.NIV

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The parable of the sower 

That same day Jesus went out of the house and sat by the lake. Such large crowds gathered around him that he got into a boat and sat in it, while all the people stood on the shore. Then he told them many things in parables, saying: “A farmer went out to sow his seed. As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path, and the birds came and ate it up. Some fell on rocky places, where it did not have much soil. It sprang up quickly, because the soil was shallow. But when the sun came up, the plants were scorched, and they withered because they had no root. Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up and choked the plants. Still other seed fell on good soil, where it produced a crop—a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown. Whoever has ears, let them hear.” The disciples came to him and asked, “Why do you speak to the people in parables?” He replied, “Because the knowledge of the secrets of the kingdom of heaven has been given to you, but not to them. Whoever has will be given more, and they will have an abundance. Whoever does not have, even what they have will be taken from them. This is why I speak to them in parables: “Though seeing, they do not see; though hearing, they do not hear or understand. In them is fulfilled the prophecy of Isaiah: “ ‘You will be ever hearing but never understanding; you will be ever seeing but never perceiving. For this people’s heart has become calloused; they hardly hear with their ears, and they have closed their eyes. Otherwise they might see with their eyes, hear with their ears, understand with their hearts and turn, and I would heal them.’ But blessed are your eyes because they see, and your ears because they hear. For truly I tell you, many prophets and righteous people longed to see what you see but did not see it, and to hear what you hear but did not hear it. “Listen then to what the parable of the sower means: When anyone hears the message about the kingdom and does not understand it, the evil one comes and snatches away what was sown in their heart. This is the seed sown along the path. The seed falling on rocky ground refers to someone who hears the word and at once receives it with joy. But since they have no root, they last only a short time. When trouble or persecution comes because of the word, they quickly fall away. The seed falling among the thorns refers to someone who hears the word, but the worries of this life and the deceitfulness of wealth choke the word, making it unfruitful. But the seed falling on good soil refers to someone who hears the word and understands it. This is the one who produces a crop, yielding a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown.” Jesus told them another parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like a man who sowed good seed in his field. But while everyone was sleeping, his enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat, and went away. When the wheat sprouted and formed heads, then the weeds also appeared. “The owner’s servants came to him and said, ‘Sir, didn’t you sow good seed in your field? Where then did the weeds come from?’ “ ‘An enemy did this,’ he replied. “The servants asked him, ‘Do you want us to go and pull them up?’ “ ‘No,’ he answered, ‘because while you are pulling the weeds, you may uproot the wheat with them. Let both grow together until the harvest. At that time I will tell the harvesters: First collect the weeds and tie them in bundles to be burned; then gather the wheat and bring it into my barn.’ ” Then he left the crowd and went into the house. His disciples came to him and said, “Explain to us the parable of the weeds in the field.” He answered, “The one who sowed the good seed is the Son of Man. The field is the world, and the good seed stands for the people of the kingdom. The weeds are the people of the evil one, and the enemy who sows them is the devil. The harvest is the end of the age, and the harvesters are angels. “As the weeds are pulled up and burned in the fire, so it will be at the end of the age. The Son of Man will send out his angels, and they will weed out of his kingdom everything that causes sin and all who do evil. They will throw them into the blazing furnace, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. Then the righteous will shine like the sun in the kingdom of their Father. Whoever has ears, let them hear.
Matthew 13:1‭-‬30‭, ‬36‭-‬43 NIV

http://bible.com/111/mat.13.1-43.NIV